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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Shabbat HaGadol
April 8, 2017
12 Nisan 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle lighting7:07 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:41 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:46 AM
Daf Yomi5:30 PM
Code Of Jewish Law5:30 PM
Shabbat Hagadol Drasha6:15 PM
Mincha7:05 PM
Maariv8:04 PM
Shabbat Ends8:09 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Passover and Syria - A Timely and Timeless Message
I received a wake-up call from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo. He asked why we are not praying for the Syrians in our synagogues? He writes, "How dare we come before the Lord of the Universe with our personal prayers asking Him for His kindness and gifts, when we ignore the enormous atrocities done to other human beings?" He quotes Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Berlin (1817-1893), the last Rosh HaYeshiva of the famous Volozhin Yeshiva, who makes the powerful point that the greatness of our patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, and no doubt our matriarchs, was that they cared about the well-being of the gentiles in their day.
We are in the midst of preparations for the upcoming holiday of Pesach. We are cleaning our homes, cooking, studying, shopping, selling chametz and, God willing, getting ready for a joyous and uplifting holiday for our families and friends. Yet, we cannot forget the central theme of the holiday brought to light again this week with the horrific chemical attack in Syria.
Pesach is the oldest and most transformative story of hope ever told. It tells the story of how slaves found their way to freedom and how the supreme Power intervened in history to liberate the supremely powerless. It defines what it is to be a Jew: a living symbol of hope.
This holiday beckons us not to stand idly by and fail to pray when great evil is heaped upon fellow humans. Whether our prayers for the victims will be answered is determined by God, but we must take the time this holiday and beyond to pray for the plight of thousands of children who are being killed, who have lost their arms and legs, and whose bodies have been burned beyond recognition.
Recite a Psalm every day for them. When we pray in shul for the United States and Israel, we will also bear in mind the Syrians and all who are suffering from atrocities around the world. It is our obligation and responsibility. How can we believe that God will listen to our prayers when we can't spare even one minute to pray for the women and children of Syria and the millions of others living in unimaginably devastating circumstances?
Thank God, the state of Israel and members of the larger Jewish community in and outside of Israel have not sat idle in the face of this crisis. They have arranged medical and financial help for the victims, organized solidarity marches and have been taking to the streets, and much more. What Jew would not join these noble acts? Israel Treating Victims of Syrian War
As we sit at our seders, ponder these two questions suggested by Rabbi Cardozo:
1. What do you think it means, practically speaking, to not remain indifferent? Does it mean talking, demonstrating, voting, or something else?
2. Can you think of times in the Torah/Jewish history where the issue of indifference to someone else's suffering arose? What did God have to say about it? What did Jewish leaders do? Could one argue from any of these sources that it is a mitzvah to not be indifferent?
Pesach is the time to reignite our role in heralding a world of redemption and peace. In the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, "Pesach is the eternal critique of power used by humans to coerce and diminish their fellow humans. Pesach makes us taste the choice: on the one hand the bread of affliction and bitter herbs of slavery; on the other, four cups of wine, each marking a stage in the long walk to liberty. As long as humans seek to exercise power over one another, the story will continue and the choice will still be ours."
May we merit experiencing the light of freedom for all humanity speedily in our days.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher Vesameach!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
חג שמח On behalf of our clergy, staff, and board, we wish everyone a joyous Pesach and Chag Kasher VeSameach!
Welcome Rabbi Jerermiah Wohlberg and his wife Mimi this Pesach. Rabbi Wolhberg, an outstanding pulpit rabbi who served as the Rabbi of Congregation Ohav Sholom in Merrick, Long Island for almost fifty years. He will be speaking on the first day on the topic of "Ivanka Trump,Rabbi Avi Weiss, the Wohlberg Brothers, and Chag Hapesach".
Service Notes
  • Daughter Dudes Donuts minyan is on for 9.15am Sunday morning
  • Kashering (Meat Kitchen) Sunday 9:30 -10:30 AM
  • Monday - Early Mincha 1:30 PM
IDF Veterans We are blessed with a number of veterans in our community, who fought for the freedom and welfare of the State of Israel. We invite all IDF veterans to join us for our community observance of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut on May 1st, where they wil be honored with leading us in the lighting of memorial candles for Israel's fallen. Please RSVP to Kim at
New Shabbat Class for 6th and 7th graders Mishna and Munchies with Rabbi Cohen. Meets 45 minutes before mincha at the Cohen home. Next session - May 6 at 6:30 PM. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen -
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.
Memorable Moments from the AIPAC Policy Conference Thank God, we experienced a great conference and so many memorable moments. To learn more and to sign up to join next year's delegation at a limited time discount, visit Here are a few of the many memorable moments

Sunday, April 9

  • Shacharit 7:15 AM/8:30 AM
  • Kashering (Meat Kitchen) 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Mincha 7:20 PM
  • Search for Chametz 8:10 PM

Monday, April 10

  • Shacharit 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
  • Siyum/Fast of the First Born 7:10 AM
  • Daf Yomi 7:20 AM
  • Last time to eat chametz 10:44 AM
  • Communal burning at CAS 11:00 AM
  • Last time to annul & burn chametz 11:50 AM
  • Early Mincha 1:30 PM
  • Candle Lighting 7:10 PM
  • Mincha 7:15 PM
  • Earliest time to start seder 8:12 PM

Tuesday, April 11

  • Shacharit 8:00 AM/9:00 AM
  • Daf Yomi 6:35 PM
  • Mincha 7:15 PM
  • Earliest time to start seder 8:11 PM
  • Candle Lighting 8:11 PM

Wednesday, April 12

  • Shacharit 8:00 AM/9:00 AM
  • Mincha 7:15 PM
  • Yom Tov Ends 8:13 PM

Thursday, April 13

  • Shacharit 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
  • Toddler Time Playgroup 3:30 PM
  • Mincha 7:20 PM

Friday, April 14

  • Shacharit 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
  • Mincha 7:00 PM
  • Candle Lighting 7:15 PM

Shabbat, April 15

  • Shacharit 7:00 AM/7:45 AM/8:45 AM
  • Sephardic Minyan 9:00 AM
  • Mincha 7:15 PM

Sunday, April 16

  • Shacharit 7:00 AM/8:30 AM
  • Candle Lighting 7:17 PM
  • Mincha 7:23 PM

Monday, April 17

  • Shacharit 7:45 AM/8:45 AM
  • Mincha 7:20 PM
  • Candle Lighting 8:18 PM

Tuesday, April 18

  • Shacharit 7:45 AM/8:45 AM
  • Yizkor 10:15 AM
  • Mincha 7:20 PM
  • Neilat HaChag 7:40 PM
  • Yom Tov Ends 8:20 PM
  • Earliest time to eat Chametz if sold through CAS 8:45 PM

Donate to our Passover Fund

The Maot Chitim/Passover Fund at our synagogue receives requests from various individuals and organizations. We prioritize the disbursement of all funds with an emphasis on first helping those in need from our own community.
CAS 5777 Passover Site
Our Newly Updated Site has all the info you need for Passover in one location
Get ready for Passover, with tips, classes, insights & more!
Q&A with the Rabbis
Reference material & more
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
ShiurBarry Best: The Mitzvah of Kiddush - part 2
Shabbat Hagadol DrashaRabbi Daniel Cohen: Next Year in Jerusalem - In Honor of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 8:00 AM/9:00 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 7:20 PM, Monday 1:30/7:15PM, Tuesday-Wednesday 7:15 PM, Thursday 7:20 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:15 PM
MondayErev Pesach
TuesdayPesach I
WednesdayPesach II/Omer: 1
ThursdayPesach III (CH''M)/Omer: 2
FridayPesach IV (CH''M)/Omer: 3
  • to Mark Wagshul on the passing of his father, Mel
  • to Judy Singer on the passing of her mother, Bertha Chayes
  • We wish words of comfort to the family of Elhai Teharlev who was murdered Thursday by a terrorist. He was the son of Rav Ohad Teharlev, the rosh beit midrash of the Israeli program at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
For up to date shiva and contact info:
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
Chapel KiddushThe Baer Family in honor of the yahrzeit of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Helen Neitlich
Library KiddushHoward Wolfe on the upcoming yahrzeit of his grandmother, Anna Wolfe (Chana bat Yitzchak), and in appreciation of all of Hashems blessings (including the 7 am Shabbat Minyan)
Seudat ShlishitJudy and Jeff Cahn in commemoration of shloshim for Helen Altschuler, z"l, Judy's mother, and to thank the community for its chesed
Teen KiddushSponsored by the CAS teens to celebrate Yaakov and Yolly's engagement
Fast of the First BornThe Goldenberg Family in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Martin Goldenberg
Chapel Kiddush, Pesach ISimcha Rubin on behalf of Yeshiva Simcha Gavriel
Chapel Kiddush, Pesach IIThe Kurtz family in honor of Josh's family visiting for Pesach
Sanctuary Kiddush, Pesach I and IIStella & Isaac Cohen in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Stella's mother, Harriet Levy and Alisa & Jeremy Weisser in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Jeremy's mother, Shoshana Weisser
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Passover/Maot Chitim Fund
Passover comes with the high cost of preparations and significant financial burden on a number of members of our community.
The Maot Chitim/Passover Fund at our synagogue receives requests from various individuals and organizations. We prioritize the disbursement of all funds with an emphasis on first helping those in need from our own community.
CAS 5777 Passover Site
Our Newly Updated Site has all the info you need for Passover in one location
Get ready for Passover, with tips, classes, insights & more!
Q&A with the Rabbis
Reference material & more
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
Journey of Body & Soul To Israel trip
Make "Next Year in Jerusalem" a reality! Consider joining the Journey of Body and Soul to Israel this coming November with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen.
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. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the CAS community! For more info, contact Jessica Furmanky at


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

CAS Young Families
CAS Young Families Spring Fling Shabbat Oneg in the Park . Please join the CAS Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, April 29th at 4:00 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. If it rains, we will postpone to May 6th . We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Please feel free to invite friends and any families who may be visiting.

CAS Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Three Sundays in the Spring. April 23rd, May 7th and June 11th at 8 PM. Topics will be Parenting on the Same Page, 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting, Romance in a Busy Marriage. For more information and/or registration for the series, contact Rachel Maryles at

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 Special Playgroup on Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm
CAS Classes
Week of April 9
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
ThursdayRabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:30 AM
CAS Announcements
  • IMPORTANT MIKVAH ANNOUNCEMENT We ask that any women who need appointments on the first two seder nights or Wednesday night, to please make appointments via email or the answering machine by Sunday, April 9th. This is the only way to insure the message will be received and an attendant will be present. Thank you very much for your consideration.
  • OU JLIC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SHABBAT April 28-29 with Rabbi David and Ariel Pardo, JLIC educators at Brandeis University
  • ISRAEL MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION AND YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION . Entire community invited. Featuring Reflections, "Shira BeTzibur" - singing together beloved Israeli songs and refreshments. 7:00 PM -8:30 PM - Monday, May 1st at CAS.
  • POST KIDDUSH PRESENTATION Shabbat, May 6 at 12 PM with our member Evan Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. He will speak on the topic: Current State of Anti-Semitism: A Conversation with Evan Bernstein
  • SAVE THE DATES New and Prospective Member Brunch at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen, Sunday, May 7th at 10 AM and Senior Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10th
  • 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. Consider Visiting Israel this year! Contact Rabbi Cohen about his trip
  3. Join our Israel Advocacy Committee
  4. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. On May 22-25 be front and center for a mega-celebration in Israel in partnership with the Religious Zionist of America (RZA) and World Mizrachi. Individuals and communities from around the world will participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Celebrating 50 years of a reunited Jerusalem on Yom Yerushalayim. See
Community Announcements
  • FILM SCREENING Please join us for a screening of the film Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson. Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El. Based on the acclaimed book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Denial recounts the true story of Deborah E Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Allan Chernoff will lead a discussion immediately following the screening. Mr. Chernoff is former CNN and CNBC senior correspondent, an award winning writer, speaker and co-author of The Tailors of Tomaszow, a Memoir of Polish Jews. Presented in tribute to the memory of Eva, Abraham and Dr. Hesh Romanowitz ז"ל. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth El and UJF of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. 203 322 6901 www.
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL PROGRAM . April 23 at 4:30 pm. The annual Yom HaShoah event will be held at Temple Beth El and will feature key note speaker Dr. Eric Goldman, a Jewish film expert, who will speak about the Holocaust through the lens of the cinema. Also featured, will be an art exhibit featuring art of Yad Vashem: "The Anguish of Liberation as Reflection in Art" and "Reflections of local Holocaust survivors". The exhibit is currently on display at the government center in Stamford (888 Washington Boulevard) until April 7th. These free programs are open to the entire community. For more information call the UJF office or contact Sharon Franklin at
  • SPECIAL SHOWING of a three-hour training session conducted by Rabbi Elchonon Zohn on "How to Perform a Tahara" on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 9AM-12 noon at Congregation Agudath Sholom. No charge. Sponsored by the Stamford Chevra Kadisha. Appropriate for both those who have done taharas and who want to brush up on the ritual laws, and those who have never performed a tahara but are interested in learning more. No RSVP necessary.
  • AN EVENING WITH SCHOKE JFS, THE AGENCY'S ANNUAL GALA Wednesday, May 10th at the Italian Center in Stamford. At 5:30 pm, Schoke JFS will honor service to the community with the 38th Annual Mitzvah Award to the Beldotti Family and the 11th Annual Young Leadership Award to Mark Frank. The evening begins with cocktails, followed by an Italian (kosher) dinner. All are invited to join this portion of the program and support the efforts of Schoke JFS to assist the community. At 8:00 pm, Steve Solomon, creator and star of the two-time, award-winning Broadway show "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy" will perform stand-up comedy based on the show. Be prepared to laugh until you cry. A dessert reception will follow. Schoke JFS is offering tickets to the performance for $65. click here for tickets
  • JEWISH HIDING NETWORKS: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES IN EASTERN GALICIA Dr. Natalia Aleksiun will present "Jewish Hiding Networks: Survival Strategies in Eastern Galicia" at the Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:45 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to women and men, is part of a series sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • CAMOS For the fifth time, CAMOS (Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford) will be representing the Stamford community at the bi-annual Jewish Fair sponsored by the Orthodox Union, to be held in Manhattan on Sunday, April 30th from 12 noon-6PM. Historically this has been one of the most effective ways we've been able to promote the community to others who are interested in finding out more about Stamford. A big thank you to Elaine Finkelstein, who is chairing the CAMOS effort, and to our various organization and real estate partners who have agreed to be sponsors at the event. If you know anyone who might be interested in moving to Stamford, please tell them about the fair. CAMOS in the news!
  • 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 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
  • LETS TALK (FREE) Thursdays, 11 am at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, 1 pm at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, and 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 Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM -Tuesdays, April 25th and May 16th 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 at or 203-921-4161 x121
  • LETS 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
  • SAVE THE DATE: SCHOKE JFS COLLEGE AHEAD!, Thursday, May 4th at 7:30 pm at the Stamford J, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. A panel of college admissions deans will discuss topics of interest to high school students and their parents, moderated by Claire Friedlander, Schoke JFS College Consultant. For more information, contact her at or 203-921-4161.
  • SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP, meets weekly, Thursdays at 10:30 am, at Congregation Bnai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS therapist at 203-921-4161 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Benjamin Eitan ben Gittel Abi
  • Brian Dimetres
  • Daniel Natan ben Sara Leah
  • David Ostrovsky ben Rebbekah
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Hillel ben Esther
  • Ida bat Chana
  • Menachem Mendel ben Chaya
  • Mordechai ben Gussie
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shelamet D'vora bat Chaya Faygel
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yosef ben Batya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Youth

April 2017 - Theme of the Month: Kavod - Respect

April 1-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: Who do I need to respect and why? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Plan and implement 5 ways to do KAVOD in our shul today and do them!
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
April 8-
  • Teen Minyan
Pesach & April 15- Chol Hamoed Pesach
  • Special Pesach snacks in all groups!
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War Challenge- Chagim Jeopardy
  • Much more special Chagim programs to follow, stay tuned.
April 22-
  • Jr. Cong. Oneg - Shabbat Afternoon- home tbd.. would you like to host? Let us know!
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka
April 29
  • Mini Minyan- role play Kavod scenarios.
  • Jr Cong. - HOT Kiddush and Nekudot Sale - bring your tickets!
  • BMC oneg - Shabbat Afternoon - home tbd - would you like to host? Let us know!
  • Teen Minyan

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • 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

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