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Friday, February 1, 2013

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

February 2, 2013

 22 Shevat  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary
Main Sanctuary
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
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 

 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

   Last Shabbat, Rabbi Walk led a lively Tu B'sShevat seder for 75+ people. This Shabbat, we are delighted to welcome the 6th grade BCDS Shabbaton. We also bid a Nesiah Tovah to the 8th graders from Schechter and 12th graders from WHHS who are embarking on their Israel trips. We are indeed fortunate to live in a community that provides so many educational opportunities for our children.

   Speaking of children, next Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh Adar, is our Youth Shabbat, when our youth from tots to teens will be

leading the sanctuary service. Simultaneously, Rabbi Jeiger will be coordinating the Junior Congregation Shabbaton , which includes 11 1/2 hours of programming and meals! Please register your 1st to 4th grade children immediately following Shabbat.

  Following the Youth Shabbat, the next three Shabbatot are Yakar Shabbat, Shabbat Zachor (followed directly by Purim), and Shabbat Across America! Please scroll further down for details and registration for all of the related programs!

                                                                        Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen


Please make plans to join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference March 3-5. Please go here to register.

To purchase a "Shabbox" for $15, please contact the office.

Click  here for more info. 

  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

Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara

Zahavah bat Chaya Sara 

Shmuel ben Miriam

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.

Mazal Tov To
  • Matan graduates Carly Marinstein, Adira Orbach, Sophie Teitel & Michal Yaari
    and instructor Michal Smart 
Nesiah Tovah  To
  • Saul Feit and Lev Podelko who are leaving on the Westchester Hebrew High School         Heritage Trip to Poland and Israel
  • Gil Daniels, Itai Kraus and Kevin Nyman who are leaving on the 8th grade Schechter Westchester trip to Israel
Condolences To
  • Dinah Miller Marlowe on the death of her beloved mother, Harriet Miller  
  • Sharon Wohlberg on the death of her beloved grandmother, Sylvia Marton

Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Jay Jubas, Marty Rubin, Joseph Rubin, Ephraim Zucker

 Rabbi Daniel Cohen

   OMG: Vain or Virtue


Elisheva Kilner
 Seudat Shlishit
Sports Halacha-The Ethics of Moving to an Empty Seat
 Code of Jewish Law 
Ari Lieberman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

Chapel Kiddush    

David Bessaleli and Deena Falk
in honor of their friends

Sanctuary Kiddush

Helene & Harvey Kaminski commemorating the yahrzeit of Helene's father, Rubin Partel 

Sanctuary Flowers    

Dr. Neal & Anne Raff in commemoration of the 124th anniversary of the birth of Neal's father, Max Raff
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 5:05 pm
Next Friday Candles
5:00 pm
CAS Announcements
CAS Purim Family Game Show Night and Seudah!
Sunday February 24th 4pm - 7pm

Don't miss the early bird price - ends February 16th
Kids ages 3 to 13 - $12, adults - $18
Late bird price - after February 16th
Kids ages 3 to 13 - $15, adults - $21
Register HERE 
Purim Family Game Show Night and Seudah!
Raffle - prize of an iPad mini!
Bake delicious Hamentaschen with Cookie Monster 

Strut down the runway in your best Purim costume

Register HERE
JEWS INVOLVED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE 1960'S-This 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.

RABBIS' PANELJEWISH ETHICS, JEWISH LEADERSHIP & LIFECYCLE-Tuesday, February 12th, 12-1 pm at Temple Sholom. Join Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Hurvitz from Temple Sholom and Rabbi Sklarz from Greenwich Reform Synagogue 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 info or to RSVP, contact Alice Schoen at (203) 542-7165.

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 & Mrs. Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Mrs.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?

TRIP TO YU SEFORIM SALE-Saturday, February 16, meet at shul parking lot and leave as a group at 7:30 pm. Short shiur at YU by Gershon Alpert followed by shopping/browsing for books.

SISTERHOOD SEMINAR-Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30-Come-listen-learn about estate planning with Amy Breslow and Veronica Reich.

Shabbat Across America 

Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2  

A Shabbat of Learning with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin


Shabbat Across America

With Tapas from Around the World.  Nourish your soul and expand your taste buds, accompanied by a signature drink of sangria


Friday Night Tapas Dinner with Rabbi Riskin: $30 adults, $15 kids' meal for 3-12

The Role of the Synagogue in Engaging its Members: Reflections on 50 Years in the Rabbinate


Young Couples/Families Sephardic Shabbat Lunch: $25 adults, $10 kids' meal for 3-12

(Elissa Stein, MA, LMFT, LPC will address the adults on The Marital Dance: Keeping in Step with Your Partner for the Long Haul; separate children's programming will be provided .)
                                                                 Sign up here


Share the Spirit of Shabbat! 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. The evening promises to be tasty and memorable. If you have questions or interest regarding hosting, please contact Kate Cik at

MEN'S CLUB PASSOVER FAIR-Sunday, 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-Wednesday March 13th, $50, includes 4 different beers, 3 course meal, and an opportunity to enhance your family seder. Rabbis Cohen & Walk will be sharing haggadah insights and we hope others will share what makes their seders meaningful.

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!

CAS Classes
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Classes This Week
Friday:  8:15-8:45 am Parsha

                              8:45-9:15 am  Daf Yomi Shiur 

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

Bar Mitzvah Families

Man Up:   For fathers/male mentors & pre-Bnai Mitzvah boys

Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30 am February 10 & March 10

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


Saturday evening, February 23rd

   Join us for...

Tot Shabbat style Megillah reading & Hamentaschen with  

Rachel Bahar & Jonathan Cahr  

 7:00-7:30 pm in the library (late Megillah reading for adults 9 pm)


Improv & Music with Jonathan Cahr

Saturday evening, February 23rd, after the upstairs Megillah reading,

from about 8:00-9:00 pm.

       At this event, children will also be making & decorating beautiful

Mishloach Manot packages with the Chesed committee for the seniors at the Atria.


The party continues on Purim day, Sunday, Feb. 24th,

when we will join together between 1:30-2:15 pm, with our families,

to deliver these gorgeous packages to the residents of the Stamford Atria!!


And to top it all off, join us for the



with your families on Sunday, Feb. 24th 4:00-7:00 pm at CAS



This Shabbat:

  • We welcome the 6th Graders and chaperones of BCDS for their annual Stamford Shabbaton!
  • We welcome our new Jr. Cong. Members who have "graduated" from Mini Minyan!  We are so excited to have you in Jr. Cong. and look forward to an awesome Shabbaton with you next Shabbat.
  •  Happy birthday to Yasmin Port!  Come celebrate with cupcakes at groups!
  • We wish all of our NCSYers and Josh Munk a wonderful time at NCSY's Winter Regional Shabbaton
  • At Jr. Cong. come and hear Daniel Janush read from the Torah and Atara Ivri deliver a Dvar   Torah!!  If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah, please let us know
  • Children in grades 7-8 join Rabbi Parhi for Jr. Teen Chat in the Social Hall at 10:30.


FEB 8-9 YOUTH SHABBAT--YOUTH take over CAS for Shabbat!

  • Jr. Cong. Shabbaton: FREE GIFT TO ALL WHO ATTEND!
  • Double Nekudot and Nekudot "Mega Sale" at end of Shabbaton
  • Teen Minyan will lead upstairs minyan!
  • BMC 5th grade Oneg at the Jubas home Friday night 8-9 pm.
  • Saturday night BMC Wings at Kosh - 7 pm - free wings and soda for all BMC participants!

2/14-15 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!

2/16-Teen Minyan @ 9:30am for grades 7-12

2/17-Jr. Teen Snow Tubing: Dress warmly for this awesome one-of-a-kind tubing event.. more fun than you can imagine!

2/23-PJ Library @ Mini Minyan: We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Purim Story Time with our Mini Minyaners!    

2/23-Kids Purim Party: Saturday night rockin kids Purim Party.

2/24-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!

Signup here


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.

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

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

HASSIDIC COURTS PHOTO EXHIBIT- Sunday, February 3, JCC, Free. Information here

THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL AND BALANCING CHESSED, SECURITY AND JUSTICE-Monday, February 4 @ 8:30pm, YI. Dr. Mark Banschick - prominent psychiatrist and author of several books will speak.

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 visit 

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 

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED -"DO A MITZVAH"-Volunteers are needed for various activities such as visiting the infirmed, driving to events or appointments, secretarial work and just companionship . Project ideas and suggestions for other mitzvah recipient projects are welcomed. Call Isrella Knopf at 203-921-4161 X 114 or email  

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 pm  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12-3 pm

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