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Friday, March 8, 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 9, 2013
Shabbat HaChodesh
Shabbat Mevorchim
Shabbat Chazak

 27 Adar  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









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

Sat. Night/Turn Clocks Ahead

Tuesday-Rosh Chodesh Nisan

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.

Rabbi Cohen's Office Hours

Monday: 3:30-5:00 pm & 7:30-8:20 pm

Tuesday: 10:00-11:00 am 

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

 Friday: 9:45-10:30 am

Stop by to sell your 
Shabbat Shalom! 

 What is the definition of leadership? The answer emerges from a missing letter in this week's Parsha of Vayakhel. The princes of the tribes of Israel donate the precious stones to the Tabernacle. In describing their gift, the Torah records their Hebrew name - "Neseim" without a yud. Rashi quoting the midrash notes that the letter is missing to reflect their deficient attitude. Rather than be the first to donate and set an example, they waited to ascertain the actions of the Jewish people and would fill in as needed.  Leadership mandates leading.
   This past week, over 12,000 Jews and non-Jews gathered in Washington at AIPAC to lead on bolstering the American/Israeli alliance. Consider joining our CAS delegation next year in Washington. Anyone who goes to and registers for next year's conference by March 18
th will receive a significant discount off the normal registration fee. The registration fee is 100% refundable until January 10th, 2014.

  Experience this year's conference highlights and full plenary session by clicking here
G-d willing, together, we will demonstrate the leadership to insure a vibrant and secure Israel. 


Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Spring Quarterly Bulletin is available 


This Sunday, 12-4

Wine tasting with BevMax
Passover-related vendors 

* Holiday and unique gift items 

* Lunch for sale:

   Men's Club chili, fried chicken,                  hot dogs, french fries & salads

* Cooking demonstrations with samples

   by Aviva Kanoff, author of

   The No Potato Passover cookbook

* Adults & Kids: Make Your Own  

   Matzah. Click here to reserve a spot!

Fill a bag for the JFS Food Pantry with some of the following kosher-for-Passover items, 
and leave it at the Men's Club Passover Fair this Sunday or 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)

*gefilte fish *horseradish *canned fruits

/ vegetables *grape juice *soup mixes

*canned soups *macaroons * applesauce *canned salmon *canned tuna *coffee & tea

The CAS Passover Website is OPEN!
Click here to see Passover events and links
Click here for the complete Passover schedule!

Mazal Tov  To:

  • Rachel & Richard Seligson on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Daniel 
  • Yonat and Rabbi Yehuda Tucker on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Matanel
  • Sharon & Richard Tanner on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Claudia
  • Larry & Linda Rezak on the birth of a baby boy to Emily & Jared Mudge.  Mazal Tov also to aunt & uncle Rachel & Dan Haron and cousins Nathan, Noam, Shira, Gabriel, and Hannah
  • Claudia Rimerman on being honored by Jewish Student Connection
  • Shira & Mitchell Zucker on being honored by Westchester Hebrew High School as Parents of the Year
Shabbat Topics & Participants

Daniel Seligson 

 Torah Readers

Daniel Seligson, Alex Seligson, Gil Orbach,

 Dr. William Wertheim, Matthew Wertheim,

 Jay Jubas, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin

Daniel Seligson

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

 Start Up Nation 


Roslyn Sherman

Seudat Shlishit

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

 Shiur                                David Cohen 
The Haggadah:  It's All in How You Tell It
 Code of Jewish Law        Rabbi Yehuda
Jeiger                                             Hilchot Pesach
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

 Sanctuary Kiddush
Rachel & Richard Seligson, in honor of
Daniel's Bar Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am

Monday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am

Rosh Chodesh: Tues 6:20/7:30 am

 Mon, Wed-Fri 6:30/7:30 am

Weekday Mincha

Sunday-Thursday 6:45 pm

Candles Next Friday

6:42 pm




Are you an experienced gardener? Do you aspire to be one?  Do you wish you had a bigger garden to develop your green thumb?  Do you like to do a mitzvah?  If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," we have some fun planned for you!  As part of a new program, the CAS Chesed Committee will be planting a garden on the shul property, to grow vegetables with "Harvest Now."  All the produce will be donated to a local food bank to provide those in need with access to more fresh and nutritious foods.  If you are interested in participating at any level of commitment in this literally "ground-breaking" new project, please email the CAS Chesed Committee Chair, Meredith Cohen, at and/or please come to our first project launch meeting Sunday, March 17th from 10-11 am at Agudath Sholom (in the lobby sitting area next to the elevator).

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, Sunday, April 7, 10:30-noon

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH RABBI MENACHEM LEIBTAG-Tuesday, April 9th, at Kosh. What's So Holy About the Holy Land: A Yom Ha'atzma'ut Presentation. Lunch at 12:30PM, shiur at 1 pm.
You can order what you wish for lunch, and pay Kosh directly, but you must make a reservation beforehand.  Please RSVP to Michael Feldstein.


Junior Yachad will once again be coming to Stamford!  Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community. Volunteers are needed for housing. All Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who will be responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities and disabilities including a wide range of developmental and learning disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's and cerebral palsy, in general they are mild mannered.  They can stay in either separate bedrooms or the same bedroom as a staff member. There might be one or two girls in a wheelchair. Please let me know how many you can sleep and if you have stairs or pets.   

  No meals needed other than breakfast.

They will be out of the house Friday night for dinner and most of Shabbat. 


If you are not able to pick up your "kids" that Friday from CAS, drop them back at shul before Shabbat, and pick them up after Shabbat, please let me know. Times to be determined.  Please include your address and phone number as well in your response.


Thanks in advance!!!

Please email    203-327-9924


Learn how to make your Seder great!

Join Rabbi Walk  for a journey through the Seder 

Model Seder - Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 pm

No sign up required, no charge!


This 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

Don't want to cook Shabbat dinner before Pesach? 

Pre-Passover Chinese Dinner 

Friday night, March 22, 7pm 

Early 6pm minyan

Click here to reserve your spot!

  Click here for chametz sale forms

Order online, pick up in the office

Click here to purchase the finest handmade Shmurah Matzah

If you prepay, your pick up will be faster!

This Passover, please remember the needy

Donate to the CAS Maot Chittim/Passover Fund

Click here to donate via credit card or paypal

Join Rabbi Walk & Agudat Shir Choir Director Elliot Weiss

on the 2nd night for the Community Seder 

Tuesday night, March 26, 7:45 pm 



Click here to reserve your seat!

Visit the CAS Passover Site - It Has It All!


Pre-Passover Classes With Rabbi Cohen 
Passover Philosophy: Tuesdays, 9-9:45 am
Chosen People: March 12
Miracles: March 19
The Top Ten Seder Insights: Tuesday, March 12, 12-12:45 pm
Starbucks' Seder - Thursday, March 14, 8:30-9:30 am
Join Rabbi Cohen at the "back table" at Starbucks, High Ridge, to learn new insights
that will enhance your holiday, or drop by with any Passover questions!
Crash Course Review of Passover Preparation Laws: Monday, March 18, 8-9 pm
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 Sederand 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
  • We welcome PJ Library to Tot Shabbat- Danielle Alexander will share a special Shabbat morning Pre-Pesach Story Time with our Tots!   
  • At Jr. Cong. come and hear Gilad Karsch read from the Torah and Noa Haron and Abigail Thau deliver a D'var Torah!  If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah, please let us know. 
  • Mazal Tov to Daniel Seligson and Matanel Tucker on their Bar Mitzvahs this Shabbat!
  • Mazal tov to Claudia Tanner, who is celebrating her Bat Mitzvah this Sunday
  • Saturday night - WINGS NIGHT for the BMC at Kosh 7:30 pm  1 SPOT LEFT!
  • Sunday -- MAKE YOUR OWN MATZO in our brand new Matzo oven!! Learn how to make the Matzo and take home your own "homemade" piece: 1-2 pm at the shul - $3- charge per person.! 
  • Coming Soon- A Jam Packed March:


    MARCH 15-16 - JR. CONG SHABBATON (Take 2)     2 SPOTS LEFT!

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

    MARCH 15  LAST COMIC STANDING SHABBAT FIESTA - 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!

    MARCH  16 -Teen Minyan at Young Israel as part of a joint program with NCSY  

    MARCH  16 - B'nai Mitzvah Luncheon  

    MARCH 16 - Jr. TEEN ONEG 





    Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Jeiger

    We wish the following people a Refuah Sheleim:
    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


    -This Saturday, March 9, 2013, 7:30 pm. Honoring Nancy & Mark Funt and Nina Lotstein

    JEWISH STUDENT CONNECTION LUNCHEON-This Sunday, March 10, 2013, 12-2 pm, Temple Sholom, Greenwich. Honoring Claudia Rimerman

    WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP DINNER AND CELEBRATION-This Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm. The dinner honorees include Parents of the YearShira & 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

    DR. DANIEL GORDIS-"The High Price of Statehood:  Why Israel is Worth the Cost". Temple Sholom, March 14, 7:30 pm.  

    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

    COLLEGE AHEAD!-Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm Program for college-bound high school students and their parents. This year's panel, moderated by Claire D. Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will feature the deans of admissions from Michigan State University (MI), Boston University (MA) and American University (Washington, DC). Hear the latest on college admissions and Jewish life on campus. For more information, contact Claire D. Friedlander or call at 203-921-4161.

    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

    JFS ADULT DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP-Tuesdays beginning March 5th for 8-10 sessions at 7:45 -8:45 pm.  Support group for individuals experiencing separation and divorce.  Sessions will be facilitated by Rebekah Kanefsky, Staff Counselor, in the Stamford JFS office,733 Summer Street 6th Floor.  Fee is $5 per person per session. For more info, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email

    JFS Residential Cleaning Service Before Passover-Employ professionally trained individuals to clean your home for the Passover holiday and at the same time help to support Jewish Family Service.  Rates are lower or competitive with other cleaning services. Contact Larry Morowitz at JFS Employment and Training Program: (203) 921-4161 or email

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


    CAS Sisterhood Gift Shop

    all new items for Passover

    Seder Plates · Matzah Plates

    Havdalah Sets  · Wine Fountains

    Candlesticks · and much, much more!

    Pre-Passover Hours:

    Sunday 9-11

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-2

    Open during Men's Club Fair this Sunday 12-4

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