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Friday, December 4, 2009

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
December 5, 2009
18 Kislev 5770

Friday night

Candlelighting   4:08 p.m.

Mincha     4:13 p.m.

Youth Oneg for Jr & Sr Teens  led by Alan Veingrad     8:30 p.m.

Dvar Torah: Avi Narrow Tilonsky

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:  Mitchell Bell

Musaf:  Israel Lustig

Torah Readers: Jay Jubas, Simcha Rubin, Ben White

Rabbi Daniel Cohen:  "168 My Favorite Number"

Latest time to recite Shema  9:24 a.m.

Latest time for Amidah    10: 11 a.m.

Teen Minyan in the Social Hall with Alan Veingrad9:30 a.m.

Teen Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by the Aaron Berk family & Aaron Schwartz family

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

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

Jr. Congregation in the Heyman Chapel (2nd-6th grd)10:30 a.m.

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

Chapel Kiddush is sponsored by Maruja & Allon Ivri in honor of the birth of their new baby boy.

Sanctuary Kiddush is sponsored by the shul

Mincha  3:55 p.m.

Daf Yomi

Seudat Shlishit is sponsored by  the Jewish Little League and Bennett & Joan Schwartz to commemorate Vivian Schwartz's Yahrzeit

Alan Veingrad is speaking.

Daf Yomi is during Seudat Shlishit.

Maariv5:03 p.m.

Shabbat ends 5:08 p.m.

Welcome to Alan Veingrad-the Super Bowl XXVII World Champion who is joing us the entire Shabbat weekend.  See flyers to view all upcoming events!  Don't forget about our first annual Spinagogue on Sunday!
Chanukah begins next Friday night. Please remember to light the first light before Shabbos candles (before 4:08 p.m.) and use candle or oil that will enable flame to remain lit until 5:10 p.m..  For more Chanukah information, visit

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.



Sunday-Thursday    4:10 p.m.

Friday      4:13 p.m.

Candlelighting next Friday     4:08 p.m.

Shabbat Announcements 
Mazal tov to:
...Maruja,  Allon, Atara & Nando Ivri on the birth of a baby boy.

...Dena, Mitchell, David Kaplan & Lisa Kaplan Ashenmil  & Warren Ashenmil on the birth of a granddaughter, niece & daughter, Jessica Nicole Ashenmil.

...Julie & Tamir Daniel & Norine Krasnogor & Lester Krasnogor on the birth of a son & grandson.

...Gail, Gary, Tara & Adam Weitz on the birth of a grandaughter and daughter. 

...Roz Sherman & Dina Sherr Saacks & Mendy Saacks on the birth of a great neice  & daughter, Leah.

...Stephanie Bilenker,  Stella Cohen & Risa Raich on co-chairing the Federation's "Super Sunday" event. 


Condolences to: 
...David Bessaleli on the passing of his beloved sister, Yaffa Ebrani of blessed memory.

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages are sponsored by:  Jake and Janice Meyer with thanks to Rabbi Cohen, Leon Jaiven in memory of Teddy Levine, & 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: Why do you think that the Talmud states that the primary obstacle to wisdom is arrogance?  What other obstacles would you note?
This week's riddle: Name two women mentioned in the Torah as having ridden on a donkey?
Last week's riddle:   Name specific holiday occasions when the "Shehecheyanu" blessing is recited during the year. 
Last week's riddle answer:  Rosh Hashana, Succot, Shemini Atzeres, Pesach & Shavuot -candlelighting & kiddush; Rosh Hashana - shofar; Yom Kippur-candlelighting; Succot - lulav and esrog; Chanukah -lighting menorah (1st night); Purim- reading megillah
We have two winners this week!     Submitted by Mr. S.

Upcoming Youth Programs
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 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 as drinks and refreshments throughout the evening!
*Please contact Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger ( for more information and to get involved in this exciting new opportunity! 
Decorative clips for men, women's headcoverings & mini dreidels-ALL FREE!
No purchase necessary.  Just stop by!
            Shop our full line of menorahs for children and adults
                        Wooden & decorative dreidels for gift giving
                                           Decorative Chanukah plates
Beautiful Chanukah cards
 Aprons, mitts & potholders
Chanukah gelt
Wall hangings
Latke plates



Come one, come all to our Agudat Shir Choir's Chanukah Concert Thursday evening, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. the 7th night of Chanukah at Congregation Agudath Sholom.


There will be a candle lighting ceremony, light refreshments and our own Cantor Arik Wollheim as featured soloist, with no admission charge.  It is the choir's gift to the community.


David Gordon is our director, Edith Neidle our accompanist.


So join us as we present a traditional selection of Chanukah melodies in four part mixed voice harmony.


The evening is being sponsored by the Sisterhood and Men's Club with delicious goodies by Beldotti's.

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


¨ MENS CLUB MEETING- Sunday, December 6th at  9:15 a.m.  A logistical planning meeting for the Pacific House homeless shelter Dinner on December 25th.  Contributions of food or money as well as volunteers are needed. Contact Sam Goldstein for more information at

¨ 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.  Not too late to come!!  Come one and all!!

¨ ALAN VEINGRAD-Saturday, December 5th & 6th  The first CAS Youth Scholar in residence.  The Former Dallas Cowboy will be sharing his story throughout the weekend.  If you've signed up have a great time!

¨ 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!! AGUDAT 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.

¨ NEXT SISTERHOOD MEETING-Sunday, January 10th at 10:30 a.m.  More info to follow soon.


¨ 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

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

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

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

¨ 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 and "if spaces available-in case there are any cancellations." It's not too early to think about the next tour.

¨ 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.

¨ THE RACE FOR COLLEGE-Monday, December 7th 5:00 p.m. Pre-planning for college for 8th-11th graders & their parents. First in a 3 part series.Conducted by Clair Friedlander, JFSD college consultant.  Free & open to the public.

¨ BOOK SIGNING WITH ELIZABETH BETTINA-Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m. at BCDS In conjunction with the BCDS Parent Association Pre-Chanukah Book Fair this event is recommended for grades 7 & up all parents too.  Ms Bettina is the author of "It happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust."  For more info and to RSVP email

¨ 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

¨ PACIFIC HOUSE HOMELESS SHELTER X-MAS DINNER- Friday, December 25th  Our Men's Club will be serving dinners at the Pacific House. To volunteer or donate items please contact Sam Goldstein at or 917 365-3733.  Or contact the shul office.

¨ 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.

¨ STAMFORD ERUV ASSOCIATION-Sunday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m.  At the Young Israel of Stamford.  Everything you ever wanted to know about the Stamford Eruv, a program that will feature a presentation by the Stamford Eruv Association President, Arthur Smith who will discuss the specific boundaries of the Eruv and how it was constructed. Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer, the author of "The Contemporary Eruv" will discuss some of the specific halachot relating to eruv. FREE.  For more information contact Michael Feldstein at or 203 973-6279.

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


¨ NEW DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP-Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Divorced or separated?  This support group provides an opportunity to share feelings & information with those in the same situation.  Facilitated by Laurel Schwartz, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at JFS.  To inquire call 203 921-4161 x 214.

To read an interesting article on Rabbi Sarna click on the following link:

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