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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

May 12, 2012


20 Iyyar 5772
Omer 35

Shabbat Schedule




Dvar Torah (Rabbi Eliezer Bercuson)






Coffee & Commentary


Main Sanctuary


Teen Minyan 

(Simcha Room)


Women's Tefillah Group

(Social Hall)

9:45 am

Future Tots 

Parent Led (Bridal Room)


Tot Shabbat


Mini-minyan (Youth Room) 


Jr. Congregation (Chapel)


Jr. Teen Chat (Chapel Classroom)


Pirkei Avot Club (Girls -Rabbi Cohen. 15 Revonah Cir.)


Pirkei Avot Club (Boys-Shul with Rabbi Walk)


Daf Yomi




Pirkei Avot Study

(Rabbi Bercuson 4th Chapter Pirkei Avot)


Shabbat Ends


CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Shabbat Shalom


We wish Rabbi Eli and Ilana Berucson much success in the future. Thank you very much for joining us this year and serving as a Rabbinic Intern from Yeshiva University.


We also wish all moms a Happy Mother's Day!


Life often amplifies Torah values. Although Mariano Rivera is not Jewish, he is a man of faith. Take a moment to read the article below.  His comments embody the timeless message of finding the blessing in adversity and also accepting G-d's will. Wishing you and your families a 

Shabbat Shalom!


"Another Blow to Rivera" - WSJ May 10, 2012
click here to read!  

Rabbi Daniel Cohen 



It's Spring!  Hashkamah Kiddush will be on the Patio to enjoy the weather! 


Join Rabbi Cohen for a stimulating discussion

Religious Zionism Today: Challenges & Opportunities

Wednesday evening, May 16 & 23 - 6:45 - 8:00 PM

Enjoy dinner and discussion and explore the following issues: Who is making aliyah today and why? How can we commit to Zionism from afar? Explore the teachings of Rav Kook and his son Rav Tzvi Yehuda and how these leaders shaped the contours of Religious Zionism today.  Paid registration for dinner by May 5.  If not paid, you may attend the class without the dinner option. $20 for series.

To attend sign-up online at


Youth Essay Contest for Yom Yerushalayim

For 2nd to 8th graders

 Sponsored by the CAS Israel Advocacy Project and 

CAS Youth 

Three divisions-top 3 entries in each win 4 tickets to a Bridgeport Bluefish Game

Story contest for Junior (2nd-5th) & Senior (6th-8th) 

Topic: Why is Jerusalem special to you and the Jewish people or Write a story about Jerusalem (real or imagined) 

Number of words - 250 - 500

Youth Art Contest for Yom Yerushalayim (3rd - 8th grade)

Topic: Drawing/painting of Jerusalem

We will display artwork in shul and winning essays will be posted on our website! 

Deadline for all three contests

 (turn in your entry to the office):  May 15





CAS would like to thank Eliezer & Ilana Bercuson for your efforts and time with our congregation & safe travel to your next destination!  


Bennett Cancer Center, Hope in Motion 

Walk, Run or Ride Sunday June 3, 

To sign up and info-

Israel Day Parade & Run-Sunday, June 3, NYC

 To sign up and

Unveiling for Florence Fliegelman  Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 am at the CAS Cemetery

Shabbat Topics & Participants

Coffee & Commentary 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen


Naftali Rosenberg 

Torah Readers

Dr. Henry Rascoff, Daniel Jubas


Daniel Kraus

Rabbi David Walk 

Whatta Kiddush Hashem!!

Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi


7:45 am


7:00 am



7:15/8:30 am


6:30/7:30 am



7:45 pm

Candles Friday

7:50 pm

Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

Gloria Green in honor of her granddaughter, Alexandra Frydman, upon receiving her M.D. from Mt. Sinai Medical School; Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz and Ethan Green in memory of Sandy Green on his 10th Yahrtzeit, 18 Iyyar; and the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary Kiddush

Jordan and Wendy Handler in celebration of their daughter, Sophie's, birthday and in gratitude to the CAS community for their support and prayers for Sophie over the last several months 


Chapel Kiddush 

Danielle & Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger in honor of the birth of their daughter, Meira Tamar Jeiger.

Mazal Tov to
  • Rich Vogel on becoming  the new President of the Stamford JCC & Brian Kriftcher for your many years of service. 
  • JFS on a successful Annual event here at CAS.
  • To all of our Kulanu Class of 2012:  Isaac Berkoff, Josh Genn, Doug Knopf
  • Alexandra Frydman, daughter of Dr. Cheryl Frydman, granddaughter of Gloria Green, niece of Ethan Green and Stacey Mintz, on her graduation from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.  
CAS Classes

Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday ClassProphets 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 Beginning 9:15 am
Tuesday: Book of Ruth
Thursday: Talmud Class7:30 pm
CAS Youth Department


This week:

Check out the new schedule at Jr. Cong.

10:30 - Games and Fun - last week the girls won all three games of Jr. Cong style Family Feud

10:50 - Tefillah, Torah Reading and Dvar Torah

11:15 - Parsha Questions / Kiddush / Game

We wish Josh Munk and his fellow NCSY-ers an amazing Spring Regional Weekend trip!!!

Make sure to catch TOT SHABBAT leading us in "Hashem is Here, Hashem is There" at the conclusion of upstairs services.


Coming Soon....

May 19-20 - Tamir Goodman.. Youth Scholar in Residence/ Leader Appreciation/ Fundraiser Shabbat\

May 26 - Double Nikudot / Nikudot Sale Week - Bring Your Nekudot!!!

May 26-27 - Shavuot Learning Programs

June 8 -  Boys afternoon Out Event- NOTE NEW DATE!!!June 23 - Youth Awards Shabbat


Meet Our Fabulous Leaders - This week's featured leaders:

Lauren Schechter - Tot Shabbat

I am a ninth grader at Westhill High School, and a Bi-Cultural Day School Graduate. I became involved in CASYD after two summers of being a counselor for 2 and 3 years olds at Camp Gan Israel in Greenwich. I enjoy coming to shul every week and spending a blissful hour with the children in Tot Shabbat and have loved seeing them grow and come out of their shells throughout the year.

To make a donation in her honor please visit

Irene Okun - Tot Shabbat

Hi I'm Irene Okun I run Tot Shabbat. I knew from the time I was a little girl I wanted to be a teacher and that is what I do. I have been teaching for many years and hope to teach for many more. I want to thank all parents for giving me the time on shabbos morning to daven sing and play with your children each one is so special to me.

Robbie Bernstein - Jr. Teen Chat

My name is Robert Bernstein. I work in long island as the head of marketing for I love doing my weekly discussion class because the kids come in eager to learn about the parsha and eat junk food. I greatly enjoyed the synagogue's youth programs as a young lad attending Junior Congregation or the baseball league and am happy that I am still able to be a part of these programs.

To make a donation in his honor please visit



LATTE AND LEARN May 17, and 31... You know what it is by now and you know you want to come, so be there, every other Thursday 8:30-9:30pm at the High Ridge Starbucks!

TEEN MINYAN May 28, 9:30 am in the Social Hall, for Grades 7-12

SHAVUOS PALOOZA 2012!!!  May 26, Torah Party rockin' in the shul ALL NIGHT!!!!


Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Join us for a special Shabbat weekend Youth Fundraiser

Honor your favorite Youth Leader!

Tamir Goodman Scholar-in-Residence

 Tamir Goodman, basketball star and trailblazer, is now a captivating speaker with a powerful message for all kids and audiences of all ages.  He will spend the weekend with us as the keynote for our annual Youth Fundraiser.  

 Shabbat, May 18-19 

Special Shabbat Lunch - Cost: $25/adult, $18/child (age 3-12)

Sponsorships available!

Click here to sign up!

All proceeds go to CAS Youth Programming

One-on-ones with Tamir | Dinner with Tamir | Shabbat Lunch with Tamir

We expect a sell out!  First-come, first-served.  

Special Nets tickets package included with dinner!


Join these families who have already signed up as of Thursday!

The Alexander Family

The Bein Family

The Berk Family

The Bernstein Family

The Cohen Family

(Rabbi & Diane)

The Cohen Family

(Rachel & Ephraim)

The Dayan Family

The Doft Family

The Dulitz Family

The Frenkel Family

The Green Family

(Jill & Arthur)

The Green Family

(Shira & Ethan)

The Haron Family

(Rachel & Dan)

The Haron Family

(Kamal & Nancy)

The Karsch Family

The Lieberman Family

The Links Family

The Marlowe Family

The Mehl Family

The Meyer Family

The Neuhaus Family

The Niedober Family

The Passy Family

The Raymond Family

The Reicin Family

The Rosenfeld Family

The Sherman Family

The Steinmetz Family

The Thau Family

The Trabish Family

TheYaghoubian/Khaghan Family


Your name not here?  CLICK TO JOIN US!

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.
SISTERHOOD MEETING, Save the date-May 20, in the chapel.  Details to follow!
Upcoming Events

Attention, Families of Graduates!

Join the CAS 2012 Graduation Celebration!


If you have a graduate in your family (preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school), we will publish his/her name and the level from which he or she is graduating.


Celebrate the graduates with a festive kiddush on the second day of Shavuot in their honor.

Help co-sponsor the kiddush


Click here to sign up your graduate and sponsor!

Annual Sisterhood Meeting

Sunday, May 20, 11:00 am at CAS


        • Report of Past Year 
        • Election of Officers 
        • Presentation of Rosh Chodesh as a Woman's Holiday 
        • Planning Future Events 

RSVP: Johanna Akyuz 203-588-0942 - or

Looking Forward to seeing you all!

Straight from Israel for a pre-Shavuot class at CAS

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Tanach Instructor, Yeshivat Har Etzion




Sponsored by Beth & David Cohen, in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of Beth's Father, Manuel Skversky


Monday night, May 21 8:15PM in the Chapel

(immediately following mincha and maariv) 


Join us for what promises to be a wonderful shiur from a master Tanach teacher with a very unique style

Hero, Martyr and Romantic: An Evening in Tribute to Rabbi Akiva


Learn about the life and legacy of Rabbi Akiva in a unique evening of learning and drama. During the period of Sefirat HaOmer, we mourn for the loss of the students of Rabbi Akiva, the legendary Talmudic Sage, but also honor his values and vision.

The evening will consist of two dimensions. Rabbis Daniel Cohen andDavid Walk will lead a text based exploration of some of Rabbi Akiva's most famous insights about Judaism and Tamar Gershberg and friends will dramatize a scene from her original play on Rabbi Akiva the Romantic.

Following the program, the community is invited for light refreshments. 


Join us on Tuesday evening, May 22, at Agudath Sholom at 7:30 pm and experience the living legacy of Rabbi Akiva

For more information, contact CAS at 203-358-2200

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. 



Sisterhood Gift Shop

Sylvia's Gift Shop Hours This Week

Tuesday - 5/15     1:30 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday - 5/16     12:30 - 2:30 pm

Thursday - 5/17     1:30 - 4:00 pm

Friday - 5/18    12:00 - 2:00 pm 


Community Announcements

5K RUN OR WALK WITH MIKE SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 20, Fun-filled day to raise awareness and funds for The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund, focused on tracking and treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.  Info:  All funds raised support research at Columbia University Medical Center.To read more about Michael's Walk go to: 

MA'AYANOT FUNDRAISER All women invited to student-run program, Heartbeats: A Night of Song, Dance and Connection. The performance will take place May 30 at 7:30 pm (doors open 7pm) at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School, Teaneck. Proceeds donated to Kol Kallah Fund, a branch of Yad Eliezer which helps Israel's impoverished brides and grooms start a home. Tickets $15 advance or $18 at the door. Call Etana Staiman at 201-414-2899 or

CLICK & HELP It's National Mobility Awareness Month. Help Cory Greenbaum (Barry Luden's nephew) win an accessible van. Click use Promo Code 777 to help out! THANKS!

CRASH COURSE IN BASIC JUDAISM Taught by Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Director National Jewish Outreach Program. FREE at Bi-Cultural Day School. Three Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm. May 15 & 22. Register at or 203-328-2186.

WOMEN LOOKING FOR BEREAVEMENT GROUP? Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30 am at the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Members receive support and understanding for themselves and learn to provide for others. Info: Danielle Attard or 203-395-9494

ANTI-BULLYING FOR PARENTS Monday, May 23 7 pm at the Stamford JCC. The program will focus on understanding who becomes a bully or bullied, and how to respond to the problem. Dr. Mitchell Flaum, Jewish Family Service JFLE Coordinator with the Stamford JCC will discuss: understanding different bullying types, recognizing when your child is being bullied or acting as a bully, speaking to your child about it and taking effective action, advocating for your child within the school system and raising "bullyproof," resilient children. Info: Dr. Mitchell Flaum at 203-921-4161 or

NAVIGATING THE TRANSITION FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS & PARENTS Thursday, May 3 7:30pm at the Stamford JCC. Final of series. Led by JFS College Consultant Claire Friedlander. Attorney Lawrence Berliner will address students' basic legal and educational rights in the transition process. Info: Claire Friedlander or 203-921-4161.
STUDY IN JERUSALEM THIS JULY - The Gerald and Mary Swartz Introductory Summer Program invites you to experience the inspiration and excitement that studying in and touring Israel offers. Cost: $1500 covers everything including airfare, classes, trips and more. Scholarships are available for more information, find us on the web at contact: Nava Orlian, Director

TAG SALE, For Charity! Sunday May 13 9 am-2:00 pm 99 Silver Hill Lane in Stamford. As a part of Elizabeth Shavrick's Mitzvah project, she will be raising money for Feed America and Leket, both organizations provide food & supplies to soup kitchens and to all those in need : all over Israel.  Toys, games, books, DVD's and much more.  Rain Date TBA. 

JHS EVENTS: BOOK TALK, May 16, 10:30AM at the Stamford JCC-Nemesis by Philip Roth. Presenter: Sondra Melzer. FILM May 20, 1:30PM, Temple Israel 14 Coleytown Rd. Westport, Sponsored jointly by JHS and the Holocaust Child Survivors of CT. As Seen through These Eyes about artists who fought Hitler. Remarks by Judith Goldstein, one of the artists. Free and open to all. For a ride or info at 203- 321-1373, ext. 150


Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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