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Friday, November 25, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ToldotNovember 26, 20222 Kislev 5783
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Candle Lighting4:10 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:34 AM
Sephardic Minyan9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:37 AM
Bob's Basics10:00 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:10 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:10 PM
Mincha4:00 PM
Havdalah5:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom

I hope you and your families are well and enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

The parsha of Toldot, generations, embodies one of the core ideas of Jewish continuity.

Avraham was the founder of the Jewish people. He was the trailblazer. Yet, the vision of ethical monotheism would die without Yitzchak. Avraham was on fire, but without someone to carry the flame, the light would go out. The prime character trait of Yitzchak is gevura implying inner strength and perseverance. He redigs the wells of his father and serves as a bridge to a new generation of the Jewish people. The name of our Parsha, Toldot - generations, speaks to this sacred mission of Yitzchak and Rivka.

This is our mission as well. We were not the first Jews, the first ones to model a Torah centered life and reveal Godliness in the world. However, we are given the task to become the bridge to a future generation of Jews. What are we doing today to insure the future of our faith?

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our campaign for Schoke JFS. Even more importantly, every week we have an opportunity to shop for the food pantry. Whether for Thanksgiving or Shabbos, we can all pick up some items for the food pantry and drop them off at Agudath Sholom. Imagine what an impact it would make if every week, on our shopping list, each one of us consistently added just one item from this list. There is a collection box in the entrance of the shul for your convenience.

Thank you to Mitchell Bell and a host of volunteers for providing a Thanksgiving meal to Stamford EMS. As we approach Chanukah, let's find new ways every day to light up our community! You may receive updates for timely mitzvah moments by joining our growing WhatsApp group.

As a shul, we are called upon to emulate the spiritual legacies of Avraham and Sara as well. They were known for the warmth of their home. In this spirit, I encourage you to join our Rookies and Vets Shabbat on December 10th. Whether new to the community or you have been here many years, it is a great way to foster new connections and friendships. Sign up here.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshat Toldot with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah for Toldot is read from Malachi 1:1-2:7
  • Haftarah summary by - click here
  • Haftarah summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here.

Shabbat Room Shakeup: 
  • Bob's Basics and Shiur will be in the Chapel
  • Jr. Cong will meet in the old office every week moving forward
  • to Nimrod Dayan on the passing of his mother, Rose Dayan
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Audrey & Mark Wagshul on the upcoming wedding of their daughter Yona to Tzvi Eli Scholnick, this week in Israel!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Bob's BasicsBob Abrams
Shmuel ClassMark Wagshul
ShiurMichael Feldstein - "In Defense of Rivka: A Radical Interpretation of the Stolen Blessing"
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Seudat ShlishitDovi Siderson
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Challah Deliveries: Marjory & Bob Abrams in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Marjory's father, Martin Edelston

7AM Kiddush: David Bessaleli in honor of the 7AM minyan

Chapel Kiddush: Helene & Nat Samberg in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary

Sanctuary/Sephardic Kiddush: Neda & Robert Yaghoubian in honor of Rabbi Cohen for his support and encouragement for Sephardic Minyan

Seudat Shlishit: Pam & Alan Shanker in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Alan's father, Shalom Shanker/Shalom Ben Avraham
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CAS Announcements
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB MEETING We are planning on holding our first in-person meeting in quite some time on Sunday Dec 4 at 10 am.At this time we are looking to start election proceedings for the officer positions of the CAS Men's Club. A bagel & lox breakfast will be served. For more information, please email ( or text Mitchell (203-722-3512)
  • JOIN THE SENIOR AMBASSADORS Ambassadors to ensure that as a community we elevate our commitment to the older members of our shul. Responsibilities of Senior Ambassadors are the following: Active Member of Healing Visits, Kiddush Assistance and Partner with Youth Kiddush Ambassadors, Support Senior Events (Holiday, Educational, Social), Eyes and Ears for Our Clergy, Erev Shabbat Shalom Calls. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen at
CAS Youth News
Updates from Dovi 
  • NCSY Summer is coming to STAMFORD! Thank you to Marisa Siegel and family for graciously hosting our first info night for TJJ, the premier Israel summer program for teens grades 9-12. TJJ has been providing our teens with incredible and affordable Israel experiences for over 40 years, and Stamford is joining the team for the very first time. If you missed the session last week, don't worry - more to come! Stay tuned!
  • Next weekend, Dec 2-3, JSU Stamford presents a REGIONAL Shabbaton! All JSU students are invited to join teens from around the region for Shabbat Dec 2-3. Shabbat will be teen-led, full of energy, and an all around phenomenal time. See you there! Sign up here:
  • This week, NCSY and JSU joined forces for a Thanksgiving Challah Bake! We got together at the JCC to bake delicious fall-themed challahs for the people we're feeling thankful for this year. There was music, snacks, prizes, and tons of fun!
  • Don't forget that NCSY/JSU hosts clubs at three Stamford highschools: every second Tuesday at Stamford High at 2:05pm, Wednesdays at BCHA at 12:25pm and Westhill at 2:05pm. Join us for great food, discussions and games!
  • Latte n Learn is every Thursday, 6:30pm at the Starbucks on Summer St. Join us for free drinks and great discussions! For students in grades 8-12.
  • Soosh n Shmooze is Thursdays at 7:30pm @ the JCC. Join us for great sushi, better discussions, and an all around great time. For JSU students only - if you are interested in joining, reach out to Dovi!
For more information on NCSY or JSU programs, please reach out directly to Dovi @ 475-685-82066 or by email,
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:20 PM, Friday 4:13 PM
Candles Friday4:08 PM
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Kurtz'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 Kurtz are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Tuesday, November 29, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM at Beldotti Bakeries, 605 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
  • Friday, December 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Beldotti Bakeries, 605 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Moshe Kurtz
  • Monday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, November 30, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Adult Education

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We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham Tzvi ben Teibel
  • Carmiya Chaya Hadas bat Tziporah Miriam
  • Chana bat Devorah
  • Chasa Paya bat Alka
  • Chava bat Miriam
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eitan Micha ben Tova
  • Eliezer ben Chana
  • Evan ben Brayna
  • Friedel bat Esther
  • Lieba Chaya bat Rivka
  • Meita Leah bat Leiba Rachel
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Rafuel ben Chava
  • Sara bat Barbara
  • Sheva Pearel bat Devorah
  • Shimshon ben Breva
  • Yakov ben Nona
  • Yehudit bat Chaya Rochel
  • Yisrael ben Frayda
  • Yizka bat Havah
  • Zelda Chaya bat Chana Masha
Community Announcements
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S NEXTGEN INVITES YOU TO A SOCIAL NIGHT OUT TO CELEBRATE CHANUKAH! Enjoy a latke bar, sufganiyot, and open bar. Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00pm at The Farmhouse,Stamford Nature Center (151 Scofieldtown Rd. in Stamford) $25 per person. RSVP by Dec 1st to, or contact Mel Vorm at
  • JOIN THE COMMUNITY AT THE GATHERING OF UNITY, an evening celebrating the differences in our community by embracing each individual's unique abilities. Socialize and connect with friends over a dessert reception; hear the stories from Friendship Circle participants who are now on the giving end, and enjoy a musical performance by Ethan Walmark. Most importantly being there in person to support our beloved FC families. We highly encourage you and your family to register and expand your circle of friendship. For more information and to RSVP:
  • UJF'S PJ LIBRARY & PJ OUR WAY CHANUKAH CARD CRAFTING MITZVAH PARTY Sunday, December 4th between 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Create Chanukah cards and write a special holiday greeting to local seniors and Holocaust survivors to ensure they receive some light this holiday! In partnership with Schoke JFS. For kids 2- 13 (siblings welcome), hot chocolate & donuts will be served.Sign up at Co-chairs: Joanna Frank, Andrew Wind & Maryam Samaram, Wendy Seigel, and Lielle Sugar. Free program. For more information contact Sharon Franklin at
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF STAMFORD, NEW CANAAN AND DARIEN JOINS WITH UJA JCC GREENWICH, & JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER NEW HAVEN (AS WELL AS OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD) IN SHINING A LIGHT ON ANTISEMITISM A virtual program featuring author and comedian, David Baddiel, author of Jews Don't Count in conversation with Mark Oppenheimer, co-host of the podcast Unorthodox. Sunday, December 11th at 10:00am. This is a FREE event, via Zoom (Zoom link emailed upon registration). For more info contact Diane Sloyer Sign up at
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING as we thank David Gordon for serving as UJF President for 3 years; honor Greg Waldstreicher with the Harvey Peltz Award; andwelcome Michael Schlessinger as the new UJF President along with new board members. Monday, December 19th, 7:30pm, at Temple Beth El (350 Roxbury Rd).Pre-reception dinner, 6:30-7:30pm, $50 per person. Event Chairs- Stephne & Kerrin Behrend. Sign up at Reception to follow the meeting(meeting and dessert are free, registration is encouraged). For more information contact Diane
  • SCHOKE JFS IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU - LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ONGOING SUPPORT GROUPS Schoke Jewish Family Service offers a wide range of support groups to meet the various needs of the community and to help families and individuals with the transitions and challenges of life. Currently, all support groups meet on Zoom. The Divorce Support Group - Mondays, 1:00 PM; Bereavement Support Group - Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Caregiver Support Groups - Every other Sunday, 11:15 AM and every other Wednesday, 7:30 PM; COVID Support - Thursdays, 4:00 PM, 1st and 3rd Thursdays; Brain Fitness Group - Mondays, 10:30 AM and Wednesdays, 10:30 AM; Healing Chair Yoga - Class schedule to be announced on the website. To join the support groups, please fill out the form at: or contact Brooke Davidson, Director of Clinical and Family Life Services at or 203-921-4161.

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