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Friday, December 8, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
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Candle Lighting4:07 PM
Mincha4:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:27 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:14 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
God Bless America

We are grateful for this week's historic decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announce the moving of its embassy to Jerusalem. The decision is more than an important benchmark-it is a milestone that corrects a historical wrong. Until today, Jerusalem was the only capital city in the world that the United States neither recognized nor declared as the location of its embassy. While expressing its position on Jerusalem, the United States recognized that any agreement on the final status of Jerusalem must be reached directly by the parties. The US reasserted its commitment to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. These actions in no way preclude future negotiations.

We hope and pray that in the days ahead, this decision will be a catalyst to a lasting peace and the vision of the Temple Mount as a "house of prayer for all nations." Isaiah (56:7)

We never forget Jerusalem. As King David says, "If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill." (Psalms 137:5) and as Isaiah states, "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch"

In light of this week's developments, I am reminded of a story about the first Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi Abraham Kook. After the Balfour Declaration, Rav Kook was invited to a ceremony expressing gratitude to Britain. He said: "I am not coming to thank Britain. They did not give us something which belonged to them, for the Land of Israel was already ours. Rather I am coming to bless Britain, since anyone who helps the Nation of Israel is deserved of blessing."

America deserves our thanks and our blessing. God bless America.

This upcoming week, we begin the celebration of Chanukah, which celebrates our renewed commitment to our faith and Torah. It celebrates the courage of the Jewish people and God's grace, miracles of old and miracles in our time. The holiday celebrates the power of light over darkness. Jerusalem embodies this vision not only for the Jewish people but humanity. God willing, we will merit a time in our days when the light of Zion will be renewed and herald a time of peace for all mankind.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • new members Dena & Rabbi Avi Block and their children, Nava, Ayala and Zvi
  • the 8th grade of BCDS, BCDS staff, the Yachad participants, Shimmy Nabozny, Program Director of Junior Yachad and all of the advisors for the annual BCDS Yachad Shabbaton. Thank you to Sharon Wohlberg and Sonia Roitman for coordinating the housing and everyone for hosting
Nefesh BeNefesh Shabbaton  We welcome Rabbi Shmuel Goldin as our Scholar in Residence in conjunction with Nefesh BeNefesh. He will speak on the theme 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 : L'shana Acheret: Chanuka's Warning for Our Times
CAS has a NO NUTS policy  for all food served to our Congregation! If you are working with a caterer to plan a kiddush please make sure to let them know that none of the food can contain nuts (or peanuts) of any kind. Please feel free to reach out to Matt Feinberg in the office with any questions.
  • 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
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Shmuel Goldin
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Shmuel Goldin
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
10:30 shiurJay Jubas: What is Hanukkah? The Mainstream Media view and Rambam's Alternative Facts
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 4:13 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 Friday4:08 PM
TuesdayChanukah: 1 Candle
WednesdayChanukah: 2 Candles
ThursdayChanukah: 3 Candles
FridayChanukah: 4 Candles
  • to our friend Jomarie Cesario on the passing of her brother, Peter M. Faustine
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 Meryl Gordon and David Stein who will be honored this week as Volunteers of the Year at the annual meeting of the United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. Mazal Tov to our members Rhonda Schaffer-Maron, Shari Raymond, and Greg Waldstreicher who will be installed as officers
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 PackagesFannie Stevens in memory of Daniel Stevens on his yahrzeit; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Anne and Neil Raff in a small token of thanks for the many blessings from HaShem and an anonymous donor
Hakarat Ha Tov Kiddush
Hakarat HaTov Kiddushim In Honor of Those Who Give Shabbat Shiurim
This week's Library and Chapel kiddushim are in honor of all those who have helped elevate our Shabbat mornings through their stimulating and informative shiurim. The hard work and dedication of the rabbeim and baal batim, in preparing and giving the shiurim, is both recognized and appreciated by the shiur participants. As Hakarat HaTov to those who've given shiur in the past year, we say thank you to:
Bob Abrams
Rabbi Kivi Attar
Rabbi Howard Bald
Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
David Bessaleli
Barry Best
Cantor Rafael Bokow
Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Michael Feldstein
Aaron Israel
Rabbi David Israel
Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger
Jay Jubas
Ari Lieberman
Rabbi Alex Ozar
Rabbi Elisha Paul
Rabbi Matisyahu Shochet
Prof. Yuval Sinai
Mark Wagshul
Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier
Ricky Arbron
Michael Alexander
Debbie & Michael Berg
Dina & Paul Berger
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Rachel Leah & Evan Finkel
David Giver
Yona & Tzvi Goldman
Matt Greenberg
Mischa Guy
Joyce & Larry Haber
Judy & David Jelen
Glenn Karow
Rica & Ari Lieberman
Ana & Albert Lilienfeld
Rhonda & Judd Love
Bruce Newman
Irwin Niedober
Doreen & Howard Nusbaum
Gideon Pell
David Pitkoff
Veronica & Erwin Reich
Hyman Schaffer
Toby Schaffer
Dean Schuckman
Richard Schwartz
Lilly & Sandy Shapiro
Marc Silver
Arthur Smith
Liba & Steve Steinmetz
Marc Weiner
Howard Wolfe
Al Wolfsohn
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
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!
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

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.
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Pre-Chanukah Prep Party
   Sunday, December 10 - 9:30 AM
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Senior Chanukah Party
   Tuesday, December 12 - 4:00 PM
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Shabbos Chanukah Tisch
   Friday, December 15 - 8:00 PM
learn more →
AIPAC Shabbaton
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Teen Chopped Event
   Shabbat, December 16 - 8:00 PM
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CHANUKAH YOM IYUN Featuring Rabbi Yonason Sacks
   Sunday, December 17 - 8:30 AM
learn more →
Pizza Making & Movie Night
   Shabbat, December 23 - 6:00 PM
sign up →
Annual Childrens Chanukah Book Drive
learn more →
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
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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 10
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - 1:00 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Basic Judaism - 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
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: 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
Young Families Committee Needs YOU  The next organizational meeting will be held Monday, January 8 at 8 PM. If you would like to join, please contact Jessica Furmansky at The Young Families and Youth Committee serves CAS children and their families from birth through the early years of elementary school as they are introduced to our vibrant Jewish community. We strive to create a welcoming environment for embracing both children and parents through family and young couples programming. Our activities are social and educational and include such as Shabbat Onegs, Potluck events, Toddler Time, Shalom Bayit chavura and nights out for couples. We also work, develop and support vibrant youth programming for children from two years old through high school. The committee works in conjunction with the Rabbi, Youth Directors, and Teen Leader.

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 GroupMommy 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. Space is limited so RSVP at your earliest convenience to Rachel Maryles at Rabbi Cohen explores timely themes in Romance, Marriage and Parenting.
CAS Announcements
  • MISSING ITEM One navy blue cashmere glove. If you mistakenly grabbed the glove or placed it somewhere in the building, please email Thanks!
  • REMINDER CAS By-laws and Constitution define members in good standing as those who have paid their current year dues (2017-18), past dues, and any fees owed by December 31. If you have any of these items outstanding please pay them by December 31, so that we can list you as a Member in Good Standing. Being a CAS member in good standing offers many benefits: receiving recognition of important events in your family, honors in the Synagogue, use of our facilities, and voting on key issues that come before the Congregation. Your dues support Youth programming, speakers, Adult Education classes, religious, charitable, and the pastoral activities we provide on a daily basis. Any questions, please contact Matt Feinberg at
  • 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
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB -PACIFIC HOUSE 12/25 Once again we are providing the homeless residents of Pacific House good meal(s) and cheer while the other city organizations are taking a day off. In order to pull this off, we need volunteers to contribute food, gloves, hats and scarves. Another group of volunteers are needed to prepare the food in the morning of the 25th. And lastly we like a group to include kids serving the residents starting at noon. If you are available for any aspect please contact, Mitchell Bell, and we will together make the world a better place.
  • 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
  • POETRY READING Please join Richard Schwartz and Yael Stolarsky, Shlicha, for the third annual Modern Israeli poetry and music program at the JCC, on Wednesday, December 13th, at 10:30 am. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. Free and open to all.
  • JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT MATCHING FUNDRAISER next Monday - Tuesday, December 11-12 - participate online at The event starts at 3pm Monday and runs for 24 hours through Tuesday afternoon. Help JHSC grow! For more information, reach out to Sarah Rich: or 203-357-0850.
  • SAR DINNER The community is invited to celebrate SAR's 49th Anniversary Dinner, January 13, 2018, at SAR High School, as we honor Lauren & David Lieberman (Riverdale), Guests of Honor, Barbara & Dr. Howard Weiner (formerly White Plains, now Houston), Community Service Honorees, and Ali Bloom (New Rochelle), Faculty Honoree. Visit to place Journal Ads and make reservations. Deadline: December, 29, 2017
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 16TH ANNUAL CHALLENGES IN JEWISH EDUCATION PANEL, Shabbat, January 6, 11am, Young Israel of Stamford, featuring Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl and Miriam Krupka Berger, "Making Shabbat a More Positive Experience for Our Children", moderated by Rabbi Elisha Paul.
  • 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
  • BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING First Tuesday of the month, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, 9:45 - 11:15 am. No appointment necessary. Conducted by a registered nurse. Compliments of Visiting Nurse and Hospice. Free of charge. For more information contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
  • MEMBERSHIP & FITNESS OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 7 • 10 am - 2 pm. Join at the open house for membership and fitness discounts. Stop by for a guest pass and group fitness pass. Take a tour, have brunch and meet our fitness, aquatics, early childhood and youth staff. For more information and hours visit or contact Ilene Kirschner Madwed at 203.487.0945 or
  • ISRAELI FILM SERIES- FILM: PRECIOUS LIFE Thursday, January 11 • 7 pm. Join us during the year for award-winning films direct from Israel. Following each film, Yael Stolarsky will lead us in a meaningful discussion. All films are shown at The J. Suggested donation: $5. With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. For more information visit or contact Yael Stolarsky at 203.487.0951 or
  • VACATION DAYS @ THE J-WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT, YOU'RE IN AT THE J! Aqua Day. Monday, January 15, 8 am - 6 pm. Grades K - 6. All vacation days include arts and crafts, nut-free/kosher snacks, free swim and various games and activities. Please send your child with a swimsuit, swim cap and towel, as well as a kosher, nut-free lunch. KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows and require an additional $10 fee. To avoid disappointment, register early by calling the welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more information visit or contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974 or
  • SUPPER AND SONG | DANCE PARTY WITH ANDY BAUM Wednesday, January 17 • 5:30 - 6:30 pm. A party for children ages 1-4, must be accompanied by parent or caregiver. Siblings welcome! Wear your dancing shoes, bring your friends and enjoy a JCC FamilyPlace "sing along, sup along" evening tailored to young children, featuring guest entertainers Andy Baum. Pizza served to children and adults. Tons of fun and singing and lots of smiles. Members $10 / Community $13 per person (children and adults) if registered by January 9. Members $12 / Community $15 per person (children and adults) beginning January 10. For more information visit or contact Allison Murphy at 203.487.0980 or
  • BOKER TOV, ISRAEL! The Sticker Song: Israel from Bumper to Bumper. Thursday, January 18 • 11 - 12 pm & Sunday, January 21 • 10 - 11:30 am. Join Yael Stolarsky as we explore Israel's politics, innovations, society, culture, and values through discussion, interactive presentations, and videos. Bumper stickers, slogans and graffiti are ubiquitous in Israel and play important roles in Israeli society. They speak volumes about Israel's politics, values, culture and passions. The Sticker Song was written by leading Israeli author and recorded by a popular rap group. See how this hip hop recitation of Israeli bumper stickers reflects the many facets of Israel. For more information visit or contact Yael Stolarsky at 203.487.0951 or
  • FAMILY CONCERT AT THE J Sunday, January 28 • 11 am - 12 pm. JCC Early Childhood Department presents: The Swingset Mamas. Join us for a rock 'n' roll concert for the whole family! In advance: Members $8 / Community $10 / At the door: for all $12. For more information visit or contact Anne Liss Johnson at 203.322.6541 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Leah (Lora)
  • Chana bat Etel Brayndel
  • Chana bat Susan
  • Chaya Sara bat Chava
  • Faiga Tova bat Liba
  • Faigel bat Ruchel Leah
  • Heila Simcha bat Bat Tzviyah
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