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Friday, November 11, 2011

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

November 12, 2011Vayera

15  Cheshvan 5772

Shabbat Schedule


Song of Songs









Coffee & Commentary


Main Sanctuary


Future Tots - Parent Led (Bridal Room)


Tot Shabbat


Jr. Congregation (Chapel)


Mini-minyan (Youth Room) 


Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 6-8) (Simcha Room) 






Daf Yomi


Shabbat Ends


CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Shabbat Shalom 
Carlebach Light Kabbalat Shabbat on the Occasion of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's Yahrzeit

We have improved our website., you can:

Check all service times, including mincha

Check the eruv status on-line

Check youth activities 

Check out our new twitter feed - right on our home page 

where you can now follow us on Twitter!


 Join Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Rabbi David Walk for weekday classes Click Here for full Schedule!


Click here to hear Rabbi Cohen's podcasts


New Sunday Class starting 10AM*

Rabbi Daniel Cohen - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

The Technology of Shabbat and Timely Halacha Highlights November 13 & 20


Rabbi David Walk Class on Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.-What did the Sages say about Mashiach?  


Please join us this Shabbat morning November 12 as we honor all of our United States Veterans for Veterans Day

We would also like to wish Lawrence Ostroff III who is embarking to serve in Afghanistan



 Yom Kippur Appeal

Thank you to everyone who supported the Annual Yom Kippur Appeal. If you have not yet joined, please consider a donation to one of our most important fundraisers of the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.



Save the date for the three other evenings:


Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8pm

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 7pm

Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 7pm


RSVP for one of the evenings

to or call Sharon at 203-569-7588. Space is limited. 


Living Waters 2011-12 Committee

Meg Haron, Sondra Mehl, Sharon Shavrick

Chairs:  Rochel Attar, Darona Bernstein, Diane Cohen, Elise Cohen, Lenore Fogel, Allison Greenbaum, Nechama Hordiner, Shara Israel, Maruja Ivri, Rachel Jubas, Yocheved Krimsky, Eve Nachman, Lean Shemtov, Malya Shmotkin, 

Janice Steinberg, Liba Steinmetz


Join the Mayim League in Support of the Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah

Click here to learn about this important new fundraiser 


Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers 

Herbie Rimerman, Dr. Philip Klapper, Ethan Green, John Dab and Brian Dab, Simcha Rubin, Judd Love, Dr. Arthur Smith


Cantor Arik Wollheim


Herbie Rimerman

Rabbi Daniel Cohen 

Decision Points

Coffee & Commentary

Eliezer J.D. Bercuson


 Roz Sherman

Seudat Shlishit / Daf Yomi


Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages 

David Bessaleli in commemoration of the Yarhrzeit of his wife Janet and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund

Chapel Kiddush by

David Bessaleli in commemoration of his wife Janet's Yahrzeit and Elliot Levy in honor of his mother Audrey Levi 5th Yahrzeit


Sanctuary Kiddush by 

 Howard and Claudia Rimerman in honor of Herbie's Bar Mitzvah



Jr. Cong/ Tot Shabbat Kiddush by

the Reicin's in honor of Andrew's birthday

Seudat Shlishit by

The Freedbergs and the Nachmans in honor of the Yahrzeit of George Freedberg


Mazal Tov to...
  • Howard & Claudia Rimerman, grandparents Ron Schacht & Norma Kraut, and Aunt and Uncle, Phillip and Elissa Klapper on Herbie's Bar Mitzvah
  • Dan & Cindy Katzeff on their daughter Carly's Bat Mitzvah and also to her grandfather, Bob Katzeff 
  • Shayna Mallenbaum-Goldberg for writing a statewide award winning essay on "Why we should honor our Veterans."  
  • Jack & Debbie Goldberg  on their grandson Seth David Sieger's Bar Mitzvah
Condolences to...
  • Walter Weiner on the passing of his daughter Diane
  • Joshua Spiegelman on the passing of his mother Debbie.
  • Michael Schechter on the passing of his sister Linda 
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi


7:45 am



7:00 am



7:15/ 8:30 am


Monday - Friday

6:30/7:30 am





Candles Friday

4:16 pm




BIG Birthday Parties Small Birthday Parties

BIG Anniversaries Small Anniversaries

BIG Bar Mitzvahs Small Bar Mitzvahs

BIG Bat Mitzvahs Small Bat Mitzvahs

For more information

Call 203-358-2200

CAS Adult Education

Our Adult Education Classes are underway!

See the complete schedule, by topic or day!

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Rabbi Walk's Tuesday topic this week:  What did the Sages say about Mashiach?


Rabbi Daniel Cohen Classes on Tuesdays

  • Power of Prophets 8:15-9:00 am - Light breakfast served. 
  • Parsha Prospectives and Paradigms 12:00-12:45 pm


 Mark your Calendar for two Adult Education Programs:

  • Sunday, December 4, 7pm - Professor Dr. Jay Harris

    Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education Harvard College, will speak on:  

    Halacha Confronts Science: 

      The Case of the Chicken Without a Heart.  


    Sponsored by the Scheinberg Family in memory of Dr. Louis & Edith Scheinberg


  • Shabbat, December 8/9  - Rabbi Albert Gabbai - Sephardic Weekend Celebration


CAS Youth Department




Check it out!

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Coming Soon from the Youth Department





Nekudot Store will be open in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev!!



  • Teen Round Table Schmooze with Breakfast - 9:30 AM
  • Teen Minyan - 9:45 AM (Barchu) on 

    Nov 19, Dec. 10, Dec. 24


Sr. TEEN PAINTBALLING TRIP!!! Sun Nov. 20, Grades 9-12 are going to Yankee Paintball in Oxford for a day of crazy fun! We depart CAS at 11AM and return 5PM. Price - CAS Members $45, non-members $55, must pay in advance. (Can pay online.) Click Here to Sign up for Sr. Teen Paintball


9th/10th Grade NCSY SHACK (sold out) Amazing retreat in the Berkshires, Dec. 2-4 with Jewish Teens from ALL OVER NEW ENGLAND! Sports, great food, AWESOME ADVISORS, an uplifting shabbat experience, and marshmallows over a campfire in the Inn's living room to the sound of the guitar! Just $139! 




What is the Supermarket Sweep? Children will be grouped in groups of 5 and given $25 per group to shop for kosher food for the needy. Children will learn about kashrut symbols, smart thrify shopping, math skills and chesed! What a way to spend a Saturday night.  All food will then be donated to the Jewish Family Services of Stamford!  Click here to sign up



If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, please email me at

Shabbat Shalom!


Rabbi Jeiger


For all our Youth Department info please visit..  


CAS Announcements
CAS DECORUM  The policy for our kids is easy - "In shul or in groups."  Please help us maintain decorum.  Make sure you child is either sitting in synagogue or participating in our Youth Groups.  Make sure that your child enjoys Kiddush in the Simcha Room or Social Hall.
Calling all Pre-Teen, Teens and even a few adults.  Join the Rabbi's Clean Dream Team to enhance the decor and dignity of our shul on Shabbat morning - For more info or to sign up, email Rabbi Cohen at 
KEEP IN TOUCH Rabbi Cohen would like to keep in touch with all our students who are studying in Israel for the year.  Please send your child's name, cell phone number and email address to
MENS CLUB next scheduled meeting of the CAS-Men's Club will be on Sunday morning, Nov 20 at 9:15am.  Topics for discussion include; voting on wicker chairs, nominations for President, and other officers, decision to be made for 12/31 event, collection for our Troops in Afghanistan project information,  progress on the X-Mas dinner, awning report and information regarding upcoming speakers.  Bagel & lox breakfast included for all coming to the meeting! 
BNAI MITZVAH LUNCHEON B'nai and B'not Mitzvah please join us on December 3rd beginning at 10:30 AM am at CAS where the B'nai Mitzvah are invited to join the Jr. Teen Chat followed by kiddush. After Shul we will be walking together to Rabbi Cohen's home for lunch and an oneg Shabbat led by our Youth Director, Rabbi Jeiger. The B'nai Mitzvah Luncheon is a special chance to spend time with Rabbi Cohen and Diane, build a connection with other B'nai Mitzvah in the community, and enjoy the learning and spirit of Shabbat.  
NEW MEMBER WELCOME SHABBAT join us December 3 for this event at CAS.  Please visit our website or click here to learn more about membership and join our synagogue or contact Dierdre in the shul office for more information. 
SEPHARDIC WEEKEND CELEBRATION  December 9-10, with Rabbi Albert Gabbi, Mikveh Israel, from the Spanish- Portuguese Synagogue of Philadelphia. More information to come. 
YOM KIPPUR APPEAL thank you to everyone who supported the Annual Yom Kippur Appeal. If you have not yet joined, please consider a donation to one of our most important fundraisers of the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
WOMEN TEFILAH GROUP, December 3, 2011 for more information please contact Ronnie Sichel at or Sandy Weiner at
THE SISTERHOOD  is looking for someone to donate a working  laptop.  Please contact Dierdre in the office 
CEMETERY COMMITTEE is looking for someone to donate a working typewriter, please conact Dierdre in the office. 

Community Announcements

Jewish Arts and Film Festival 

We are thrilled to be commemorating our 10th Anniversary year! We invite you to join us as we celebrate with a reception prior to Opening Night's film.

7:30 p.m. at the State Theater, Stamford 

For this important anniversary year, we have an incredible line-up of Jewish cultural offerings. From Joshua Nelson, "The Prince of Kosher Gospel" to the long awaited theatrical performance of DAI (enough). From an opportunity for you and/or your family to create your own piece of art, an heirloom menorah, guided by the master hand of renowned artist and sculptor, Gary Rosenthal to a Sports Night where you will enjoy hot dogs, popcorn and beer with three sports authors, among them, Robert Lipsyte. From the comedic work of Avi Liberman to the insightful words of NBS news correspondent, Martin Fletcher - not to mention, the most poignant and entertaining films of the Jewish art world. There is something for everyone and then some!

In addition to the amazing schedule of offerings, we have a brand new website! Check us out at for complete details of our 16-day festival of Jewish cultural arts.

You can also "like" us on facebook and follow us on Twitter. Don't forget to purchase your festival pass and it's never too late to become a sponsor



A Community Celebration of Jewish Learning, Saturday Night, November 19 at 6:45 pm

at the Jewish Community Center

Join over 250 people in a mega community event of learning and socializing. Choose from over 25 sessions on Jewish ethics, philosophy, history, theology, literature, Talmud, parenting, cooking, meditation, yoga, and more.

A few of this year's Tapestry Classes...

  • Talking to Children About God"
  • "The Chosen: Blessing or Curse"
  • "Is Business just Business? The Jewish Ethics of Making Money"
  • "Why Didn't Yosef Phone Home?"
  • "How to Save A Life: Organ Donation and Jewish Law"
  • "The Midrash of Serach Bat Asher"
  • "Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin - A Review"
  • "Exploring Cuba: Its Once and Future Jews"
  • "Must Children Say Kaddish for Abusive Parents?"
  • "Israeli Music Video: A Glimpse into Israeli Culture and Politics"
  • "Portraits in Leadership: Timeless Tales for Inspired Living"
  • "Jesus in the Talmud
  • "Creating Jewish Harmony: When You March To Different Drummers - A Panel Discussion"
  • "Neshama Yoga"

For a full list of classes go to Click here

* 6:45 pm - Registration and Havdalah

* 7:30 pm - Session One, with approximately 15 workshops

* 8:35 pm - Session Two, with approximately 15 workshops

* 9:30 pm - Dessert Reception

This program is generously supported by the Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation

in memory of Morton R. Shapiro.

For more information, contact Elise Passy at 203.321.1373 x114 or

To register on-line  Click here


JFS LIVING IN THE TREE OF LIFE: KABBALAH, HEALING & TRANSFORMATION - Tuesdays 7:30 pm, November 17, December 6, January 3, February 7 Learn more about the nature of the four worlds and how to improve our lives by a greater understanding. Open to the Public. Join Dr. Mitchell Flaum, JFS Family Life Education Coordinator, for first workshop on Tuesday evening, November 15th at 7:30 pm at Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk. RSVP to Suggested donation $36.

COLLEGE COUNSELING    Fall is the time to begin to think about the college admission process. Early consultation for high school juniors and seniors with experienced JFS College Consultant.  For fee and info: Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant at 203-921-4161 X109 or

NEW! JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -- Tuesdays 7:30 -8:30 pm until 11/22. Women seeking support while experiencing divorce will meet to discuss stresses with Melanie Rago in the Westport JFS office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11.  Fee is $20 per person per session. Info Melanie Rago at 203-454-4992 or

"FINDING YOUR FOCUS" -- PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DIAGNOSED WITH ADD/ADHD.   Wednesday Afternoons.   Services include psychiatric evaluation, review of previous evaluations, family assessment, on-going support, and medication management. Treatment  by Lee Combrinck-Graham, M.D. and qualifies for insurance reimbursement. Info: Eve Moskowitz, at 203-921-4161or

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE WEDNESDAYS-4 to 5 pm. At the Atria in Stamford, 77 Third Street.  A bi-monthly support group open to those coping with the loss of a loved one. Info: Dr. Mitchell Flaum at 203-921-4161 or FRIDAYS -10:30 -11:30 AM. At the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor.  Info: Eve Moskowitz at 203-921-4161 ext. 122 or

SAVE THE DATE UJF SUPER SUNDAY- at the JCC, December 4, 2011.  Every Child makes a gift-9:30-3:00 pm, PJ Library Launch, 11-12 pm and 1:30-2:30 pm.  Chanukah Mitzvah Packages, 11-2:30 pm., and Hoop-a-thon, 10:30-11:30 am

DANI SHAPIRO author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion will be speaking at the JCC on Dec, 7th, at 7:30pm.  Dani's lecture will be followed by a book signing. Register online at or purchase tickets at the JCC front desk. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at 203-322-6541

BCDS FAMILY TRIP TO ISRAEL-FEBRUARY 11-24, 2012.  Contact Bob Abrams at babrams  203-329-2186  ext. 1311

THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY of Lower Fairfield County presents  "JEWISH CONNECTICUT", Sunday, November 20 - 10 AM (coffee and... at 9:30) JCC Panel discussion about Jewish life in Connecticut from Colonial times to the present.  Irwin Miller, JHS Historian; Dr. Betty N. Hoffman, anthropologist and researcher, and CT Superior Court Judge Henry Cohn.  The moderator will be Linda Baulsir.  The community is invited. For further information or to leave a message, please call 203-329- 0452.

HAVDALAH & HOOPS STARTS JANUARY 21 -  3-on-3 Basketball Tournament  by the JCC & the Stamford Board of Rabbis. Saturday, January 21 - 6:30 p.m. Fathers & sons (grades 6 - 12) will split into 2 divisions if needed. Fee: $18 per participant, includes food & t-shirt. Trophies to the winners. Rosters must have 4 players, 3 players play at a time. Info: Mo Concepcion - 203.487.0971 or


CAS Israel Action Project 

CAS Israel Advocacy Project 

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday evening, December 6

at Agudath Sholom at 7:30 PM. 

Stay up to date at our new blog:

 This week's Action Alert includes: 

    • Speak to Sarkozy
    • CT Lawyers for Israel Meeting
    • Unesco Update 

Action Alert: 


Tell Sarkozy that you Stand With Israel As you've no doubt read, France's President Nicholas Sarkozy was overheard telling President Obama that he "cannot stand" Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and that he believes the Israeli leader is a "liar." While national leaders do not always get along, these are unusually strong words. And they are deeply disturbing. Furthermore, these words raise the troubling possibility that President Sarkozy's personal animus has influenced French policy. In September, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful defense of his nation and direct negotiations before the United Nations. Yet earlier this month, France ignored Netanyahu's plea and voted to admit "Palestine" as a full member of UNESCO. Could it be that the French dismissed Israel's powerful argument as lies? As Americans, we have no say in French policy. But France has an Ambassador here in Washington who is tasked with sharing American views with his government in Paris. Let's help him do his job! Click here to tell France's Ambassador that you stand with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel! (Click Here) We stand with Israel. And we stand with Israel's democratically elected Prime Minister. As far as we're concerned, Prime Minister Netanyahu is one of the very few people telling the truth about Israel and the Middle East today. 




SPEAKERS: Shlomi Kofman, Deputy Consul General, Israel Consulate, New York Stephen R. Greenwald; President, American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 

TIME: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Robinson & Cole, 1055 Washington Blvd., 10th Floor, Stamford, CT [Parking available] (Coffee and dessert)

MUST RSVP: By Wednesday, November 9th [ Space is limited]


Below is a link to an article describing the inception of the CT Lawyers For Israel meeting. Jewish Ledger Link


Please contact Norine: for further information and to RSVP to reserve a space.


Paris, UNESCO Headquarters - November 8th, 2011 - Update

In an hour-long meeting with UNESCO Director-General Bokova, U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO and Simon Wiesenthal Center officials expressed indignation at the vote endorsing 'Palestinian' membership into UNESCO. Also protested was the statement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the United Nations General Assembly that the PA recognized only two religions in the Holy Land: Islam and Christianity. The delegation also insisted that UNESCO is obligated to demand of the new member, 'Palestine', to hold to the regulations of UNESCO in excising anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial from its school texts and newspapers. In the lead up to and following the vote admitting 'Palestine', Director-General Bokova received tens of thousands of petition protests from supporters around the world.


Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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