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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 19, 2013

 8 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)

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


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 26th 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.

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.

CAS Sisterhood

SYLVIA'S Gift Shop Hours This Week:

 Sunday 10-1 

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

Shabbat Shalom
Greetings from Charleston, SC, where I am scholar-in-residence this Shabbat, hosted by Joyce and Larry Haber.
   Last Shabbat, 20 families participated in the Young Couples Shabbat Lunch, and over one hundred people attended the Jewish Education Panel.  Thank you to Laura Tobin and Michael Feldstein for bringing these programs to CAS.  In addition, more than 40 people attended the Rabbi's Panel Luncheon on Tuesday.
  Please RSVP for Rabbi Walk's Tu B'Shevat Seudah Shlishit Seder next Shabbat at 4:30. It's free (although sponsors are appreciated), but Rabbi Walk needs to know how much carob cake to make!
Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

The office will be closed on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day

The Winter Quarterly Bulletin is available
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

Rachel Adina bat Batya  

Yoel Yehudah Hersh ben Miryam Z'lata

Yosef Fishel ben Miryam Z'lata

Aliza bat Masha  

Channa Feigel bat Esther Tov

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





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!


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 am
Modern 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 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

Mazal Tov To
  • The Warmflash/Slen family on the bris of Natan Shmuel  

  • Rabbi David Israel on being honored by the ADL with the Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award

  • Dovi Zucker on the occasion of his 21st birthday!
  • the Chai Lifeline runners on raising over $20,000: Harry B., Stanley B., Saul F., Rebecca G., Daniel J., Josh Munk, and Tamar C. who is running for Juvenile Diabetes. There is still time to contribute in their honor. We wish them a good journey to Florida and a speedy and healthy run!
  • Malya & Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin on the birth of a boy. There will be a shalom zachor at the Shmotkin's-15 Francis Avenue. Please drop in from 8:00 pm onwards.                                            (Malya & baby are expected home Motzei Shabbat.)

Nesiah Tovah To
  • Ziv K., Michael R., and Nathaniel S., 12th graders leaving on the Schechter Westchester mission to Poland and Israel
Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Ted Listokin, Judd Love, Gil Orbach 
 Rabbi David Walk
 Brainwashing & Education 


Ana Lilienfeld   
 Seudat Shlishit
Rabbi Walk: Let's Talk  
 Code of Jewish Law 
Ari Lieberman  
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

Chapel Kiddush    

Mikhael Guy & Tatiana Kunik in commemoration  

of the yahrzeit of his mother, Yulia Shapiro  

Sanctuary Kiddush

  the shul  
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am

Monday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am

Monday 6:30/8:30 

Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am

Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Thursday 4:45 pm

Late Maariv 

Monday-Thursday 8:30 pm

Next Friday Candles

4:43 am
CAS Announcements

NEXT WOMEN'S TEFILLAH GROUP-Next 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.

JEWS INVOLVED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE 1960'S-Sunday, February 3rd, 1:30-3:30 pm. Featuring Rabbi Philip E. Schechter, President of the National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis and Rabbi in Residence at the First Presbyterian Church (the Fish Church). Sponsored by Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.  

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!

MEN'S CLUB "SEDER" at KOSH-Wed. March 13th, $50, includes 4 different beers, 3 course meal, and an opportunity to enhance your family seder. With Rabbis Cohen & Walk.

INSIDE THE UNITED NATIONS, ISRAEL, IRAN AND BEYOND...Tuesday, March 19, 7:30pm. Featuring Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations and Ambassador Aaron Jacob Associate Director of International Affairs at AJC and Israel's former Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Co-Sponsored by Temple Sholom of Greenwich. This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot at or by calling 914-948-5585

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!

Upcoming Events
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 |
Musaf at 11:15 am


Breakout learning sessions at 10:30 am devoted to the theme of Purim:

Not Your Typical Yom Tov: A Halakhic Analysis of the Nature of Purim

A Biblical Analysis of Drinking on Purim

Silent Thanksgiving: The Omission of Hallel on Purim

Mishloach Manot: The Jewish Version of Trick or Treating?

Save the Date:

Shabbat Across America -March 1st and 2nd

Scholar In Residence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  

Rabbi Riskin serves as Chief Rabbi, Efrat, Israel Chancellor & Rosh Yeshiva, Ohr Torah Stone   Institutions President, Beit Morasha and the Robert M. Beren College

Shabbat will feature a Friday night dinner and Young Couples luncheon.

Rabbi Riskin will speak Friday night, Shabbat morning and Shabbat afternoon


Share the Spirit of Shabbat!
On March 1, we are joining with thousands of Jews in celebration of Shabbat Across America. We are looking for 10-15 families, couples to serve as hosts that evening at CAS. The idea is to "host" a table and recruit either unaffiliated or marginally affiliated Jews to join you at your table for an enriching Shabbat evening experience. Our scholar for Shabbat will be Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and the evening promises to be tasty and memorable. We need you! If you have questions or interest regarding hosting, please contact Kate Cik at by Feb. 1

CAS Trip to Israel November 3 - 13, 2013

Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tour Connection

  for an informational session at CAS:        

 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.

Bar Mitzvah Families
Man Up:
Three pre-Bar Mitzvah sessions for
fathers/male mentors & pre-Bnai Mitzvah boys


Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30 am

January 27th, February 10th & March 10th

Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bnei Mitzvah fathers/male mentors
and boys 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 man?
               (2) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as a man in my family? 

               (3) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as a man in my local community,

    as part of the Jewish people, and in 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

Youth Shabbaton 


GRADES 1-4 | FEB 8th-9th

Join Rabbi Jeiger, Josh and the entire Junior Congregation crew as they take over CAS in conjunction with the YOUTH SHABBAT, Febuary 8th-9th, for our second annual Junior Congregation Shabbaton!!

Program will include: Friday night dinner & oneg, breakfast, Shabbat afternoon lunch, games, activities and much much more!!!


Our proud Junior Congregation members will have a chance to show off what they have been

learning as they will lead parts of Tefillah & deliver Divrei Torah to the congregation.



This is an event not to be missed!

Join us for an unforgettable, inspiring Shabbaton;
 sign your Junior Congregation member up today!

Friday night: drop off your children at 5:00 pm and pickup at 8:30 pm


Shabbat day: drop off your children for breakfast at 8:30 am
and pickup at mincha at about 4:30 pm
Join us for part of or the entire program!

 Cost: $40-per member child / $45 for non-members.   

Sign up here today 


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!


There will be no Teen Minyan this Shabbat.


At Jr. Congregation, come and hear Daniel Janush read from the Torah while 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.



Movie and Ice Cream Sundae Night: 6-8pm for grades 4-5: "Cheaper by the Dozen 2"

and make-your-own ice cream sundae night. Sign up  here.  



Jr. Teen MLK NYC Trip: 

Grades 6-8, SOLD OUT 

Next Week: 

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

1/26-Tu B'shevat Seder with Rabbi Walk @ 4:15pm:  Children with parents, please.   


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

Zayin Adar Chevra Kadisha Dinner

Sunday, February 17th  6 pm


Special guest speaker: Elana Stein Hain,Community Scholar at Lincoln Square Synagogue


Dressing up the Hallel Prayer on Purim:  A Convincing Costume 


For information or reservations, please contact Sharon Feldstein  

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  

Community Announcements

JEWISH ARTS ALIVE-This 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 

HAVDALAH & HOOPS-This Saturday, January 19, 6:30 pm, JCC.  

THE LAST SURVIVOR- This Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the State Cinema in Stamford. Presented by the Jewish Arts and Film Festival. This award winning documentary follows the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities - The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo, and presents their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate a new generation, inspire tolerance and spark a civic response.  This powerful event will begin with a brief performance by the New World Chorus, a Stamford based multi-cultural choir, and a presentation following the film by Jacqueline Murekatete, a survivor of Rwanda who is featured in the film.     

 "MUSIC AND MOVEMENT" for your pre-school child-Wednesday, January 23rd, 1:30 pm, BCDS.

Come join us for this highly popular, fun, interactive and FREE program. "Tu B'Shvat-WE LOVE TREES!"  RSVP: Joanne Karow at or 203-329-2186 ext 1310.

FROM GALUT TO HITGALUT" WITH DR. HINDY NAJMAN-Wednesdays, January 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.  

BCDS/BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR-Thursday, January 24th, Barnes & Noble at Stamford Town Center. Performance by BCDS cast of Seussical, and an appearance by the Cat in the Hat! Percentage of proceeds to benefit the BCDS Players.  

REBBETZIN HOLLY PAVLOV SHIUR- for women of the community. Hosted by Robin Milstein  Monday, March 4. Light dinner at 7pm, shiur to begin at 7:30pm. Rebbetzin Pavlov is the Director of She'arim College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and author of "Mirrors of our Lives: Reflections of Women in Tanach" and "Water from the Well: Reflections of a Jew at the End of History".

Shiur Topic:  "Beginnings of Desire: Adam and Chava in the Garden of Eden"

Our conscience tells us one thing. Our desire tells us another. This conflict began with the first man and woman in their encounter with the snake, and we struggle with it until today.

Milstein Residence: 200 Fifth Street Stamford, CT 06905. RSVP: or 203-661-1796.

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: swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.orgClick here to register.

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFORIM SALE -a portion of the proceeds to benefit a Jewish library damaged by Hurricane Sandy. February 3rd-March 3rd, Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave.

KOSH is having its first Friday night pre-paid dinner Jan. 25th. $55 a person includes a 4 course dinner and 1 adult beverage. For more details call 203-614-8777. Dinner must be paid in full at time of reservation.

BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER-Sunday, May 19, 2013, 5:00 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, honoring CAS members Elisheva Kilner & Sarah Boxer 

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 10-1 

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