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Friday, November 27, 2009

UPDATES: Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
Corrections for November 28, 2009
11 Kislev 5770
College Reunion Shabbat

No Youth Groups

Please note that there will be no youth groups this Shabbat morning.

Attention all Men's Club members
This Sunday from 9:15-10am, the CAS Men's Club will be holding an important meeting in the social hall.  On the agenda is the Holiday Dinner served at the Pacific House Shelter, and our next Men's Club Dinner event.  Call Sam Goldstein for additional details (917) 365-3733. 
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
November 28, 2009
11 Kislev 5770
College Reunion Shabbat

Friday night

Candlelighting       4:10 p.m.

Mincha    4:15 p.m.


Rabbi Yehuda Sarna leads interactive discussions

For parents of High School students-"What you must know before sending your child to college."         7:30 p.m.

at the Thau family  home 142 East Lane, Stamford


An Oneg for high school students-"What to expect on campus"                      

at the Goldstein family home, 103 East Lane, Stamford      7:30 p.m.


Saturday morning           

Hashkama-One Service 8:45 a.m.

Coffee & Commentary with Rabbi David Walk in the

Bennett Simcha Room8:30 a.m.

Usher:  Elisheva Kilner

Shacharit: Yosef Feldstein

Musaf:  Michael Feldstein

Torah Reader: Akiva Roth

Teen Minyan9:30 a.m.

Latest time to recite Shema9:19 a.m.

Latest time for Amidah10:06 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.

Breakfast Kiddush 10:15 a.m.

Mincha3:55 p.m.

Daf Yomi is during Seudat Shlishit

Seudat Shlishit : is sponsored by the shul

Rabbi Sarna's topic "What I've learned from Moslem & Christian Leaders."

Maariv5:05 p.m.

Shabbat ends5:10 p.m.

Daf Yomi

Sunday      7:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday         7:00 a.m.


Sunday      8:30 a.m.

Monday-Friday         6:30/7:30 a.m.


Sunday-Thursday     4:10 p.m.

Friday       4:15 p.m.

Candlelighting next Friday       4:08 p.m.




8:45 a.m. - One service

9:30 a.m.-Torah reading & Brief D'var Torah: Rabbi Sarna

10:15 a.m. - Kiddush

College Students will have joint learning and Kiddush with Rabbi Sarna

10:45 a.m. - Breakout Learning sessions on theme of Judaism's Engagement with the World with:

Ilana De Laney: Judiasm and the Environment

Jay Jubas: How Should We Think About Creation?: Conflicts Between Science and Torah

Akiva Roth of AIPAC: Proud to be Jewish and Proud to Be American: The Vital Importance of Pro-Israel

Political Advocacy in the 21st Century.

Hyman Schaffer: Halachic Interaction with Social Values

Rabbi Walk: Climbing Jacob's Ladder: Bridging Heaven and Earth.

11:20 a.m. - Musaf and Conclusion of Services

Mazal tov to:

...Judy Cahn for passing the comps & officially becoming a doctoral candidate at Yeshiva University Azrieli School of Graduate Education.

...Avi Kilemneck and Esti Yekutiel on their engagement.

 Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages are sponsored by: 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 commentators pint out that, at first, Jacob places many rocks under his head.  Yet when he rises in the morning, the Torah refers to them as "the rock" in the singular.  The rocks became  unified during the night.  What does this transformation symbolize?

 This week's riddle: Name specific holiday occasions when the "Shehecheyanu" blessing is recited during the year?

Special note: Those who submit a list of 15 or more correct occasions to Mr. S or the office by noon Sunday, Nov 29th will receive a gift from Israel when Mr. S. returns.

Last week's riddle: The Shmoneh Esrey 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 answer:  Though Shmoneh Esray means 18, this is not the actual number of blessings at any time during the year.  There are 7 blessings on Shabbat,

Yom Kippur & Yom Tov: 9 on Rosh Hashanah: 19 on ordinary week days: and 20 when the Cantor repeats the Amidah on fast days. 

Thank you to Mr. S for the weekly riddles.

WELCOME TO ALL OUR COLLEGE STUDENT THAT ARE HERE AT CAS FOR THE HOLIDAY.  If you would like to sponsor a Chanukah  package for the students at Chanukah , contact the shul office. 

The office will be closed at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25th and reopen on Monday, Nov. 30th. In case of an emergency contact Rabbi Cohen at 203 252-8252.



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

¨ 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.

¨ COME ONE COME ALL!! AGUDATH SHIR CHOIR CHANUKAH CONCERT, Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. at CAS. On the 7th night of Chanukah the "fun" continues.  Cantor Wollheim will be back to sing.  There will be a candlelighting ceremony & a presentation of Chanukah songs.  There will be light refreshments and the cost is FREE.  All are invited-ask your friends & family to join you.

¨ 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.


Community Announcements 


    ISRAEL TOUR FULL-Although there will be two buses, reservation requests for the February 2010 tour to Israel led by Mr. S will be accepted only for an "if spaces available-in case there are any cancellations." It's not too early to think about the next tour.

¨ 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.

¨ YAEL LEIBOWITZ-Sunday, December 20th 6:00 p.m Adjunct Professor fro the Stern College for women, speaking on "Sin and Exile in Genesis: A Statement on the Human Condition.   A class at Young Israel of Stamford.  Light dinner is served before class, FREE and open to the public.  For more information contact Michael Feldstein at

¨ 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.





 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
 Spinague 3
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!  

Agudath Sholom
Adult Education Classes Fall 2009-2010
Visit for more information.
Daily 7.00 am
Sundays 7.45am
Shabbat before Mincha
Various teachers
Daily Daf Yomi

8.45 am
Rabbi David Walk
Coffee and Commentary
10.30 am
Tzvi Bernstein
Lomdus and Learning
9.15 am     Rabbi David Walk       Bible from the Beginning
9.30 am
Cantor Arik Wollheim
Trop and Leining
This mini-series will be held on Dec 13, Jan 10, March 14, April 4 and May 30.

Cantor Arik Wollheim
Leading the Shabbat Service
This mini-series will be held on Dec 13, Jan 10, March 14, April 4 and May 30.

 12.30 pm    Rabbi David Walk     

 Dvar Yom B' Yomo

 at BCDS
 7.30 pm     Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn  Shabbat Halacha for Everyone
 7.30 pm  Bob Abrams  Judaism 101
 7.30 pm  Ben Soifer  Hebrew Reading Crash Course
 8.00 pm  Rabbi David Walk   Inyana D'Yomo
 8.30 pm  Bob Abrams  The Meaning of Our Prayers

8.15 am Rabbi  Daniel Cohen Power of the Prophets
9.15 am Rabbi Daniel Cohen    The Soul of Prayer: Meeting G-d in the Siddur and Your Life
 12.00 noon  Rabbi Daniel Cohen Parsha Perspecitves & Paradigms
 7.30 pm  Rabbi David Walk Judaism as a Community
 8.30 pm  Rabbi Daniel Cohen Building a Conscious Community

12.30pm Rabbi  Daniel Cohen Business Ethics Luncheon
in Manhattan, on the second Thursday of each month

The next class is Thursday, November 15th at 12:30 PM at Tailwind Capital, 485 Lexington Ave
 8.30pm  Rabbi David Walk Talmud Bavli: Masechet Makot

8.15 am Rabbi  Daniel Cohen The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste
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