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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin 
February 13, 2010
29 Shevat 5770
Parashat Shekalim

Friday night

Candlelighting    5:05 p.m.

Mincha  5:10 p.m.

Saturday morning       

Hashkama    8:00 a.m.

Coffee and commentary-Robbie Bernstein

Main Sanctuary      9:00 a.m.

Usher: Roz Mangot

Musaf: Izzy Lustig

Torah Readers:  Ted Listokin, Hyman Schaffer, Ben White

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: "The Great Gatsby & Purim"

Latest time to recite Shema    9:29 a.m.

Latest time for Amidah  10:22 a.m

Tzvi Bernstein's Shiur "Exceptions to the rule of  majority : How to get away  with  murder." 10:30 p.m.

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

Tot Shabbat in the library (1-3 yr olds)  10:30 a.m.

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

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

Chapel Kiddush is sponsored by Dina Berger in honor of Paul's recovery

Sanctuary Kiddush is sponsored by the shul

Daf Yomi 4:00 p.m.

Mincha  4:50 p.m.

Seudat Shlishit is sponsored by the shul

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: "Interest of the Public vs. Those of the Individual: For a shul Kiddush, some people cannot eat milchig; some cannot eat fleishig.  Would the Torah say that the majority's preference overrides the individual's need? "

Maariv  6:00 p.m.

Shabbat ends  6:05 p.m.


Daf Yomi

Sunday  7:45 a.m.

Monday-Thursday   7:00 a.m.


Sunday-Rosh Chodesh  8:30 a.m.

Monday-Presidents day  6:30/8:30 a.m.
Tuesday-Friday  6:30/7:30 a.m.


Sunday-Thursday-   5:15 p.m.
Friday 5:19 p.m.

Candlelighting next Friday  5:14 p.m

Shabbat Announcements 

TROPE CLUB WITH SANDY SHAPIRO-4:15 p.m. Boys-get a head start in preparing for your Bar Mitzvah.

SHAMROCKS & SHTICK-Sat, Feb. 13th, 7:30 p.m. Come join in a magical evening with an Irish flair.  Dinner, drinks, concert and entertainment.  $50 per person.  Proceeds benefit CAS Youth Programs.  Sponsorships are available.

Class update: All of Rabbi Walk's classes from 2/5 to 2/24 will not be held.  He is in Israel.

Mazal Tov to:

...Meryl & Lawrence Meiteles on their son, Daniel becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Sunday, Rosh Chodesh.

...Ellen & Jay Borker & Ann & Alex Goldblum  on  Jessica becoming a Bat Mitzvah  last week.

...Penny & Stephen Block on their son, Harry becoming a Bar Mitzvah in Israel.

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages
are sponsored by:Hillary Storch in memory of her father, Martin Storch's 40th yahrzeit & 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 Torah and Talmud propose a number of methods for sublimating and overcoming hatred, but they never instruct a person to eradicate the power to hate.  Why might this be so?  Could there be a worthy dimension to the capacity to hate?

Exciting Purim Information

On Saturday night, February 27th, we will have four megillah experiences :

7 PM - Megillah Reading in Main Sanctuay for entire communty

7 PM  -Women Megillah Reading

7 PM  -NEW! Story and Song Megillah Experience with Rachel Bahar and Jonathan Cahr

9 PM - Late Megillah Reading

Sunday morning - Shacharit 8:30 AM and Megillah Reading at 9 AM

Crash Course in Jewish History
Who are we?  Where do we come from?  Where are we going? 
Discover your role in four thousand years of Jewish History. 
Four Thursday nights starting February 4th. Led by Avi Narrow Tilonsky
Celebrate a special occasion by  sponsoring a Kiddush.
Many dates are available in the near future.
Contact Joanna in the shul office


Upcoming Youth Programs
14th-Jr. Lstte & Learn at Starbuck's Ridgeway at 10:00 a.m.
20th-Teen Minyan
20th-Jr.Teens New Roc City $25 RSVP
13th-Scavenger Hunt at Stamford Towne Center $5
We look forward to bringing you  our next Quarterly Kol Sholom Bulletin in mid March.


Anyone wishing to be on this years CAS Dinner Committee or to be involved in any way with the CAS dinner honoring Howard Rothman, Toby Schaffer and Maruja and Allon Ivri, please send an email as soon as possible to either

Elissa Klapper @

or Aviva Maller @

or call Joanna in the office at 358-2200.They are formulating their committee and want anyone interested in being a part of this terrific event to let them know as soon as possible.




If you're in grades 4-6 and would like to participate in this exciting quiz contact Rabbi Yehuda Tucker
@  The first exam is Feb. 28th


MAY 2ND 2010
Guest of honor: Howard Rothman
Distinguished Service Award: Toby Schaffer
Young Leadership Award: Maruja and Allon Ivri
Dinner Chairs: Elissa Klapper and Aviva Maller
Journal Chairs: Sherri Rosenthal and Joe Zalis
IN HONOR OF NORTH AMERICAN INCLUSION MONTH.  WE WILL BE USING OUR NEW RAMP IN THE MAIN SANCTUARY TO FACILITATE GREATER ACCESSIBILITY TO RECEIVE ALIYOT. Join us as we inaugurate our handicapped accessible ramp in the main sanctuary.  The ramp is donated in honor of George and Tzippora Freedberg and with the gracious support of all those who generously contributed to the Cantor's Concert of 2009.
Dear Congregants,

 Our weekly Kiddush offers us the opportunity to come together as a community.  We can socialize, catch up with friends, and relax together.  These kiddushim are an integral part of our Shabbat morning.  In the interest of maintaining and elevating this time together, we are in need of more sponsors of the weekly Kiddush. Over the next few months, you may be receiving a call as you approach a family birthday or anniversary, asking you to take part in sponsoring the weekly Kiddush.   While the standard Kiddush costs $350 we are interested in making this honor more available to the entire congregation. For $50, you can co-sponsor the Kiddush alongside others with birthdays or anniversaries at the same time.  If you are able, please contact the shul office and consider Kiddush sponsorship as a way to continue to support our shul.

Sincerely,   The Board of Directors


Buy Purim Baskets!

For friends & family in U.S. or Israel, or give Mishloach Manot to IDF soldiers and kids in Israel who have suffered the effects of the  fighting. It's only $18.

Go to for more info 





¨ SISTERHOOD MEETING-Sunday, February 14th, 10:30 a.m.

¨ SENIOR LUNCH-Wednesday, February 24th 12:00 p.m. Not only will special food be served at this event, but also the wonderful , Barbara Ashkenas will be speaking on "The Art of Purim: Megillahs, Graggers and Masks."  Cost is at $5 per person.

¨ NORTH AMERICAN INCLUSION MONTH-February 27th,The National Jewish Council for Disabilities here at CAS. Join us as we inaugurate our handicapped accessible ramp in the main sanctuary.  The ramp is donated in honor of George and Tzippora Freedberg and with the gracious support of all those who generously contributed to the Cantor's concert.of 2009. For more information go to or call 212 613-8229 Nut-free

¨ PURIM PAGEANT & PARTY-Sunday, February 28th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Featuring music, magician, delicious Persian food.  Come in costume! There will be a pageant with prizes for the best ! Fun for the whole family.  $15 Adults $8 children (over 3) $40 max.

¨ ANNUAL CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER-Tuesday evening, March 2nd, 6:00 p.m., honoring Ron and Michael Warmflash, guest Rabbi Elchonon Zohn of the National Association of Chevra Kadisha, featured speaker Rochel Berman, "When Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things."  Cost: $36/person, $180 sponsorship (entitles a donor to two reservations).  Invitations are in the mail.  For more information, please call Sharon Feldstein at

¨ MEN'S CLUB-PASSOVER BOUTIQUE-March 7th 10:00-2:00 p.m.  Men's Club annual boutique and wine tasting.  Featuring crafts, jewelry, Judaica & more.  Contact Claudette at or 358-2200. 

¨ SAVE THE DATE!  SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA-Friday, March 5th,Dinner, 6:45 p.m. Rabbi Ilan Adler will be speaking at the dinner.  Cost is $25 adults $15 children (4-12). Become a SAA sponsor for $250 which includes dinner for your immediate families & enables an unaffiliated family to experience SAA.   RSVP at or contact the shul office by May 1st.  "Shabbat: A Day of Rest or a Test."

¨  RABBI ELAN ADLER VISITING SCHOLAR-Saturday, March 6th  Rabbi Adler will be speaking throughout the weekend. He served at CAS from 1986 to 1993 as assistant and then associate Rabbi.  Born in Israel and the son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Adler has been in Baltimore since leaving Stamford, and currently serves as the Rabbi of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, a 250-family modern Orthodox synagogue.  If you'd like to be a host family contact Rebecca Sigman at




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 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.


¨ JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY-Sunday, February 14th  9:30 a.m. Refreshments 10:00 a.m. program at Temple Sinai. The presentation is  the 16th Century Renaissance Woman who Defied Kings!  Guest speaker, Andree Aelion Brooks who is a journalist, author and lecturer. For more info contact Eva Weller 329-0452.

¨ FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM-Sunday, February 21st 6:00 p.m. At Young Israel of Stamford, Shuli Taubes, instructor at SAR High School.  "How to Read the Midrash." Light dinner is served.  For more info contact

¨ PARENTING STYLES/DISCIPLINE-Wednesday, February 24th 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El.  Dr. Laurel Schwartz PhD will speak on this topic.

¨ YI GALA DINNER-Sunday, March 14th 5:00-9:00 p.m.  At the Stamford Plaza (previously Sheraton) honoring David Shavrick & Sharon Franklin-Shavrick, Christine Bloom, Shoshana Indyk & Kimmie Kfare. 

¨ AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE-March 21-23 in Washington D.C. Join Rabbi Cohen for three of the most important days affecting Israel's future.  The Aipac Policy Conference offers pro-Israel citizen activists the opportunity to lobby their members of Congress on Capitol Hill face to face about issues affecting the U.S. and Israel.  For more information contact Akiva Roth at

To register online go to

¨ 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.



¨ The microphone system in the sanctuary is approved by The Zomet Institute in Israel.
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