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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 19, 2013

15 Cheshvan 5774

Shabbat Schedule






Join us this Friday night for a Carlbach style davening in commemoration of Rabbi Carlebach's yahrzeit




Coffee & Commentary
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/ Jr. Cong/BMC
Teen Minyan
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi
Shabbat Ends

CAS Quick Links

We are now booking B'nai Mitzvot for 2016/17. Please call the office to reserve your date.

 Wednesday, October 30

Join CAS at the
Jewish Arts and Film Festival
as we co-sponsor the showings of  
The State Cinema, 7 pm
For ticket info, click here.

Veterans and Parents of Veterans!

Please join us on Sat. November 9,

for Veterans' Recognition Shabbat,

with a special kiddush sponsored by Henry Stern.

 If you are a veteran, the parent of a veteran, or know of a member of our shul who is either, please contact us by email or at (203) 358-2200.

  The deeds of our forefathers are a sign for the future. This underlying principle in Judaism resonates today. With the renewed interest in diplomacy with Iran, their true intentions are unclear. Britain recently restored formal relations with Iran, the U.S treads cautiously and Prime Minister Netanyahu warms of a wolf in sheep's clothing. How are we to perceive the overtures?                      

  The US, Israel and much of Europe have spent years tightening sanctions on Iran and insisting that Iran not reach nuclear capability. I am drawn to this week's Torah portion. Avraham treads cautiously with Avimelech. When asked by Avimelech why he did not reveal the true identity of Sara, Avraham responds that he could not trust him since there is no fear of G-d in this place. Words alone cannot be trusted. They must be coupled with action. Please take a few moment to read these two issue papers here and here developed by AIPAC which addresses the current situation with Iran and our responsibility to remain vigilant. 

May we hear good news in these days ahead with prayers for peace.

Shabbat Shalom,

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

Dear CAS Family,

Today is my last day at CAS. As I reflect back on my time here, I realize how this experience has enriched my life and I am forever influenced by your commitment and conviction to your faith. I have been exposed to a life that I respect and admire and, as a result, I have become a better person. It is with mixed emotions that I begin a new chapter in my life, and I would like to thank you all for your warmth, kindness and support through the years.



Welcome to:

Kim Mahoney, our new office administrator

Dance Workshop
with Nurit Wexler
Wayyyy Beyond the Hora
THIS Sunday, October 20, 10:30 am-12 pm
  • Learn the dance steps you always wish you knew
  • For women of all ages-b'nai mitzvah girls, too
  • No dance experience needed
  • Refreshments served
  • Sponsored by CAS Sisterhood
CAS Fifth Annual Woman Scholar Program

 with Professor Smadar Rosensweig, 

 The Personalities in Sefer Shmuel

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

For women and men!

This expanded series is made possible through the generosity of

Barbara & Ron Ashkenas in memory of Edward & Evelyn Weinberger

3rd Annual Lecture in Memory of Dr. Louis and Edith Scheinberg

This 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


"'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

The gift shop will be open this Sunday 7-8 pm prior to the lecture


Join us on Wednesday, October 30 at CAS from 12-2 pm for lunch with good friends and entertainment.

Cover: $5. Call the shul office at 203-358-2200 to sign up. 

Sponsored by the CAS Chesed Committee

Mazal Tov to:

  • Tamar & Daniel Kraus on Noa's Bat Mitzvah
  • Linda Spilka and Ed Spilka on the engagement of their daughter Raquel to Dr. Eitan Burstein, son of Barbara Smith & Ilan Burstein
  • Adrienne & Michael Alexander on the engagement of their daughter Caroline to Brad Alhadef, son of Lori & Joel Alhadef of Dallas, TX
  • Amy & Richard Breslow on the engagement of their daughter Rebecca to Timothy Williams Clark, son of Susan & Phillip Clark of Wayne, PA
  • Judith Altmann , who will receive the ADL Daniel R.Ginsberg Humanitarian Award this Sunday in Greenwich

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefillah
Chazzan Raphael Bokow
UshersLorraine Kweskin, Joe Zalis
Torah ReadersDaniel Kraus, Itai Kraus, Ziv Kraus, Zach Kfare, Judd Love, Simcha Rubin, Art Smith
Johnny the Bagger and Abraham's Customer Service                                      Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Who's in Charge Here?                                                                                         Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
                                                            Chazzan Raphael Bokow
Daf Yomi
                                                     David Bessaleli
Seudah Shlishit
Impact Parenting                                                                                              Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush
Adam & Jessica Batkin in honor of their daughter Shifra's first birthday
Sanctuary Kiddush
Tamar & Daniel Kraus in honor of Noa's Bat Mitzvah
Seudah Shlishit
Helene Zimmerman and family in memory of Dora Cohen Gross
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/Maariv
Sunday-Thursday 5:55 pm, Friday 5:45 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Sunday-Thursday 9 pm: Young Israel, 9:40: Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday
5:40 pm
CAS Announcements
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: 

  • This Sunday, October 20: Sisterhood Simcha Dancing Event, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
  • This Sunday, October 20: Scheinberg Lecture, 8 pm
  • Wednesday, 10/30: Senior Luncheon, 12-2 pm
  • Wednesday, 10/30: Jewish Arts & Film Festival, 
    Betrayed & Gilad Shalit: The Interview 7 pm
  • 11/3-13: CAS Trip to Israel with Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
  • Shabbat, 11/9: Veterans' Recognition Shabbat
  • Sunday, 11/24 Kaddish Lecture & Reception, 10 am-12 pm

  • Thanksgiving:  Men's Club Feast for Emergency Personnel
  • Saturday, 11/30: Community Chanukah Celebration, 6 -7 pm. Havdalah sing with the Cantor!
  • Sunday, 12/8: Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam and lunch in Brooklyn, 9 am-2 pm 
  • Saturday, 12/21: Roast & Toast of Rabbi Walk
  • Wednesday, 12/25: Pacific House Dinner
  • Sunday, 1/5: Matan begins;  1/19: Man Up begins
  • Save the date! The CAS Annual Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 23, 2014
Intergenerational Community Chanukah Celebration  


Saturday, Nov 30th
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

A community Havdalah sing with Rabbi Cohen and Chazzan Bokow
Let's light the fourth candle together!
Enjoy latkes and hot cider
To be a Community Ambassador for this event or learn about ways to help spread the light, contact Rabbi Cohen or Wendy Bennett
Event sponsored by Israel Bonds. Consider a gift of an Israel Bonds this Chanukah  

Volunteers Needed


 Looking for a few good men and women to be a mentor for Partners in Torah: minutes can change a life. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for Partners in Torah or might consider this wonderful mitzvah, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen.


 An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. We are asking for volunteers from our congregation willing to reach out to these members to offer an ear, identify areas of need, make a visit, or offer a ride to a doctor's appointment. Even small gestures mean a great deal and do not take much time.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of any elderly or homebound shul members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.


As you know, every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the dignity of the service. In an effort to create an even warmer environment, we are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. To find out more and sign up, contact Mitchell Bell at



Be one of six teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 2-4, 2014 in Washington DC.  The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation.      


To be one of the six selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?"   If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say?  What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel?  Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters. Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Sunday, December 1, 2014 at


Open to 10th-12th graders from CAS.  We are grateful to Stephanie and Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman.  If you would like to enable more teens to attend AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please contact Rabbi Cohen.

CAS Classes


Bible from the Beginning. 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk.


Dvar Yom B'Yomo. 12:20 pm (BCDS)-Rabbi David Walk.

Beginning Hebrew  7:30 pm- Ben-Zion Soifer. 

Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah.  7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.


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

The Depth of Genesis 9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.

Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms. 12:00 pm-Rabbi Daniel Cohen. 

Prayer Primer 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.


Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla. 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.

*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 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:


*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

  • Thank you to the Karsch family for sponsoring the Kiddush in honor of Gavriel's birthday!
  • Jr. Congregation Oneg at the Sigmans' 4-5:30 pm.

New time! CHOPPED ALL-STARS TEEN CHALLENGE - Sunday,November 3,4:30-6:30 pm. Do you have what it takes to create a three course meal using mandatory basket ingredients? 


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

  • Oct 19-Teen Minyan.  Check the CAS calendar for all the Teen Minyan dates 

    Nov 9 - B'nai Mitzvah Club Make-Your-Own-Pizza-From-Scratch-and-Game-Night. 6-8:30 pm.
  • Nov 23 - Nov 23 - Special Chanukah themed groups & Pre-Chanukah event w/Supermarket Sweep & Movie Night at CAS. Sign up here
  • Jan 4 - BROOKLYN NETS Game -  limited number of tickets on sale NOW online.
  • Jan 31 -Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton- much more info to follow.  

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



Matan is a mother-daughter program for Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. Michal Smart has, once again, agreed to run the Matan program. This year, it will be run in conjunction with Bi-Cultural Day School.  The first five sessions will be held at BCDS and the last five at Agudath Shalom. 


The sessions will be held on Sunday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on the following dates:

January 5, 12, 19 & 26, February 2, 9 & 16, March 2, 9 & 30, (Makeup date: April 6.)


There will be no charge for Agudath members or for BCDS students.  For members of the community there will be a $200 charge. To sign up, please click here:


Man Up:


Rabbi Cohen will lead three sessions for father and sons centered on B'nai Mitzvah responsibilities to self, family, community and the world .  


Classes will be held at Agudath Shalom. There is no charge for members.


The sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15 am on the following dates:

January 19 & 26, February 2. To sign up, please click here:


The Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam and lunch in Brooklyn will be on Sunday, December 8th from 9 am-2 pm. Please bring money for lunch. There will also be an opportunity to purchase tefillin or other Judaica. If you can drive, please contact Rabbi Cohen.


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

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, 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 

MIKE'S CENTER CAFÉ & BAKERY AT THE JCC-Located inside the Stamford JCC, serving a variety of pizza, calzones, sandwiches and salads. For those who arrive in the morning, a variety of bagel breakfasts and assorted coffee and teas are waiting for you. Catering is also available, with a variety of platters, including sandwiches, wraps, smoked fish, sushi, cheese, egg & tuna salads, etc., plus pastries and custom cakes. All dairy products are Cholov & Pas Yisroel and all baked goods are parve. Phone # 203-321-0051 | Mike's Cell # 203-528-7382 |

October Special -  Order any 18" pizza during October 2013 and when you mention SKAC (Stamford Kosher Activists Committee,) receive a coupon good for a full size Shabbat Challah for only $1.95 (reg. $4.00) !

16 HANDLES- 219 Bedford Street in downtown Stamford. Erik Mallon was born and bred here in Stamford, and along with his wife Lisa, opened 16 Handles 13 months ago, providing customers with a variety of frozen yogurt and toppings. No sugar and sorbet (no milk) varieties are also available. Hosting of private parties and functions, including catering, is available upon request. Also available: cakes, yogurt sandwiches and during the winter months, enjoy hot chocolate and warmed desserts. Phone # 203-817-0707 |

October Special - Receive a $1.00 discount with any frozen yogurt purchase, when you mention SKAC (Stamford Kosher Activists Committee,) through Thursday - Oct. 31.

CARMEL ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 20, 10 am - 12 pm, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich.  Children's activities provided by PJ Library.  Come and meet our Head of School, kindergarten and 1st grade teachers.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact our Director of Admissions, Daneet Brill at or 203-983-3503. Check out our website at

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

ADL AWARD RECEPTION-Sunday, October 20, 5:30 pm, Temple Sholom, Greenwich. 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
MODERN PARENTING LECTURE-Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 pm, JCC. With Practical Wisdom for Parents, Raising Self-Confident Children in the Preschool Years authors Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum.  Click here to register online. For more information, please contact Sandi Waldstreicher: .
SPEND SHABBAT CHAYEI SARAH IN HEBRON-October 25-26, or sponsor a meal for Hebron residents or IDF soldiers.,,  or (718) 677-6886.

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 27th, at 9:30 am (doors open at 9 am,) 2540 Amsterdam Ave on YU's Wilf Campus. More information, as well as the option to pre-register, can be found at 

BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, October 27, 10 am-12 pm. 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
PRESCHOOL HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS-Wednesday, October 30, 1:30 pm. Come and experience the Carmel Academy difference with your preschooler at our interactive and hands-on series, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich For more information and to RSVP, please contact our Director of Admissions, Daneet Brill at or 203-983-3503. Check out our website at
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
GAN YELADIM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, November 3 for children 2-5 years. 9:45-10:45 am (9:45-10:30 for parent-accompanied classroom activities and 10:30-10:45 for snack and Q & A.) Sibling programming provided (ages 6 and up.)  770 High Ridge Road, Stamford CT. RSVP's appreciated to but walk-ins welcome!

2ND ANNUAL SAUL COHEN - JFS LECTURE: INSIDE THE JEWISH FAMILY: RECONCILING COMMITMENTS AND TRANSGRESSIONS-Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 pm.The Gen Re Auditorium at UCONN Stamford.Dessert reception to follow.Guest Speaker: Esther Perel.A pre-lecture cocktail hour for Jewish Twenties & Thirties will be held at 6:00 pm in the UCONN Conference Center Atrium. For more information, please click here or call JFS at 203-921-4161

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.

-Sunday, November 10, 1:30 pm.  Stamford JCC. Was FDR an anti-Semite or an astute politician in a tumultuous era in history. Speaker: Sarah Lew Miller, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email


-Wednesday, November 20, 10 am. Atria, 77 Third Street, Stamford. Presenter: Frank Melzer. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email
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 


CAS Sisterhood Gift Shop

Gift Shop Hours Next Week

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

Open this Sunday 7-8 pm prior to the Scheinberg lecture

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