Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Ave | Stamford, CT 06902 (203)-358-2200

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Friday, August 23, 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

August 24, 2013Ki Tavo

 18 Elul  5773 

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/
Jr. Cong
Perek on the Patio
Code of Jewish Law        
Daf Yomi
Shabbat Ends
Shalom zachor tonight at the Weissers' home,
33 Turner Rd, 9-10:30 pm.

CAS Quick Links

 Rabbis'  Office Hours This Week

Rabbi Daniel Cohen
 Monday & Thursday 9-12 am & 2-4 pm 
Tuesday 10-12 am & 2-4 pm
 Friday 9-12 am
Rabbi David Walk

Monday: 7:45 pm

Thursday:  7:45 pm 

Special Rosh Hashanah Service

Due to last year's warm reception of the Rosh Hashanah Sunrise Service, it will be held at 6am both days of Rosh Hashanah.   So that we can gauge attendance, kindly email

if you plan to attend.

7th-8th grade
Shabbat Afternoon
August 31, 5-6:30 pm
Meet your new Teen Directors, Miriam & Josh Sperber!
Homemade treats and more:
500 Newfield Avenue #2D
9th-12th grade
Saturday, August 31, 9 pm, CAS
Join your new Teen Directors, Josh & Miriam Sperber, for
pizza-making and special selichot
There will be a meeting of the High Holiday Men's Choir in the Sanctuary this Sunday at 10:30 am. For more info, please contact Izzy Lustig.


  Saturday night, August 31

Program with Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Walk & Cantor Bokow

 Open to the community! 

Services at 9:30 pm / program at 10:30 pm

Late Selichot services in chapel at 12:45 am

 Special pizza & selichot for 9-12 graders at 9:00 pm

When did you become a Jew? Many were born into our faith and some converted but the question, albeit provocative, is relevant in light of one of my favorite comments of Rashi.  Moshe declares in this week's Torah portion: "This day, G-d commands you to perform the decrees" (26:16) although it is almost 40 years after the revelation at Mt. Sinai.  Rashi explains the discrepancy by suggesting that we should view every day as a renewal of the covenant at Sinai. How do we view our commitment to Judaism?  Do we practice out of convenience, culture or conviction?
One of the best guides to shed light on this question in a deeply personal way is
Path of the Just by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.  Join me for a three part series in this book on Tuesday mornings (August 27 at 9:15 am, September 3 at 8:15 am and September 10 at 8:15 am.)  A great tool for self-reflection is also this personal mission statement exercise and I invite you to set up an appointment for a review by sending me an email. I will be in shul Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the coming week. Also, please enjoy and share this article on the Parsha of Ki Tavo: The Suprising Story Behind the World's Most Expensive Violin.


Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom from West Virginia (visiting my younger brother Benyamin and his wife, Elizabeth) and all the best.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | 203-252-8252 Rabbi Cohen's podcasts 

Sukkot Fun! 


On Saturday, September 21, the Sisterhood wants everyone in our congregation enjoying their Shabbat afternoon having Sukkot lunch with other members of our shul, at homes across the community.
Come be a part of Sukkot as it's supposed to be...within the beauty and spirituality of the sukkah, enjoying friends, old and new.

This event is FREE.
Host families will provide food for the meal.

Guests will be asked to bring wine, challah, and pareve dessert 
(more details when you sign up!)

More information: Margie Abrams, 


 Sukkot Family Sushi Demo & BBQ

Sunday, September 22, 4-6:30 pm

  • Interactive Sushi demo with world-renowned Chef Geoff Lazlo
  • Everyone makes their own vegetarian sushi roll!
  • Delicious BBQ dinner in our beautiful shul sukkah!

$12 per member child under age 10 

$15 per member adult | $18 per non-member

Price includes sushi demo and BBQ dinner

Register here for sushi demo and BBQ


Click here for a chance to win a $100 KOSH gift certificate.
YOU CAN WIN A GREAT PRIZE:  $100 Gift Certificate to KOSH

Look for the Red box!

We want to make sure that we have all our congregants' emails and information correctly listed on our data base: 
  • Sure, you get CAS emails.  But for many member families, we don't have an email address on file in their family record.
  • You may have changed your email, or want us to send email to a different address
It's simple to update your email - will take less than 1 minute

Mazal Tov to:

  • Alisa & Jeremy Weisser on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal tov also to big brother Yoni!
  • Leah & Naftali Rosenberg on the birth of a baby boy and a baby girl. Mazal Tov also to big sister Miri,         grandparents Eva & Robert Rosenberg, grandfather Dov Schultz, and great-grandparents Rabbi Moshe & Vivian Lerer 
  • Henry Stern on his 80th birthday and on his being honored at the JCC Rosh Hashanah Luncheon

Nesiah Tovah to:

  • Eli Schildkraut and Rachel Schwartz, who will be joining Bnei Akiva Lehava
  • Jacob Maller, who will be joining Young Judaea Year Course
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk

The Laws of Blowing the Shofar as Taught by Rabbi Simon Boxer                                     Tzvi Bernstein


Elliot Neumann

Usher Roselyn Mangot
Torah Readers

                      Michael Berg, Judd Love, Marty Rubin, Simcha Rubin, Daniel Seligson, Zach Wohlberg

Curses!                                                                                                                            Rabbi David Walk
Perek on the Patio
Perek 3                                                                                                                           Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
                                                                                                                                             Ari Lieberman
Seudah Shlishit
Blessings                                                                                                                        Rabbi David Walk
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

 the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

Jodie & Richard Boxer in honor of this week's shiur

Sanctuary Kiddush

the shul; Hershel Herring

Seudah Shlishit
the shul
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

Weisser Brit Milah

G-d willing, Tuesday immediately following 7:30 am minyan

Weekday Mincha
Sunday-Thursday 7:25 pm

Candles Next Friday

7:14 pm

CAS Announcements 

OPEN HOUSE SHABBAT AT CAS-August 31. Invite your friends to spend a Shabbat at Agudath Sholom. Services Saturday morning 9 am, our stellar youth program starts at 10:30. Join us for kiddush at 11:30 and learn more about how CAS is right for you. If you are interested in joining a family for Shabbat lunch or seek more info about CAS, please be in touch with our membership chair Ethan Green: or Rabbi Cohen:

CAS Free Mezuzah Campaign in Fairfield County, CT

Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes | Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah?

Share this video link:

CAS is offering a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area.
For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:

CAS Classes

Rabbi Walk:

Sunday: Bible from the Beginning  9:15-10:00 am

Thursday: Masechet Megilla after mincha (about 7:45)
Rabbi Cohen:

Tuesday: New Class! The Path of the Just 9:15 am

Friday: Taste of Torah 8:15 am 


Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan & Jr. Cong. continue all summer long. B'nai Mitzvah Club for 6 & 7 graders resumes next week in the Cantor's office.

New this year is a registration requirement for groups. Registering your child is now a required safety protocol. This extra safety measure will ensure our leaders have pertinent information in cases of emergency. While groups continue to be a FREE service, this year, we will NOT allow children into groups if they are not signed up on the youth website.

Please go to and do it now!

Introducing a new feature-meet the leaders of our various youth groups!

Meet Our Fabulous Leaders

this week's featured leaders: 

Tot Shabbat

Morah Irene Okun

Hi, my name is Irene Okun and I'm happy to say that I will leading Tot Shabbat this year.  For the past two years I have been leading this group.  We have a great time singing, dancing and celebrating Shabbat together with making all the blessings and drinking grape juice and eating challah rolls. I look forward  to seeing everyone on Shabbat. 

Morah Debbie Berger

Hi, I'm Morah Debbie and I've been helping to run the Tot Shabbat class for the past 2 years. I have watched your children grow, play, sing, and daven. What a wonderful time we have. I have lived in Stamford for the past 25 years, and am lucky to be raising two teenage boys. I am a teacher at a nursery school in Greenwich during the week, working with 4-5 year old children. I also teach Jewish Studies at another temple in Mt. Kisco. As well, I help my husband at Kids Home Furnishings, a childrens' furniture store. Remember Sol's! When I do have a quiet moment, I enjoy taking walks with my dog.

Mini Minyan

Morah Sara Malka Cohen

I am currently a senior at Stern college for women and majoring in biology. As the oldest of 6 girls, I have experience with children. Additionally, I was a counselor for young children at camp Gan Israel of Greenwich for 6 years. Last year, I had a great year leading the B'nai Mitzvah Club. I look forward to leading Mini Minyan this year with Naama.

I hope to create a fun atmosphere where the children will learn to love Torah and Judaism.

Morah Naama Herstic

Hi, I'm Naama Herstic. I grew up in New Rochelle, NY. I graduated from Westchester Hebrew High School, followed by a year of study in Israel at Midreshet Moriah. I am currently majoring in Graphic Design at Lander College for Women, a division of Touro College. I am also an advisor for NY NCSY and work part- time at a pre-nursery called "Poppyseed." I am looking forward to enhancing the shul experience for the children and teens of Agudath Sholom. It is very exciting to be a part of the CAS community and I can't wait to meet you!


 Upcoming Holiday Youth and Family Events at CAS:

  • Saturday, August 31st, 5-6:30 pm,
    500 Newfield Avenue #2D
    . Junior Teens (7th and 8th grade): 
    Meet your new Teen Directors, Miriam & Josh Sperber
    Homemade treats and more!  
  • Saturday, August 31st, 9 pm, CAS. Senior Teens (High School): 

    Join your new Teen Directors, Josh & Miriam Sperber, for
    pizza-making and special selichot
  • Sunday, September 15th 9:30-10:30 am. Sukkah Decorating and Breakfast!

  • Sunday, Sept. 15th, 3:30 pm. Senior Teens: Fishing trip on Long Island Sound $50, RSVP to by 9/8
  • Shabbat, September 21st 4:30-6:00 pm. Sukkah Hop & Learning Event. Join us for learning and hopping on a special Sukkot experience.
  • Sunday, September 22nd  4-6:30 pm. WELCOME BACK FAMILY EVENT IN THE SUKKAH!
    Learn how to make vegetarian sushi rolls with world-renowned chef Geoff Lazlo, then eat them!

    BBQ dinner and socializing in the sukkah!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi 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

Moshe Adam ben Rachel , an IDF  lone soldier in a coma, Maryashe bat Maryashe, Penina Esther bat Devorah, Avraham ben Chana, Mila bat Frida, Perel bat Chaya, Pinchas ben Leeba, Zahava bat Chaya Sara, Boruch ben Polina, 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 GittelRefael Ephraim ben Sima,

 Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita ShandelPlease recite psalm 47 for Marlene Gatz, a BCDS mother battling cancer. The text is here.

Community Announcements 

STAMFORD JCC'S ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT JUMPSTART-Labor Day, Monday, September 2. JumpStart is an early-intervention preschool program for children with special needs. 
If you are interested in joining a CAS team, please contact
MA'AYANOT YESHIVA HS YOM IYUN-Tzom Gedalia, Sunday, September 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the school (1650 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck). The Yom Iyun will begin with a shiur by keynote speaker Rabbi Yaakov Blau on the topic Everyone for Themselves? The Role of the Shleach Tzibbur on Rosh Hashana, followed by additional shiurim by members of
the Ma'ayanot faculty. Men and women are welcome.
SPIN-A-THON FUND RAISER FOR CANCER RESEARCH-Sunday, September 15th at the JCC. Spin with Israeli Tom Peled who will stop in Stamford in his biking odyssey from Toronto to DC in memory of his dad who perished of cancer. Spin 1, 2 or 3 hours. 8:00 am to 11:00 am. All funds to Israel Cancer Research Fund. Fun for a serious purpose. For info: David Kweskin at, (203) 321-1006
LIFE TRANSITIONS-Wednesdays at 11:30 am. Ongoing support group for the unemployed at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The focus of the group is to provide a forum to discuss and explore the concerns and issues related to job loss and to find alternative solutions for career satisfaction. The group is a collaborative effort between JFS Counseling and Employment & Training Departments. To register or for more information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at  

WOMEN'S BEREAVEMENT GROUP-Wednesday mornings at JFS, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor.  Gather to explore thoughts and feelings about grief in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, physical and spiritual support. Members will not only receive support and understanding for themselves but will also learn to provide the same to others. For more information, contact Rosemarie Delia at 203-921-4161 ext. 123 or email at


CAS Sisterhood Gift Shop

 We have Honey Dishes, Shofars, Etrog Boxes


Gift Shop New Fall Hours

Sunday: 9-11 am

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12-2 pm

(Closed September 17-30) 

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