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Friday, January 27, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat
January 28, 2017
1 Sh'vat 5777
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Candle lighting4:47 PM
Mincha4:52 PM
Oneg8:00 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:38 AM
Latest Shacharit10:28 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Code Of Jewish Law3:55 PM
Daf Yomi4:10 PM
Mincha4:45 PM
Maariv5:43 PM
Shabbat Ends5:48 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Israel Advocacy Action Plan - Our Vision and Our Values
If I forget thee O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget it's skill - Psalms 137:5
In the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, "No people ever loved a city more. We saw Jerusalem destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, and yet in all those years, wherever Jews lived they never ceased to pray about Jerusalem, face Jerusalem, speak the language of Jerusalem, remember it at every wedding, in every home they built, and at the high points of the Jewish year." Today God is calling on us all to be Guardians of Zion. Never has this been more important. We must all stand up for the one home our people has ever known and the one city our people has loved more than any other. We are all shagrirey medinat Yisrael (ambassadors for the State of Israel) and we must all make Israels case in a world that sometimes fails to see the beauty we know is here. Let us all take on that task."
I believe each of us is tasked with this mission. The stories of the Exodus we are reading now reaffirm the centrality of Israel to our faith and future. This week, the Rabbinical Council of America released this bulletin that matches our mission. Reflect on it and ask yourself what you can do. One important upcoming event: reserve Sunday, June 4 for the Celebrate Israel Parade - March with one of our local schools, be a spectator, or join CAS! We plan to send a CAS delegation - please contact me if you would like to help plan and participate.
Another important event: Sign up for AIPAC's Policy Conference. The $100 discount ends Sunday night, Jan. 29th. Enter Code PS17CAS.
Am YIsrael Chai. Your standing with Israel counts!
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

BULLETIN: the Rabbinical Council of America encourages Jews of all ages and everywhere to commit to the values of Religious Zionism and to seek opportunities to actively advance and strengthen the State of Israel. Avenues to do so include:
Aliyah: Joining Israel's ranks as active, productive citizens by making aliyah is the optimal way to fulfill the ideal of Religious Zionism and to strengthen Israel.
Visit: Israel should be the preferred destination for recreational travel and when choosing a vacation property, Pesach program, or school-vacation trip. Young people should participate in a program such as Birthright, a year studying Torah in an Israeli yeshiva or seminary after high school, and a study year abroad in Israel during college.
Awareness: In addition to focusing on Israel's welfare, individuals, schools, and communities should regularly integrate conversation about contemporary Israeli affairs, history, ideas, and culture into conversations, curricula, and public programming.
Dialogue: We must dialogue with all Jews and Jewish organizations - particularly those whose religious or political outlooks differ from our own - in order to encourage their participation and support for educational, political, financial, and other initiatives that strengthen Israel.
Advocacy: We must initiate and take part in existing advocacy projects, programs, and initiatives that counter current efforts to damage, endanger, or destroy Israel. We must educate our children in high school to defend and advocate for Israel on secular university campuses and beyond. We must seek out opportunities to project to neighbors, co-workers, and politicians the increasingly vital role that Israel plays in the world's economy, security, health, and as a moral exemplar.
Investment: We must strengthen Israel's economy by investing in Israel Bonds and by doing business with Israeli companies.
Charity: We must include worthy Israeli institutions as part of our charitable giving.
Ivrit: Given its centrality in the historic and modern Jewish experience, individuals and institutions must promote knowledge of and fluency in Hebrew.
Tefilah: Diaspora Jews must pray regularly for the welfare of the State of Israel and its people.

Welcome Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, his wife Stephanie and their children, Aryeh and Yakir. Rabbi Samuels leads Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. I spent a wonderful Shabbat in Newton a couple of weeks ago and am excited to host Rabbi Samuels, my colleague and friend. He will speak three times, on the theme Visions of the Essence of Judaism: Friday night at an Oneg at my house, in the Sanctuary and at Seudat Shlishit. He received semikhah from RIETS at YU, where he also earned a BA in English Literature and a MA in Bible and Medieval Jewish History. He is currently finishing a doctorate in Science and Religion at Boston University. He teaches widely in the Greater Boston community.
Welcome new CAS Members Adina & Steven Adelman and Rose Dayan
Best wishes to our member Sgt First Class Larry Ostroff 990th Engineer Company who is being deployed this week on a tour of duty in the Middle East. We are proud of you. May you go in peace and return in peace.
Please note Rabbi Cohen will be out of town from Sunday- Tuesday. His Tuesday classes will not meet. In an emergency, please contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at or 917-544-7522 or Matt Feinberg at or 203-703 -9042.
Mazal Tov to Rabbi Cohen on the release this week of his book, What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy, now available on Amazon Book talks and signings will be held
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 PM at the Harry Bennett Library
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 7 PM at the JCC Stamford
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 PM at Barnes & Noble in Stamford Town Center with Stories and Crafts for Kids - 10% Proceeds to benefit CAS Youth
Service Note Sephardic Minyan: 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, February 17th at 2:30 PM 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
Friday Night Oneg (8PM) at the home of Diane & Rabbi Daniel CohenRabbi Benjamin Samuels: The Whole Truth: Can We Handle It?
SermonRabbi Benjamin Samuels: Halakhah v'Agggadah: The Jewish Story of the Laws of Life
ShiurRabbi David Walk: Can I Have Your Attention, Please
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Benjamin Samuels: The One and the Many: Is there an Essence to Judaism?
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 5:00 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday4:55 PM
  • to Walter Shuchatowitz, "Mr. S.," on the passing of his wife Deena
  • to Tamar Gershberg on the passing of her husband David
  • to the Lotstein family on the passing of their mother, Gloria
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushBarry Best
Chapel KiddushMurray Engel in memory of his mother, Hannah Menczel Engel, and his great-grandfather, Mayer Isaac Engel
Teen KiddushGlenn and Maria Reicin in honor of Noahs upcoming 15th birthday
Sanctuary KiddushCholent Challenge - Thanks to the participants - Rabbi Walk, Rabbi Zweiter, & Ari Lieberman
Sponsor A Kiddush
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Click here to email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
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 z"l Miller
With a special farewell presentation to Rabbi Walk in gratitude for his years of service at CAS
Thanks to all those who have already signed up! click here to see the list

Dinner Chairs
Darona Bernstein & Liba Steinmetz
Journal Chairs
Jeffrey Maron & Rhonda Schaffer-Maron and Diane & Elliot Sloyer
CAS Teens
By Yaakov Faratci, Teen Director
This Shabbos is really going to be the highest in Agudath. Were starting off Friday night with an oneg at the Karsch's from 8:30-10, everyone is welcome for a special program and opportunity to broaden our connections. On Shabbos morning we have a minyan that is going to have a unique energy for Shabbot Rosh Chodesh followed by an awesome Kiddush sponsored by the Reicins. Shabbos afternoon from 3:30-4:30 we will have a Snack and Soiree, a gaming and chill at the shul. Really looking forward to take these moments to the next level.
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
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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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!
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 Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30 PM.

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
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: February 2. Info: Melissa Litwak (
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 29
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
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
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB MEETING this Sunday at 10:00 Bagels & Lox Discussion. This coming Sunday Jan 29 - important discussion on Passover Fair/ Art Show / Book Fair. Please research the best book to give our Bar/Bat Mizvah's. Speaker on Anti-Semitism to be scheduled. Let's meet in the Simcha Room to discuss and have a bagel at 10 on Sunday.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • "KINDNESS, DON'T JUST DO IT,LIVE IT!" Orly Wahba will be speaking at the JCC on March 1, 7:00pm. She is an educator, entrepreneur, author and founder of Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage people to recognize that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat. Orly's lecture will uncover the greatest tool to impact our children, community and the world. Educators, parents, tweens and teens are welcome to join The JCC Sara Walker Nursery School and Center Women for this lecture sponsored by the Karp Foundation. Tickets $12 per person / $10 JCC members / $5 students. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at, call (203) 322-6541 or Click here to register online.
  • 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
  • Brian ben N & A
  • David Ostrovsky ben Rebbekah
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Freidel bat Sarah
  • Golda bat Basha
  • Hillel ben Esther
  • 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. special guest leader Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein!
  • Teen Minyan
Feb 2017 - Theme of the Month: Tzedakah
  • Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan - Discussions: What is Tzedakah? Why do we have to give charity? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - special guest leader
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
  • Teen Minyan
  • BMC hangout with David Giver
  • Mini Minyan - Learn about giving something of yours away
  • Jr Cong. - Discussion: Why 10%? Can I give more? Why or why not? Prepare for Shabbaton.
  • BMC hangout with David Giver
  • Teen Minyan
  • Mini Minyan - Mini Kiddush
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka
  • Teen Minyan

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Jan 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

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