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Friday, December 9, 2016

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
December 10, 2016
10 Kislev 5777
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Candle lighting4:07 PM
Mincha4:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Sephardic Minyan9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:28 AM
Latest Shacharit10:14 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Code Of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Daf Yomi3:45 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Maariv5:03 PM
Shabbat Ends5:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Let's Make a Deal or Not: Giving 10 Percent to Charity
One of my favorite television shows growing up was "Let's Make a Deal" with Monty Hall. The format of the program involved selected members of the studio audience, who make deals with the host. The catch is that the trader does not know whether he or she is getting an item of lesser or greater value until the choice is made.
The program was entertaining as a show. In business and life, we often make deals. Yet, in our relationship to G-d, the concept seems sacrilegious. In this week's Torah portion, we are struck by Yaakov's approach to his own personal crises. He is being chased by his brother Esav, who wants to murder him. He spends the night on a bed of stones and as we know he dreams of angels ascending and descending a ladder.
Upon awakening, he senses the holiness of the place and names the location, Beit El, a house of God. Then he makes a deal with the Almighty.
He declares, "If God will watch over me on this journey and gives me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's household, then the Lord will be my G-d and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."
How do we understand Yaakov's seeming bargain with G-d? He offers to give G-d charity if G-d watches over him? Why do we give tzedakah in times of personal crises?
Rabbi Yamin Goldsmith, the Menahel of Sha'alvim for Women, where Elisheva, my daughter, is studying this year offered a simple yet profound answer.
The Torah teaches us that when a person gives a tenth of their animals to the Levites, known as maaser behemah, it necessitated actually counting each animal as it entered the pen and the tenth one was designated as charity. Similarly, we are enjoined by the Torah not to give charity willy nilly but rather to count our money and determine how much is a 10th of our earnings. Rabbi Goldsmith posits that it is the counting itself that serves a higher purpose. We count our blessings prior to giving a tenth. The goal of charity is not to bargain with G-d but to undergo a process of spiritual fortification.
Like Yaakov, we may encounter times in our life when we feel unease and anxiety and we turn to G-d for help. Yet, our prayers are best formulated not out of desperation but from a clear awareness of the gifts G-d has bestowed on us. We yearn for protection and G-d's grace but let us never forget all of the blessings bestowed upon us each and every day. Counting towards the ten percent allocation mandates that we gain a renewed appreciation of the 90 percent endowed to us by the Almighty.
All of our material possessions are on loan from God. Count them, appreciate them and let us dedicate them to G-d's glory.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Notes
  • Dudes, daughters donuts minyan is ON this Sunday - 9:15 AM
  • The 12/17 Chapel service will begin at 7:45 am
  • Women's Tefillah Group - December 17th, Noa Haron's Bat Mitzvah. If you would like to participate in the service with an Aliya or a reading, please email Ronnie Sichel ( or Ziona Doft (
  • We are excited to announce that the inaugural Sephardic Minyan at CAS will be held on Shabbat morning December 10th at 9am in the Social Hall. Come be part of the ONLY Sephardic Minyan in Fairfield County! Sephardic Minyan will be run as a traditional Sephardic service with beautiful melodies and meaningful tefilot. Future dates will be announced soon. For more information or to volunteer to read Torah or be a hazan send us an email at
This Week in Jewish History Join the hundreds who have viewed Rabbi Zweiter's new series Just click here to view the new YouTube Channel
Thank You
  • The Family of Seymour Feurstein, z"l, has donated chumashim in gratitude to the members of the Agudath Sholom community, who supported them in many ways over the past several months.
  • Gedaliah Borvick of My Israel Home ( for running an informative presentation about Israel home buying. If you did not attend the program but would like information, you can reach Gedaliah at
Chesed Volunteer Opportunity with Inspirica CAS has long been dedicated to social action and tikun olam through our Thanksgiving and Christmas programs for first responders and the homeless. We are expanding our social action program by planning to cook and serve a meal for the Early Childhood and Parenting Program organized by Inspirica ( Inspirica is the largest social service agency in Fairfield County. A few weeks ago on Shabbat, we hosted Jason Shalien, CEO and Lauren Dubinsky, Manager of Communications, Events and Volunteers. The date will be Wednesday, January 11th at 141 Franklin Street at 7 PM. The food will be served at 7 pm and for around 30 people. For more information about joining this initative contact the chairs, Andrea and Ari Lefkovits ( or or Rabbi Cohen (
Timely story for this week's Torah portion of Veyetze - Biblical Sheep in Israel for the first time in a millennia.
CAS Membership Drive Continues New to Stamford? Attended CAS regularly and like our services? Become a member of Congregation Agudath Sholom! We provide a full range of services to our members-a very active Young Families group, classes, great Youth Programs, services, & more. Our 5777 focus: Serve our Members! Contact Matt Feinberg, our Director of Operations,, to learn about our first-year dues discount.
Welcome Professor Yuval Sinai, the President of the Orot Israel College of Education. He will deliver the 10:30 AM shiur on the topic of Renewal of Jewish Laws of Wars In the State of Israel, and at Seudah Shlishit on the topic of Studying Torah according to Rav Kook.
Kosher Alerts The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurProfessor Yuval Sinai: Renewal of Jewish Laws of Wars In the State of Israel
Seudah ShlishitProfessor Yuval Sinai: Studying Torah according to Rav Kook
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Torah ReadersGideon Pell, Ted Listokin
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:15 PM, Friday 4:13 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday4:08 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Debbie Berger, Liz Fern, Barbara Miller and Audrey Waldstreicher who completed the CAS Hebrew Reading Crash Course and will receive their diplomas at the end of the 9 AM service.
  • to Barbara & Ron Ashkenas on the birth of a boy and girl born to their children Ari & Rebecca Ashkenas.
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Chapel KiddushThe family and friends of Fred Baer pay tribute to him for his long time dedication to the Hashkamah and 6:30am minyanim.
Sanctuary KiddushRebecca & Assaf Ben-Atar in honor of the birth of their daughter, Eden Irit. The kiddush is also being co-sponsored by Rachel & Nimrod Dayan, Kayla & Leon Hanna, and Talia & Jonathan Siscovick in honor of the first Sephardic Minyan at CAS
Sponsor A Kiddush
Shabbat date Sanctuary Kiddush Chapel Kiddush
Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus.
Click here to email Matt and he will contact you or see Irwin to arrange a Chapel Kiddush.
Open for all your Hanukkah Needs!
Sunday, 12/11 and 12/18
10 am-noon
Wednesday, 12/14 and 12/21
2:30-4:30 pm
Thursday, 12/15 and 12/22
2:30-4:30 pm
We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Phyllis at (203)-253-1655
CAS Annual Dinner
We are pleased to announce the honorees of the CAS Annual Dinner
March 19, 2017 - 21 Adar 5777:
Guests of Honor
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Community Service Award
Dean Schuckman
Young Leadership Award
Daniella & Mitch Balsam
Chai Award
Barbara & Larry ZL Miller
CAS Teens
This Shabbos our CAS teens will have three unique opportunities.
  • On Friday night from 8-9:30 Pm there will be an oneg at the home of Rabbi Oran and Chani Zweiter-180 Colonial Rd. Apt C-8. This will hopefully be our most dynamic oneg thus far.
  • On Shabbos morning our teens will be joining, participating, and helping bring some ruach to the main minyan starting at 9 AM.
  • In the afternoon, from 3-4:10 there will be a gameboard and chill, with snacks and drinks, in the shul classroom. Get excited...Shabbos is almost here!
CAS Classes
Week of December 11
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Samuel - 10:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: Kabbalah- Symbolic System of Thought - 7:30 PM
ThursdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Cup of Joe and Judaism: Conversations - 8:30 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Business Ethics Lunch and Learn at 613 - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Young Families
Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Rachel Kaimowitz or Jessica Furmansky

Babies & Breakfast at CAS Bring your baby and come mingle with other moms at CAS. This free group is for moms with babies from birth through 1 to socialize, grab some food, or at the very least, get out of the house! We meet every other Thursday at 11:30 for 1 hour. Next date: December 22. Info: Melissa Litwak ( or Rachel Kaimowitz (

Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen 12/11 - Climbing in Love: Romance and Renewal - Hosted by Meredith and David Cohen 12/18 - Raising Happy Children: Cultivating Wonder and Joy - Hosted by Tina and Yossi Notik For more information and/or registration for the series, contact Rachel Maryles at
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Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Sunday, December 11 - 9:30 AM
Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Classes: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 am Nov. 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 8, 22 and 29th, Feb. 5th ( Feb. 12th snow date)

Matan, led by Diane Cohen, is a mother-daughter program for sixth grade Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. It is an educational, fun, interactive and uplifting way to prepare for your Bnai Mitzvah and grow closer to your daughters in the process. The Matan Class is endowed by a gift from Gerald Cohen in memory of his mother Florence Cohen, Tziporah bat Shimon.
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
Policy Conference 2017 Promo with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Daniel Cohen explains why you should attend the AIPAC Policy Conference.
Scholar-In-Residence:  Rabbi Benjamin Samuels
Friday Night: The Whole Truth: Can We Handle It? Rabbi Samuels will speak at an oneg hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen at their home at 8 PM.
Shabbat Morning: Halakhah v'Agggadah: The Jewish Story of the Laws of Life
Seudah Shlishit Shiur: The One and the Many: Is there an Essence to Judaism?
CAS Young Families Potluck Shabbat Lunch and Oneg
We are looking for families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. Following lunch there will be an oneg at the shul. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the CAS community!
CAS Announcements
  • MEN'S CLUB PACIFIC HOUSE EVENT On Sunday, December 25th, the CAS Men's Club will prepare and serve dinner at the Pacific House homeless shelter. We are looking for knitted hats, gloves (Amazing Savings is usually the best source), raw kosher food donations; Turkey, Salami, Brussel Sprouts, String Beans, Garlic, Nuts, Cranberry Sauce, and salad items such as peppers, celery, lettuce(s), tomato, carrots, and cucumbers. Further we are looking for setup, servers and people to help prepare the meal. Please contact Mitchell Bell ( or 203-722-3512.
  • CAMERA EVENT Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 pm at Congregation Agudath Sholom. CAS and CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) present Saritz Catz, International Letter-Writing Director for CAMERA giving a presentation on "Media Manipulation: The Bias Against Israel".
  • WINGS, BEER AND SHIUR AT 613 - December 18. Join Rabbi Zweiter for some food, good beer and an interactive discussion of topics of your choice. Stick around to watch some Sunday Night Football after! $5 per person.
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every MONDAY at 6:00 PM
Community Announcements
  • THE JCC SARA WALKER NURSERY SCHOOL'S 1ST BABY FAIR! Tuesday, December 6, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm­. Meet and mingle with parents and expectant parents from the community! You are invited to Stamford's largest party for parents and parents-to-be at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School's first baby fair! This is a free event! At the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School, 458 Lakeside Drive * Stamford. Speakers: 10:45 - 11 am. Baby and Marriage: How To Make It Work - Elissa Stein, LMFT, 11:15 - 11:30 am. How to Raise Successful Sleepers - Sasha Carr, Ph.D, 11:45 - 12 pm. Cord Blood Banking: Protecting Your Baby's Future - Tania Nisimblat Bodnar, MD, Free giveaway bags to the first 100. RSVP to and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a baby gift basket (must be present to win). For a complete list of expert advisors and vendors, please visit JCC Sara Walker Nursery School tours: 11:00 - 11:30 am and 11:45 am - 12:15 pm.
  • JCC SENIOR ADULT CHANUKAH LUNCHEON Tuesday, December 13: 11:30 am - 1 pm. Light the menorah and enjoy a festive lunch with friends. $4 suggested donation. To register or for more information contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, 203.487.0983, or visit
  • BELLA'S HATS TRUNK SHOW, Thursday, December 15th from 7-9 pm. Hosted by Talia Siscovick (57 Overbrook Drive in Stamford). Come check out Bella's new collection of trendy and affordable hats, fascinators, and other accessories.
  • LONE SOLDIER CENTER This Holiday , Let's Honor the IDF Lone Soliders by donating to our Chanukah Party for 100 Lone Soliders. Thank you! To Donate:
  • JCC FAMILY CHANUKAH MAGIC PARTY Wednesday, December 21 6 - 7:30 p.m. Join us for a spellbinding evening with your family and friends. Enjoy an enchanting dinner and show as magician Seth Dale dazzles us with spectacular Chanukah Magic! Chicken tenders and latkes will be served with other Chanukah treats.Member $15 per person, Community $18 per person, RSVP required by December 18. Walk-ins accepted for show only. Reservations with dinner must be received by Dec. 18. 203.322.7900. For more information contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or
  • CHANUKAH COMMUNITY CONCERT & CELEBRATION WITH SHLOCK ROCK (Hosted by Chabad of Stamford) Featuring children of our Local Jewish Community Sunday, December 18, At Turn of River School 117 Vine Rd. 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Concert Tickets $10. Sponsorship available. In collaboration with & featuring the students of Bi-Cultural Day School, Carmel Academy, Gan Yeladim Early Childhood Center & JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
  • BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL FAMILY TRIP TO ISRAEL is scheduled to leave April 30 and return May 11, 2017. Let's celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut together in Israel!! For more information about this very special trip, please contact Bob Abrams at or 203-329-2186.
  • BIBLICAL ROCK AND ROLL: HOW MODERN ISRAELI MUSICIANS CARRY ON A MEDIEVAL TRADITION Dr. Shari L. Lowin, Professor of Religious Studies, Stonehill College, Mass. will speak on "Biblical Rock and Roll: How Modern Israeli Musicians Carry On a Medieval Tradition" on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:45 p.m. at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. In her talk, Dr. Lowin will dispel the myth that Israeli rock musicians ignore their Jewish heritage, showing instead how lyricists are continuing a centuries-old tradition of integrating Biblical tropes into secular poetry. An expert on how sacred scriptural imagery was incorporated into secular poetry by medieval Jewish scholars in Spain, Dr. Lowin also serves as Middle Eastern Studies Program Director at Stonehill College. This program, part of a free monthly lecture series sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS), is open to women and men alike. Visit to view the complete 2016-2017 WIJS program schedule or contact for more information or to be added to the WIJS mailing list.
  • JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES NEEDS MINYAN MENSCHEN!! JSS is in great need of men to attend and help make our daily Minyan (prayer quorum of ten) in order to help Residents say the Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our Minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogues Minyans. Please feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at (203) 396-1001 or email for exact service times.
  • ISRAEL BONDS This Chanukah, give the gift of Israel to your children, grandchildren and relatives! For one night of Chanukah, celebrate Israel and buy an Israel Bond. With bonds starting now at $36, and easily purchased online, this is a perfect gift for the holidays. The more ties we can forge between our children and the State of Israel, the greater likelihood they will understand and appreciate their Jewish heritage, and the stronger Israel will be in the future. Israel Bonds is one of the many vehicles that can be utilized to build linkage between our children and Israel. By gifting an Israel Bond, we send a message to our children that it is as important to loan our monies to Israel as it is to make charitable gifts to our Jewish homeland. At the same time you are teaching your children about making wise investment decisions. Israel has a 100% perfect record of payment of principal and interest on Israel Bonds. The purchase of an Israel Bond is a meaningful expression of commitment to the future strength of the State of Israel and helps to build every aspect of Israel's economy, making it both strong and resilient. For more information, contact Cynthia Blustein, Development Corporation for Israel, at 914-713-9003 or make a purchase and review rates and prospectuses at
  • THE STAMFORD ERUV BRUNCH You are cordially invited to attend a brunch in support of The Stamford Eruv Sunday, December 11, 2016 9:45am at CAS. Guest Speaker Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer- "A Short History of the Eruv in America." $18 per person, sponsors welcome at $180.Info: Michael Feldstein at or Rose Newman at
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • SCHOKE JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH AT 4 PM Support group, meeting weekly, for unemployed facing the emotional challenges of finding employment at the Stamford Schoke JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS COLLEGE AHEAD! Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 pm Deans of Admissions of prominent colleges will form a panel of experts to share information about the college admissions, academics, Jewish life on campus, residential options and other topics of interest. Claire Friedlander, Schoke JFS College Consultant, will moderate the discussion at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropy office at 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Open to the community at no cost and registration is not required. Contact Claire Friedlander at 203-921-4161 or email for more information.
  • LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 11 :00 am Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 1:00 pm Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS FINANCIAL FITNESS on Thursdays, January 12th; February 9th; March 9th at 7PM at the Jewish Senior Services Campus, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. In partnership with FJP and Schoke Jewish Family Service, a financial educator from LifeBridge will teach three seminars about Budgeting, Understanding Your Credit and Identity Theft. The seminars are free. To reserve a spot, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • LET'S TALK - Fairfield, starting in February 2017 at 12:45 pm at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, Schoke JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email
  • SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, Schoke JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am in the Westport office (431 Post Road East), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AFTER-SCHOOL YOUTH CENTER - ADULTS NEEDED AFTERNOONS, MONDAY - FRIDAY 4:00PM-6:00PM Volunteers are needed for our Youth Center that operates every day after school during the academic year. The Youth Center is a dedicated space for Inspirica children continue to achieve academically, emotionally and socially while they are with us. Help prepare and serve a healthy after school snack, assist with elementary and supervise positive recreational activities. Appropriate for adults with experience working with children, mature youth volunteers (15 and up).
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: YOUTH TUTORING- ADULTS NEEDED AFTERNOONS, MONDAY - FRIDAY 4:00PM-6:00PM It is our goal to ensure that children in Inspiricas Children Services Program are developing in line with their peers who are not homeless. To accomplish this goal we need volunteers to tutor children on a one on one basis. Tutors cover a variety of subjects with a high concentration on reading and math skills. Many of our children come to us below grade level. However, with the help of committed tutors we are proud that at the close of the 2012 - 2013 school year, 90% of the youth we served earned a B- average or better. Tutoring is an extremely rewarding opportunity to help us break the cycle of homelessness by helping our children. Appropriate for adults with experience working with children, former teachers, mature youth volunteers (15 and up).
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: EARLY CHILDHOOD PARENTING PROGRAM (ECPP) ADULTS NEEDED AFTERNOONS, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY 5:30PM-7:00PM, SATURDAY 9:00AM-12:00PM. Volunteer Classroom Assistant: We have two separate classrooms, one for 0 - 2.5 aged children, and one for ages 2.6 - 5 years. The volunteer would be assisting with the children under the supervision of the teacher. We are asking volunteers to commit to one or more regular time slots so the children may have the same adults at the same times.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: VOLUNTEER CHEF/TEACHER: WE WOULD LIKE OUR PARENTS TO LEARN HOW TO COOK NUTRITIONAL MEALS ON A BUDGET. IF THIS IS YOUR SKILL, PLEASE COME SHARE IT WITH OUR FAMILIES. Kids Cook: Each session of the program ends with a meal for children and parents. We need volunteers to prepare meals to serve to parents and children. There are two ways to prepare the meals: 1) you may prepare them in our kitchen or 2) you may prepare them in your own home and drop off at the program.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: JUMPSTART BABY SITTING - ADULTS NEEDED MORNINGS, MONDAY - THURSDAY, 9:00AM-12:30PM Do you like children? Volunteer to babysit for infants and toddlers living in Inspirica's Family Housing Program while parents attend Jump Start Education- classes and workshops designed to help them move towards achieving a stable life. Parents are more likely to focus on the information in these classes when they know their children are being watched just down the hall from class by amazing volunteers - like you! Volunteers must be 18 or older; 15-17 year old mature teens are welcome with supervision of an adult. Also, good for small groups (up to 5).
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: CHILDRENS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES Volunteer to provide a party for children and their families, including refreshments, games, art activities, entertainment. Great for Groups (up to 12, depending on the activity) Appropriate for small groups (up to 12) that include mature youth volunteers accompanied by adult volunteers. There are opportunities to sponsor Childrens Services events include: Trip to Sturbridge Village; Girls/Boys Slumber Overnights; Rewards Recognition Event for Stellar Students.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: JOB SEARCH HELP - ADULTS NEEDED, FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE DURING WORK WEEK; PREFERABLY 10AM-1PM Jumpstart Education is a 13 week series of classes focused on every aspect of the job search process including how to recognize and build on ones assets, how to navigate the online job application process, tips for successful interviewing, how to communicate effectively in the work place and more. Volunteers can get involved easily by giving a few hours to help find jobs online and coach our program participants through their search and interview preparations. Computer and internet experience required.
  • INSPIRICA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: MEAL PROVISION - DINNER'S AT 6 (FOR 25)! SUNDAY- SATURDAY, DINNER IS SERVED AT 6:00PM Unlike a more traditional "soup kitchen," we do not have a paid cooking crew and rely 100% on volunteers to provide dinner 365 days of the year, including holidays. Join with your family, friends, colleagues and/or associates to provide dinner for 25 women staying at our Women's Shelter. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we invite participants from McKinney and Gilead House - residential programs for men and women living with HIV/AIDS and recovering from mental illness - for a Campus Dinner night, on average about 45 men and women. Great for groups (up to 10), perfect for families looking to serve together! Check out our meal calendar at .
  • JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far. Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 5th and Sunday, February 12th from 9:00am-4:30pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
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  • Aharon ben Yehudit
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Avraham bat Tova
  • Basher Rachal bat Hannah
  • Benjamin Rufuel ben Basher Rachal
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Freidel bat Sarah
  • Gedalya Yitzchak ben Tzivia Rivka.
  • Golda bat Basha
  • Malka Vitta bat Fayga Miriam
  • Malka bat Perel
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah bat Esther
  • Yosef ben Yocheved
  • Zacharia Aharon ben Aviva
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Youth

December 2016 - Theme of the Month: Lifnim Mishurat HaDin (Going Above and Beyond)

Dec 10-

  • Jr. Cong. - Why do we really have to go above and beyond?
  • BMC meeting with David Giver
  • On Fridaynight from8-9:30 Pmthere will be an oneg at the home of Rabbi Oran and Chani Zweiter-180 Colonial Rd. Apt C-8.
  • On Shabbos morning our teens will be joining, participating, and helping bring some ruach to the main minyan starting at9 AM.
  • In the afternoon, from3-4:10there will be a board game and chill, with snacks and drinks,in the shul classroom.

Dec 17-

  • Jr. Cong. - Color War challenge - Real life scenarios for LMH- Whats enough and whats more than enough?
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka

Dec 24-


Dec. 31-

  • NO GROUPS - holiday weekend

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Jan 21,28
    Feb, 2, 4, 18, 25
    March 11, 18, 25
    April 8, 29
    May 6
    June 3, 10, 17
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday orspecial accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishnaand Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me
If you would like to helpsupport the Youth Department, please visit all of our sponsorship opportunities.
Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902

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