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Friday, November 10, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
Chayei SaraNovember 11, 201722 Cheshvan 5778
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Candle Lighting4:21 PM
Mincha4:26 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Latest Shacharit9:58 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:45 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:45 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Maariv5:16 PM
Shabbat Ends5:21 PM
Havdalah5:21 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Courageous Prayer: Stop to Daven Mincha

God is our co-pilot. Through life, we never want to face the world alone. As Jews, we thank God in the morning and debrief at night through the respective prayers of Shacharit, the morning service, and Maariv, the evening service. Yet, in the middle of the day, when the phones are ringing and the hustle and bustle of work, home and school are at their peak, we are obligated to STOP it all and daven mincha, the afternoon service.

In fact, according to the Talmud in Brachot, mincha is the most effective prayer for Eliyahu the prophet was answered only when he davened at this time of day, in the afternoon. In our Torah portion of Chayei Sara, we learn that Yitzchak originated the afternoon service. He too was answered right away. Our sages explain that Isaac conversing in the field towards evening (Bereishit 24:63) is a reference to the mincha service. In the same verse, the Torah states, that after praying, "He lifted his eyes and he saw the camels arriving." He was praying for a wife and lo and behold, he was answered right away.

It is ironic that the week when we read about mincha in the Torah is the first week when the clocks are changed and the time for mincha, by 4:40 PM in the afternoon, is "early". It is not easy to make a minyan, let alone stop what you are doing and connect with the Almighty.

Yet, this is the most important tefilla. Why? It is most significant precisely because it is so hard. It takes courage to tell the world to stop while you speak with God. For this reason, it is most powerful. When we say to world, "Wait, my success and blessings are due to the beneficence of God for God is central and indispensable," God will respond in kind and we become His priority. In the morning, before we leave our homes, it is easier to find time as it is at the end of the day. Mincha is what we truly need to stay anchored in our faith and fortified in our mission.

Thank God, the opportunities to daven mincha in our community are expanding. Besides at CAS, there is a new early mincha Monday - Thursday at 613 at 1:30 PM. This Thanksgiving, we will be doing an early mincha at 1:30 PM, in addition to the regular time, so you can daven mincha, eat the meal and then return for a late maariv. For mincha times and locations near you visit

Whether at home, in the office or on the road, stop to to daven mincha. It is the pause that refreshes.

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!
  • Veterans Day we salute our US Armed Forces Veterans and their families, who will be honored with a special ceremony in the Sanctuary Service on Shabbat
  • Dudes Daughters and Donuts minyan is Back! Sunday 9.15am
  • Shabbat Chanukah (Annual AIPAC Shabbat) December 16-Sanctuary Services will start at 8:45 AM.
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 PM - 4 PM at CAS
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks on Summer Street
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReadersLevi Dulitz, Jonathan Meiner
10:30 shiurRabbi Yehuda Jeiger: The Sizzle is Always Better Than the Steak
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 4:20 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday4:15 PM
  • We mourn the tragic murder of 26 men, women and children who died in Texas this past week.
  • We mourn the loss of Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, founder of Machon Tzomet, an organization committed to developing technology which merges Torah and Halacha with daily life, including our Tzomet amplification system. To learn more visit
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 Dr. Bruce and Rose Newman and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meiner on the upcoming marriage of Zev & Becca
  • to Shery Hertzberg on the engagement of her son Ari, son of Barry Hertzberg z"l, to Devorah Ellerton
  • to Ilyse and Dean Schuckman on the aufruf of their son Adam in celebration of this forthcoming marriage to Allie Hopman, daughter of Bruce and Vicki Hopman
  • to Stella & Isaac Cohen on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Jenna.
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 KiddushGlenn Karow in honor of the 9:00 am shiur's siyum upon the completion of Nefesh HaChaim
Chapel KiddushRose & Bruce Newman in honor of Zev's aufruf and his upcoming marriage to Becca Meiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meiner
Sanctuary KiddushStella & Isaac Cohen in celebration of Jenna's Bat Mitzvah
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
We are excited to announce our 2018 Rosalie Aberman AIPAC Teen Fellows who will join the CAS Delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference in March 2018.
Mazal Tov to our 13 Teen Fellows!
Hannah Bein
Shira Cohen
Shalhevet Cohen
Tamar Cohen
Noah Finkelstein
Rachelle Guy
Max Hines
Eitan Karsch
Gavriel Karsch
Rina Marlowe
Noah Reicin
Daniel Seligson
Jennifer Steinmetz
We are grateful to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman, Michael & Sandra Kamen, Susan & Len Mark, and Veronica & Erwin Reich in memory of Esther and Ernest Reich. We deeply appreciate their generosity.
Join our growing delegation to Policy Conference. To learn more about the three most important days of the year to strengthen the Israel/US Alliance, visit Take advantage of the $100 discount until November 17.
To learn more about CAS Israel advocacy, contact chair Ben Lanson at
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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

Support our Local Kosher Restaurants!


Soosh: Give-The-Turkey-A-Break-Discount for Thanksgiving! 15% discount on all sushi platters picked up on Wednesday or Thursday Nov 22-23! Also, free sushi roll with the purchase of any exquisite roll - only on Saturday nights! Soosh opens at 6:30 pm on Saturday! See you @Soosh!


Six Thirteen opens 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
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!

Deadline to sign up is this Thursday, Nov. 9th
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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 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 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!
Sign up →
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
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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Controversies and Questions in American Jewish History with Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  Wednesday, November 15 - 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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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 12
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
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Light of Psalms - 8:00 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
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

Join the CAS Young Families at 613 for Football  on Monday, December 11 for a night of football, drinks, and food at 613 (Patriots/Dolphins). There will be drink and food specials. All men welcome. Questions? contact Adam Furmansky or Ari Goldstein

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  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
  • JOIN THE CAS MEN'S CLUB THIS THANKSGIVING We will provide lunch for our hardworking EMS crews on Thanksgiving Day. Looking for volunteers to peel/chop/prepare. We are also looking for kosher food or money for food. We will meet at the CAS meat kitchen on Thursday morning at 9 am till 11:30 when we will go to the EMS station house to deliver. Please email Mitchell Bell ( and let him know if you would like to help make a difference here in Stamford by donating food, funds or your time.
  • JUNIOR YACHAD December 8-9 Volunteers are needed for housing and transportation. All Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who will be responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities and disabilities including a wide range of developmental and learning disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's and cerebral palsy, in general they are mild mannered. They can stay in either separate bedrooms or the same. There might be one or two girls in a wheelchair. Please note they need beds or air mattresses-they DO NOT come with sleeping bags. Only meals you need to give them is breakfast. We are hoping you can pick them up from CAS before Shabbat and drive them back to CAS after Shabbat . As the eighth graders from BCDS are participants in this shabbaton, hoping all 8th grade families walking distance to CAS can house...Please contact Sharon Wohlberg at to let her know if you can house and provide the following information: How many? Address: Phone: Stairs? Pets? Thanks in advance!!!
  • 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
  • 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 DAY SCHOOL PRESENTS A MAGICAL & MARVELOUS CHANUKAH CELEBRATION! Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 3-5pm in the Bi-Cultural Gymnasium. Please join us for the FIRST, FREE, holiday event of the season! For families with young children ages birth to 6 (older siblings welcome). Featuring a PHENOMENAL children's magician, Chanukah cookie-decorating, holiday themed arts n' crafts, doughnut and latke tastings, face painting and balloons, dreidel spinning, gift giveaways, bounce house, children's mitzvah projects, music and much more! Light up your holiday season first at Bi-Cultural Day School! From our family to yours, we look forward to seeing you there! RSVP to, if you plan on attending for catering purposes.
  • 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 next meeting of the Tehillim group will be on November 19th, 8:15 pm, at the home of Rena Gelb. To RSVP and be added to the distribution list for future meetings please e-mail Rena Gelb at
  • 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, 2017 from 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, CT. Super Sunday kicks off with Super Week on November 28th. 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.
  • 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
  • CENTER WOMEN CHANUKAH GIFTIQUE Sunday, December 10 - Sunday, December 17. One-stop shopping for all your holiday needs: dreidels, candles, menorahs, cards, wrapping paper, decorations, gifts and more! For more information and hours visit or contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or
  • SENIOR ADULT CHANUKAH LUNCHEON Tuesday, December 12, 11:30 am - 1 pm. Light the menorah and enjoy a festive lunch with friends. Open to all seniors. $4 suggested donation. For more information contact Connie Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
  • BOKER TOV, ISRAEL!: THE PUZZLE PIECES OF THE CONFLICT Thursday, December 14, 11 am - 12 pm. Sunday, December 17, 10 - 11:30 am. The never-ending Arab-Israeli conflict is an issue we hear about on a daily basis. Explore the pieces that make up this very difficult puzzle. No charge. All are welcome. For more information contact: Yael Stolarsky at 203-487-0951 or
  • JCC FAMILY CHANUKAH PARTY Monday, December 18, 6 - 7:30 pm. Join us for a family Chanukah celebration. Enjoy delicious potato latkes, jelly-filled powdered donuts, and of course chocolate Chanukah gelt! Member $15 per person / Community $18 per person. For more information contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or
  • ISRAELI FILM SERIES: SOMEONE TO RUN WITH (DRAMA/THRILLER) Thursday, December 21, 7 - 9 pm. This Israeli film is based on David Grossmans novel. Assaf is looking for the owner of a lost dog on the streets of Jerusalem. The dogs owner, Tamar, a gifted singer and guitarist, has come to Jerusalem in search of her brother, who fell in with a dangerous crowd. A tale of adventure, finding the strength to overcome fears, true friendship and love. $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Yael Stolarsky at 203-487-0951 or
  • SENIOR ADULT NEW YEARS LUNCHEON Thursday, December 28, 11:30 am - 1 pm. Ring in the New Year with your friends at the JCC. Open to all seniors. $4 suggested donation. For more information contact Connie Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aaron ben Chunah Mayer Friedel
  • Chaya Sara bat Chava
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Faiga Tova bat Liba
  • Faigel bat Ruchel Leah
  • Heila Simcha bat Bat Tzviyah
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Moshe Gedalia ben Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Riva Razel bat Malka
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