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Friday, February 24, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Shabbat Shekalim
February 25, 2017
29 Sh'vat 5777
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Candle lighting5:21 PM
Mincha5:26 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:21 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:16 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi4:30 PM
Code Of Jewish Law4:30 PM
Mincha5:20 PM
Maariv6:18 PM
Shabbat Ends6:23 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Are We Alone?
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
These verses from King David came to mind this week with one of the most exciting discoveries yet in the search for habitable worlds beyond our own. Scientists announced that they had spotted seven Earth-size planets - any of which could have liquid water - orbiting a star 40 light-years away.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said during a presentation to announce the discovery, "What we really have in this story is a major step forward toward answering one of the questions that are at the heart of so many of our philosophers - of what we're thinking about when we're by ourselves, and that basically is: Are we alone out there?"
The scientific discovery is exciting and portends new horizons in our understanding of the universe. Yet, King David offers a spiritual response to the news of the day. On the one hand, the awesomeness of the galaxy inspires humility. It reminds us of our lowly origins from the dust of the earth. Gazing at the stars above beckons us to express gratitude to God and serve Him for His Glory and not for our own self aggrandizement. We ask ourselves, who are we?
On the other hand, King David echoes the words of the Talmud, which states that every human being must declare, "For me, the world was created." Our humility and smallness should not excuse us from exercising our free choice and Divinity implanted within, to be God's partner in perfecting the world.
In the words of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, "The man of faith keeps his rendezvous with eternity and persists tenaciously in bringing the message of faith to the world. In this historical mission, the lonely man of faith meets the Lonely One who resides in the recesses of transcendental solitude. This is the sacrificial, but privileged, role of the man of faith."
May we walk humbly with God every day while never forgetting our own unique role in the universe.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Note
  • Women's Tefillah Group - March 4th for Allison Yakubovich's Bat Mitzvah. Chapel Minyan will start at 7:45am
  • Purim is Almost Here - Sat night following megillah reading stay for some Purim Fun and Refreshments. Join us at Atria on Purim afternoon to share the Purim spirit and also at our Family Purim Seudah on Sunday from 4 PM - 6 PM.
Welcome Rabbi Simon Taylor, Regional Director for New England region NCSY who joins us this Shabbat with his wife Leanne and their children Tzvi, Elya, Simcha, Leah and Sruli.
Please note Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen will be away this week visiting our members in Florida. Rabbi Cohen will be accessible via email In case of an emergency, please contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at or 917-544-7522 or Matt Feinberg at or 203-703 -9042.
Halacha Corner from Rabbi Cohen A public service reminder: All unprocessed raw KOSHER meat and chicken is automatically kosher for Pesach and just needs to be rinsed well before use. Buy now and freeze before prices increase. (Ground meat must be kosher for Pesach)
Israel Trip Update Thank God, we had a great meeting with Larry Ritter of ITC Tours this past week and planning for a Journey of Body and Soul next fall. If you have an interest and/or would like to join, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen. We hope to solidify the participants by the end of March and then start some pre-trip studying and bonding after Pesach. To learn more about the trip visit
New Shabbat Class for 6th and 7th graders - Mishna and Munchies with Rabbi Cohen. Meets 45 minutes before mincha at the Cohen home. First session - March 4th at 4:30 PM. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen
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, March 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
Rabbi Cohen will speak about his new book What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy Sunday, February 26, 1 PM at Barnes & Noble in Stamford. He will also be at the Boca Jewish Center at 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening, February 28th. Click here for his L'Chayim Interview with Rabbi Mark S. Golub. and for more book info, visit
Kosher Alerts The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Simon Taylor
ShiurRabbi Alex Ozar: So We Were All Refugees Once. Who Cares?
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:35 PM, Friday 5:34 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday5:29 PM
SundayRosh Chodesh Adar
MondayRosh Chodesh Adar
  • to David Kweskin on the passing of his mother, Minerva
  • to Rachel Bahar on the passing of her brother, David Ezekiel
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Faye Manger on the birth of a great grandson named Dov Beir Leib Shmuel, Luca Stephen, born to Shanna and Carlos Bermeo
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 PackagesLynn & Harvey Berman and Mimi & Saul Cohen in memory of Minerva Kweskin and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushSponsored by the Michelson family in memory of Stanley Michelson's 5th yahrzeit
Sanctuary KiddushAvram & Rhoda Freedberg in memory of Uncles Stanley Freedberg and Melvin Freedberg
Seudat ShlishitCaren Rein in memory of her sister, Naomi Rein's yahrzeit
Sponsor A Kiddush
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Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus.
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
We are so excited for a great weekend ahead of us in the teen world! Friday night we'll be having an NCSY Stamford teen community dinner at the shul at 6:35 followed by an oneg until 10:30. Shabbos morning we're having a special teen minyan enhanced with the flavor of our advisors and NCSYers followed by a kiddush sponsored by NCSY. After Shabbos, we decided it would be best to do something active and different than a typical Motzei Shabbot we will be going to Bowlmore together and having a great time going bowling and doing laser tag. Very excited to have a one of a kind weekend together!


We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460 or Anne at (203)-321-5072

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BMC Soosh Night Out
Sunday, February 26 - 5:00 PM
BMC Soosh Night Out
Please join us for a special
This event is free to regular attendees of BMC!
Cost of this event for others is $20
Policy Conference 2017 Promo with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Daniel Cohen explains why you should attend the AIPAC Policy Conference.
Shabbat Across Stamford
Friday, March 3 - 5:00 PM
Shabbat Across Stamford
Stamford Athletic Club: 75 Third Street Stamford
Space is still available,RSVP deadline is Monday, February 27th. Sorry, no walk ins. To RSVP or to learn more about the program, go to, or call the UJF office at 203-321-5364 and speak to Sharon Franklin, ext. 109 or email to

Come celebrate a community wide Shabbat experience.
Tizmoret Acapella Group will engage us in song.
Book Discussion The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
Hosted by the CAS Men's Club and Sisterhood. No charge, please sign up.

In this beautiful and transporting novel about fate, guilt and the ability of our memories to sustain us, one very special work of art-a Chaim Soutine painting-will connect the lives of two very different women separated by generations but struggling with similar demons.

Umanskys richly textured and peopled novel tells an emotionally and historically complicated story with so much skill and confidence its hard to believe its her first." - Kirkus starred review

For more info, visit
Mens Club Passover Fair
Sunday, March 5 - 10:00 AM
Mens Club Passover Fair
March 5, Sunday from 10-2 the CAS Men's Club is having a fantastic Passover, Mitzvah, Book, Art, Judaica, Israeli Wine and more FAIR!
We are doing Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry screening registration so that everyone can help our give the gift of life if needed.
We are having renown artists, a scribe, Riverview is sampling Skyview Israeli wines, the Chocolate Sunflower is sampling and taking orders, a book fair with a speaker named Ellen at 10am, BevMax Discount cards will be available, plus of course the Men's club will have chili, hot-dogs, fries and drinks...Should be fun for all!
Purim Seudah
Sunday, March 12 - 4:00 PM
Purim Seudah
Join your friends at the

CAS Purim Seuda 2017!

Delicious meat meal catered by 613

Magician, face-painting, balloons, art projects, games!

Costume Parade and Special take home gift for each child!

March 12th from 4-6 PM

CAS Members: Adults $20, Children $12

Non-members: Adults $25, Children $17

Sponsorship Opportunities (includes admission for your family):

Queen Esther: $360

Mordechai: $180!

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 Mens Club Presents Daniel Pipes
Wednesday, March 22 - 7:15 PM
CAS Mens Club Presents Daniel Pipes
CAS Men's Club presents Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum: Iran, Israel and Immigration in Context
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
Passover Seder Guest/Host
CAS belives in welcoming guests to our home and insuring that everyone has a place for the seder. Please indicate, using the form below, if you can host others - or if you would like us to match you up with another CAS family for either or both of the seders
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: March 2. Info: Melissa Litwak (
CAS Classes
Week of February 26
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
TuesdayRabbi David Walk: Kabbalah- Symbolic System of Thought - 7:30 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
  • TORAH, TALES AND TASTES- PASSOVER EDITION Join our CAS community and enhance our Passover celebration. Be a part of the inaugural edition of Torah, Tales and Tastes! We will collect short Torah insights, inspirational stories that happened to you or others, and recipes, all related to Passover. We will collect, format, and combine them to read and share on the holiday. Submit your entry (250-500 words) by Sunday, March 5 to or drop off at the office.
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH- MEZUZAH CHECKING, Tefilin Maintenance at Men's Club Mitzvah Fair from 10 AM - 2 PM with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan (Sofer Stam and Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Achim, Fairfield). At the CAS Mitzvah Fair, he will check and repair Mezuzot, give advice on Tefillin, and replace or tighten Tefillin straps. Mezuzot are often damaged by moisture or heat, and ink cracks over time. Check your Mezuzot twice every seven years to ensure that your home is secured with Kosher Mezuzot. $10 per Mezuzah checked (on the spot at the Fair). Tefillin can also be inspected. Info: Rabbi Cohen at
  • SAVE THE DATE - Fifth Annual Man's Seder - Joint Program of Agudath Sholom and Young Israel of Stamford. Monday evening, April 3rd. More details to come...
  • NEW CLASS Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn will lead a Mishna Berura class on weekday mornings from 6:15 AM - 6:25 PM. For info, contact Jeff
  • NEW WOMEN SCHOLARS program featuring Yona Goldman. She will give a four week series on the topic of In the Image of Hashem... B'tzelem Elokim. Four Monday nights - March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at7:30 P.M.
  • YACHAD HOUSING NEEDED Junior Yachad will return to Stamford on March 24! Volunteers are needed for housing. All Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who will be responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities and disabilities including a wide range of developmental and learning disabilities, in general they are mild mannered. No meals needed other than breakfast. They will be out of the house friday night for dinner and pretty much all day shabbas. Please contact Sharon Wohlberg 203-327-9924, Include your address & phone number, how many people you can sleep, and if you have stairs and/or pets.
  • MIKVAH NEWS: A few months ago, we secured Dena Block as our Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha. We thank Liba & Steven Steinmetz, Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, and Adrienne & Michael Alexander for establishing the new Yoetzet Halacha program at CAS. Thank God, she is well received and supporting women in our community. She visited the community in November for a session on "All the things you want to know but are afraid to ask." and continues to be available for consultation via her email or phone at 201 921 8992. God wiling, Dena will return later in the year to Stamford for a visit. What is a Yoetzet Halacha? A yoetzet is a woman educated extensively in the laws of niddah, Jewish family law. Her education also includes other areas that come up when helping women keep the laws of niddah, specifically, medical and psychological issues--for example, fertility and infertility, menopause, pregnancy, nursing, breastfeeding, PPD and contraception. Nishmat, an institution of higher women's learning in Jerusalem, established the Kerel Ariel Yoetzet Halacha training program in 1997 in Israel. Dena Block is part of the first group to be trained by Nishmat in America. Dena works in partnership with Rabbis Cohen and Zweiter and the Minnie Manger Marcia Leiberman Mikvah committee to help women and families in the Stamford Jewish community.
  • INTERESTED IN CHANTING A HAFTORAH OR READING THE TORAH? Think about learning how to do one or brush up on one you did in the past whether in commemoration of a Yaarziet, in celebration of a special occasion or just for the learning opportunity. For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Zweiter or Chazan Bokow.
  • YOUNG COUPLES LEARNING SERIES with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Back by Popular Demand!Starting in March. To learn more about this series on parenting and more, contact chair, Rachel Maryles atrlk212@gmail.comor Rabbi Cohen.
  • CAS PASSOVER FAIR In addition to Israeli Wine Tasting (with purchase options) we will have vendors of Judaica, a Jewish Book Fair, (including a Rabbi Cohen relative speaking at 9:30), the Chocolate Sunflower and we have in the works, various Art vendors will be displaying (with purchase options) their wares. Let me know if we should include food! March 5 Sunday from 10-2pm. A new option this year will allow one to purchase Bev Max cards in $50 increments. Be there or just have matzoh!
  • 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
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
  1. Reserve Sunday, June 4 for the Celebrate IsraelParade - 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.
  2. Sign up for AIPAC's Policy Conference. The Three most important days for Israel Advocacy -
  3. Consider Visiting Israel this year! Contact Rabbi Cohen about his trip
  4. Join our Israel Advocacy Committee
Community Announcements
  • PURIM SEUDAH AT SOOSH! Enjoy a delicious Purim Seudah at Soosh, with Megillah Reading! One seating only - at 3 PM. Delicious four course meal only $25 per person - Soup, Salad, choice of main and dessert! Get all the details by calling Soosh at 203-656-7505.
  • 613 RESTAURANT Starting This Saturday Night, February 18th, 613 Restaurant will be open 1 hour after Shabbat ends until 11:30pm!!
  • A PURIM PALOOZA AT BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL Sunday, February 26, 10:30am-12:30pm. Free and open to the community. For families with children ages birth-6 (siblings welcome). Featuring a Superhero theme with a puppet show, arts & crafts mask-making, mishloach manot bag creations, hamantaschen-making, bounce house, face painting, balloon artistry and much more. Come in your favorite costume! Special book signing by childrens author Tracey Newman, including a free copy of her book, Purim is Coming. RSVP or call 203-329-2186 ext 1310
  • "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.
  • BCDS MUSICAL Bi-Cultural Day School Players pea-sent this year's annual musical, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Performances are March 2 at 7pm and March 5 at 11am and 3pm. The hysterical, musical comedy version of the classic story of the Princess and the Pea. This fabulous, fun and funny musical was performed twice on Broadway. Get set for slapstick action and memorable songs in this year's energetic production by the BCDS Players. Don't miss out! Click here for tickets
  • PARENTING LECTURE The First Annual Nancy Haron (z"l) Memorial Parenting Lecture. Bi-Cultural Day School Presents Dr. Leonard Sax: What you need to know to boost the odds your kids will be successful and confident in the 21st century. Tuesday, March 7th, 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. is a Family Medicine Physician and Psychologist who has built an inter¬national reputation as an expert in child and adolescent development, authoring four best-selling books on education and parenting, including most recently, The Collapse of Parenting, which became a NY Times bestseller. In this presentation, he describes some of the challenges that face todays parents and answers the questions: "What do parents need to know, and do, in order to be effective parents in the modern world? and "What can you do to boost the odds that your child will grow up to be healthy, happy, and successful?" Dr. Sax has spoken at schools, colleges, and communities across the country, around the world and has been a guest on Today, CNN, PBS, Fox News, NPR, and the BBC. His articles have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the web site of The New York Times, among many others. For more information visit Free & open to the public! Book sale, signing and dessert reception immediately following lecture. Seating is limited. Register online at or email:
  • SAVE THE DATE! Please join us for Rabbi Menachem Leibtag's annual Lunch and Learn Shiur entitled: Re-examining "Redemption" in light of "Creation". The thematic connection between Shmot and Bereishit. The Shiur will be held at Soosh on March 29, 2017. Lunch from 12:30 followed by the Shiur at 1:00. RSVP to Judith Jelen at by March 24th
  • SCHOOL NAMING FORUM Saturday, March 11 from 10 am to noon at the Government Center. The New School at Strawberry Hill welcomes parents and the community to participate in their school naming forum. If you are unable to attend, go to and provide your suggestions by March 15th.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ANNUAL STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER Sunday, March 5, 5PM at CAS. Guest speaker: Dr. Erica Brown. Honoree: Michael Feldstein. Fabulous catered meal by 613 Restaurant with special delectable treats and culinary surprises. $36/person. Sponsorship is $180 (entitles you to two reservations). To make a reservation online, click here. Info - Rica Lieberman at
  • 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
  • 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
  • ECHOES OF WAR The Six Day War, Fifty Years Later, Wednesday, March 15 * 7 p.m., at The J With speaker:Amit Grinfeld, IDF major. The Six Day war was fought 50 years ago this June. This presentation will discuss the events that led to the war, its decisive battles and aftermath. Grinfeld will explore how the events have affected the state of Israel and what the future holds. Amit Grinfeld holds a degree in history and international relations from the Hebrew University and a graduate degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University. He is a licensed tour guide in Israel with over 10 years of guiding experience. To RSVP or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky at or 203.487.0961.
  • 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
  • DANCE PARTY WITH NATASHA AND STEVE Wednesday, March 15 * 5:30 - 6:30 pm. 1-5 years old, with parent or caregiver. Wear your dancing shoes, bring your friends and come enjoy a JCC FamilyPlace "sing along, sup along" evening, featuring guest entertainers Natasha and Steve. Pizza served to children and adults. Member $9 / Community $12 if registered before March 8. Member $11 / Community $14 beginning March 8. For more information, contact Allison Murphy at 203.487.0980, or visit
  • BRUNCH AND LEARN SERIES: MINORITIES IN ISRAEL: ETHIOPIAN JEWS Sunday, March 19 * 10 - 11:30 am Today Israel is the home of the largest Ethiopian Jewish community in the world. What are their daily struggles? Suggested donation $5, open to the community. To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha, at 203-487-0951 or
  • THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT'S 6TH ANNUAL SPRING GALA , recognizing Keter Shem Tov recipients Andrew and Elizabeth Lustbader, is on Sunday, April 30th at 11:00 am. The featured speaker this year is Bret Stephens. Mr. Stephens is a Wall Street Journal columnist, winner of a 2013 Pulitzer Prize and former Chief Editor of the Jerusalem Post. The Gala will be held at Temple Beth El in Stamford (350 Roxbury Road). For more information, please call 203-357-0850, e-mail or visit
  • 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
  • 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 at203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS FINANCIAL FITNESS on Thursdays, March 9th at 7PM at the Jewish Senior Services Campus, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. In partnership with FJP and Schoke Jewish Family Service, Deborah Johnson, 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
  • SCHOKE JFS BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM Tuesday, February 21st at 1pm: Designed for individuals looking to stimulate their brain power with a meaningful experience focusing on insight, reducing stress, inspiring confidence, and providing practical support to help reach personal goals! Come and meet others and participate in some mental exercises to stimulate brain power. Insurance co-pays will be accepted, or $20 fee to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration suggested by contacting Jami Fener, Brain Fitness Program Coordinator or 203-921-4161 x121
  • LET'S TALK Fairfield, starting in February 23rd 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
  • NOT ENOUGH MONEY FOR FOOD? Schoke JFS will provide information and eligibility assistance for financial help to purchase food. For a consultation, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Benjamin Rufuel ben Basher Rachal
  • Brian Dimetres
  • Daniel Natan ben Sara Leah
  • David Ostrovsky ben Rebbekah
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Golda bat Basha
  • Hillel ben Esther
  • Moshe Elya ben Chana
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Ruth Leah bat Zahava
  • Shelamet D'vora bat Chaya Faygel
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Yaakov ben Selma
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Youth

Feb 2017 - Theme of the Month: Tzedakah

Feb 25-

  • Mini Minyan - Mini Kiddush
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka
  • Teen Minyan

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • Feb. 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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