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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 26, 2013
Shabbat Shira
Tu B'Shevat

 15 Shevat  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary
Main Sanctuary

Women's Tefillah Group (Social Hall)                                



Future Tots
(Bridal Room/parent-led)
Tot Shabbat
 Mini Minyan
(Youth Room)
 Jr. Congregation (Chapel)

B'nai Mitzvah Club

(near library)


Junior Teen Chat
(back of Social Hall)
Code of Jewish Law
(before seder)
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

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.

Shabbat Shalom
   Tu B'Shevat Sameach! I hope to see many of you at our Seudah Shlishit Seder at 4:30, hosted by Rabbi Walk. Speaking of Tu B'Shevat, please check out Plant Four Trees for Life   I also hope that many of you will make plans to join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference March 3-5. Please go here to register. In the meantime, you can support Israel by purchasing Israeli clementines at Costco, Norwalk or plant a tree in honor of
Tu B'Shevat at JNF.

   Wishing you a joyous Shabbat Shira,                                  Rabbi Daniel Cohen

The Winter Quarterly Bulletin is available online!
  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

Michal Fraida bat Yita Shandel 

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 

Starting Sunday February 3, please visit to

join "Shema B'Kola: Psalms for Sara" an online learning project for a refuah sheleima for Sara Lamm Dratch, Sarah Rivkah bat Mindelle,

who is battling lung cancer.

THIS Shabbat, 4:30 pm    

Tu B'Shevat Seudah Shlishit Seder


Almonds: Flossie Fischel, Roselyn Mangot, Irwin Niedober

Assorted Fruit: Baer Family, Judd Love, Helene Zimmerman

Barley: Phyllis Shapiro

Dates: Judy & Jeff Cahn, David & Lorraine Kweskin

Figs: Nicole Gentry, David & Lorraine Kweskin, Anne Peskin

Grapes: Baer Family, Judy & Jeff Cahn, Ronnie & Steve Sichel

Olives: Phyllis Shapiro, in honor of olive-loving Martin's birthday,

       Harvey Berman, Danielle & Steven Thau

Pomegranates:Mitchell Bell, Nicole Gentry, Liba & Steve Steinmetz

Wheat: Phyllis Shapiro, Danielle & Steven Thau

Plant Four Trees for Life
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 8:45-9:15 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

7:15 pm

Tuesday Mystical Minhagim

7:30 pm

Thursday Talmud, Megillah                                          

7:30 pm

Mazal Tov To
  •  Beth & David Cohen on the birth of a granddaughter, Maayan Nechama, to Anna and Ilan Cohen in Jerusalem 
  •  Sharon & Burt Rubin on the engagement of their son Michael to Rebecca Srulowitz of  Teaneck, NJ
  • Shery & Barry Hertzberg on the engagement of their daughter Adina to Steven Adelman of   San Diego, CA
  •  Jackie Herman and the BCDS team on the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools re-accreditation
Condolences To
  • Roslyn Goldstein on the death of her beloved husband, Leslie Goldstein 
Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Michael Berg, Ethan Green, Arthur Smith

 Rabbi Daniel Cohen



Gary Weitz 
 Seudat Shlishit

Rabbi David Walk-Tu B'Shevat Seder

 Code of Jewish Law 
Ari Lieberman  
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

Chapel Kiddush    

Michael and Debbie Berg in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Mike's Bar Mitzvah

Sanctuary 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 4:50 pm
Next Friday Candles
4:52 pm
CAS Announcements

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.

TRIP TO YU SEFORIM SALE -Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm.

SISTERHOOD SEMINAR-Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30-Come-listen-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?


Shabbat Across America-March 1st and 2nd

Scholar In Residence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  

 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


On March 1,  join 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. If you have questions or interest regarding hosting, please contact Kate Cik at by Feb. 1
CAS Purim Family Game Show Night and Seudah!  
Sunday February 24 4pm - 7pm

Early bird pricing - ends February 16
Kids ages 3 to 13 - $12, adults - $18

Pricing as of February 16 - 24
Kids ages 3 to 13 - $15, adults - $21
Register HERE
Purim Family Game Show Night and Feast!
Join us for a delicious feast and an entertaining FAMILY FEUD game and watch as families battle it out for our grand raffle prize of an iPad mini plus other great prizes!

Bake with Cookie Monster as you make your own delicious Hamentaschen.
Wear your best costume for the Purim runway.
Register HERE
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. 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

Thank you to Josh Munk, Daniella and Roni for chaperoning the MLK Jr. Day trip to New York City.

Thank you to Rabbi Walk for purchasing our special treats for Tu B'Shevat this week.


This Shabbat:

  • At Jr. Congregation, come and hear Andrew Reicin read from the Torah.

    If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah, please let us know. 

  • Fruits in all groups in honor of Tu B'Shevat!

  •  Jr. Teen Chat (grades 7-8) in the Social Hall at 10:30 with Rabbi Parhi

During Kiddush, come to the Chapel and hear a wonderful presentation

about the Israeli high-tech industry- learn how Israel became the "Start-up Nation" and get exposed to new technologies. Presentation is by our guest from Israel - Nir Gad, assistant executive director for eCamp, an international summer camp that focuses on technology and media-arts, while linking Jewish kids and teens ages 7 to 18 from Israel, the U.S. and 30 countries.The participants acquire skills in fields such as computers, media arts, Robotics, game-design and entrepreneurship; they visit top innovation centers in Israel and bond through outdoor and enrichment activities.    

Tu B'shevat Seder with Rabbi Walk @ 4:30pm:  Children with parents, please.   


1/31-2/3 NCSY Winter Regional Shabbaton:  Sign up here 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-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
Have you joined the Mayim League?   

Support our community's
Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah

Donate online at 

Bronze $250 | Silver $500 | Gold $1,000 | Platinum $1,800

Donations of $500 and above include immersion for the year for yourself or a designated person.

Community Announcements

BCDS/BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR-Through January 29th,10% of sales made at Barnes & Noble stores and online at (mention/enter bookfair ID 11007473 at checkout) will benefit the BCDS cast of Seussical.

CONSERVATIVE MOTHER, ULTRA-ORTHODOX SONS-"The Chameleon In The Closet" by BJ Rosenfeld. Tues Jan 29, 7:30 pm (ma'ariv to follow talk) at YI of Stamford. Visit 

CONFRONTING THE GRIEF, TRAUMA AND QUESTIONS OF TRAGEDY-Monday, January 28, 8:30 pm @ YI.Speakers:Rabbi Shaul Praver - Cong. Adath Israel, Newtown, CT & Dr. Norman Blumenthal - Director, Bereavement and Crisis Intervention Services, Chai Lifeline. Rabbi Krimsky will offer a Torah perspective. Ma'ariv at 8:15.

WHAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW-is a health fair with lectures addressing a range of relevant topics. Wed, Feb 6. For more info and to register in advance 

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: swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.orgClick here to register.

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

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.

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

RESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICE-Employ professionally trained individuals to rake leaves or paint as well as clean your home and at the same time helpto support Jewish Family Service.  Rates are lower or competitive with other cleaning services. Contact JFS Employment and Training Program: (203) 921-4161 or 

MITZVAH BASKETS-Bring Tzedakah to every Simcha by adding beautifully decorated baskets for the Bima, tables or guests for B'nai Mitzvot and other special occasions. Donations are tax deductable and support JFS Programs. Call Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161, ext. 128  for information.

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 

 Wednesday & Thursday 12:00-3:00 pm

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