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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 15, 2012

 2 Tevet  5773 

Shabbat Schedule


Chanukah Candles (7)


Shabbat Candles 

approx. 4:00pm


Early Mincha


 3:00pm 4:13pm




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

5:08 pm

CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

New Open Office Hours 

Rabbi Cohen:
Monday:      not this week
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
I hope everyone experienced a joyous Chanukah. Likely for you as for me, the first night of Chanukah creates the most natural excitement. Nothing like the first night! Yet, our Sages understood a secret of life. Sustaining inspiration requires effort.  We increase the lights each night to reflect this truth. Take a moment to meditate on the blessings of Shabbat and Chanukah and the light you experience in your life and home.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Chanukah Sameach! 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen   



P.S. Please view my latest Huffington Post blog: "Who Is the Real You?"

P.P.S. Check out "Orthodox Jewish All Stars" featuring Senator Lieberman, best selling author Faye Kellerman, Tamir Goodman, and

others. Produced by Allison Josephs of


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.

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 December 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.
Mazal Tov to...
  • Lisa & Morris Barocas, grandparents Sandy & Howard Burn, and great-grandmother Ruth Burn on Carly's Bat Mitzvah
  • Samantha Mann-Segal, 7 year old granddaughter of Mel & Ruth Aminoff, for winning two  gold, one silver, and one bronze medal at the Victoria Multiples Competition for gymnastics in Melbourne, Australia
  • Senator Joseph Lieberman on his tribute at the JFACT Unity Concert in recognition of his   decades of service to our country, our state and the CT Jewish community
Condolences to
  • Ron Nyman, on the death of his father, Morton Nyman 

  • Susan Fine, Wendy Raab, Bobby Bass, & Gayle Boms on the death of their mother, Pearl Bass

Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Jay Jubas, Judd Love, Burton Rubin, Ben Soifer




Cantor Arik Wollheim

  Mitchell Bell 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Can You See Like Yosef?  

 Seudah Shlishit
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
 The Real Chanukah Story: War or Wick  
 Code of Jewish Law

10:30                                                              Ari Lieberman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

 Gloria Green in loving memory of her father,

Neal Chassen, on his 19th yahrzeit;  

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund


Sanctuary Kiddush

 Howard and Gayle Rothman, commemorating the

      yahrtzeit of Howard's father, Harry Rothman, z"l

Chapel Kiddush                                                    

Matt Greenberg, commemorating the 2nd yahrzeit of his mother, Sheila Greenberg, a"h and  
Dr. Alfred & Royce Wolfsohn, commemorating the yahrzeit of Alfred's father, George Wolfsohn


 Seudah Shlishit                                                 

Toby Schaffer, commemorating the fifth yahrzeit 

  of her mother, Julia Macy, and

 Hecky & Rochelle Attar commemorating the yahrzeit

   of Hecky's father, Yitzchak Attar

 Teen Minyan

Marguerite & Ken
Neuhaus in honor of Remy and Tany's half birthday
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


Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Thursday 4:15 pm

Late Maariv

Monday-Thursday 8:30 pm

Next Friday Candles

4:11 pm

Upcoming Events
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 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


Orientation for New and Seasoned Members-Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:30-9:00pm
Chesed Opportunities

                       Pacific House Homeless Shelter Dinner December 25

This year we are serving kosher food as some of the homeless may be Jewish. Any person can be suddenly down and out lately, even us. In addition to food, our goal is to improve their low spirits and we are looking for entertainment ideas, karaoke player, etc. Also, a small gift provides a nice lift so we are asking for gloves, hats, toiletries or funds to purchase them.
Their response to such a small token is heartwarming for anyone. 

Please help with your contributions, kosher food, or time for this mitzvah.

We will be having sign ups for one of 3 shifts; 11-12, 12-1, 1-2 for serving.

Anyone wishing to help out should provide either some food or gifts.


Contact shul (Cindy) or Mitchell Bell :


Volunteer for Sandy Clean Up with Israel Aid

In the true spirit of a Light Unto the Nations, Israel Aid ( volunteers are helping with restoration in Breezy Point. Agudath Sholom will join IsraAID on December 25th to help. It is a wonderful opportunity for chesed and connection to Am Yisrael. If you are interested in volunteering with CAS, please contact me at

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 Perspectives & 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 material; Heyman Chapel

7:15-8:15 pm
Tuesday Mystical Minhagim
7:30 pm
Thursday Talmud, Megillah  
7:30 pm

CAS Women's Scholar Program:

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


TOPIC: Body and Soul in Judaism


Free of Charge - Open to both men and women

CAS Youth Department


WE WILL NOT HAVE early drop off this week for Tot Shabbaters & Mini Minyaners

  • At Jr. Cong.-Come and hear Max Dayan read from the Torah while Shira Haron and Julianne Katz will be delivering a  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 Smart and Lieberman families for hosting onegs last Shabbat.  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, Vered Links, and Rebecca Sigman for helping to run our Chanukah Family Funfest this past Sunday   
  • TEEN MINYAN at 9:30 AM in the Social Hall for 7-12th graders
  • TEEN MINYAN KIDDUSH sponsored by      

Coming Soon- A Jam Packed January:

 TEEN MINYAN Jan. 5 & 19 @ 9:30 am for grades 7-12

4- Freshman Night at CAS- Dinner & Oneg: If you are a 9th grader, this program is just for you!

Join us for a special, one-of-a-kind Shabbat Dinner at the Shul.  Delicious food, lots of fun and hangin with the Freshman!

5- Tot Shabbat Oneg: First ever Tot Shabbat oneg!  Parents, drop your kids off at Morah Miriam Sperber's Home for an hour of games, fun and nosh: all in the Shabbat spirit.

5- Jr. Teen OnegLet us know if you would like to host our Jr. Teen Oneg (Grades 6-8).

5 - Brooklyn Nets Game:  Tickets are selling fast - please order yours before they run out!  Our first visit to the Barclays Center promises to be a ton of fun!  Join us for this fabulous night out.

12- PJ Library @ Tot Shabbat:  We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Story Time with our Tots!  

20- Pottery Event for BMC:  Join our B'nai Mitzvah Club members at a special Sunday pottery event in Stamford. More details to follow.

21- MLK Jr. Teen NYC Trip:  Join our annual JR. Teen MLK Trip - look forward to an action-packed day in New York !

26 -"Fruits in Groups" for Tu B'shvat: Special treats in Shabbat groups in honor of Tu B'shvat!

31- Feb 3 NCSY Winter Regional Shabbaton:  Sign up online for this one-of-kind NCSY Shabbaton experience.


Shabbat Shalom,

Yehuda Jeiger

CAS Announcements
FROM GALUT TO HITGALUT WITH DR. HINDY NAJMAN-Wednesdays, January 16th, 23rd & 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.

NEXT SISTERHOOD EVENT-February 12th, 7:30, Estate Planning.

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 by 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.

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 Wollheim.a..  





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 here 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.

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.


Community Announcements


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

Sunday, 5pm at The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale,
3700  Henry Hudson Parkway. Featuring: MC Bob Abrams, Marc Weiner, and many more.

For info & tickets:

JEWS AND COMIC BOOKS-Sun., December 16th, 1:30pm, Temple Sinai.

Featuring Arie Kaplan , writer, comedian and author of "From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books." Refreshments. Sponsored by JHS. Info, contact:

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

HS DECEMBER BOOK TALK-Wednesday, December 19, 11am@Harry Bennett Library. Join us to discuss with facilitator Carroll Stenson the short story "The Conversion of the Jews" by Philip Roth.  Call Marcie Schoenfeld 203-359-9148   Open to all.


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.

ADL AWARD RECEPTION-Moved to Thursday, January 17th.  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 
JEWISH ARTS ALIVE-Sat. Jan. 19th 8pm at the JCC. Three vignettes written by Tamar Gershberg & performed by local actors, including Jonathan Cahr, David Kweskin & Janice Steinberg. Info: 203-595-6438 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

JEWISH CLUBS AT STAMFORD HIGH SCHOOL AND WESTHILL HIGH SCHOOL- 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. Clubs meet weekly! For more information contact 

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

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