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Friday, December 22, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
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Candle Lighting4:11 PM
Mincha4:16 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:35 AM
Latest Shacharit10:21 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
Maariv5:07 PM
Shabbat Ends5:12 PM
Havdalah5:12 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Building Our House of God

As the year 2017 ends, we face many last minute requests for donations. The allure of tax deductions looms large as we carefully consider our allocation of funds and resources.

We are neither the first, nor the last, to struggle with how much money to give and to whom? Over 2,500 years ago, the Jewish people confronted such a question. Less than 100 years after the destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem, they were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to rebuild the Temple once again. The events which ensued are recorded for posterity in the book of Ezra, the scribe.

We study this important work on Tuesday mornings. This week, we learned in Chapter 4 that although a small group began the process of rebuilding, the people were thwarted in the project by external forces. As a result, construction stopped. They became dispirited and lacked the courage to complete the project. Until one voice was heard.

During Ezra's time, a prophet Chagai came to the people and awakened their spirit. He asked them, "Is it time for you to dwell in your well timbered houses, while God's house lies in waste? Consider your ways. You eat, but you have not enough. You drink, but you are not filled. You clothe yourself, but you are not warm. You earn wages to put them into a bag with holes. "

First, Chagai questions their priorities. How can they only invest in their personal homes, but not in their spiritual home, a house of God? Secondly, he reminds them that true happiness and life satisfaction emerges from an enrichment of spirit. All the money in the world cannot satisfy us if we are not whole in our soul.

To the credit of the Jewish people, they heed Chagai's voice. They reorient their priorities and forge ahead in faith and renewed spirit. One of the highest priories of our nation is to create a sanctuary for God, so He may dwell within. In ancient times, it was the Beit Hamikdash and today, it is our shuls. God willing, the third Temple will be rebuilt speedily in our days.

As we consider our end of year contributions, invest in Agudath Sholom, our spiritual home. Whether for the annual dinner and/or capital campaign, your investment reflects the noble and Divine priority to create and sustain a home for God. Thank you in advance for your generosity and commitment to our future. We are all conduits for God's blessings and may God in turn bless us with renewed strength of spirit in our sacred mission.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

AIPAC Policy Conference 2018 Please join me and over 90 CAS members at the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference on March 4th-6th. Click here to register online (use "promotion code" Pc18cAs) or email Lila Greenberg at The $100 discount is available for this week only. If you are interested in becoming even more active with our cause in other ways, I encourage you to reach out to Lila or to our own Veronica Reich ( or Glenn Reicin (
Thank you  to Mitchell Bell and the Men's Club for organizing the holiday meal at Pacific House.
Dudes, Daughters and Donuts  is ON for Monday Dec 25th at 9:15am
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.
An Opportunity to Honor, with a Tax Savings Benefit for You The pending tax legislation in Washington may impact your tax benefit from charitable donations. One of the changes included in the new law is a significant increase in the standard deduction, along with limitations on the state and local tax deduction. This means fewer taxpayers will itemize deductions in 2018, limiting the benefit of charitable giving next year.
If you are a taxpayer who currently itemizes rather than claiming the standard deduction, you may want to consider accelerating your charitable contributions into 2017 to get a larger income tax benefit.
With that in mind, we offer the opportunity for early sign-up for our March, 2018 Annual Dinner.
We expect a great evening, honoring individuals who contribute in many beautiful, important ways to our vibrant and growing community.
Of course, you will want to honor them with an ad in our celebration journal. Just click here to place your ad and make payment before December 31 - and you'll receive a tax savings benefit in 2017.
*Note: If you would like to transfer stock, please contact Matt Feinberg ( or 203-358-2200)
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
10:30 shiurRabbi David Israel: May One Recite Kiddush on a Grape Popsicle?
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Wednesday 4:20 PM, Thursday 4:10 PM, Friday 4:21 PM
Lunch MinchaTuesday and Wednesday ONLY, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday4:16 PM
MondayChristmas Day
ThursdayAsara B'Tevet Fast begins at 5:49 AM and ends 5:18 PM
  • To Mark Weissler on the passing of his mother, Doris Weissler, Devorah bat Moshe
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
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Sanctuary KiddushLee Fanwick in celebration of her 90th birthday
Sponsor A Kiddush
Dec 30openopensponsored
Jan 6sponsoredsponsoredsponsoredopen
Jan 13sponsoredopensponsored
Jan 20sponsoredopensponsoredopen
Jan 27openopensponsoredsponsored
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
Leslie Freedman
Lynne & Steven Frenkel
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
Jessica & Eliaz Niedober
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
Miriam & Joshua Sperber
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
Annual Childrens Chanukah Book Drive
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Pizza Making & Movie Night
   Shabbat, January 6 - 6:00 PM
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Sephardic Weekend Shabbat with Rabbi Elie Abadie
   Shabbat, January 12-13
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CAS Mens Club: Breakfast with Al Nagler
   Sunday, January 14 - 9:45 AM
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CAS Blood Drive
   Sunday, January 21 - 9:00 AM
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Waffle Party with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
   Sunday, January 21 - 9:30 AM
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Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Professor Adam S. Ferziger
   Shabbat, January 27
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CAS Annual Dinner
   Sunday, March 18 - 5:00 PM
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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
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks on Summer Street
CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of December 24
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 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 Group - 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, 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.

Young Families Potluck Shabbat Lunch  Saturday, January 27th. We are looking for families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. More information to come!
CAS Announcements
  • 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
  • MEZUZAH CHECKING, TEFILIN MAINTENANCE Sunday, January 14th from 8 AM and on with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan (Sofer Stam and Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Achim, Fairfield). Mezuzot are often damaged by moisture or heat, and ink cracks over time. Check your Mezuzot twice every seven years to ensure that your home is secured with Kosher Mezuzot. $10 per Mezuzah checked. Tefillin can also be inspected. Info: Rabbi Cohen at or Rabbi Zweiter at
  • 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
  • SOOSH IS OPEN REGULAR HOURS OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON. Enjoy a delicious 4 course, prix-fixe menu, including a glass of wine, starting at only $38! Only on December 24th and December 31st. Dine-in only. Call 203-658-7505 for reservations. See you at Soosh!
  • THINKING CHINESE FOOD FOR DECEMBER 25? LOOK NO FURTHER! Six Thirteen will be offering a Chinese Takeout menu to suit your needs. click here to see our menu. Place your orders soon to guarantee fulfillment.
  • 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.
  • JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a two day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, February 4th and Sunday, February 11th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • 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
  • 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 Tzviyah
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Riva Razel bat Malka
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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