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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
January 21, 2017
23 Tevet 5777
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Candle lighting4:38 PM
Mincha4:43 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Latest Shacharit10:28 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Code Of Jewish Law3:45 PM
Daf Yomi4:05 PM
Mincha4:35 PM
Maariv5:35 PM
Shabbat Ends5:40 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Seize Meditative Moments
A story is told about a farmer who misplaced a valuable watch somewhere in his barn. He asked everyone to search up and down to find his precious heirloom. Unfortunately, despite hours spent looking for the timepiece, it was nowhere to be found. Later in the day, a young boy announced to the farmer with great joy that he had found the watch. Astonished, the farmer asked the boy how he was able to find it even though so many others had searched high and low without finding it. The boy responded, "Well, once the barn was quiet, I put my head to the ground and heard the watch ticking." We may only hear our inner voice when we turn off the outside world.
"I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung."- Rabindranath Tagore
When Pharaoh enslaved the Jewish people, he understood that a nation with no time for self reflection or the capacity to dream will never survive. For this reason, he worked them endlessly; so much so that even when Moshe proclaimed the redemption near, the Torah states, (Exodus 6:9) "They did not listen to him for they were burdened by hard labor and constricted in spirit." They had no time to dream, to stop, to grow, and to aspire to a better life.
We live in a world bombarded by noise. Wherever we go, we're confronted by sounds and sights vying for our attention. Drivers are often distracted, and it's not uncommon to be interrupted during dinner by our personal devices. Sitting in front of our computers, we have trouble staying focused. We experience a jolt of joy when we receive texts and when our posts are liked on Facebook. We run from place to place, seemingly accomplishing more, but in reality thinking less.
God challenges each of us to ask the question, "Do we walk in the dark or in the light? Is our day aimless or purposeful? Do we react to events or create our own destiny?
"The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it."- Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Develop the discipline to create the sacred space needed to nourish the stirrings of your soul. How can we discover our meditative moment? Shabbat is a wonderful antidote. We turn off the outside world and turn on our inner world. It can't happen amid the daily cacophony of sounds. In the silence and quiet, we can't help but hear the whispers of our soul. If we face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to us. To borrow a slogan from Coca-Cola, this principle is about the pause that refreshes. The more we reflect on our lives, the more fulfilled our lives will be, and thus aligned with our deepest aspirations. A walk in the woods or communing with nature may stir our senses and encourage us to return to our roots.
Seizing our meditative moments enables us to lead our lives in perfect alignment with our inner, transcendent desires. These "pauses"-great and small, daily, weekly, or monthly-serve as the anchor for recalibration. The options for seizing a meditative moment range from prayer, Torah study, walking, yoga, or simply being alone and apart from the noise of daily life. The strategies are personal and plentiful, but the critical component is frequency and fidelity to the process.
May we have the courage to seize meditative moments every day. It is only then that we are truly free. It is only then that we will lead our lives in tune with the people we aspire to be.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new CAS members Tina and Yossi Notik and their children, Ella, Yoni, and Ari. We wish them much joy in our community in the years ahead.
Welcome AIPAC We are thrilled to host an AIPAC Shabbaton this weekend with Ed Miller, AIPAC's National Deputy Political Director. He will speak briefly Friday night at minyan, at an Oneg Friday night at 8:00 PM at the Jubas home, Shabbat morning during both the 8 and 9 AM minyans and at Seudat Shlishit. Please see the bulletin for exact time and topics. Please note AIPAC will offer a $100 discount for Policy Conference from after Shabbat 1/21 and until Sunday night 1/29 at 11:59PM Enter code PC17CAS when registering.
Living Will Last Shabbat we joined hundreds of congregations around the country in focusing our attention to issues concerning the end of life planning that affect each and every family. At CAS, we are using the opportunity to raise communal and individual awareness about the importance of a Halachic Living Will. For an introduction to the Halachic Living Will, see- Please feel free to ask Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter with any questions, or help in navigating this process.
Service Note Sephardic Minyan: Thanks to all who attended last Shabbat! There will be a meeting this Wednesday night, January 25th, at 8:30 pm at CAS with Rabbi Cohen to discuss the minyan. Please come- we would love your feedback! Also, the next minyan will be February 11th, starting at 8:45 AM. That will be a jam-packed day as it is Shabbat Shirah- Perashat Beshalah, Tu B'Shvat and the Yakar Shabbat. We would love to have other people volunteer to read an Aliyah or be hazzan, so please visit to sign up. Questions? Email us at
New!  Shabbat Class Torah Before Tefillah- Begin your Shabbat morning with a small dose of Torah learning before Shacharit. We will begin by focusing on the commentary of the Ramban (Nachmanides), one of Medieval Jewry's greatest minds and mystics, on the weekly parsha. The class will meet weekly in the Chapel from 7:40-7:55 AM.
CAS Shabbat Atria Mitzvah Mission Spreading joy and building community. Our goal: enrich the seniors' experience through friendship, song and joy. Join Rabbi Cohen and Kate & Peretz Cik on Friday, January 20th at 2:30 PM and Friday, February 17th to share the spirit of Shabbat. Adults & kids welcome. Info: Rabbi Cohen 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
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
SermonEd Miller, AIPAC: From Washington to Jerusalem: An Insiders View on Building Relationships on the Hill
ShiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Not Returning to Egypt- Who? What? When?
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudah ShlishitEd Miller, AIPAC: A World in Transition: Ask AIPAC Anything
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:50 PM, Friday 4:52 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday4:47 PM
  • to Frieda Knopf, Alex Goldblum and Irving Goldblum on the passing of their sister, Mildred Schifreen
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Gary Weitz on the birth of twin grandsons, born to Adam & Tara Weitz in Los Angeles
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
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesby Sam & Florence Fischel in honor of Leah Fischel being published in a professional journal and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushMiriam and Gideon Pell to celebrate the engagement of their son Rafi to Shira Ben Shushan
Chapel KiddushTzvi and Yona Goldman in honor of their milestone wedding anniversary
Sanctuary KiddushJeremy and Rachel Hager in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Jeremy's father, Rabbi Emil Hager
Teen KiddushLiat and Benjy Karsch
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Sylvia's Gift Shop will be open this Sunday from 10-2pm
Special sales on a variety of exciting and exotic gifts and Judaica!
We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Anne at (203)-321-5072
CAS Teens
This Week in the CAS Teen World
by Yaakov Faratci, Teen Diretor
I'm very excited to return to Stamford and not, "Make Shabbot Great Again" but realize by being in this community again and again how great Shabbot really is. We are starting off with a Friday night Tisch and oneg, lighting a non-muktzah fire from 8:30-10 at the home of Rabbi and Diane Cohen- 15 Revonah Cirlce. Then, at 9:30 Shabbos morning we are having teen minyan with seven different layners and a few new Chazzanin, it will be a total team effort with kiddush afterwards. Then Motzei Shabbot we will be playing laser tag, going mini-bowling, playing arcade games, and having an unforgettable night at "FunfornKids and Grown Ups too" from 7-9 PM. Very excited to have special times with the most special people! - By Yaakov Faratci, Teen Director
CAS Annual Dinner
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.
-Proverbs 11:25
Guests of Honor
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Community Service Award
Dean Schuckman
Young Leadership Award
Daniella & Mitchel Balsam
Chai Award
Barbara & Larry zlMiller
With a special farewell presentation to Rabbi Walk in gratitude for his years of service at CAS

Dinner Chairs
Darona Bernstein & Liba Steinmetz
Journal Chairs
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 to indicate your interest!
Local Interest
Catering by Six Thirteen
Let us cater your Superbowl party while you enjoy the game!
Catering by Six Thirteen is pleased to announce our special Superbowl menu for parties of all sizes. All packages come with wings, heroes & more. Visit our website or contact us at (203) 614 - 8777 for more details.
Place your order by January 31 at
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AIPAC Shabbaton
Shabbat, January 21
AIPAC Shabbaton
Ed Miller, AIPAC National Deputy Political Director, will speak on Shabbat after services and during Seudat Shlishit
CAS Teens Laser Tag
Shabbat, January 21 - 7:00 PM
CAS Teens Laser Tag
Laser Tag - Games - Mini-Bowling
Fun for kids & Adults
Information Meeting for Journey of Body & Soul To Israel
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.

Information Meeting this Monday eve at 7:15 PM - Please note earlier time..

Join Rabbi Cohen and Larry Ritter of ITC Tours for an orientation and information session to learn more about the trip.

Click here for more info
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!
Policy Conference 2017 Promo with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Daniel Cohen explains why you should attend the AIPAC Policy Conference.
CAS Annual Festive Dinner
Sunday, March 19 - 5:00 PM
CAS Annual Festive Dinner
Please join us on March 19 as we celebrate our community by honoring a great group of individuals who have done so much for CAS...
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
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: January 26. Info: Melissa Litwak ( or Rachel Kaimowitz (
CAS Winter Classes
New Adult Education Classes Announcements - Winter Season
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 Maintain 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
  1. Mezuzah
  2. Making a Kitchen Kosher/Tevilat Kelim
  3. Maintaining a Kosher Kitchen
  4. The Kitchen on Shabbat
We are starting an advanced Talmud class one night a week. For those interested, please see Rabbi Zweiter, or email
CAS Classes
Week of January 22
SundayRabbi David 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
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Practical Workshop - How to Maintain a Jewish Home - 7:45 PM
TuesdayRabbi 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
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rambam Reboot - 13 Principles - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Announcements
  • 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 Yona Goldman- My Big Complicated Biblical Family, Rabbi Alex Ozar- What is Love?, Talia Siscovick- Lessons from the Giving Tree: How to Foster Healthy Family Relationships and Rabbi Elisha Paul- Responding to Contemporary Challenges to Creating and Sustaining a Traditional Jewish Family Musaf at 11:15 AM.
  • DID YOU KNOW? HEALING AND HOSPITALITY UPDATE Whether in the hospital, assisted living, rehab or at home, a visit can lift someone's spirits and help with their healing. We pray in the mi'sheberach for a healing of the spirit and healing of the body. Thank God, we have a cadre of people who volunteer to visit our members. We stay in touch and alert the group to mitzvah opportunities via the email group. The warmth of our community is our strength and our value. Thank God, many people are moving into the community. There is no better substitute for building friendships than a Shabbat meal. Once a month, we invite our members to host new families for Shabbat by sending them names. If you would like to be added to either or both groups, please contact Matt Feinberg in the office or Rabbi Cohen.
  • 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 WORLD'S BEST TRAVELING TEXAS KOSHER BBQ IS COMING TO STAMFORD! Sunday, January 29th, 12:00noon-8:00pm. The Wandering Que will be landing at the Bi-Cultural Day School campus on January 29th and firing up their award-winning Kosher Texas BBQ - Voted BRISKET KING OF NYC in 2016! Not only will there will be cooking outside and eating inside, but also some live music and even an open mic for local clergy/personalities to share some Torah thoughts at various points throughout the gig. Just come on in any time between 12:00noon - 8:00pm to purchase delicious fresh cooked BBQ and eat in with family and friends, or pick up and take out. No RSVP necessary, no door costs, this is not a fundraiser. The Wandering Que operates under the Rabbinical Supervision of the STAR-K, a globally recognized Kashrut organization under the auspices of the Vaad Ha'Rabonim of Baltimore.
  • 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 or visit to reserve tickets and purchase playbill ads.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: ALERTING HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES TO THE NEW CULTURE OF HATRED ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Galvanize, a new grass roots group, aims to raise awareness of the growing problem of intolerance and anti-Semitism on college campuses. This free panel discussion is being held on Sunday, January 29 at 3 pm at Central Middle School, in Greenwich. Panelists include current university students, a campus Hillel director, and a Southern Baptist minister and human rights activist. For more information on Galvanize and this free event, please contact Bryanna Kallman at
  • 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.
  • SAR ANNUAL DINNER February 4, in support of the Scholarship Fund. Info: or Stephanie & Josh Bilenker or Tricia & Robert Hoff
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, or visit
  • PRETTY IN PINK: JCC MATZAH BALL ANNUAL FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE Saturday, February 25 * 6:30 - 8 pm. 5-10 years. Join us for the Matzah Ball, The J's annual father-daughter dance. Dance the night away and play fun games. Dress up for the event of the year. Truly a night to remember! Light refreshments and dessert will be served. Member $36 per "couple," $5 per additional child. Community $45 per "couple," $5 per additional child. For more information contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974, or visit
  • ISRAELI FILM SERIES: ATOMIC FALAFEL (COMEDY) Thursday, February 9 * 7 pm . Two girls from nuclear towns in Israel and Iran spill their countries' most valuable secrets on Facebook while trying to prevent a nuclear crisis. Suggested donation $5, open to the community. To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203-487-0951 or
  • BRUNCH AND LEARN SERIES: MINORITIES IN ISRAEL: POST-SOVIET UNION ALIYAH Sunday, February 26 * 10 - 11:30 am About 1 million Soviet Jews, based on the Law of Return, migrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. What challenges do they face? Suggested donation $5, open to the community. To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203-487-0951 or
  • SENIOR ADULT PURIM LUNCHEON THURSDAY, MARCH 2 * 12 - 1 PM Sound your groggers and enjoy a festive Purim meal with hamantaschen for dessert. Reservations required by Thursday, February 23. Suggested donation $4, open to the senior community. For more information or to register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at, or 203.487.0983.
  • SUPER HERO PURIM CARNIVAL AT THE J Sunday, March 5 * 1 - 4 pm Unleash your super hero powers at our 25th Annual JCC Purim Carnival. Play carnival games and win great prizes! No Purim carnival would be complete without hamantaschen and other delicious treats. Lunch will be available for purchase. Volunteers needed. Admission is free. Tickets and wristbands available for purchase. For information, contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974, or visit
  • ISRAELI FILM SERIES: A BORROWED IDENTITY (DRAMA) Thursday, March 9 * 7 pm A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity. Suggested donation $5, open to the community. To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203-487-0951 or
  • 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
  • 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
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aharon ben Yehudit
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Basher Rachal bat Hannah
  • Benjamin Rufuel ben Basher Rachal
  • David Ostrovsky ben Rebbekah
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Freidel bat Sarah
  • Golda bat Basha
  • Moshe Elya ben Chana
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Ruth Leah bat Zahava
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Yaakov ben Selma
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Youth
January, 2017- Theme of the Month: Empathy
  • Jr. Cong. nekudot sale- bring all your tickets for great prizes!
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka, regular attendees save up your cards for a FREE Sooh trip in Feb.!
  • Teen Minyan
  • Jr. Cong. special guest leader with a special hot kiddush!
  • Teen Minyan

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Jan 21,28
    Feb, 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 or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishna and Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me
If you would like to help support 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

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