Last Friday, I shared my personal and professional support for our local modern orthodox community day school, BCDS, as I have done with other Stamford Jewish institutions such as the Jewish High School of CT. Many people were uplifted by the message. However, others felt that my public support of both schools was at the exclusion of other Jewish schools that our members choose to send their children. It was not my intention to marginalize any of our families. While I prefer for everyone to support the Jewish schools in Stamford, I encourage everyone to make a commitment to Jewish education and celebrate their choices.
It was heartening to hear from CAS members and leaders, who are also parents, alumni, prospective families and staff at many other stellar Jewish schools, including, but not limited to: Carmel, Gan Yeladim, Heschel, Ma'ayanot, Ramaz, SAR, Sara Walker Nursery School, Solomon Schechter, Westchester Day School, Westchester Hebrew Academy and Westchester Torah Academy.
I am very proud of the openness and welcoming nature of our community and that CAS is one of the most heterogeneous modern orthodox synagogues in the nation. We offer multiple gateways of entry for everyone regardless of background, age or observance level.
It is our warmth that defines our synagogue and desire to unlock the divine sparks in everyone that directs our mission. In that spirit, we heed the words of King Solomon, who stated, "Educate every child according to his or her way." We recognize the role of parents to find the right educational fit for their child.
Thank God, the Stamford Jewish community is experiencing tremendous growth and CAS is at the epicenter. Our strength emerges from our recognition that we are one people with one heart. We are all united by a common vision to plant seeds for the future in the hopes of perpetuating our holy mission as Jews. May God bless all of our families and each one of us to deepen our commitment to Torah learning and living and be blessed with the light of God, peace and joy in the season ahead.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new CAS Members Judith and Matthew Bernstein and their daughter Nina
Shalom Zachar Rabbi Alex and Lauren Ozar invite the community to a Shalom Zachar in honor of their new son on Friday night from 8 PM - 10 PM at their home, 500 Newfield Ave.
Yasher Koach Read about the wonderful Kiddush Hashem performed by the CAS Mens Club at the Pacific House last week in Stamford Advocate. click here to read it. Thank you again to Mitchell Bell and the Men's Club for their leadership in performing this mitzvah.. The article includes a special tribute to Larry Miller (of blessed memory) and his wife Barbara (may she live and be well). The Millers will be honored with the Chai Award at our upcoming Annual Dinner on March 19. And join in this mitzvah! We will serve a dinner on January 11 at Inspirica for their Early Childhood and Parent Program.
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
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi David Walk: Why isn't Sefer Hamakabim 'Canon Fodder' ?
Barry Best, Ben Soifer
Shacharit: Sunday-Monday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Mincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:25 PM, Friday 4:28 PM
Monday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Chanukah: 8th Day
New Year's Day
to Lauren and Alex Ozar on the birth of a baby boy
to Miriam and Gideon Pell on the engagement of their son Rafi to Shira Ben Shushan
to Jennifer and Eric Berkowitz on the birth of a daughter
to Elaine Finkelstein on Mati's Bar 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
Co-sponsored by Toby Schaffer in commemoration of the yahrzeit of her mother, Julia Macy, and Matt Greenberg in memory of his mother, Sheila Greenberg, Sima bat Chanoch
Dr. Al Wolfsohn in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his father Yitzchak Ben Avraham
Elaine Finkelstein in honor of Mati's Bar Mitzvah
Dinah Miller & Seth Marlowe in commemoration of Dinah's dad's z"l 20th yahrzeit (8 Tevet)
We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Anne at (203)-321-5072
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 received a letter 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
With a special farewell presentation to Rabbi Walk in gratitude for his years of service at CAS
Jeffrey Maron & Rhonda Schaffer-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!
CAS Spring Classes
New Adult Education Classes Announcements - Winter Season
The winter season begins this Tuesday!
Most of the Fall Semester classes will continue. You can join them each week. Rabbi Cohen will restart his Tuesday Torah classes on Isaiah, Depth of Genesis and Parsha Perspectives as and his Friday morning Taste of Torah. Rabbi Walk will continue his Sunday class Bible in the Beginning, Monday Inyana DeYoma, Tuesday Kabalah class, and Thursday Talmud class.
Rabbi Zweiter will offer these new classes:
Weekly Haftarah - Wednesday, 9 AM
The weekly haftarah is one of the most frequently recited parts of our liturgy, and yet also one of the most overlooked. Come study the meaning of the weekly haftarah, its connection to the weekly parsha, and gain a deeper appreciation of this sometimes 'lost' piece of liturgy. All texts will be in Hebrew and English.
Rambam Reboot: Maimonides' Principles of the Jewish Faith- Thursday, 9 AM
Many of us have heard of the 13 Principles of Faith, but where does that come from? Come study these fundamental texts from their source- the writings of Maimonides. We will try to understand exactly what Maimonides thinks we should believe, as well as positions of those that differed with him. Enrich your understanding of the fundamentals of your faith in just one hour a week! All texts will be in Hebrew and English.
Practical Workshop: How to Start a Jewish Home
This 4 part series will explain the basics of starting and maintaining a Jewish home, in a friendly, hands-on fashion. Appropriate for people who are first starting out, as well as those who just want a refresher. All questions and questioners welcome! Dates - Monday evenings at 7:45 PM Jan. 23, 30, Feb 6, 13
Making a Kitchen Kosher/Tevilat Kelim
Maintaining a Kosher Kitchen
The Kitchen on Shabbat
We are starting an advanced Talmud class one night a week. For those interested, please see Rabbi Zweiter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Week of January 1
Rabbi David Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Rambam Reboot - 13 Principles - 9:00 AM
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: January 5. Info: Melissa Litwak (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachel Kaimowitz (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
JOIN US FOR A ISRAEL ADVOCACY MEETING on Thursday night, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM to learn about plans for 2017 and get involved! For more info, contact Ben Lanson email@example.com or Rabbi Cohen.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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".
ANNUAL YAKAR SHABBAT February 11-a Shabbat of ruach, unity and interactive Torah. Friday night Carlebach light davening led by Chazan Bokow. Shabbat morning four minyanim at 7 AM, 8:00 AM and 8:45 AM (Ashkenaz and Sephardic). Joint Hot Kiddush at 10:00 AM. 10:30 AM Breakout Learning Sessions on The Jewish Family, featuring Rabbi Alex Ozar, Yona Goldman, Talia Siscovick, and Rabbi Elisha Paul. Musaf at 11:15 AM.
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: email@example.com
JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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
MINDFULNESS: A GIFT FOR THE SOUL Within the modern era of device obsession and social media frenzy lies a daily lifeline toward balance. Join us as Scott Goldberg, Ph.D. presents the educational and parental practices and research related to how Tefilla is connected to the practice of meditation and mindfulness, creating an opportunity to be fully present, emotionally balanced and focused on building a deeper relationship with God while honing a valuable lifelong skill that serves to center and ground us. Thursday, January 12, 6:30-8:30pm, Dinner will be served. Hosted by Bi-Cultural Day School. RSVP required - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. $20 per person; Free of charge for Bi-Cultural families. Scott Goldberg is the former Vice Provost of Yeshiva University and currently is an active teacher, researcher, and internationally renowned consultant in areas related to student success in the Jewish community while serving as the Chairman of the Koren Publishers Educational Editorial Board. He is a tenured faculty member at Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, and a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for exact service times.
MAAYANOT HIGH SCHOOL The entire community is invited to attend Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School's Day of Big Ideas on Monday, January 2nd, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at Ma'ayanot (1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck). The program will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Leah Knapp (Clinical Psychologist & Ma'ayanot Teacher) on the topic Lonely Man of Faith: Opportunities and Limitations in the Quest to Connect. The keynote will be followed by additional lectures by Ma'ayanot faculty on advanced topics in the liberal arts and sciences. Men and women welcome. For more information please contact Chana Stiefel at 201-833-4307, ext. 244.
SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, March 5, 2017, 5PM, at Congregation Agudath Sholom. Annual Stamford Chevra Kadisha Dinner, featuring Dr. Erica Brown as guest speaker. Honoree: Michael Feldstein. Fabulous catered meal by 613 Restaurant with some very special delectable treats and culinary surprises. Only $36/person. Sponsorship is $180 (entitles you to two reservations). Invitations will be in the mail in January. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Rica Lieberman at email@example.com
SUPPER AND SONG DANCE PARTY WITH ANDY BAUM Wednesday, January 18 * 5:30 - 6:30 pm. 1 - 5 years old, with parent or caregiver. Wear your dancing shoes, bring your friends and enjoy a JCC FamilyPlace "sing along, sup along" evening, featuring guest entertainer Andy Baum. Pizza served to children and adults. Member $9 / Community $12 if registered before January 11. Member $11 / Community $14 beginning January 11. For more information, contact Allison Murphy at 203.487.0980, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stamfordjcc.org
THE CENTER WOMEN OF THE J PRESENT 100 YEARS: 100 SONGS Saturday, January 21, 7:30 pm & Sunday, January 22, 11 am and 3 pm. This original musical review celebrates our JCC's centennial with snippets of 100 songs that reflect the Center's amazing history. Many of the Broadway show tunes are ones you know and love, so come ready to tap your feet, sing along and have a great time! A perfect outing for the entire family! Reservations required. Playbill ads available for purchase. For more information contact Nancy Schiffman at 203-487-0941 or email@example.com or visit www.stamfordjcc.org to reserve tickets and purchase playbill ads.
BRUNCH AND LEARN SERIES: MINORITIES IN ISRAEL: HAREDIM-ULTRA ORTHODOX JEWS Sunday, January 29 * 10 - 11:30 am In the world of Jewish observance and identification, it is Haredi Jews that are perhaps the most visually identifiable, yet they make up only 8% of the Jews in Israel. How do Haredim fit into Israeli society? 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.
O-LA-MI FAMILY GAME SHOW Sunday, January 29 * 5 - 7 pm. Celebrate summer with your friends at our annual O-la-mi Reunion and fundraiser! Reconnect with O-la-mi friends and counselors, and meet new participants and their families. Pizza, games, raffle and O-la-mi fun! All are welcome. $36 per family of 4 ($5 each additional participant). Please pre-register by January 25 so the O-la-mi staff can plan accordingly. All proceeds from this event will be donated to O-la-mi's "Make a Change Campaign," which helps support scholarships for children in need. For more information contact Brandon Yarborough at 203.487.0970, email@example.com or visit www.stamfordjcc.org
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.