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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
December 19, 2009
2 Tevet 5770
Chanukah-Day 8
Friday night

Candlelighting   4:09 p.m.

Mincha   4:14 p.m.

Oneg   8:00 p.m.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker: "How Much Sacrifice is Required to Keep Mitzvot?" 

The Friday night presentation & special dessert oneg is sponsored by Marty and Rita Edelston

Saturday morning         

Hashkama   8:00 a.m.

Main Sanctuary     8:45 a.m.

Usher:   Roz Mangot

Shacharit:  Arik Wollheim

Musaf:  Arik Wollheim

Torah Readers:  Ethan Tucker, Judd Love

Rabbi Ethan Tucker: "Reclaiming Halakhah: Jewish Law as a System of Values"

Latest time to recite Shema   9:33 a.m.

Latest time for Amidah  10: 19 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 shul

Sanctuary Kiddush is sponsored by shul

Mincha  3:50 p.m.

Seudat Shlishit is sponsored by  Toby Schaffer in honor of her mother, Julia Macy's, yahrzeit.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker: "Rashbam on Bereishit: A Window into the World of Peshat"

Daf Yomi is during Seudat Shlishit.

Maariv  5:04 p.m.

Shabbat ends  5:09 p.m.



Daf Yomi

Sunday  7:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday    7:00 a.m.


Sunday     8:30 a.m.

Monday-Thursday    6:30/7:30 a.m.

Friday-Legal Holiday   8:30 a.m.


Sunday-Thursday    4:15 p.m.

Friday      4:20 p.m.

Candlelighting next Friday     4:12 p.m.

Shabbat Announcements 
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages are sponsored by: the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund.
Mazal Tov to:
...Rabbi Joe and Sandy Ehrenkranz on the announcement of the forthcoming marriage of the family m'zinka, Howard Glanzman to Yael Tolub, daughter of Sueli and David Tolub. 
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: Exceptionally talented people often have difficulty relating to others who do not share their ability.  What is the lesson of Joseph regarding the most effective way to realize extraordinary potential?

This week's riddle: How many times was Joseph sold?
Last week's riddle: How many times in the Chumash is the word Hineini mentioned and what is its significance?
Last week's riddle answer: The word Hineini appears 9 times in the Chumash, 8 times in Breishit, once in Shemot.  The word Hineini  (here I am) is a complete sentence.  It connotes a wholehearted readiness to carry out the will of the caller.
 Submitted by Mr. S. and Phyllis Shapiro

Upcoming Youth Programs

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!
We are back to regular shop hours
TUES -2:00-4:00
SNOWBIRD ALERT!   If you are spending this winter in Florida, please send Joanna your contact information, so we can stay in touch. Send to

¨ NEXT SISTERHOOD MEETING-Sunday, January 10th at 10:30 a.m. 


¨ GUEST SPEAKER-RABBI URI TOPOLOSKY OF NEW ORLEANS-Friday & Saturday, January 15th-16th. 6:00 p.m. Dinner A weekend of rebirth and renewal.  Carlebach style davening on Friday night, with dinner to follow.  Adults $25 Children $15.  If you want to sponsor it's $180 which includes dinner. RSVP to the shul by Jan.12th.

¨ MLK EVENT-Monday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. An intercommunity gathering to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The featured speaker is Glenn Richter, founder of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry.  The theme is from "We Shall Overcome to Let my People Go." The evening will also feature Jewish & black choirs & prayers.

¨ 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.

¨ 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 Cholom for the whole community. Presentations by Rabbi Daniel Feldman & Rabbi Simon Feld. Brunch will be served. For more information contact Michael Feldstein at or call 973-6279.

¨ 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

¨ LIVING TORAH LIBRARY There are many ways that YOU can get involved in this program. Ask us to set you up with a study partner (or bring your own).  Learn a topic of your choice for men, women & children every Monday night from 7:30-9:00 p.m.  Donate a sefer from our "wish list," or sponsor a night of learning.  Contact Yehuda Jeiger at for more information

¨ 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. 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 are 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 from the Stern College for women, speaking on "Sin and Exile in Genesis: A Statement on the Human Condition" at Young Israel of Stamford.  Light dinner is served before class, FREE and open to the public.  For more information contact Michael Feldstein at

¨ POST CHANUKAH CONCERT-Sunday, December 20th 12:00 noon The Shamayim duet is performing at Congregation Avavath Achim in Fairfield. Adults $10 NCSY $5.  To make a reservation call 203 372-6529

¨ 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.

¨ TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL-Thursday, January 7th at 7:30 p.m. at BCDS A unique parenting seminar with Dr. David Pelcovitz the Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University.  The question of how parents succeed at teaching consistent messages of responsibility, cooperation & compromise as well as Jewish values & religious beliefs to very different children is addressed.  RSVP to

¨ A POTPOURRI OF JEWISH CHOICES-Sunday, January 10th from 9:00-1:30 p.m. at the JCC with Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Rabbi Marc Disick, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman & Rabbi Yisrael Deren.  Join the four Rabbis for an inspiring & thought provoking seminar (which includes a breakfast spread) on the various venues in Judaism.  Cost is $25 & to RSVP call 321-1373 x 114 or email

¨ 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.

¨ Person to Person in Darien are in desperate need of coats and gloves for children & adults.  There will be a box in the coat room for any donations. 

¨ FREE CAREGIVE SUPPORT GROUP FOR MEN- The Alzheimer's Association wants to sponsor a local group of men who are caregivers for Alzheimer patients.  There will be 10 weekly sessions starting in January 2010 for sharing information on this disease & other issues.   Please contact facilitator Gene Conrad for details  at 203 323-6649 or email

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