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Friday, February 25, 2011

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT (203) 358-2200 

February 26, 2011
22 Adar I 5771
Shabbat Schedule

Friday night



Candle lighting 





Main Sanctuary  


Coffee & Commentary 


Teen Minyan  


Latest Shema 


Latest Amidah  




Baby Sitting/Tot Shabbat (Library) 


Mini-minyan (Youth)/Jr. Cong (Chapel) 




Daf Yomi 




Shabbat Ends


Quick Links to

Sign up for CAS Events

Shabbat Shalom



CAS events are ready to spring out in March... a little early
.  Details below.  Don't miss out any of them:
  • Shabbat Across America - Dinner & Speaker
  • Magevet A Capella Concert
  • Purim Carnival
  • Mensch Seminar
  • Annual Dinner 
Sign up by clicking a link in the quick links box!


As you know, the Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new part time Assistant Rabbi. Under the skilled leadership of David Cohen and Ana Lilienfeld, the search committee is

conducting interviews of qualified applicants. As part of the interviewing process, we have invited the following candidates to join us on the following weekends:


Rabbi Noah Cheses -March 4-5th

Sunday night lecture Mar 6th at 7:30 p.m. title "Entering Adar II: The Pursuit of Happiness and Fun" with desert reception


Rabbi Avraham Bronstein-April 1-2nd


Rabbi Zev Eleff-April 8-9th

Attention Shabbat Email Readers!  It's now easier to read and stay up-to date on the latest CAS happenings.  All Shabbat times are listed to the left, and a "quick links" box is right below the times.  Click a link to reserve a place at any of our upcoming events, send an email to reserve a kiddush, or follow us on Facebook.

The new format should read easier on your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android device. If you have any suggestions to our new format, or problems receiving emails, drop us an email at

Don't miss the Special Announcement from our President below!


Shabbat Topics & Participants




Torah Readers   

Michael Berg, Ethan Green, Simcha Rubin, Ben White  


Mitchell Bell  


Sandy Shapiro 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen    

"Messiah or Madness: A Perspective on the Middle East"



Seudat Shlishit-Rabbi Cohen 

"Hearing Megillah via the Internet and Microphone" 

Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages  

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary & Chapel Kiddush by     

 The Shul 





Condolences to...

Rabbi David Walk on the passing of his mother, Lillian Walk, of blessed memory. He will be sitting shiva Saturday night at the synagogue after 6:30 p.m.  Sunday morning he will get up from shiva, following the 8:00 a.m. service at his home, 210 Fifth Ave, Stamford 

Mazal Tov to...

Meghan and Yoav Haron; Noa, Mia and Liam Haron and Nancy and Kamal   Haron; on the birth of a new daughter, sister and granddaughter, named Liv Ella (Liviya Ela)


Doris and Elliot Weiss, and Rebecca and Eric Sigman on the birth of a granddaughter and niece, Gabriella Amelia  



Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi 


7:45 am 


7:00 am  



7:15/8:30 am 


  6:30/7:30 am  



5:30 pm  

Candles next Friday


Cantor Wollheim returns March 3  

Special Announcements

קהילת אגודת שלום 

Congregation Agudath Sholom


Dear Fellow Member,


I'm writing to let you know that you will receive the invitation to our upcoming Annual Dinner in your mail this week.


Our annual dinner is the most important event of the year for CAS.  It is the significant fund-raiser for our congregation.  We depend on the funds raised to support a large portion of our operating costs.  But more importantly, we will come together to celebrate the people and qualities which make CAS such a special place.


This year, we are fortunate to have four honorees, each of whom captures the special spirit of CAS.  Our Guest of Honor, Bob Zitter, is a former CAS President who led us for two terms.  Our Distinguished Service Award recipient, Howard Weiss, holds a special place both in the ritual and daily lives of our Congregation.  Our Young Leadership Award recipient, Jodi Hadge, skillfully works to help make sure everyone knows about the many events we run throughout the year.  Our Jewish Education & Leadership Award will go most deservedly to Rabbi David Walk, who has been our teacher and friend for the past ten years.


Moreover, we have a fantastic dinner committee led by Aviva Maller and Elissa Klapper, who presented a beautiful event last year.  We look forward to even a better event this year.  Our Journal Chair, Rhoda Freedberg, is working hard to make our Journal a success.


I'm sure you know one, more, or all of the honorees or dinner committee members.  You must agree that they embody the positive spirit that keeps our community strong.

Please join all of us at the event.  We are hoping for even broader participation this year, welcoming all our members - old and new.


You can sign up on-line by clicking here, respond to the invitation you  

receive in the mail this week, or call the office at your convenience. 





Steven Steinmetz                                              



P.S. Our committee will appreciate your prompt response so we can make sure your ad is included in the journal.


Upcoming Events @ CAS 

An evening of Song with MAGEVET 

The premiere co-ed Jewish, Hebrew, and Israeli

A Cappella group at Yale University.

March 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm 

Who Is Magevet? 

Founded in 1993, Magevet has entertained audiences around the globe with delightful music and spunky schtick for 18 years. Their diverse repertoire spans liturgical Renaissance arrangements, folk melodies of the Abayudaya tribe, and everything in between. Their performances always combine old and new, near and far, and more than a modicum of humor!

 Click here to reserve for dinner and/or concert

Come together, right now...for


March 4-5  

An historic annual national celebration of Shabbat

with guest speaker Rabbi Benjy Levene

Special Friday Night Dinner Celebration 

and a special Concert by MAGEVET 

 Click here to reserve for dinner and/or concert


sunday, March 20 4:30-7:00 pm 

Music, Magician, Delicious Food, and Pageant with Prizes for best costume!


Click here for more info & to sign up 

Congregation Agudath Sholom Annual Dinner

Sunday, April 3, 2011  5:00-9:30 pm 28 Adar II 5771
At the Foot of Sinai 
Lead ·  Listen ·  See  ·  Feel
Guest of Honor 
Bob Zitter
Jewish Education & Leadership Award
Rabbi David Walk 
Distinguished Service Award                    Young Leadership Award
  Howard Weiss                      Jodi Hadge  

Click here for more info & to sign up 

Be a Mensch! Derech Eretz Kadma LaTorah

Being a mensch comes before observing the Torah

CAS in partnership with Bi-Cultural Day School and Carmel Academy welcomes Rabbi Hanoch Teller to Stamford on

Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 pm

All parents are invited to CAS for a Mensch Seminar. 
Rabbi Teller will focus on strategies and stories for raising good kids.

Click here for more info & to sign up 

CAS Classes

Rabbi Walk is in Israel.  His classes will resume March 10th  

Bob Abrams class will resume March 19th  


9:00 a.m.  Hebrew School

9:15 a.m.  Bible from the Beginning


8:30 p.m.   Talmud Bavli - Makot


12:00 p.m. Dvar Yom B'Yomo at BCDS

8:00 p.m.   Inyana D'Yoma  


8:15 a.m.   Pre Shabbos Taste of Torah


8:15 a.m.   Power of the Prophets

12:00 p.m. Parsha Perspectives &  


4:00 p.m.   Homework Happy Hour

6:30 p.m.   The Meaning Behind  


7:30 p.m.   Symbolism in Judaism

                   March-The Book of Esther



8:45 a.m.   Coffee and Commentary

10:00 a.m. Basics with Bob-

                  Customs & traditions

10:30 a.m. Lomdus and Learning

CAS Youth & Teen News

SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA- We hope you will join us at CAS as we celebrate Shabbat together as a community, bring your children as we will be having a wonderful line up of fun, entertaining, and educational programs for children of all ages!CLICK HERE FOR SAA 

THIS JUST IN!!!! Pre Purim Fun for 3rd 4th and 5th graders!  

3rd through 5th graders join us for some pre purim fun! Saturday night march 12th it's an awesome evening of all things purim. We'll have hamantashen baking, make a shalach manot for a friend station, make your own tzedakah box, help to pack hospital bags that will be given out on Purim, make a purim card to be distributed with the hospital packages, and enjoy a yummy make your own sundae bar. Please RSVP to Joanna by Monday March 6th to let us know if you will attend. This program is free so bring your friends!

March 20th Purim Seudah Extravaganza

It's never too early to save the date for the Purim Seudah Extravaganza March 20thYou say Purim I say CAS Purim Seudah Extravaganza! Come One Come All & join Us for an evening of Purim family fun, and a special way to join with the community in celebrating the holiday of Purim.  Don't miss this special evening of Music, Fun, Games, and special surprises!CLICK HERE FOR PURIM 

Jr & Sr Teens WE NEED YOU!!!!

Calling all Jr & Sr Teens we need your help at the Purim Seudah Extravaganza March 20th. Want to volunteer at an awesome event while doing a big Mitvah? Then this is the event for you! Please email to let us know that we can count you in!

March 27th CAS Mitzvah Fair

Looking for ways to do more Mitzvot???? Then come on down to CAS March 27th to our annual Mitzvah Fair! Come to the CAS Mitzvah fair and visit our YOUTH STATIONS where you will have many opportunities to do lots of Mitzvot that will help others. We hope to see you there!




A BIG SR. TEEN ONEG, starring some of your favorite NCSY advisors, Friday night Mar 4th  8:15PM in the CAS Library that will make you laugh, think, ponder, and then laugh some more!


TEEN MINYAN Mar. 5 at 9:30 AM In the Social Hall For 6-12th graders


SR. TEEN XTREME BOWLING Sat. Night Mar 5, 8-10 PM - Music. Food. Fun. In the dark!  At Rip Van Winkle Lanes, 701 Connecticut Ave. Norwalk, CT.  Cost:  $20.00 Limited space available - must register to by Feb. 22 for a guaranteed spot!


JR. TEENS SNOW TUBING TRIP   Sunday Mar. 6.  $35.  Must register by Feb 27. Depart CAS at 10 AM for an awesome day at Woodbury Ski in Woodbury, CT, and arrive back at 3:30 PM.  Register by emailing  Parents - please help us keep the cost of the trip down by volunteering to drive!


New England NCSY Presents:  A West Hartford Shabbaton!  March 11-12 for a Shabbaton with all the usual awesomeness, featuring special guest, Sargent Benjamin Anthony of the Israeli Army.  Only $36! (plus transportation).  Sign up on


TEEN MINYAN Mar. 19 at 9:30 AM In the Social Hall For 6-12th graders

CAS Announcements

THE MENSCH SEMINAR WITH RABBI HANOCH TELLER-NEW DATE!  Wed, MAR 2ND at CARMEL ACADEMY, BCDS & CAS Learn strategies for being a Mensch at WFHA in the morning & BCDS in the afternoon. All parents invited to CAS at 7:30 p.m. To join. Click here   

SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA:SHARE THE BEAUTY OF SHABBAT-Friday night, Mar 4this right around the corner! We need it now more than ever.  We are looking for host families to join the dinner and invite people to experience Shabbat.  For more info on hosting, contact our host co-ordinator, Eve Nachman at or Rabbi Cohen at 

RABBI ELCHONON ZOHN-Sun, Mar 6th 10:00 a.m.  at CAS. A training class on how to perform a tahara. Existing Chevra Kadisha members and those who are new to doing taharas are both welcome.  Free and breakfast will be served.

CHEVRA KADISHA ANNUAL DINNER-Tues, Mar 8th 6:00 p.m. At CAS.  In memory of Louis Felder.  Rabbi Jonathan  Rosenblatt to be  guest speaker. $36 or $180 to sponsor.  Call Phyllis Shapiro at 203 327-6711.

PURIM EXTRAVAGANZA-Sun, Mar 20Come one , come all!  Costume competitions, magic show, music & prizes. $15 Adults $8 child $60 family.  Sponsor for $180 (includes family attendance)

MEN'S CLUB AT PURIM-Sat,  Mar 19th evening  Start your Purim celebration early. Come Saturday night, it's sponsored by the Men's Club!  America Idol-like competition, (MC'd by Bob Abrams) group singing, and more costume pageants.  Sponsorships are $36, $72 and $128.  Contact co-chairs Glenn Karow @ or Mitchell Bell @ for more info.

CAS MITZVAH FAIR-Sun, Mar 27th  Looking for ways to do more Mitzvot? Then come to the CAS Mitzvah fair. Booths with  presentations, something for the whole family.

YOUTH ADVOCACY FOR ISRAEL-A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY - Sponsored by Stephanie and Bob Sherman in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman 

Be one of the three teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, May 22-May 24th.  For more information contact Rabbi Cohen by March 1st at  


PIANIST WANTED: Volunteer accompanist needed for the Agudat Shir Choir.  If you are interested, join our Choir which meets weekly, performs in the community, and be enriched by our music and friendship.  Please call Phyllis Brodsky at 203 329-9758.   

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUR GIFT SHOP Sisterhood asks for you help! We would like to open the gift shop every Sunday, and two hours on two weekdays. We need volunteers to donate their time to make this a reality. Funds raised by the gift shop will be used to update our kitchens.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Flossy Fischel at 203 969-0766 or the shul office at 203 358-2200.  THE GIFT SHOP IS NOW OPEN TUESDAYS FROM 1:00-3:00 P.M.


An exciting presentation of the Jewish summer camp! Contact Elaine Finkelstein at 203 921-7133 for more information. Free & refreshments


AMIT WOMEN'S ANNUAL PURIM BASKET PROJECT-is on for 2011.  Project Order Forms will be in your Mailboxes next week.  Please contact  Sharon Feldstein at  or Marti Sichel at for more information.


Rabbi Ehrenkranz is featured on the RCA website to view click here


See an entertaining Purim Spirit Video with Avi Rosenbaum interviewing Brett Keisel "Breslover Chasid" of the Pittsburg Steelers to view click here  



Jessica Morse, who is a member of CAS started a team in memory of Rosie Preston for this year's Bennett Cancer Walk Hope in Motion in Stamford.  The team is called Rosie's Roses.  If anyone would like to join this team or donate, please contact  Jessie at 203 969-7556 or



Sara Bass, a teenage member of our shul and member of NCSY, has produced a  video advertising the summer programs for NCSY. The top 4 winners receive a cash prize toward their summer program. Sara will be going on the GIVE (Girls Israel Summer Experience) program. Sara needs our votes to have a chance at winning. As of 11pm Monday, Sara was only 25 votes away from 4th place. Can we help her make it to the top three? No money is involved for you, just the time to make two clicks on your computer.                                                                   

Then scroll down to #4 Sara Rivka Bass (you can watch the great video) then click on the circle next to her name. Then scroll down to the word VOTE and click on that.  You can tell your family and friends to vote too.

You can vote once every day until Sunday at 11:59pm. So please- VOTE!!!

Community Announcements

"MY NEIGHBOR'S FAITH" Sun, Feb 27 2:00 p.m. in the Ferguson Library. Panel discussion with leaders of five religious traditions.  Rabbi Daniel Cohen will represent the Jewish sector.  Moderated by Dr. Heidi Hadsell, President of Hartford Seminary


DAVID HAZONY SPEAKER-Mon, Feb 28 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Stamford Town Ctr.  He is author of "The Ten Commandments" and editor-in-chief of Azure, the journal of Jewish public thought. Go to for more information.  Free


ADULT JEWISH LEARNING-Every day of the week the United Jewish Federation offers classes at the JCC .  Including Israel, History, Kabbalah, Torah and more.  Contact Ilana DeLaney at  or  for more info.


SPECIAL LECTURES & PROGRAMS-The Carl & Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University has talks and lectures in Feb and Mar.  To RSVP call 203 254-4000 ext 2266


CAMOS NEWS! Check out the new website, . A big thank you to Jeff Schlanger the webmaster who developed the site.


FREE CLEANING SERVICE-From "Cleaning for a Reason" If you know a woman undergoing chemotherapy there is a FREE housecleaning  service available once a month. This organization serves the entire USA.  Go to for more information


HIP-HOP VIOLINIST-MIRI BEN-ARI-Sat, Mar 5th 8:00 p.m.  at the JCC. Grammy Award winner and hip-hop violinist.  The Young Leadership Division of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien invites you to Chai Society-A spectacular musical experience. Cost $70 before 2/21 or $80 after 2/21.   RSVP online at or call Anat Chavkin at 203 321-1373



JCC SAFARI PURIM CARNIVAL-Sun, Mar 13th, 12:00 p.m. Play lots of carnival games, bounce on inflatables, face paint and come in costume to win cool prizes! Free admission. To volunteer contact Sarah Evans at 203 487-0973 or email


KASHRUS ALERT-Please be advised that  Richfood's White Cranberry Strawberry Juice Cocktail  mistakenly bears an unauthorized OU and is not kosher.


STARBUCKS KASHRUS ALERT-the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC) Starbucks Guide posted in the last few weeks, is being revised.  We will post the revised guide upon publication. 




Joanna Bell

Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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