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Friday, March 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

March 2, 2013
Ki Tisa
Shabbat Parah

 20 Adar  5773 

Shabbat Schedule






*Post-dinner talk



Daf Yomi

Main Sanctuary
Future Tots/Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan/BMC
Jr. Cong/Jr. Teen Chat
*Torah Class
*Rabbi Riskin

CAS Quick Links

The office has a new telephone system. If your call is not immediately answered, please be patient and leave a message for Joseph, Cindy or Sharon. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Shabbat Shalom! 
We are blessed to be hosting Rabbi Shlomo Riskin this Shabbat in our community. He is one of the leading Torah personalities in our generation. His leadership, wisdom and dynamism shape world Jewry. From New York City to Efrat, he consistently exudes a courageous and passionate approach to his life mission. I look forward to seeing you on Shabbat at all of his presentations. It will surely be an inspiring and memorable Shabbat.

Mezuzah Campaign: We often do not think of Pesach and Mezuzah together, yet this mitzvah originated through the courageous act of the Jewish people on the eve of the Exodus. In this spirit, I would like your support in joining the CAS Mezuzah Campaign team in the weeks prior to Pesach. The goal will be education and increase observance of this mitzvah. Please join me at kiddush this Shabbat for an informal conversation about how you can be part of this special initiative.

Thank you in advance and Shabbat Shalom to you and your families.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Office Hours

Rabbi Cohen will be at AIPAC through Tuesday

Thursday: 8:30-9:30 am @ Starbucks' High Ridge

 Friday: 9:45-10:30 am

Nesiah Tovah  To:

the CAS AIPAC delegation leaving for Washington DC. You can follow the events and enjoy some of the highlights by visiting 

Shabbat Across America 
with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

 Chief Rabbi of Efrat 

5:30 pm Spirited Friday Night Service
D'var Torah by Rabbi Riskin
6:30 pm Friday Night Tapas Dinner
Rabbi Riskin: The Role of the Synagogue in Engaging its Members: Reflections on 50 Years in the Rabbinate

11:15 am Shabbat Morning Sermon
Rabbi Riskin: The Red Heifer: Its Mystery and Magic
1:00 pm Young Couples/Families Sephardic Lunch with Elissa Stein
4:15 pm Torah Class
Rabbi Riskin: The Joy of Purim vs. the Joy of Chol Hamoed Pesach: Halachic, Existential, and Zionist Ramifications 
5:15 Mincha
5:30 Tisch with 
Rabbi Riskin
a festive meal combined with singing and words of Torah
6:22 Maariv

Check out the CAS Pesach Website for links to:

    CAS Passover Schedule, CAS Passover Classes, CAS Passover Events,

    Men's Seder, Family Seder, Men's Club Passover Fair,  

    Food Drive, Pre-Passover Dinner, Matzah Sale

    Donate to CAS Maot Chittim/Passover Fund, Sale of Chametz, Youth Haggadah 

    Blog: Ask the Rabbi, Blog: Seder Secrets, Blog: What are the Four Questions Facing the Jewish People this Year? 

    Favorite Links, Passover Guide, Passover Products, Passover Videos, Podcasts,

    Rabbi Cohen's 40 Days to A Better You

Mazal Tov  To:

  • Rina & Chanoch Nof on the engagement of their daughter Israela to
  • Or Aviv of Israel
  • our members celebrating birthdays or anniversaries in March.
  • Happy Banniversary!

Condolences  To:

  • Susan Rich Mailman, on the loss of her beloved sister, Lisa Rich-Coats
  • Ellen Weber, on the loss of her beloved father Phillip Katchinoff
  • Sheila Romanowitz, on the loss of her beloved husband, Dr. Harry "Hesh" Romanowitz
  • Rabbi Mark Dratch, on the death of his beloved wife, our former rebbetzin,           Sara Lamm Dratch     
Shabbat Topics & Participants
 Kabbalat Shabbat

Michael Feldstein 

 Friday Night  Dinner      Rabbi Riskin

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


Eli Neumann

 Torah Readers
Hyman Schaffer, Howard Weiss


Sandy Shapiro 

 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Red Heifer: Its Mystery and Magic


Elisheva Kilner

 4:15 Shiur                        Rabbi Riskin
The Joy of Purim vs. The Joy of Chol Hamoed Pesach: Halachic, Existential, and Zionist Ramifications
Rabbi Riskin
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz and Ethan Green, in memory of her mother and

their grandmother, Mary Chassen, and their brother and uncle, Howard Chassen, on their yahrtzeits;  The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

Susan & Len Mark, in honor of all the
volunteers who make our services so
beautiful and meaningful;
candy by Stamford Treats
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 5:40 pm

Candles Next Friday

5:34 pm

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. Chair: Simeon Wohlberg. 
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
SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB MEETING IN APRIL-"In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson

Fill a bag for the JFS Food Pantry with some of the following kosher-for-Passover items, and leave them in the coat room by March 15

             *grocery card (for individuals to purchase perishable items)*gas card*pharmacy card

*matzah (no more than one box per donation, please)*gefilte fish*horseradish 

 *canned fruits/vegetables*grape juice*soup mixes*canned soups*macaroons

 * applesauce*canned salmon*canned tuna*coffee and tea





March 13, 7:30 pm. Sign up HERE.  



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 

Please Register Here

Bingo Needs You!

CAS Monday night Bingo needs some more volunteers (especially callers) in order to continue our efforts to raise money for special projects. In the past, we've donated new carpeting, warmers for the kitchens and a new dairy refrigerator, among other items in use today. 

This a "fun-draising" project that only involves your volunteering without costing you anything but a few hours of your time. We're very flexible with hours and there are all kinds of "jobs." Be it clerical, selling or especially calling, the only requisite is that you like people and have a warm, friendly disposition. We will train you and we need you more than Uncle Sam does! 


For further info, contact Roz Mangot at, and thanks in advance!

Singers Wanted!

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 are Tuesday, March 26th at the Agudath Community Seder

and Chol Hamoed at the Atria during Pesach.  
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

CAS Classes
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Classes This Week 
Rabbi Cohen will be at AIPAC through Wednesday
                      8:15-8:45 am Parsha                        
CAS Youth Department

This Shabbat:

  • At Jr. Cong. 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.   
  • Jr. Teen Chat for grades 7-8 this week with Rabbi Parhi in the social hall! 

  • 5TH Grade ONEG at the Jubas Home 4-5 pm! 

  • Congratulations to Atara Ivri who won our grand prize at the Purim Seudah - an iPod       mini!

  • Mazal Tov to Daniel Seligson on his first Aliyah and becoming a Bar Mitzvah this past     Thursday morning at Bi-Cultural Day School.

    3/9-PJ Library @ Tot Shabbat
    We welcome Danielle Alexander of PJ Library to share a special Shabbat morning Pre-Pesach Story Time with our Tots!
    3/9-Wings Night @ Kosh for 5th & 6th Graders: free for BMC members, $10 for non-members.Sign up here.
    3/10-Final Man Up Class
    3/10- MAKE YOUR OWN MATZO in our brand new shul Matzo oven!! Learn how to make the Matzo and take home your own "homemade" piece - 1-2 pm at the shul. 

    3/15-Teen Last Comic Standing Fiesta:

    High Schooler -

    Come to the CAS Comedy Club, showing Friday Night, March 15, ONLY!  Eat some great food, chill with friends, and laugh like crazy! register here 

    3/15-16 Jr. Congregation Shabbaton (Take 2)register here.  Only 4 spots left!
    • Double Nekudot and Nekudot "Mega Sale" at end of Shabbaton
    3/16-Teen Minyan at Young Israel as part of a joint program with NCSY.
    3/16-B'nai/B'not Mitzvah Luncheon for 6th grade girls and 7th grade boys.  Register here.

    3/16- Jr. TEEN ONEG




    Shabbat Shalom,

    Yehuda Jeiger

    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

     Meyer Leib ben Shayna Reisel, Rachel bat Chana Yehudit,

    Malka Bracha bat Elke,Dovid Fishel ben Rivka, 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,
    Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel: At her parents request, please recite psalm 47 

    for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer.

    (Please note psalm change for Marlene's 47th birthday.) The text is here.

    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 woman

    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.  Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave.

    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.

    "NICE JEWISH GIRL BECOMES EXECUTIVE  PRODUCER OF MEGA HIT SHOW 'HOARDERS' FOR A&E TV NETWORK"-Sunday March 3rd, 9:30am: Nosh, 10:00am: Program. Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk.  Speaker: Jessica Morgan Graduate of Penn State University, Member Of The Academy Of TV Arts And Sciences. Presented by Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. For a ride or information, call Marcie Schoenfeld, at 203-359-9148.

    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.
    JCC SPRING GALA-Saturday, March 9, 2013, 7:30 pm. Honoring Nancy & Mark Funt and Nina Lotstein.
    WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP DINNER AND CELEBRATION-Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm. The dinner honorees include Parents of the Year, Shira & Mitchell Zucker. Temple Israel of New Rochelle, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle, NY.  For more information, to make a reservation or to place an ad visit the dinner website at , or call 914-698-0806 x 300. 

    MONTHLY BOOK TALK "ALEPPO CODEX" by MATTI FRIEDMAN-PRESENTER: BOB ABRAMS.Wednesday, March 20th, 10am  at the JCC. Follow the mysterious route of the most revered copy of the Hebrew Bible as it makes it's way from Syria to Jerusalem, where it resides today. But where are the missing pages?  For more information, call Marcie Schoenfeld 203-359-9148

    SYLVIA PLOTKIN MEMORIAL MAH JONGG TOURNAMENT-Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 am-3 pm. $36. Click here to register online by March 20 or pick up a registration form at the JCC. For more information, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203.487.0983 or 

    AN EVENING WITH JFS-Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm. Honoring JFS 34th Annual Mitzvah Award recipients Rhonda Ginsberg and Laurence Sheinman and Young Leadership Award honoree Rebecca Isenstein. Dinner and annual auction at Temple Beth El, Stamford. For more information, please contact Iris Morrison at 203-921-4161 or email at 
    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:

      Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12-2 pm

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