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Friday, September 14, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayeilechShabbat ShuvaSeptember 15, 20186 Tishrei 5779
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Candle Lighting6:46 PM
Mincha6:51 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:42 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:44 AM
Daf Yomi5:00 PM
Shabbat Shuva Drasha5:50 PM
Mincha6:40 PM
Maariv7:40 PM
Shabbat Ends7:45 PM
Havdalah7:45 PM
Shabbat Shalom

I was moved by the message this week from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo and share an excerpt below.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Gemar Chatimah Tovah

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Yom Kippur: Do We Deserve Life?

The Art of Spiritual Administration

Few matters are more difficult to understand than the nature and purpose of Yom Kippur. What is it that this awesome day wants to tell us? What does it want to accomplish? There is basically only one answer: The realization that life is undeserved and therefore actually a great embarrassment.

When thinking about our lives, we have to realize that we cannot make any claim on life for we have not done anything to deserve it. It is not a reward for earlier good deeds or for any other previous accomplishment. It is a gift, completely undeserved.

However, we handle our lives as if we do! We treat our lives as if deserved and as the obvious possession to which we are all entitled.

This is not just true of life itself but also of all our many faculties and talents. We consider it obvious that we can enjoy music, become artists, are able to read, get married and receive love. When things are not going well, we complain that it is not fair, since we are sure that we have a right to live our lives in an optimal way.

But on what basis?

We do not realize that none of these great human faculties are deserved. They are just unearned gifts and all we can do is develop them.

We are just the administrators of our lives and not its owners. And administration is a difficult and complex art! There needs to be a response to our embarrassment. How can I administrate my life in such a way that some of its embarrassment is at least softened and a little less painful?

Should I not think: now that I realize that life itself is a gift, I should at least put that gift to more than just good use.

After all: Gifts obligate. They are given for a purpose. They somehow deprive us of our so called liberty and the belief that we can do whatever we want. The more we receive the more we become obligated to the One who gives. So there is a need to listen to the ultimate Giver and live by His directions.

This is the call of the hour on Yom Kippur. A full day is given to us to realize a simple matter which is so difficult to admit. Life is only great as long as it is lived in the realization that it is undeserved yet could be earned through a dignified response.

How good life could be when every person, the business man, the lawyer, the laborer, the professor and the rabbi would rise from his bed with this great lesson in mind! Life would look radically different. And much more joyful.

Or as Micha (3:4) said: Who does not tremble at the roaring of the Lion in the forest?

May we all merit hearing the roar.

Welcome new CAS members Sarah & David Hochman and their family

New to Stamford?  Consider the benefits of a CAS Membership. Contact Matt at

Gmar Hatima Tova On behalf of the CAS clergy, staff, and leadership, we wish you and your families a happy, healthy and sweet new year. Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Simeon Wohlberg, President

Thank you 
  • Scott and Beth Berger for hosting our Sounds at the Sound Morning Minyan at the Cove
  • Sarah and Justin Breiner and Shushannah and Ari Yasgur for hosting our High Holidays Apple, Honey and Wine tasting outreach event at High Grove this Saturday night.

Service Notes 
  • Fast Information:In case of emergency and you need to eat, please note there will be crackers and juice in the bridal room. If you have any questions regarding fasting, please consult your doctor and/or Rabbi Cohen ( and Rabbi Zweiter ( for further advice if necessary.
  • The Men's Mikvah will be open on Tuesday Erev Yom Kippur from 6 AM until 5 PM.

Minyan Reminder  With additional services at the shiva home this coming week, please make an extra effort to attend services at CAS to ensure the presence of a minyan.

Teen Sukkah Builders Limited time offer on a first-come, first-serve basis. Give back to the community while having your Sukkah built for you! OnSunday September 16, community teens will build Sukkahs. Make a donation to the CAS Youth Department.Info/reserve: contact Yaakov by Saturday night at

The Shabbat Tisch  Join Rabbi Cohen and friends this Shabbat around a table at the Kiddush (about 20 minutes after the start of the Sanctuary Kiddush) for some zemirot, a lechaim and some special treats. The Shabbat Tisch is a new initiative and will take place on periodic Shabbatot

Shabbat groups update Babysitting drop-off/free play starts at 10am. Formal groups and kids' tefilla will start10:30am- please bring your children by10:45am

Sukkot Hospitality  If anyone needs sukkot hospitality or would like to host people in their Sukkah, please contact Hecky Attar at

MIKVAH NOW ACCEPTS VENMO  The Mikvah now accepts Venmo payments to make it easy to send money from your phone! No need to carry cash or checks and you can now pre-pay before Shabbat and Holidays! If you do not have Venmo then please download the Venmo app or go to to sign up. Important: Make sure your Venmo settings are on private and your write "Mikvah" in the memo. Send your payments to @CongregationAgudathSholom
High Holidays
High Holidays 
  • Our Complete High Holidays Schedule is on-line click here
  • Graveside Service Schedule Sunday, September 16 Old Cemetery - 9:30 AM; New Cemetery - 9:45 AM; Independent Lodge Cemetery - 10:45 AM
  • PATRON SEATING: Seating charts now on-line. Click here to view the seating charts Contact the office if questions or you would like to reserve your seats
  • CALLING ALL USHERS! If you would like to be an usher this year, please reach out to Elisheva at

High Holiday Classes @ CAS 
Classes with Rabbi Zweiter
Haftarot of the High Holidays-Gain an appreciation of important themes of the High Holidays through an understanding of the haftarot read on those days.Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - September 26- Shmini Atzeret
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurBarry Best: The Yom Kippur Piyut Amitz Koach (part 4 of 4): The wording of the High Priest's (and our) Yom Kippur confession
Shabbat Shuva DrashaRabbi Daniel Cohen: Yom Kippur Shoes: Understanding the Soul of Teshuva
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderEthan Green
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushPam Ehrenkranz and Matt Greenberg in honor of their daughter-in-law, Sarah's graduation from Touro's School of Occupational Therapy and to wish everyone a G'mar Chatimah Tova
Chapel KiddushDina & Paul Berger in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary
Sanctuary KiddushAnonymously in honor of the Congregation
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday 8:45 AM/9:00 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Monday 6:40 PM, Tuesday 3:00 PM, Wednesday 5:00 PM, Thursday-Friday 6:40 PM
Candles Friday6:35 PM
SelichotSunday 7/8 AM & 10 PM, Monday morning 6 AM & 10 PM, Tuesday morning 6:15/7:15 AM
TuesdayErev Yom Kippur
WednesdayYom Kippur
  • to the Block and Steinmetz families on the passing of Penny Block
  • to Rich Seligsohn on the passing of his father, Larry Seligsohn
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
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Participants as of September 14 Morning:

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Stephanie & Josh Bilenker
Caren & Dov Borowski
Mona & Mark Breiner
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Meredith & David Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Emily & Zvi Dubitzky
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Miriam & Josh Sperber
Audrey Waldstreicher
Sarah Bierman & Daniel Wallis
Barbara & Harry Webski
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Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Hillary & Bob Zitter
Shira & Mitchell Zucker
CAS Young Families/Couples Ladies Night Out!
Sunday, September 16 - 8:15 PM
Lulav Etrog Sets
Monday, September 17 - 6:00 PM
Senior Sukkot Hosted the CAS Chesed Committee
Wednesday, September 26 - 12:00 PM
Guys Night in the Sukkah!
Wednesday, September 26 - 9:00 PM
CAS Womens Book Club
Monday, October 22 - 8:00 PM
AIPAC Fellowships

Be one of fifteen teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 24th-26th, 2019 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation. The participants will also be required to attend the Stamford JCC Speak Up for Israel program and accumulate Israel advocacy hours.

Open to 9th-12th graders from CAS. To be one of the fifteen selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?"If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters.

Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Friday, September 30th, 2018 at

We are grateful to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman; Sandra & Michael Kamen; Veronica & Erwin Reich In memory of their parents - Esther & Joseph Reich and Margaret & Nicholas Eckmann and Erwin's brother, Ernest Reich; and Susan & Len Mark. We are deeply appreciative of their generosity.

If you would like to enable more teens to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen.
CAS Young Families
  • September 16, 7:30 PM: CAS Young Families/Couples Ladies Night Out! Sunday, September 16, 2018 @ 613, 8:15 PM. Take a break during the holidays and join us for a night out with friends, food and fun! 613 will be offering select appetizers at 50 percent off. No cost to attend but please RSVP in the sign ups below :)
  • October 6: Oneg in the Shabbos Park
  • October 20: Rookies and Vets Shabbat Lunch
  • November 4: Waffles and Torah for Dads and Kids
  • November 17: Couples 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
  • Monday, September 17, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM at CAS
  • Friday, September 21, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, September 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, September 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 16
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
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CAS Announcements
  • APPLES AND HONEY TASTING with Rabbi Cohen at Highgrove on Saturday Night Sep. 15th from 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM. This is an outreach event for unaffiliated Jews in Stamford, hosted by our members, Justin and Sarah Breiner and Shushannah and Ari Yasgur. If you know someone who might like to attend, please contact Shushannah at
  • CAS ADULT BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM WITH RABBI DANIEL AND DIANE COHEN Begins Monday, October 15th - 7:30PM. It's never too late to re engage with Torah and your heritage. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Whether you formerly had a Bat Mitzvah or not, this program will enable to reconnect with your past, present and future. The program consists of three components and will start in October. First, join the Crash Course in Basic Judaism with Rabbi Cohen (Starts Monday evening, October 15th), the Matan Class exploring Jewish women role models in the winter with Diane Cohen and one class of your choice from our array of learning opportunities. Second, we will share a special Shabbat dinner together with your families at the Cohen home. Third, you will prepare and share a brief Dvar Torah and reflection at the culmination celebration of the program in June 2019. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen
  • FALL SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE SHABBAT WITH DR. DAVID PELCOVITZ - OCTOBER 12-13 Dr Pelcovitz is a noted author, speaker, and expert on the Jewish perspective on healthy Couples/Family relationships. Friday Night - Raising Children in the Digital Age. Communal Dinner; Shabbat Morning Sermon: Nourishing Neshamas: Promoting Spirituality; Presentation Before Mincha Keeping Our Marriages Strong; Seudah Shlishit: Happiness
  • NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBER BRUNCH Sunday morning, October 28th 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen will host a new and prospective member brunch at their home. If you are a new member or are considering joining our CAS family and would like to attend, please contact our Membership Chair Jon Makovksy ( for more information.
  • SUMMER 2019 CAS HERITAGE TOUR TO POLAND Optional Extensions to Prague and Jerusalem. August 5-12 With Resident Historian Dr. David Bernstein and Rabbi Daniel Cohen. For more info visit and registration click here or speak to Rabbi Cohen. We will hold info sessions at CAS about the trip.
  • PREPARING FOR THE INEVITABLE The Stamford Chevra Kadisha is proud to present an educational session,"PREPARING FOR THE INEVITABLE" - A program for the entire Stamford Jewish community with RABBI ELCHONON ZOHN, Founder and Director, National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK). Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Jewish Community Center of Stamford - 10AM-12 noon. What you need to know about preparing for the inevitable: Halachic Wills,Hospice/Palliative Care,Caring for Elderly Parents,Purchasing Burial Plots,Pre-Need vs At-Need,Encouraging Jewish Burial, Q+A session will follow the presentation, Breakfast will be served prior to the start of the program. FREE and open to the entire Jewish community! Jointly sponsored by Chabad of Stamford, Chavurat Aytz Chaim, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Stamford, Chevra Kadisha, Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, and the Young Israel of Stamford.
  • 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


Stop in for our pre-Sukkot holiday sale -- 25% off of everything in the store

Closed Sundays, Open September 21, 10am-12 noon

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

Community Announcements
  • MINNIE MANGER-MARSHA LIEBERMAN MIKVAH EDUCATION EVENT Sunday morning, October 7 at CAS. Dr. Scott Chudnoff and Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha Dena Block on Behind the Scenes of Jewish Marriage: Perspectives on Healthy Intimacy
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT, Connecticut's first Pre-K through Grade 12 Jewish day school,invites you to join us for our Open Houseon Sunday, November4th. Come see for yourself how we integrate our fundamental principle, "Each student matters and every moment counts," into everything we do academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.Early ChildhoodSunday, November 4-10:00am-12:00noon, 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Please RSVP to Denise Rafailov, 203-329-2186 ext 1310 or School Sunday, November 4-1:30-4:00pm, 1937 W. Main Street, Stamford. Please RSVP to Sarah Rich, 203-357-0850
  • JOIN CARMEL ACADEMY FOR ITS OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH Carmel Academy is thrilled to welcome prospective families to its Open House on Sunday, October 28th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the school's 270 Lake Avenue campus in Greenwich, CT. Guests will have an opportunity to meet with the school's leadership and faculty, interact with current students, parents and alumni, and experience the authentic, engaging and experiential learning that takes place at Carmel Academy every day. Children will participate in a hands-on, interactive learning scavenger hunt, led by Carmel teachers and students. Carmel Academy is a forward-thinking community day school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. The school's central location attracts families from throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Riverdale and New York City. Please RSVP to Director of Admissions, Ella Shteingart, at or 203-983-3503. From our community to yours, Carmel Academy wishes you and your family Shanah Tovah, a year filled with happiness, health and peace.
  • DUSK-TO-DAWN AND ART THAT ELEVATES: A husband and wife art exhibit featuring glowing night photography on aluminum, luminous oil paintings on copper and fine art prints by photographer and artist Steve Labkoff and Liron Sissman. The exhibit is on display at The Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, Connecticut, August 30th - September 30th. Artists' reception is on Thursday, September 20th, 7 - 9pm. All are welcome. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Artwork is for sale. Please RSVP for the reception by Monday, September 17th at: Regular gallery hours are weekdays, from 12 to 5pm. Please enter through the Box Office.
  • FAMILIES WITH KIDS OF ALL AGES are invited to PJ Library-UJF Fall Harvest Celebration. On Sunday, September 16. Learn about the honey process from a professional from Savannah Bee Company, taste various Kosher honey, enjoy a craft and welcome in the Jewish New Year by hearing the story: What's the Buzz? Sunday. Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford CT 4:00-5:30PM. for more information
  • SHIUR FOR WOMEN led by michal smart entitled zman simchateinu: what is Happiness? Exploration of Torah sources. At the Shmotkin's 15 Francis avenue on Shabbat September 22 at 5:00 pm.
  • ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND -- 3RD ANNUAL HEROES FOR HOPE - Sunday, November 4, 6 pm Temple Beth El. Dinner & honoring three local oncologists: Drs. Paul Weinstein (Stamford Health/Bennett Cancer Center); Richard Zelkowitz (Norwalk Hospital); Beverly Drucker (Greenwich Hospital). Speakers: Andrew Faas -- cancer survivor, TED speaker. Mark Israel MD, ICRF Intn'l Exec Director & oncologist. Dietary laws observed. Proceeds to cancer research. Registration, info: or 203 321-1006. Leslie Freedman, PhD, Chair, 2018 Heroes for Hope. Ros Mangot, ICRF CT Area Chairwoman
  • JOIN US AT SAR ACADEMY FROM 11/11-11/13 FOR ARTS EDJE, AN INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE-DRIVEN ARTS IN JEWISH EDUCATION ARTS EDJE is committed to nurturing high quality student work in the ARTS, cultivating joyful appreciation for the ARTS, giving children meaningful opportunities to impact community through the ARTS, and believing that we can engender students' enjoyment, engagement, and competency in the ARTS. Join us for a few days of interactive workshops in which we will focus on the theme, Nurturing Excellence: The role ARTS Education has on developing high quality student work and how to nurture that engagement and commitment to excellence. For more information, contact Sharon Marson at
  • ADL'S NEVER IS NOW SUMMIT is the nation's principal event focused on exploring the drivers of contemporary anti-Semitism, as well as looking at hate from all sides. The one-day conference is a blend of keynote plenaries, breakout sessions and workshops, and will cover topics such as global anti-Semitism, the vanishing political middle, hate speech on campuses, bias in pop culture, cyberhate and much more. The day is designed to inspire, educate and challenge participants to get involved and make a difference. Join ADL on December 3, 2018 to learn more about fighting hate for good. Learn more and register at using code CASNIN18 for special pricing!
  • IF YOU LOVE CHILDREN AND BOOKS, THAN UJF'S HERBERT AND SARAH M GIBOR READING PARTNERS PROGRAM IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! Come join our dedicated group of volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year. No degree or expertise is required. Training, workshops and ongoing support are provided to all volunteers. Volunteers in turn commit to a total of one hour per week, reading in the Stamford Public School system or an afterschool program, with two children in Grades K-3 who need some extra help. For more information please contact Lenore Fogel at United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. 203-321-1373 x115 or
  • 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.
  • MUSIC & MUNCHKINS DANCE PARTY WITH STEVE October 7, 10-11am 1-5 years old, with parent or caregiver. Wear your dancing shoes, bring your friends and come enjoy a JCC FamilyPlace event tailored to young children, featuring guest entertainer Steve Epstein. Pancakes and cereal served to children and adults. Tons of fun and singing and lots of smiles. For more information contact Allison Murphy at 203.487.0980 or
  • MOTHER/PARENT - SON GAME SHOW NIGHT October 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm For moms/parents and sons 5 - 10 years (aunts and grandmothers welcome!) A Stamford J Tradition! Spend quality time with your son(s) while competing in fun trivia and wacky challenges presented by our expert MCs and game masters. Spend an evening having a blast with friends and family! A child-friendly dinner will be served. For more information contact Jason Samuel at 203.487.0973 or
  • WHAT A WOMAN SHOULD KNOW: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS October 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm In partnership with Stamford Hospital, Paint the Town Pink and The Center Women, join us for a panel discussion with Dr. David Gruen, radiologist, and Fran Becker, oncology social worker, along with cancer survivors. Dr. Gruen will talk about what is new in the field regarding breast cancer and Fran Becker will focus on the emotional support needed for breast cancer survivors. Survivors themselves will share their personal truths and tips about how help from family and friends can be truly meaningful and impactful. Free of charge, all are welcome. Contact The Center Women at
  • JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY Saturday, October 27 through Sunday, November 4 With a festival encore on Sunday, November 11. The Stamford Jewish Community Center is thrilled to present to you the very best in current Jewish films, speakers, fine art and literature. Join us for our 17th season as we bring award-winning films to the community, such as An Act of Defiance, The Cakemaker, Back to Berlin, and many others. The festival will feature Nadine Strossen, author and civil rights advocate, who will present her most recent book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. For full festival line-up visit For more information contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ahava Raizel bat Leah
  • Alka Hindy bat Saura Esther
  • Ari Sumi Ellman ben Na'ama
  • Chaya Blima bat Eyta
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Liba Yehudith
  • Ephraim ben Sara Rivka
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamara
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Leiba Hannah bat DK
  • Miriam bat Miriam
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Pnina bat Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah bat Shana Chaya and Shmuel
  • Shalom Benzion ben Necha
  • Tzaddik ben Yaffa
  • Tzvivia Rivka bat Yosef Ava
  • 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
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