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Friday, October 5, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BereshitOctober 6, 201827 Tishrei 5779
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Candle Lighting6:11 PM
Mincha6:16 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:49 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:47 AM
Daf Yomi5:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:15 PM
Mincha6:05 PM
Maariv7:05 PM
Shabbat Ends7:10 PM
Havdalah7:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom
New Beginnings: Ayeka

I hope everyone had a meaningful, joyous and uplifting holiday season. God wiling, we will all share many blessings together in the year ahead. Thank God, our Shul offers many gateways for learning and I urge everyone to spend a few minutes looking at the offerings and commit to at least one new initiative. Torah is truly the pause that refreshes!

There were many highlights of the season but I want to focus on one from Simchat Torah that underscores an important message in the Parsha. It is the first question God asks humanity. After Adam and Eve eat from the tree of knowledge, God asks them, "Where are you?" Ayeka.

Why did God ask? Of course, God knows their location. He knows where they are hiding. If so, what is the purpose of his query?

I will suggest one answer but there are many. Pose the question at your Shabbat table. What do you think? What sources comment on this fundamental theological dilemma? Where else in the Torah do we find the same word? What is the connection to Ayeka in our Torah portion?

The Slonimer Rebbe and others suggest that Ayeka is not a question for God but humanity. It is a wake up call for self reflection. Where are we? Are we realizing our Divine purpose? Rather than meander through daily life, it is a call from God to live on higher plane with renewed purpose.

This past Simchat Torah, I and others were moved by an Ayeka moment. We had a "spontaneous" Bar Mitzvah for one of our Jewish Stamford Police Officers. In the weeks ahead, I will share the story in Shul. It was truly a moment when all present experienced the power of God not only asking Ayeka, but being able to answer, Hineini - Here we are.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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Service Notes 
  • Dudes, Daughters & Doughnuts debuts for 5779 on Sunday, October 7th at 9:15am! Bring your daughters and sons for a spirited, casual, twice-a-month shacharit service, followed by delicious baked goods and coffee! More info: contact Ethan ( or Josh (
  • Next Sephardic Minyan, Shabbat, October 20, Parashat Lech Lecha, at 9am in the CAS Social Hall. click here to sign up to be Hazan or read from the Torah

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

Join us for an important weekend on October 12-13 with renowned speaker Dr. David Pelcovitz: Modern Challenges - Timeless Solutions.
Sign up for a Friday night dinner (info below) catered by 613 Restaurant, when he will speak on Parenting in the Digital Age. This topic is one of the most pressing issues of our time and his wisdom is much needed!
Services will be at 6 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM. The presentation at 8:15 PM will precede dessert. There will be an elementary age children's program during his presentation.
He will also on Shabbat. His topics: Nourishing Neshamas: Promoting Spirituality (Sermon), Keeping Our Marriages Strong (Pre Mincha) and Happiness (Seudah Shlishit).
Dr Pelcovitz is a noted author, speaker, and expert on the Jewish perspective on healthy Couples/Family relationships. Dr. Pelcovitz has consulted extensively with the Jewish community in the United States, Europe and Israel on a wide range of issues facing children and adolescents. Dr. Pelcovitz, who received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to education, parenting and child mental health.

Shabbat groups update 10:00 AM- Early drop off/free play for mini minyan and tot Shabbat. 10:30 AM- FORMAL GROUPS and kids Tefilah. Please bring you child by 10:45 am so he/she can join the program
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Spirited Kaballat ShabbatRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Yossi Kamman: Techilet: Should one wear them today?
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
ShacharitSandy Shapiro
MusafJonah Hoff
SermonJonah Hoff and Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Talmud Brachot Insights
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddushthe Attar and Lieberman families in commemoration of Rabbi Lieberman Z'L 13th Yahrzeit.
Sanctuary KiddushTricia & Rob Hoff in celebration of Jonah's Bar Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30/9:15 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 6:05 PM
Candles Friday6:00 PM
MondayColumbus Day
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Cheshvan
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Cheshvan
  • to Judith Bernstein on the passing of her grandmother, Mae Lupatkin
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Mazal Tov
  • to Tricia & Rob Hoff on Jonah becoming a Bar Mitzvah
  • to Mel Goldstein on the recent celebration of his 100th birthday! Wishing him continued good health!
  • to Chanoch & Rina Nof on the upcoming marriage of their son Eliram to Dina Kolker
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Judy & Howard Goldstein

Yoav & Meghan Haron

Liat & Benjy Karsch

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Nicole & Jonathan Makovsky

Maria & Glenn Reicin

Gayle & Howard Rothman

Helene & Nat Samberg


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Aliza & Seth Bettan

Mona & Mark Breiner

Meredith & David Cohen

Hertzberg Family

Joyce & Lawrence Haber

Kayla & Leon Hanna

Tricia & Robert Hoff

Rachel & Jay Jubas

Flora & Carl Kaufman

Susan & Len Mark

Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut

Danielle & Steven Thau

Sarah Bierman & Daniel Wallis

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Ruth & Melvin Aminoff

Sharyn & Fred Baer

Darren, Hannah & Layla Bahar

Jessica & Adam Batkin

Gayle & Mitchell Bell

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Debbie & Mike Berg

Dina & Paul Berger

Karen & Ira Berk

Stephanie & Josh Bilenker

Dena & Avi Block

Caren & Dov Borowski

Marc & Anat Chavkin

Julie Daniel

Ziona & Elie Doft

Emily & Zvi Dubitzky

Can Dyman

Debra & Dan Faizakoff

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Sharon & Michael Feldstein

Claudine & Stuart Feurstein

Jennie & Ben Folkinshteyn

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Miriam & Joe Gelb

Debby & Jack Goldberg

Hilary & Ari Goldstein

Karen & Matt Gordon

Meryl & David Gordon

Michelle & Howland Gordon

Gloria Green

Shira & Ethan Green

Avital & Brad Greenbaum

Rob Indyk

Shara & David Israel

Dorothy Jaiven

Danielle & Yehuda Jeiger

David & Judith Jelen

Rachel & Gavin Kaimowitz

Elissa & Philip Klapper

Alyson & Scott Koblick

Abigail & Josh Kurtz

Liatte & David Lasher

Hannah & Ilan Lastoff

Hannah & Michael Lefkovich

Maytal & Jonathan Lerner

Shari & Ari Levine

Adena & Davi Levkovich

Marla & Jason Lewis

Sharon & Jeffrey Lewis

Rachel & Josh Licht

Rhonda & Judd Love

Dinah & Seth Marlowe

Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron

Rachel & Samuel Maryles

Janice & Jake Meyer

Kori & Bill Meyers

Leah & Gregory Miller

Nancy & Gadi Mimoun

Julie & Richard Morgulis

Shari & Jeff Mosenkis

Rona Orenstein & David Moskowitz

Edmundo & Beth Munguia

Shira & Marc Nerenberg

Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus

Rose & Bruce Newman

Jessica & Eliaz Niedober

Shari & Sam Raymond

Sharon & Burt Rubin

Hyman Schaffer

Toby Schaffer

Harold & Shelly Schwartz

Rachel & Richard Seligson

Shelley & Eddie Senker

Ronnie & Steve Sichel

Eric & Rebecca Sigman

Marc & Sherry Silver

Nicole & Daniel Sobelsohn

Jessica, Eytan, Matthew & Yael Sosnovich

Miriam & Josh Sperber

Jennie & Shaya Speter

Harriet Sternlicht

Rebecca & Evan Stulberger

Rachel & Harold Terk

Laura & Seth Tobin

Audrey Waldstreicher

Rachel & Greg Waldstreicher

Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher

Barbara & Harry Webski

Doris & Elliot Weiss

Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg

Howard Wolfe

Shushannah & Ari Yasgur

Helene Zimmerman

Navah & David Zizmor

Shira & Mitchell Zucker

Chani & Oran Zweiter

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Special Womens Learning Opportunities
Transmitting Torah: A Program for Women by Women
Made possible through a grant of the OU This program will be geared toward women who are interested in preparing a dvar Torah or Shiur to be delivered at shul. The program will give women content to inspire their own thinking about different Torah thoughts and questions, and will practically help women prepare a shiur or dvar Torah from start to finish by teaching research skills, honing public speaking skills and finally through a series of one-on-one tutorials tailored to each participant's specific needs and interests. Starts Monday evening October 22nd Presenter: Dena Block--Dena Block is the Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha at Congregation Agudath Sholom.
Adult Bat Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
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 note, this new program will enable to reconnect with your past, present and future. The program consists of three components and will start in November. 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 spring 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 2018. For more information contact Rabbi Cohen and register for this unique program, contact Rabbi Cohen.
Matan with Diane Cohen: Exploring Jewish Women Role Models
Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM Starts October 17th A text based and interactive class on the great women of Jewish history. The curriculum is based on the acclaimed program in Israel.
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 Sunday, October 7, 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
  • 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
  • Tuesday, October 9, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, October 12, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, October 9, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, October 11, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of October 7
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Song of Songs - A Mystical Romance - 10:15 AM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:00 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Siyum Celebration
Join the Siyum Celebration Initiative
Torah is the Pause that Refreshes!
A Project of Congregation Agudath Sholom
Complete Tractate Brachot (Blessings) in Mishna or Talmud this year and celebrate on Shavuot, June 9-10, 2019
Each Shabbat in shul, we will highlight two mishnayot and two folios of the Talmud. Study at home, in shul, on your own, or with a friend.
To learn more about the Talmud, download for free Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud
The Calendar of Goals (below) will be updated monthly.
For questions and more info, contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at or Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
October Calendar
Shabbat Bereishit, Oct. 6th
Mishna: Chapter 1, Mishnayot 2-3; Talmud - Daf 2, 3
Shabbat Noah, Oct. 13th
Mishna: Chapter 1, Mishnayot 4-5; Talmud - Daf 4, 5
Shabbat Lech Lecha, Oct 20th
Mishna: Chapter 2, Mishnayot 1-2; Talmud - Daf 6, 7
Shabbat Vayera, Oct. 27th
Mishna: Chapter 2, Mishnayot 3-4; Talmud - Daf 8, 9
Sponsor A Kiddush
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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
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB will meet this Sunday 10/7 at 9:15-10:15 am in the Bennett Simcha Room.We will plan programming for the next few months. Bagel breakfast provided.
  • 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


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Sylvias will be extending their 25% off of everything in the store - Open Thursdays 10:00AM-2:00PM

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

Community Announcements
  • GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE FORUM Monday, October 8 7 pm at the JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Featuring Oz Griebel, Ned Lamonth, Joe Markley. Introduction: Michael Bloom Executive Director JFACT. RSVP by Sunday, October 7 to Diane Sloyer, 203-321-1373 x 105. Free and open. Light refreshments. ID required & RSVP encouraged.
  • 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 House on Sunday, November 4th. 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 Childhood Sunday, November 4-10:00am-12:00noon, 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Please RSVP to Denise Rafailov, 203-329-2186 ext 1310 or High School Sunday, November 4-1:30-4:00pm, 1937 W. Main Street, Stamford. Please RSVP to Sarah Rich, 203-357-0850 or
  • CAMP MOSHAVA I.O. OPEN HOUSE Josh and Abigail Kurtz are hosting the Camp Moshava I.O. open house Sunday October 14th at 7pm at our home- 83 Alton Rd. Come to hear all about Camp Moshava from the camp director Alan Silverman. He will be here to show a video and answer any questions you might have.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 7TH ANNUAL SAUL COHEN-SCHOKE JFS LECTURE on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 pm Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, author of thirteen books on spirituality, social justice and ethics, will present, Spiritual Transformation: Changing the World from the Inside Out. The lecture will take place at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Open to the entire community at no charge. A dessert reception will follow. Contact Jonathan Fass, COO, at 203-921-4161 or email For more details, visit
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP Session #1: October 15th, 22nd , and 29th , 10:30 - 12:00 pm at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? Sessions will focus on Organization and Planning, Memory-Word Finding and Visual Spatial Skills. Second session will be in November. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. All threes sessions: $20 for JCC members/ $25 for community. 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
  • LIVING WITH LOSS: SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Mondays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport Find the healing which comes of being with others who know first-hand what you are going through. Learn how Jewish ritual, prayer and tradition can support the grieving process. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Psychotherapist, at 203-921-4161 or email
  • EMPLOYMENT AND LIFE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP , Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month, 3:00 pm 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
  • FINANCIAL FITNESS COACHING Twice a month at 10:00 am - 12 noon at Schoke JFS Stamford office. In partnership with LifeBridge and UJF, Financial Coach, Chris Girlamo, will help clients manage their income, expenses and debt, create a household budget, establish short and long-term financial goals, and make positive financial changes. Would you benefit from a financial coach to work with you to create and review your budget, formulate a financial action plan, establish short- and long-term financial goals, and review your credit report? Register for a two hour coaching spot with Liz Krebs at or call 203-368-5537. For more information, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • LET'S TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, 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 Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or Let's Talk - Thursdays, 1:00 PM, Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Contact Helen Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S CARDOZO LAW SOCIETY invites you to a panel discussion on November 1st at the Aon building, 1600 Summer Street in Stamford, 1st floor conference room. The program will feature a briefing on "Anti-BDS Legislation." Panelists include Stephanie Hausner of the Israel Action Network and Michael Bloom of JFACT. 1 CLE credit will be given. Dinner & networking at 6:30pm, program at 7:00pm. $36 by 10/25, $45 after & at the door. Sponsorships available. To sign up call Sharon at 203-321-1373 ext. 109 or go to
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) invites you to join us at our Open House on Sunday, November 11th at 9:30 am. Register online at For more information, please contact Jono Fuchs, Director of Admissions at or 212-960-5400 x6676.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ari Sumi Ellman ben Na'ama
  • Ari Yoel ben Harav Yona
  • Chaya Blima bat Eyta
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Liba Yehudith
  • Ephraim ben Sara Rivka
  • Kasil Shulem ben Riva
  • Leiba Hannah bat DK
  • Miriam bat Miriam
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • 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
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