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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 16, 2013

 6 Adar  5773 

Shabbat Schedule




Mincha, followed by Carlebach-style davening





Main Sanctuary
Future Tots/
Tot Shabbat/
Mini Minyan 
Jr. Congregation/
Bnai Mitzvah Club
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi:
begins 15 min before mincha, resumes during Seudah Shlishit
Shabbat Ends

Thursday-Ta'anit Esther 

Fast Begins 5:30 am

 ends 6:09 pm 

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

The office will be closed on  Monday for Presidents' Day

Do You Like To Sing?

The Agudat Shir Choir, under the direction of our own Elliot Weiss, would like to invite anyone who enjoys singing to join us as we start an exciting new spring season. 

Upcoming performances include Purim, Sunday, February 24th at the Atria and Tuesday, March 26th at the Agudath Sholom Community Seder. The  Choir is open to anyone who wishes to have a good time while performing interesting and varied

musical works of our people.
Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at the synagogue from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. For more information, please contact Barbara Miller at
203-324-7452 or

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

Click here for more info. 

Welcome to our Youth Shabbat! 

Welcome to our Yakar speakers Rabbi Aaron & Mrs. Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Mrs. Dena Block. The schedule for tomorrow is below.


Purim is now just a week away.  Please sign up for our seudah.  The complete schedule for Ta'anit Esther and Purim can be found on the back page.


We are also excited to have Rabbi Shlomo Riskin joining us in two weeks for Shabbat Across America.  We  will have both the Friday night dinner and a Young couples/Families Shabbat Lunch, but we need a head count as soon as possible, so please register.


Finally, please go to the top left of the youth page of this bulletin to view the names of the teens who kept their commitments to the sanctuary minyan last week, despite the snow. The Junior Congregation Shabbaton has been rescheduled for March 15-16. Please register your children.

                                                                                                     Shabbat Shalom,                                                                                                            Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Yakar Shabbat - This Shabbat

Join as we create an inspiring Shabbat with song and study,

following the model of the Yakar synagogue in Jerusalem.


Rabbi Aaron & Mrs. Lynn Kraft and Rabbi Avi & Mrs. Dena Block

Friday Night: Carlebach-style davening following 5:14 mincha

Shabbat morning: Minyanim at 8 am and 8:40 am
Breakfast Kiddush at 10:00 am

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

Not Your Typical Yom Tov:

A Halachic 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?


Musaf at 11:15 am

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 Leah bat Chaya Rivka

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.

Thursday - Fast Of Esther   

Fast starts: 5:30 AM

Shacharit: 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM

Mincha: 5:05 pm   Fast Ends: 6:09 pm

Saturday Night - Purim

Maariv and Havdala: 6:14 pm  


Main Sanctuary for Community: 6:45

Women Reading for Women in chapel: 6:45 pm
Tot Shabbat Style Megillah Reading & Hamentaschen with

         Rachel Bahar & Jonathan Cahr in library: 7-7:30 pm   

         Improv & Music with Jonathan Cahr: 8-9 pm

Late Megillah Reading: 9 pm

Sunday - Purim  Shacharit: 7/8:30 am followed by Megillah

                            Daf Yomi after early Megillah

Early Mincha: 3:45 pm

Regular Mincha and Maariv: 5:30 pm

Late Maariv: 7 pm


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

Please go here to register.

Mazal Tov  To
  • Lillian & Sandy Shapiro on the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their grandson Elnatan Yaakov, son of Yitzie and Estie Shapiro, in Israel.
  • Rebecca & Evan Stulberger on the birth of a baby boy 
  • Shira & Mitchell Zucker, on being honored as parents of the year by Westchester Hebrew  High School
  • the 2013 recipients of the AIPAC Teen Fellowships: Aviva Attar, Harry Block, Stanley Block, Elisheva Cohen, Tamar Cohen, David Nachman and Zach Wohlberg. Thank you to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for supporting the AIPAC fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman.
Shabbat Topics & Participants

Torah Readers

Daniel Alexander, Alan Poland

 Rabbi & Mrs. Block, Rabbi & Mrs. Kraft

Various Purim Topics


Mitchell Bell

 Seudat Shlishit
Rabbi Aaron Kraft
 Code of Jewish Law 
Ari Lieberman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

 Gary & Rosalie Stone in memory of Carolyn A. Stone; 

                 The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 


Yakar Kiddush (Dairy)  

 Stephanie & Perry Friedman in honor of the birth of their daughter Mikayla Belle (Michal Tamar.)

Mazel Tov to big brother Jack,

grandparents and great grandparents;

Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut in commemoration of the yahrtzeits of his parents, Mabel & Samuel Schildkraut

Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am

Monday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am

   Monday 7:00/8:30 am

Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am

Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Wednesday 5:20, Thursday 5:05 pm
Next Friday Candles
5:18 pm
CAS Announcements
CAS Purim Family Game Show Night and Seudah!
Sunday February 24th 4pm - 7pm

Until February 19th: Kids ages 3 to 13 - $12, adults - $18
After February 19th: Kids ages 3 to 13 - $15, adults - $21
Register HERE 
Raffle - prize of an iPad mini!
Bake delicious Hamentaschen with Cookie Monster 

Strut down the runway in your best Purim costume

Your $180 sponsorship includes your whole family! 

Register HERE


PURIM-To-Go 5773-

TRIP TO YU SEFORIM SALE-THIS 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. 

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)

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
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 This Week 
                   12:00-1:00 pm Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms
              8:15-8:45 am Parsha                        

Rabbi David Walk's Classes  


                                    No further classes until the BCDS trip returns from Israel


Bar Mitzvah Families

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

 Sunday morning March 10 9:30-10:30 am 

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



I would like to extend a big yasher koach to the teens who, despite the weather last Shabbat, kept their commitments to leining, leading davening, and delivering divrei Torah in the main sanctuary for the Youth Shabbat  Not a single one was absent!

Their names are:

                           Leining: Daniel Alexander, Jacob Cohen, Jake Goldstein,

                                         Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas & Max Mailman

                            Musaf: Jake Goldstein

                            Divrei Torah: Tamar Cohen, Noah Marlowe

This Shabbat: 

  • Happy Birthday to Gabrielle Poland and Hannah Cohen-come celebrate with cupcakes    at groups!
  • No Jr. Teen Chat or Teen Minyan this week; please encourage your children to participate in the Yakar Shabbat program or to attend the NCSY Road Show.
  •  Jr. Teen Oneg-4 pm, Shabbat afternoon at the Leiberman's , 426 Strawberry Hill Ave, for grades 6-8.
  • Roadshow Comes Back To Stamford! Join us for  a Chinese Dinner at Young Israel, followed by an oneg at the Young Israel Youth House, and see your favorite advisors as they return to Stamford once again!  Contact Josh at for more info! 
  • Sunday-Jr. Teen Snow Tubing: $35 members/$45 nonmembers. Sign up here

Next Week

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

2/23-Kids Purim Party/24-Family Purim Seudah



3/2-BMC 5th Grade Oneg at the Jubas home: 4-5 pm

3/9- PJ Library @ Tot ShabbatWe welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Pre-Pesach Story Time with our Tots!

3/9-Saturday night BMC Wings at Kosh 7:30 pm free wings and soda for all BMC participants - please sign up at

3/15-16  JR. Cong Shabbaton (Take 2)

  •  Double Nekudot and Nekudot "Mega Sale" at end of Shabbaton

3/15  Last Comic Standing-High Schoolers - Come to the CAS Comedy Club, showing Friday Night, March 15, ONLY!  Eat some great food, chill with friends, and laugh like crazy!

3/16  Teen Minyan

3/16  Bnai Mitzvah Luncheon for 5th Grade Girls and 6th Grade Boys

3/16  Jr. TEEN ONEG 



Shabbat Shalom,

Yehuda Jeiger

Zayin Adar Chevra Kadisha Dinner

THIS 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

Texting, Chatting, and That Thing We Used to Call a Relationship-Contains quotes by Michael Feldstein and Sandy Weiner! Click here

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

BCDS MIDDLE SCHOOL PIZZA & PREVIEW-Tuesday, February 26, 6:30pm at Bi-Cultural Day School Cafe, 2186 High Ridge Rd. Scholarships available for children transferring from public school. Contact Joanne Karow at 203-329-2186 or

ITZHAK PERLMAN-Thursday, February 28, 7:30 pm, Barclays Center. With Brooklyn-based Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, world-renowned tenor who has led the revival of Jewish liturgical music. Special discounted linkSpecial code: echoes or call 718.942.9662

THE HALACHIC ORGAN DONOR SOCIETY 5K and 10K-Sun, March 3, 10am in Central Park. Prizes include a free trip to Israel, an iPhone, and an iPad.  For more info visit here.   Learn more about organ donation & Jewish law at Michael Feldstein is a board member of HODS, which educates Jews about organ donation and Jewish law.

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 

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 9-11 am & 5:30-6:30 pm  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12-2 pm

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