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Friday, February 21, 2020

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
MishpatimFebruary 22, 202027 Sh'vat 5780
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Candle Lighting5:17 PM
Mincha5:22 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:24 AM
Latest Shacharit10:19 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi4:25 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:25 PM
Mincha5:15 PM
Maariv6:13 PM
Shabbat Ends6:18 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Power of Our Words and the Inspiring Sensitivity of the Torah

The power of speech defines our humanity. When God created mankind, he blew the breath of life into human beings. The commentator Onkelos explains that God infused within us the power of speech distinctly different than animals.

Too often we do not appreciate this special gift. We live in a world where speech is cheapened. Talking heads on the news seek to fill up space without regard for their power. Judaism reminds us of the words of King Solomon, "Life and Death are in the hand of the tongue."

The impact of our words emerges very powerfully in repeated phrases in this week's Parsha of Mishpatim. The main topics of the Torah portion address interpersonal relationships. The laws include precepts about animals damaging property, people damaging property and people hurting people. However, the Torah saves harshest condemnation for pain that a person causes to widows and orphans. God promises revenge on the perpetrators.

The Torah states: "You shall not taunt a widow or orphan. For if you cause pain and there is a cry to Me, I will hear the cry. My wrath shall blaze and your wives and children will become widows and orphans." (Shemot 25:2)

When we examine the verse, we notice that the words are doubled. For if shall cause pain; and cry, there will be a cry to Me; hear and I shall hear the cry. It seems that there are two cries and two pains the widow and the orphan experience. What are the two cries? Why does God hear their cries twice?

The Kotzker Rebbe explained that every pain a person causes an orphan is two fold. In addition to the pain caused by the callous remark, the orphan will also be reminded of the reality that he has no father and mother. He will think to himself,"If my mother or father were alive, they would be there to protect me. I am vulnerable because I am alone." The reality strikes him hard and in turn his pain is doubled as is the cry.

One doubled word in the Torah written over 3,500 years ago embodies a timeless reminder that words can heal or hurt and that they may strike doubly hard. Conversely, one kind word may not only uplift a person in the moment but serve as an emotional uplift that can impact the rest of their day, the way they interact with friends and family and possibly change the trajectory of a life.

As someone once said, "Words are powerful, they have the ability to create a moment and the strength to destroy it."

The Chafetz Chaim wrote that each person has a finite amount of words to use in their lifetime. Choose them wisely.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Service Notes 
  • The Search Committee for a new Assistant Rabbi has been meeting with numerous candidates and we have reserved the weekends of Feb 28-29, March 13-14, and March 20-21 for tryout weekends. All candidates will speak multiple times over Shabbat. There will also be a welcome tea one hour before Mincha on Shabbat at the shul for an informal meet and greet open to all members. Bios of the candidates will be sent out shortly. Thank you - Simeon Wohlberg & Toby Schaffer, co-chairs
  • CAS is starting a Whatsapp Group for those who can participate in Shiva Minyanim during the week. If you are able to join a minyan in either the morning or evening please connect with Simeon Wohlberg who will put you in the group

Youth Group Reminders 
  • No outside food is allowed in groups
  • For security, the doors are locked. Please arrive by 10:30am

Thanks  to Ari Goldstein, Adam Furmansky and Josh Sperber for organizing a wonderful, tasty and fun Waffle event for dads and kids at CAS click here to see the photos

Welcome to Shir Soul who are visiting this Shabbat in honor of Solomon Green's Bar Mitzvah

We look forward  to welcoming guest Chazzan Duvi Shapiro on Shabbat, Feb. 28-29. Check out his latest video
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Spirited Kabbalat ShabbatShir Soul
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Library shiurRabbi Yossi Kamman: Rambam Hilchos Melochim: The Laws of Kings
10:30 shiurRabbi Avi Block: TBD
ShacharitDavid Cohen
MusafSolomon Green
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersEthan Green, Nat Samberg
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesEmily & Harvey Caney In memory of Emily Caney's mother, Marian Schuman's yahrzeit; Isaac & Stella Cohen on the occasion of the Shloshim for Abraham Cohen; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushAna and Albert Lilienfeld in memory of the yahrzeits of Albert's mother, Helen Lilienfeld, and Ana's grandmother, Sarah Elson
Chapel KiddushThe CK Fund
Sanctuary KiddushShira & Ethan Green in celebration of Solomon's Bar Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 5:25 PM, Monday-Thursday 1:30 PM/5:25 PM, Friday 5:30 PM
Candles Friday5:25 PM
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Adar
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Adar
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP 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.
Mazal Tov
  • to Ephraim and Rachel Cohen on Natalie's Bat Mitzvah this weekend.
  • to Ethan and Shira Green and Gloria Green on Solomon's Bar Mitzvah this weekend.
  • to Izzy Lustig on the birth of a grandson.
  • to Kaili & Daniel Scherban on the birth of a baby girl
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Mazal Tov to the Matan Mother Daughter graduates: Meredith and Hannah Cohen, Rachel and Natalie Cohen, Maya Golden and Shira Hecht, Mandy and Ilana Lewitan, Vered and Tamar Links and Laura and Elissa Tobin. Yasher Koach to Diane Cohen for teaching the class and inspiring the group!
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The world rests upon three things: Torah, Divine Worship, and the service of loving-kindness

Guests of Honor  Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen

Community Service Award Sandy Goldstein

Young Leadership Award Kate & Peretz Cik

Chai Award Lillian & Sandy Shapiro

Thanks to all the participants in the CAS Annual Dinner:

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Mariya Feldman & Alexander Abramov
Abbi & Meir Adest and Family
Johanna & Selim Akyuz
Myrna & Herman Alswanger
Barbara & Ron Ashkenas
Janet & Andrew Bein
Debra & Michael Berg
Dina & Paul Berger
Karen & Ira Berk
Darona & Tzvi Bernstein
Gertrude & Ralph Bernstein
Barry Best
Andrea & Bryan Bier
The Bilenker Family
Eileen & Robert Breakstone
Phyllis Brodsky
Judith & Jeffrey Cahn
Regina & Barry Cik
Yael & Yehuda Cik
Elise & Steven Cohen
Meredith & David Cohen
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Sheila Cohen
Stella & Isaac Cohen
Colliers Project Leaders
Arline Gewanter & Lloyd Contract
Dr. Lauren & Judy Daman
Gari & Ira Dansky
Emily & Zvi Dubitzky
Rita Edelston
Arlene & Irwin Ettinger
Debra & Dan Faizakoff
David Federman, Jewish Links Inc.
Sharon & Michael Feldstein
Tamara Feurstein
Sam Fischel
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Rhoda & Avram Freedberg
Lynne & Steven Frenkel
Lois & Michael Friedman
Cheryl & Henry Frommer
Jessica & Adam Furmansky
Miriam & Joseph Gelb
Kathy, Jessy, Liz & Jason Gold
Risa & Jeff Goldblum
Maya Golden
Aaron Goldenberg
Judy & Howard Goldstein
Sandra & Robert Goldstein
Adrienne & Craig, Gabrielle, Ariella & Mickey Gordon
Meryl & David Gordon
Jill & Arthur Green
Regina Greenwald
Joyce & Lawrence Haber
Judi & Lenny Haber
Kamal Haron
Meghan & Yoav Haron
Rachel & Dan Haron
Leora & Yaakov Hauptman
Jacqueline & David Herman
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Hoffman Energy
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Judith & David Jelen
Rachel & Jay Jubas
Olga & Michael Kagan
Rachel & Gavin Kaimowitz
Peggy & Alan Kalter
Sandra & Michael Kamen
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Jane & Ezra Karp
Benjamin Karsch
Carol & Daniel Karsch
Liat Sharabi Karsch
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Harriette & Ken Ketorer
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Tamar & Daniel Kraus
Michelle & Ron Kutas
Lorraine & David Kweskin
Ilan Lastoff
Hannah & Michael Lefkovich
Helen & Les Leon
Shari & Ari Levine
Rachelle Lewinger
Rachel & Joshua Licht
Ana & Albert Lilienfeld
Vered & Mark Links
Nina & Norman Lotstein
Nicole & Jonathan Makovsky
Roselyn Mangot
Van Mankwitz
Susan & Len Mark
Dinah Miller Marlowe & Seth Marlowe
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Irene Meltzer
Metro Guard
Janice & Jake Meyer
Kori & Bill Meyers
Leah & Gregory Miller
Rina Miller
Julie & Alan Minsk
The Mintz Family
Joseph Mittel
Mrs. Sonia Movsas And Family
Marguerite & Kenneth Neuhaus
Jessica & Eliaz Niedober
Tina & Yossi Notik
Doreen & Howard Nusbaum
Robin & David Pearl
Leah & Doni Perl
Cindy & David Pitkoff
Marina Sapir & Alex Podelko
Judy & Bob Raymond
Veronica & Erwin Reich
Martha Reith
Linda & Larry Rezak
Hilary & Alan Rifkin
Sherri & Allen Rosenthal
Gayle & Howard Rothman
Toby Schaffer
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut
Ilyse & Dean Schuckman
Richard Schwartz
Rochelle & Edward Senker
Helen & Sheldron Seplowitz
Lillian & Sandy Shapiro
Yitz & Esti Shapiro and Family
Rosalyn Sherman
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Talia & Jonathan Siscovick
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Miriam & Joshua Sperber
Beverly & David Stein
Liba & Steven Steinmetz
Harriet Sternlicht
Sidney Ulreich
Audrey & Mark Wagshul
Audrey Waldstreicher
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Alisa & Jeremy Weisser
Gary Weitz
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Neda Khaghan & Robert Yaghoubian
Shana & Rob Yakubovich
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Helene Zimmerman
Hillary & Robert Zitter
Navah & David Zizmor
Simone & David Zwany
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Upcoming Events
Rabbi Avi Weiss Scholar In Residence Weekend 
Shabbat, March 7
We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Weiss to our community. Watch our website for information on the community luncheon. He will share brief thoughts Friday night and present three times over Shabbat.
  • Shabbat Sermon (11:30 am): Am I My Brother's' Keeper? Reflections on Rising Anti-Semitism and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
  • Lunch Presentation (1:45 pm): Coping with Challenges and Personal Resilience: Fate and Destiny In Our Lives
  • Seudah Shlishit (5:45 pm): Rabbi Weiss in Conversation with Rabbi Cohen on The Nation of Israel as Family and the Roots, Relevance and Resonance of an Inclusive Orthodoxy

Opening The Conversation: Creating A Supportive Community Around Infertility And Pregnancy Loss 
Wednesday, March 18 - 7:30 PM
The Steinmetz Bernstein Alexander Yoetzet Initiative at CAS for the Stamford Community presents "Opening the Conversation: Creating A Supportive Community Around Infertility and Pregnancy Loss." This event will include Keynote Speaker Abbie Sophia sharing her own journey, followed by a panel discussion featuring clinical psychologist Dr. Danielle Thau, Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Ilana Ressler and Reva Judas, founder of Nechama Comfort. The panel discussion will focus on raising awareness of these issues as well as giving tools and strategies for being supportive as friends, family and a community at large. Registration at 7:30 pm followed by program at 8 pm. Open to the entire community.

Guest Chazzan: Duvie Shapiro 
Friday, February 28
Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv led by Cantor Shapiro - 5:40 pm, Friday night oneg at the Shapiro home - 8:30 pm, Shabbat morning shacharit and musaf services - 9:00 am, Musical havdala - 6:30 pm

The Joy Of Giving 
Tuesday, March 10
Purim is around the corner. As Adar arrives, we are obligated to increase our joy. Be happy is the mantra. However, Judaism teaches and it has been shown scientifically click here that it is giving, not receiving, that makes us happy. It is no wonder that Purim is a holiday marked by mitzvot of Mishloach Manot and Matanot Levyonim. In fact, the Rambam writes that we should spend more money on gifts to the poor than on gifts to our friends. In this spirit, if you would like to participate in the mitzvah of matanot laevyonim, please drop a check at the shul or make a donation online click here to donate now and earmark for Purim. The funds will be distributed locally via CAS and JFS and to needy families in Jerusalem. To learn more about Purim, listen to some of our Purim podcasts or attend one of our weekly classes.

Purim Megillah Reading 

Monday Night: 7:15 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM Tuesday: 7:00 am and 9:00 am sharp following 6:30 am and 8:30 am Shacharit at CAS, 8:30 am Bi Cultural Hebrew Academy, 12:00 pm at CAS, 2:00 PM Atria, 3:00 PM Edgehill, 4:00 PM at CAS

Passover Reminders 

Shmurah MatzahLimited supply of Charedim $46 a pound Shatzer Matzah $32 a pound RSVP to Kim at Passover Fair on Sunday, March 22nd
Save the Date: Men's Seder at 613 on Tuesday evening, March 24th
Food For Thought
Food for Thought Section with Rabbi Cohen  As we grow as a community, we always need reminders of the sensitivities of the multi faceted nature of our congregation and personal struggles people may experience. Below are some helpful reminders about infertility. May the families who are yearning to have children of their own be blessed with simcha and joy in the year ahead!
CAS Announcements
  • DIASPORA YESHIVA BAND Join us for a Reunion concert of the world famous Diaspora Yeshiva Band, Saturday night, February 22 at the Stamford Plaza. Aish Hatorah's Project inspire will be welcoming them as part of their conference and is generously inviting our members to join for the concert. Reservations are mandatory and optional contribution is suggested. RSVP and more info, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • STAMFORD MIKVAH MISHLOACH MANOT DELIVERY Purim is around the corner and we've got you covered! Help support the Stamford Mikvah, and let us help deliver your Mishloach Manot! Various delivery packages available. For pricing or if you have any questions, please contact Nicole Makovsky, Adina Adelman or Hannah Lefkovich at **If interested, please contact Nicole Makovsky by March 2nd for further details.** Looking forward to making your Purim more fun and easy!
  • CAS MENS CLUB ANNUAL PASSOVER/MITZVAH FAIR Sunday March 22 from 10 am to 8 pm. From 10:30 - 11:30 am, Friendship Circle is having a great program with activities for children. The Wandering Que BBQ will be on site from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. We are having the Rivers wine tasting of a large variety of Israeli and domestic varieties. Plus the Chocolate Sunflower and a variety of assorted vendors. From 3 - 5 pm, Jonathan Tobin will be speaking and answering questions. For more info, contact Mitchell Bell
  • DOR L'DOR UPDATE Join us on Shabbat, March 14th for a Meet and Greet during Kiddush to learn more and forge new friendships! This program seeks to build upon... This program seeks to build upon the multigenerational aspect of our community by linking young families and seniors. Together, youth and seniors will build a mutual relationship, with young families offering a helping hand or caring phone call a few times a year, and with seniors in turn offering their wisdom, perspective, and encouragement to young families. To find out more about this program, please contact Alyssa Frager at or Jason Levine at
  • PAY IT FORWARD! As our community grows it takes even more effort to insure the warmth of our shul. You may not realize but we have a Hospitality Team who are informed of new families who moved into community. Team members are expected to invite new families to any of the following: shabbat meal, BBQ, brunch, even coffee, a get-together in the park, or a community-wide function. It means so much to new families. To join our Hospitality Team, contact membership committee chair, Jon Makovsky at
  • HEALING VISITS UPDATE: Every week, we include a note about our healing visits group. As a reminder, the group consists of volunteers who give of their time to call, email or visit people in our community who are in the hospital or in recuperation. If you like to join this Mitzvah mission, please 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.
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
  • Monday, February 24, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, February 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, February 28, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, February 25, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, February 26, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, February 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of February 23
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Mishlei, The Book of Proverbs - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis and the Rudiments of Rashi - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Power of the Prophets - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: 12 Minor Prophets - 9:30 AM
Diane Cohen - Explorations in the Book with Esther - 10:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
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We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Bayla Frimet bat Rivka Henshe
  • Benyamin Meir ben Slova
  • Chana bat Gittel
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Dovid ben Fayga
  • Esther Malka bat Chaya
  • Leah bat Nehama
  • Leah bat Sara
  • Menachem Mendel ben Liba
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Reuven Moshe ben Miriam
  • Shoshanah bat Bascha Fleigel
  • Velvel Zev ben Yenta
  • Yehuda Arye ben Yospa
  • Yekusial Yosef ben Fraydel
  • Yisrael ben Rochel
  • Yitzchak ben Shulamit Avigail
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Ziv Berel ben Alta Bracha
Community Announcements
  • NEED JEWISH BOOKS? Visit the Yeshiva University Sefarim Sale - the largest Jewish book store in North America. Open until Feb. 23rd. For more info visit
  • FREE WEEKLY BASKETBALL SCRIMMAGE FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30pm at the BCHA gym. Get some midweek exercise and get back in the game! Please contact Adina if interested at
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE SCHOKE JFS FREEDBERG FAMILY KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from our Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, Schoke JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables Schoke JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • THE BBYO STAMFORD CHAPTER, Leviticus AZA is sponsoring a bone marrow donor drive in loving memory of Emmett Manheim. Sunday, Feb. 23rd from 8-12 at the Stamford JCC Swabs take less than 2 minutes, are risk free and have the potential to save a life. (Looking for participants ages 18-40)
  • BRINGING THE GOLAN TO STAMFORD - LIFE ON THE IRANIAN FRONT Wednesday Evening, February 26th, 2020 at 7:15 PM at Chabad of Stamford 770 High Ridge Road. Encounter Israel's most dynamic and unexpected border with IDF Captain (Res.) & Golan resident, Yaakov Selavan. Explore Israel's challenges facing the Iranian, Syrian, Russian and ISIS neighbors, their effect on the U.S. and the rest of Israel's borders. Capt. Yaakov Selavan served for nearly a decade as an IDF commander in the Tank Corps. His experiences in the 2014 Gaza War and following that - as a 2015 delegate in Stamford JCC's Tzahal Shalom, changed his career path. A heartfelt spokesperson for the IDF and the Golan, he is rated as one of the most popular speakers for foreign delegations, soldiers and draftees. Yaakov's vibrant presentations tie wide range strategic knowledge to a heartfelt connection to the young soldier with boots on the ground. Yaakov, an IDF Tactical Command College alumni, still serves as an officer in his tank unit and as a motivational speaker for IDF units. No charge - RSVP appreciated to
  • ANNUAL DINNER OF THE STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Temple Beth El at 5:30PM. Honoring the memory of Tamar Gershberg and Flossy Fischel. $54/person, sponsorship is $180 (entitles you to two reservations). Guest speaker: Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Rosh Yeshiva, Hadar. Topic: Can Torah and Ethics Ever Be at Odds? To reserve online, please visit For more information, please contact Janet Welkovich
  • FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE Join us on March 22, 10:30-11:30, at CAS for a Community Wide Awareness Event to learn about how you can foster inclusion of people with different abilities in all aspects of your life. Hear from Benji Schussheim, who embraces his stutter with joy and positivity. His message teaches us to turn our challenges into opportunities. RSVP Appreciated:
  • CAS Interested in an affordable way to eat delicious, locally grown fruits and vegetables this summer? Join over a hundred families by investing in a share of the Stone Ledge Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Pick up your organic produce, dried coffee, mushrooms, dried beans, and more each week from June 3 - November 11 at the Stamford JCC. Questions, please contact Jessie Katz at
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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