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Friday, November 3, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
VayeraNovember 4, 201715 Cheshvan 5778
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Candle Lighting5:29 PM
Mincha5:34 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema10:03 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:55 AM
Daf Yomi4:35 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:35 PM
Mincha5:25 PM
Maariv6:23 PM
Shabbat Ends6:28 PM
Havdalah6:28 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Miracle of England's Balfour Declaration and Its Ratification by the League of Nations

This year we will celebrate, God willing, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. This past week we commemorated another miracle - the miracle of England's Balfour Declaration and its ratification by the League of Nations.

On November 2, 1917, Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, issued the following policy statement: "His Majesty's government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object."

Balfour's Declaration gained the standing of international law when it was ratified by the League of Nations in 1922. The Balfour Declaration led the way for a large scale Jewish immigration to the land of Israel from 1920 to 1939, paving the way for the United Nations to vote to establish a Jewish State in Palestine in 1947.

I am inspired by the words of Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, the author of Or Sameah and Meshekh Hokhmah, who certainly perceived the Balfour Declaration and its subsequent ratification by the League of Nations as an act of God. He wrote, "In this century, the rays of light shine forth with a great awakening through the channels of the great men of action such as Montefiore and those like him; and from the rabbis, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh (Kalisher) from Talyron, and Rabbi Eliahu (Guttmacher) from Gridetz, to build and to develop Jerusalem, and to remove its desolation, almost to the extent which the enthusiasts have widened the cause."

It is special that in these weeks when we read about the journey of Avraham and Sara to settle in the land of Israel and fulfill the call of God to return to our homeland, we also celebrate God's Divine providence in our lifetime and our commitment to realizing that vision and our heritage.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

ALL CAS BAR/BAT MITZVAH YOUTH  who will celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah in the coming 18 months and wish to read the Torah and lead part of the service, please contact Cantor Bokow to arrange for a meeting to plan for your special day!
Teen Oneg  Friday Night 8-10 PM at the Faratci residence, 91 Colonial Rd Unit 1. We will have refreshments and snacks in honor of celebrating Shabbos.
Welcome families visiting Stamford as part of the Bi-Cultural Day School Shabbaton this Shabbat:
  • Gavriella & Jeremy Seftel
  • Barbara & Morris Sakkal
  • Rochelle & Thierry Levy
  • Sara & Yonnie Rubinfeld
  • Aliza & Seth Chambers Bettan
  • Sari Lisch
  • Aryeh & Alyssa Frager
  • Davi Levkovitch & Adina Fink
  • Moshe & Dina Kook
  • Dov & Zehava Singer Weiss
  • Ron & Michelle Bloom Kutas
  • Yisroeli & Sara Cohn
  • Kaili, Janette, & Daniel Scherban
  • Gittela Welcher & Jonathan Harris
  • David & Mihal Aryeh
  • Mouchka & Dov (Darmon) Heller
  • Rachaeli & Tuvia Berman Bacharach
Update on Rabbi Cohen's Open Office Hours Open Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see Rabbi Cohen without an appointment. He will be available in his office for guidance or a chat. He will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Check the CAS bulletin for schedule updates or call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen is not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. You can contact Rabbi Cohen at any time at Open Office Hour Times for this Week
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Starbucks on Summer Street
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderBarry Best
10:30 shiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Did you see that, Cuz? Designating Witnesses at the Wedding Service
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 6:15 AM/7:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:25 PM, Friday 4:26 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 Friday4:21 PM
SundayDaylight Savings Ends
FridayVeterans Day
  • to Rabbi Dr. Leslie Freedman on the passing of his mother, Dorothy Freedman
  • to Kamal Haron on the passing of his brother Morris Iren
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
Mazal Tov
  • to Liba & Steven Steinmetz and Dr. Michael & Elise Wiener on the upcoming marriage of Philip & Eve
  • to Gayle & Howard Rothman and Beth & Stuart Sackman on the upcoming marrriage of Rachel & Michael
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 & Sam Fischel in honor of Shane Phillip Fischel's 1st birthday; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
BulletinCarmel Academy in honor of the aufruf of Philip Steinmetz, a member of our first graduating class and first Carmel alumni to be married!! Mazal Tov to the entire Steinmetz and Wiener families!!
FlowersLovingly donated In honor of the seventeenth anniversary of Amanda Metviner's Bat Mitzvah
Chapel KiddushLiba & Steven Steinmetz in honor of Philip's aufruf and his upcoming marriage to Eve Wiener, daughter of Dr. Michael & Elise Wiener
Sanctuary KiddushGayle and Howard Rothman in celebration of the upcoming marriage of Rachel Rothman to Michael Sackman
Seudat ShlishitCAS in honor of the families visiting our community this Shabbat
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
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CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

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.
Community News

Make Plans for Motzei Shabbat!


Free Sushi Roll with the purchase of any Exquisite roll - Saturday nights at Soosh! Dine in only. Soosh opens one-hour after Shabbat! Come join us for amazing sushi and relaxing evening out!


Six Thirteen opend 40 minutes after Shabbat! Please join us this week from 7:30 to midnight. Full menu available. Call (203) 614-8777 for reservations. Special Happy Hour menu this week

Sign Up For These Events
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
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CAS Rookies and Vets Potluck Shabbat Lunch
   Shabbat, November 18
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!
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes
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.
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CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
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CAS Womens Book Club
   Thursday, December 7 - 8:00 PM
CAS Womens Book Club
Our next book club meeting is at the home of Shushannah Walshe. Event Chair: Laura Tobin
We will read and discuss Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Address of meeting will be sent via email after signup. Open to ALL women in our community! Please RSVP by December 4th
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CAS Annual Dinner


Mazal Tov to our annual dinner Honorees:

Guests of Honor Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg

Community Service Award Rick Redniss

Young Leadership Award Jessica & Adam Furmansky

Chai Award Roz Mangot

Please save the date of Sunday, March 18th as we join together to celebrate our wonderful honorees and our growing community.

Special Class
Controversies and Questions in American Jewish History with Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  Wednesday, November 8 - 8:00 PM
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?
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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!
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NEW Adult Bat Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
  Monday, November 20 - 7:30 PM
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. 20th) , 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.
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Crash Course in Basic Judaism
  Monday, November 20 - 8:00 PM
Four Lectures on Judaism You Will Never Forget with Rabbi Daniel Cohen. God, Sabbath, Prayer, Sexuality, and Jewish Observance. November 20th and Dec. 4th , 11th and 18th. Free and Open to the entire community. In this free, four part crash course, you will learn the basics of Judaism and enhance your understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism. Sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program
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CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of November 5
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - 1:00 PM
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
Bob Abrams: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Judaism - 10:00 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. The first Monday of each month, 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
  • CAS CAREER NIGHT AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, NOVEMBER 20 AT 7:30 PM New Date. College students and high school juniors and seniors are invited to CAS for a career night panel. Professionals in education, engineering, fashion, finance, law, nonprofits, and real estate, among other fields, will speak about their professional development and provide insights and advice for those interested in their fields. CAS is also starting a mentorship program for those interested in a one-on-one relationship. To rsvp for career night or enroll in the mentorship program, please contact Rabbi Cohen at or Ari Lefkovits at
  • THE CAS MEN'S CLUB is looking for contributions in the form of kosher food or money towards preparing a lunch on Thanksgiving. We are also looking for volunteers to cut/dice/chop and otherwise prepare this meal during the morning from 9-11:30 am. Please let the office know 203-358-2200 or email with what you can do to make this happen!
  • 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

The Kova warming tray, developed by one of our members, is now available in the CAS gift shop

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
  • 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.
  • HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT MONEY - Wednesday, November 8th. Do you want to raise kids who are financially savvy and grateful at the same time? Carmel Academy and UJA-JCC Greenwich present "The Opposite of Spoiled" with author Ron Lieber. Wednesday, November 8th, 7:30 p.m. at Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Ron Lieber, the bestselling author of The Opposite of Spoiled, who is also the "Your Money" columnist for The New York Times will shed light on raising kids who are grounded, generous and smart with money. The foundation of Lieber's book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic. $12 in advance. $18 at the door. Register by clicking here or 203-552-1818.
  • 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
  • THE 6TH ANNUAL SAUL COHEN-SCHOKE JFS LECTURE on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30 PM, Ferguson Library, Stamford. The Family Today: Secrets to Stronger Relationships and Greater Happiness at Any Age Featuring Bruce Feiler, author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Secrets of Happy Families and his newest book, The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us. Dessert, book sale and signing included. For more details, visit Free and open to the community.
  • CAMP LAURELWOOD - COFFEE AND CONVERSATION! Want to learn about why Camp Laurelwood is so special? Come to a current camp family's home in Stamford, CT to hear why they chose Laurelwood! Join us, with your children (current campers will be available for questions), for a parlor meeting in Stamford on Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm and learn how to give your children an unforgettable summer. For more information and to sign up, write to Hope to see you there!
  • CAMP LAURELWOOD - COFFEE AND CONVERSATION! Want to learn about why Camp Laurelwood is so special? Come to a current camp family's home in Stamford, CT to hear why they chose Laurelwood! Join us, with your children (current campers will be available for questions), for a parlor meeting in Stamford on Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm and learn how to give your children an unforgettable summer. For more information and to sign up, write to Hope to see you there!
  • TAPESTRY 2017 Registration is now open for Tapestry 2017! This years Tapestry, a community celebration of adult Jewish learning presented by the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center, will take place Saturday evening, November 18. Courses include A Jewish Journey from Ethiopia, The Third Reich, BDS: What You Need to Know, and a community-wide panel with Stamfords congregational rabbis on the subject of Making God Real in Your Life. Register today at!
  • UJF SUPER SUNDAY United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien invites the community to join together for Super Sunday on December 3 9am -12 noon. Activities for kids of all ages, a PJ Library story time and adult, teen and kid volunteer opportunities. Volunteer to make calls, help with crafts, be a face painter, organize pledge cards or take a shift at the Tzedakah coin station. Co-chairs for the event are Taly Farber, Stacey Palker and Shira Nerenberg. The event will be held at the JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. For more information or to volunteer go to or contact Sharon at ext. 109.
  • JSU TEEN PROGRAMS AT WEST HILL AND STAMFORD HIGH JSU run more than 275 Jewish culture clubs on public high school campuses. The clubs provide Jewish teens with programs that strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Westhill JSU will be taking place on Fridays twice a month starting next week, Friday November 3rd @2:05 PM in room 602. The Stamford high club will also be on Fridays twice a month, alternating weekends @2:05 PM in room 242. Next one Nov. 16th. Both clubs will take place for roughly forty minutes and feature different discussion elements and activities to foster a love and passion for Judaism and Jewish identity. By creating a fun, social atmosphere, and bringing cool, Jewish advisers to public school campuses, JSU reaches all types of Jewish teenagers.
  • THE MACCABEATS will perform in Fairfield at Congregation Beth El on Sunday Nov. 5th at 1PM. Only $5 for kids under 13 and $10 for adults, including lunch. Doors open at noon. Pay at the door.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
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