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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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

Mikvah 203-964-1928 /  Eruv 203-324-3955

December 8, 2012

 24 Kislev 5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary


Main Sanctuary


Future Tots

(Bridal Room - Parent Led)


Tot Shabbat


Mini-minyan (Youth Room) 


Jr. Congregation (Chapel)


B'nai Mitzvah Club (Grades 5-6, near elevator)

Teen Minyan (back of social hall)    




Code of Jewish Law


Mincha (Sanctuary)


Daf Yomi- during Seudah Shlishit

Shabbat Ends


First Chanukah Candle after Havdala

CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

New Open Office Hours 

Rabbi Cohen:
Monday:       3:00-4:15 PM
Tuesday:  10:00-11:00 AM
Friday:       9:45-10:30 AM

Rabbi Walk:
Sunday:    10:00-11:00 AM
Monday:       8:15-9:00 PM
Thursday:     6:45-7:30 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Yasher Koach to Tzvi Bernstein for organizing a rewarding and uplifting MALT experience. Thank G-d, the trip was filled with many memorable moments of learning, touring, tefilla and more. We joined many of our students studying in Israel for a Shabbat lunch. Thank G-d, they are all thriving. It is impossible to summarize a visit to Israel but I look forward to sharing a few reflections on Shabbat morning.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and joyous
Chanukah!                                                                         Rabbi Cohen




Saturday night, we light the first Chanukah candle following Havdala. However, in shul, we light the Chanukah lights first in order to insure publicizing the miracle while people are still present.

For more info, visit


Join us for lighting every night at the shul. Enjoy our new menorah outside marking each night!                    (Thank you, Rad, for your creativity.)   
Tuesday 12 pm: Special Chanukah Themed Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Cohen
    7:30 pm: The Mysticism of Chanukah with Rabbi Walk

Thursday 8:30-9:15 am: Chanukah Coffee and Conversation at Starbucks High Ridge with Rabbi Cohen 

Shabbat, December 15th: Chanukah Celebratory Kiddush 

Thank you to Diane Cohen, Maruja Ivri and Vivian Weiss for organizing a successful senior lunch.

We wish the following people a Refuah Sheleima. Please have them in your prayers. If you would like to add a name for this month, email Rabbi Cohen


Ester Rachel bat Razel Baila

Rachel Adina bat Batya

Sarah Rivkah bat Mindelle

Devorah Bat Sara

Yehuda Shalom ben Hadassah

Lousya bat Janna

Malka Bracha bat Elke

Sara bat Eta Zeisel  

Refael Ephraim ben Sima

Ziv ben Vered

Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel

Chaya Devora bat Chana

Dovid Levi ben Gittel

Shmuel ben Mildred

Ephraim ben Channah

 Yoel Yehudah Hersch ben Miriam Zlata

Yosef Fischel ben Miriam Zlata   


Special Announcements
  • The first joint minyan of the year on Shabbat morning will be Dec. 29th at 8:45 AM.
  • Please be advised that there is now a late maariv at 8:30 pm Monday-Thursday. If you can attend or for more info, contact Rabbi Walk.
Mazel Tov to...
  • Miriam and Gideon Pell on the engagement of their daughter Jennie to Josh Small
  • Parents Shani and Elan White, brother Tuvia, sister Talia, grandfather Rabbi David Walk and the entire Walk family on the birth of a baby boy

  • David Bessaleli on his engagement to Deena Falk of West Hempstead, NY

Condolences to
  • Alan, Richard and David Horowitz on the death of their beloved father, Philip Horowitz
  • Norman Itkowitz on the death of his beloved mother, Minnie Itkowitz     
Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Gil Daniels, Michael Berg, Sam Goldstein,  

Judd Love, Rabbi Shaked Parhi  



Cantor Arik Wollheim

Rosalyn Sherman

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  Sartuba: Reflections from Israel   

 Seudah Shlishit
Saturday Night Lights - Havdala vs. Chanukah - for the speedy recovery of Rabbi Spektor
 Code of Jewish Law

Ari Lieberman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

Phyllis and Gerry Brodsky in sincere appreciation for the lovely Shabbat packages delivered to Gerry while hospitalized; The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund


Sanctuary Kiddush

Susan & Len Mark, commemorating the

yahrzeit of Len's father, Isadore Mark, and

Fannie Stevens commemorating the 2nd

yahrzeit of her husband, Daniel Stevens 


Chapel Kiddush                                                    

Murray and Roberta Engel, commemorating Moses Engel's yahrzeit


Seudah Shlishit                                                   

Tracy & Nahum Daniels in honor of the first

                  anniversary of Gil's bar mitzvah


Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am

Monday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am

Monday-Thursday 6:30/7:30 am

      Rosh Chodesh Tevet Friday 6:20/7:30 am  

Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Thursday 4:15 pm

Late Maariv

Monday-Thursday 8:30 pm

Next Friday Candles

4:08 pm

Upcoming Events


Sunday, Dec. 9th     11 am-1 pm

Crafts, Video Presentation, Raffle, Dreidel Contests,

Family Games, Prizes & Delicious Lunch

$180 sponsorships are available

 Each sponsor will receive admission for their entire family and 5 raffle tickets!

Cost for the entire program is just $5 per child and $10 per adult.

Please sign up online at 

Click here to sign up


a musical celebration for the whole family (6 and up) 
 Sunday, December 16, 6:30 pm
at Temple Beth El in Stamford
Featuring Arik Wollheim  and local Cantors Asa Fradkin, George Mordecai, Vicki Axe, Laura Berman, and Micah Morgovsky.  The production is under the direction of Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddush Theatre Folksbiene.  The performance stars Joanne Borts (currently on Broadway in the Tony-winning Best Musical Once), Daniella Rabbani, Avi Fox Rosen, Dmitri "Zisl-Yeysef" Slepovitch,
Brian Glassman, and Matt Temkin
and is accompanied by a modern Klezmer band.  The event is free and will be followed by
 post-performance noshing and schmoozing.

 CAS Women's Scholar Program:

Wednesdays: December 12 & 19, 2012  and Jan. 2 & 9, 2013 at CAS 7:30 pm


TOPIC: Body and Soul in Judaism


Free of Charge - Open to both men and women

We are excited to announce our honorees for the 

Annual CAS Dinner Dance

Sunday evening, May 5th, 2013!

Guests of Honor:

Elissa and Dr. Philip Klapper

Aviva Maller

Community Service Award: 

Ronni Bass 

Young Leadership Award: 

Shira and Ethan Green

Annual Dinner Chairpeople:

Claudia and Howard Rimerman

Diane and Elliot Sloyer 

We wish them and their families a hearty Mazal Tov!
Please mark the date and plan to join us as we celebrate our shul

and the accomplishments of our honorees.




Be one of six teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 3-5, 2013 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel, and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation.      


To be one of the six selected: Submit in a 500 word essay-"WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?" If you could lobby to the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by local and national panel of AIPAC supporters. Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Friday, January 15, 2013        


Open to 10th-12th graders from CAS.  Sponsored by Stephanie and Bob Sherman in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberma.  If you would like to enable more teens to attend AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please contact Rabbi Cohen.

CAS Trip to Israel - November 3 - 13, 2013

Travel to Israel with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen on an

Israel Mission exploring highlights of Israel from ancient to modern times. Great trip for first timers. See flier in shul for more details or go to:

Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tours for two informational sessions about the CAS Israel Trip in November, 2013.

Sunday, January 13th at 9 am

Thursday, January 24th at 8 pm

CAS Classes
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Classes:

Tuesday Morning Classes  
Power of the Prophets 8:15 - 9:00 amModern Jewish Thinkers 9:00 - 9:45 am
Parsha Perspective & Paradigms 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Friday Morning Classes 
Torah Portion 8:15 -8:45 amDaf Yomi Shiur 9:00-9:45 am

Rabbi David Walk's Classes 
Sunday Bible from the Beginning     
9:15 am
Monday Weekly Parsha at BCDS
12:10 pm

Monday New Class @ CAS  Hilchot Bishul B'Shabbat 

The Laws of Cooking on Shabbat With Harav Mordechai Willig Shlit''a Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University, on tape with source materials 

Heyman Chapel, 1 hour; be home in time for MNF

7:15 pm
Tuesday Mystical Minhagim
7:30 pm
Thursday Talmud, Megillah  
7:30 pm
CAS Youth Department


WE WILL NOT HAVE early drop off this week for Tot Shabbaters & Mini Minyaners- please let us know if you are interested in continuing this service

  •  Mini Minyan-Danielle Alexander from PJ Library will join us for a special Chanukah Story   Time
  •  Jr. Cong.-bring your nekudot for a double nekudot weekand a special nekudot sale Shabbat!
  • At Jr. Cong.-Come and hear Avi Gordon read from the Torah while Leeba Zucker will be delivering a special Birthday D'var Torah!!  If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah please let us know.
  • Thank you to the Haron and Zucker families for hosting onegs last Shabbat and to the over 50 children who attended them!  And thank you to Adina and Ari Hertzberg as well as to Josh Sperber for helping to run these fabulous onegs.  If your family would like to host an oneg, let us know!
  • Thank you to Chemda Parhi, Daniella, Roni, Rabbi Walk, Shira Parhi, Shira Cohen, Mrs. Links, and Rebecca Sigman for helping to run our Chanukah Family Funfest this Sunday -  we hope to see you all there!
  • Thank you to Rebecca Dayan and Maceala Thau, youth chairs of the senior luncheon, for helping with this wonderful event.



    CAS welcomes the NCSY Roadshow advisors Devora Weinstock, Izak Held, Elisheva Penner, Daniel Altaras, and Leah Goldstein to Stamford!

  • SR. TEEN ONEG for Grades 6-8 8pm at the Smart's, 26 Toilsome Brook Rd, featuring the Roadshow!


  • TEEN MINYAN at 9:30 AM in the Social Hall for 7-12th graders
  • TEEN MINYAN KIDDUSH sponsored by NCSY in honor of the Stamford Roadshow   

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL "JR. NCSY" ONEG  3-4pm at the

    Leiberman's, 426 Strawberry Hill Ave., featuring the Roadshow!




The whole Stamford Community is invited as we try to set the WORLD RECORD for  

the Most Chanukah menorahs EVER lit in one place!  

Join New York and Atlantic Seaboard NCSY and over 400 Jewish friends

at the STAMFORD HILTON as we make history!

Menorah lighting will be at approximately 6:45,

following a HUGE NCSY-style musical Havdalah at 6:00 pm.  









Saturday night, Jan. 5th, 2013 Limited tickets-first come, first served. 





Jr. TEEN CHANUKAH PARTY!!! Thursday Night, December 13th- Donuts, Latkes, Music, and Fun... and win some extra presents and gelt!

TEEN MINYAN December 15th at 9:30am for Grades 7-12

YARCHEI KALLAH SHABBATON December 25th-29th. Experience Torah like

never before! For more info contact Josh at



Party like you're in 9th Grade... because you are!  A special Shabbos dinner party JUST FOR FRESHIES! 



 January 5 at 9:30 AM in the Social Hall for 7-12th graders 
 January 5 - For grades 6-8 
 January 19 at 9:30am in the Social Hall for 7-12th graders
 Jr. TEEN MLK DAY TRIP!  -Save the date!  
 January 21, for grades 6-8


JAN 31-FEB 3... it's back again - the BEST WEEKEND OF THE WINTER!!!!  Contact Josh for more details.



Shabbat Shalom,

Yehuda Jeiger



CAS Announcements
JOIN RABBI COHEN'S 40 Days to a Better You for Chanukah!

YESHIVA BAIS BINYOMIN invites the men and boys of Stamford to their community Chanukah Party, this Wednesday evening, December 12, at 7:30 pm. There will be inspirational Torah, delicious food and lebidik dancing. Rabbi Krohn is expected to attend!


The Mens Club would like to thank and invite all the volunteers and contributors who have responded generously over the years to provide these unfortunate homeless, a holiday meal,gifts and company, when all other volunteers are home with their families. This year, we need your help again, to provide the Pacific House homeless shelter Christmas dinnerIf you can donate food, contributions or time, please contact the Shul (Cindy) or Mitchell Bell:
FROM GALUT TO HITGALUT WITH DR. HINDY NAJMAN-Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 23 & 30th , 8 - 9 pm at the JCC. Dr. Najman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, explores the question of how the Jews responded to the destruction of the First Temple. Generously sponsored by Mike and Betsy Stone. Co-sponsored by CAS, the JCC, TBE, TS and YI.

SPONSOR THE KIDDUSH- Would you like to sponsor a Shabbat Kiddush? Call the office and ask for Cindy, 203-358-2200!

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 at 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.

READ MEGILAT ESTHER ON PURIM -We're looking to enhance our Purim Day Megilah Reading (Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM) by having a group of capable young men who would lein the Megilah. For training and more info please contact 

Cantor Arik

New & Prospective Member Brunch

at Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen's Home

15 Revonah Circle, Stamford

Sunday December 16, 2012 10:30-noon

Enjoy great company, delicious food, and learn about our shul community.

For more information, please contact the shul office at 203-358-2200

New Member Orientation for New and Seasoned Members

Wednesday January 23, 2013 7:30-9:00pm

Community Announcements


In the words of Adam Sandler, "Put on your yarmulke, it's time for Hanukah." Join the Jewish clubs at Stamford High school and Westhill High School in celebrating Chanukah. Come eat latkes, doughnuts and chocolate. Win all the gelt in the dreidel tournament and hear a story of warriors and religious freedom. Stamford High School's club meets on Tuesdays at 2:15 PM in Room 925 and Westhill's club meets on Thursdays at 2:15 PM in Room 601. Can't make it this week? Clubs meet weekly! For more information contact



YESHIVA BAIS BINYOMIN invites the men and boys of Stamford to their community Chanukah Party, this Wednesday evening, December 12, at 7:30 pm. There will be inspirational Torah, delicious food and lebidik dancing. Rabbi Krohn is expected to attend!

AIPAC POST ELECTION ANALYSIS: WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE PRO-ISRAEL COMMUNITY-Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Temple Beth El. 7:00pm doors open/7:30pm program, followed by dessert reception. FREE,but for security purposes, RSVP to or 212-750-4110


December 12th, Jan. 2nd & 9th  10-11:00am at the JCC. The Old Masters helped shaped our vision of Jewish themes and Jewish texts. Review these paintings with the texts that inspired them.

Co-sponsored by the JHS. $45/free for J.E.E.P. pass holders.


Sunday, December 16 (8th day of Chanukah) at the Lyman Center for Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven. Doors open-3:30; concert-4:00. Featuring 8th Day and the Maccabeats. Tickets: (203) 392-6154 or  

THE MACCABIAH GAMES is holding a open house at the JCC Stamford, Monday Dec. 17at 8:00 pm with Jed Margolis, Executive Director of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.  For more information go to  or call  215-561-6900

ADL AWARD RECEPTION Moved to Thursday Jan. 17, 2013 The Anti-Defamation League will hold its annual Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award Reception in Stamford.  Rabbi David Israel will be honored at this event. For more information, please contact Janet Magid, Associate Development Director at (203) 288-6500 x313 or

JFS HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF FUND-JFS is ready to assist those in our community in need.   Every dollar donated toward the JFS Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund will be matched up to $5000. For more info contact JFS 203-921-4161

ISRAEL CHANUKAH BONDS-bonds starting now at $36, and easily purchased online, this is a perfect gift for the holidays. For more info, contact Cynthia Blustein at 914-713-9003 or make a purchase online at   

DOWNLOAD CHANUKA TO-GO 5773 from Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future-

CAS Sisterhood

Happy Chanukah from Sisterhood

Marjorie Abrams, Janet Bein, and Anne Peskin co-presidents,

thank you all for your generous support in our first year

SYLVIA'S Gift Shop Hours:

Sun 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Tues , Wed, Thurs 12:00 -3:00 pm


Next Sisterhood Event : Estate Planning

February 12 at 7:30  at CAS


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