We all sense a spate of increased cemetery vandalism and anti-Semitic threats in our country. The news media focuses on the individuals who intimidate and threaten. Of course, we as a country should never tolerate hate speech or action against any race or creed. However, this Shabbat, when we read about Amalek, a nation of racists, it reminds us that it is not enough to make statements, catch perpetrators and construct more laws against hate speech. Rather, it is a wake up call for all of us to ask ourselves what we are doing to cultivate positive speech and build unity.
Vandalism is a manifestation of a country where many people can no longer maintain friendships with people of different political views. Anti-Semitic threats are an extension of bullying, gossip and reality TV.
Are we standing up for others when they are threatened? Do we use our speech to uplift or diminish another? Are we able to disagree without being disagreeable? What are we doing every day to spread light and not stand idly by in a culture of increased hate?
A threat against one of us or another person is an attack against all of us. Shabbat Zachor challenges us to focus more on our responsibility to generate goodwill within our corner of the world, our family, our schools and community. God willing, we will witness the eradication of the ideology of Amalek, which preaches hate and racism. The tensions will ease and we will build a society rooted in the belief and deed that every human being is created with a Divine spark worthy of love and respect.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Purim,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Cohen will speak regularly each Shabbat in the Sanctuary Service after musaf.
The reading of Parshat Zachor is one of the 613 commandments. It is an obligation of everyone in the community to hear the verses read from the Torah. In addition to the reading at maftir, there will also be a reading at the conclusion of davening in the main sanctuary.
Halacha Corner from Rabbi Cohen Matanot Levyonim - Gifts to the Poor for Purim. Giving to the poor is a mitzvah all year round. However, the mitzvah to do so on Purim is separate even from the general mitzvah of tzedakah (charity). To fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L'evyonim one must give charity to two individual poor people. One should give each poor person enough money to provide for a meal ($10). Matanot L'evyonim should be given early enough on Purim so that the poor can benefit on the holiday. Checks can be made out to CAS for this purpose or make your donation on-line at www.cas-stamford.org/purim. Funds will be distributed on Purim day. The funds raised for this mitzvah will be locally distributed via Jewish Family Service and in Jerusalem.
Public service reminder: All unprocessed raw 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). Uncooked and unprocessed corn beef and pastrami needs to be marked kosher for Pesach.
Israel Trip Update Thank God, we had a great meeting recently with Larry Ritter of ITC Tours 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 www.cas-stamford.org. Visit the informational tables during Kiddush on March 11th, 18th, and 25th
NEW 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 25th at 6:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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LIPS product of the week Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing. www.loveisraelproducts.com
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Ari Lieberman: The Halachik Ramification of Being Your Brother's Keeper on Purim
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
Purim Mitzvot and Schedule
Hearing the Book of Esther
Saturday night, 7:15 pm in the sanctuary open to everyone, 7:15 pm in the chapel (women-only reading CELEBRATING 36 YEARS OF WOMEN'S TEFILLAH GROUP AT CAS), and late reading at 9:00 pm.
Sunday, 7 am and 9 am sharp following 6:30 am and 8:30 am Shacharit service. 10 am at Regency House, 11 am at Atria, 12:45 pm at CAS, 1:30 pm at Brighton Gardens and 3:00 pm at Long Ridge Care Facility.
Parents! Children are invited to the 7:15 PM reading on Saturday night and invited to it with their parents are in a special youth area with Rabbi Jeiger. The 9 AM Sunday morning Megillah reading is family friendly.
Gifts to the Poor- Matanot LeEvyonim - We will disburse funds locally through Jewish Family Service and in Jerusalem. Click here to donate
Gifts of Friendship - Mishloach Manot- The minimum requirement is two different ready-to-eat-or-drink foods or beverages. Giving gifts is an expression of hope and uplift. Beyond your circle of friends, prepare a few extra packages to deliver to people who may not usually receive the Purim gift. Please join us at 2 pm on Sunday, March 12th to share the spirit of Purim with residents of Atria Senior Living.
Shacharit: Sunday 6:30 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
Giving to the poor is a mitzvah all year round. However, the mitzvah to do so on Purim is separate even from the general mitzvah of tzedakah (charity). To fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L'evyonim one must give charity to two individual poor people. One should give each poor person enough money to provide for a meal ($10). Matanot L'evyonim should be given early enough on Purim so that the poor can benefit on the holiday. Funds will be distributed on Purim day itself. The money will be used for people locally distributed via Jewish Family Service and for poor in Jerusalem
Rabbi Grunstein will share a brief Dvar Torah at the Friday night services and the Chapel Service Shabbat morning. He will deliver the 1030 AM shiur on Just Rabbinic" - Will of God or Will of the Rabbisand at Seduat Shlishit on Why do most people like to have "davened" but dislike "davening?"
We are grateful to Joyce and Larry Haber for their generosity in sponsoring Rabbi Grunstein's visit.
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
Thank God, we had a great meeting recentty with Larry Ritter of ITC Tours 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 www.cas-Stamford.org. Visit the informational tables during Kiddush on March 12, 19 and 26th.
Jeffrey Maron & Rhonda Schaffer-Maron and Diane & Elliot Sloyer
CAS Young Families
Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Rachel Kaimowitz email@example.com or Jessica Furmansky JessicaL83@gmail.com
Babies & Breakfast at CAS Bring your baby and come mingle with other moms at CAS. This free group is for moms with babies from birth through 1 to socialize, grab some food, or at the very least, get out of the house! We meet every other Thursday at 11:30 for 1 hour. Next date: March 16. Info: Melissa Litwak (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Week of March 12
Rabbi David Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Samuel - 10:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
Women's Scholar Series - Yona Goldman: In the Image of Hashem... B'tzelem Elokim - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Power of the Prophets -New Series on Daniel - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: Kabbalah- Symbolic System of Thought - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Rambam Reboot - 13 Principles - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS HELPS PREPARE YOU FOR PASSOVER Back by Popular Demand! Pre-passover Chinese Food Dinner at CAS. Friday evening, April 7. Look out for details in the upcoming weeks!
LADIES The Stamford Mikvah needs your help! We are currently looking for women who would be willing to act as volunteer attendants. Our lovely and dedicated Shery takes Sundays off and we always need people for vacation cover as well. The only requirement is familiarity with Mikvah usage (and being a woman!) and training will be provided if appropriate. If you're interested please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Rabbi Cohen.
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@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at email@example.com
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every MONDAY at 6:00 PM
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Reserve Sunday, June 4 for the Celebrate IsraelParade - celebrateisraelny.org. 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.
Sign up for AIPAC's Policy Conference. The Three most important days for Israel Advocacy -
Consider Visiting Israel this year! Contact Rabbi Cohen about his trip
Join our Israel Advocacy Committee
PURIM AT SOOSH! Its not too late to order Soosh Purim Platters or to RSVP for a Purim Seudah at Soosh! Call 203-658-7505. Haven't downloaded the Soosh app yet? Download from the iOS or Android app stores. $2 off your first order placed on the app!
SOOSH BENEFIT POP-UP Soosh, in partnership with UJF, presents a pop-up restaurant on Tuesday, April 4th at Soosh, featuring a 5-course tasting menu of all new dishes created by Chef Evan Finkel with wine pairings from Royal Wine Corp. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BCDS, Carmel, and the Jewish High School of CT. Reserve a spot today to enjoy a delicious new menu and support your local schools! There will be 2 seatings @ 6pm and 8:30pm. RSVP by March 28th @ www.ujf.org/popup Total Cost: $100/person
INVITATION Rica and Ari Lieberman invite the entire community to share in a thanksgiving celebration in gratitude for a successful kidney transplant. Come celebrate with us, enjoy some refreshments, and learn more about the special mitzvah of living kidney donation. Wed March 15th. Crowne Plaza Hotel Gazebo. 7:30 PM
RABBI MENACHEM LEIBTAG SHIUR 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 Jelen1@aol.com by March 24th
613 FOR PASSOVER? No one likes cleaning for Passover....Having to cook for Shabbat 3 days before is even worse! So join us in our Shabbat dinner meal , let us do the cooking.. On APRIL 7th, 613 Restaurant will be hosting a Shabbat meal for the community. We will have candlelighting and minyan at 6:30pm, and start the meal at 7:15pm so you can drive to the restaurant before Shabbat and only have to walk one way....home! (vehicles can be left in 613 parking lot over Shabbat) PLEASE RSVP BY March 31st TO email@example.com
JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY Join us this Passover in feeding those in our community who need us. Visit one of our food drives on Sunday, March 12th and Sunday, March 19th from 11 am - 1 pm in front of Stop & Shop, Ridgeway Shopping Center, 2200 Bedford Street in Stamford. The following items are needed: Matzah, Gefilte Fish, Horseradish, Matzah Ball Soup Mix, Kosher for Passover canned fruits and vegetables, Grape Juice, Macaroons, Grocery Store Cash Cards. For more information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES for the 2017 Connecticut Community Concert with the IDF Band. The concert will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00PM at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport (30 Hillspoint Rd, Westport, CT 06880). In addition to the IDF Band, come meet and hear from active duty IDF soldiers. To register online go to: https://fidf.org/westport-idf-band-event-2017 and for more information please contact Ali Picheny Bernstein at email@example.com or 646-274-9645.
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewSchoolInput 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for exact service times.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.487.0961.
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, email@example.com or visit www.stamfordjcc.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
STANLEY FERBER MEMORIAL SENIOR PASSOVERSEDER Tuesday, April 4 * 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Joinus for a Seder led by Hazzan Sidney Rabinowitz, followed by a traditionalPassover meal. The Passover Seder is presented each year for the senior adult community, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Beverly Ferber, in memory of her husband, Stanley Ferber. For more information or to register,contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at email@example.com, or 203.487.0983.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jhsct.org
DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
SCHOKE JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS, beginning Wednesday, September 14th at 4 pm Support group, meeting weekly, for unemployed facing the emotional challenges of finding employment at the Stamford Schoke JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or email@example.com.
LET'S TALK Thursdays, 11 :00 am Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET'S TALK Thursdays, 1:00 pm Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at203-921-4161 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.