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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
December 12, 2009
25 Kislev 5770
Chanukah-Day 1
Friday night

Candlelighting:  4:08 p.m.

Chanukah begins 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 

Mincha: 4:13 p.m.

Dvar Torah

Saturday morning             

Hashkama:  8:00 a.m.

Main Sanctuary:   8:45 a.m.

Usher:  Robert Raymond

Musaf:  Arik Wollheim

Shacharit: Arik Wollheim

Torah Readers:  Dr. Jeff Cahn, Sam Goldstein, Matt Greenberg, Burt Rubin, Hyman Schaffer, Arthur Smith

Rabbi Daniel Cohen:  "The Best Chanukah Investment"

Latest time to recite Shema    9:28 a.m.

Latest time for Amidah  10: 15 a.m.

Teen Minyan in the Social Hall sponsored by Judy & Howard  Goldstein in honor of Jake & Rebecca's birthday9:30 a.m.

Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger Shiur: "Persumei Nisa, Everybody's Doing it"    10:30 a.m. 

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 Alfred Wolfson in memory of his father, George Wolfson's yahrzeit

Sanctuary Kiddush is sponsored by the Naomi Hersh & Bernie Shapiro in honor of Ben's Auf Ruf  & Steven Thau in memory of his father Edwin Thau's yahrzeit

Trope Club  3:15 p.m.

Mincha3:55 p.m.

Seudat Shlishit is sponsored by  the shul

Dvar Torah: Rabbi Cohen Halachot of Chanukah-The Artistry of the Chanukiah -Do the lights have to be in a straight line & the same height?

Daf Yomi is during Seudat Shlishit.

Maariv 5:03 p.m.

Shabbat ends 5:08 p.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-Friday   6:20/7:30 a.m.


Sunday-Thursday    4:10 p.m.

Friday      4:13 p.m.

Candlelighting next Friday     4:09 p.m.

Shabbat Announcements 
Mazal tov to:
...Naomi Hersh & Bernie Shapiro on the wedding of their son, Ben Shapiro to Jyll Lyonne.
...Zack Maller for raising the most money for the Super Sunday Teen Campaign and winning the IPod Shuffle
...Stephanie & Howard Fogel on Matt's Bar Mitzvah being celebrated in NY

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: How can we prevent listening to lashon hara ? How can we diminish the amount of lashon hara spoken in our presence?

This week's riddle: How many times in the Chumash is the word Hineini mentioned and what is its significance?
Last week's riddle: Name two women mentioned in the Torah as having ridden on a donkey? 
Last week's riddle answer: Rachel and the wife of Moses.
 Submitted by Mr. S. and Phyllis Shapiro

Upcoming Youth Programs
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
January 8th-Oneg at The Maron's
January 9th-Teen Minyan
January 12th Teen
January 18th-MLK Trip to NYC
January 22nd-B'not Mitzvah Dinner
January 23rd-Teen Minyan
January 23rd-Jr.Oneg
January 28th-31st-NCSY Winter Regional
January 29th-B'nai Mitzvah Dinner
January 30th-Purim Ball

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!
TUES AND THURS-1:00-4:00
            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
Chanukah Shiur and MALT Reunion
This Thursday Dec. 17th at Rabbi Cohen's home at 9:00 p.m.
Whether you have been on MALT or might be interested in MALT Fall 2010, please join for an evening of learning and socializing in celebration of Chanukah.

celebrate chanukah with music

the agudat shir choir


Cantor Arik Wollheim


thursday, december 17, 2009


@ congregation agudath sholom, 301 strawberry hill avenue, stamford

free admission, light refreshments to follow


open to all, sponsored by the Sisterhood and Men's Club of Congregation Agudath Sholom with additional donations by Beldotti Bakeries




¨ 3 RABBIS, 3 PERSPECTIVES, 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, Dec 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. Reserve on line by Dec 15th-go to 

¨ 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.



January 15-16th Rabbi Uri Toplofsky of New Orleans, LA
January 18th-MLK Community Event featuring Glenn Richter, founder of Student Struggle from Soviet Jewry and community choirs.
January 29-30th Rabbi Daniel Friedman fo Edmonton, CA


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. RESUMES DEC. 28TH
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. RESUMES DEC. 22ND
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. RESUMES DEC. 22ND
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 January 14th 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 ideas from the Torah portion.
Friday at 8:15 a.m.

¨ 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.

¨ CHANUKAH TO GO-Download Chanukah to Go 5770 from Yeshiva University by going to

¨ 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.
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