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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Leil Selichot
September 16, 2017
25 Elul 5777
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Candle Lighting6:44 PM
Mincha6:49 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:42 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:44 AM
Daf Yomi5:50 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:50 PM
Mincha6:40 PM
Maariv7:38 PM
Shabbat Ends7:43 PM
Selichot Services10:00 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Choose Life: Choose Torah
We are blessed this Shabbat to be reading from a new Torah scroll. It is especially poignant as the end of the Torah contains the final mitzvah in to write your own Torah scroll. Each person who writes just one letter among the over 600,000 in the scroll counts as if writing the entire Torah. We are deeply grateful to the Fried and Dayan families for commissioning the Torah in honor of Max's Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat. The celebration on Friday was a unique and timeless mitzvah that will resonate for eternity. Mazal Tov to Max and the entire mishpacha!
This final coda to the Torah affirms the responsibility for every generation to make a contribution to the meta-narrative of Jewish history. It is not enough to receive the Torah from our ancestors but each of us must acquire our unique connection to the eternal Torah.
When we lift the Torah, we sing "The Torah is tree of Life for those who hold fast to it." The Torah is a living road map, the secret to a meaningful life but only if we hold on to it, only if we study and live by it. Unfortunately, we often leave Torah study to a low priority. In fact, it should be our highest.
I came across a series of questions that should give us pause. Take a moment to reflect on the challenges below.
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated the Torah as we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried It around in our purse or pocket every day?
What if we looked through It many times each day?
What if we always checked It for messages?
What if we gave It to our children as a special gift?
What if we always took It, and used It, when we traveled?
What if we always thought to use It in case of an emergency?
Oh, and one more thing... Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about Torah being disconnected, because Its "Carrier" never fails.
God tells us to choose life. Make a conscious effort to spend more time with Torah. The Torah will renew our souls and refresh our spirit.It will serve as a touchstone to a meaningful life and a year filled with blessing, sweetness and deep joy.
Of course, please join us this Saturday night at 9 PM for our Pre Selichot program (Sparks of Inspiration) and at the Cove on Sunday for our Uplifting Sunrise Service!
Wishing you and your families a Ketivah VeChatimah Tovah and Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new members Alon & Amy Herman and their sons Noah and Joshua
New to Stamford? Learn the benefits of CAS membership. Contact our Director of Operations, Matt Feinberg at or sign up for membership click here.
Selichot Schedule
  • Saturday Night - 10 PM and 12:50 AM
  • Sunday - Tuesday evening 10 PM
  • Monday - Tuesday - 6 AM
  • Wednesday 5:45 AM
  • Ari & Shushannah Yasgur, Justin & Sarah Breiner and Aviva Maller for hosting our successful Apples, Honey and Wine Tasting event.
  • to everyone who helped out last Sunday for our 2nd annual Sukkah Raising Event
Visit our High Holiday Website with schedules, events, and seating charts
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Hocus Pocus, Kadish and the 13 Attributes of Mercy: Does Judaism Have Magic Formulas?
Torah ReadersMax Dayan, Jeff Cahn
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 6:10 AM/7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Wednesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 5:55 AM/7:45 AM/8:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Wednesday 6:40 PM, Thursday 6:35 PM, Friday 6:37 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday6:32 PM
WednesdayErev Rosh Hashana
ThursdayRosh Hashana 5778
FridayRosh Hashana II
Mazal Tov
  • to Nimrod & Rachel Dayan on Max's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Lenore & Michael Cooper on their granddaughter Abigail Mae's Hebrew baby naming
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 PackagesHoward and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushDrs. Jeff and Judy Cahn
Chapel KiddushJosh & Miriam Sperber in honor of Josh's Bar Mitzvah anniversary and Adrienne & Michael Alexander in honor of Michaels birthday
Sanctuary KiddushNimrod & Rachel Dayan in honor of their son Max's Bar Mitzvah
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
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High Holiday Schedule
CAS 2017/5778 Complete High Holidays Calendar
Shabbat, September 16

Sparks of Growth and Inspiration 9:00 PM

Selichot Services 10:00 PM

Sunday, September 17 Selichot

Selichot Services 12:50 AM

Shacharit on the Sound - Stamford Cove Island Park 6:10 AM

Wednesday, September 20 Rosh Hashana

Candle lighting 6:35 PM

Mincha/Maariv 6:40 PM

Thursday, September 21 Rosh Hashana

Shacharit Library 5:55 AM

Shacharit Main Sanctuary 7:45 AM

Shacharit Heyman Chapel 8:30 AM

Mincha 6:35 PM

Candles not before 7:34 PM

Friday, September 22 Rosh Hashana

Shacharit Library 5:55 AM

Shacharit Main Sanctuary 7:45 AM

Shacharit Heyman Chapel 8:30 AM

Atria Shofar Blowing 4:00 PM

Candles before 6:32 PM

Mincha 6:37 PM

Shabbat, September 23 Shabbat Shuva

Shacharit Library 7:00 AM

Shacharit Main Sanctuary 8:00 AM

Sanctuary 9:00 AM

Shabbat Shuva Drasha 5:30 PM

Mincha 6:25 PM

Havdalah 7:31 PM

Sunday, September 24 Fast of Gedaliah

Fast of Gedaliah Fast begins 5:21 AM

Shacharit 7:00 AM/8:30 AM

Graveside Service: Old Cemetery 9:15 AM

Graveside Service: New Cemetery 9:45 AM

Graveside Service: Independent Lodge Cemetery 10:45 AM

Mincha 6:15 PM

Fast ends 7:18 PM

Friday, September 29 Yom Kippur

Mincha 3:00 PM

Candles 6:20 PM

Kol Nidre 6:30 PM

Fast begins 6:39 PM

Shabbat, September 30 Yom Kippur

Shacharit Library 8:45 AM

Shacharit Main Sanctuary 8:45 AM

Shacharit Heyman Chapel 9:00 AM

Yizkor-Sanctuary 12:00 PM

Mincha 4:00 PM

Blessing of the Children 7:17 PM

Fast ends 7:19 PM

Sign Up For These Events
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Lulav and Etrog Set
Friday, September 29, noon
Pick up dates at CAS are:
Sunday, October 1 - 7 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, October 2 - 8-9 AM
Wednesday, October 3 - 1-5 PM
Enter your reservation & pre-pay on-line to speed your pickup!
Sukkot Across Agudath
Shabbat, October 7 - 12:00 PM
Sukkot Across Agudath
On Saturday, October 7th the Sisterhood wants everyone in our congregation enjoying their shabbat afternoon having Sukkot lunch with other members of our shul, at homes across the community.

Come be a part of Sukkot as it's supposed to be...within the beauty and spirituality of the sukkah, enjoying friends, old and new.

This event is FREE.

Host families will provide food for the meal.

Guests will be asked to bring wine, challah, and pareve dessert (more details when you sign up!)

Sign up deadline Sunday, September 24.
Sukkot BBQ Party
Sunday, October 8 - 5:00 PM
Sukkot BBQ Party
Hosted by CAS Men's Club and Membership Committee in the CAS Sukkah
$10 per person - all ages. Free for new and prospective members.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the fall with friends and family, Meet new people and deepen connections in our community. Of course, enjoy some tasty food crafted by our chef, Mitchell Bell and friends!
CPR Refresher Course
Sunday, October 22 - 9:30 AM
CPR Refresher Course
3 hour CPR Refresher Course
(infant, child and adult)

$40 per person - Reservation required.
Limited space available, please confirm your spot.

Instructor: Charlie Wohlberg, certified by American Heart Association and American Red Cross, Paramedic in Riverdale Haztalah and 911
Call Aliza at 718-986-9930 for further information.
CAS Womens Book Club
Monday, October 23 - 8:00 PM
CAS Womens Book Club
Our next book club meeting is at the home of Debra Faizakoff. Event Chair: Laura Tobin

We will read and discuss A Man Called Ove

Address of meeting will be sent via email after signup

Open to ALL women in our community!
High Holiday Food Drive
Help JFS fill their food pantry
See the list here
CAS Young Families Game Show Sensation
Shabbat, October 28 - 7:45 PM
CAS Young Families Game Show Sensation
(Hosted by Billy Mann!!!)
Consisting of elements from TV game shows like Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Minute To Win It
$25 per person Refreshments will be served!
Simchat Torah Lunch
Friday, October 13 - 12:00 PM
Simchat Torah Lunch
Join us for a long-standing CAS tradition,
Be a sponsor, Simchat Torah Lunch
CAS Classes
Week of September 17
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - 1:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Mysticism, Mystery and Meaning of Sukkot - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Light of Psalms - Discover King David's Path for Leading an Inspired Life - 7:15 PM
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: Jessica Furmansky

New Mom's Group Resuming - Mommy and Me Bring your baby and come meet other moms at CAS. Monday, September 18 and October 2 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM For Babies birth through 1. This is a free group open to the community. Info: contact Melissa Litwak at

Game Show Sensation (Hosted by Billy Mann!!!) Billy's shows consist of elements from TV game shows like "Jeopardy", "Family Feud"and "Minute To Win It". Save the Date: October 28, 7:45 pm. $25 per person. Refreshments will be served. click here to sign up
CAS High Holiday Classes
Get Ready for the Holidays at CAS
Special Programs
  • Sparks of Growth and Inspiration Saturday, September 16 at 9 PM prior to the 10:00 PM Selichot Service. Have you ever read a poem, a book, seen a movie or a work of art or heard a song that awakened within you the voice of God beckoning you to become a better you? Share your experience. Rabbi Kook describes Teshuvah as return to self, your soul. We never know what experience will awaken us from our spiritual slumber and motivate us to grow in our relationship to humanity and God. Join us for an evening of inspiration. We want to hear from you. To sign up to share your source of inspiration, contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
  • Sounds at the Sound Sunrise Service Sunday morning, September 17 at 6:10 AM. Meet us at the Stamford Cove for our annual sunrise service. It is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Recite the prayers as the sun is rising and join in song. Light refreshments following minyan. Open for men, women and children. Please RSVP your attendance to Rabbi Cohen at
Special Holiday Learning Series
Classes with Rabbi Cohen
  • The Depth of Genesis Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
  • The Mysticism, Mystery and Meaning of Sukkot Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Parsha Perspectives Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  • The Light of Psalms: Discover King David's Path for Leading an Inspired Life Tuesday, September 19 and 26 at 7:15 PM
Classes with Rabbi Zweiter
  • Explore the Haftorot for the Holidays Wednesday, September 13 and 27 at 9 AM- 9:45 AM
  • Rabbi Joseph Solveitchik on Repentance Thursday, September 14 and 28th at 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Save the Dates
  • Ten Days to Greatness The Ten Chapters on Repentance from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur
  • Shabbat Shuva Drasha with Rabbi Cohen - Shabbat, September 23rd
CAS Announcements
  • NEW PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AND CAREER NIGHT Mentorship opportunity - Mentors and Mentees sought. CAS is starting a new mentorship program to provide career advice to high school juniors and seniors, as well as college age students. The program is inspired by successful mentorship programs that other communities have sponsored. We intend to harness the wealth of talent and connections among the CAS membership to strengthen the bonds within our community, forge a new generation of leaders, and to grow the impact that CAS has on our society. We will also host a CAS Career Night for High School/College Students Thursday night, October 26th at 7:30 PM. High school and college students exploring career options are invited to hear members' career stories and 'secrets' to success. Members from multiple fields will be present to offer advice and answer your questions. Students who have an interest in a given field, synagogue members looking for the opportunity to serve as a mentor or if you are interested in speaker at our career night, contact or Ari Lefkovits, at or Rabbi Cohen at
  • A LOCAL MITZVAH TO FEED THE HUNGRY As you know, in lieu of our Harvest Now Garden, we are asking you to purchase fruits and vegetables and deliver them to the Fairfield County Food Pantry. The Food Pantry also partners with JFS Kosher Food Pantry for produce. Sophia Farmer's Market (1011 Hope Street) will give a %10 discount when you let them know you are delivering to Food Pantry. Willy, Willy, Danny and Jay will be there to greet you! Of course, we encourage you to drop off dry goods and other food items to the Kosher Food Pantry.
  • JOIN OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM When someone new moves to town, we inform our hospitality team, who are thrilled to welcome them for a Shabbat meal. If you would like to be part of our hospitality team who are committed to hosting five new families a year, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or our membership chair, Rachel Kaimowitz ( If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you!
  • SHABBAT, SEPTEMBER 23RD - THANK LOCAL HEROES SHABBAT AT CAS Join us on Shabbat morning to express our gratitude to our city's first responders. Members of our local fire and police departments will be at services and Kiddush. We will make a brief presentation to them at the end of davening and there will be a Q-and-A with the officers following Kiddush.
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE Thank you to all of our volunteers on our healing visits team. The healing visits team is a group of men and women in our shul who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. Lift people's sprits and make a difference. You can offer as much or as little time as you have for each person is world unto themselves are your warmth lights up their day. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • 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


Open on Sunday from 10 am - noon

& Tuesday 4-6 PM

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

Community Announcements
  • ANNOUNCING A NEW STAMFORD WOMEN'S ROSH CHODESH TEHILLIM GROUP. Bring yourself, bring your friends, bring your daughters. At each meeting we will complete the entire book of Tehillim, divided up among the participants. We will also begin each session with a brief insight on one of the chapters of Tehillim. At the conclusion we will say a prayer for a speedy recovery for individuals with ailments in the merit of the Tehillim recited. Tehillim will be said in both Hebrew and English. The first meeting of the Tehillim group will be on September 24th, 8:30 pm, at the home of Rachel Schilowitz. To RSVP and be added to the distribution list for future meetings please e-mail Rena Gelb at
  • 613 ROSH HASHANA CATERING Rosh Hashana Catering Menu. Place your orders by Sunday, September 17 click here to see the menu
  • DEFENDING ISRAEL'S NAME IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien Invites You to Join Us For A morning with Matan Dansker. Sunday, September 17, 9:30am. Second Floor Classroom, JCC Stamford, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Light breakfast will be available. "Passing the Torch " - The sense of responsibility that Israels younger generation has towards its state, as well as the realities and beautiful aspects of life in Israel amidst the complexities. Matan will share his experiences of the past two years in the fight against BDS throughout campuses in the USA and across the world, with emphasis on the importance of the Jewish communities role in defending Israels name in the international arena. Matan hails from Jerusalem Israel where he is currently a scholar at the Shalem College focused on Middle East and Islamic studies, together with humanities. Matan is a Commander in the IDF, where he served with distinction during the war in Gaza 2 years ago. Matan was in the lead group entering Gaza where unfortunately he lost 7 of his boys right at the outset of the battle. This tragedy was followed by the loss of his closest childhood friend but one day later, yet he went on to lead his men victoriously and was decorated for his role. This presentation is free and open to the public. or more information please contact Diane Sloyer( 203) 321-1373, ext 105
  • JFS NEEDS HELP Jewish Family Services is looking for two volunteers to help delivery Rosh Hashanah care packages from their office at 733 Summer St, 6th Floor to homebound seniors in the greater Stamford area on Tuesday afternoon, September 19th around 2pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Aaron Goldenberg at
  • ATTEND A CARMEL ACADEMY DISCOVERY DAY Carmel Academy is thrilled to welcome prospective families to attend one of our three Discovery Day programs at the school's 270 Lake Avenue campus in Greenwich, CT. Discovery Days will take place Monday, October 9; Friday, October 20, and Sunday, November 19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Discovery Days are an opportunity to see Carmel Academy's distinguished learning in action. Visitors will learn about our forward-thinking educational philosophy, have a brief campus tour and visit our new early childhood wing. Meet our exceptional faculty, school leadership, parents, students and alumni. Serving children from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, Carmel Academy's central location attracts families from throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Riverdale and New York City. RSVP required. Please contact Director of Admissions, Ella Shteingart, at or 203-983-3503. From our community to yours, Carmel Academy wishes you and your family Shanah Tovah, a year filled with happiness, health and peace.
  • CARMEL ACADEMY HOSTS "SABABA IN THE SUKKAH" IN STAMFORD Carmel Academy warmly welcomes the Stamford community to a fun-filled Sukkot celebration "Sababa in the Sukkah" at Agudath Sholom on Sunday, October 8th at 10 a.m. Activities for children of all ages! Build your own edible Sukkah, jump in the bouncy house, create Sukkot-themed arts & crafts, and much more! To register, please visit For more information please contact Ella Shteingart at 203-983-3503 or
  • JCC OPEN HOUSE & FAMILY FUN DAY Sunday, September 17th from 10 am - 2 pm. Try a fitness group, jump in the bounce house, free basketball clinic, bagels & ice cream sundaes, games, activities, prize and more! JCC membership has so much to offer you and your whole family! Special membership discounts offered for those who join at the Open House. Free & Open to the entire community. RSVP to 203-517-0902 or
  • INSPIRICA ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME WALK-A-THON to raise awareness about homelessness in our community in which we live and work. The 5k run/walk will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 am and together, 200+ friends of Inspirica will join to support our mission to permanently break the cycle of homelessness. Lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement with us! All funds raised support Inspiricas mission and the need for Inspiricas services is greater than ever. We are seeing more and more men, women and children come into our shelters. Our One Step Closer to Home event sheds light on prevalence of homelessness in our community and works to help our clients live healthy, dignified lives. To register, please visit:
  • JHSC OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 29 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm (1937 West Main Street, Stamford). Come and learn about our unique value proposition, our UConn ECE Program, our 2018 tuition initiative, our international mathematics program, physics first STEM program and our individualized Judaic tracks. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Rich - or 203-357-0850.
  • JCC SENIOR ADULT SUKKOT LUNCHEON Tuesday, October 3, 12 - 1 pm. Join us for a special lunch to celebrate Sukkot. $4 suggested donation. For more information contact Connie Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
  • JCC FAMILY SUKKOT CELEBRATION Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 - 7 pm. Bring your friends and your own dinner and celebrate the harvest season by enjoying a meal in the JCC Sukkah. Games, activities and yummy treats on us. It will be a fun-filled evening for all. Dessert will be provided. No charge. For more information visit or contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or
  • JCC MOTHER/SON GAME SHOW NIGHT Saturday, October 14 * 6 - 7:30 pm, 5 - 10 years Have a blast with friends and family as we play Easy Jeopardy, Name that Tune, Beat the Clock and lots more. A night to remember! Salad, pizza and drinks will be served. Members: $36 per "couple," $5 per additional child Community: $45 per "couple," $5 per additional child. For more information visit or contact Brandon Yarborough at 203-487-0970 or
  • JCC BOKER TOV, ISRAEL!: THE WOMEN OF ISRAEL Thursday, October 19, 11 am - 12 pm Sunday, October 22, 10 - 11:30 am Join Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha, as we explore Israel's politics, innovations, society, culture, and values through discussion, interactive presentations, and videos. Since before the country of Israel was born, Israeli women have taken a lead role in its creation. Today women in Israel have a central part in the Israeli judicial and political systems and the IDF. Is there full gender equality in Israel? For more information contact Yael Stolarsky at 203-487-0951 or
  • JCC JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, November 5. Festival Encore: Sunday, November 12 The Stamford Jewish Community Center is thrilled to present to you the very best in current Jewish films, speakers, fine art and literature that the international Jewish community has to offer. Recognized as an essential part of the Jewish cultural arena in Fairfield County, the Jewish Arts & Film Festival is a highly anticipated celebration of Jewish and Israeli life, culture, community and history, brought to audiences during the festival week and throughout the year. Join us for our 16th season as we bring to you award-winning films like Nancy Spielberg's On the Map, festival favorites like Fanny's Journey, Women's Balcony and many more. For festival details, visit or contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 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.
  • HAVE AN EXTRA COAT IN YOUR CLOSET? Schoke Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry is collecting new or gently used winter gear for our food pantry clients. Coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for adults and children Or donation of retail gift cards (e.g. Old Navy, Target, Kohl's, etc.) Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday between 9 am - 4 pm at Schoke JFS, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor, Stamford. For additional information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aaron ben Chunah Mayer Friedel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Gershon Avraham ben Devorah Breina
  • Nissan Sholom ben Ben Zahava
  • Pesach ben Rochel Basya
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shoshana bat Etel
  • Tveil Malka bat Bas Sura
  • Yehudit bat Rochel
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Sheva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Kosher Advisories
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CAS Youth
September 2017

Theme of the Month: Hitchadshut - Starting Over

September 16
  • Torah Tot and Mini Minyan
  • Junior Congregation

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush," please email Yolly at or Yaakov at

If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit for all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Shabbat Shalom!

Yolly and Yaakov Faratci

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

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