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Friday, October 26, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayeraOctober 27, 201818 Cheshvan 5779
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Candle Lighting5:39 PM
Mincha5:44 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:58 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:52 AM
Daf Yomi4:45 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:45 PM
Mincha5:35 PM
Maariv6:33 PM
Shabbat Ends6:38 PM
Havdalah6:38 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Is there a difference between Hachnasat Orchim (the mitzvah of welcoming guests in your home) and inviting your friends over for a meal?

The answer is "Yes".

Spending time with friends on Shabbat is a blessing and wonderful. Yet, the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim requires much more.

Of all the parshiyot in the Torah, this week's parsha of VeYera serves as a reminder for the nature of this mitzvah. The first role models for Hachnasat Orchim in the Torah are Avraham and Sara. Although Abraham is in pain after having been circumcised at age 99, he and Sarah hurry to take care of travelers he sees in the distance. He does not wait to be asked to host, but he anticipates the needs of others. His raison d'tre is chesed, reaching out to others and feels a void in his life if he cannot host people.

Imagine Avraham and Sara's response if they were to receive an email to host teens for NCSY or a new family in the community? They would not hesitate to respond "Yes". They would not allow the email to go by without finding a way to welcome people into their home. They would reach out to the shul and let them know that their home was open for last minute guests.

Hachnasat Orchim means moving outside our comfort zones. It means welcoming the stranger, people we may not know and who do not share our ideology. Avraham and Sara had an "Open Tent" policy. Their tent remained open on all four sides to invite strangers in, regardless of which direction they approached. Hachnasat Orchim is a reflection of our belief that every human is created in God's image.

Our warm gesture is not only about the food, but about connection. I am sure we are all familiar with stories about people whose lives were impacted forever due to the kindness of a Shabbat meal. We have all likely been the beneficiaries of such chesed as well.

Ponder these questions:

Besides food, what else are people looking for when they come to your home? How could you provide those things for them?

How can I make others feel welcomed and cared for? What are some of the needs that my guests might have, and how can I provide for them?

What kind of home do I want to build? Who do I want to have as the influences in my home? How can my home be a source of holiness and kindness?

The Talmud teaches welcoming guests is a higher mitzvah than prayer; that it stands on the same level as welcoming the Shechinah, God's presence, into our homes.

May we all emulate the model of Avraham and Sara and embrace the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim. Together, we will continue to build a shul and community rooted in the timeless values of King David, to build a world of Chesed, of kindness.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome new CAS member Gayle Judson

Thank you  Jon Makovsky, Dani and Matt Kondub, Meg Haron and Diane Cohen for organizing our New and Prospective Member brunch this Sunday at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. It is not too late to attend. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen.

Service Note  Early Mincha 1:30 PM Monday - Thursday at 613 Restaurant starts Monday, November 5

Two New Classes start this week!  Join Bob Abrams on Monday night at 7:30 PM for a Crash Course in Reading Hebrew and Rabbi Cohen on Monday night at 8:15 PM for a Crash Course in Basic Judaism. The Basic Judaism class also serves as the first series of classes for women enrolled in this year's adult Bat Mitzvah program. For more info and questions, contact Rabbi Cohen

Housing Needed for NCSY Shabbaton Nov. 2-3   CAS will host the fall Regional Shabbaton for New England and Upstate NCSY on Shabbot, November 2. For many teens who will attend, this will be their first Shabbat in an Orthodox community. We are looking for hosts to house the teens and their adviser-mentors. The teens will spend a minimal amount of time in their host homes. Remmber, the gesture of one Jew opening up their home to another Jew can have a tremendous impact. Please contact Anat Chavkin ( or Yaakov Faratci ( to be a host and perform this mitzvah!

CAS Coat Room Clean-out!  Please do not leave your coat behind! Any coats left at the end of October will be donated to the Schoke JFS Coat Drive.

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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 Daniel Cohen
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurRabbi Avi Block: The Paradigm of Sodom and its Place in Tanach
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersNoah Doft, Mark Wagshul, Barry Best
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitMeir Buchnick, Adv.: Understanding Israel's Nation State Law
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesMariya Feldman; Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushMiriam and Gideon Pell to celebrate their wedding anniversary
Chapel KiddushRichard and Jodi Boxer, in memory of Jodi's father, Leo Zuckerberg, on the occasion of his 13th yahrzeit
Sanctuary KiddushZiona and Elie Doft in celebration of Noah's Bar Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 5:35 PM
Candles Friday5:30 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Ziona and Elie Doft on Noah becoming a Bar Mitzvah
  • to Dinah Miller and Seth Marlowe on the engagement of their son Noah Marlowe to Jennifer van Amerongen
  • to Linda Gornitsky and Harvey Weber on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Marc and Erica Weber
  • to Morah Danielle Tomczyk on becoming a daughter of Israel
  • to Alyssa & Aryeh Frager on the birth of a baby girl. Mazal Tov to grandparents Joseph & Karen Trager and Lily & Richie Langer
  • to Shelley & Eddie Senker on the Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat of their grandson Nolan, son of Joey & Bianca
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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 November 12 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 10:15 AM 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
  • November 17: Couples Night Out
  • November 18: Waffles and Torah for Dads and Kids
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, November 5th from 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 30, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, November 2, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, October 30, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, November 1, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of October 28
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
Bob Abrams: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Crash Course in Basic Judaism - 8:15 PM
Four Lectures on Judaism You Will Never Forget with Rabbi Daniel Cohen. God, Sabbath, Prayer, and Sexuality.. Free and Open to the entire community. In this free, four part crash course, you will learn the basics of Judaism and enhance your understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism. Sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program
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
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 - 10:15 AM
A text based and interactive class on the great women of Jewish history. The curriculum is based on the acclaimed program in Israel.
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Fall Jewish History Series - 8:00 PM
The History of Jewish Denominations in America: America has inherited, and created, various Jewish labels. Explore some of the main factors and narratives that have led to the formation of various denominations that make up current American Jewish life. The classes will focus on primary sources, leading to discussion of what these identities meant then, and what they mean now. Oct. 24- Orthodox Oct. 31- Reform Nov. 7- Conservative Nov. 14- Reconstructionist
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
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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.
  • JOIN OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM When someone new moves to town, we inform our hospitality team, who are thrilled to welcome them for a Shabbat meal. If you would like to be part of our hospitality team who are committed to hosting five new families a year, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or our membership chair, Rachel Kaimowitz ( If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you!
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every MONDAY at 6:00 PM



Open 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
  • CARMEL ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE For The Whole Family, Sunday, October 28th 10am - 12pm at the school campus, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Prospective families will 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 every day. Children will spend the morning in fun-filled interactive activities including a puppet show, art, music, science, drama, movement and a PJ Library story time. Please RSVP at or by contacting Director of Admissions, Ella Shteingart, at or 203-983-3503.
  • 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
  • KID'S TAG SALE Does your kid want to make money? Help your child declutter and exercise their decision making muscles! Kid's gather and sell gently-used items to other kids. Sunday, November 25, 2-4 PM at Chabad of Stamford, 770 High Ridge Road. Rent a Table for $10 - 10% of proceeds go to tzedaka. Contact Chaya Segal (718-757-6708 or to rent a table. Space is limited.
  • GAN YELADIM FAMILY DAY AND PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, November 11, from 9:30am-11:30am. Learn more about our program by taking a tour, meet our amazing Gan teachers and enjoy a morning filled with children's activities including puppet making, ceramics, cooking and so much more. Please rsvp to
  • 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
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND and Westchester Reform Temple invite you to the 6th Annual Water & Wine featuring Izzy Ezagui, "Overcoming the Odds: Returning to the IDF." Izzy is a decorated IDF squad commander and the only soldier in the world who returned to the battlefield after losing an arm in combat. Community-wide Dessert & Wine reception, November 29, 7:30pm, $36 couvert. VIP Reception 6:15pm for 2019 campaign donors of $1,800+; $500 for young families. Dietary law observed. For more information and to RSVP contact Sharon Lewis, Director, Westchester & Southern Connecticut,, 212-879-9305, ext. 510.
  • ISRAEL AT 70 Join United Jewish Federation for Israel at 70- A Visual Display of the Impact of Israel on the World, Wednesday, November 14th at 5:30pm, at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Words from Mayor David Martin, representatives from StandWithUS and The Israel Consulate of New England. Display will run through 12/12/18. Call 203-321-1373 for questions.
  • SUPER SUNDAY Save the Date for United Jewish Federation's Super Sunday Extravaganza on Sunday, November 18th from 9am-1:30pm. Fun activities for the whole family and volunteer opportunities for teens and adults- stop by to join in on the fun and do good in the process! 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford (the J). For more information contact Sharon at ext. 109 or sign up to volunteer at
  • TAPESTRY Join United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan & Darien and UJA/JCC of Greenwich for Tapestry - a Community Celebration of Adult learning," November 10th at 6:30pm, 1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford (the J). Choose from a variety of interesting classes and mingle with friends at a dessert reception following the sessions. For more information call 203-321-1373 or go to and click upcoming events. Co-sponsored by the Stamford JCC and the Stamford Board of Rabbis.
  • 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
  • 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
  • CAMP YAVNEH INFO SESSIONS - OCTOBER 18 AND NOVEMBER 13 Want to know why campers from 28 different states and 5 different countries love Camp Yavneh so much? Join us on Thursday, October 18 at 7 PM and Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30 PM to learn more about what sets Yavneh apart. Is it our approach to "doing Jewish"? Our small size (350 campers each session)? Or is it the immersive camping experience, lifelong friendships, sports and arts programs and beautiful waterfront? We say it is all of this and so much more. Sign up here to let us know if you can join us
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Dovid Simcha Moshe ben Nechama
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Liba Yehudith
  • 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
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tzaddik ben Yaffa
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

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