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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

January 5, 2013
 Shabbat Mevarchim

 23 Tevet  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary
Main Sanctuary
Future Tots
(Bridal Room
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan 

(Youth Room)   



Jr. Congregation (Chapel)

B'nai Mitzvah Club

(near library)   



Teen Minyan (back of Social Hall)

Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi:
  begins 15 min before mincha
  resumes during Seudah Shlishit
Shabbat Ends

CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Office Hours

Rabbi Walk

Sunday:   10:00-11:00 am
Monday:      8:15-9:00 pm
Thursday:     6:45-7:30 pm


 Rabbi Cohen is out this week

Shabbat Shalom

  Next Shabbat is our annual cholent challenge. So far, two

members have accepted the challenge and will be cooking here Thursday night. We are seeking more participants; a vegetarian cholent would be a welcome addition. Finally, If anyringersone would like to assist me, I would welcome the help!

   On behalf of the shul, I extend birthday and anniversary wishes to those celebrating this month.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  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, click here

Aliza bat Masha  

Adele bat Sonia

Shalom Shmuel ben Gedalia 
Adela Yocheved bat Shulamis
Ephraim ben Channah
Simcha ben Channa 
Dovid Levi ben Gittel
Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Refael Ephraim ben Sima
Sara bat Etta Zissel
Sarah Rivkah bat Mindelle

Make a Resolution!

 Men: Relearn your Bar Mitzvah haftorah or learn for the first time!

           Contact Rabbi Cohen to save a date.

           Click here for your own tutorial.  

 Women: Train for the January 26 tefillah group!

                 We will be happy to provide tapes, tutoring and support

                 for all who want to try taking a more active role.  

                 Contact Sandy or Ronnie.

Israel Advocacy Update

Fairway supermarket carries figs and dates from Israel, under the

Delilah brand. These products are being boycotted in Europe, and

there is a strong effort to ban their sale in the USA. Please

express your solidarity by buying

these and other Israeli products.

                     To view the boycott propaganda, click here.
Mazal Tov To
  • Tatiana Kunik & Mikhael Guy on the occasion of Rachelle's Bat Mitzvah   
  • Stephanie & Perry Friedman and big brother Jack on the birth of Michal Tamar 
  • Rica & Ari Lieberman on the engagement of their daughter, Tarynn Katz, to Avrami Dier
Condolences To
  •  Deborah, Sharla and Felice Kahan, on the loss of their husband and father, Paul Kahan
  •  Joan Breslow and Howard Burn, on the loss of their mother, Ruth Burn

Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Jay Jubas, Daniel Kraus


Elliot Neuman


Elisheva Kilner

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Jean Valjean and the Secret of the Burning Bush

Seudat Shlishit

Rabbi David Walk
 Code of Jewish Law

Ari Lieberman

Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

Rosalie & Gary Stone in memory of Ruth Burn;  

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary Kiddush

Tatiana Kunik & Mikhael Guy in honor of
Rachelle's Bat Mitzvah

Chapel Kiddush 

the shul  

Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am

Monday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am

Monday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am

Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm

Next Friday Candles

4:27 am
Upcoming Events

Shabbat, January 12 

Here at CAS 

 Join Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Walk for the Annual Cholent Challenge

Would you like to make your own cholent in the shul for the challenge?

Would you like to participate in the creation of Rabbi Cohen's?

email  Rabbi Cohen to volunteer!

Enjoy your cholent while attending the


"Teaching a Religiously Diverse Student Population:

Challenges ... and Opportunities"

Featuring Rabbi Alan Berkowitz, Principal, Ramaz Lower School

Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin, Principal, North Shore Hebrew Academy
 Moderated by Rabbi David Israel, Rabbinic Dean, Bi-Cultural Day School 

If you're too young to be thinking about Challenges in Jewish Education,

sign up for the January 12th 


One family hosts and provides the main course, challah and drinks,

two other families bring side dishes and dessert!

Couples and families of similar backgrounds will be grouped.

If you would like to participate as either a host or a guest,

please contact Laura Tobin at 

CAS Trip to Israel November 3 - 13, 2013

Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tour Connection

  for an informational session:        

Sunday, January 13th at 10:30 am
 Thursday, January 24th at 8 pm

Perfect for first-timers and veterans,  

this trip will span the breadth of Israel both ancient and modern:

 visiting new discoveries, learning, and participating in social action opportunities

 to deepen and enrich your experience with Torah and the land and people of Israel.


Optional - Eilat/Petra Extension Available

Click here to view the CAS Israel Tour Connection website


Click here to let Rabbi Cohen know of your interest (no commitment!) 

This trip is open to the entire community.

-Monday, January 14th, 7:45 pm
Plus: A Peek at "Bustan Baka," a magnificent new Jerusalem project.  Presented by Gedaliah Borvick (  Information: 



Tuesday, January 15th, 12-1 pm  at Agudath Sholom 

Join Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Hurvitz (Temple Sholom) & Rabbi Sklarz (Greenwich Reform)
for a lively discussion on Jewish Ethics, Leadership and Lifecycle 


Hear the differing perspectives from the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform  

points of view.  Lunch will be provided.  

For more information or to RSVP, contact Alice Schoen at (203) 542-7165


Rabbis' Panel continues on Tuesday, February 12th at Temple Sholom and on Tuesday, March 19th at CAS

CAS Classes
Rabbi Cohen is out this Week

Tuesday Morning Classes
Power of the Prophets 8:15 - 9:00 amModern Jewish Thinkers 9:00 - 9:45 am
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigm12:00 - 12:45 pm
           Friday Morning Class
                       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 Hilchot Bishul B'Shabbat 

The Laws of Cooking on Shabbat With Harav Mordechai Willig, Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University,

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

CAS Women's Scholar Program Concludes:

Wednesday January 9, 7:30 pm


TOPIC: Body and Soul in Judaism

Free of Charge - Open to both men and women

CAS Announcements
ANNUAL CHOLENT CHALLENGE with Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Walk-January 12th.
-January 12th.

Monday, January 14th, 7:45 pm.

12-1 pm, Agudath Sholom.   

"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 WOMEN'S TEFILLAH GROUP-Shabbat, January 26th, 9:45 A.M. in the Social Hall. To volunteer to daven, read Torah, Haftorah, have an honor or give a Dvar Torah - contact Sandy: or Ronnie: We will be happy to provide tapes, tutoring and support for all who want to try taking a more active role.
NEXT SISTERHOOD EVENT-Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30-Learn about estate planning with Amy Breslow and Veronica Reich.
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.  
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 Shabbat Kiddush? Call the office and ask for Cindy, 203-358-2200!





Please join Rabbi Walk for a Tu B'Shevat seudah shlishit seder for all ages

on Shabbat, January 26th, 4:15 pm at Agudath Sholom.

Featuring his famous carob cake!

Sponsor wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, dates,

almonds and assorted fruit  

for $15 each and we'll list you in the bulletin.  


To RSVP or sponsor, click here .   

Yakar Shabbat - February 16-17

Join as we create an inspiring Shabbat with song and study,


 following the model of the Yakar synagogue in Jerusalem.


Rabbi Akiva & Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Dena Block

Friday Night: Carlebach Style Davening

 Shabbat morning: Minyanim at 8 am and 8:45 am
Breakfast Kiddush at 10:00 am
Breakout Learning Sessions at 10:30 AM
devoted to the theme of Purim

Musaf at 11:15 am

Bar Mitzvah Families

Man Up:

Three pre-Bar Mitzvah sessions for fathers & 6th grade sons

Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30 AM

January 27th, February 10th & March 10th

Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bar Mitzvah fathers and sons to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man.  Each session will cover a unique aspect of a Bar Mitzvah's new responsibilities in the world, and Rabbi Cohen will bring relevant sources to stimulate discussion.  The three topics will be: (1) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as an individual?

(2) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my family?

(3) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my local community, Jewish people and the world?

Final bonus session is dinner at Kosh.

To sign up, contact Cindy in the office. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or Benjy Karsch.

CAS Youth Departmen

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


We begin a new season of groups with some new and exciting groups and of course many of our groups that you have all grown to know and love!  Make sure you take advantage of the new programs and everything they have to offer.  Please sign up for groups here. This will enable you to get weekly emails from your leaders so you will know what to expect on Shabbat! 


* Thank you so much to the Sperber family for opening their home for the 1st ever Mini Minyan oneg this Shabbat afternoon.

* Thank you so much to our chaperons for our Nets game- Josh Munk, Jake Meyer, Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger and Yaakov Walk.

* Thank you to the Freshman Families for sponsoring Teen Minyan Kiddush.


Freshman Night at CAS- Dinner & Oneg: Party like you're in 9th Grade... because you are!  A special Shabbos dinner party JUST FOR FRESHIES!  CAS members $10/nonmembers $15, featuring fun and food! 


Teen Minyan will be at 9:30 AM in the Social Hall for 7-12 graders; followed by a special Kiddush sponsored by the "Freshmen Families" in honor of Freshmen Shabbat at CAS.

Mini Minyan Oneg:  First ever Mini Minyan oneg!  Parents, drop your kids off at Morah Miriam Sperber's home: 500 Newfield at 3pm for an hour of games, fun and nosh; all in the Shabbat spirit.

Brooklyn Nets Game-SOLD OUT!

1/12-PJ Library @ Tot Shabbat:  We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Story Time with our Tots!

1/19-Teen Minyan @9:30 am for grades 7-12  

1/20-Pottery Event for BMC:  Join our B'nai Mitzvah Club members at a special Sunday pottery event in Stamford. More details to follow.

1/21-Jr. Teen MLK NYC Trip:   

Grades 6-8, we will be headin' into NYC for a tour of NBC STUDIOS!  That's where they film Saturday Night Live, The News, Football Night America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and many of your other favorite shows - and you get to crash the sets!  Then, we'll head over to Kosher Deluxe for an AWESOME lunch together and head back to Stamford.  We will meet up at the Stamford train station at 9:30 AM and return around 4 PM.  Cost: CAS Members $40, non-members $45

1/26-"Fruits in Groups" for Tu B'shvat: Special treats in Shabbat groups in honor of Tu B'shvat!

1/31-2/3 NCSY Winter Regional Shabbaton:  Sign up online for this one-of-kind NCSY Shabbaton experience.


8-9 YOUTH SHABBAT/Onegs and a lot more... Join us as our KIDS take over the shul, lead all services, experience a Jr. Congregation Shabbaton, Tots leading Adon Olam and soo much more... 

9-Teen Minyan @ 9:30am for grades 7-12

9-Sat night KOSH night out for BMC: Attention B'nai Mitzvah Club members (Grades 5-6) - hang out with your favorite

leaders, friends and wings at a spectacular Motzei Shabbat night out at KOSH! 

14-15 NCSY Stamford Roadshow:  It was so much fun last time,

they came back for more!  Join our awesome NCSY advisors and Josh Munk at the next Roadshow.. Meals, onegs, surprises and much much more.. sign up online!

16-Teen Minyan @ 9:30am for grades 7-12

17-Jr. Teen Snow Tubing: Dress warmly for this awesome one-of-a-kind tubing event.. more fun than you can imagine!

23-PJ Library @ Mini Minyan: We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Purim Story Time with our Mini Minyaners!    

23-Kids Purim Party:  Saturday night rockin kids Purim Party - details to follow...

24-Family Purim Seudah:  Family style Purim festive meal and entertainment for adults and children of ALL AGES.  What better way to spend Purim then with your friends at Agudath!


Shabbat Shalom,

Yehuda Jeiger



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.

Save the date:  

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

JHS BOOK TALK-Tzvi Bernstein presents:
"Jewish Humor: What The Best Jewish Jokes Say About The Jews" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin- Wed. Jan. 16th, 10am, JCC. Info: Marci Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148

JEWISH ARTS ALIVE-Saturday, January 19th, 8pm at the JCC. Three vignettes written by Tamar Gershberg

& performed by local actors, including Jonathan Cahr, David Kweskin & Janice Steinberg. Champagne reception.  Information: 203-595-6438 or

GAN OPEN HOUSE- January 6th, 9:30-10:45 at 770 High Ridge Road, for ages 2-5, sibling programming provided. Snow date January 13.  Info:

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT "WARM UP WITH MUSIC AND MOVEMENT!"-Wednesday, Januuary 9th , 1:30- 2:10pm, FREE at BCDS, 2186 High Ridge Road.

JEWISH BIBLICAL THEMES BY THE OLD MASTERS with Helane Rheingold-January 9th, 10-11am at the JCC. The Old Masters helped shaped our vision of Jewish themes and texts. Review these paintings with the texts that inspired them. Co-sponsored by the JHS.  $45/free for J.E.E.P. pass holders.
FRUITS OF OUR FAMILY TREES: TAKING CARE OF FAMILY HEIRLOOMS-Sunday, January 13th, noon, JCC. Snacks. Bring a family heirloom if you like! Learn how to preserve it. Co-sponsored by JHS & J.E.E.P.  For more information:

COMMUNITY-WIDE TU B'SHEVAT CELEBRATION for families with young children-Sunday,January 13, 1-3 pm,  JCC. Activity Round Robin from 1-2, featuring live animals, ecology workshops and games. Shirlala, Jewish kiddie rock star, in concert from 2-3. Free, if pre-registered at $5/ family at door. Come, learn and celebrate!

GETTING READY FOR COLLEGE-Monday, January 14th, 5:30pm, pre-planning for college for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders and their parents conducted by Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant,

Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road, Stamford. Free. For more information, contact Claire Friedlander ( or call 203-921-4161.

ADL AWARD RECEPTION-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
HAVDALAH & HOOPS-Saturday, January 19th, 6:30 pm, JCC.  3-on-3 basketball tournament: fathers and sons (grades 6 - 12), $18 each, including tshirt & trophies for winners. Information or registration by 1/3:  Mo Concepcion at (203) 487-0971 or
COLLEGE AHEAD!-Wednesday, March 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm Annual panel of admissions professionals, held at the Stamford JCC and moderated by Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant. Details to follow.

BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER-Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:00 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel.

LIFE TRANSITIONS-Wednesdays, 1pm A new support group for the unemployed at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The focus of the group is to provide a forum to discuss and explore the concerns and issues related to job loss and to find alternative solutions for career satisfaction. The group is a collaborative effort between JFS Counseling and Employment & Training Departments. To register or for more information, please contact Dr. Mitchell Flaum at 203-921-4161 or email at   

SENIORS2WORK-Employers in lower Fairfield County who are looking to hire dedicated, skilled 50+ year old workers can list full and part-time opportunities. Jobs may be permanent, temporary, or for a specific project. JFS pre-screens candidates, matches them to appropriate openings, and follows-up. Free of charge.

For more information, employers and candidates should contact Ilene K. Locker ( or

Jodi Maxner ( at 454-4992 or visit

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

SYLVIA'S Gift Shop Hours This Week:

Sunday 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12:00-3:00 pm

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