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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

October 5, 2013
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

 1 Cheshvan 5774

Shabbat Schedule






Stephen Savitsky Speech





Coffee & Commentary
Stephen Savitsky Sermon
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/ Jr. Cong/BMC
Teen Minyan
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi
Shabbat Ends
Monday-Columbus Day

CAS Quick Links

If you have a child who is studying in Israel for the year, Rabbi Cohen would love to keep in touch. Please send your child's phone number and email to

Young Couples

Agudath Young Couples Night Out Dessert and Movie  Saturday, October 12, 8 pm.
Meet at 16 Handles , 219 Bedford Street, then walk to a nearby showing of Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and multiple Somali pirates.
for more information.

Men's Club

Fall Breakfast Meeting
  Next Sunday, October 13
9:30-10:30 am
  1. First Responders Thanksgiving Lunch
  2. Dec. 25 Pacific House Meal
  3. A big surprise!  

 One of the main themes in this week's Parsha is leadership. On the one hand, Noach merits to be saved from the flood due to his righteousness. On the other hand, in contrast to Avraham, he isolates himself from the world and does not possess the vision and will to save even more people beyond his family. Nations rise and fall based on the quality of leadership. The Jewish people follow the Abrahamic model staying rooted in tradition yet seeking to build and broaden community.
   Our congregation is a member of the Orthodox Union, the national body of synagogues. We are privileged this Shabbat to host the Chairman of the Board, Steve Savitsky. I encourage everyone to hear him over the course of Shabbat. We are looking forward to Steve's visit to our community! His wisdom, vision and engaging personality will spark ideas and renewed appreciation for our role as Orthodox Jews in the modern world.

   I had the pleasure of hosting Steve and his wife Genie as a Rabbi in West Hartford and Denver and know that our congregation will be motivated and moved not only by his words but model for menschlechkeit and leadership  within the national Jewish community.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,      

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

This Weekend...
Orthodox Union Chairman STEPHEN J. SAVITSKY
Shabbat, October 4-5  
  • Friday night presentation - 8:30 pm

Will We Fail or Seize the Moment? The Future of American Orthodoxy

  • Shabbat Sermon -  11 am
The Torah's Secret Mitzvah for Success
  • Seudah Shlishit - 6:30 pm

Being an Observant Jew: Burden or Privilege?


Stephen J. Savitsky of Hewlett, LI, served three two-year terms as Orthodox Union President and is now Chairman of the Board. He has also been President of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway; founder and President of the Kew Gardens Hills Eruv; President of Congregation Ansche Chesed in Hewlett, Long Island; and Chairman of the Board of Mesivta Ohr Torah, Forest Hills. He is currently President and Chairman of the Board of ATC Health Care Services. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in Economics and received an MBA from The Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business of CUNY with a specialization in finance and marketing.

CAS Fifth Annual Women's Scholar Program
begins next week!

A five-part series with Professor Smadar Rosensweig, 

professor of Bible at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University

 The Personalities in Sefer Shmuel

Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6 and 13, 7:30 pm

For women and men!
Chesed Opportunity
We are looking for people to join a Mitzvah Crew to visit some of our home bound or assisted living or nursing home residents on a monthly basis. Community extends across ages and location.
For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen or Meredith Cohen

Welcome to:

  • Guest speaker Stephen Savitsky and his wife Genie

Thank You to:

  Our Simchat Torah Sponsors:
  • Neda Khaghan & Robert Yaghoubian - Challah
  • Meryl & David Gordon - Wine
  • Judy & Howie Goldstein - Lights
  • Rhoda & Avi Freedberg - Challah, Wine, Lights
  • Steven Thau and Jake Sigman - Ata Hareita
  • Stephen & Carol Handelman, Dinah & Seth Marlowe, Cindy & David Pitkoff - Teen Kiddush
  • Chesed - Fred Baer

  Our Yom Kippur Appeal donors. Please go here to make or fulfill your pledge.  

Mazal Tov to:

  • Ruth & Peter Hendelmen on the bat mitzvah this past Shabbat of their granddaughter Alexa Dersovitz, daughter of Nicole & Brian Dersovitz
  • Judith Altmann, co-winner of the ADL's 2013 Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award, to be presented on Sunday, October 20, in Greenwich
  • Owen & Ruth Gottfried on the marriage of Shoshana to Reuben Morrow 

Condolences to:

  • Lillian, Robert, Richard and Roy Moskowitz on the death of their beloved husband and father, Dr. Henry Moskowitz
  • Rita Edelston and Margie Abrams on the loss of their beloved husband and father, Martin Edelston

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefillah
Chazzan Raphael Bokow
Friday Speech
Will We Fail or Seize the Moment? The Future of American Orthodoxy             Steven J. Savitsky
Elisheva Kilner
Torah Readers                                  Art Green, Noah Green, Jay Jubas, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin
Code of Jewish Law
                                                              Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi
                                                     Jeff Cahn
Seudah Shlishit
Being an Observant Jew: Burden or Privilege?                                                     Steven J. Savitsky
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush
Liba & Steve Steinmetz, in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Sol Steinmetz, Yekutiel Tzvi ben Chananya Yom Tov Lipa;
Jonathan & Rivka Caro in honor of the aufruf of their son Reuben Morrow on his marriage to Shoshana, daughter of Owen & Ruth Gottfried and the late Marsha Cohen Gottfried.  Shoshana is also the granddaughter of the late Jac & Annette Cohen. 
Sanctuary Kiddush
Lena & Ethan Babayev in memory of Ethan's mother, Frida Babayev
Teen Minyan Kiddush

The Green Family, in honor of Noah's Bar Mitzvah anniversary

Seudah Shlishit

The Lieberman and Attar families in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of

Rabbi Avraham Lieberman, A"H 

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 6:20 pm, Friday 6:06 pm
Candles Next Friday
6:01 pm

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

Fall Classes Start Next Week!

*New Classes*


Bible from the Beginning. 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk. In this ongoing survey of the Torah, we discuss issues in the Bible, verse by verse. Soon beginning Numbers, we will continue our leisurely journey through the Chumash during the year.


Dvar Yom B'Yomo. 12:20 pm (BCDS)-Rabbi David Walk. Take an in-depth look at one topical issue each week, either from the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming Jewish holiday. No class next week.

*Beginning Hebrew*  7:30 pm- Ben-Zion Soifer. Starts October 7.

Sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program

Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. Mondays, 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. No class next week.


Power of the Prophets. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.

Take a closer look at Jewish history you thought you knew. Explore the divided kingdom of Israel through an in-depth study of Kings 1.  Plumb the nuances and themes of the text and gain modern messages.

*The Depth of Genesis*  9:00 am- Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Starts October 8.

Join for an in depth study of the Book of Bereishit. Explore the roots of Creation, G-d's Plan for the Universe and the Mystery of the Garden of Eden. This text- based class is open to all backgrounds and will delve into the mutiples layers of meaning in the Torah.
Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms. 12:00 pm-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Glean relevant life messages from the weekly Torah portion in this engaging and upbeat class. Get a spiritual and physical midday boost!

*Prayer Primer*  7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. Starts October 8.

The history, development and philosophy of the laws of Tefillah.


Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.This class focuses on the tractates which discuss the laws of Purim and reading and writing Torah scrolls. No class next week.

*Back to Basics-The Joys of Kosher Living*  October 31, November 14, November 28 and December 12, 7:30 pm - Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Explore fundamentals of Judaism in an open and warm environment. Whatever your background, you will gain a deeper understanding of the timeless idea and practices within our faith. Topics will Include: Mindful Eating; The Kosher Kitchen; Blessings; Oreos, Gatorade and Keeping Kosher in 2013.


Taste of Torah. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.

CAS Announcements
     3rd Annual Lecture in Memory of Dr. Louis and Edith Scheinberg
Sunday evening, October 20 at  8:00 pm  


featuring Kenneth Prager, MD

Professor of Medicine and Director of Medical Ethics

at Columbia University Medical Center, specializing in pulmonology


"'Doctor, Don't Tell My Mother She Has Cancer': Does Every Patient Have the Right to Know the Truth?

                             Who Should Decide?"

 Click here for more information

CAS Annual Thanksgiving Feast for 
Stamford First Responders
In special appreciation for their efforts during the aftermath of
Hurricane Sandy. 
Men's Club is hard at work organizing CAS's yearly show of appreciation to our local first responders. A full Thanksgiving feast served to them at their station houses! 
Volunteers are needed to help on Thursday, November 28:
  • Thursday Morning, 9:00 - 11:00 am: Prepare the Empire turkeys and trimmings in CAS's kitchen.
  • Midday : 11:25 am - Meet at CAS to pack up & transport all of the food to the first responders stations 
  • Afternoon : 12:00 pm - Help serve a full Thanksgiving feast to our city's first responders.
Everyone is encouraged to come out & take part in this 
genuine expression of appreciation to our local first responders!
For more info, contact Mitchell Bell: 

  • Save the date! The CAS Annual Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 23, 2014


*Please sign your child up for groups again even if you already have in past years.  We will be following new safety protocols and as such we need you to sign up your children here.


Shabbat Groups

Tot Shabbat (Toddlers-Age 3)-Library                      10:30 am 

Mini Minyan (Age 3- Grade 1)-Youth Classroom           10:30 am

Jr. Congregation (Grades 2-4)-*Sukkah*                    10:30 am

B'nai Mitzvah Club (Grades 5-6)-Cantor's Office       10:30 am

Teen Minyan (Grades 7-12)-back of Social Hall           9:30 am

The next Teen Event is the CHOPPED ALL-STARS TEEN CHALLENGE - Sunday, November 3,1-4 pm. Do you have what it takes to create a three course meal using mandatory basket ingredients? 
All Teens are eligible. SIGN UP NOW. $15/person for an afternoon of fun, challenges and,hopefully,great food!




If you or your teens have not been receiving the special Teen emails, contact


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


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 Elye ben Nechama Liba, Aviva bat Etta, Moshe Adam ben RachelMaryashe 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 OsneZechariya 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.

Final Simchat Torah Luncheon Sponsorship List - Thanks to all our sponsors!

Diane Akassis

Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Meredith & David Cohen

Nimrod & Rachel Dayan



Judy & Howard Goldstein

Meg & Yoav Haron

Liat and Benjy Karsch

Maria & Glenn Reicin

Gayle & Howard Rothman

Barbara & Harry Webski

Gail & Gary Weitz

Hillary & Bob Zitter




Margie & Bob Abrams

The Baer Family

Dina & Paul Berger

Darona & Tzvi Bernstein

Jodi & Richard Boxer

CAS Men's Club

Elise & Steven Cohen

Rachel & Ephraim Cohen

Stephanie & Howard Fogel

Julia & Eli Freedberg

Jill & Arthur Green

Joyce & Larry Haber

Shara & Rabbi David Israel

Rachel & Jay Jubas

Flora & Carl Kaufman

Yospa Lieberman

The Listokin Family

Susan & Len Mark

Barbara & Larry Miller

Toby Schaffer

Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut

Shelley & Eddie Senker

Laura & Seth Tobin

Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher

Doris & Elliot Weiss




Johanna & Selim Akyuz


Barbara & Ron Ashkenas

Rochel & Hecky Attar

Darren, Maya and Rachel Bahar

Daniella & Mitchel Balsam

Jessica & Adam Batkin

Janet & Andrew Bein

Albert Bensimon
Mary Lee and Jeff Benson

Debbie & Michael Berg

Karen & Ira Berk

Heidi & Evan Bernstein

Phyllis & Gerry Brodsky

Can Dyman

Elie & Ziona Doft

Sharon & Michael Feldstein

Caren Ferster

Claudine & Stuart Feurstein

 Tamara & Seymour Feurstein

Lynne & Steven Frenkel

Miriam & Joseph Gelb

Niki Gentry

Meryl & David Gordon

Shira & Ethan Green

Kayla & Leon Hanna

Rachel & Dan Haron

Shery & Barry Hertzberg

Tricia & Rob Hoff

Maruja & Allon Ivri

Dorothy & Leon Jaiven

Monica & Eric Jankelovits

Danielle & Yehuda Jeiger

Judith & David Jelen

Joane & Glenn Karow

Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz

Abigail & Josh Kurtz

Lorraine & David Kweskin  

Toby Lazarus & Allan Lichtenberg

Ari & Rica Lieberman

 Vered & Mark Links

Rhonda & Judd Love

 Izzy Lustig

Roz Mangot

Dinah Miller Marlowe & Seth Marlowe

Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron

Janice & Jake Meyer

Kori & Bill Meyers

Belle Miller

Julie & Richard Morgulis

Shari & Jeffrey Mosenkis

Rona Orenstein-Moskowitz & David Moskowitz

 Leah & Peter Munk

Eve & Sid Nachman

Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus

Cara & Elliot Neumann

Jessica & Eliaz Niedober

Barbara & Larry Novak

Doreen & Howard Nusbaum

Chemda & Shakked Parhi 

Anne Peskin

Cindy & David Pitkoff

Carla & Guy Port

Jen & Ed Rosenfeld

Diane Samelson

Daisy & Ralph Schaeffer

Millie Schifreen

Jeff & Angelika Schlanger

Samantha & Zachary Schnelwar

Ilyse & Dean Schuckman

Richard Schwartz

Rachel & Rich Seligson

The Shavrick Family

Rosalyn Sherman

Marti & Dan Sichel

Rebecca & Eric Sigman

 Sherry & Marc Silver

The Sloyer Family

Beverly & David Stein

Janice Steinberg

Liba & Steven Steinmetz

Rebecca & Evan Stulberger

  Rachel & Howard Terk

Danielle & Steven Thau

Rivka & Rabbi David Walk

Margo Warum

Howard Weiss

Alisa & Jeremy Weisser

Emily & Michael Wirgin

Howard Wolfe

Shira & Mitchell Zucker

Community Announcements 

ONEG AT THE JUBAS'S-Saturday, October 5, 3:30-5:30 pm. The community is cordially invited to an oneg shabbat at the home of Rachel and Jay Jubas on the occasion of Mrs. Michal Smart being appointed as Director of Judaic Studies at Bi-Cultural Day School.  Light refreshments and desserts will be served. Both adults and children are invited.
More info: Eve Nachman at 203-329-2186 or 
FAMILY, OBSESSION AND MARRIAGE; MEET THE MIDDLESTEINS-Sunday, October 6th,  1:30 pm (nosh 1 pm,) Temple Sinai,  Lakeside Drive, Stamford. 
PRESENTER: Jami Attenberg, author. Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society and Hadassah. 
For more info call Marcie at 203 359-9148 or email

YOUNG ISRAEL OF STAMFORD FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM-Sunday, October 6th, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Avenue, 6 - 7:30 pm (includes light dinner.) Professor Yuval Sinai, "Is Democracy Kosher?  What Do Our Texts Have To Say About The Ideal Jewish Society." Kids Program for grades 3-4: Israel and Hebrew Club with Chemda Parhi. All are welcome to join this free program.

JFS WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM COMMEMORATING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH-Monday, October 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Whole Foods Market, 150 Ledge Road, Darien. In partnership with Whole Foods Market of Darien and the Stamford JCC, JFS will be presenting this seminar to address issues in general health and well-being through four, thirty-minute presentations by guest speakers, followed by questions from the attendees. Presented in loving memory of Netta Stern, former JFS Psychotherapist and Director of Clinical Services. Free to the community. For more information, contact Eve Moskowitz, JFS Director of Clinical Services at 203-921-4161 or email at

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD-Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30pm. Opening program: "New Friends, New Year." Bi-Cultural Day School, 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joanne Karow, Director of Admissions: or 203-329-2186. Please visit us at

Sunday, October 13, 2:30 pm. 
100 Prospect Street. Young Israel of Stamford urges the community to join in solidarity. Cynthia Ohana deserves the right to remarry. Please click here for more info.
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE MITZVAH DAY-Sunday October 13, 10 am-1 pm, 770 High Ridge Rd, Stamford.  More info:
(203) 329-0015.

JHS BOOK TALK:  FDR AND THE JEWS BY RICHARD BREITMAN AND ALLAN J. LICHTMAN-Wednesday, October 16, 10 am.  JHS Library at the JCC. Presenter: Marilyn Schwartz. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148

PRESCRIBING FOR A NATION; EXAMINING THE INTERPLAY OF ISRAELI HEALTH CARE & JEWISH LAW-Sunday, October 20, 9 am-3 pm.  Medical Ethics Society Conference 2013. Wilf Campus.  Go to

ADL AWARD RECEPTION-Sunday, October 20. The Anti-Defamation League will hold its annual Daniel R. Ginsberg Humanitarian Award Reception in Greenwich. Judith Altmann will be honored at this event. For more information, please contact Janet Magid, Associate Development Director at (203) 288-6500 x313 or

2013 LOUIS J. KURIANSKY ANNUAL CONFERENCE-Tuesday, October 22, 7-9:00 pm. Scholar-in-Residence The Most Reverend Monsignor David M. Jaeger, Prelate Auditor of the Roman Rota and long-time liaison between the Vatican and Israel. Msgr. Jaeger's keynote, My Twenty Years Negotiating Between the Vatican and Israel: Lessons for Peace in the Land, will be followed by an interfaith discussion with local religious leaders (including Rabbi Hammerman from Temple Beth El) entitled, The Role of Religion in a Secular Society. There will be a preconference community reception and supper (Kosher) at 6:00 pm. $5 lecture/$20 lecture & supper. Free for local students, educators, and non-profit professionals, but advance registration required. More info: (203) 251-9525/0184 or stamfordjudaicstudies@uconn.ed

BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 27, 10am-12pm. Children's activities during program sponsored by PJ Library and supervised by kindergarten teachers. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joanne Karow, Director of Admissions: or 203-329-2186. Please visit us at

Monday, October 28, 7 pm, 
Stamford Plaza, 2701 Summer Street.
(Open to Women & Girls College Age and Above.)  
Whether you have baked challah before or this is a first, help us reach our goal of getting 360 women together - to bake challah for your family as well as for those in need of a little extra love!
Co-honoring Shery Hertzberg and Sandy Speter. Info: or 203-3CHABAD ext 418
WESTCHESTER HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm. 856 Orienta Ave, Mamaroneck. Info: Shari Levitan, Director of Admissions, (914) 698-0806 #308 or
THE RACE TO COLLEGE-Mondays, November 4. and December 2 at 5:30 pm. Pre-planning for college for 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders and their parents conducted by Claire Friedlander, Jewish Family Service College Consultant at Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, 115 Vine Road, Stamford. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Claire Friedlander at or call 203-921-4161.

LINKING GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH-Our 2nd Generation Group began in July 2012.  We are a group of approximately fifty members ranging in age from 40 and up and we come from all over CT and Westchester County.  Our monthly meetings take place in Westport, CT (usually at the UJA offices) every second Tuesday of the month.  Spouses of 2G members as well as 3rd Generation often attend our general meetings. In our first year of existence, we have made great strides. In addition to creating our mission statement, "To honor the spirit and courage of our parents and those who perished or survived and rebuilt their lives. And to remember them and dedicate in their honor good works and healing deeds to benefit and enlighten future generations so the horrors of the Shoah will never be revisited upon humanity"  we are also exploring and sharing the unique experiences, awareness, bonds, burdens, and  responsibilities that come with being Children of Holocaust survivors.  As we journey into our second year together, we realize even more how much great community depends on great conversation and that we are witnesses in ourselves to something far greater than ourselves.Please come and join us.  For further contact information call: Ann Cohn at 203-762-0058 (home) or 203-984-6667 (cell)

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  


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Gift Shop Hours Next Week

Sunday: 9-11 am, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12-2 pm


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