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Friday, January 27, 2012

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

January 27, 2012

24 Sh'vat 5772

Shabbat Schedule


Song of Songs









Coffee & Comentary


Main Sanctuary





Future Tots 

Parent Led

 (Bridal Room)


Tot Shabbat


Mini-minyan (Youth Room) 


Jr. Congregation (Chapel)


Jr. Teen Chat (Chapel Classroom) 





Daf Yomi


Shabbat Ends


CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Shabbat Shalom 


      What are the first words recited when we begin to daven?  According to Rabbi Isaac Luria, we affirm the mitzvah of loving our neighbors as ourselves.  What is the rationale?  Is not prayer an expression of our love of G-d?  Perhaps the tradition offers a stark reminder of the dignity and decorum required during tefillah.  Imagine how it would feel if someone spoke with a friend while we recited kaddish for a parent or prayed for the speedy recovery of a child?  Imagine how it  would feel if our son was reading the Torah and others were oblivious?  It is difficult for us to truly perceive G-d's presence in the room but we do see our friends and community.

      May we possess the courage to be silent during the "pauses' in prayer and G-d willing, unlock new reservoirs of concentration in our Tefillah.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Good luck to Stanley Block, Saul Feit and Leah Miller who are running this weekend in the ING Miami Marathon for Chai-Lifeline in memory of Natan Warmflash.

Please note: to increase the dignity of the kiddush, the side doors to the Social Hall will not be opened until the congregants in the main sanctuary have entered following services

Classes @ CAS

Rabbi Daniel Cohen's class will resume next week

Rabbi David Walk

Sunday Bible from the Beginning                          9:15 am

Monday BCDS                                                      12:00 pm 

Tuesday Messiah in the Middle Ages                   7:30 pm

Thursday Talmud Class                                         7:30 pm


 Winter CAS Events:

Info & sign up @

  • SHABBAT - February 11 4 PM What the Dead Sea Scrolls Can Tell Us About the Torah, Professor James Kugel from Harvard University 
  • SHABBAT, February 18 - Rabbi Paysach Krohn, "Tefila: Making the Connection" 
    Seudat shlishi talk (between mincha and maariv at approximately 5PM) - "The I Generation (iPod, iPhone, and iPad): From Self-Involvement to Self-Improvement
  • Chevra Kadisha Dinner, March 1, 6 pm Shabbat Special guest speaker: Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Director of the Orthodox Union.  Look for invitations in your mailbox soon.  For more information, please contact Phyllis Shapiro at 
  • Shabbat Across America,  March 2, Friday night, Elana Stein Hain, dinner catering by KOSH. click here to sign up!

Purim is Around the Corner!

Wednesday & Thursday March 7 - 8: Purim night, performance by Shlock Rock! Fun for all! 

Check out Shlock Rock Performance! Click Here to View! 


Rabbi Cohen's Reccomended Websites of Interest for Learning

Stay tuned for more suggestions! 


Shabbat Topics & Participants

Coffee & Commentary 

Rabbi David Walk

Torah Readers

Kevin Nyman, Gil Orbach, Bob Abrams


Mitchell Bell

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Celebration of Sap

Shiur-Eli Bercuson

S.O.S without GPS: Lost at Sea in Talmudic Times to Know You


 Kevin Nyman

Seudat Shlishit-Bob Abrams

One Step Closer to G-d

Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

Shery and Barry Hertzberg in memory of Barry's father's Yahrzeit, Robin and Adina's birthdays, and The Ehrenberg's new Grandaughter Sivan

Sanctuary Kiddush

Ron and Bonnie Nyman in honor of their son Kevin's Bar Mitzvah

Seudat Shlishit

Bob and Margie Abrams in honor of the Shloshim of Bob's brother, Jeffrey Abrams

Mazal Tov to...
  • Dov & Caren Borowski on the birth of a baby boy
Condolences to...
  • Nicole Carpenter on the passing of her father David Alfert
  • Gloria Lederman on the passing of her brother Nathan Gottfried
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi


7:45 am


7:00 am



7:15/8:30 am






Candles Friday

4:55 pm

CAS Annual Dinner

A Constellation of Inspiration  

Celebrating the Reflection of Lights in our Community 
Congregation Agudath Sholom Annual Dinner  
Sunday, March 18 - 24 Adar, 5pm

Honorary Chairs Gayle & Howard Rothman 

Dinner Chairs Elissa Klapper    Aviva Maller 

Celebrate our Stars 

Bonding Mitchell Bell & Glenn Karow
Building Len Mark & Ron Avidan 
Enhancing Sylvia Plotkin & Julie Morgulis 
Enriching Gary Stone & Roz Mangot 
Leading & Learning Al Wolfsohn & Royce Wolfsohn 
Nurturing Diane Sloyer & Rebecca Sigman 
Praising Sandy Weiner & Elliot Neumann 
Renewing Yospa Lieberman & Shery Hertzberg 
Singing Daniel Kraus & Ziv Kraus 
Uplifting Gloria Green & Phyllis Shapiro 
Welcoming Sharon Wohlberg & Simeon Wohlberg 


Click here to learn more & sign up 


CAS Upcoming Events

B'nai Mitzvah Shabbat Dinner:  Feburary 3

For families with 2012 Bar and Bat Mitzvahs!

Click to sign up for the Special Shabbat Dinner

Join Rabbi Daniel Cohen and the CAS Delegation at the AIPAC Policy Conference-March 4-6 in Washington D.C. 


CAS has reserved a limited amount of spots at a reduced rate of $299to the Policy Conference.  Delegates are responsible for flights and hotel arrangements, please go to  for hotel locations and more information.  Interested in joining? contact Rabbi Cohen at, Yudi Gross, Synagogue Coordinator at or Cindy Flynn, 203-358-2200.  


 Pre-AIPAC Policy Conference gathering on 

Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM at CAS with Yehuda Gross

Yudi Gross is AIPAC's Northeast Regional Synagogue Initiative Director. In this role, Yudi works with  synagogues throughout the Northeast providing them with the tools and resources needed to promote a deeper understanding of the U.S. -Israel relationship


CAS Adult Education

Our Adult Education Classes are underway!

See the complete schedule, by topic or day!

click -


Join Congregation Agudath Sholom  for our



Join us for a five class series on the five Megillot.  Each class will analyze one Megillah's religious themes, literary structures, philosophical elements and methodologies, as well as an overview and comparison of the books as a whole.  Ms. Miriam Krupka has taught Tanakh/Biblical Studies for six years at the Ramaz Upper School.  

Women and men are welcome to attend


Dates: February 22 and 29, and on March 14, 21 and 28 at 8 P.M. 

The charge for the five part series is $50 per person and $75 per couple.


Click to learn more and sign up 

CAS Youth Department


Thank you to everyone who made this past week's Jr. Cong. Shabbaton so incredible- to Mark, Shira, Abby and Robbie. 


A special thank you to all of YOU the kids who came out in the snow, all 50 of you to make the shabbaton so memorable!!


Thank you to the Recins for sponsoring the week's Jr. Congregation kiddush in honor of Noah's Birthday! Happy Birthday Noah!!


Thank you to the Kwalwasser family for sponsoring this Shabbat's Mini Minyan Kiddush in honor of Jason's birthday!! 


Clubs continue on Sunday morning at 9:30.


Next Teen Minyan Date: Feb 11

Click here to sign up for all Youth Events!


or click a link below

  • Feb 3 - Bnai Mitzvah Family Shabbat Dinner at CAS
  • Feb 2-5 - Sr. Teens - NER NCSY Winter Regional Shabbaton!!!!
  • February 11  NJ Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs Game (grades 4 and up) - Limited tickets available... get yours today before we run out!
  • March 7  Purim - Kids Style more info coming soon...
  • March 8  Purim Community Seudah-more info coming soon...
  • Reserve the Date:  May 18-19: YOUTH SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE/FUNDRAISER WEEKEND - TAMIR GOODMAN  "THE JEWISH JORDAN" ... more info to follow

Check back often..and see our new testimonials section on our website    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 
CAS News
Results from the First Annual Havdalah Hoops Father/Son 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament 
        The event started at 6:30 with a Havdalah ceremony performed by Steven Cohen. The teams played against other father/son teams at the JCC. The tournament included 37 players in 9 teams representing 13 families. Each team played 4 games to determine seeding; each game was played to 11 points. After all 9 teams played their 4 games, we held a playoff-style game where the top seeds played the bottom seeds. Two teams remained after the playoff- the Frenkel/Wohlberg team vs. the Yaghoubian family. The Frenkel/Wohlberg family won the championship game 11-0 and took home the championship! We look forward to holding the tournament as an annual event!
CAS Announcements
LET US KNOW! We strive at CAS to support our members in time of need.   If you know of someone is who is ill, please reach out to Rabbi Cohen via email or phone, alerting our clergy and Chesed committee to offer comfort and assistance. Together, we can insure CAS's role as a community of caring. Thank you very much!
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.

JUST GET SWABBED Sunday, February 5 from 10am - 2pm Join Justin Wexler in his Bar Mitzvah project to organize a bone manor donor drive to find matches for cancer patients.  Become a Lifesaver!  Join the drive at the Stamford JCC.  Check it out at  or donate code JWC 001.  Help out with this life-saving project!

MENS CLUB BREAKFAST MEETING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 9:30 am  Please come to meeting (plenty of time to get ready for superbowl) and help plan some great activities for spring!  Agenda open for any ideas, and we will start "networking" concept - where members (especially new ones) can introduce themselves, businesses, or any needs.  This is to increase the welcome and bonding of our members way beyond that of cholent cooking. We will plan the Passover fair on March 26, Sunday 10am-2pm - gift vendors, wine tasting and family fun.

JOIN THE TRIP TO THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFORIM SALE SATURDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 11, 7:30 pm.  The largest annual Jewish book sale in America. Caravans leave CAS at 7:30 PM. Light dinner, visit from Rosh Yeshivah, and shopping. We plan return by 11 PM. Info, if you can drive or need a ride, sign up at 

ANNOUNCING THE CAS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING GROUP -members helping members. Help us mine the rich intellectual resources of our CAS community to help members build their professional networks, negotiate career transition and grow their businesses. First meeting on Sunday, February 12 10am  at CAS. Info: Howard Rimerman

NEW AND POTENTIAL MEMBER BRUNCH, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 11 am at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen.  Get to know our CAS family and learn more about ways to get engaged with our growing and dynamic community! Info: Ethan Green, CAS Membership Chair ( or Rabbi Cohen ( To sign up click here.

MALT ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 9 am  Get ready for the next Men's Adult Learning Trip to Jerusalem - November 25-December 2.  Learn more about this wonderful opportunity on Sunday morning, Info: Tzvi Bernstein ( or Rabbi Cohen (

NJOP DINNER FEBRUARY 13 honoring Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen and Senator Joseph and Hadassah Lieberman.  Click here to sign up! .  If you would like to attend, please contact Rabbi Cohen

CAS Sisterhood News 

 Sisterhood Book Club

We are excited to announce 2 new books for reading with  our Book Club in 2012 

The first is : 

The second will be:
SUBMISSION  by Amy Waldman
(Reading in April) 

For more information contact Diane Cohen at
We will meet at Dinah Miller's home-154 Pepper Ridge #5

January 29 at 11:00 am 

Free for Sisterhood Members

$10 for Non Members $18 for Annual membership

Click here for info and to sign up! 

We hope you can join in the fun! 

Stamford Mikvah


Have you joined the Mayim League yet?


During this season of light and rededication, take a moment and support our community's Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah by joining the Mayim League 2011-12.  With your dedication and support, the mikvah will be a source of renewal and rejuvenation to sustain and enrich our community.


Please consider one of the following annual categories of support:

Bronze $250 | Silver $500* | Gold $1,000* | Platinum $1,800*

* Donations of $500 and above include immersion for the year for yourself or for a designated person.


To donate, click here!


Appointments at the women's mikvah can be scheduled by contacting  Shery at or 203-964-1928, at least 24 hours in advance. 



Community Announcements

FORTIES, FIFTIES & FOOTBALL-Sunday, February 5, 4-6 pm.  Jewish singles will gather for a Super Bowl tailgate party at Butterfield 8 Lounge in Stamford. The gathering will include hors d'oeuvres, appetizer buffet and kosher appetizers upon request.  The event will be subsidized - cost $18 per person if purchased before Friday, February 3. $25 per person at the door. Contact Leah Schechter, JFS Singles Outreach Coordinator at LSchechter@ctjfs.orgor 203-921-4161or info:

JEWISH TWENTIES AND THIRTIES (JTT) - Thursdays beginning January 12, 6- 6:50 pm at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Join local rabbis, educators and community leaders for a discussion of the weekly Torah portion and enjoy dinner from Café Stam at Taste and Torah. Stamford Bureau of Jewish Education program funded and in collaboration with Jewish Twenties and Thirties (JTT), a JFS program. Open to the entire community. $8/class, includes dinner from Café Stam.   RSVP to Leah Schechter at or Elisse Passy at

VETERAN'S SUPPORT GROUP- beginning  January 2012.  Topics: transitioning back into civilian life, re-building relationships and overcoming post traumatic stress disorder. Info:   contact Melanie Rago at 631-355-1120 or

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

UJF BUREAU OF JEWISH EDUCATION first annual community read/ intergenerational discussion of Holocaust-related issues leading up to Holocaust Remembrance Day. A Lucky Child, a memoir by a child Auschwitz survivor.  Commmunity-wide book discussions will be held in March. Info about the book:  To find out how to participate - Elise Passy at

NEW, Sundays 5-6 PM at the JCC Stamford Young Ambassadors to Israel with Danielle and Guests. This class will prepare YOU to become Israel advocates and to activate the Jewish community in response to the growing anti-Israel discourse. The class enables you to understand the complexities of the Arab-Israel conflict through critical thinking, historical accuracy, moral decision-making, and activism.  For more information about Kulanu contact, Danielle Alexander, at 203-321-1373 x 104 or or visit the Kulanu website

ADL EVENT Monday, February 6, 7:30 pm Award-winning Spanish-Portuguese journalist and Middle East correspondent Henrique Cymerman to address Israel at the Crossroads of a New Middle East at the Stamford JCC. Admission is free but RSVP is required to Linda Cardillo at or (203) 288-6500, ext. 302. 

JCC POLAND & ISRAEL TRIP INFO MEETING, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 7PM Unique and meaningful trip for adults to Poland and Israel. Info session Sunday, 2/12 at 7 pm or Tuesday, 2/28 at 7:30 p.m. at a private home in Stamford. Info: Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or



Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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