Wishing all of you
Shabbat Shalom

A Very Happy Chanukah
and a Wonderful New Year!

In this January Newsletter you'll find
~ Registration for Shabbat Services~
~ Registration for upcoming classes ~
~ Video & photos from Chanukah Live! ~
~ Important Save the Dates ~
and more...

See below...

Don't delay registering for the classes and events you plan to attend in January and save the dates for February and March events!
Shabbat at Shir Ami
January Services
On January 11th we will have a Saturday morning Shabbat Service. 10 AM - 12 noon
Come join us for the one morning Shabbat we have on the calendar for the year and see if you want more! In past years, those who participated in the morning Shabbat Service really enjoyed it. The service will be led by Cantor Jill Abramson and the kiddush will be hosted by Jenny, Rick and Zaac Lake. Please register today if you plan to attend.
January 24th Friday night Shabbat Service: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
We hope you will join us for another lovely Shabbat at FPC. The oneg will be hosted by Wendy and Larry Nadel in memory of Wendy's mom's yartzeit. Cantor Abramson will lead the service.
Living & Learning Classes
January schedule
Learn to Read & Chant Basic Shabbat Prayers
Monday January 6th 7:00pm - 8:30

Want to participate in services but feel like you don't know the words or tunes well enough? Whatever your level of comfort or experience, this one-shot session is open to all.

No Hebrew reading experience necessary.

We will learn to pronounce, understand and chant a few basic prayers: the candle blessing, the blessing over bread and the blessing over the wine (the longer version). We'll also go over the  Kaddish --the prayer said for those in mourning or marking a  yahrtzeit-- the anniversary of the death of a loved one.

Recordings will be shared with class participants and will also be posted to web site you can continue to practice, review and have future access to these prayers. 
Women's Rosh Chodesh
Study Group
Monday January 24th, 7 - 8:30 PM
(read Chapters 3 & 4)

Join us for the next women's monthly gathering, led by Cantor Abramson, during which we'll continue to explore  The Faith Club  and be challenged to understand the "other" more deeply as we investigate being Jewish while affirming the faith of others.
tea/coffee and dessert will be available
Including the next Essential Jewish Conversation Class on Feb 10th, which will focus on Power in Medieval Commentaries
Seating is limited so don't delay!
Chanukah Live was so much fun!
Enjoy these photos and
watching this video recap
that really captures
the music, food, people, Pop Up Choir, Latka dancers and Barry's dreidel song!
Thank you to
Cantor Abramson
the Musicians & Choir,
all of the cooks
and every volunteer!
And THANK YOU to everyone who contributed with gifts or funds to the Shir Ami Holiday Gift Drive for Abilis. On Monday, Susan helped Laura from Abilis, load the gifts into her car so she could deliver them to the very happy group home recipients who don't have families to spend Chanukah or Christmas with them. They really appreciated receiving our gifts again this year!
A Message from the Co-Presidents
We hope you all have had a wonderful holiday week and we wish everyone a Happy New Year and an inspiring 2020!
 What a joy it was to celebrate Chanukah with so many of you! The energy and enthusiasm at Shir Ami is feeling very contagious in a great way! We continue to have new people interested in joining our community and we certainly keep demonstrating over and over how good we are at integrating new members into our Shir Ami family.

We know that 2020 will be a terrific year for Shir Ami and we hope that you all will join us regularly for the services, events, and classes that we are offering. For more information or to see our Calendar of events, please visit our website often and look around. We are continually updating the site and the calendar on the homepage has all of the upcoming events with links to register. www.congregationshirami.org
As a reminder our next board meeting will be January 13th at 7:30 PM. If you are not yet one of the regular attendees but would like to be, email us to request the location info shirami.info@gmail.com .

Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy, peaceful 2020!

Jenny Lake and Susan Nisinzweig
In case you missed it...
Did you see the Nov/Dec issue of the Greenwich Jewish News?
Shir Ami is front and center in their latest issue! Cantor Abramson was the featured Clergy and Shir Ami was well represented in several other articles. It's worth taking a look at and sharing with others. You might even see yourself in one of the photos.

The next issue of the Greenwich Jewish News will come out in February.
Upcoming Events
Save the dates!

If you have any questions please email us at ShirAmi.info@gmail.com

  • Jan 6 Monday - Learning Basic Shabbat Prayers - FPC 7- 8:30 PM
  • Jan 11th Saturday - Shabbat morning service at FPC 10 - 11:30 AM, Kiddush hosted by Lakes
  • Jan 13th Monday - Board Meeting 7:30 - 9:30 PM (Location TBD)
  • Jan 24th Friday - Shabbat Service and Oneg FPC 7:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Jan 27th Monday - Women's Rosh Chodesh, Chapters 3 and 4, FPC 7 - 8:30 PM

  • Feb 8th Saturday - Havdalah Service and oneg hosted at a home (TBD) 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Feb 10th Monday - Essential Jewish Conversation Class - FPC, 7:00 - 8:30 PM wine and cheese.
  • Feb 17th Monday - Board Meeting 7:30 - 9:30 PM (Location TBD)
  • Feb 28th Friday - Shabbat Service and Oneg, FPC, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

  • March 2nd Monday - Women's Rosh Chodesh, FPC 7 - 8:30 PM
  • March 7th Saturday - Adult Purim Party - Preng's house 7-10 PM
  • March 9th Monday - Essential Jewish Conversation Class - FPC, 7:00 - 8:30 PM wine and cheese
  • March 16th Monday - Board Meeting 7:30 - 9:30 PM (Location TBD)
  • March 27th Friday - Women's Rosh Chodesh, FPC 7 - 8:30 PM

Please visit our website often to stay updated on what is coming up at Shir Ami!

* FPC = First Presbyterian Church,
One West Putnam Ave, Greenwich
all services and programs are here unless otherwise noted

Questions? - Contact us at
call 203-900-7976
Mailing address:
Congregation Shir Ami
1273 E Putnam Ave
PO Box 312,
Riverside, CT 06878


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