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Friday, December 1, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
VayishlachDecember 2, 201714 Kislev 5778
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Candle Lighting4:08 PM
Mincha4:13 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:22 AM
Latest Shacharit10:09 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:35 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:35 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Maariv5:03 PM
Shabbat Ends5:08 PM
Havdalah5:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Your Name will be called Yisrael: The 70th Anniversary of the UN Vote

God works in mysterious ways.

This week marked the 70th anniversary of the historic United Nations vote on Resolution 181 that called for the establishment of a Jewish state. The nations of the world proclaimed Israel as our homeland. This major milestone hearkens back to an episode in the Torah read this week around the world. The angel of Esau, who represents the nations of the world, changes Yaakovs name to Israel.

On Israel Independence Day in 1956, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik delivered a lecture at Yeshiva University giving Divine context to the extraordinary events that had occurred less than a decade earlier. In his opinion, the remarkably close proximity of the worst atrocity and darkest period in Jewish history to the unimaginable blessing and bright light of the Jewish return to our homeland simply could not be dismissed as coincidental or random.

In his address, published as Kol Dodi Dofek, Rabbi Soloveitchik compared the condition and mood of the Jewish people to the unfolding of the love story in Shir HaShirim. He suggested that on the heels of the Holocaust, in the shadow of incomprehensible loss and devastation, just when the Jewish people were tired and spent, Kol Dodi Dofek, our Beloved came knocking on our door. The echoes of His voice reverberated through history. He enumerated six "knocks" that he discerned in the events that surrounded the founding of the State of Israel.

The first one was the UN Vote in 1947. He writes, "the knock of opportunity was heard in the political arena. No one can deny that from the standpoint of international relations, the establishment of the State of Israel, in a political sense, was an almost supernatural occurrence."

The Rav, acknowledging the "unholy" alliance of the West and the Soviet Union in the recognition of the Jewish state, ruminates over the possibility that the entire organization of the United Nations came into being solely in order to facilitate the establishment of Israel. When the chairman of the UN General Assembly banged his gavel to call the role on that fateful Nov. 29, 1947, the Rabbi Soloveitchik heard the voice of the Beloved knocking.

As we mark this anniversary, we must ask ourselves not only do we hear the voice, but do we respond? Will we embrace the moment and recognize the opportunity that we have been longing and yearning for?

In this spirit, I am excited to remind you about two important Israel themed Shabbatot in the weeks ahead. On Shabbat Dec. 8th and 9th, we are hosting Rabbi Shmuel Goldin as part of a Nefesh B'Nefesh Weekend and on Dec. 15th and 16th we are hosting Adam Teitelbaum for an AIPAC Shabbaton. Details on both weekends are in the bulletin.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome new members Sam Blokh and Bella Trubkina
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!
  • Shabbat Chanukah (Annual AIPAC Shabbat) December 16-Sanctuary Services will start at 8:45 AM. Guest Speaker: Adam Teitelbaum, AIPAC's Director of Leadership Development
New Class  Rabbi Cohen will lead a Thursday night Talmud Class in the shul on Tractate Taanit at 8 PM - 8:45 PM
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Dr. Leslie Friedman
Torah ReadersCoby Chavkin, Ethan Green
10:30 shiurRabbi Alex Ozar: Our Hands Did Not Shed This Blood?
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:10 PM, Friday 4:12 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 Friday4:07 PM
  • to Madeline Bigel on the passing of her mother Lenore Kolsky
  • We wish the family of Robert Beeber comfort on his passing
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 Anat & Marc Chavkin and Joyce & Barry Chavkin on the Bar Mitzvah of their son and grandson, Coby
  • to Rhonda & Judd Love on the birth of a granddaughter, Eyla Jane, born to Caryn & Benjamin Schiller
  • to the Warmflash family on the engagement of Binyomin Warmflash and Fraida Glassner
  • to Gail and Bob Loonin on their 50th wedding anniversary
  • to Hannah & Michael Lefkovich on the birth of a son
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 KiddushDr. Jeff Cahn in honor of Judy's special birthday
Chapel KiddushIn honor of the golden anniversary of Gail & Bob Loonin by their children and grandchildren: Jonathan Loonin & Nicole Bates; Rachel Loonin & Joshua, Nistar, Eli, Ezra and Levi Steinerman; Rebecca Loonin & Phil and Goldie Zaks
Sanctuary KiddushAnat & Marc Chavkin in celebration of Coby's Bar Mitzvah
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Dr. Leslie Freedman and his family marking the completion of shloshim for his departed mother Dorothy Freedman
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Celebrate Chanukah
CAS Spreads Chanukah Lights Across Stamford
CAS will go on the road to share the joy and light of Chanukah in various locations. The community is invited to the each location. If you would like to add your residence or office to this list, please contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • CAS Seniors Chanukah Party Tuesday, December 12 at 4 PM - Hosted by CAS Chesed Committee featuring the music of Doris and Elliot Weiss
  • Edge Hill Independent Living Tuesday, December 12 at 5 PM- Hosted by CAS Residents at Edge Hill
  • High Grove Condominium Wednesday, December 13 at 6 PM - Hosted by Ari and Shushannah Yasgur
  • UCONN Stamford Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 PM in the main lobby. - Hosted by Scott Selig and UCONN Hillel
  • Atria Senior Living Friday, December 15 at 3 PM - Hosted by CAS Residents of Atria and joined by the music of Kate and Peretz Cik
  • Trump Parc Stamford Sunday, December 17 at 6 PM - Hosted by Mimi and Saul Cohen
  • We invite families to bring their children to the ligthings at Edge Hill and Atria to share in the Chanukah spirit with seniors in our community! Donuts on Us!
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CAS Israel Advocacy Update
We are grateful  to members of the Israel Advocacy Committee for presenting our Bnai Mitzvah the important book, The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz

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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.
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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
learn more →
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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Nefesh BeNefesh Shabbaton with Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
Nefesh BeNefesh Shabbaton with Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
Shabbat, December 8-9

Grappling with the Realities: Zionism in a Changing World

Friday night Oneg at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen at 8 PM - The Sale of Yosef: Why and When the Torah Is Vague

Shabbat morning sermon: One Dream, Two Dreams: Why It Matters

Shabbat afternoon at Seudah Shlishit : Lshana Acheret: Chanukas Warning for Our Times
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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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Senior Chanukah Party
   Tuesday, December 12 - 4:00 PM
Senior Chanukah Party
Chanukah Seniors Party featuring music and joy with Doris and Elliot Weiss
Hosted by the CAS Chesed Committee
Enjoy Latkes, Donuts, Friends, Great Music and Chanukah Torah with Rabbi Cohen
Need a Ride ? Please email or call Kim in the office. (203)358-2200 or
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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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AIPAC Shabbaton
AIPAC Shabbaton
Adam Teitelbaum, AIPAC's Director of Leadership Development, will speak about Cultivating Tomorrow's Pro-Israel Leaders during Sanctuary service, after Kiddush and at Seudah Shlishit.
learn more →
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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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 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.

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
CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of December 3
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 Oran Zweiter: The Light of Psalms - 8:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: The Lonely Man of Faith - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:00 PM
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

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 10 and Sunday night, January 7 @ 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
  • 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!!!
  • SEPHARDIC WEEKEND with Rabbi Dr. Eli Abadie on Shabbat, January 12-13. We will hold a Friday night dinner at CAS, Sephardic minyan and much more!
  • CHILDREN STUDYING IN ISRAEL If you have a child who is studying in Israel for the year, Rabbi Cohen would love to keep in contact with them. Please send your child's name, phone number, school and email address to Kim at
  • JOIN THE CAS MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE! Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 17 at 8 PM. For more info, contact Rachel Kaimowitz at Membership Committee promotes activities to recruit and retain the membership of the Congregation. The committee reaches out to welcome new families and insure smooth transition into our community via hospitality and other initiatives. The committee also develops strategies to increase member engagement and develop leadership.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • UJF SUPER SUNDAY United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Dariens Super Sunday kicks off with Super Week! Please consider dropping off kosher food for the Schoke JFS Kosher Food Pantry, a box will be in the CAS lobby between November 28th and December 3rd. Please contact Sharon Franklin with any questions at or call 203-321-1373 ext. 109.
  • BE A SUPER HERO THIS 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. Fun activities for kids, a PJ Library story time and adult, teen and kid volunteer opportunities. How can you help? 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. For more information or to volunteer go to or contact Sharon at ext. 109.
  • CHANUKAH COMMUNITY CONCERT & CELEBRATION Featuring children of our Local Jewish Community. Sunday, December 10, At Chabad of Stamford, 770 High Ridge Rd: 3:00 - 4:00 pm CHANUKAH WONDERLAND. 4:00-5:30pm CONCERT. Advance Bookings $10 per person $36 max per family, At the door $15 per person $54 max per family. (Food available to purchase separately)
  • 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
  • CAMP YAVNEH Want to find out why so many CAS kids love their summers so much? The answer: Camp Yavneh. Yavneh is a top notch summer camp where multiple generations create lifelong friendships, engage in top-notch activities and deepen their Jewish engagement. Learn more at a Stamford info session on Monday, December 4 at 6 PM. RSVP here.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Leah (Lora)
  • Chaya Sara bat Chava
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Faiga Tova bat Liba
  • Faigel bat Ruchel Leah
  • 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
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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