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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

February 9, 2013
Shabbat Shekalim
Shabbat Mevarchim

 29 Shevat  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary
Main Sanctuary

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

Rosh Chodesh Adar:

Sunday and Monday

CAS Quick Links

Sponsor a Kiddush

CAS Youth Pages

Office Hours

Rabbi Cohen

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 

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

Click  here for more info. 

Welcome to our Youth Shabbat! 

  Apart from the blizzard, this is a very special Shabbat, as you can see from the various titles above. Not only is it the Shabbat before Rosh Chodeh (Adar commences with the recitation of maariv Saturday night) but it is also Shabbat Shekalim, a commemoration of the very first tax levied upon the Jewish people, both as a way to finance the Mishkan, and, since the same amount was contributed by rich and poor alike, as a way of indirectly counting the Jewish people.

   Of course, if Rosh Chodesh Adar is motzei Shabbat, that means that Purim is only 2 weeks away! Liat Karsch and Vered Links have done a fabulous job planning this year's PURIM SEUDAH AND FAMILY GAME NIGHT (details on back page.) Please sign up immediately after Shabbat so we can send fewer email reminders!

   Purim brings to mind our youth. The ongoing vitality of a shul can be measured by the involvement of its younger members. Although the Junior Congregation Shabbaton and the BMC wings night have been postponed,  any children who were scheduled to participate in the Youth Shabbat services either by davening or delivering divrei Torah, are still welcome to do so. We also hope to give a rousing nesiah tovah to Rabbi Walk, Rabbi Israel, Sima Broza, the B'not Sheirut Roni & Daniella, and most of all, the 18 eighth grade members of our congregation who are embarking on the BCDS Israel Experience 2013 this week!

   Finally, make plans to attend next week's Yakar Shabbat. There will be Carlebach-style davening Friday night and both minyanim will join together at 10 am for a special breakfast Kiddush (and I do mean special!) followed by your choice of four speakers on varied Purim topics (see back for details.)   Mishenichnas Adar!                                          

                                                                          Shabbat Shalom. 

      Stay safe and warm,

                                                                          Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Eruv Update
Our eruv has been inspected prior to Shabbat - as it is every Shabbat-and was found usable and whole. Due to the great work of the eruv committee under the leadership of Arthur Smith, our eruv is very resilient and has shown time and time again that it withstands all kinds of wind, rains and other natural phenomena. After Sandy, which carried with it much stronger winds (gusts and sustained), there was barely any damage to the eruv infrastructure.
Although the eruv is usable this Shabbat , please proceed with caution. While I always encourage synagogue attendance, please know that personal safety takes precedence. I hope to see you in shul only if you are not in any way placing yourself in danger by coming.


I hope you will join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference March 3-5.

Please go here to register.

  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
Shemuel Simcah ben Channah 
Dovid Levi ben Gittel
Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Refael Ephraim ben Sima
Sara bat Etta Zissel
Sarah Rivkah bat Mindelle: 
Please visit here to join "Shema B'Kola: Psalms for Sara"

 for Sara Lamm Dratch, who is battling lung cancer. 

Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel

At her parents request, please recite psalm 46 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer. The text is here.
Nesiah Tovah  To
  • The BCDS 8th graders who are traveling to Israel: Simone Finkelstein, Amelia Friedman, Noah Green, Daniel Hanna, Ari Israel, Gedaliah Koehler, Charlotte Kriftcher, Sam Meyers, Simone Nachman, Marianna Najman-Franks, Adina Passy, Joseph Rubin, Hannah Soifer, Alexa Vogel, Leah Voytovich, Danielle Wolfe, Jared Yaghoubian & Ephraim Zucker accompanied by Rabbi David Israel, Rabbi David Walk, Sima Broza, and the B'not Sheirut, Roni Zusman & Daniella Finkelstein 

Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Daniel Alexander, Jacob Cohen, Jake Goldstein,
Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas,Max Mailman, Jay Jubas,
Larry Rubin
 Noah Marlowe

Dvar Torah 


Rosalyn Sherman
 Seudat Shlishit-Rabbi David Walk
Can We Naaseh if We Don't Nishma?
 Code of Jewish Law 
Ari Lieberman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

Chapel Kiddush    

 The Michelson family in commemoration of the first yahrtzeit of Stanley Michelson

Sanctuary Kiddush

 The Executive Committee in honor of our youth!
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am

Monday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:00/8:30 am

Monday 6:20/7:30 am 

Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am

Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Thursday 5:10 pm
Next Friday Candles
5:09 pm
CAS Announcements
Come sleet, come snow, Purim is around the corner; 
register HERE for the 
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

MAN UP- This Sunday, February 10 & March 10, for fathers/male mentors & pre-Bnai mitzvah boys.

RABBIS' PANELJEWISH ETHICS, JEWISH LEADERSHIP & LIFECYCLE-Tuesday, February 12, 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.

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

Yakar Shabbat - February 15-16  
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 16,7:30 pm meet at shul parking lot and leave as a group. Short shiur at YU by Gershon Alpert followed by shopping/browsing for books.

Shabbat Across America 

Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2  

A Shabbat of Learning with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

 Click here to sign up!

Shabbat Across America with Tapas from Around the World

 Nourish your soul and expand your taste buds, accompanied by a signature drink of sangria

 Click here to sign up!

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

Click here to sign up!

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

(separate programming will be provided for the children while Elissa Stein, MA, LMFT, LPC  speaks on The Marital Dance: Keeping in Step with Your Partner for the Long Haul)



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!


Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 pm. $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. 
Register here
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
CAS Classes
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Classes
8:15-9:00 am Power of the Prophets
    9:00-9:45 am Modern Jewish Thinkers
                   12:00-1:00 pm Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms
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

No further classes until the BCDS trip returns from Israel


Bar Mitzvah Families

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

This Sunday morning 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

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:

YOUTH SHABBAT--YOUTH take over CAS for Shabbat!

  • Jr. Cong. Shabbaton: POSTPONED
  • Saturday night BMC Wings at Kosh: POSTPONED
  •  Teen Minyan will lead upstairs minyan!

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..

Register here

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 BALANCE BETWEEN SAFETY AND SELF-PROTECTION: GUNS AND VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY AND CULTURE-Monday, Feb 11 @ 8:30pm, YI. Marc Passy - United States Navy (ret.) and gun owner and Captain Brian McElligot, Stamford Police Department will speak.

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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