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Friday, May 24, 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

May 25, 2013Beha'alotcha

16 Sivan  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary


Future Tots/Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC
Tea with Chazzan Bokov
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi
Shabbat Ends

Monday-Memorial Day

Starting today, there will be a late mincha beginning 5 minutes after candlelighting.

CAS Quick Links

Rabbi Cohen's podcasts are now indexed. Just click a "series link" under a podcast - and you will retrieve all the podcast for that series.

Rabbi  Office Hours

Rabbi Daniel Cohen 
Tuesday:  10-11 am

Thursday: 8:30-9:30 am  Starbucks

1079 High Ridge Road 

 Friday: 9:45-10:30 am

Rabbi David Walk

Sunday:   10:00-11:00 am

Thursday:     6:45-7:30 pm

Missing: dark velvet tallis bag with colorful tallis.  If found, please return to Larry Miller or to the office.

Mazal Tov to the Winners of the

Yom Yerushalayim Contest!

Art:  PJ Jelen | Essay: Ari Israel

Mazal Tov also to Shalhevet Cohen, Shira Haron, Dayne Katz, Julianne Katz, Tina Reicin & Emily Seligson,

who won honorable mention.

The judges "... were blown away by the outstanding essays and the creativity of the art submissions...."

Kol HaKavod to all the entrants and their families!

Adult Education Meeting
this Wednesday,
May 29, 7:30 pm 
Please RSVP: or
Dear Friends, 
  Members of our shul serve in the USAF and in the IDF. We are proud of 
their commitment and sacrifice. In this week's parsha, as the Jews are 
preparing to enter Israel, the nation stands ready to join the army and 
Moshe seeks Yitro's strategic advice.

  As we commemorated Yom Hazkiron for Israel's fallen soldiers a month ago, this Monday we honor the fallen soldiers who defended our country. In particular, on Shabbat morning, I will invoke the names of the Jewish members of the USAF who have been killed in action since September 11, 2001. May their memories be for a blessing and may the echo of their heroism find resonance in our lives. To learn more about ways to support the Jewish American troops, please visit

Jewish Chaplains Council and Jewish War Veterans.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

You are cordially invited to welcome
Chazzan Rafael Bokov 
to Congregation Agudath Sholom
this Shabbat, May 24 and 25
Cantor Bokov will lead davening Friday night,
as well as Saturday in the sanctuary.
He will be available for conversation at kiddush on Shabbat
and at 6:45 pm tea Shabbat afternoon at the shul

Chazzan Rafael Bokov served as chazzan at the Netherlee, Clarkston & Queen's Park Hebrew Congregation (Glasgow, Scotland) for six years.  Most recently, he has been chazzan for the High Holy Days at Ohav Shalom, Merrick, Long Island and at Young Israel of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.  He has appeared at weddings and concerts in South Africa, Israel, Scotland, USA and Spain.  Bokov is an accomplished and prolific composer, and he plays the piano, guitar and clarinet.


During his time in Scotland his duties included teaching B'nei Mitzvah, and assisting with weddings, funerals, sold-out fundraising concerts and other pastoral tasks.


Chazzan Bokov grew up in South Africa in a cantorial family and trained with some of the leading voice teachers, chazzanim and opera singers in his native country and the United Kingdom.  He trained with South African tenor Dawie Couzyn and with English and Scottish opera veteran Edward Caswell.  Bokov has been singing since the age of 7. He currently lives in NY and is pursuing a nursing degree.


If you have not yet filled out the surveys on our two previous cantorial applicants, please click here 
Cantorial Search Committee: Adrienne Alexander, Dina Berger, Michael Feldstein, Steven Frenkel, Ethan Green, Daniel Kraus, Elliot Neumann, Dean Schuckman, Rachel Seligson, & Royce Wolfsohn
 Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00 
Dessert Reception and Lecture with
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik
of Yeshiva University and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
The Founding Fathers at the Chupah
$36 per person | Proceeds to benefit the Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah
Please sign up 

4th, 5th and 6th Grade Parents and Children

Ice Cream Sundae Bar & Bat Mitzvah Orientation -  Thursday, June 6, 7-8 pm 


We will discuss:
  • A time line beginning three years before your child's B'nai Mitzvah 
  • Tutoring opportunities
  • Types of ceremonies
  • Use of facilities
  • B'nai Mitzvah projects
  • Fees, and much more

 Have your questions answered and meet other families as well!

 Please bring your bar/bat mitzvah child with you.

Click here to sign up for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ice cream info session  

Mazal Tov to:

  • Dr. Cheryl Frydman & Dr. Perry Frydman on Tamar's Bat Mitzvah. Mazal Tov also to grandmother Gloria Green. 

  • Drs. Judith & David Singer on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson Jake this weekend

  • Edward and Judy Jacobson on the birth of a grandson, Miles Harry Jacobson, born to David & Sarah Jacobson. 

    Mazal Tov also to great-grandmother Florence Jacobson

  • PJ Jelen and Ari Israel, winners of the Yom Yerushalayim contest. 

  • Marina Sapir and Risa Goldblum on receiving Jewish Community Center Volunteer of the Year awards for 2013
  • Jacob Maller and Simon Handler on their graduation from Kulanu
  • Miriam & Gideon Pell on the marriage of Jennie to Josh Small

Condolences to:

  • Joseph, Leonard and Robert Gold on the death of their beloved brother Morris
  • Louise, Greg and Brenna Stein on the death of their beloved father and grandfather Abraham Levine
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv
 Guest Chazzan Rafael Bokov
 Guest Chazzan Rafael Bokov
Torah Readers
 Ethan Green, Jay Jubas, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin

 Guest Chazzan Rafael Bokov

Sermon         From the Western Wall to Lakewood: Searching for Unity

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Bat Mitzvah Speech

Tamar Frydman


Gary Weitz

Coffee & Commentary
Rabbi David Walk
Shiur                                                      Eldad Meidad:  Moshe's Honor
Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law 
Ari Lieberman
Seudat Shlishit                                                         Pirkei Avot, Perek 2
                                        Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

 Carl Kaufman, in honor of Flora's special birthday and granddaughter Hannah's visit to Stamford from Florida; the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush
Faye and Renee Manger on the first yahrtzeit of their son and brother Stephen,
Shmuel ben Berel Leib
Sanctuary Kiddush
  Cheryl Frydman, in honor of Tamar's Bat Mitzvah
Seudat Shlishit
Rochel & Hecky Attar, on the 18th yahrtzeit of Hecky's mother, Miriam bat Saleh
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

 Sunday & Monday 7:45 am, Tuesday-Friday 7:00 am


Sunday & Monday 7:15/8:30 am, Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am

Weekday Mincha
Sunday-Thursday 8:05 pm

Candles Next Friday

8:00 pm
Rabbi Cohen's Classes This Week
Tuesday: Power of the Prophets
8:15 pm
Tuesday: Modern Jewish Thinkers
9:15 pm
Tuesday: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms
12:00 pm
Friday Taste of Torah
 8:15 am

Rabbi Walk's Classes This Week

Sunday: Bible from the Beginning

9:15 am

Thursday: Talmud, Megilla

7:30 pm

CAS Announcements

The Women's Tefilla Group invites 
all girls and women to join
in celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Sydney Steinberg
Shabbat, June 8
Parshat Korach
Tefilla begins at 9 am in the Social Hall 

Sisterhood Annual Meeting 
Wednesday, June 12, from 7-9 pm

Agudath Sholom Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:30-8:15 pm

RABBI ADAM MINTZ: 4 part series at the Young Israel of Stamford, 8:30 pm, free and open to the public
June 26 - The History of Jewish Theology: Must a Jew Believe Anything?
July 2 - Reward and Punishment: How Does It Work?
July 10 - The Messiah: Who is He and What Will He Accomplish?
July 17 - Resurrection of the Dead: Will It Really Take Place and How Will It Happen? 
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


Tots!  Shabbat!  Tots!  Shabbat!
We invite all Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyaners (Toddlers - Grade 1) to sign up for our special 

Next Friday, May 31, 4-5:30pm

Come and enjoy special story time, crafts, snacks and mock Shabbat dinner 
complete with zemirot (songs) and plenty of spirit!


This weekend....

Mazal Tov to Tamar Frydman on her Bat Mitzvah 

Mazal Tov to the Winners of the Yom Yerushalayim Contest, Art: PJ Jelen | Essay: Ari Israel

Mazal Tov also to Shalhevet Cohen, Shira Haron, Dayne Katz, Julianne Katz, Tina Reicin & Emily Seligson, who won honorable mention.

No Teen Minyan or Jr. Teen Chat this Shabbat


At Jr. Cong. come and hear Gilad Karsch read from the Torah while Isabel Sigman will be delivering a D'var Torah!! If you would like to read from the Torah or deliver a D'var Torah please speak to Josh or Rabbi Jeiger.


  • Friday, May 31: TOT KABBALAT SHABBAT with the PJ Library.  Please RSVP here 
  • May 31-June 1: NCSY ROADSHOW & Teen Minyan at the Young Israel of Stamford:
  • Kabbalat Shabbat and Carlos and Gabby's Dinner at YIS

    Oneg at the YI Youth House

    Teen Minyan at YIS

    Third Meal at CAS

    Bonfire and Musical Havdallah at the Passy home, 185 Toms Road 

    8th Graders Welcome! 
  • Thursday, June 6: B'nai Mitzvah Ice Cream Sundae Orientation  for parents and their children in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades.  Please RSVP here  
  • Sunday, June 9: Jr. Congregation year-end BBQ Bash at the Sperbers', 500 Newfield Avenue 
  • Saturday, June 22: Youth Seudah Shlishit and Awards
 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
Pinchas ben Leeba, Yidit Rut bat Chaya Leah, Ziv ben Vered, Devorah bat Leah, Shalom ben Hadassah, Fayga Bunya bat Pessia, Boruch ben Polina, Rav Yirmiyahu ben Zeisel, Avraham HaLevi ben Shoshana, Natalie Chana Chaya bat Aviva, Rivka bat Rose, 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 please recite psalm 47 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer. The text is here.
Community Announcements

HAND IN HAND-(Yad B'Yad) a division of the JCC's O-la-mi camp, offers a unique summer program for rising 3rd-6th graders with communication-spectrum disorders, including: high-functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and individuals with sensory motor integration challenges. The mission of this (two sessions) three-week program is to improve each child's ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with peers, and to build a solid foundation for making and keeping friends within a relaxed, fun, and creative environment.Scholarship assistance available.Click here for more info or contact Dinushka De Silva at 203.487.0946 or with any questions.

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 County UJA/ 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 CT.
NEW ZIONIST COMMUNITY IN MIGDAL HAEMEK, ISRAEL-Presentation, Sunday, May 26, 8:30 pm, at the Parhi's, 255 Strawberry Hill Ave, Unit C11. Dr. Simcha Asaf Leibovic, -Representative of the WZO Executive in North America will speak about Givat Hashaked, which is looking to absorb families with Anglo-Saxon backgrounds and provide them with benefits, support and employment opportunities. Please watch this presentation.

THE TERRITORIES-HISTORY, ISSUES, POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS-June 9, 9:30 am, JCC. Mentioned regularly in the news, "the Territories" are a trigger point for most discussions about Israel.  However, many Americans do not have a strong grasp of the history, and are only aware of what the media tells about what is happening on the ground. As a community deeply engaged in the discussion of Israel, it is imperative that we know the history, and are aware of the facts on the ground. Only then, should we discuss what can be done for the future. The Jewish Education and Engagement Project of the United Jewish Federation (UJF)  and the JCC in partnership with Chavurat Aytz Chayim, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Hadassah, Selah, Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai and Young Israel will offer this program, conducted by Rabbi Stanley Davids and UJF's new CEO, Jim Cohen and will include ample time for discussion and questions.The program, which begins at 9:30 am, will include a light continental breakfast.  To register for the program go to The program is $15 in advance/$20 at the door ($7.50/$10 for J.E.E.P. Pass holders). For more information, contact Elise Passy at or 203-321-1373 ext. 114 

-Sunday, June 9, 4 pm, Temple Beth El. The Jewish Historical Society will honor Rabbi Mark Golub, President of Shalom TV, recipient of the 2013 JHS Heritage Award for the creation of a National Jewish TV Network. Remarks by David Harris, Executive Director of the AJC. Reception. $36 per person. RSVP before 6/1 to 

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 Gift Shop

Summer Hours

 Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-3:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-2 pm

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