Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Ave | Stamford, CT 06902 (203)-358-2200

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

March 24, 2012

Rosh Chodesh 

Shabbat HaChodesh

1 Nisan 5772

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary


Main Sanctuary


Future Tots 

Parent Led (Bridal Room)


Tot Shabbat


Mini-minyan (Youth Room) 


Jr. Congregation (Chapel)


Jr. Teen Chat (Chapel) 




Daf Yomi




Shabbat Ends


CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Shabbat Shalom 


Welcome CAS Assistant Rabbi Candidate

Rabbi Josh Goller and his wife Rochelle

Rabbi Goller will be speaking Friday night, Shabbat morning at both services, and Shabbat afternoon during Seudat Shlishit.  Please make sure to attend one of his speeches and greet him around CAS.


Thanks to Elissa, Aviva, & Jodi for all their work on the very successful dinner.  Thanks to all of our generous participants. 

Passover Schedule + More




Have you checked it out lately?

Sign up for all upcoming events

See the up-to-date Annual Dinner Journal

Watch for photos of the Annual Dinner

Check out Purim Photos!

Links to Rabbi Cohen's Passover Site

Donate to the Passover Fund, Check times, buy Shmurah Matzah


Rabbi Cohen's Recommended Websites of Interest & Learning - featuring Kosher restaurants under supervision for Pesach.  Check it out! 

OU and RCA Call for Prayer and Words of
Inspiration in Synagogues This Shabbat 
Events of the past days and weeks have demonstrated clearly that the Jewish people are in an "ait tzarah," a time of formidable challenge, according to a statement by the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America.

The statement continues, "Our brothers and sisters in the southern communities of the State of Israel have experienced rocket barrages and the current 'truce' is a tenuous one.

The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran looms greater with each passing day.
Those of us who live in the Diaspora face mounting anti-Semitic hostility, which in France has culminated in the horrific murders of recent days.
The OU and the RCA are therefore urging our member synagogues and member rabbis to respond over the coming weekend with programs of tefilla and divrei hitorerut,prayer and words of inspiration, in a manner appropriate to the severity of the situation.

We all fervently pray that the month of Nissan, which we are about to usher in this Shabbat, should indeed prove to be a month of 'yeshuot bo makifot,' a month in which our people will witness a comprehensive
Shabbat Topics & Participants

Coffee & Commentary

Rabbi Eli Bercuson

Torah Readers

   Gedalia Koelher, Marty Rubin 


Ana Lilienfeld

Rabbi Josh Goller

A house full of spirit


Gedalia Koelher

Seudat Shlishit

Rabbi Josh Goller 

Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

Caryn Halbrecht in memory of her father, Max Halbrecht, Harvey and Lynn Berman in honor of the engagement their son Seth Berman to Rivky Deren, and the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary Kiddush

Eric & Sandy Koelher in honor of Gedalia's Bar Mitzvah 

Chapel Kiddush 


Jodi & Richard Boxer in honor of their 30th Wedding Anniversary.

Seudat Shlishit

the Shul 

Mazal Tov ...
  • Eric & Sandy Koehler on their son Gedalia becoming a Bar Mitzvah
  • Beverly Stein on her honor at Beth El Annual Dinner.
  • Norine & Dov Steinmetz on the engagement of ther son Leslie Jordan Steinmetz to Sarah Grossman
  • Rina & Chanoch Nof on the birth of a baby boy to Rachel Nof-Gartner & Jeremy Gartner
  • Rhoda & Avi Freedberg and Ziporah Freedbergon the birth of a baby boy to Tamar Prager & Arielle Freedberg.
  • Miriam & Joe Gelb on being honored at the Chabad of Stamford Annual Dinner on behalf of the Teddy Levine Scholarship Fund
  • Harvey and Lynn Berman and Rabbi Yisrael and Vivi Deren on the engagement Rivky Deren to to Seth Berman.
Condolences to...
  • Leah Rosenberg on the passing of her mother Sharon Shultz
  • Our hearts are with the familes and communities of Miriam Monsonegro, Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, Aryeh Sandler and Gavrield Sandler who were murdered this past week in France. 
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi


7:45 am


7:00 am



7:15/8:30 am






Candles Friday





CAS  Classes

Chesed Coffee - Join Rabbi Cohen and Ana Lillienfeld to learn more about Chesed opportunities at CAS.  Thursday, March 29th at 9 AM at Starbucks on High Ridge.

Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday Class: Prophet Class at 8:15 am, Parsha class at 12:00 pm both classes in CAS Lobby area. 

Rabbi Walk's Classes: Monday @ BCDS12:00 noon

Sunday Bible from the Beginning9:15 am

Tuesday Messiah in the Middle Ages7:30 pm

Thursday Talmud Class7:30 pm


 Pre Passover Classes

THIS WEEK- Seder Secrets for Parents  Top Ten Ways to Enhance Your Family Seder Experience Monday, March 26,  9:15 AM at JCC Nursery

Hebrew Haggadah - Increase your fluency and comprehension. Monday evening with Ben Soifer, 7:30-8:30 pm  - 3/12, 19, 26


Seder Secrets - Tuesday evenings with Rabbi Walk, 7:30-8:30 pm,  March 13 and 20

Model Seder - Tuesday evening, March 27, 7:30 - 8:45 pm

 Rabbi Daniel Cohen's JCC Class: Sushi for the Soul, Inspiring Passover Insights, Wednesday, March 28, at 12-12:45pm

Seder Secrets for Parents Top Ten Ways to Enhance Your Family Seder Experience Monday, March 26, 9:15 AM at JCC Nursery 

Open Pre Passover Office Hours Visit with Rabbi Cohen for Passover Ideas, Halachic Questions Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 AM - 12 PM (CAS) Monday, April 2nd - 9 AM - 10:30 AM (Starbucks High Ridge) 

Email or phone Rabbi Cohen your Passover questions.   Our Passover website is online at

CAS Youth Department

Thank you to the Baer Family for donating art supplies to the Youth Department!


MAZAL TOV to Gedalia Koehler on his Bar Mitzvah!!


Coming Soon....


March 23-24 -  Friday Night Lights - Grades 8-12


March 25 -  Jr. Teen Mega LIMO Scavenger Hunt

April 1 - Pre - Pesach Chesed/ Fun Day w/ chametz PARTY!!!! 

Reserve the Date:May 18-19, 2012: YOUTH SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE/FUNDRAISER WEEKEND - TAMIR GOODMAN  "THE JEWISH JORDAN" ... more info to follow


AND FOR THE TEENS: Coming This March: 

New Program - FREE STARBUCKS!  8th-12th graders, Join us as we continue our new Latte 'n Learn, Thursday nights, twice a month from 8:30-9:30pm at the High Ridge Starbucks, 1055 High Ridge Road.  Chill with some cool advisors, do a little Jewish learning on hot topics, and have a hot or cold drink -

on us!  For more info, email Josh at

Brought to you by CAS, NCSY and Kulanu.

Friday Night Lights  Shabbat, March 23-24, Have a great time as your favorite NCSY advisors spice up your Friday night, featuring a sick dinner and fun at CAS, followed by Teen Minyan Saturday morning at Young Israel open to all Stamford Teens, Grades 8-12, and a Jr. Teen Oneg (for grades 6-8) in the afternoon!    More info to follow!

TEEN XTREME BOWLING NIGHT  Saturday Night March 24 - Grades 8-12 - Tons of fun - bowl with your friends IN THE DARK!  Request your favorite song as music blares over the lanes!  Cost - Members $20  Non-Members $25  We will meet up at Rip Van Winkle Lanes in Norwalk at 9 pm; pickup is at 11:15....sign up online today!!

Jr. Teen Mega LIMO Scavenger Hunt!!  Sunday March 25, GET READY for the sickest, best hunt you've ever been on!  Meet up at CAS for mission briefing, then depart for a crazy search for clues around Stamford IN STRETCH LIMOS!!  Cost: $36.  sign up online today!!


Coming Slightly Less Soon in APRIL:

SIX FLAGS PALOOZA 2012!!!!  Save The Date - This year's trip is Monday, April 9 all day... Sign up at


Stay up with the latest!  Sign up on-line for all events

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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 Announcements
SUNDAY MALT INFORMATIONAL MEETING POSTPONED Stay tuned for new date. Info: Harold Bernstein
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.
CAS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING GROUP -  info: Howard Rimerman, , more info next week bulletin!
Stamford Mikvah


Have you joined the Mayim League yet?

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. 



Passover Information





$25.00 Per Box

Reserve your box online TODAY!


Join family and friends for fun as CAS Men's Club holds its
Passover Boutique & Wine Tasting
Congregation Agudath Sholom
Sunday March 25 10 AM- 2 PM
  Free Admission
  • Experience 25 finest Kosher Wines free!  Our experts pour wines for your enjoyment. 
  • Tasty special brunch buffet!  Adults $8, Children $4
  • Jewish artists and vendors with well priced gifts, and Judaica.
  • Impress seder hosts and guests! Children's projects - create Seder plates & cups.   Kasher dishes for Passover,  Soifer for mezuzahs
  • Support  Israel and Jewish soldiers with postcards and packages
Guest speaker
former US Rep. Chris Shays
will speak at 11AM:  US - Israel alliance in the New Middle East
Passover Information

 You are cordially invited to join us at a warm and inspiring 

Agudath Sholom

Community "Family" Seder

As we celebrate 

Passover Across America 

April 7, 8:00 pm 


Led by Rabbi David Walk &  Cantor Arik Wollheim

Delicious traditional Seder menu

$36 adult    $25 child under 12

RSVP online at

Or call the office 203-358-2200

Sisterhood Gift Shop


Sylvia's   Get Ready for Passover!


Gift Shop Store Hours are:

Sun. 3/25          10:00-1:00 pm  

Tues 3/27            1:30 - 4:00 pm

Wed. 3/27           12:30 - 2:30pm

Thurs. 3/28              1:30 - 4:00pm

Fri. 3/29               12:00-2:00pm

Sun. 3/30         10:00am - 1:00pm


Community Announcements
5K RUN OR WALK WITH MIKE. SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 20. Save the Date! High Ridge Park will host a fun-filled day to raise awareness and funds for The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University Medical Center, established to support critical research into the tracking and treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). Info at All funds raised go directly to research at Columbia University Medical Center.
JFS BEREAVEMENT GROUP Wednesdays starting March 7 at 10:30-11:30 am at the Jewish Family Services, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Explore thoughts and feelings about grief in a non judgmental environment with emotional, physical and spiritual support. Members receive support and understanding for themselves and learn to provide the same to others. Info: Danielle Attard by email or 203-395-9494.
JEWISH TWENTIES AND THIRTIES (JTT) - Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 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. The Bureau of Jewish Education sponsors the program in collaboration with Jewish Twenties and Thirties (JTT), a program funded by a grant from Jewish Family Service. Open to the entire community. Fee is $8 a class and includes dinner from Café Stam. RSVP to Leah Schechter at or Elisse Passy at
JFS VETERAN'S SUPPORT GROUP Topics : transitioning back into civilian life, re-building relationships and overcoming post traumatic stress disorder. Info Melanie Rago at 631-355-1120 or email at
"FINDING YOUR FOCUS" - A JFS 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 is provided by Lee Combrinck-Graham, M.D. and qualifies for insurance reimbursement. Info: Eve Moskowitz, at 203-921-4161 or
CHILDREN OF FAST TRACK PARENTS It's all about raising the highly privileged child. Temple Beth El, Wednesday March 28th 7:00 pm at . Based on the research of Andrée Aelion Brooks. Open to parents, grandparents, and those who work with children. Presented by Kulanu with Chavurah Aytz Chaim, CAS, the Jewish Fellowship of Jewish Learning, JCC, JFS, Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai and Young Israel of Stamford. 
WANT TO MAKE STAMFORD BIKE PEOPLE FRIENDLY? Join a community effort to do it! Check out to find out how!
CPR CLASSES AT YI, infant, child & adult CPR & choking rescue, March 18, 4-7:00 pm. Cost: Training $50 person by cash check $52 person by credit card for non-certification. Certification $80 person  includes a class manual and certification card. You will be given materials in advance from which to study so you can take the exam. Space is limited, register at

JHS AT THE  JCC, Jewish Genealogy Day.  Sunday 3/18, 10am-4pm  Know Your Roots, Learn From an Expert! Learn to trace your ancestry with Gary Mokotoff, author/lecturer on Jewish Genealogy.  Three optional special sessions to follow. Register via email  Kosher lunch available & book for sale.  Call JHS at 203-321 1391 x150.

JHS & NEW CANAAN LIBRARY  PRESENT: Sunday, March 25, 4pm  Author event with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman speaking on his latest book One Hundred Great Jewish Books: Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation.  He is a prolific author and prominent scholar of Jewish Liturgy.  Open to all/free. Refreshments and Book Signing. Info: Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148

JEWISH HOME Spring Luncheon & Boutique The Women's Auxiliary of The Jewish Home will host the Annual Spring Luncheon & Boutique on Monday, May 7, at the Trumbull Marriott.  Highlights will include fabulous Boutique shopping, exciting raffle and guest entertainer Comedian Marion Grodin.  Reservations from $118-$250. Info and an invitation Dayna Hayden, Coordinator, Auxiliaries and Events at the JHE Foundation, at (203)365-6409

BITTERSUITE: Songs of More Experience, a new musical by award winning composer and CAS member Elliot Weiss premiers with a staged reading at Curtain Call Theatre on Monday evening April 2nd at 7:30. Tickets are $15. 203-461-6358

JCC FLASH MOB, join the mob to perform at the Yom Ha'Atmut community celebration on April 26, ages 12-25. Rehearsals begin Sunday April 1, 15  & 22 at 5:30-6:00 pm. Info: Ayellet Azura, 203.962.5533 or

 SHABBAT PARSHAT TZAV, on March 30-31.  Maruja and Allon Ivri and Doreen and Howard Nusbaum are hosting Nora Anderson, Carmel Academy's Head of School.  Please join us for a Shabbat Nosh at the Ivir's home 45 Morgan Street at 4:00 PM. Bring your entire family for a relaxing shabbat afternoon and some fun shabbat activities for the kids. 


Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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