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Friday, December 15, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

www.cas-stamford.orgCongregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
MiketzChanukah: 5 CandlesDecember 16, 201728 Kislev 5778
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Candle Lighting4:08 PM
Mincha4:13 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:45 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:31 AM
Latest Shacharit10:18 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
Maariv5:04 PM
Shabbat Ends5:09 PM
Havdalah5:09 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Rededicate to Our Shul and Our Future

Chanukah is replete with timeless messages. The vision of hope, religious freedom and miracles are a few of the eternal themes. Interestingly, we sometimes forget the essence of the holiday as reflected in the name itself. The word Chanukah signifies dedication and marks the Maccabees rededicating the Temple following the victory over the Greeks. They cleaned the Temple, dismantled the defiled altar and constructed a new one. The Beit Hamikdash was their spiritual home and the Maccabees did everything in their power to rededicate the house to God.

Beginning with the Tabernacle in the desert, every generation is commanded by God to build a sanctuary to God for his presence to dwell. God is everywhere but we are mandated to construct a sacred space where we can not only connect to God through prayer but also as a community and extended family. In our lives, the synagogue is our miniature sanctuary. We pray, we celebrate, we mourn, we learn, we feast, we laugh, we cry, we educate, we congregate, we grow and we give. Our shul is a second home. So much in our lives, our past and our future, revolves around the friendships and the faith we realize at CAS.

Perhaps the overarching message of Chanukah is to challenge us to rededicate our Mikdash. From thousands of years ago until today, God calls on every member of the Jewish people to be invested in this dedication. God asked Moshe to take a gift from everyone. The Talmud explains that God cares less about whether we give a lot or a little and more whether we did our best to give from the heart. It is our responsibility and our privilege. Not a single person is exempt from this awesome mandate.

This Chanukah we are entering into the second phase of our capital campaign for CAS. Thank God, we are growing in many ways and now is the time for all of us to rededicate ourselves to our shul. So many memories are forged in these walls and we need your support. Thank you to the over one hundred contributors thus far. Please consider a year end pledge and gift. For more information about giving opportunities, contact me or our campaign chairs, Elissa Klapper and Harvey Kaminski.

Thank you in advance for your belief in our future. We are not only participants but stakeholders. We are giving you an opportunity for an investment whose dividends will yield eternal rewards.

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

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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-Reminder that the main sanctuary service starts at 8:45 AM this Shabbat.
  • No Coffee & Commentary Class this Shabbat
Welcome We are blessed this Shabbat to be joined by acapella singers Matt Silverman, Yavniel Field, and Ephraim Schoenbrun, who will sing with Chazan Bokov on Friday night and Shabbat morning.
  • We are excited to be hosting our annual AIPAC Shabbaton this weekend. Welcome to Adam Teitelbaum and Lila Greenberg from AIPAC. Adam will speak following musaf on Shabbat morning, host a Q and A following kiddush and be joined by Lila Greenberg for a panel discussion at seudah shlishit. Look for a special discount beginning Saturday night for CAS Members to attend this years's AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
Thank you 
  • Ari & Shushanah Yasgur, Sarah & Jason Breiner and Adam Breiner for hosting our High Grove Chanukah Party.
  • Shira Nerenberg, Alissa Weisser, Diane Cohen and Shari Levine for hosting the Seniors Chanukah Party, Michal Cohen, Gloria Green and Kim Mahoney for assisting in transportation to the event, and Doris & Elliot Weiss for sharing their song and spirit.
  • Thank you to Kate and Peretz Cik for sharing song and spirit at our Atria Chanukah party.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & Commentaryno class
SermonAdam Teitelbaum
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitPanel with Adam Teitelbaum and Lila Greenberg
Torah ReaderBarry Best
10:30 shiurRabbi Shlomo Zuckier: It's All Greek to Me! Understanding the Translation of the Torah into Greek
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-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
SundayChanukah: 6 Candles
MondayChanukah: 7 Candles/Rosh Chodesh Tevet
TuesdayChanukah: 8 Candles/Rosh Chodesh Tevet
WednesdayChanukah: 8th Day
  • to Tommy Haendler on the passing of his father, Kurt Hermann Haendler, Yirmiyahu ben Zeev
  • to Arline Towne in the CAS office on the passing of her beloved mother, Gladys Gwiazdzinski
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Dr. Larry & Meryl Meiteles on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Elliot & Alana Meiteles
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 PackagesIn memory of Neal Chassen, yahrzeit 29 Kislev Gloria Green, Cheryl Hillman, Stacey Mintz, Ethan Green; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushHecky Attar in commemoration of the Yahrtzeit of his father, Yitzchak Ben Rachamim HaCohen, and Dr Al Wolfson in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his father, Yitzchak Ben Avraham HaLevi
Teen KiddushSusan & Len Mark in memory of Dr. Louis Scheinberg on the occasion of his yahrzeit
Chapel KiddushToby Schaffer in commemoration of the tenth yahrzeit of her mother, Julia Macy z"l
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by The Israel Advocacy Committee and Steven & Danielle Thau in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Steven's father, Erwin Thau
Sponsor A Kiddush
Dec 23sponsoredopensponsored
Dec 30openopensponsored
Jan 6sponsoredsponsoredsponsoredopen
Jan 13sponsoredopensponsored
Jan 20sponsoredopensponsoredopen
Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus
Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Capital Campaign
The Time Is Now!
Commit to the future of Congregation Agudath Sholom. Contribute to the Capital Campaign. Add your name to our list of donors: click here to sign up
Johanna & Selim Akyuz
Barbara & Ronald Ashkenas
Rochel & Hecky Attar
Jessica & Adam Batkin
Janet & Andrew Bein
Dina & Paul Berger
Karen & Ira Berk
Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
Heidi & Evan Bernstein
Stephanie & Joshua Bilenker
Charlotte & Manfred Birnbaum
Jodi & Richard Boxer
Jessie & David Brand
Joan & Howard Breslow
Joyce & Barry Chavkin
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Sara Malka Cohen
Elise & Steven Cohen
Mimi & Saul Cohen
Suzannah & Eytan Coll
Lloyd Contract
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Rita Edelston
George Essenfeld
Arlene & Irwin Ettinger
Lee Fanwick
Stuart Feldman
Sharon & Michael Feldstein
Flossy & Sam Fischel
Jason Fischel
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Rhoda & Avram Freedberg
Lois & Michael Friedman
Estate of Oscar Friedman
Miriam & Joseph Gelb
Leonard Gold
Estate of Joe Gold
Jack Goldberg
Anne & Alexander Goldblum
Judy & Howard Goldstein
Gloria Green
Joyce & Lawrence Haber
Kamal Haron
Meg & Yoav Haron
Rachel & Dan Haron
Milton Hollander
Andrea Horowitz
Shara & Rabbi David Israel
Dorothy Jaiven
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Judith & David Jelen
Rachel & Jay Jubas
Sandy & Michael Kamen
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Howard Kaplan
Liat & Benjamin Karsch
Laura & Daniel Katz
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Elisheva Kilner
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Susan & Max Kolbrenner
Lorraine & David Kweskin
Dorothy & Robert Landress
Biana & Benjamin Lanson
Irwin Mandel
Susan & Leonard Mark
Dinah Miller & Seth Marlowe
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Rachel & Samuel Maryles
Janice & Jacob Meyer
Kori & William Meyers
Barbara & Lawrence Miller
Abraham Mintz
Cara & Elliot Neumann
Rose & Bruce Newman
Miriam & Gideon Pell
Anne Peskin
Judith & Robert Raymond
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Jeannie & Irwin Rifkin
Claudia & Howard Rimerman
Wendy Rosenblum
Carol & Michael Rosmarin
Gayle & Howard Rothman
Mila & Joseph Rubbak
Lucy & Edward Schachter
Frances Schaff
Toby Schaffer
Mildred Schifreen
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut
Robert Schrag
Ilyse & Dean Schuckman
Joan & Bennett Schwartz
Richard Schwartz
Michelle & Donald Sherer
Stephanie & Robert Sherman
Carol & Howard Shiffman
Estate of Norman Sinrich
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Debbie & Ben-Zion Soifer
Shani Soloff
Sandi & Moshe Speter
Liba & Steven Steinmetz
Dennis Stern
Henry Stern
Barry Sternlicht
Friends of Mark Sternlicht
Fannie Stevens
Gary Stone
Pam & Richard Vogel
Audrey Waldstreicher
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Ellen & Richard Weber
Barbara & Harry Webski
Wendy & Daniel Weiner
Jules White
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Alfred Wolfsohn
Neda & Robert Yaghoubian
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Helene Zimmerman
Hillary & Robert Zitter
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
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
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Pizza Making & Movie Night
   Shabbat, December 23 - 6:00 PM
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Annual Childrens Chanukah Book Drive
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CAS Mens Club: Breakfast with Al Nagler
   Sunday, January 14 - 9:45 AM
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Waffle Party with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
   Sunday, January 21 - 9:30 AM
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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 3 - 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 17
SundayYom Iyun Day with Rabbi Sacks - 9:30 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
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

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 Save The Date - Our Sephardic Weekend January 12-13. Featuring Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D, Rabbi of Manhattan East Synagogue, Congregation Shaare Mizrah. Enjoy a Sephardic style Friday night dinner at CAS and Shabbat morning Kiddush. The weekend will feature Friday night Ashekenaz and Sephardic Minyanim and a Shabbat morning 9 AM Ashkenazic nusach minyan with Sephardic flavor. Rabbi Abadie will explore The Forgotten Refugees: My Personal Saga,From Maimonides to the Modern Era:Sephardic Contribution to World Jewry and The Maqam: Sephardic Liturgical Music
  • 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
  • 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
  • JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT MATCHING FUNDRAISER next Wednesday, December 20 - participate online at The event starts at 3pm Monday. Help JHSC grow! For more information, reach out to Sarah Rich: or 203-357-0850.
  • STAMFORD WOMEN'S ROSH CHODESH TEHILLIM GROUP . The next meeting of the Tehillim group will be on December 20th, 8:30 pm, at the home of Rena Gelb. The Tehillim group is for women of all ages, and Tehillim are said in both English and Hebrew. The goal is to complete the entire book of Tehillim among the participants and then say a prayer for people in need of a refuah sheleima, a speedy recovery. To RSVP and be added to the distribution list for future meetings please e-mail Rena Gelb at
  • DECEMBER 31 AT SIX THIRTEEN Enjoy a great value with our specially crafted 4 Course Prix Fixe menu. click here to see our menu. Reservations recommended - limited space available. Make your reservation today!
  • GET EXCITED - THE WANDERING QUE IS COMING BACK TO BCDS!!!! The Wandering Que will land once again at the BCDS campus on January, firing up their award-winning Kosher Texas BBQ - Voted BRISKET KING OF NYC in 2016! Come on in any time between 12:00noon - 8:00pm to purchase delicious fresh cooked BBQ and eat in with family and friends, or pick up and take out. LIVE MUSIC!!! No RSVP necessary, no door costs. The Wandering Que operates under the Rabbinical Supervision of the STAR-K, a globally recognized Kashrut organization under the auspices of the Vaad Ha'Rabonim of Baltimore.
  • 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.
  • FROM MICHAEL FELDSTEIN click here to read an article he wrote
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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