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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BamidbarErev Shavuot Omer: 49May 19, 20185 Sivan 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:50 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:12 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:25 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi6:55 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:55 PM
Mincha7:45 PM
Maariv8:46 PM
Shabbat Ends8:51 PM
Candle Lighting8:51 PM
Tikkun Leil Shavuot11:30 PM
Shabbat Shalom
No Date but Every Day

We all keep calendars. We make appointments. Mark down anniversaries and birthdays. We look out to the summer and make time for vacations and record them in our phones. We glance at the holidays next year and arrange for time off. Dates are part of the rhythm of every day life. There is one exception.

Every holiday on the Jewish calendar is marked by a day and month in explicit terms. Rosh Hashanah is the first of Tishri, Pesach is the 15th of Nisan and so on. Yet, the upcoming holiday of Shavuot is not given a day in the Torah. It is only identified by it being 49 days after Pesach. As much as you look in the Torah the date and month of the holiday are not listed. Why does God avoid noting the specific date?

The answer to this question is simple yet one of the most important ideas in our faith. In numerous places in the Torah, Rashi, the great Medieval commentator, explains that God and Moshe frequently use the word Hayom today when speaking about the obligation to study Torah. For instance, the first paragraph of the Shema states, these words which I command you today should be on your heart. The word hayom is seemingly superfluous.

However, Rashi explains that the use of the word is intended to emphasize that every day should be one in which we reaccept the Torah and study it with joy and excitement as if we are engaging in Torah anew for the very first time.

Therefore, there is no formal date associated with Shavuot. Accepting the Torah is not a once a year experience. Learning is an obligation every day and every night. In fact, it is so central to our existence that Rabbi Akiva and others throughout history risked their lives to study Torah. The Talmud comments that one of the primary evaluations of a good life is based on whether we have dedicated set times to study Torah. The reason for Torah's centrality is that it is the Tree of Life. Torah nourishes our soul, guides our lives and charts our past, present and future.

As we embark on the holiday of Shavuot, take time this Shabbat and every day to reignite your passion and commitment to Torah. Find a few minutes or more every day to learn and grow. Shavuot has no date because every day, we accept Torah anew as our touchstone for living.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • Rabbi Noam and Shifra Freedman as our Shavuot Scholars in Residence and their children Avital and Adi
  • Congregation Agudath Sholom is proud to be part of the Inaugural Event of the OU Women's Initiative-Standing Together At Sinai
  • NCSY advisors joining us for a Shavuaton for our youth in Stamford

Service Note  We will not serve Seudah Shlishit this Shabbat. Please remember to have this meal at home.

Building Update The CAS Building Committee is pleased to provide an update on our renewal plans. click here to view the update
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Halacha Meets Communal Politics on the Lower East Side: The Story of New York's First Eastern European Congregation
Learning between Mincha and MaarivRabbi Oran Zweiter
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 5:05 AM/9:00 AM, Monday 7:45 AM/8:45 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Monday 7:55 PM, Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:01 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:56 PM
SundayShavuot I
MondayShavuot II
  • to Ari Lefkovits on the passing of his father, Dr. Alfred Lefkovits
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 Nikki & Matt Feinberg on the birth of a baby boy
  • to Jim Benjamin on receiving this year's George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit Award and Shira Nerenberg and Alisa Weisser on receiving this year's George and Ziporah Freedberg Hineni Award at our CAS annual meeting on Tuesday night, June 19th.
  • to Howard Weiss and Vivian Weiss on the aufruf this Shabbat of Daniel Weiss in celebration of his forthcoming marriage to Cheryl Lauren Spigler
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
BulletinIsrael Cancer Research Fund
Teen Minyan KiddushThe Bein Family in honor of Alexander being the overall winner of the Riverside Run 5K and the third anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesBy a friend in honor of the good work of Len Mark & Gloria Green and by Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushAna and Albert Lilienfeld in loving memory of Albert's sister, Susan Spaet, z''l
Chapel KiddushHoward Weiss and Vivian Weiss in honor of the auf ruf for the upcoming wedding of their son, Daniel.
Sanctuary KiddushSponsored by Susan and Len Mark in memory of Len's mother, Chaya Sara bat Moshe
Shavuot Schedule
Scholars in Residence: Rabbi Noam and Shiffy Friedman OU - JLIC (Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) Couple at Columbia/Barnard
Join us for a holiday of learning with the great list of scholars below. Also lots of programming for kids & teens!
Tikkun Leil Shavuot - The Relevancy of Torah in Our Times
    Thanks to our Sponsors
  • Madeline & Alan Bigel - In commemoration of the yahrzeit of Alan's father, Nachman Yitzchak
  • Meredith & David Cohen in commemoration of the yahrzeits of David's mother, Rachel Cohen (Rachel bat Or Haim), and grandmother, Marcelle Atraghji (Malkah bat Salman)
  • Rachel and Nimrod Dayan
  • The graduating class of Bi-Cultural Day School in Honor of Mr S.
  • Toby Schaffer in commemoration of the yahrzeits of her grandparents
  • New England Region NCSY
  • Rachel & Sam Maryles
  • Karen & Ira Berk
CAS Shavuot Calendar
Shabbat, May 19

Candle Lighting 8:51 PM

Mrs. Shiffy Friedman: Eliyahu Hanavi - How did the Zealot become the Zaydie? 11:30 PM

Tikkun Leil Shavuot 11:30 PM

Youth Program - 6-8th Grade 11:30 PM

Will take place at CAS
11:30 PM Glidah and Gelilah! Torah Ice Breakers with Ice Cream!
12:00 AM Will you go out with me? Building a Relationship with Torah- Yaakov Faratci
12:30 AM Q&A with Rabbi Daniel Cohen!
1:30 AM Snack & Sushi Bar Break
Optional Activity What Would You Do? Finding your voice in Torah

Teen Programs 9th-12th Grade 11:30 PM

11:35 PM Intro to the evening @Young Israel...Get your Neshama Pumpin...with your NCSY Advisors!
11:45 PM Cafe (Ethical) Dilemma: Finding Your Voice in Torah Run by Advisors
12:30 AM Fred Talks (Ted Talks With Friends) Around the Fire with Smores & Bonfire Chill
1:15 AM The Power of Destiny- Shiur for all teen girls. Lets Get Real- Shiur for all teen boys.
1:45 AM Walk to CAS
2:00 AM Sushi Bar
2:30 AM NCSY Advisor Chaburas (variety of topics)
3:15 AM Teen Q&A with Rabbi Zweiter
4:45 AM The First Ever Jewish Game Set (featuring caffeine)
5:25 AM Shacharit

Sunday, May 20

Rabbi Noam Friedman: In the Garden of the King - Torah and Secular Wisdom in Medieval Spain 12:15 AM

Soosh Sushi and Snacks 1:00 AM

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: A Battle for the Ages: From Humble Beginnings to Holy Heavyweights:The Roots and Relevance of Rabbi Akiva vs. Rabbi Yishmael 1:30 AM

Rabbi Alex Ozar: Rabbis, Sophists, and Fair Market Value: The Radical Economics of Torah Distribution 2:15 AM

Snack Break 3:00 AM

Jay Jubas: Distinguishing between the Sanctity of Shabbat and the Sanctity of Yom Tov 3:20 AM

Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Is it Really Murder?: The Prohibition of Embarrassing Another 4:05 AM

Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast 5:05 AM

Sunrise 5:33 AM

Shacharit (Sanctuary) 9:00 AM

Reading of Ten Commandments 10:00 AM

Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, Jr. Congregation 10:30 AM

Sermon: Rabbi Noam Friedman 11:00 AM

Jr. Congregation Learning and Fun Session at Shabbat Park (rain location-shul) Snacks will be provided 4:20 PM

Sr. Teen Oneg at Park 5:30 PM

Daf Yomi 6:15 PM

Shiur by Mrs. Shiffy Friedman: Modern Family: When Husbands and Wives Minhagim Don`t Align 7:10 PM

Barry Best: Dvar Torah between Mincha/Maariv 7:55 PM

Mincha 7:55 PM

Candlelighting 8:52 PM

Monday, May 21

Shacharit 7:45 AM/8:45 AM

Teen Minyan 9:30 AM

Sermon: Rabbi Daniel Cohen 10:30 AM

Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, Jr. Congregation, BMC (ice cream party in groups) 10:30 AM

Yizkor in Sanctuary 10:30 AM

Tot Shabbot/Mini Minyan Shavuot Play 11:45 AM

Graduation Celebration Kiddush following Sanctuary Service 12:00 PM

Teen Oneg & Shavuot Tisch @Faratci Residence 5:00 PM

Daf Yomi 6:15 PM

Shiur by Rabbi Noam Friedman: Reliving the Past: The Gunpowder Purim and the Resonance and Repetition of History 7:10 PM

Mincha 7:55 PM

Neilat Hachag and light meal 8:15 PM

Yom Tov ends 8:53 PM

Sign Up For These Events
Graduation Kiddush
Monday, May 21
Join the CAS Graduation Celebration!
If you have a graduate in your family (preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school), we will publish his/her name and the level from which he or she is graduating.

Celebrate the graduates of our member families with a festive kiddush on the second day of Shavuot in honor of the graduates. Help co-sponsor the kiddush
$50 per family sponsorship || $180 for family cum laude sponsorship
Thanks to our Graduation Kiddush sponsors on the second day of Shavuot
Janet & Andrew Bein
Karen & Ira Berk
Aliza Bettan
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Elise & Steven Cohen
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Irene Diamond
Cheryl & Larry Frydman Hillman
Tatiana Kunik & Mikhael Guy
Rachel & Dan Haron
Danielle & Yehuda Jeiger
Judith & David Jelen
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Toby Lazarus & Allan Lichtenberg
Rica & Ari Lieberman
Deborah & Neil Metviner
Stacey & Abraham Mintz
Cindy & David Pitkoff
Veronica & Erwin Reich
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Sarah & Ronald Rich
Rachel & Rich Seligson
Jodi & Oren Shapiro
Phyllis & Martin Shapiro
Rebecca & Eric Sigman
Liba & Steven Steinmetz
Shira & Mitchell Zucker
Mazal Tov to our Graduates!
Chabad Gan Yeladim
Gili Jeiger Azriel Jeiger
Santa Fe PreSchool
Oliver Reich
Elementary School
Stark Elementary School
Sophie Sigman
Middle School
Bi-Cultural Day School
Max Dayan
Shira Haron
PJ Jelen
Julianne Katz
Anna Lichtenberg
Robert Okun
Andrew Reicin
Emily Seligson
Lev Shapiro
Tani Smart
Leeba Zucker
The Harvey School
Wendy Lichtenberg
High School
Greenwich High School
Hannah Bein
Jewish High School of Connecticut
Gabriella Lieberman
Tamar Cohen
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel High School
Tamara Mintz
Dayne Katz Daniel Seligson
SAR High School
Sarah Smart
Solomon Schechter Westchester
Emma Rich
Stamford High School
Talia Shapiro
Vergennes Union High School
Ethan Sausville
Vinal Technical High School
Hunter Kamnitzer
Westchester Hebrew High School
Rachelle Guy Jennifer Steinmetz
Binghamton University
Rachel Feurstein Hannah Zucker
Cornell Engineering
Hannah Klapper
Drexel University
Aaron Berk
Hunter College- CUNY BA
Tamar Cohen
Johns Hopkins University
Danielle Pitkoff
St. Lawrence
Samara Sausville
Tufts University
Leora Bell
University of Arizona
Reuben Diamond
University of Michigan
Saul Feit
Graduate School
Emory University-JD/MBA
Aaron Metviner
IDC Herzliya
Michal Cohen
University of Washington/ MS Aerospace Engineering
Jonathan Frydman
Yeshiva University
Seth Bettan
CAS Womens Book Club
Tuesday, May 22 - 8:00 PM
CAS Young Families
  • YOUNG FAMILIES/COUPLES ONEG IN THE SHABBOS PARK Shabbat, June 2. Come join us in the park on Shabbat (weather permitting) at 4 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve snack, drink or dessert to share!
  • SAVE THE DATES: Sunday, June 10th, Young Couples Night Out! and Tuesday, June 26th, Ladies Night Out!
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours Open Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Tuesday, May 22, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, May 25, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, May 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, May 23, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of May 20
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Book of Ezra - Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depths of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Halacha Corner
Halacha of the Week from Rabbi Daniel Cohen  Kosher Symbols I often receive questions about Kosher Symbols and their reliability on food products Thank God, over the years Kashrut agencies and symbols are increasing as is the availability of kosher food. It is important to remember that a K alone and other supervisions on a food does not guarantee its reliability and recommendation. It is not uncommon for me to receive a What's App or Text from someone in the supermarket with a picture of a symbol. The clergy are here for guidance and happy to answer any questions. The Vaad of Fairfield County provides a list of recommended supervisions. If you would like a copy, please visit the office or send Rabbi Zweiter or myself an email and we will send to you the list.
Sponsor A Kiddush
May 26Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 2Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 9Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Jun 16Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 23Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
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 Announcements
  • RMS HOUSING INFO SESSION Tired of walking up the hill on Fifth Street or just looking to shorten your Shabbos walk? RMS Companies will hold an informational session on June 6th at 7pm at CAS. If you are interested in the development on the school/ball field property, come find out what is in store.
  • MISSING ITEM If you mistakenly grabbed a black Kenneth Cole 3/4 length coat this past Shabbos, please return the coat to the office.
  • SAVE THE DATE Tuesday night, June 19 for our CAS Annual Meeting and Presentation of the George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit Award and Hineni Awards
  • SAVE THE DATE! Rabbi Elan Adler, former CAS Assistant Rabbi, will return as our scholar in residence on Shabbat, June 22-23. He will give the sermon, give an afternoon shiur before mincha, and speak at Seudat Shlishit. There will also be a community luncheon immediately after services on Shabbat afternoon, for which you can sign up. Look for full details after Shavuot!
  • 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 The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. 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 Thursday 10 AM - 12 NOON

Wedding Gifts, Engagement Gifts, House Gifts, Mother's Day Gifts, Jewelry

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

Community Announcements
  • SOOSH is partnering with the ARK campaign (Acts of Random Kindness) to give you an easy way to do something good for someone in need. Drop by Soosh to pick up a free ARK (charity box), fill it up and give to someone in need or the charity of your choice. Pay it forward any way you'd like. See you @Soosh!
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND AND TEMPLE ISRAEL CENTER INVITE YOU TO THE ANNUAL POSITIVELY ISRAEL RECEPTION May 31st. Featuring Bret Stephens: Israel at 70: What Does the Future Hold for Israel and the Middle East? Temple Israel Center, 280 Old Mamaroneck Rd., White Plains. 7:30pm Community-wide Dessert and Wine Reception, couvert $36; 6:15pm VIP Dinner for donors of $1,800+ to JNF's 2018 Campaign ($500+ for young families). Event co-chairs Lissy & Ben Carr, Jessica & Andrew Levinson, Jonathan & Linda Flaxner. RSVP by May 29 at For more information: Stephanie Rise Balkin, Director, Westchester & Southern Connecticut,, 212-879-9300, ext 510.
  • ANNOUNCING THE 4TH ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP EVENT ON JULY 29! Can you help? Back to School Shop provides economically disadvantaged elementary school children in Stamford with the opportunity to shop for brand new clothes, backpacks and school supplies for free, in a one day event. We served nearly 250 children in our event last summer and hope to increase the number to at least 275 this year! Can you volunteer for a 4 hour shift at our event? To volunteer, or for more information please visit
  • CANTOR CONCERT On June 14, Cantor Magda Fishman and Cantor George Mordecai will be doing a concert at Temple Beth El in Stamford. This combination of two extraordinary talents singing "The Sounds of Israel" in a special concert will be a real treat for everyone attending.
  • PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING TEAM STAMFORD in supporting HODS (Halachic Organ Donor Society) for its biggest fundraiser of the year. a 5K Walk/Run on June 10, 2018. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile life-saving cause. Visit the Team Stamford page:
  • JOIN UJF JUNE 20-21 ON OUR MISSION TO WASHINGTON, D.C.! Learn about the Jewish Federations of North America's advocacy agenda and then bring it to the Hill to share your views with our representatives, hear from policy experts and policy makers, and tour the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Early bird pricing ends 4/24 - register now at!
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday June 3rd from 9am-5:00pm, Wednesday June 6th from 4:30-8:30, and Thursday June 7th from 4:30-8:30. 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
  • 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.
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP - Monday, June 11th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? The session will focus on attention skills with practical support to help reach personal brain fitness goals. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. Optional lunch following the session $9 (under 60), $4 suggested (over 60). To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • EMPLOYMENT LIFE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP , Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month beginning June 5th at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. Looking for emotional support while searching for employment? Need practical help during the job search? Join the support group, facilitated by Lois Meyer, LMSW, Schoke JFS Case Manager, to help you through this transition. No cost. For registration, please contact Lois Meyer at 203-921-4161 or email
  • DISRUPT AGING IN YOUR COMMUNITY Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00pm - 8:30 pm Schoke JFS, the Stamford JCC and AARP Connecticut are partnering to present a 90-minute program entitled, Disrupt Aging in your Community, which is designed to bridge the gap between generations. An interactive session focuses on aging from an intergenerational perspective, offering thought-provoking discussion and activities. To reserve a spot, please sign up at or call 1-877-926-8300. If you have any questions about the program, contact Isrella Knopf, Director of Senior Services, at or 203-921-4161.
  • LET'S TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, Beginning March 15, every other week, 10:30 AM, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302-921-4161 or email at Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Contact Sheila Duggan at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP 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 Fridays at 10:30 AM, beginning September 8th at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Road, Stamford
  • 24TH ANNUAL JCC GOLF AND TENNIS OUTING JUNE 4, EVENTS START 9 AM A fantastic day of golf and tennis held at Rockrimmon Country Club. Includes lunch, cocktail hour and awards party. Outing benefits JumpStart at the Jewish Community Center. Play a round FORE THE KIDS! Sponsorships & Tickets are available. To register or for more information visit www.stamfordjcc or contact Shannon Jacobs at 203.487.0965 or
  • SENIOR ADULT FATHER'S DAY LUNCHEON JUN. 14 11 AM - 1 PM 11 am. Entertainment 12 pm Lunch. To celebrate and honor all fathers, join us for live entertainment by James Michael. Reservations required by Thursday, Jun. 7. $4 suggested donation. For more information, visit or contact Connie Freeman at 203-487-0983 or
  • 9TH ANNUAL JCC YOUTH TRIATHLON JUNE 17, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Swimming Cycling Running. Fun, Fitness, and Personal Challenges for Ages 4 to 16!. Check-in: 7 am Race: 8 - 11 am Through the fast-growing sport of triathlon, children are given the opportunity to be fit and active, build strong friendships, and, most importantly, reach their potential and have fun! For more information visit or contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY BARBECUE LUNCHEON JUNE 28, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ENTERTAINMENT 12 P.M. LUNCH To celebrate Independence Day, join us for live entertainment and lunch. Reservations required by Thursday, Jun. 21. $4 suggested donation For more information, visit or contact Connie Freeman at 203-487-0983 or
  • UJF WOMEN'S PHILANTHROPY EVENT Spring Dinner 2018 with Dara Horn. Thursday, May 31, 6:30 PM Temple Beth El. Info: Sharon Franklin
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
  • Avraham ben Batya
  • David Yaakov ben Riesel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzhak Dovid ben Miriam Rivkah
  • Gil Shlomo ben Ruth Rivkah
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Meshaberah Zinovi ben Riveka
  • Michel Leib ben Rachel Leah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sara Rivka bat Esther Blema
  • Simcha Itchak ben Lena
  • Yitchak Meir ben Rochel
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

LIPS product of the week  Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Kosher Advisories
  • KOSHER ALERTS The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
  • KOSHER ADVISORY Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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