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Friday, July 6, 2012

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

July 7, 2012


17 Tamuz 5772 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary


Main Sanctuary


Future Tots 

Parent Led (Bridal Room)


Tot Shabbat


Mini-minyan (Youth Room) 


Jr. Congregation (Chapel)


Perek on the Patio

Daf Yomi





Shabbat Ends


CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Shabbat Shalom

 A Message from Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Values of Agudath Sholom -For the Three Weeks and Beyond 

During the three weeks, we will explore three core values of CAS.  These ethical principles underscore the development of a sacred, inviting and healthy organization. The curriculum will consist of the three dimensions: Shabbat Divrei Torah in shul for adult and youth, home based discussion material, and an interactive workshop on Shabbat afternoon. The three themes will be:

1.      Shabbat, July 14th - Greet Everyone with a Smile

2.      Shabbat, July 21st  - Speaking Positively

3.      Shabbat, July 28th - Judging People Favorably


Join us this Sunday morning, July 8th, the fast of the 17th of Tamuz,for a symposium introducing our three weeks core values program. Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Walk will lead the session in the chapel from 9:15 am until 10 am.  The fast begins Sunday morning at 4:17 am and ends on Sunday evening at 9:01 pm. 


The program is open to the entire community and is a wonderful way to harness the spirit of the three weeks to develop Jewish community and nurture personal development. 

Hosted by CAS & Temple Sholom
Featuring :Bret Stephens, Deputy Editor & Foreign Affairs Columnist of the 
Wall Street Journal
  7:00 at Temple Sholom
   300 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT
To RSVP to this event e-mail Alice Schoen at
or call (203) 542-7165 

Daf Yomi Shabbat Celebration Saturday, August 4

Join us on Shabbat, August 4 for the Daf Yomi Shabbat. Incelebration of the completion of the world wide seven year cycle of studying the Talmud, Agudath Sholom will conduct a panel with participants following services on Shabbat morning at 11am.  You do not have to be a Torah scholar to join the next cycle. Hear inspiring stories and learn why men and women have dedicated themselves despite the hectic pace of life to this

transformative experience. The panel will be followed by a joyous and delicious kiddush in honor of the celebrants. More information to come in next week's bulletin

FAQS about the Three Weeks and the Nine Days

The three week period between Shiva Asar B'Tammuz and Tisha B'Av is known as the Bein HaMetzarim period.  It is known colloquially as "The Three Weeks."  During this period, we observe certain mourning practices to commemorate the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash.  The second level of mourning begins on Rosh Chodesh Av and is commonly known as "The Nine Days."  The third level of mourning begins the Saturday Night preceding Tisha B'Av and is known as "shavu'a shechal bo."  The most intense form of mourning is observed on Tisha B'Av itself.


1.   Do the restrictions apply to children?  Does it matter what age they are?

In general these restrictions apply to children, not only to train them, but in order to invoke a feeling of mourning among the adults who tend to children.


2.   Is it permissible to shave during the Three Weeks?

It is permissible to shave during the Three Weeks if one appears unkempt but not permitted to take a haircut.   During the Nine Days, one should not shave.  However, if not shaving may lead to a loss of money, one may shave during the Nine Days.


3.   What are the restrictions regarding music during this period?

It is prohibited to listen to live music during the Three Weeks and according to many opinions even recorded music.  One may listen to acappella music.


4.   Is it permissible to purchase something online that will not arrive until after Tisha       B'Av?

Generally, we refrain from making major purchases during the three weeks unless there is a compelling reason whether financial or other.


5.   Is it permissible to get a manicure during the Three Weeks?

During the Three Weeks and the Nine Days, it is permissible to cut one's nails.


6.   What are the restrictions regarding bathing and swimming?

During the nine days we avoid bathing for pleasure and recreational swimming.


7.   During the Nine Days, may I eat pareve food that was cooked in a meat utensil?

Yes.  Even if there is some meat residue that may have come into contact with the food, if it is not recognizable and comprises less than 1/60 of the food, it is permissible.


8. What garments are included in the restrictions against laundering clothes and

    wearing freshly laundered clothing   during the nine days?

All clothing is included excluding undergarments.


9.   What should I use for Havdalah on Saturday Night during the Nine Days?

We may give grape juice to a child who is educated enough to understand the concept of Havdalah, but not old enough to understanding mourning the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash. If not, we may drink the wine from Havdalah or some have the practice of reciting Havdalah on beer or OJ.


10.   Are leisure and social activities permissible during these days?

Yes. However, we are prohibited from engaging in celebrations and large social gatherings particularly with food and music.


For more information or questions, please contact

Rabbi Cohen ( or Rabbi Walk



Shabbat Topics & Participants

Coffee & Commentary 

Rabbi David Walk

Torah Readers

Matt Jelen, Joseph Rubin, Marty Rubin, Dr. Burt Rubin


Elisheva Kilner


Sandy Shapiro

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Call me...Maybe

Seudat Shlishit 

Rabbi David Walk, The Three Weeks

Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday& Wed 



7:00 am 



7:00/8:30 am


6:30/7:30 am






Tzom Tammuz

 8:00 pm




 Candles Friday








Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

                       Shelia & Charles Jay, Louis Marshall, Tanya, Art Swidler, Bianaca & Jordan in memory of their father Isadore Glazer on his 7th yahrzeit, and the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary Kiddush

  the shul and enhanced by Rosa Rastegar in memory of her father Jacob Bral 14th yahrzeit 

Chapel Kiddush 


Jerry Cohen, in honor of his mother Florence Cohen and his uncle Milton Waldman

Mazal Tov to

  • Arline Gewanter on the birth of a grandson born to Michelle & Dan Gewanter
  • Rabbi Matt & Chaya Shochet, on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal Tov to the grandparents, Drs. Judy & Jeff Cahn, big sister, Miram Ahuvah and great grandmother Helen Altschuler 
  • Happy Banniversary, all those having a birthday or anniversary this month

Condolences to...

  • Gabriella Dresnder on the passing of her husband Rudolph (Rudy) Dresnder. 
CAS Classes

Rabbi Walk's Classes:

Sunday -Special Session with Rabbi Daniel Cohen & Rabbi David Walk

Monday - Parsha - at CAS - 12:00

Tuesday - Jewish History - 9:00 am

Wednesday- Psalms - 8:30 am

Thursday-Talmud: Megilla  -7:15 pm


Look for Rabbi Cohen's classes to resume soon! 

CAS Youth Department

This Week's Schedule for Shabbat: 

Throughout the summer we will continue to have Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan and Jr. Congregation!


We welcome Rabbi Tucker who will be leading Jr. Cong. this summer!!!


Coming Soon...

  • AUGUST 3- PJ Library Early Shabbat Dinner for Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyaners.. stay tuned for more info!

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Summer Flicks With Rabbi Walk

Join Rabbi Walk  at CAS for these features. 

Showtimes 7:30pm.  No charge!

July 11-Everything is Illuminated

is a gentle comedy of understanding and forgiveness played in the shadow of the Holocaust.


July 18-The Great Dictator (The Criterion Collection)

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a doppelganger, a poor but kind Jewish barber living in the slums, who one day is mistaken for Hynkel.


July 25-Marathon Man

A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.




CAS Stories with Rabbi Ehrenkranz & Friends

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:30pm

Please join CAS & Rabbi Ehrenkranz for this event!  It's free and open to the community. If you have any old pictures from 1965 , please bring them to the shul prior to this event or mail them to the Shul! We will share these pictures during this event with all congregants.


Saturday Night, August 18 10 PM - Midnight

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Young Couples Night Out at Kosh
Open to the Entire Community 
Meet new friends, enjoy great company, 
ambience and food!
For more information email Rabbi Daniel Cohen at
or Laura Tobin, Young Couples Chair,at  


CAS Announcements
WOMEN'S LEARNING-If you are interested in organizing  a summer Shabbat afternoon women's learning group, please contact Cara Neumann, or call 
ERUV-The Yeshiva University museum plans to prepare an exhibit on eruvin (plural of eruv). They have asked that we share this online survey with our congregants and they thank you in advance for participating. To take the survey go to
LET US KNOW! We strive at CAS to support our members in time of need.   If you know of someone 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.
SPONSOR THE KIDDUSH- Would you like to sponsor a Kiddush for Shabbat?  Give the office a call and ask for Cindy, 203-358-2200.
ANNUAL ENDLESS SUMMER KUMSITZ-Saturday night, August 4, 2012, 9:45PM at the home of Christine Bloom, 12 Crane Road. Food, fun, and plenty of music!  No charge! Organized by the Young Israel of Stamford as part of its summer kollel program, and open to entire community.
Sisterhood Gift Shop

Sylvia's Gift Shop New Summer Hours 

Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00pm

Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Or by appointment, call 203-358-2200


Have you joined the Mayim League yet?


We are grateful to the following families and individuals for their generous gifts to The Mayim League

 2011-12, which helps support and maintain our community's Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah.



Adrienne & Michael Alexander



Jessica & Adam Batkin

Dina & Paul Berger

Darona & Tzvi Bernstein

Diane Cohen & Rabbi Cohen

Rachel  & Ephraim Cohen

Elise  & Steven Cohen

Rachel & Nimrod Dayan

        Vivi & Yisrael Deren

Maryiashi  & Yossi Deren

Rachel & Jay Jubas

Stephanie & Howard Fogel

Lenore & Ilan Fogel 

Marilyn & Larry Gochberg

Marcia Gordon & Seth Young

Caryn Halbrecht & Tom Haendler

Kayla & Leon Hanna

Meg & Yoav Haron

Rachel & DanHaron


Nechama & Dovid Hordiner

Shara & David Israel

Maruja & Allon Ivri

Monica & Eric Jankelovits

Abigail & Josh Kurtz

Lorraine & David Kweskin

Sharon & Jeffrey Lewis

Hadassah & Joseph Lieberman

Ana & Albert Lilienfeld

Lisa & Seth Linzer

Sarah & Avi Lipsker

Susan & Mitchell Mailman

Rachel & Samuel Maryles

Sondra & Jared Mehl

Tzivia & Gabriel Moreen

Marguerite & Kenneth Neuhaus

Carina & Henry Rascoff

Judy & Robert Raymond

Maria & Glenn Reicin

Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut

Sharon & David Shavrick

Leah & Moshe Shemtov

Malya & Zalman Shmotkin

Beverly & David Stein

Sherry Steiner & Mark Silver

Liba & Steven Steinmetz

Emily & Michael Wirgin

Hillary & Bob Zitter

Shira & Mitchell Zucker


 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 or 203-964-1928, at least 24 hours in advance.

Community Announcements

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 or contact: Nava Orlian, Director

PURIM IN JERUSALEM-The February 2013 BiCultural Israel tour planned by Walter Shuchatowitz (Mr. S) and Bob Abrams will feature an extended stay in Jerusalem including the celebration of Purim.  Early reservations are advised, for details please call BiCultural at 203-329-2186.  

JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY of Fairfield County (JHS) SUNDAY, June24 10am (9:30 coffee) Temple Sinai Stamford "A CT YANKEE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH" Speakers: Edwen & Fred Goldstein, long time Stamford residents. Growing up Jewish in families with roots in Mississippi & Louisiana dating back to the 19th century; coming north after college, and staying. welcome. For more info call 321-1373, ext.150.

JEWISH TWENTIES AND THIRTIES - Sunday, June 24 at 10:30 am.  Partially funded by YJP/CT and JTT, outdoor lovers will gather to enjoy a hike in Devil's Den in Weston. For info contact  Leah Schechter,  JFS Singles Outreach Coordinator,  203-921 4161 or

WOMEN LOOKING FOR BEREAVEMENT GROUP? Mondays at 5:30 pm at the Stamford office, Jewish Family Service, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Or Wednesdays at 5:00pm in Westport Office, Jewish Family Service, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. Gather to explore thoughts and feelings about grief in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, physical and spiritual support. Members will not only receive support and understanding for themselves but will also learn to provide the same to others. For more info, contact Danielle Attard by email at or 203-395-9494.

BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL RESUME- Thursdays, 7:45 pm A JFS support group, facilitated by Melanie Rago and Danielle Attard, training in Marriage and Family Therapy, for those affected by the poor economy, underemployment or unemployment. The group will meet at the JFS Westport offices, 431 E. Post Road, Westport. Topics to be covered will include: building confidence, finding strengths and supporting others in similar situations. For more info, please contact Melanie Rago at 631-355-1120 or email at or Danielle Attard by email at or 203-395-9494.

MENDING BATTLE WOUNDS AT HOME-Sundays at 6:00 pm at the JFS Westport offices, 431 E. Post Road, Westport. Facilitated by Melanie Rago and Danielle Attard, training in Marriage and Family Therapy, the support group is for spouses and significant other of veterans returning home. Discussions will include topics about rebuilding relationships after extended separation, addressing and living with PTSD and redefining roles. For more information, please contact Melanie Rago at 631-355-1120 or email at or Danielle Attard by email at or 203-395-9494.

4TH INTERNATIONAL JEWISH MEDICAL ETHICS CONFERENCE -August 16 - August 19, 2012, The Heritage Hotel, Southbury, CT.  It promises to be a great weekend.  You can have $100 off by entering  23764 upon checkout.   For more info and details go to    

TEXTS THAT TIE: The Bureau of Jewish Education of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien and the Yeshiva University Stamford Community Kollel, sponsored by the Young Israel of Stamford, present the second annual Tisha b'Av program: A Community Discussion. Chaired by Michael Feldstein and co-chaired by Brian Rogol and Betsy Stone, the goal of the program is to have members of the community meet and engage with one another, through the study of Jewish texts in small groups, about what it means to be a community and how can we promote unity. The program is in partnership with JCC, Board of Rabbis, all congregations including Chabad. It will take place from 6:45-8:45pm on Sunday, July 29th at the JCC. The evening will include concurrent programming for elementary and middle school students as well as teens.

TRIP TO ISRAEL-Don Miller & Jeff Rudolph, are organizing a third grassroots trip to Israel April 21-May 3, 2013.  This trip is open to the entire

Jewish community.  We would love to have members of Congregation Adudath Sholom on our trip.  For more info contact Jeff Rudolph at:


Abel Caterers of 70 Bradley Rd. Woodbridge, CT  has signed a

contract to be certified by the Vaad Hakshrus of Fairfield County

 effective July 1, 2012.  The company has a full-line of dairy, meat, and pareve menus for all of your parties, kiddushim, simchas, and catering needs. Kindly patronize this local caterer often.

For more info go to: or


Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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