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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 12, 2013
 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

 1 Shevat  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)


Jr. Teen Chat (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 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

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.
Shabbat Shalom

Thanks to Laura Tobin for organizing this Shabbat's Young

Couples Shabbat Lunch with over 20 families participating!

Thanks also to Rabbi Walk and Ari Lieberman  for joining

in the Cholent Challenge. As to the cholent which bears my name, a big thank you to two other Cohens, Meredith and Diane, as well as to Shira Green, for their significant involvement!  

We encourage everyone to join us for the Education Panel

following kiddush. We anticipate Shabbat morning services concluding at 11:30 AM followed by kiddush and the cholent challenge. Enjoy the food while participating in the panel which  will occur from 12 PM - 1 PM in the Bennet Simcha Room.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

The Winter Quarterly Bulletin is available online!
Check out the pictures and events!
  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

Tinok ben Rinat Esther  

Yoel Yehudah Hersh Ben Miryam Z'lata

Yosef Fishel Ben Miryam Z'lata

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

Shabbat  Morning 

Here at CAS 

 Join Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Walk for the Annual Cholent Challenge

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 

Followed by the



Volunteers needed for leining!  Please contact the shul. Relearn your Bar Mitzvah haftorah or learn for the first time!  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.
Mazal Tov To
  • Roz and Morris Glucksman on the birth of a granddaughter, Sofi, born to Rayna and Alex Blyakhor

  • Doris & Ron Warmflash, great-grandmothers Camille Warmflash and Esther Slen, and  great-aunt and uncle Lisa & Abraham Slen on the birth of a baby boy Sunday evening to    Belana and Michael Warmflash. The brit, G-d willing, will take place on Monday, January 14, 
  • at Chabad, 770 High Ridge Road: shacharit 7:00am/brit 7:45am
  • Jen & Ed Rosenfeld on the upsherin of their son, Ilan
  • the Bessaleli family on the occasion of the marriage of David Bessaleli and Deena Falk
  • Shelley & Ed Senker on their daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Michael Muss, being honored at Westchester Day School's 65th Anniversary Dinner

Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Jay Jubas


Rabbi Daniel Cohen


Michael Feldstein


Rosalyn Sherman 
Seudat Shlishit                                                    
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Code of Jewish Law  

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

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Sanctuary Kiddush

 Ron & Bonnie Nyman in memory of Mort Nyman

Chapel Kiddush  

Shery and Barry Hertzberg on the occasion of Barry's father's yahrzeit and Robin and Adina's birthdays 

Seudah Shlishit 

Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen on the

occasion of the yahrzeit of the Rabbi's mother,

Sara Malka bas Aharon Avraham Halevi

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 4:40 pm

Next Friday Candles

4:35 am
Upcoming Events

CAS Trip to Israel November 3 - 13, 2013

Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tour Connection

  for an informational session at CAS:        

This Sunday, January 13th at 9:30 am
                                     (note new time) 
 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: 




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.  




Are you an experienced gardener? Do you aspire to be one? Do you wish you had a bigger garden to develop your green thumb? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", we have a job for you! As part of a new program, the CAS Chesed Committee will be planting a garden on the shul property to grow fruits and vegetables for tzedakah. All the produce will be donated to a local food bank to provide those-in-need with access to more fresh and nutritious foods. If you are interested in participating, at any level of commitment, in this literally

"ground-breaking" new project please, email the CAS Chesed

Committee Chair, Meredith Cohen, 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
 Preempted by

Rabbi's Panel & Lunch - all welcome!

 12:00-1:00 pm

Friday Morning Classes
Torah Portion 8:15-8:45 amDaf Yomi Shiur 8:45-9:30 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'ShabbatThe 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


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

Mayim League Update   

Please Support our Community Mikvah

       In the spring of 2010 we celebrated the opening of the Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah. Having a beautiful and clean facility has enhanced the experience of mikvah immersion.  The mikvah was built to meet the most exacting halachic standards and is open to the entire community.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated committee overseeing the day-to-day operations of the mikvah.


       As is the case for mikvaot around the globe, the fees generated from mikvah visits do not cover the entire operating budget. Last year the Mayim League campaign was established to raise funds to help cover the balance of the mikvah expenses. It is estimated that we need to raise $20,000 for this purpose this year. Money raised through the campaign will be designated specifically for mikvah expenses. Donations to the Mayim League are tax deductible.


Please consider one of the following annual categories of support:

Bronze Membership - $250   Silver Membership - $500

*Gold Membership - $1,000*       Platinum Membership - $1,800*

   * includes immersion for year for female donor or a woman designated by the donor.

Donations of all sizes are appreciated. If you can't join as a Mayim League member in

one of the above categories, please consider a smaller donation.

You can sign up for  Mayim League 2012-2013 online at  

CAS Announcements

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




12-1 pm, Agudath Sholom.   

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.

MEN'S CLUB PASSOVER FAIR-March 10, 10am -2pm. Wine tasting, vendors, and new this year - Make your own shmurah matzah ! Plus, our famous Men's Club chili and delicacies. Fun for the whole family!

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!

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Teen NYC Trip

Monday, January 21st

   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

Sign up here

CAS Youth Department

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!


* Thank you to the Polands for sponsoring Birthday treats for Tot Shabbat in honor of Samson's 3rd birthday!

* Thank you to all who attended the Brooklyn Nets Game last Saturday night.. it was an awesome night out for all!


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! 



* Happy 3rd Birthday to Samson Poland- join Tot Shabbat for Birthday treats!   

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

* At Jr. Cong: Come and hear Avi Gordon read from the Torah while Mimi 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.

* Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale at Jr. Cong.

Please bring all of your Nekudot with you.  Also, if you have any "old Nekudot" this is the last week to trade them in for new Nekudot   


Next Shabbat:

1/19- Teen Minyan @ 9:30am for grades 7-12- we will welcome Tal, the JCC Schlicha to Teen Minyan. She will speak to our teens about Israel Advocacy during Teen Minyan Kiddush.    


1/20-BMC Movie and Ice Cream Sundae Night:Join our B'nai Mitzvah Club members at a specil

movie and Make your own Ice Cream Sundae night.

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 9:30am and return around 4pm.  Cost: CAS Members $40, non-members $45. Sign up here.

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


AIPAC Teen Fellowship deadline extended one week and now open to 9th graders, too.

All essays due January 22.


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 Tuesday, January 22, 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 5, 2013!

Guests of Honor:

Elissa & Dr. Philip Klapper       Aviva Maller

Community Service Award: 

Ronni Bass  

Young Leadership Award: 

Shira & Ethan Green

 Annual Dinner Chairpeople:

Claudia & Howard Rimerman          Diane & 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

"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. 

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 

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 19, 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, 7:30 pm. Annual panel of admissions professionals, held at the Stamford JCC & moderated by Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant. 

JCC SARA WALKER NURSERY SCHOOL MODERN PARENTING WORKSHOP FOR MOMS AND DADS OF CHILDREN AGES BIRTH - 8- Thursday, January 31, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Temple Sinai. For more information, please contact Sandi Waldstreicher:, Click here to register online.

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:

Closed Sunday 

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

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