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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

April 27, 2013
Omer 32

 17 Iyyar  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary


Future Tots/Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC
*Post-Kiddush Talk
Daf Yomi
Shabbat Ends
*Rabbi Steven Weil

Shabbat 4/27 
Omer 32
Sunday 4/28 
Lag B'Omer
 Omer 33 
 Monday 4/29
Omer 34
Tuesday 4/30
Omer 35
  Wednes 5/1 
Omer 36
Thursday 5/2
Omer 37
     Friday 5/3
Omer 38
Saturday 5/4
Omer 39

CAS Quick Links

Rabbi  Office Hours

Rabbi Daniel Cohen this week 

 Monday: 3:30-5:00 pm

Tuesday: 10:00-11:00 am

Thursday: 8:30-9:30 pm  Starbucks

1079 High Ridge Road 

 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

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 interested 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.
Crash Course in Basic Judaism
continues this Thursday, 7:30 pm 
with "Prayer"
Don't miss the remaining lectures on
 Prayer, Sexuality, and Jewish Observance
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Listen to the previous sessions on
"G-d" by clicking here
and "Shabbat" by 
sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program 
Introducing the first Stamford commUNITY youth choir
for boys and girls ages 6-11
Come join choir musical director Yoni Israel to hear more about the
Stamford Synagogue Serenade
A choir informational session will be held
this Shabbat, April 27th, 5:30 pm
under the canopy at the Strawberry Hill entrance of the Shabbos Park
Light refreshments and candy
   We are honored to host Rabbi Weil this Shabbat in Stamford. Agudath
Sholom values our enduring partnership with the OU. Rabbi Weil's erudition and passion for Torah and Am Yisrael will be an inspiring opportunity to enrich our congregation and broaden and deepen their appreciation of the significant role of the OU in our shul and the American Jewish community.
  This Sunday we celebrate Lag B'Omer. One of the historical roots of the day emerges from the tragic death of the students of Rabbi Akiva. On Lag B'Omer the plague stopped. On this day, we ponder the cause of their death and its message. The midrash attributes their demise to "Tzarut Ayin" a narrow vision. They did not want to share their Torah with the community. They studied for self aggrandizement
and not to spread the word of G-d. We cannot understand the ways of G-d but we can strive to grow from a experience. In this spirit, Lag B'omer is a day to cultivate a Lev Tov - a good heart, a sense of community. We rise or fall together
  I am gratified this year by the spirit of kehilla in Stamford. Many community organizations are partnering in a Lag B'Omer event. Hope to see you there. May this event and the day be a positive sign for increasing the bonds of unity in our midst.
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Halachic Note: One of the restrictions of mourning during Sefirah is refraining from haircuts until Lag B'Omer. However, the halacha teaches that this year we may take a haircut for the honor of Shabbat on Friday since Lag B'Omer occurs on a Sunday. For more information and questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen.
Agudath Sholom welcomes
Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive VP of the Orthodox Union, this Shabbat 

He will speak on the following topics:

  • 11 am Drasha:  Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional: The Challenges of Family Life in the Orthodox Community
  • 12 :15 pm Post-Kiddush Talk: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Opportunities in Light of the Dramatic Shift in Jewish Demographics
  • 6:20 pm Shiur: The Event That Irrevocably Changed the Destiny
    of Ashkenazic Jewry
  • Seudat Shlishit Talk: The Crisis of Orthodox Affordability: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
CAS Trip to Israel November 3 - 13, 2013

Join Rabbi Cohen and representatives of Israel Tour Connection

for an informational session at CAS:

This 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.
Deadline to register: May 19

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.

Stamford Lag B'Omer CommUNITY Celebration
THIS Sunday, April 28th · 5:00-7:30PM
At the Stamford JCC Ball Field · 1035 Newfield Avenue


(family softball, frisbee, football)

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 Monday, April 29

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

Next Shabbat-Women's Tefilla Group 

10:00 am in the Heyman Chapel

Elijah the Prophet - come follow his journey, now until Shavuot
Power of the Prophets with Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tuesdays, 8:15 am

Welcome to:

  • Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union
  • Major Netanel, Lieutenant Ella and Lieutenant Menachem of the Israel Defense Forces who are being hosted by the Vogel, Stein/Listokin and Smart families as part of the JCC Tzahal Shalom program

Mazal Tov to:

  • Adam Tisser, recipient of the Jewish War Veterans of Stamford's college scholarship 
  • Rhonda & Avi Greif, President of the Stamford Kosher Action Committee, on Jensen's Bar Mitzvah
  • BCDS on the E2K Team winning first place in The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education International Math Competition. Mazal Tov to CAS team members Liam B., Sarah Jane B., Ari I., Gedalia K., Emma R., Joseph R., Daniel S., Sara S., and Leah V.

Condolences to:

    Lee Miller, on the death of her beloved mother, Glenys Tarlow
Shabbat Topics & Participants

    Levi Dulitz

Torah Readers
Daniel Jubas, Henry Rascoff

      David Gordon

Drasha       Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional: The Challenges of Family Life in the Orthodox Community 

        Rabbi Steven Weil


Lorraine Kweskin

Post-Kiddush Talk               The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Opportunities in Light of the                                                                                             Dramatic Shift in Jewish Demographics

 Rabbi Steven Weil
Shiur                                    The Event That Irrevocably Changed the Destiny of Ashkenazic Jewry
Rabbi Steven Weil
Seudat Shlishit                            The Crisis of Orthodox Affordability: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
 Rabbi Steven Weil
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospitality Packages

Belle Miller in honor of Shira & Ethan Green on being honored at the annual dinner;

Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz and Ethan Green

in memory of Sandy Green on his 11th yahrtzeit (Iyyar 18);

  The Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund 

Chapel Kiddush                                 
Steven Frenkel "in recognition of Kenny, the Knicks, Bennett and Bill for all that they have done for me over the past 6 months"
Sanctuary Kiddush (meat)  
Ploni Almoni in honor of Lag B'Omer
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 7:40 pm

Candles Next Friday

7:34 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 have signed up so far!  

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

CAS Announcements

Columbia University professor, NYT columnist and author of 

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

This 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

Next 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

 Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00 
Mikvah Event with
Rabbi Dr.Meir Y. Soloveichik of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
The Founding Fathers at the Chupah
Rabbi Cohen's Class This Week
Tuesday:  Power of the Prophets (now with Elijah!)                                                                                                             8:15 am
Tuesday:  Modern Jewish Thinkers                                                                                                                                       9:00 am
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms
                                                                                                  noon (lunch served)
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

Tuesday Mystical Minhagim

7:30 pm

Thursday Talmud, Megilla

7:30 pm


On April 11th, Agudath Sholom commemorated Yom HaShoah with a very interesting program that featured author Michael Skakun whose book "On Burning Ground" told of his father's odyssey of survival during the Holocaust. The evening was sponsored by Israel Bonds' Westchester and Southern Connecticut Office.

Investing in Israel Bonds not only provides a great opportunity for personally partnering with the people of and the State of Israel in a significant and vital way, and also provides the opportunity for obtaining a security that offers a competitive rate of return in today's market. The bonds are also backed by a more than 60 year record of dependability and a perfect repayment history. Further, it is an investment that enables the development of every aspect of Israel's economy including advances in high-tech, clean-tech, and biotech. As we just finished celebrating Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut, we encourage you to show your support for Israel and its economic growth.

One of the best ways to show your solidarity with Israel is to buy Israel bonds. If you have not yet invested in 2013, please contact our Israel Bonds representative, Cynthia Blustein, at 914-713-9003 or For current rates and prospectuses or to buy a bond online, .


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 the pillows provide physical support

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

Please visit here to contribute! 


This weekend....


No Teen Minyan or Jr. Teen Chat this week - Mazal Tov to Jensen Greif on his Bar Mitzvah!


NEW CHILDREN'S CHOIR (AGES 6-11) THIS SHABBAT -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 from 5:30-6:30 pm.


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

Coming Soon- A Jam Packed May:

10-BIG SIBLING/LITTLE SIBLING FRIDAY AFTERNOON OUT - Friday, May 10th, 2013, right after school until 3:30pm   
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

Gidon Menachem ben Batsheva, Avraham HaLevi ben Shoshana, Natalie Chana Chaya Bat Aviva, Rivka bat Rose,

Marina bat Valentina, Chaim Yisroel ben Gittel Malka

 Yocheved Chana bat Leah OsneZechariya 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
"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.

THE ROLE OF THE RABBI IN ADVOCATING FOR AGUNOT: A PANEL DISCUSSION-Tuesday, May 7, 2012, 7:45 pm, Young Israel of the Upper West Side, 210 W 91st Street.  Featuring Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, RCA President, Rabbi Jeremy Stern, Director of Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, Dr. David Pelcovitz, Psychologist, an Agunah

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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