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Friday, February 22, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki TisaFebruary 23, 201918 Adar I 5779
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Candle Lighting5:18 PM
Mincha5:23 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:23 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:18 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi4:25 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:25 PM
Mincha5:15 PM
Maariv6:15 PM
Shabbat Ends6:20 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Staying Inspired - The Timeless Message of the Golden Calf

It is hard to believe. The most fundamental question in the Torah portion of Ki Tisa is, "How could the Jewish people have fallen so hard and so fast?" We read this week about the tragic sin of the Golden Calf. Thousands were killed, the tablets were broken and God threatened to destroy the Jewish people and start anew with Moshe. The essential relationship of the Jewish people to God and Torah were forever altered.

How did it happen? It seems so preposterous that a nation, our ancestors, who witnessed the hand of God at the splitting of the Red Sea and heard the voice of God at Mt. Sinai, would lose faith and declare upon completing the calf, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt." (Exodus 32:4) How could they be so foolish?

This question is worthy of much conversation and reflection. Rashi tries to soften the shock by explaining that it was only the mixed multitude, the erev rav, the Egyptian converts, who influenced Israel. Hence, the proclamation is not our gods but your gods. The Jews are blaming the Egyptians who embraced one God and joined the Jews. Yet, the question still remains? How could they have rejected God so fast as well?

Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz click here offers a perspective that is as relevant to us today as to the Biblical period. He notes the insight of the Midrash that states that at the Red Sea, even the lowliest maidservant saw a vision of the Divine beyond the perception of the great prophet Ezekiel. This testimony reflects the heights of spirituality at the Red Sea. However, it also incriminates the witnesses to the miracle. If the maidservant was capable of such lofty understanding, why is she not referred to as a prophetess?

The answer is that revelation alone does not create a prophet. A person may experience a lofty moment but when the experience leaves, the person remains the same. It does not effect change in their personality. Real growth requires effort and self development. The Jews and/or erev rav may have seen the hand of God or his heard his voice but those spiritual events are not a guarantee of permanent change.

We can all be uplifted, we can be inspired but unless we invest personally in taking these moments and harnessing them for character development and inherent change, they will remain a fond memory and we will remain the same.

The episode of the Golden Calf is a stark reminder to all of u that God may give us gifts in life but it is up to each of us to transform the spark into a deep and burning flame of commitment and connection to God.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome new members Michelle & Ron Kutas and their children, Leor and Shai and Chana Rosa & Rabbi Shlomo Bogart and their children Shoshana Bracha and Batsheva Chaya

Next week  We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University to CAS next week. Please join us at the Friday night dinner. RSVP click here- deadline Monday, February 25, 12 midnight. We will all join together in one minyan on Shabbat morning at 9:00 AM.

Service Notes  
  • Looking for Haftarah Readers Is it your bar mitzvah haftarah? Special anniversary? We're looking for haftarah readers in the main sanctuary on Shabbat. Whether you've read the haftarah before or are looking to learn, we would love to give you the opportunity. If you are interested in reading a specific week, or have any questions, please contact: Rabbi Zweiter at
  • There will be one minyan on March 2nd in the Sanctuary

Michael Feldstein Inclusion Links 
  • For those who were unable to attend the Chevra Kadisha dinner because of the bad weather, you can listen to a recording of Rabbi efrem Goldberg's inspirational message, "Acting Selflessly in the Age of the Selfie."
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Machatzit Hashekel Then and Now
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderHyman Schaffer
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushJay Jubas in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his father Chanoch Yehuda Aryeh ben Yitzchak Meir
Chapel KiddushMonica and Eric Jankelovits in memory of Eric's mother, Erna Jankelovits' yahrzeit
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by David and Liatte Lasher in commemoration of the yahrzeit of David's father, Howard Lasher and the Celebration Kiddush participants: Caren & Dov Borowski ~ In celebration of Joshua's 7th birthday and Ari's 1st!; Meryl & David Gordon ~ In honor of The CAS Community; Gloria Green ~ In honor of her wonderful family; Shira & Ethan Green ~ In celebration of Solomon's 12th birthday; Lori Gressel ~ In celebration of Sam Gressel's Birthday; Alyson & Scott Koblick ~ In memory of their beloved late grandparents; Nancy & Gadi Mimoun ~ In memory of their parents; Nicole & Daniel Sobelsohn ~ In celebration of Jacob Sobelsohn's birthday on 2/10/11; and Helene Zimmerman
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:25 PM, Friday 5:31 PM
Candles Friday5:26 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Joyce and Larry Haber who are being honored this Shabbat at Brith Shalom Beth Israel Congregation in Charleston. SC where Larry served as president
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Heritage Trip
Heritage Trip to Poland this Summer - Deadline Extended to March 1.
We need to know our numbers by March 1 and ask you to send a $500 fully refundable deposit payable to Agudath Sholom. Please send to my attention at the shul.
The updated itinerary and dates as well as Prague extension option are online. Here is the link
Please note the flights are done independently but we are likely taking a LOT flight leaving JFK on Sunday eve, Aug. 4th with a 12 PM arrival on Monday, Aug. 5th. The plan would be to meet at the shul on Sunday and take group transportation to the airport.
I have been in ongoing contact with Michael Berl, the tour operator, and he or I can answer your questions. Below are links to sample hotels (4 star and 5 star) and flight info.
For those going to Prague, we would take a bus on Monday morning, August 12th to Prague and spend Monday and Tuesday night in Prague and return to NY on Wed, August 14th
Please feel free to share the trip info with others. It is open to the community. Please let me know your serious interest or any questions so we can finalize our numbers.
CAS Annual Dinner


The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree

Guests of Honor  Susan & Len Mark

Community Service Award Michael Sweeney

Young Leadership Award Hilary & Ari Goldstein

Chai Award Flora & Carl Kaufman

Listed below, you will see the wonderful response we have received to our appeals for the CAS Annual Dinner.

If you have not signed up yet, join us!

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Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov
Johanna & Selim Akyuz
Adrienne & Michael Alexander
Jack Alexander
Ruth & Melvin Aminoff
Ricky Arbron
Andrew Ashforth, A.P. Construction
Barbara & Ron Ashkenas
Beth & John Bacha
Sharyn & Frederick Baer
Sara Mark & Bart Baily
Stephne & Kerrin Behrend
Janet & Andrew Bein
Gayle & Mitchell Bell
Amy & James Benjamin
Debbie & Michael Berg
Beth & Scott Berger
Dina & Paul Berger
Ira & Karen Berk
Darona & Tzvi Bernstein
David Bessaleli
Barry Best
Stephanie & Josh Bilenker
Dena & Avi Block
Ellen Borker
Jodi & Richard Boxer
Mimi & Edmund Brodkin
Phyllis Brodsky
Judith & Jeffrey Cahn
Emily & Harvey Caney
Garett Ceraso, People's Security, Inc.
Ilene & Dr. Paul Chasin
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Elise & Steven Cohen
Meredith & David Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Sheila Cohen
Stella & Isaac Cohen
Arline Gewanter & Lloyd Contract
Lenore & Michael Cooper
Barbara & Bob Davis
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Mark Israel & Rob Densen
Rita Edelston
Arlene Epstein
Lee Fanwick
Sharon & Michael Feldstein
Anna & Paul Felix
Naomi & Geoffrey Fiorito
Howard & Stephanie Fogel
Lindy & Len Fox
Rhoda & Avram Freedberg
Lee Miller & Leslie Freedman
Steven & Lynne Frenkel
Lois & Michael Friedman
The Friendship Circle
Jessica & Adam Furmansky
Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home
Miriam & Joseph Gelb
Melissa Gluck
Deborah & Jack Goldberg
Ann & Alex Goldblum
Risa & Jeff Goldblum
Fran & Scotty Goldenberg
Joan & David Goldenberg
Betsy & Steven Goldstein
Hilary & Ari Goldstein
Judy & Howard Goldstein
Joan & Harvey Goodman
Meryl & David Gordon
Michelle & Howland Gordon
Yvette Gordon
Gloria Green
Jill & Arthur Green
Shira & Ethan Green
Regina Greenwald
Zalman Gurkov
Ruth & Enrique Gutman
Joyce & Lawrence Haber
Jodi & Shane Hadge
Kamal Haron
Meghan & Yoav Haron
Rachel & Dan Haron
Leora & Yaakov Hauptman
Cheryl Frydman & Larry Hillman
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Hoffman Energy
Shara & David Israel
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Judith & David Jelen
Rachel & Jay Jubas
Olga & Michael Kagan
Sandra & Michael Kamen
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Chanie & Yossi Kamman
Liat & Benjamin Karsch
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Liz Beck & Gary Kaufman
Rory & Steven Kaufman
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Elise & Oren Klein
Roberta & Stephen Kloper
Tamar & Daniel Kraus
Jeannie & Brian Kriftcher
Joanne & Carl Kuehner
Kurt Kuehner
The Kuehner Brothers Foundation
Lorraine & David Kweskin
Liron Sissman & Steven Labkoff
Pauline Ladds
Biana & Ben Lanson
Elizabeth Lawson
Andrea & Ari Lefkovits
Maytal & Jonathan Lerner
Shari & Ari Levine
Rachel & Joshua Licht
Ana & Albert Lilienfeld
Nancy Heller & Roger Lob
Nina & Norman Lotstein
Rhonda & Judd Love
Eleanor & Mort Lowenthal
Nicole & Jonathan Makovsky
Roselyn Mangot
Bernice & Neil Mark
Sarah & Michael Mark
Susan & Len Mark
Dinah Miller & Seth Marlowe
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Justine & Russell Matteis
Terry Anne & Thomas Mckiernan
Irene Meltzer
Janice & Jacob Meyer
Kori & Bill Meyers
Barbara Miller
Jeffrey Miller
Leah & Gregory Miller
Russell Miller
Scott Miller
Stacey Mintz
Joseph Mittel
Jennifer & Taylor Molgano
Joyce & Stephen Murtha
Izabella & William Nagle
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus
Rebecca & Omer Neumeier
Ilene Nesser & Jim Newmark
Irwin Niedober
Jessica & Elie Niedober
Dennis Noskin Architects
Fran & Peter Nuchims
Doreen & Howard Nusbaum
Melanie & William Patchett
Bertha Person
Sarah Person
Anne Peskin
Manya Phillips
Cindy & David Pitkoff
Marina Sapir & Alexander Podelko
Donald Porges
Jean Porges
Lawrence Porges
Marian Porges
Judy & Bob Raymond
Shari & Samuel Raymond
Veronica & Erwin Reich
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Linda & Larry Rezak
David Rothberg
Mark Rothberg
Stephanie Rothberg
Gayle & Howard Rothman
Shelagh Ann Ryan
Renee Samson
Hyman L. Schaffer
Toby Schaffer
Sally & Everett Schenk
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut
Ilyse & Dean Schuckman
Joan & Bennett Schwartz
Richard Schwartz
Sheryl & Mark Schwartz
Rochelle & Edward Senker
Helen & Sheldron Seplowitz
Lillian & Sandy Shapiro
Phyllis & Martin Shapiro
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Bracha & Jerry Silber
Judy & David Singer
Talia & Jonathan Siscovick
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Brenda & Bruce Smith
Edith Samers & Ed Smith
Louise & Amiram Soifer
Jessica & Eytan Sosnovich
Leslie & John Spain
Miriam & Joshua Sperber
Allan Spivak
Vita Squillace
Amy & Sam Sroka
Beverly & David Stein
Sue & Sidney Stein
Liba & Steven Steinmetz
Ned Steinmetz
Liz & Michael Sweeney
Sheila & Bernie Teig
Danielle & Steven Thau
Laura & Seth Tobin
David Umansky
Ellen Umansky
Eric Umansky
Peggy & Jay Umansky
Diane Vizzo
Pamela & Richard Vogel
Mark & Audrey Wagshul
Audrey Waldstreicher
Rachel & Greg Waldstreicher
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Barbara & Harry Webski
Howard Weiss
Mark Weissler
Judith & Irving Wengrofsky
Morris Wertheim
Lynn & Robert Whitman
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Nancy Wolfson
Neda & Robert Yaghoubian
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Young Israel Of Aventura, Florida
Lauren & Joe Zalis
Helene Zimmerman
Marvin Zimmerman
Sandy & Jeff Zimmerman
Hillary & Robert Zitter
Navah & David Zizmor
Chani & Rabbi Oran Zweiter
Sign Up For These Events
Celebration Kiddush
Shabbat, February 23
Any occasion is an opportunity to sponsor a kiddush: a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, a baby naming, you are just glad someone is home safely after traveling, or just because. Celebrate your milestone by co-sponsoring our Celebration Kiddush.

$36 to co-sponsor

Participants as of February 22 Morning:

Caren & Dov Borowski
Meryl & David Gordon
Gloria Green
Shira & Ethan Green
Lori Gressel
Alyson & Scott Koblick
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
Nicole & Daniel Sobelsohn
Helene Zimmerman
Breakfast and Learn with Rabbi Elli Fischer
Sunday, February 24 - 9:30 AM
CAS Annual Festive Dinner
Sunday, March 3 - 5:00 PM
Womens Book Club
Wednesday, March 13 - 8:00 PM
CAS Young Families
  • CAS YOUNG FAMILIES PRESENTS: COUPLES NIGHT OUT AT MILL RIVER PARK! Saturday, March 16th @ 8:30pm. Mill River Skating Rink. Enjoy a night out skating with friends and socializing in the chalet! 20% off skating rates will be available for our group. RSVP will be forthcoming
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, February 25, 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, February 26, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, March 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, February 26, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, February 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, February 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of February 24
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Reading Hebrew - Learning Friday Night's Prayers - 7:30 PM
Diane Cohen: Adult Matan Class for Women - 8:00 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, Halakhic Man - 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
Sponsor A Kiddush
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Announcements
  • WAFFLE PARTY AND PESACH CRAFTS for Parents and Children with Rabbi Cohen on Sunday morning, March 31 at 9:15 AM.
  • CAS PURIM SEUDA 2019! Thursday, March 21 at 5 PM. Delicious meat meal catered by 613. Featuring Mario the Maker Magician as seen on Sesame Street. Face-painting, kids carnival, balloons, art projects, games, a Drum Circle, Ruach and Costume Parade!
  • CAS MENS CLUB PASSOVER FAIR The CAS Men's Club is excited to announce thatthe WanderingQ BBQ will be onsite from 10am-7pm. All other vendors will be open from 10am to 3pm. We are having TheRiverWine offering samples to those of age, the Chocolate Sunflower (with gluten free options) offering samples of their cakes, the Jewish Quarter will be showing their new and exciting Passover wares along with traditional merchandise, and we will have a soffer onsite to check mezzuzahs and teffilin. Rabbi Cohen is planning an inspirational 10 Great Ideas for Your Passover Seder, there will be activities for the kids and all the while you can enjoy some great BBQ.
  • NEW CLASS Diane Cohen will be leading the Matan class for women on five Monday evenings Feb. 25th, March 11, March 18, April 1 and April 8th at 8:00 PM. This class is part of the Adult Bat Mitzvah program but open to all women regardless of their participation in the program. For more informatiion and RSVP, contact Diane Cohen at
  • 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.
Community Announcements
  • COME "BREW" WITH UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S NEXTGEN 20'S, 30'S & 40'S GROUP on Saturday night, March 2nd at 8:30pm at Lock City Brewing Company, 54 Research Drive in Stamford. $25 by March 1st ($35 at the door). Enjoy unlimited IPA brews, soft drinks and snacks while you mingle with friends at this one of a kind hometown brewery. To RSVP go to, for information contact Sharon Franklin at 203-321-5364/ (dietary laws observed)
  • JEWISH BASEBALL FOR YOUTH IS BACK! The FCCJBL (Fairfield County Connecticut Jewish Baseball League) is now open for Spring registration. The league is for children in pre-K through 8th grade and only plays on Sundays. Also looking for volunteers, coaches, various other positions. Please visit to register. For more info, contact Ari Goldstein at
  • MIKVAH FUNDRAISER PURIM THIS YEAR IS ON THURSDAY March 21st. Don't have time to deliver all your homemade Shalach Manot? Help raise money for the Minnie Manger- Marcia Lieberman Mikvah and HAVE THE MIKVAH DELIVER them for you! FOR A SMALL FEE of 75 per package, DROP OFF PACKAGES (SECURELY CLOSED, AND LABLED WITH YOUR NAME, RECIPIENT'S NAME AND ADDRESS) AT CAS ON PURIM NIGHT before or after megillah reading, AND HAVE your baskets DELIVERED (within Stamford) THE NEXT DAY! Want to help? We need volunteers. If you are ABLE TO TAKE A ROUTE TO DROP OFF PACKAGEs --NO MORE THAN A HALF HOUR COMMITMENT-- CONTACT HANNAH LEFKOVICH 781-724-3595
  • JOIN UJF'S PJ LIBRARY FOR 2 FUN-FILLED CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: (1) PJ Library Invites Kids 5 & Under to Celebrate Shabbat! Meet at the PJ Library Corner for a story, challah & grape juice. Friday January 18th 1:30pm, February 8th 11:00am, & March 8th 1:30pm. Ages 5 & under. 1035 Newfield Ave, 2nd Floor (In front of the UJF office). RSVP at or email (2) UJF's PJ Library celebrates Tu B'Shevat & MLK Jr. Day! At the Stamford J, 1035 Newfield Ave, auditorium2:30 - 3:30 pm Ages 2-9. Make a planter for Tu B'Shevat and create a blessing bag for a child at a local shelter. Co-sponsored by the JCC. RSVP at or email sharon@ujf.orgNO CHARGE for either program but we ask that you register.
  • AMERICAN VETERANS OF ISRAEL LEGACY CORPORATION will hold its 53rd annual Mickey Marcus Memorial Service at the Jewish Chapel of the United States Military Academy at West Point on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. More detailed program information will be available in early 2019.
  • CARMEL ACADEMY HOSTS ESCAPE ROOM CHALLENGE FOR PROSPECTIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS Carmel Academy invites prospective middle school students and their parents to its Escape Room Challenge & Middle School Open House on Thursday, February 28th, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Join Carmel Academy for a dairy dinner at 5:45 p.m. immediately followed at 6:15 p.m. for an Open House program. Children will participate in an exciting Escape Room Challenge that will provide a glimpse into Carmel's middle school learning and student life. Parents will have the opportunity to experience Carmel Academy academics and curriculum through model classes, meet with the Middle School's exceptional faculty, and hear from Head of School Nora Anderson about what to look forward to as children transition to their middle years. Please RSVP to Questions: Ella Shteingart, Director of Admissions, 203-983-3503 or
  • PAMELA AND MICHAEL HIRSCH KOSHER HOME DELIVERED MEAL PROGRAM Seven meals will be delivered weekly to those in our community who have difficulty shopping and preparing their own food. Once a week, a volunteer will deliver the seven microwave ready meals and spend time visiting with the recipients, should they desire. This is a subscription service. Reduced rates will be available for families who qualify. For more information, please contact Jill Knopoff, Volunteer Coordinator at 201-921-4161 or email at
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM Session #2: Mondays, 10:30 AM -12:00 pm, March 4-Reasoning; March 11-Memory-Recall; March 18-Visual Organization 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
  • 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
  • DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -Wednesdays, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 and 2/20 at 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
  • 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
  • Baruch Meir ben Leah
  • Batya bat Sasha
  • Ben Tzion Shimon ben Golda Mirel
  • Beryl ben Sarah
  • Chaim Hakohen ben Chaya Sara
  • Chaim Leib ben Sara
  • Davida Yonah bat Yisroela Elana
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzhak Dovid ben Miriam Rivka
  • Ephraim ben Sara-Rivka
  • Moshe Yoel ben Machla Shifrah
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Olya bat Zina
  • Penina bat Sara Imenu
  • Raisal bat Deborah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah Chana bat Yehudit Yocheved
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Shoshana bat Aryeh Lev and Chava
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Yehuda Ariyeh ben Braha
  • Yerachmiel Shemaya ben Devorah Elka
  • Yitzchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zindl Gedalia ben Pesha Rivkah
  • 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!

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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.
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The Calendar of Goals (below) will be updated monthly.
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Parshat Terumah Chapter 4: 6-7 Dapim 26-27
Parshat Tetzveh Chapter 5:1-2 Dapim 28-29
Parhat Ki Tisa Chapter 5: 3-4 Dapim 30-31
Parshat Vayakhel Chapter 5:5 Dapim 32-33
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