Teenage Torah - The Blessing of the Jewish High School of CT
One of the most challenging times in a person's life are the teenage years. Youth are pushing boundaries, discovering their identities and developing their potential. Peer pressure is particularly strong and the myriad of moral decisions they face form the crucible for their character. Questions such as, "Do I follow the crowd against my better judgement or stand up for what is right? Do I chase the temporal or seize the eternal" percolate within. We live in a world more complicated and hectic than ever leaving too little time for reflection and an ever increasing need for spiritual fortification.
The model for this challenge is in this week's Parsha as Jacob proclaims, according to the midrashic interpretation, "I lived with Lavan but observed the 613 commandments." He affirms his ability to maintain his faith and dedication to Torah even in the midst of the idolatrous environment of Lavan's home. His accomplishment is in no small measure due to his parents influence, but also to the power of Torah learning in his life.
As teens mature, both formal and informal Jewish education are crucial. This Shabbat, we are blessed with an NCSY Road Show led by our teen adviser Yaakov Faratci, and welcome the visiting advisers. We wish continued success to Yaakov as he seeks to nurture our teens through positive Jewish experiences in our shul and beyond.
We are also blessed to have in our community the Jewish High School of CT under the wise, dynamic and spirited leadership of Rabbi Elisha Paul. If you have not met Rabbi Paul, save the date of Feb. 11th when he will join us at CAS for our Yakar Shabbat and also briefly address the shul on Shabbat morning. I am very impressed by the quality of education at JHSCT and the can-do attitude of the professional and lay leadership.
Here are a few stats you may now know about the JHSCT -
1. Over half the students are from Jewish day school.
2. There are numerous levels for advanced Judaic studies.
3. There is a daily Kosher lunch program where students order from local Kosher restaurants such as Soosh and 613.
4. They have 24 applications for next year's Freshman class.
5. Students can get UConn college credit for many senior AP courses at JHSC.
6. Approximately half of their students are from Stamford and half are from Westport to Westchester and even one dorm student from Philadelphia.
Whatever our age, Torah refreshes our spirit and fortifies our souls. May we all emulate the model of Jacob to engage in the world through the prism of the timeless Torah.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Chapel service this Shabbat will begin at 7:45 am
Women's Tefillah Group - this Shabbat, 10 AM in the Chapel - Noa Haron's Bat Mitzvah.
Thank you to all those who came to our inaugural Sephardic Minyan at CAS last Shabbat! We are excited to announce the next dates for the Sephardic Minyan, the ONLY Sephardic Minyan in all of Fairfield County. Please join us as we gather AGAIN on January 14 and February 11! If you would like to volunteer to be hazan, read even one aliyah, or have any questions, just send us an email at SephardicMinyanCAS@gmail.com.
Coat Closet We're cleaning out the coat closet! If you have any clothing in the coat closet, please take it home with you. Anything left in the closet after Shabbat on 12/24 will be donated to the Pacific House.
Thank you to everyone who donated to and volunteered to make the Men's Club Thanksgiving Feast a huge success! Volunteers cooked, transported, and served a full Thanksgiving feast to Stamford's Emergency Service workers. Thank you to Mitchell Bell for his time and effort in ensuring another successful Feast.
Celebrate Chanukah @ CAS
Lights Across Stamford CAS will take our shul on the road as we share the joy and light of Chanukah. We are organizing Chanukah Lighting in various locations(current list below). If you would like to host a lighting in your building whether residential or office, please contact Rabbi Cohen. Thank you very much and Happy Early Chanukah!
Trump Parc Stamford Tuesday, December 27th at 6:00 PM - Hosted by Mimi and Saul Cohen
Classic Condominium Wednesday, December 28th at 5:30 PM - Hosted by Ari and Shushannah Yasgur
Edge Hill Independent Living, Thursday, December 29th at 5:00 PM- Hosted by CAS Residents at Edge Hill
Atria Senior Living, Friday, December 30th at 3:15 PM - Hosted by CAS Residents of Atria
We invite families to bring their children to the ligthings at Edge Hill and Atria to share in the Chanukah spirit with seniors in our community! Donuts on Us!
Celebrate Chanukah with CAS Rabbis
Celebrate the last night of Chanukah with your friends! The Zweiters invite CAS young couples for sushi, sufganiyot and socializing on the last night of Chanukah, December 31st from 7:30-9:30pm. Please RSVP to rabbizweiter@cas-Stamford.org.
Open House Chanukah Party Hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen, Wednesday evening, December 28 8 PM - 9:30 PM. Join for a evening of refreshments, sing along with Jonathan Cahr & more!
Israel Action Chanuka is a time of celebration and gift giving. This year, with everything that has taken place in and around Israel, give your friends and loved ones a special gift of AIPAC policy conference, March 26-28 in Washington DC. Join over 70 CAS members at the most informative, inspiring, and influential conference of the year. Please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen for more information or visit www.policyconference.org/
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 (www.inspiricact.org). 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. For more information about joining this initative contact the chairs, Andrea and Ari Lefkovits (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rabbi Cohen (email@example.com).
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. www.loveisraelproducts.com
News from Michael Feldstein Michael Feldstein has just had an article published in The Jewish Press giving tribute to the person who taught him nussach ha'tefillah; www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/my-debt-to-lippman-bodoff/2016/12/09/0/?print
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Michael Feldstein: ArtScroll at 40: How a Little Known Publisher Changed the Face of Orthodoxy
Dr. Sam Maryles & Yaakov Faratci
Shacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Mincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:15 PM, Friday 4:17 PM
Monday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
to Sandy Shapiro on the passing of his mother, Malca Shapiro
to Paul Franks on the passing of his sister, Gillian Pearlman
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here.
to Meg & Yoav Haron on Noa's Bat Mitzvah
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
Hecky and Rochel Attar on the aufruf of Chaim in celebration of his forthcoming marriage to Miriam Weingarden
The family of Erwin Reich upon completion of Shloshim for his mother Esther bas Shmuel Zamvil A"H and his brother Shmuel ben Menachem Yehuda Hacohen AH
by Meg & Yoav Haron in honor of Noa's Bat Mitzvah
Rachel & Sam Maryles in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Sam's mother, Brenda Maryles
Just In - Get them while they last - Chanukah Lites - Jelled Olive Oil Candles
Sunday, 12/18 - 10 am-noon
Wednesday, 12/21 - 2:30-4:30 pm
Thursday, 12/22 - 2:30-4:30 pm
We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Phyllis at (203)-253-1655
Special Membership Meeting Congregation Agudath Sholom
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:30pm
Purpose of this meeting:
Vote on Sale of 4.5 acres adjoining the synagogue, consisting of the former Hebrew School Building and the adjacent "ball field" property. No other business can be conducted at this meeting (per the CAS By-Laws)
Please note the following important procedural points:
Members will receive a letter next week detailing the proposed Land Sale, background information, and rationale
We will hold an Informational Meeting on the Land Sale - January 5, 2017 at 7:30pm to answer any questions members may have about the Land Sale
Only Members In Good Standing Can Attend and Vote at the January 10 Special Membership Meeting. Under the CAS By-Laws, Article XVI, Section 3, only Members In Good Standing are entitled to attend and vote at Membership Meetings. To be considered a Member in Good Standing, you must be current on all dues and fees as of December 31, 2016. If you have questions about your CAS account, please contact Matt Feinberg, Director of Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 358-2200.
Members In Good Standing Can Vote By Proxy.If you cannot attend the January 10 meeting, proxies will be included in the letter and made available in the CAS office.
Thank you to Dean Schuckman, chair of the Land Sale committee, Matt Feinberg, and the members of that committee for their many hours of work and effort on this important project.
We encourage all members to participate in this important decision for the Congregation.
CAS Annual Dinner
We are pleased to announce the honorees of the CAS Annual Festive Dinner March 19, 2017 - 21 Adar 5777:
Celebrating Our Community
The generous of heart will prosper and those who refresh others will be refreshed.
Guests of Honor
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Community Service Award
Young Leadership Award
Daniella & Mitchel Balsam
Barbara & Larry ZL Miller
Darona Bernstein & Liba Steinmetz
Rhonda & Jeffrey Maron and Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Our chairs welcome members who would like to join the Dinner or Journal Committees! Please contact Matt at email@example.com to indicate your interest!
TeenEvents This Shabbat
NCSY Roadshow at CAS this Shabbat, 3-4:10 PM, followed by Seudat Shlishit. Games, snacks & surprises
Jewish Teen Grades 9-12 Night @ Skyzone Trampoline Park! Saturday night, December 17 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Sky Zone Trampoline Park (360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Norwalk, CT) Cost: $25. RSVP to Yaakov (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at www.tinyurl.com/JAC9K8P
Week of December 18
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Wings, Beer and Shiur at 613 - 8:00 PM
Bob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Samuel - 10:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Kabbalah- Symbolic System of Thought - 7:30 PM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Rabbi 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 email@example.com or Jessica Furmansky JessicaL83@gmail.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachel Kaimowitz (email@example.com).
Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please drop off new, unwrapped toys, books, & gift cards for children and infants (max $20-25) to help re-stock the Davids Treasure Tree Toy Closet at Stamford Hospital. Drop boxes at CAS Lobby or at YI through January 2. Info & to deliver the toys: Alissa Weisser at email@example.com
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?
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 203-722-3512.
JOURNEY OF BODY AND SOUL TO ISRAEL WITH RABBI DANIEL AND DIANE COHEN Thinking of a trip to Israel? There is no better time to plan a trip than now! Join Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen for a Journey of Body and Soul to the Four Holy Cities of Israel. Revised Dates - Leave Monday night, October 30th, 2017 and return Thursday morning November 9th. Join us for an orientation and information session to learn more about the trip on Monday evening, January 9th from 7 PM - 7:45 PM at CAS. For more info about this once in a life time experience, contact Rabbi Cohen at email@example.com
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".
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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: www.youcaring.com/the-lone-soldier-center-in-memory-of-michael-levin-649082
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-329-2186.
JCC MEMBERSHIP OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 8 * 10 am - 2 pm, Monday, January 9 * 5 - 7 pm. Take a tour and receive a complimentary 3-day guest pass to use our fitness center, swimming pool and all group fitness classes. Hear about our nursery school, child-care and after-school programs from our staff. Join at the Open House and save 50% on your first 3 months of membership! For more information visit www.stamfordjcc.org or contact Ilene Madwed at email@example.com or 203.487.0945
ISRAELI FILM SERIES: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM (DRAMA) Thursday, January 12 * 7 pm. In this powerhouse drama, an Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country's religious marriage laws. Suggested donation $5, open to the community. To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203-487-0951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 www.israelbonds.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 http://inspiricact.org/meal-calendar/ .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.