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Friday, October 12, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
NoachOctober 13, 20184 Cheshvan 5779
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Candle Lighting6:00 PM
Mincha6:05 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:52 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:48 AM
Daf Yomi4:00 PM
Class with Dr. David Pelcovitz4:50 PM
Mincha5:55 PM
Maariv6:54 PM
Shabbat Ends6:59 PM
Havdalah6:59 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Rainbow Living: Walk with God

Learn the message of the rainbow. It is one of the most powerful symbols in the Torah and expresses God's covenant of peace with humanity. Why a rainbow? What is the significance of the variety of colors?

The mystics explain that the colors of the rainbow are representations of God's middot (attributes). The rainbow is the symbol of God's promise not to bring another flood, for by reflecting on and emulating God's attributes, we ensure that another flood will not be necessary.

Character counts. The foundation of Torah is being a mensch and walking in the ways of God in all we do. The rainbow is a timely reminder of the values we should embody and model. Patience, Order, Gratitude, Kindness, Forgiveness. The opportunities are everywhere.

When we walk into shul, do we hold the door for the person behind us?

When we see food on the floor, do we pick it up or walk by?

Do we model the ethics of derech eretz by helping our Chris or Mark keep a clean and orderly shul, simcha room and social hall?

Do we run to "Kiddush" or wait to hear Kiddush and walk slowly to the room?

Do we pause to thank God with a bracha before we eat food as consuming without a blessing is tantamount to stealing from God.

Rabbi Chaim Vital explains that middot were not enumerated in the Torah among the commandments because they are the very foundation of all commandments and the Torah itself. One who lacks proper character is deficient in the very essence of humanity.

Noah was criticized because he did not teach the people to know God through contemplation of His middot and to walk in His ways. He failed to correct and develop the people's character traits. Hence, he was unsuccessful.

However, God chooses Avraham as the progenitor of the Jewish people: "For I know that he will command his children and household after him that they will keep God's way, doing charity and justice." (Genesis 18:19).

God knew that Abraham would direct his descendants in derech Hashem - the path of attributes that leads to a life of Torah.

Emulate the colors in the rainbow. Walk in God's ways. Model a life of Derech Eretz.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  new members Elise & David Wolfsohn

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

Welcome  Scholar in Residence Dr. David Pelcovitz and his wife Lani. Dr. Pelcovitz will speak briefly Friday night at minyan and four additional times over Shabbat: 8:15 PM Raising Children in the Digital Age, Sermon at 11:00 AM Nourishing Neshamas: Promoting Spirituality, 4:50 PM Keeping Our Marriages Strong (Pre Mincha), and 6:20 PM Happiness (Seudah Shlishit). Dr Pelcovitz is a noted author, speaker, and expert on the Jewish perspective on healthy Couples/Family relationships.

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Thank you 
  • to Kate and Peretz Cik for bringing the gift of music to the Atria residents at our Friday afternoon Shabbat service
  • to Stephanie Bilenker and Liat Karsch for chairing the Scholar in Residence Friday night dinner!

Service Notes 

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

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Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahDr. David Pelcovitz
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Akiva Attar: Keeping the Faith: Perpetuating The Jewish Future
SermonDr. David Pelcovitz
Torah ReadersSam Sroka, Nat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitDr. David Pelcovitz
Thanks To Our Sponsors
LIbrary KiddushBarry Best on the occasion of the first yahrtzeit of Sandy Eisenstat
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward Weiss In honor of Howard Wolfe, Hecky Attar and Mitchell Bell for assisting with the Simcha Torah Luncheon and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Chapel KiddushLiba & Steven Steinmetz in memory of Rabbi Sol Steinmetz 8th yahrzeit
Teen KiddushThe Karsch Family in celebration of Gavriel's 17th birthday
Sanctuary Kiddushthe Wohlberg family in celebration of Simeon's 40th Bar Mitzvah anniversary
Seudat ShlishitMeryl and Larry Meiteles in memory of Larry's father, Simon Meiteles', yahrzeit
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:55 PM, Friday 5:54 PM
Candles Friday5:49 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Carl Kaufman on the celebration of his 70th Bar Mitzvah anniversary.
  • to Simeon Wolhberg on the celebration of his 40th Bar MItzvah anniversary.
  • to our 2019 Annual Dinner Honorees on March 3rd: Guests of Honor: Susan and Len Mark; Young Leadership Award: Hilary and Ari Goldstein; Chai Award: Flora and Carl Kaufman; and Community Service Award: Michael Sweeney
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Special Womens Learning Opportunities
Transmitting Torah: A Program for Women by Women
Made possible through a grant of the OUThis 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 29) , 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.
CAS Young Families
  • October 20: Rookies and Vets Shabbat Lunch
  • November 17: Couples Night Out
  • November 18: Waffles and Torah for Dads and Kids
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP STARTING AT CAS Monday, October 22nd 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Mom Group is a great and easy way to form meaningful connections with other moms in your neighborhood. Join us for a weekly playdate with your little one and an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions you need help with, gather resources, or just connect with other women.
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office HoursOpen 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 16, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, October 19, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, October 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, October 18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of October 14
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi Cohen: Cup of Joe and Judaism: Conversations - 8:30 AM
Kick back with a complimentary cup and learn about everything from The Jewish Holidays to Love and Intimacy. No knowledge of Hebrew is needed. Beginners welcome and encouraged!
Bob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Song of Songs - A Mystical Romance - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis and the Rudiments of Rashi - 8:15 AM
Join for an in depth study of the Book of Bereishit. Explore the roots of the flood and Noah's path to renewal of the world with a special focus on learning how to decipher the greatest commentator of all time - Rashi.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Lights and Insights of Chanukah - 9:00 AM
This class will explore the Talmudic texts about Chanukah and deepen your understanding of the ritual, spirit and relevance of the holiday.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
Glean relevant life messages from the weekly Torah portion in this engaging and upbeat class. Enjoy delicious refreshments and get a spiritual and physical midday boost!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Taste of Shabbat: A Practicum on Cooking and Warming Food on Shabbat - 7:30 PM
Learn the backstory, practical guide and modern applications for preparing food on Shabbat. The focus of the series will be on cooking and reheating food but also feature some tips for enhancing not only the food but the spirit of Shabbat in your home.
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
The weekly haftarah is one of the most frequently recited parts of our liturgy, and yet also one of the most overlooked. Come study the meaning of the weekly haftarah, its connection to the weekly parsha, and gain a deeper appreciation of this sometimes 'lost' piece of liturgy. All texts will be in Hebrew and English.
Adult Matan with Diane Cohen: Exploring Jewish Women Role Models - 10:30 AM
A text based and interactive class on the great women of Jewish history. The curriculum is based on the acclaimed program in Israel.
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was known as one of the 20th century's most prominent religious thinkers. His ideas continue to resonate throughout Jewish and non-Jewish circles alike. "The Kol Dodi Dofek" Copies will be distributed.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Light of Psalms - 7:45 PM
Unlock the code of King David's Psalms. More than any other book in Tanach, it reflects the totality of the human experience and is designed as a guide for life.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
These thirty minute sessions unlock a fresh perspective and fascinating idea from the Torah. Deepen your understanding of the Torah as a guide for life through the prism of classic commentators. Get a spiritual boost for Shabbos!
Review our full list of classes
Siyum Celebration
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 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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Nov 17Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: sponsored
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
  • 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
  • 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 UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S NEXTGEN 20'S, 30'S & 40'S group for a "Night of Good Spirits" on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00pm, at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Enjoy a night out mingling, dining on delicious food, and sampling a variety of spirits and signature cocktails by Litchfield Distillery. The entertainment will feature Andrew Lustig, a performer who's spoken word poetry has reached millions in viral videos and live performances. His performance will have you laughing and feeling connected to the shared experiences of the Jewish people. $25pp in advance. To sign up call Sharon at 203-321-1373 ext. 109 or go to
  • 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
  • BEN PORAT YOSEF OPEN HOUSE on October 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm - E. 243 Frisch Court, Paramus, NJ 07652. Learn about our exceptional educational experience, academic program, student life, student resources, mission and vision for each student. Visit our campus and meet current students, faculty and parents. Contact Sharona Grossberg at 201-845-5007 x16, or visit
  • SCHOKE JFS COAT DRIVE Schoke Jewish Family Service is collecting new or gently worn CLEAN winter coats, NEW hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for adults & children. Donations accepted until November 5th. Drop off locations: 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor in Stamford and 4200 Park Ave, Suite 300 in Bridgeport between 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • 2018 NEW ENGLAND JEWISH COLLEDIATE A CAPPELLA COMPETITION & SHOWCASE Sunday, November 4th at 4 pm at Temple Shalom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. Come See A Cappella teams from East Coast Universities compete for the grand prize by performing songs in English and Hebrew. Tickets on sale as
  • CALLING ALL TALENTED STUDENTS! Great news! The John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program is coming to the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy campus in the summer of 2019! The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) specializes in recognizing and developing students' academic talents - which is what makes it a perfect fit for Bi-Cultural, a nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. CTY's summer program offers bright students an opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of their peers. Find out more at an information session to be held at Bi-Cultural on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. Please rsvp here: For information: Jessica Leiter Furmansky,
  • 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!
  • LOVING THE STRANGER? MEMBERSHIP AND ALIENATION IN EARLY MODERN EUROPEAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES Dr. Elisheva Carlebach, the Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University and Director of its Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, will present Loving the Stranger? Membership and Alienation in Early Modern European Jewish Communities on Sunday, October 14 at 8 p.m. at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. The lecture, sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS), is free and open to women and men.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ilan ben Simcha
  • Kasil Shulem ben Riva
  • Leiba Hannah bat DK
  • Mia bat Yaffa
  • 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
  • Sima Leah bat Yehudis
  • 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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