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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

July 14, 2012


24 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


As Rabbi Walk noted in our introductory seminar on Sunday, daily routine is the best way to beavior modification. Special thanks, as he acknowledged, to Benjamin Franklin and Rabbi Yisrael Salanter.   Our new three week website 

(Three Weeks & Beyond) includes a chart for daily reminders of character development and resources for your to share and explore at your Shabbat table.  Reflect on the questions in this week's bulletin & "Smile Quotes".  


This coming Shabbat, we will explore the first attribute of greeting everyone with a smile. According to Jewish tradition, we should not let a person pass by without saying "Hi!". Shammai states in Ethics of our Fathers - Receive everyone with a cheerful face.


We mourn the destruction due to baseless hatred. May we merit to rebuild the Temple through our love.  Looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces. 


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. 



1. " I have to be fluent in Gemorah learning or in Hebrew"  Our daf yomi shiurim are taught in English and are open to people who have
little or no backround in Gemorah learning. 

2." I have to commit to the program every day"  Many people join the daf yomi group on a weekly or occasional basis and are absolutely welcome to do so.



Smile And The Whole World Smiles With You

Discussion Questions for your Shabbat Table:

1. Why do many people wait for someone to greet them before they say hello?

2. Did you ever initiate a greeting and receive a very positive response in return which then leads you to realize the power of greeting someone?

3. How would you gain by greeting others more cheerfully?


Stretch of the week:

  •  Make an effort to be the first to smile at someone.  (and notice their reply)


Quotes, Poems and Words on Smiling and the Power of Smiling:

Thanks to Robert Phipps

  •  A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller
  •  The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown
  •  Start every day with a smile and get it over with. ~W.C. Fields
  •  A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy
  •  A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown
  •  If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. ~Andy Rooney
  •  Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile. ~Author Unknown
  •  If you don't have a smile, I'll give you one of mine. ~Author Unknown
  •  I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. ~Author Unknown
  •  Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. ~George Eliot
  •  Smiling is infectious, you can catch it like the flu.  Someone smiled at me today, and I started smiling too. ~Author Unknown
  •  Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you've been up to. ~Author Unknown
  •  You're never fully dressed without a smile. ~Martin Charnin
  •  It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. ~Author Unknown
  •  All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile. ~Chris Hart
  •  Smile - it increases your face value. ~Author Unknown
  •  A smile is something you can't give away; it always comes back to you. ~Author Unknown
  •  It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body... the heart. ~Author Unknown

For more information or questions, please contact

Rabbi Cohen ( or Rabbi Walk



Shabbat Topics & Participants

Coffee & Commentary 

Rabbi David Walk

Torah Readers

Levy Dulitz, David Cohen


Roz Mangot


Michael Feldstein

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

The Science of a Smile

Seudat Shlishit 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Roots and Reverberations of a Smile in Halacha

Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi




7:00 am


Rosh Chodesh



7:15/8:30 am

6:20/7:30 pm

8:10 pm



 Candles Friday

6:30/7:30 am


8:03 pm



Thanks to this week's sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

                       the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary Kiddush

  the Shul 

Chapel Kiddush 


Howard Weiss and Fred Baer in honor of their milestone birthdays 

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 in the Fall 2012. 

CAS Youth Department

This Week's Schedule for Shabbat: 

Thank you to the Kanefsky Family for sponsoring treats for mini minyan in honor of  Isabelle's birthday.  


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


Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Summer Flicks With Rabbi Walk

Join Rabbi Walk  at CAS for these features. 

Showtimes 7:30pm.  No charge!


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.


Upcoming Events 


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  

For more information on CAS Summer Events,


This Monday evening July 16th at 7:30 pm at the JCC

there will be a brainstorming meeting on the topic of reviving Tamar Gershberg's Jewish Arts Alive dramatic arts program. All welcome to attend.


The Jewish Woman's Fight for Freedom:

The Challenge of Getting the 'Get' "

A Report From The Front Lines of the Agunah Crisis

Batsheva Shani-Sherman Rabbinical Court Advocate for Woman

Director, Yad L'isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg

Legal Aid Center and Hotline, Israel 

Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm at CAS

For more information contact Ari Lieberman at or call:

 (212) 935-8672


 Rabbi Michael Broyde on Agunah

Monday evening, July 30 , 7:30 pm

Divorce and Modern Life:

Understanding the Agunah Problem in the Context of Family Life in America.

We are joining Young Israel again this year in their community kollel. For more information, visit the YI website. Please join us at CAS for a stimulating lecture. 


New and Prospective Member BBQ - August 26  

Agudath Sholom Prospective Member BBQ - August 26 at

Agudath Sholom from 5 PM - 7 PM.

Find out about why more and more people are

making CAS their home for the holidays and  beyond!

Free and open to the community.  For more info,

contact Ethan Green, CAS membership chair at or Cindy Flynn at 

CAS Announcements
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


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.

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:

THE HERBERT AND SARAH M. GIBOR READING PARTNERS PROGRAM is a group of dedicated volunteer tutors, sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and is an affiliate of the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy.  Reading Partners volunteer for one hour each week reading with students on a one-to-one basis.  Each tutor is assigned two students and spends a half-hour with each talking, reading or writing. Participating in and observing the growth in reading competency in a young child is a very rewarding experience for both tutor and student.  For more info, contact Tricia Hoff 203-321-1373 or email

THE YU STAMFORD COMMUNITY KOLLEL, sponsored by the Young Israel of Stamford invites the entire community to a vitally important panel discussion:"Confronting Abuse in the Orthodox Community"The Panel will feature experts in the field.Rabbi Yosef Blau, Mashgiach Ruchani, RIETS David Cohen, Esq., Connecticut State's Attorney (Stamford)Dr. Mark Banschick, Noted psychiatrist and syndicated columnist.   Moderated by Rabbi Elly Krimsky, Young Israel of Stamford Shabbat Chazon, July 28th 2012Young Israel of Stamford - 69 Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford Program to follow services (which begin at 9:00 am) and kiddush.  This program is off the record, closed to the media and a child-care program will take place concurrent to the program. This program is not for children.


Congregation Agudath Sholom

301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone:203-358-2200  Fax: 203 358-2323


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