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Friday, April 19, 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

April 20, 2013
Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Omer 25

 10 Iyyar  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary


Future Tots/Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC

Teen Minyan
Women's Shiur
Code of Jewish Law/Daf Yomi
Shabbat Ends
Shabbat 4/20 
Omer 25
Sunday 4/21
 Omer 26
 Monday 4/22
Omer 27
Tuesday 4/23
Omer 28
  Wednes 4/24
  Pesach Sheni 
Omer 29
Thursday 4/25
 Omer 30
     Friday 4/26
Omer 31 
Saturday 4/7
 Omer 32

CAS Quick Links

Rabbi  Office Hours

Rabbi Daniel Cohen this week 

 Monday: 3:30-5:00 pm Tuesday: 10:00-11:00 am 

 Friday: 9:45-10:30 am

Rabbi David Walk

Sunday:   10:00-11:00 am

Monday:      8:15-9:00 pm

Thursday:     6:45-7:30 pm

Crash Course in Basic Judaism

Lectures on
G-d, Sabbath, Prayer, Sexuality,
and Jewish Observance

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program

To read the world's most dynamic and informative magazine on the kosher food industry, click here for the digital version of the SPRING 2013 issue of Behind the Union Symbol, OU Kosher's acclaimed trade magazine, read and enjoyed by those in learning more about the OU and the ever growing kosher marketplace.
Fruits and vegetables are subject to insect infestation and require checking and cleaning prior to consumption. Please visit the 
OU website to learn more about this mitzvah of kashrut and to download a free Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Chart.
   Is being Jewish a 24/7 commitment? If yes, what are the implications and guidelines?
   Seemingly, the 613 commandments do not encompass my every waking moment. Yet, the mitzvah of being holy - kedoshim teheyu - mandates a consciousness and engagement with G-d every moment. How? Ramban explains the mitzvah requires us to sanctify the Almighty in the unlegislated areas of our lives. Think of some examples and how we may elevate and sanctify those moments and relationships.
   We welcome the 9th grade of Maayanot, a Modern Orthodox all girls high school based in Teaneck, to our community this Shabbat. Thank you to all of the host families. 
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
This Shabbat, 
Leah Herzog, Ma'ayanot Tanach instructor and
Co-Director of Israel Guidance will deliver a women's shiur:
Mysterious Moments: 
The Ambiguous Timing of Matan Torah 
6 pm at the home of Ronnie Sichel, 
19 Vincent Court
Stamford Lag B'Omer CommUNITY Celebration
NEXT Sunday, April 28th · 5:00-7:30PM
At the Stamford JCC Ball Field · 1035 Newfield Avenue


(family softball, frisbee, football)


We need your help! 
Come join the fun-we're looking for some new faces to help us at one of the easiest ways to make money for our Shul:  Bingo. It happens most Monday nights (except Jewish and national holidays) from about 5:30 to 9:45 pm in two shifts; we can accommodate your schedule.


Callers are especially needed

We will train you and give you an introduction to the program at our meeting 
this Sunday, April 21 at 10 am in the social hall.

We can always use more help in the following areas:
  • Bingo Sales: Selling at the control desk or on the floor
  • Food sales: Selling various food items to players
  • Marketing and promoting bingo
  • So please do a mitzvah and join our small group of dedicated workers. Contact Roz at or call the shul at 203-358-2200 and someone from Bingo will get back to you!

    Youth Art & Essay Contest for Yom Yerushalayim celebrating the 65th birthday of the modern State of Israel

    Topic: Why I Love Jerusalem

    For K - 8th graders | Two divisions - top entry in each category wins 2 Yankees or Mets tickets

     Youth Art Contest for Yom Yerushalayim (K - 3rd grade)

    Submit a picture of Jerusalem, in any media. This includes drawing, painting and collage. You can work from photos and pictures of Jerusalem

     Essay Contest for Yom Yerushalayim (4th -8th grade)

    Submit a 200-500 word essay titled "Why I Love Jerusalem."  You are encouraged to use any resource to learn about Jerusalem

    Deadline for both contests is Friday April 26th

    Please submit entries to the office. Submissions will be judged anonymously and objectively

    We will display artwork in shul and winning essays will be posted on our website!

    The winning entries will be announced on Yom Yerushalayim - Wednesday, May 8th

    Welcome to:

    • The Ma'ayanot 9th grade Shabbaton participants accompanied by Nechama Becker, Amy Birman, Dena & Avi Block, Leah Herzog, Shalvi & Yehuda Isseroff and Shoshana & Ayol Samuels 

    Mazal Tov to:

    •  Joan, Bennett, Aaron and Rachel Schwartz on the engagement of Mathew Slaine to Michele Zatkis of New Orleans
    • Rachel & Harold Terk on their daughter, Alyssa Terk, MD, being honored by NYU School of Medicine with the Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumni Award this weekend
    Shabbat Topics & Participants

        Rabbi Avi Block 

     Torah Readers
    Joseph Rubin, Jay Jubas, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin

        Sandy Shapiro 

     Sermon                                                                               A Cautionary Tale

            Rabbi Daniel Cohen 


        Mitchell Bell 

    Seudat Shlishit                                                                Pirkei Avot Perek 3 

     Rabbi David Walk
     Shiur                                                     The Count & Obsessive Enumeration
    Rabbi David Walk
     Women's Shiur Mysterious Moments; The Ambiguous Timing of Matan Torah
    Leah Herzog
     Code of Jewish Law         
           Ari Lieberman
    Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
    Shabbat Shalom Hospitality Packages

    Rachel & Harold Terk in honor of their daughter, Alyssa Terk, MD, who is being honored by NYU School of Medicine with the Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumni Award this weekend; The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

    Chapel Kiddush                                 
    Pam Ehrenkranz in honor of Matt Greenberg's birthday &
    Matt Greenberg in honor of Israel's birthday;
    Faye and Renee Manger in commemoration of the 18th yahrtzeit of Ben Manger
    Sanctuary Kiddush
    Elissa & Philip Klapper in honor of Claudia & Howard Rimerman, Diane & Elliot Sloyer, and the 2013 Dinner committee for their dedication to Agudath Sholom;
    Susan & Len Mark in memory of Len's mother Helen (Chaya Sara bat Moshe) and in memory of Susan's father Sam Silber (Shlomo Zalman ben Moshe Baruch) 
    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 7:30 pm

    Candles Next Friday

    7:26 pm

    There's still time to sign up for...

    the CAS Annual Festive Dinner

    Sunday evening, May 5, 2013, 5-9:30 pm

    Guests of Honor:  
    Elissa & Dr. Philip Klapper | 
    Aviva Maller
      Community Service Award: Ronni Bass

       Young Leadership Award:  Shira & Ethan Green

    The Dinner Chairs thank all the participants who signed up so far!  

    want to join us?  Click here to sign up now!

    CAS Announcements

    Agudath Sholom welcomes Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive VP of the
    Orthodox Union on Shabbat April 26th and 27th
    He will speak on the following topics:

    • Drasha: Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional: The Challenges of Family Life in the Orthodox Community
    • Talk after Kiddush: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

    • Shiur an Hour Before Mincha: The Event That Irrevocably Changed the Destiny of Ashkenazic Jewry

    • Seudat Shlishit: The Crisis of Orthodox Affordability: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
    • Opportunities in Light of the Dramatic Shift in Jewish Demographic

    CAS Trip to Israel November 3 - 13, 2013

    Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tour Connection

    for an informational session at CAS:

    Sunday, April 28th at 9 am

    Perfect for first-timers and veterans,

    this trip will span the breadth of Israel both ancient and modern:

    visiting new discoveries, learning, and participating in social action opportunities

     to deepen and enrich your experience with Torah and the land and people of Israel.

    Optional - Eilat/Petra Extension Available

    Click here to view the CAS Israel Tour Connection website

    Click here  to let Rabbi Cohen know of your interest (no commitment!) 

    This trip is open to the entire community.

    Columbia University professor, NYT columnist and author of 

    Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

    Wednesday, May 1, 8 pm 

    The Women's Tefilla Group 
    invites all women and girls to join us

     in celebrating the

    Bat Mitzvah of Talia Shapiro

    Shabbat, May 4, Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

    Tefilla begins at 10:00 am in the Heyman Chapel

    Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 pm

    Thursday May 9, 2013

    Please join Rabbi Daniel Cohen for a thought provoking and lively discussion led by the poet

    Barbara Leff who will give a special and personal reading from her newly published and

    Jewish Book Award nominated collection And God Said    . . . A Brief History of Creation


    RSVP by Wednesday, May 1st, to

    Lunch will be served

    Join us for our
    Shavuot Scholar in Residence Program

    May 14-16

    Featuring Rabbi Jeremy Wieder

    Rosh Yeshiva Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud at RIETS and Instructor of Bible at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University

    All night learning for Adults & Youth

    • All night learning for Adults & Youth

      •  Tuesday night-Wednesday Morning, May 14-15,
      •  11:30 pm: Origin of the Oral Law: What Was Given at Sinai?
      •  12:30 am: Copyright Law in Halacha 
    •  Wednesday, May 15, Morning Sermon-Reasons for the Commandments 
    •  Wednesday Evening, 7 pm: Electricity on Shabbat
    •  Thursday Evening , May 16 7 pm: Shemirat HaLashon (Guarding One's Tongue)      

    We will also host YU Torah Tours & NCSY advisors

      Sunday, June 2|10:30 to 12

    Sisterhood Sunday Brunch

    Celebrating CAS women of all ages

              Report from your co-presidents Anne Peskin and Marge Abrams   

       CAMOS News -- This weekend will be a busy one for the Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford (CAMOS).  A contingent of Stamford residents (including Michael Feldstein, Jessica and Elie Niedober, and Miriam and Joshua Sperber) will be spending Shabbat in Washington Heights at the Shenk Shul, where they will make a presentation after services about the advantages of living in Stamford and meet and mingle at kiddush with the 250 regular attendees.  On Sunday, Stamford will be one of a select group of communities to exhibit at the Orthodox Union's Emerging Communities Fair, which is expected to attract about 1,500 people who are looking to relocate to a community that offers amenities for observant families.  Abigail Kurtz has spearheaded the effort to present Stamford in a positive light at its booth.
    Rabbi Cohen's Class This Week
     Friday Taste of Torah                                                                                                                                                           8:15 am

    Rabbi Walk's Classes This Week  

    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


    Standing Together, an Israeli charity, is working towards making Israeli soldiers more comfortable by giving them

    travel pillows for their use when going to and from base, visiting family, and even spending Shabbat on base.

    In total there about 156,000 active soldiers and 50,000 new soldiers enter each year. 


    Our goal is 37,500 pillows in 30 days! With this campaign, we are also having a raffle.


    For each donation of $100 or $10/month you will be entered into a raffle:

    Grand Prize: Trip to Israel for 2! 

    5 - 1st Prizes: 2 Free Travel Pillows 

    10 - 2nd Prizes: 1 Free Travel Pillow

    Donation of $5,000 or $400/month: Invited to give pillows to 200 soldiers

    *Donation of $25,000 or $4000/month: VIP Day Tour - including: giving pillows to soldiers and meeting

    higher level army officials

    *The Grand Prize will be offered if we reach at least 1/3 of our goal.

    The "Pillow for a Soldier" campaign is important because not only do the pillows provide physical support,

    they are a reminder that others all around the world care and appreciate them.

    Please visit here to contribute! 


      This weekend....

    • Teen Minyan for 7-12 graders  with Rabbi Parhi at 9:30 in the Social Hall.
    • Jr. Cong Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Week!  Bring all your nekudot


    on Monday night, April 22nd at 8 pm at the shul with your teens to discuss your thoughts about the future of the teen program.  Refreshments will be served! 

    Also, we are in the midst of planning your Shavuot program and would love your input- please email me with suggestions, ideas, etc


    NEW CHILDREN'S CHOIR (AGES 6-11) COMING SOON -The Stamford Synagogue Serenade - join our choir and perform once a month on Shabbat Mevorchim at both Agudath Sholom and the Young Israel.. for more info.  Join Yoni Israel at the Shabbat Park on Shabbat, April 27th.. More info to follow...

    April 28 - Lag B'Omer CommUNITY Fun Festival at the JCC- 5-7:30 pm FREE EVENT!  Food by KOSH available for purchase.

    10-FRIDAY AFTERNOON OUT - more info to follow!
    31-TOT KABBALAT SHABBAT with the PJ Library 

    If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, please email me at 


    Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi 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

     Rivka bat Rose, Marina bat Valentina, Chaim Yisroel ben Gittel Malka, Yocheved Chana bat Leah Osne, Zechariya Eliyahu ben Ayelet Naomi

      Meyer Leib ben Shayna Reisel, Shemuel Simcah ben Channah,  Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel, Refael Ephraim ben Sima 
    Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel:  At her parents request, please recite psalm 47 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer. The text is here.
    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
    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 
    THE WOMEN OF TZAHAL-Monday, April 22, 11 am - 12:30 pm atLinda Spilka's home. Women Connect of Chabad, Women's Philanthropy of UJF, The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah, The Center Women of the JCC and all community women are welcome to join an intimate dialogue with the female officers. To RSVP, click here
    "JEWS AND BASEBALL": speaker Peter Ephross, Editor of "Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words"
    -Sunday, April 28th, Temple Beth El, Roxbury Road, Stamford. Refreshments, 9:30 am. Program, 10 am. 2 Mets tickets with parking will be offered as a door prize/raffle. Free. All are welcome. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfield at (203) 359-9148. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.
    OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION-Sunday, April 28th, 12-3 pm, Westhill High School, 125 Roxbury Rd, Stamford, CT In memory of those who are no longer with us, the community is invited to join grades 9 - 12 in an Out of the Darkness walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Walk with J-Serve to prevent suicide. Teens can receive community service credit for participating. Registration fee for participation is $18 and includes the walk, a shirt, and lunch. Additional donations are encouraged. Click here to register online, or call the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more information contact Louis Lasko at 203.487.0970 or 
    Please note:  There will be a Tennis Court Dedication in memory of Stephanie Becker at 12:30 at Westhill High School during registration. All are welcome to attend. Sponsored in partnership with: BBYO, BBYO Connect, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Friendship Circle, Jewish Student Connection, Kulanu, SoSTY, Stamford Jewish Community Center,, Temple Beth El Teens, Westhill High School, Young Israel.
    MEGILLAT RUT-The Ma'ayanot Adult Education Committee is proud to present a weekly shiur given 
    by Mrs. Leah Herzog, Tanakh teacher at Ma'ayanot. The series of five shiurim will take place on Wednesdays at 11:35 a.m. at Ma'ayanot (1650 Palisade Ave., Teaneck). The series continues  through May 8th.  All are welcome.
    JOB & CAREER FAIR-Monday, May 13, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Job Seekers can meet representatives/hiring managers from prominent Fairfield County businesses. Other assistance available for job seekers. Co-sponsored by JFS Employment & Training at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich. Click  
    here to register. For more info, contact JFS at 203-921-4161 ext. 125 
    BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER-Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, honoring CAS members Elisheva Kilner & Sarah Boxer
    ISRAEL@65-Sunday, May 26, 2 pm, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport. Shop our shuk: browse through an array of Israeli crafts and food. 5 pm, celebrate with The Shuk, an Israeli and Jewish musical experience. For tickets, click here. For more information, call: (203) 226-8197. Program of the Partnership of Greater Fairfield CountyUJA/ Federation of Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk, The Jewish Federation of Greater Danbury, CT and Putnam County, NY, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut.   

    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 

    ADL LAUNCHES MAJOR CENTENNIAL YEAR PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Imagine A World Without Hate which encourages individuals to stand up and speak out against prejudice and bigotry. View this 80 second video that imagines the contributions that victims of high-profile hate crimes might have made to society had their lives not been brutally cut short by racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism.  Set to John Lennon's iconic song "Imagine," the video includes Anne Frank, Yitzhak Rabin, Daniel Pearl and others, by imagining their impact on society had they survived into the present day.


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