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Friday, January 4, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VaeraJanuary 5, 201928 Tevet 5779
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Candle Lighting4:20 PM
Mincha4:25 PM
Shacharit6:50 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Latest Shacharit10:26 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:25 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:25 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Maariv5:17 PM
Shabbat Ends5:22 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Consistently Consistent: Living Your Core Purpose

One of my high school teachers in Atlanta, Rabbi Daniel Estreicher, would always tell me and my friends, "Every word in the Torah is like diamonds and rubies." No phrase is extraneous. This idea has always shaped my approach to learning.

This week's Parsha, Vaera, contains a meaningful example of this principle. Before the ten plagues begin, God recounts the genealogy of Moshe and Aharon. The Torah begins with their grandfather Levi, his children and grandchildren and concludes with Moshe and Aharon. The verse states, "These were the ones who spoke to Pharoah, the king of Egypt, to take the Jews out of Egypt; this was Moshe and Aharon." (Shemot 6:27) Rashi was bothered by the seemingly superfluous ending of the verse. Why mention the names of Moshe and Aharon again? He explains that the Torah is informing us that Moshe and Aharon were "complete in their righteousness and their mission from beginning to end."

In three words, God is conveying to us the mission of every Jew - to stay true to our values at all times and in all places. It is relatively easy to be inspired to embark on our life purpose at pivotal moments, a life cycle event, and the beginnings of a career, relationship or school. At these times, we have no doubt that we can stay true to our values and passionate in our purpose.

Unfortunately, life gets in the way; we lose focus and get derailed from our purpose. For instance, few people, if any, leave business school with a plan of making moral compromises to earn more money. Over time, a person may compartmentalize their values and justify their actions. This applies in careers, religious life and relationships. The test is whether we can remain authentic and whole. Do we live in sync with our values in private and public? Do we stay committed to choosing every day to lead exemplary lives?

It is not easy. For this reason, we pray every day for strength in this area. We recite the Tefillah (Artscroll page 28) - Leolam Yehe Adam Yareh Shamayim BeSeter Uvagalui - A Person should always be in awe of God whether in private or public. Strikingly, the Talmud relates that Yochanan served as Kohen Gadol for eighty years and subsequently became an apostate. He was a great man, but did not persevere until the end of his life. Sometimes, a hospital spiritual environment will test our religious values. How committed are we to withstand the pressures on our principles and purpose? In the words of management thinker Jim Collins, "A Core Purpose is your reason for being, it captures your soul, with the primary role to guide and inspire. You cannot fulfill a Purpose; it is like a guiding star on the horizon, forever pursued but never reached."

Aharon and Moshe remind us of the challenge to define our ideals and stick with them regardless of the situation. May we and our children and grandchildren all possess fortitude to remain committed to our religious values every day. May we stay inspired in our mission and passionate in our core purpose.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • Pastor Gary Morello from the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien and his confirmation students visiting CAS this Shabbat morning.
  • Meira and Joseph Scheiner and their son Charlie on their move this week to Stamford

Service Note  Join us for the CAS Dudes, Daughters & Donuts minyan this Sunday, January 6, 9:15am in the chapel. Please bring your nursery through college-aged children for a spirited davening and treats!

New benefit for CAS members:  Beginning January 10th and weekly thereafter, on Thursdays from 11:00 am -1:00pm, a clinical social worker/counselor from Schoke Jewish Family Service will be available to discuss issues affecting congregants at the synagogue. Topics such as parenting or marital concerns, bereavement, grief, and the demands (emotional and practical) of caregiving can be discussed with the therapist. You may also make inquiries about family support services (food pantry, emergency assistance, camp scholarship, home companion services). All conversations will be strictly confidential. To make an appointment to meet with the social worker, please contact Amanda Geffner, LCSW, at 203-921-4161 or email at
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Yehuda Jeiger
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Library shiurJay Jubas
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurRabbi Avi Block
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitIzzy Lustig
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushRochel and Hecky Attar in honor of the engagement of their daughter Aviva to Zev Gassner and the upsherin (first haircut ceremony) of their grandson Shalom
Chapel KiddushKayla and Ilana in honor of their big sister Arielle's milestone birthday
Sanctuary KiddushThe Raymond Family in celebration of Liberty's milestone birthday
Seudat ShlishitIzzy Lustig in commemoration of his father's yahrzeit, Harav Yehoshua Yonatan ben Harav Moshe Shmuel Z'L
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30/9:15 AM, Monday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:30 PM, Friday 4:32 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 12:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Candles Friday4:27 PM
MondayRosh Chodesh Sh'vat
Mazal Tov
  • to Leora & Yaakov Hauptman on the birth of a baby girl, Eliana Chana (Lily Anne), and to grandparents Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, and great grandparents Sarey & Sam Bernstein & Debbie Steinhorn
  • to Rochel & Hecky Attar and Yospa Lieberman on the engagement of Aviva to Zev Gassner
  • to Danielle and Avi Kwalwasser on the celebration of Jason's Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat
  • to Liz Rosenbaum and Maury Rosenbaum on the birth of a grandson, born to Ali and Alex Grange
  • to Ana Lilienfeld for being honored this week on Channel 12 News CT as a Hometown Hero! To learn why check out the segment
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here


Last chance before we pack up for construction!
January 10th and 13th from 10:00AM-Noon!

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

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CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, January 7, 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.
  • YOUNG FAMILIES COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU The next organizational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16 at 8 PM. If you would like to join, please contact Jessica Furmansky at The Young Families and Youth Committee serves CAS children and their families from birth through the early years of elementary school as they are introduced to our vibrant Jewish community. We strive to create a welcoming environment for embracing both children and parents through family and young couples programming. Our activities are social and educational and include such as Shabbat Onegs, Potluck events, Toddler Time, Shalom Bayit chavura and nights out for couples. We also work, develop and support vibrant youth programming for children from two years old through high school. The committee works in conjunction with the Rabbi, Youth Directors, and Teen Leader.
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, January 8, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, January 11, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Wednesday, January 9, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, January 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of January 6
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Psalms of Hallel - 10:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Reading Hebrew - Learning Friday Night's Prayers - 7:30 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Purim Revelations: In Talmud, Law and Life - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
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CAS Announcements
  • SAFETY MESSAGE We are grateful to the Orthodox Union for providing free safety belts to be worn in the evening when walking. They are available in a box in the coat room. click here for more info
  • HALACHA LIVING WILLS A couple of weeks ago, we partnered with Rabbi Elchanan Zohn to join in Team Shabbos focusing on end of life issues, Here is a link to the website with many resources and a link to a Halacha Living Will. If you would like to meet to discuss any of these issues, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zwei.
  • CHESED MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY JFS Kosher Meals on Wheels. Jill Knopff at JFS is spearheading a new kosher Meals on Wheels program that will hopefully be starting over the next few weeks. She is currently looking for volunteers to drop off meals to clients and perhaps visit with them for a few moments. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact Jill at 203-921-4161 ext 109 or
  • YOUNG FAMILIES SHALOM BAYIT SERIES with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Saturday night, January 19th @ 8 PM. Space is limited so RSVP at your earliest convenience to Rachel Maryles at Rabbi Cohen explores timely themes in Romance, Marriage and Parenting.
  • VIRTUAL MEETING ABOUT HERITAGE TRIP with Tour Operator Michael Berl. Learn more about our upcoming Heritage Trip to Poland with Michael Berl - the tour operator who will hold a "virtual" orientation from Israel. Tuesday, January 8th at 1 PM at CAS. He will be on skype to talk about the trip and answer any and all questions. For more information about this event and the trip, contact Rabbi Cohen and visit
  • TEEN ISRAEL ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs is setting up Teen Leadership Councils. The StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council is a professional development opportunity and participating in it will prepare students for Israel on campus and allow them to connect with other teens in your region with similar goals and aspirations. If you would like more information about this special opportunity, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen in the weeks ahead.
  • AIPAC SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT & CONGREGATION AGUDATH SHOLOM INVITE YOU TO A COMMUNITY SHABBATON: Beyond the Jewish Community: African Americans in the pro-Israel movement. February 2. Services at 9:00am • Talk at 11:00am • Q & A following Kiddush. Conversation following Seudah Slishit at 5:00pm. With Darius Jones, AIPAC National African American Constituency Director. Darius Jones is responsible for expanding AIPAC's work in the African American community by identifying and engaging existing and emerging African American leaders on the U.S.-Israel relationship. He develops strong relationships with top African American political, business and community leaders who have become important members of the pro-Israel community. Prior to joining AIPAC, Darius founded Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG), a leadership development academy for top minority students at Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College in Atlanta. At VLG, Darius dedicated himself to the holistic preparation of a new generation of leaders who will carry the torch forward in the Black community. This event is free and open to the community. It is off the record and closed to the press. For more information, please contact Lila Greenberg at or (203) 448-7385.
  • TEEN ISRAEL ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs is setting up Teen Leadership Councils. The StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council is a professional development opportunity and participating in it will prepare students for Israel on campus and allow them to connect with other teens in your region with similar goals and aspirations. If you would like more information about this special opportunity, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen in the weeks ahead.
  • 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.
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
December Calendar
Shabbat Shemot Dec. 29
Mishna Chapter 4: 3-4 Talmud Daf 26, 27
Community Announcements
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY ISRAEL OPPORTUNITY FOR 12TH GRADERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS Target audience: College students or graduating twelfth graders with limited background who have not had a chance to study in Israel. Cost: $1500 total!!! (including airfare, room and board, trips, classes etc.). When: July 4 - July 24. July in Jerusalem - The Gerald and Mary Swartz Introductory Summer Program (a division of Yeshiva University's Mechina/Basic Jewish Studies Program) invites you... to experience the inspiration and excitement that studying in and touring Israel offers: Spend your mornings in a relaxed informal learning environment at our Jerusalem's Yeshiva University campus. Studies include Hebrew Ulpan, Bible, Jewish Philosophy and Law. Spend your afternoons: volunteering at an orphanage, picking vegetables for the poor, serving in a soup kitchen, providing relief to families of terror victims...Experience the Land of Israel hands on: Kayak down the Jordan river, crawl through ancient caves, hike up mountains and rivers, experience the magic of Shabbat in Jerusalem's Old city.For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen or Elisheva Cohen at
  • PLEASE JOIN JNFUTURE AT OUR YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MID-WINTER RECEPTION on Saturday evening, January 26 at 613 Restaurant, 7:30-9:30pm. The event will feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and guest speaker Lt. Col. Tiran Attia. $20 couvert. RSVP by January 22 at JNFuture is a large and growing network of young professional Israel supporters, ages 22-40. Come discover the wide variety of social, travel and networking opportunities available to this group. For more information about JNFuture or this event, please contact Sharon Lewis, Director, Westchester County & Southern CT or 212.879.9305 x510.
  • BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS, BUILDING COMMUNITIES: CARMEL ACADEMY HOSTS SEL PROGRAM FEATURING RENOWNED PEDIATRIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST Carmel Academy welcomes pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Michelle Dunn for a community program exploring social-emotional learning on Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm at the school's campus, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Building Friendships, Building Communities will explore how parents and professionals can use social-emotional learning (SEL) to create strong and diverse friendships among children, which will help them become empathic, thoughtful and responsible adults. Dr. Dunn is a professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also the Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Autism and Communication Disorders. She is the creator and developer of the SOS: Social Skills In Our Schools curriculum, and has provided SEL staff training to many school districts. She is also the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters about children in the field of pediatric neurology. The program, which includes an audience Q&A, is open to the community at no cost. Registration is required:
  • MISHKAN ISRAEL DAY CAMP INVITES YOU TO AN OPEN HOUSE! MEET PARENTS, GET INFO & SPEAK TO CAMP REPRESENTATIVES. TUESDAY, JAN. 8 TH AT 8:00 P.M. 104 MAYFLOWER AVE STAMFORD, CT 06906. SEE YOU THERE! Activities: Sports, Arts & Crafts, Daily Swimming, Weekly Field Trips, Hot Lunches And Snacks, Boating, Drama, Music, Baking, Transportation Provided From Connecticut & Westchester At NO Additional Cost! For Additional Information or a Brochure, Call: 203-268-0740, 203-428-4130, 914-595-4461 Email: Licensed By State Of Connecticut
  • JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD & HEALTH AND WELLNESS OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 10 am - 2 pm. Take a tour and check out our renovated pool, new gymnasium, new cycling studio and redesigned fitness center. Be our guest at a group fitness class or the fitness center. Visit our toddler and preschool indoor and outdoor classrooms and meet our teachers and education directors. Save 50% on your first three months of membership and have your registration fee waived when you join by January 6. If you've never been a JCC member, take 20% off your first year and have your registration fee waived. Already a JCC member? Bring a friend to the Open House and when they join, you'll receive two free months of membership.
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am - 5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • 15TH ANNUAL CHARLES SIDLOW MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES at Fleetwood Synagogue. Motza'ei Shabbat, January 5th 2019 @ 7:30 PM. Theme: Judaism, America and Our Era of Civic Breakdown - In a time of mounting civic discord and rising polarization, we are increasingly faced with fundamental questions. What is the nature of the challenges the Jewish people face in this era? What does it mean to be Jewish in America? And conversely, what significance do Judaism and Jewish ideas possess for America? Speakers: Rabbi Shay Schachter: "The Faces of Antisemitism and our Complicated Relationship with G-d" ( and Rabbi Ari Lamm: "The Jews, the Greeks and the Battle for Western Civilization" (
  • CONFRONTING ANTI-SEMITISM & BULLYING IN 2019 January 13 at 11 am. Congregation Beth El-Norwalk, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk. ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (Connecticut region) and Evan Bernstein (New York Metro region) will give a regional and national outlook on the rise of Anti-Semitism and bullying as we head toward a new decade. Questions from the audience are welcome and may be submitted in advance. Free and open to the community. Refreshments to follow.
  • JFS BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM-SESSION #1 : Mondays, 10:30 AM -12:00 pm, January 7-Problem Solving; January 14-Memory Retention; January 28-Attention at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? Sessions will focus on specific areas of concentration. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. All three 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, 1:45 - 3:30 pm at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport and Fridays, 12:30 pm at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. 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
  • DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -Wednesdays, 6:45 pm at the Stamford offices of Schoke JFS. The group will explore, look, listen, learn and love about the topic of separation, divorce and parenting. For more information, please contact Lois Meyer, LMSW 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. Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield AvenueContact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or Thursdays, bimonthly, 10:30 am, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky for exact dates at 203-921-4161 or Thursdays, 1:00 pm at Westport Senior Center Contact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or
  • ANNUAL STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER Tuesday February 12, 5:30pm. Temple Beth El. Honoring the memory of Penny Block a"h. Guest Speaker: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi, Boca Raton Synagogue. Topic: "Learning to be Selfless in the Age of the Selfie" $54/person. Sponsorship at $180 entitles an individual to two seats at the dinner
  • 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.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ari ben Naama
  • Avraham Nachum ben Baila
  • Ben Tzion Shimon ben Golda Mirel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Dovid Simcha Moshe ben Nechama
  • Ephraim ben Sara-Rivka
  • Fraidel bat Esther
  • Ilan ben Simcha
  • Meir ben Chana Rachel
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Olya bat Zina
  • Raisal bat Deborah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah Chana bat Yehudit Yocheved
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Shoshana bat Aryeh Lev and Chava
  • Shoshana bat Aryeh Lev and Chava
  • Sima Leah bat Yehudis
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tamara bat Yenka
  • Yehuda Ariyeh ben Braha
  • Yitzchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • מאשא מלה bat הינדא רוא
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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