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Friday, November 17, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
ToldotNovember 18, 201729 Cheshvan 5778
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Candle Lighting4:15 PM
Mincha4:20 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:12 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:01 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:40 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:40 PM
Mincha4:10 PM
Maariv5:10 PM
Shabbat Ends5:15 PM
Havdalah5:15 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Yitzchak's Blindness and Ours

Yitzchak was overcome by blindness in his old age. In Parshat Toldot, the Torah states, "When Isaac grew old, his eyes were dim." This description is juxtaposed to the episode of the blessings to denote a cause and effect between the two stories. Rivka and Yaakov were able to deceive Yitzchak as a direct result of his being blind. This story is one of the most complex in the Torah and worthy of much discussion.

However, I want to address YItzchak's blindness. Was his inability to see an outcome of old age or something more? Rashi offers three explanations for Yitzchak's blindness, none tied to aging. Each of them allude to a deeper idea. Perhaps Yitzchak's blindness was more than simply deteriorating eyesight, but rather that he could not see the true character of his children. Rivka understood the true natures of Yaakov and Esau.

We all have blind spots. It could be in our relationship to God; we do not see or appreciate God's presence in our lives. It could be in our families; we see people as one dimensional and do not appreciate the totality of a person. In our children, perhaps we only look at success based on their grades, but do not place enough emphasis on their character and spiritual development. In our communities, we may be blind to people who need emotional support.

King David writes in Psalms, "God open up my eyes so I can see your wonder." Only when Moshe opens his eyes does he see the suffering of his fellow Jew and move to action.

There are two upcoming events in our community to educate us for better sight and insight. First, this Saturday night, join me and my rabbinic colleagues at Tapestry for a discussion on "Making God Real in Your Life". The evening is a community celebration of learning organized by our local UJF at 6:30 PM at the JCC. Second, join us at 7:30 PM on Tuesday night at CAS for an important presentation, "Sexual Abuse: Addressing Questions and Concerns" - A Conversation with Rabbi Mark Dratch, founder of JSafe and Matt Greenberg, CEO of the Schoke JFS in Stamford.

May we all experience God's light so we can be truly enlightened every day. Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Thanksgiving.

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!
  • Please join us Friday night for Carlebach light Kabbalat Shabbat as we celebrate Shabbat Mevarchin and the upcoming month of Kislev
  • Shabbat Chanukah (Annual AIPAC Shabbat) December 16-Sanctuary Services will start at 8:45 AM. Guest Speaker: Ambassador Bradley Gordon, AIPAC Director of Policy and Government Affairs
  • new members Rachel and Joey Angel and their children David, Victoria, Grace, and Denise
  • Rabbi Simon Taylor, Director or New England Region NCSY and his family who will be joining us this Shabbat. Rabbi Taylor will speak Friday night, Shabbat morning in the sanctuary and at the teen minyan
  • the 8th grade confirmation students from First Congregational Church of Darien will join us this Shabbat morning as part of their Religion Class. Welcome to coordinators, Andrea Atkinson and Missy Almy
Thank you 
  • to Jessica Furmansky and Simeon Wohlberg for co-chairing the Rookies and Vets luncheon
  • to Mitchell Bell for organizing this Thursday's Thanksgiving lunch for First Responders. Please be in touch with Mitchell to offer your support
  • to Ari Lefkovits for organizing our first ever CAS Mentorship and Career Night this Monday evening. All High School Juniors and Seniors and College students are invited to attend
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Simon Taylor
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Simon Taylor
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRichard Schwartz will lead a siyum on behalf of the Daf Yomi Participants
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Prohibition or Prohibition - The Halakhic History of Grape Juice in America
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Wednesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:15 PM, Friday 4:16 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 Friday4:11 PM
SundayRosh Chodesh Kislev
ThursdayThanksgiving Day
  • to Leon Fliegelman on the passing of his brother, Fred
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 Abigail and Josh Kurtz on the birth of a baby boy
  • to Jessie and Ilan Katz on the birth of a baby girl
  • to Gayle and Howard Rothman on the marriage this weekend of their daughter Rachel to Michael Sackman
  • to Rose and Bruce Newman on the marriage this weekend of their son Zev to Becca Meiner
  • to David and Indra Liebskind on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Aaron this Sunday
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 PackagesBarbara Miller in memory of Larry on his first yahrzeit; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushAna and Albert Lilienfeld in memory of the yahrzeit of our beloved friend, Mendel Deren, z"l
Chapel KiddushSteve Frenkel in honor of Lynne's birthday and the special birthday of Bill Meyers
Teen KiddushMaria & Glenn Reicin in celebration of Andrew's birthday
Sanctuary KiddushAnonymously by a longtime CAS member
Seudat ShlishitRichard J. Schwartz and family--in gratitude for the recovery of his voice and in memory of four dear departed family members: Grandfather Rabbi Moses Kalonymus Skinder, mother Helen Judith Skinder Schwartz, father Dr. Saul A. Schwartz and brother Dr. Gabriel H. Schwartz
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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

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!

Let SixThirteen cater your holiday party!

Corporate, family, business, or personal -we accommodate groups of all budgets and sizes. Full service or dropoff available. Reach out to or call us at (203) 614 - 8777 for menus and details

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, December 3 & December 10 - 9:15 am
January 7 - 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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Jr Cong & Bnei Mitzvah Club Lunch & Oneg
   Shabbat, November 25 - 12:45 PM
Jr Cong & Bnei Mitzvah Club Lunch & Oneg
Come join your friends at a fun filled afternoon with food, games, songs & more
Open to all Kids in Jr. Cong & BMC
$5 per attendee
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CAS Womens Book Club
   Wednesday, December 6 - 8:00 PM
CAS Womens Book Club
Our next book club meeting is at the home of Shushannah Yasgur. 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 Pre-Chanukah Prep Party
   Sunday, December 10 - 9:30 AM
CAS Pre-Chanukah Prep Party
For all youth in Tot Shabbot, Mini Minyan, Junior Cong, Bnei Mitzvah Club!
Create your own menorah!
Bake/decorate your own cookies!
Make your own candles!
Suprise Games!
$5 per person
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Shabbos Chanukah Tisch
   Friday, December 15 - 8:00 PM
Shabbos Chanukah Tisch
All 7-12th graders & parents are invited to a night of friendship, food, singing, warmth, light & pride
Contact for details
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Teen Movie Night
   Shabbat, November 18 - 7:30 PM
Teen Movie Night
CAS & NCSY Teens
Movie Night & Pizza Making
$5 per person
Held at Young Israel of Stamford

Participants as of November 16 Evening:

Yehuda Jeiger
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CHANUKAH YOM IYUN Featuring Rabbi Yonason Sacks
   Sunday, December 17 - 8:30 AM
CHANUKAH YOM IYUN Featuring Rabbi Yonason Sacks
8:30 AM - davening
9:30 AM - breakfast
10 AM - first shiur
11:15 AM - second shiur
12:20 PM - mincha
Program ends at 12:30 PM

Rabbi Sacks will give two different shiurim:
1) The How's, What's, and Why's of Lighting the Chanukah Candles
2) The Miracle of the Oil
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Pizza Making & Movie Night
   Shabbat, December 23 - 6:00 PM
Pizza Making & Movie Night
Open to All BMC & Jr Cong Youth!
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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 Mentorship Program
   Monday, November 20 - 7:30 PM
CAS Mentorship Program
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.
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A Conversation with Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider
   Tuesday, December 5 - 7:15 PM
A Conversation with Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider
Join us for a conversation with Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider about his newly released book - The Light That Unites: A Chanukah Companion
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Teen Chopped Event
   Shabbat, December 16 - 8:00 PM
Teen Chopped Event
Annual Chopped Competition
for 7-12th Graders
$10 per person
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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.

CAS Teens
  • On Friday Night, we will hold an Oneg with New England NCSY Regional Director, Rabbi Simon Taylor, at the Faratci residence, 91 Colonial Rd, Unit One from 8:30-10:30PM. This is not only a great way for our teens to realize the sweetness of shabbos, by sitting, eating, and growing together it also can help them build a connection with one of the most loving and committed Jewish role models in the region.
  • Shabbot Morning the CAS Teen Minyan will be the place to be! There will be a special guest speaker, exciting davening, and achdut. We will also be having a beautiful kiddush sponsored by the Reicins and a teen learning program during kiddush.
  • Motzei Shabbot (7:30 PM) will be the first Teen Saturday Night activity of the year. To bring the teen community together through two common passions everyone has, pizza and movies, the teens will make their own pizza in the Bayit of Young Israel and then watch a movie together. The event will create a framework for our teens to begin their week feeling a sense of camaraderie and positive energy.
  • Sunday Night we have the absolute privilege of introducing all of our teens to a variety of inspiring, powerful, and fun NCSY Summer Programs. We understand that the only way to "get it together" is by getting together so all 8-12th graders are invited to the Lieberman residence from 8-9 PM to hear all of the necessary information on the many summer programs available to every type of teenager in our community. The event will feature a discussion with the head coordinator for New England NCSY, Michal Azizlahoff and along with sushi, snacks and refreshments.
  • Monday Night (7:30 PM at CAS) all college students as well as high school juniors and seniors in the community are invited to a CAS career fair and mentoring program panel discussion. The teens will hear about the different elements of jobs in a variety of fields, while building connections with current experts in their field. Sushi and refreshments will be served
Halacha Corner
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha Question of the Week - Heating Food on Shabbat Part One  
  • Question: As the weather is getting colder, I am thinking more about eating hot food on Shabbat. How can I warm up solid or liquids on Shabbat morning?
  • Answer: We may not heat any liquids on Shabbat. Water or even fully cooked soup or stew needs to be put in an urn, crock pot or on the stove and left there before Shabbat.

    Solid foods that have cooled down may not be reheated by putting them on the stove or in the oven. This renders the food unfit to eat on Shabbat. However, we may reheat cold, solid, pre cooked food by one of the following methods. 1. A Warming Tray which cannot be adjusted. Tape the knob if there is one. 2. Put the food in a warming drawer designed to warm and not cook. 3. Put the food on a "Kdeira Blech, a pan of water covered by another pan. 4. The Kova Tray developed recently by Judy Cahn. For more info, visit

    To learn more or if you have questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.
Rabbi Cohen Office Hours
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
Special Class
NEW Adult Bat Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
  Monday, November 20 - 8:00 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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The Light of Psalms Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  Tuesday, November 28 - 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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CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of November 19
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayNEW Adult Bat Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen - 8:00 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
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
  • NEFESH BENEFESH SHABBAT December 8/9 with Rabbi Shmuel Goldin. He will speak at a Friday night oneg hosted at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen, on Shabbat morning in the sanctuary and at Seudah Shlishit.
  • CAS SENIOR CHANUKAH LUNCHEON PARTY Wednesday, December 13. To help with the planing, contact Shira Nerenberg 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.
  • THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT AND THE ISRAEL ADVOCACY CLUB PRESENT CONGRESSMAN TED DEUTCH (Florida-District 22) in recognition of his strong support of the U.S.-Israel relationship on Sunday, November 19th from 4:00-5:00 pm at JHSC (1937 West Main Street, Stamford). A special event and discussion with Congressman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa on the House of Foreign Affairs Committee. Representative Ted Deutch is a passionate and articulate Member of Congress, well known to Capitol Hill. Ted first gained national recognition when he wrote and passed the nation's first law mandating that public pension funds not be used to advance Iran's illicit quest for nuclear weapons. Ted consulted with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and testified before Congress on his divestment efforts. Ted has a long life history of support for Israel and the Jewish community. RSVP to 203-357-0850 or
  • 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.
  • WHEN TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S WORRIES? Carmel Academy presents a two-part series about anxiety in children. The series, which takes place at the school's 270 Lake Avenue campus in Greenwich, begins with a film screening of the documentary "Angst: Breaking The Stigma of Anxiety" on Monday, November 27 at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the film, led by Carmel's Director of Guidance Dr. Jeff Kilstein. The series will continue on Monday, December 11 at 7 p.m. with "When To Worry About Your Child's Worries: A Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Regine Galanti". Dr. Galanti is an expert on anxiety in children and adolescents. Please visit to register.
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND AND THE WESTCHESTER REFORM TEMPLE INVITE YOU TO THE 5TH ANNUAL WATER & WINE RECEPTION with Alon Ben-Gurion, Thursday, November 30, 2017, featuring Alon Ben-Gurion, David Ben-Gurion's grandson, discussing the development of the Negev-the realization of his grandfather's dream. 6:15pm Complimentary VIP Dinner with Alon Ben-Gurion, VIP Dinner for donors of $1,800+ to JNF's 2018 campaign; $500 for young families. Includes sit-down dinner, entrance to the reception, and limited-edition David Ben-Gurion photo; 7:30pm Community -wide Dessert & Wine Reception; Couvert $36. Includes conversation with Alon Ben-Gurion and Rabbi Jonathan Blake, exclusive Israeli wine tasting, dessert, raffle prizes and more! RSVP to Dietary laws observed.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • SAR PRINCIPAL RABBI TULLY HARCSZTARK RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE Guided by the leadership of Founding Principal Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, SAR High School in Riverdale, New York has become a national model of Jewish education. At SAR, the integration of general and Judaic Studies reflects Harcsztark's ideal of education as a "fusion of horizons." Each activity at SAR, from Israeli dancing to discussions of Midrash mixed with literary theory to exuberant pick up games of field hockey and soccer are imbued with a climate of deep respect where students, faculty and staff are invited to engage in open and honest intellectual exploration.
  • 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
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  • Heila Simcha bat Bat Tzviyah
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Moshe Gedalia ben Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Riva Razel bat Malka
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