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Friday, October 20, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
NoachRosh Chodesh CheshvanOctober 21, 20171 Cheshvan 5778
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Candle Lighting5:47 PM
Mincha5:52 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:56 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:50 AM
Daf Yomi4:50 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:50 PM
Mincha5:40 PM
Maariv6:41 PM
Shabbat Ends6:46 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Happy Rosh Chodesh
Penny Wise
What transgressions led to the destruction of the world? The Torah alludes to idolatry, sexual immorality and theft. Yet, even though the first two are considered cardinal sins, God testifies that the flood was unleashed on the earth due to the sin of theft. (Genesis 6:8) The Talmud states that the fate of the generation was sealed because of thievery. (Sanhedrin 108a)
Why would the future of the world be dependent on the crime of stealing? It is even more troubling when we consider that the Rabbis explain that the theft was primarily of trivial amounts of money. Mobs of people would swarm a store and steal less than a perutah (penny). Jewish law does not prosecute for such a small amount of money.
Herein is the tragedy. Stealing such a small amount may be legal for each person. However, a society which fosters an attitude of mobilizing a group to create a scheme to avoid the law, but as a result, show a blatant disregard for another human being's property, is fundamentally corrupt.
Rarely does a person leave business school with the intent of stealing millions of dollars. A life of crime begins by cheating on a test or plagiarizing a college essay. One compromise leads to the next. Following the flood, God renews the world based on emes, truth. The Torah must always be a guiding light to exhibit the utmost honesty in matters great and small, in public and in private. This foundation forms the basis for building an ethical, righteous and sustainable society.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov,
Rabbi Cohen
Service Notes
  • Next CAS Sephardic Minyan will be on Shabbat Perashat Lech Lecha, October 28 at 9am in the Social Hall. Please click here to sign up to be Hazan or read from the Torah. Specifically, we are looking for the 6th and 7th Aliyot. Again, all volunteers and all customs are welcome!
The Israel Advocacy Committee needs your help! The Israel Committee is channeling support for Israel in the community into tangible advocacy. We have more ideas and initiatives than we can handle, from publishing small actions that people can take to support Israel to combating BDS at the state level, to working on websites and social media to get the word out. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or Ben Lanson ( or join us at our next being at the shul on Thursday, October 26th.
This week in Jewish History with Rabbi Zweiter returns for the Fall season. This week: The Father of Israel's Nuclear Program click here to view
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReadersZachary Isaacs, Jay Jubas
10:30 shiurRabbi Shlomo Zuckier: The History of Nachas: From Jewish Mothers to Biblical Sacrifice
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:45 PM, Friday 5:42 PM
Lunch MinchaBegins November 6: Monday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday5:37 PM
FridayYom HaAliyah
Mazal Tov
  • to Farren & Hillary Isaacs on Zachary's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Janice & Jake Meyer on the wedding of their son Jordan and Jenna Wallshein
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 PackagesFlossy Fischel in honor of Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Zweiter thanking them for their help and in memory of Stuart Salzman; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library Kiddushby the Attar and Lieberman families in commemoration of Rabbi Lieberman Z'L 12th Yahrzeit.
Chapel KiddushKen Neuhaus and Steven Steinmetz in honor of Steven Frenkel and his Boston Red Sox - first in his heart, first in the Division and first eliminated from the AL Playoffs - and Liba and Steven Steinmetz in memory of the yartzeit of Rabbi Sol Steinmetz, ZTL
Sanctuary KiddushFarren & Hillary Isaacs in celebration of Zachary's Bar Mitzvah
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CAS Israel Advocacy Update
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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!
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!
CAS Adult Education Program
CAS offers classes for everyone at every level. Daytime or evenings, find the classes that work best for you!
Shani Taragin
Monday, November 6 - 8:00 PM
Shani Taragin
Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam:
the Dynamic Duo and Trio, Paradigms of Complementary Leadership
Graciously Sponsored by the MALT (Men's Adult Learning Trip) participants
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes
Classes: Sundays, November 19 & December 3 - 9:15 am
December 10 - Tefillin Trip to Tiferes Stam in Brooklyn and Delicious Lunch at Essex NY Deli

Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bar Mitzvah fathers and seventh grade boys to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man. Each session will cover a unique aspect of a Bar Mitzvah's new responsibilities in the world, and Rabbi Cohen will bring relevant sources to stimulate discussion. The three topics will be: (1) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as an individual? (2) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my family? (3) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my local community, Jewish people and the world? This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to bond and grow in preparation for their Bnai Mitzvah.

Classes: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 am Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17, Jan. 7, 14, Snow date: Jan. 21
Matan, led by Diane Cohen, is a mother-daughter program for sixth grade Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. It is an educational, fun, interactive and uplifting way to prepare for your Bnai Mitzvah and grow closer to your daughters in the process. The Matan Class is endowed by a gift from Gerald Cohen in memory of his mother Florence Cohen, Tziporah bat Shimon.
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
CAS Rookies and Vets Potluck Shabbat Lunch
Please join us as a host or a guest, whether you are a "rookie" to the Stamford community, or a "vet" and have lived here for several years or more. Hosts will provide the main dish and guests will be asked to fill in with side dishes or dessert. We hope you can join us for this great way to get to know others in the CAS community!
Special Class
Wednesday evenings at 8 PM.
Explore some of the most fascinating controversies in the history of Jews in America. The classes will focus on primary sources, leading to discussion of what these questions meant then, and what they mean to us now.
Oct. 25 How Unwanted were the Jews in New Amsterdam?
Nov. 1 Were the Jews Slaveholders... and What did the Rabbis Say?
Nov. 8 Could it have Happened? Efforts to Unite the Reform and Orthodox in America
Nov. 15 What Finally Brought American Jews to Zionism?
Its never too late to re engage with Torah and your heritage. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Whether you formerly had a Bat Mitzvah or not, this program will enable to reconnect with your past, present and future. The program consists of three components and will start in November.
First, join the Crash Course in Basic Judaism with Rabbi Cohen (Starts Monday evening, Nov. 13th) , the Matan Class exploring Jewish women role models in the spring with Diane Cohen and one class of your choice from our array of learning opportunities. Class information can be found at
Second, we will share a special Shabbat dinner together with your families at the Cohen home.
Third, you will prepare and share a brief Dvar Torah and reflection at the culmination celebration of the program in June 2018.
The Light of Psalms Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Tuesday, November 14 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM. November 14th, 21st, 28th and December 5th and 12th. Unlock the code of King Davids Psalms. More than any other book in Tanach, it reflects the totality of the human experience and is designed as a guide for life. Rabbi Cohen will explore and reveal how the verses of the Psalms are not only prayers but road maps to rediscovering the Divine in you, God, nature and humanity. If there is one book to understand this year that will truly make a difference in your life every day, Psalms is the ONE!
CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of October 22
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - no class this week, resumes October 30
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Book of Ezra - Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depths of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
Controversies and Questions in American Jewish History with Rabbi Oran Zweiter - 8:00 PM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: The Lonely Man of Faith - 9:00 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
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, 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

Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Saturday night, November 4th, Sunday night, December 3rd and Sunday night, January 7th @ 8 PM. Resumes with a new series of classes in the Fall. Space is limited so RSVP at your earliest convenience to Rachel Maryles at Rabbi Cohen explores timely themes in Romance, Marriage and Parenting. Topics forthcoming in the weeks to come.
CAS Announcements
  • NEW PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AND CAREER NIGHT MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8 PM 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. We intend to harness the wealth of talent and connections among the CAS membership to strengthen the bonds within our community, foster the development of a new generation of leaders, and grow the impact that CAS has on our society. We will host a CAS Career Night for High School/College Students Monday, October 30 at 7:30 PM. High school and college students exploring career options are invited to hear members' career stories and 'secrets' to success. Members with experience in multiple career fields will 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 speaking at our career night, contact Ari Lefkovits, or Rabbi Cohen at
  • STAMFORD MAYORAL FORUM Sunday, Oct. 29 from 11am-12:30pm. CAS Mens Club will host Mayor David Martin, Barry Michelson, (former Zoning Board member) and John Zito for a forum. The forum will include a 5-7 minute platform presentation from each, followed by each responding to 3-4 questions (submitted by you in advance), followed by a wrap up 3 minute conclusion then a 15-20 minute question and answer session from the audience. We expect a very informative and potent politically charged forum. Please submit questions to the office or via email to and the Men's Club will choose from the group received. Bagels with a schmear will be available for purchase with coffee or tea.
  • 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!
  • 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

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

Community Announcements
  • CAS will include any community organizations announcements in this list each week. Just email yours to For paid display ads, contact Matt at
  • CAMP MOSHAVA I.O. OPEN HOUSE Josh and Abigail are hosting the Camp Moshava I.O. open house this Monday evening, October 23 at 7:30PM. Come to hear all about Camp Moshava from the camp director Alan Silverman. He will be here to show a video and answer any questions you might have. There is a $50 family tuition credit for families that attend. Children are welcome.
  • SOOSH SPECIAL OFFER Free Sushi Roll with the purchase of any Exquisite roll - Saturday nights @Soosh! Dine-in only. Soosh opens one-hour after Shabbat and closes at midnight! Come join us for amazing sushi and relaxing evening out!
  • TEMPLE SINAI BROTHERHOOD PRESENTS ITS 2017 POLITICAL BRUNCH Sunday, October 22, at 10:00am. Listen to and question, Mayor David Martin and challenger Barry Michelson and candidates for the Board of Education who are running for office in November. A bagel breakfast will be served at 9:30am. Join us at Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Drive, Stamford, CT
  • IF YOU LOVE LIVING IN STAMFORD AND KNOW OTHERS WHO WOULD, TOO,THEN INVITE THEM TO THE BCDS STAMFORD SHABBATON November 3-4. For families who want to learn more about Stamford. Amenities include: Four kosher restaurants, Award-winning Modern Orthodox Jewish day school (Pre-K thru 8th grade), Jewish preschools, Jewish High school, Beautiful mikveh, Eruv. A short commute to NYC! Hosted by the families of Bi-Cultural Day School. For more information, please contact Denise Rafailov 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.
  • BI-CULTURAL OPEN HOUSE AND FALL FESTIVAL November 5, 10 a.m. Learn about Stamfords premiere day school followed by a taste of New England at our Fall Festival featuring all of the amenities this vibrant Jewish community has to offer with seasonal activities and delicious food for the whole family! For more information, please contact Denise Rafailov at
  • WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE We invite you to get to know our school-to get to know what sets Westchester Hebrew High School apart from all other Jewish high schools. Please join us for our Open House on Sunday, October 29, from 1-3 pm. RVSP to or call 914.698.0806 ext. 308.
  • LOAVES OF LOVE MEGA CHALLAH BAKE Whether you have baked challah before or this is a first, help us reach our goal of getting 360 women together - to bake Challah for your family as well as for those in need of a little extra love! Thursday, October 26 | 7:00pm | Doors open 6:30pm At the Crowne Stamford Plaza, 2701 Summer Street. This years goal is to bring 360 women together to work side by side to make 720 challahs. The purpose is to provide actual Loaves of Love; handmade challahs to those who need among our wide reaching community. Early Bird Through October 16 $36 | Advanced $45 | At the Door $54 Teen (High School Age) $18 | Table $360. (All tickets include 1 raffle ticket) Sponsor $180 (includes half page in journal) Hostess $360 Patron $540 (include full page in journal) Chairs: Elian Avraham, Shelby Holloway, Elise Klein, & Talia Siscovick. To sign up go to
  • MA'AYANOT OPEN HOUSE Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School invites 8th grade girls and their parents to their Open House, Sunday, October 29, 1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck, NJ. Breakfast and registration at 9 AM. Program begins 9:30 AM. 12-12:30 PM Lunch & Student Life Fair. Visit to Pre-register. Email for more information.
  • FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES DINNER in Westchester or Stamford. Support the brave IDF soldiers and programs for their wellbeing. Westchester: Thursday Oct. 26, at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester. Stamford: Sunday Oct. 28 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel Speaker: Lior Rax, Co-writer and Lead Actor in Netflix Original Series, Fauda. Register at www.FIDF.ORG/CTGala2017
  • WHO IS A JEW? A 3,000 YEAR-OLD ANSWER Dr. Jill Katz will speak on "Who is a Jew? A 3,000 Year-Old Answer" on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:00pm at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle. Dr. Katz will discuss what it meant to be a Jew during the period of the Judges, when Israelite identity was first being expressed. She will explore the idea that while the early Israelites shared much in common with their Canaanite neighbors, their differences represented a deliberate attempt to separate themselves religiously, politically, and economically from the surrounding peoples. In other words: the Israelites' ethnic identity might best be understood in contrast with what it was not - often not Canaanite, and definitely not Philistine or Egyptian. Dr. Katz teaches archaeology and anthropology at Yeshiva University, with a specialty in biblical archaeology. Her excavations include Ashkelon, Gerar, and most recently Gath - Goliaths hometown - where she currently serves as a field director. Her research focuses on the nature of Israelite leadership during the time of the Judges and on emergent urban life during the time of King David. Dr. Katz holds an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture, which is free and open to women and men, is part of a continuing series sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies. Please visit to view the complete WIJS schedule or email for more information or to be added to our mailing list.
  • JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT 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 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
  • HYACINTHE AND HAROLD HOFFMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE Proudly Presents, "Israel: A Different Conversation" with Daniel Gordis and Peter Beinart. Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30 pm at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road in Stamford. Earlier this year, Gordis and Beinart embarked to bridge their ideological divides with a podcast series titled "Fault Lines". The audience response to these broadcasts has been enthusiastic, and the two men have proven that meaningful conversation can take place among Jews who passionately disagree about many subjects. Reception to follow the lecture. Free of charge
  • YUHSB ATHLETICS REUNION ON OCTOBER 29TH YU High School for Boys (MTA and BTA) will be hosting an athletics reunion for all former athletes and fans on October 29th on YUs uptown Wilf Campus. Brunch reception at 11:00 AM; Athletic Competitions at 12:30 PM. For more information and/or to register, 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.
  • 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
  • JCC POOL GRAND REOPENING & OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22: 11AM - 2PM All are welcome! Check out these great deals before they're gone! Learn to swim at the JCC with 40% OFF on 3-pack of private swim lessons. Save up to $180 on your first year of membership Schedule for the day: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch & Tours, 12:15 p.m., JCC Swim School Demonstration, 12:30 - 2 p.m. Family Pool Party with Music by DJ RSVP to Ilene Madwed at or 203.487.0945
  • HONORING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION - What the British Government's support for a National Home for the Jewish people in Palestine meant in 1917 and what it means in 2017. The program will feature Steven Bayme, Director of The Contemporary Jewish Life Department of AJC and The Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute for American Jewish-Israel Relations on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm at Temple Beth El in Stamford.
  • SUPPER AND SONG: DANCE PARTY WITH JAY AND RAY Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 - 6:30 pm 1-8 years old, with parent or caregiver. Wear your dancing shoes, bring your friends and come enjoy a JCC FamilyPlace "sing along, sup along" evening tailored to young children, featuring guest entertainers Jay and Ray. Pizza served to children and adults. Members $10 / Community $13 if registered before November 9. Members $12 / Community $15 beginning November 9. For more information visit or contact Allison Murphy at 203.487.0980 or
  • SENIOR ADULT THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON Thursday, November 16 * 11:30 am - 1 pm. Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends at the JCC! $4 suggested donation. Open to all seniors. For more information contact Connie Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
  • ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE Sunday, November 19 * 8 - 11 am Donate a turkey and some fixin's to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, and share Thanksgiving cheer with those who otherwise would go without. Sponsored by KinderPlace and JumpStart at The J. For more information contact Liz Gebert at 203.487.0968 or
  • THE CENTER WOMEN GIFT SHOW Thursday, November 30, 5:30 - 9:30 pm. Dozens of vendors will sell fabulous clothing, gorgeous jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts. $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or
  • CW GIFT SHOW BABYSITTING NIGHT Thursday, November 30, 6:15 - 8 pm. 5 - 10 years. Drop your child off and enjoy an evening shopping with your friends at the JCC while the children enjoy watching a movie and eating pizza with their friends. Members $10 / Community $12 For more information contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aaron ben Chunah Mayer Friedel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Faiga Tova bat Liba
  • Faigel bat Ruchel Leah
  • Moshe Gedalia ben Sarah
  • Nissan Sholom ben Ben Zahava
  • Pesach ben Rochel Basya
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Tveil Malka bat Bas Sura
  • Yehudit bat Rochel
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Sheva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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CAS Youth
October 2017

Theme of the Month: Hachnasat Orchim - Welcoming Guests

October 21
  • Torah Tot
  • Mini Minyan
  • Junior Congregation
  • Bnei Mitzvah Club

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 |  (203) 358-2200 |
Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
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