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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
November 21, 2009
4 Kislev 5770
Parshat Toldot

Friday night

Candlelighting          4:14 p.m.

Mincha     4:19 p.m.

Saturday morning               

Hashkama              8:00 a.m.

Coffee & Commentary with Rabbi David Walk in the Bennett Simcha Room  8:45 a.m.

Main Sanctuary    9:00 a.m.

Usher:  David Jelen

Musaf:  Sandy Shapiro

Torah Readers: Simcha Rubin, Hyman Schaffer, Dr. Stanley Warmflash, Ben White

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Silent Sermon

Latest time to recite Shema      9:14 a.m.

Latest time for Amidah             10:02 a.m.

Teen Minyan in the Social Hall                 9:30 a.m.

Shacharit: Jared Frenkel

Torah Readers: Meir Attar, Adam Berman, Andrew Frenkel, Brad Goldstein, Jake Goldstein, Yishai Walk, Zach Wohlberg

D'var Torah: Hannah Zucker

Teen Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by Jared & Andrew Frenkel in honor of the real champions, the Boston Red Sox.

Jay Jubas' Shiur:Philosophical Implications of Akeidat Yitzchak (part 2)10:30 a.m.

Tot Shabbat in the Lotstein Library (1-3 yr old)10:30 a.m.

Mini Minyan in the youth room (4-6 years old)10:30 a.m.

Jr. Congregation (2nd-6th grade)10:30 a.m.

Babysitting in Cantor Wollheim's office (ages 0-1)10:30 a.m.

Chapel Kiddush (meat) is sponsored by the Walk family in honor of Yaakov's birthday, and Matt Greenberg & Pam Ehrenkranz to commemorate his father, Harry Greenberg's, yahrtzeit.

Sanctuary Kiddush (pareve) is sponsored by Ailene & Steven Tisser in honor of Hannah becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

Girls Divrei & Dessert grades 1-5 - at Yona's house3:00-4:00 p.m.

Mincha4:00 p.m.

Daf Yomi is during Seudat Shlishit

Seudat Shlishit : Avi Narrow Tilonsky

Maariv5:10 p.m.

Shabbat ends5:14 p.m.

Supermarket Sweep grades 1-66:30-7:45 p.m.

At Stop & Shop in Ridgeway


One service Shabbat morning of Thanksgiving weekend

at 8:45 a.m.





Daf Yomi

Sunday     7:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday       7:00 a.m.


Sunday     8:30 a.m.

Monday-Wednesday    6:30/7:30 a.m.

Thursday - Thanksgiving        8:30 a.m.

Friday      6:30/8:30 a.m.


Sunday-Thursday    4:15 p.m.

Friday      4:15 p.m.

Candlelighting next Friday     4:10 p.m.


Shabbat Announcements 
Mazal tov to:
... Ailene & Steven Tisser on Hannah becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
... Michal & James Smart on Zachary becoming a Bar Mitzvah.


Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages are sponsored by:   : Kori & Bill Meyers in honor of all those who helped, offered to help, sent emails and prayed during this challenging time; the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund.

Around the Shabbat Table Campaign 
Elevating the People and the World Around You!
The Shabbat meal is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our families, community and  connection to  G-d.  The Around the Shabbat Table Campaign encourages each family to include three elements at their meal:  
1. Share a Torah Insight   2. Sing a Jewish Song    3. Refrain from Gossip-Celebrate Positive Speech
Suggested Torah topic for your Shabbat table: The Talmud assumes that the parents' love for the child is greater than the child's love for his or her parents.  Why do you think that the Talmud makes this supposition?  Is this true in your family? 
This week's riddle:   The Shmoneh Esreh contains different numbers of blessing depending upon the day & service. Which number is never the number of blessings -7, 9, 18, 19, 20?
 Last week's riddle: This week's Sedra tells us that Sarah lived through 7 years.  Where else in the Tanach do we find the numbers 1 through 7?
Last week's riddle answer: In Megillat Esther it says that Ahasverus ruled over 127 provinces.  Thank you to Mr. S for the weekly riddles.

SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE AT CAS RABBI YEHUDA SARNA NOV. 27-28, 2009 "JEWS ENGAGING WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD" Rabbi Sarna will lead interactive discussions with high school & college students and their parents throughout the weekend. More information to follow. Please note: There will be one service on this Shabbat.
Save the Date!  December 4 & 5 Former Dallas Cowboy and Green Bay Packer Alan Veingrad From Touchdowns to Torah - See flier below.

Upcoming Youth Programs
November 21st- Teen Minyan at 9:30 am
November 21st- 1st-5th Grade Girls Divrei & Dessert @ Yona's House!
November 21st- 1st-5th Grade Supermarket Sweep.
November 22nd- Sr. Teen Latte n' Learn @ Starbucks in Ridgeway Center 7:00 PM
December 4th & 5th- ALAN VEINGRAD Former Dallas Cowboy and Green Bay Packer lineman & Super bowl XXVII World Champion is coming to Stamford CT!
December 5th- Teen Minyan
December 6th- Sr. Teen Latte N Learn @ Starbucks in Ridgeway center 10 am
December 6th - Family Chanukah Event "Spinagogue - It's the Year of the Dreidel"
December 12th- Teen Minyan
December 12th- 3rd-5th Grade Boy's Trop Club
December 12th- Jr. Teens to New Roc City
December 22nd-27th - NCSY Yarchei Kallah

There are many ways that YOU can get involved in this exciting new program...
Þ Ask us to set you up with a study partner (or bring your own partner)
Þ Learn topic of your choice for men, women and children every Monday night from 7:30-9:00 pm
Þ Donate a sefer from our "wish list"
Þ Sponsor a night of learning
*There will be a Minyan for Maariv after learning at 9 pm as well asdrinks and refreshments throughout the evening!
*Please contact Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger ( for more information and to get involved in this exciting new opportunity! 
The microphone system in the Sanctuary at Agudath Sholom is approved by The Zomet Institute in Israel.


¨ SPONSOR A CHANUKAH PACKAGE FOR OUR TROOPS To participate, contact Joanna Bell at  Suggested donation: $50.

¨ SISTERHOOD MEETING Sunday, November 22nd at 10:30 a.m. A program "Jewish Pirates" in the Chapel.

¨ RABBI YEHUDA SARNA, SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE, THANKSGIVING WEEKEND, November 27-28.  Rabbi Sarna is the University Chaplain at New York University and will speak on the theme, "Jews Engaging with the Rest of the World."  Friday night he will meet with parents of high school students, followed by a meeting with teenagers.  Shabbat morning Rabbi Sarna will deliver a brief sermon and then meet with college students.  Rabbi Sarna's final presentation will be during seudat shlishit.  See the flier on the front page.

¨ SPINAGOGUE, THE YEAR OF THE DREIDEL, Sunday, December 6, 4:00 p.m. - This event is all about the dreidel as we fully exploit every angle of dreidel playing.  We will attempt to break the world record for number of dreidels spinning at one time (currently 713) and the longest dreidel spin (17.8 seconds).  There will be dreidel-making stations, dreidel-shaped cookie decorating stations, dreidel card stations to send to Israeli soldiers, dreidel photo-op booth, dreidel hat making, exotic dreidels for purchase, and a dreidel guessing station.  Of course, we have planned a super special surprise.  So come "spin,baby spin" and celebrate Chanukah with us @ CAS.  We will be serving latkes, donuts, chocolates and all of your favorite Chanukah foods! $5 per person, $25 max for immediate family.

¨ 3 RABBIS, 3 PERSEPECTIVES, 1 TORAH-Tuesday, December 15th at CAS. At 7:00 p.m. Join Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Mitch Hurvitz & Rabbi Andrew Sklar for the final session as they explore the common & diverse perspectives on the three pillars of Judaism-Torah, Prayer & Chesed.

¨ AGUDAT SHIR CHOIR CHANUKAH CONCERT, Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. at CAS.

¨ RABBI ETHAN TUCKER, SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE,-Friday, December 18 Rabbi Tucker is co-founder of Mechon Hadar & Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hadar where he also serves as the Chair in Jewish Law.  He is the recipient of the Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.


¨ CAS Young Families Ice Cream Pajama Party, Saturday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.  Back by popular demand: ice cream and games galore as we break up the doldrums of January with a hot, "Summer" evening of fun!  $7/person in advance; $8/person at the door.

¨ HELP WANTED-Join us to create Community while raising funds for our shul...put the Fun back into FUNd Raising.  We are developing a committee to get EBay going again...need people to price objects, take pictures for posting, track items from donation to shipping, pack items to be shipped.  We will be having a Tag Sale, we are looking for sorters, schleppers, pricers, publicity writers, etc....must be willing to laugh, and make Lorraine Kweskin or 322-4273

¨ The microphone system in the Sanctuary at Agudath Sholom is approved by The Zomet Institute in Israel.




 Alan Veingrad Flier

Yehuda Sarna

      Banners                    Cards
      Draydels                    Gelt
      Candles                     Bears
      Aprons                      CD's
Kits for Kids
Decorative Clips for Men & Women's Kipahs
Israeli Flags
Paper & Cloth Bags
Menorahs for Adults & Children

Congregation Agudath Sholom
is excited to introduce our new and improved.....
There are many ways that YOU can get involved in this exciting new program...
--Ask us to set you up with a study partner (or bring your own partner)

Þ Learn topic of your choice for men, women and children every Monday night from 7:30-9:00 pm
Þ Donate a sefer from our "wish list"
Þ Sponsor a night of learning
*There will be a Minyan for Maariv after learning at 9 pm as well asdrinks and refreshments throughout the evening!
*Please contact Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger ( for more information and to get involved in this exciting new opportunity!  

CAS Adult Education Classes 
Visit for more information.
Bible from the Beginning - with Rabbi David Walk
In this ongoing survey of the Torah, we discuss issues in the Bible, verse by verse.
Sunday, 9:15 a.m.

Dvar Yom B'Yomo - with Rabbi David Walk
Take an in-depth look at a topical issue each week, either from the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming Jewish Holiday. At BCDS.
Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Shabbat Halacha for Everyone - with Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Explore fascinating aspects of Shabbat practice and its interface with the modern world. Each week we will delve into a different relevant and interesting aspect of Shabbat observance. No previous background required.
Monday at 7:00 p.m.
Judaism 101 - with Bob Abrams
Have you ever wondered why we keep Kosher, what's in the boxes ofTefillin, or what the significance of the Tzitzit is?  What does Elijah's cup really represent, and why are there three Matzot at the Seder?  How about the meanings of the names in the Bible or what all of those fast days really represent?  Come and find out.  All levels welcome, knowledge of Hebrew not required.
Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Hebrew Reading Crash Course - with Ben Soifer
Learn to read Hebrew in time for Chanukah in seven easy lessons.
Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Inyana D'Yomo - with Rabbi David Walk
Enjoy a small discussion in Hebrew on the weekly Torah portion. Hebrew fluency a must.
Monday at 8:00 p.m.
The  Meaning of Our Prayers - with Bob Abrams
We're supposed to pray every day, but how many of us really know what it's all about?  Understand the structure of our daily prayers, who wrote them, what they mean, and even their relation to the Temple service.  Are you familiar with the references to angels in our morning service?  (And do we really have to shuckle when we pray?)  Learn about it all.  Reading Hebrew is not required.
Monday at 8:30 p.m.
Power of the Prophets - with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Take a closer look at Jewish history you thought you knew.  Explore the life and times of King David through an in-depth study of Samuel II.
Tuesday at 8:15 a.m.
The Soul of Prayer: Meeting G-d in the Siddur and Your Life - with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
An in-depth exploration of many of our familiar prayers.  Discover the tools for soulful service of G-d.  For women only.
Tuesday at 9:15 a.m.
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms - with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Glean relevant life messages from the weekly Torah portion in this upbeat class.
Tuesday at 12:00 noon
Judaism as a Community - with Rabbi David Walk
Exploration of the history of the concept called "Kehilla."  How did Jewish communities develop, grow and function?  Understand the roles of communal organizations in the shaping of a Jewish society.
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Building a Conscious Community - with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Five week seminar based on the writings of Rabbi Kalomymous Kalman Shapira, the last Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto.  Self-observation with an eye towards organizing and running a spiritual community.
Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Business Ethics Luncheon with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Explore the interface of Business ethics and Jewish law. Call the CAS office for exact location and dates.  The 2nd Thursday of every month.
Next on December 10 at 12:30 p.m.
Talmud Bavli: Masechet Makot - with Rabbi David Walk
This class focuses on the tractates which discusses the Jewish legal system.
Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
These 30 minute sessions unlock a fresh perspective & fascinating idea from the Torah portion.
Friday at 8:15 a.m.
Community Announcements 


¨ Tapestry, a Community Celebration of Jewish Learning,Saturday night, November 21st at the JCC. Join this mega event with over 250 people and choose from over 20 sessions on Talmud, Jewish ethics, philosophy, history, theology, parenting, danceand more. For more information, email Dr. Ilana De Laney at or call 321-1373, ext. 114.

¨ TEEN TZEDAKAH OPENING PROGRAM--Sunday, November 22nd at 4:00 p.m.  at the JCC Learn about Teen Tzedakah during an evening with Aaron Bisman.  Featured in Rolling Stone and MTV. Hear how he worked his way from a DJ to the CEO & president of JDub records. Sushi & dessert will be served.  FREE.  RSVP's required to  or 203 487-0955.

¨ BONE MARROW DRIVE-Sunday, November 22nd from 9-1:00 at Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Av, Tarrytown, NY 10591  A congregant is very ill with leukemia and in need.  There is a severe lack of kohanim & Jews of Ashkenazic descent registered.  Just stop in and join the Be a Match Marrow Registry by doing a simple cheek swab.  Help save someone's life.

¨ Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy and Borders present: Hanukkah Crafts and Storytime, Sunday, November 29th, 11:00 a.m. Borders, 1041 High Ridge Road, Stamford.  WFHA's Head of School, Nora Anderson, will lead an exciting storytime sure to delight all children. The fun continues with Hanukkah crafts!  Come be part of the fun!  For more information please contact Joanne Karow at 203-983-3503 or at

¨ SUPER SUNDAY AT UJF - Sunday, December 6, 2009  It's that time of year again and UJF is preparing for Super Sunday!  They have assembled a great team consisting of Stephanie Bilenker, Stella Cohen, and Risa Raich who are serving as co-chairs of the event. They are looking for volunteers to make phone calls and other tasks on Super Sunday and they invite you to bring your children for special kids projects this year, including decorating and filling Hanukkah Mitzvah bags and the PJ Library Snuggle-Up Story Hour. To sign up to volunteer, sign up your kids for the mitzvah project, sign up to sponsor a Hanukkah Mitzvah package, or to learn more about the work of Federation and what your donation can do, go to For more information, contact Tiffany Yankovich at or call 203 321-1373 x 117.

¨ AIPAC PRESENTS THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL ZIONISM & THE U.S. ISRAEL ALLIANCE-Sunday, December 6th at 11:30 a.m.  At the Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Rd, Westport.  Featuring guest speaker Dr. Daniel Gordis, Sr. VP of the Shalem Center RSVP to 212-750-4110.

¨ REUNION IN ISRAEL During the February tour to Israel that Mr. S will be leading, there will be a  Gala Reunion Dinner in Jerusalem on February 11th at the Jerusalem Plaza Hotel for all friends who will be in Israel at that time.  Please send names and addresses to Mr. S at or to Rabbi David Israel at so that invitations can be sent & places reserved.

¨ GOREN TOURS-If you would like information on their Pesach program visit their website:


¨ BIKUR CHOLIM-Sunday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m. OU and Chevra Kadisha of Stamford offer a FREE Communal Symposium on "Visiting the Sick."  A Halachic overview of Bikur Cholim for the whole community.  Presentations by Rabbi Daniel Feldman & Rabbi Simon Feld. Brunch will be served.


Naomi Marks
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