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Friday, December 6, 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

December 7, 2013

4 Tevet 5774

Shabbat Schedule









Coffee & Commentary
Women's Tefillah Group
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/ Jr. Cong/BMC/
Jr. Teen Chat
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi                   
Shabbat Ends

Friday: Asarah B'Tevet-Fast of Tevet

Fast begins: 5:42 am  |  ends: 5:01 pm

For more information about our only "Friday Fast," please click here.

CAS Quick Links

New to Stamford and interested in membership?
Contact Director of Synagogue Operations Saul Skolnick, Membership Chair Ethan Green or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
Would you like to participate in the January 4 CAS Cholent Challenge?

Women's Tefillah Group meets this Shabbat

9 am in the Social Hall

   The reunion between Joseph and his father and brothers is heartwarming in this week's Torah portion of Vayigash. However, the tragedy is that for over twenty years the family was broken.

   How did the fraternal division start? I am confident that when they were children they played with each other and got along as friends. The Torah records this story to highlight the primacy and fragility of the Jewish people. As a nation, unfortunately, we face external enemies and we cannot afford to allow our communities and people to fracture. Every Jew is responsible for the next and we are one regardless of background or age.

   One of the hallmarks of Agudath Sholom is our engagement in the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and all over the world. In this spirit, I urge everyone to support our Jewish Federation's Super Sunday effort this Sunday. Visit the JCC to volunteer or answer the call. As a shul, when we support each other and our communal institutions, we all benefit.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

P.S. Yasher koach to Chazzan Bokow for his great interview in the CT Jewish Ledger.

P.P.S. Yasher koach to Marvin & Eli Schildkraut who are also in the CT Ledger for their work with the FIDF (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.)|203-252-8252|Rabbi Cohen's podcasts 

Men's Club Roast & Toast of Rabbi Walk
Saturday Night, December 21, 7:30 pm
MC: Bob Abrams!
To participate, contact Mitchell Bell

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Children's Book Drive!

What you can give: new or gently used children's books for infants and children through 8th grade.

To whom you are giving: pediatric care centers, childcare centers, schools and other programs through Read to Grow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting early literacy in partnership with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

Where to drop off: Lobby of Agudath Sholom (301 Strawberry Hill avenue)

When you can drop off:  Through Sunday, December 8

 Contact Sarah Poland with any questions.

Youth Chairs: Kate Rich and Rina Marlowe

Father/Son Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam is this 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.

Mike's Center Cafe & Bakery at the JCC is now open on Saturday nights! Mike's will open each week one hour after the end of Shabbat and will close when the JCC closes at 9 pm. For information, please call 203-321-0051 or email 

Mazal Tov to:

  • Sheila & Steven Trabish on Sabrina's Bat Mitzvah
  • Senator Joseph & Hadassah Lieberman on the birth of a baby boy, Meir Nechamya, to Hani & Daniel Lowenstein
  • Ilyse & Dean Schuckman on the birth of a baby girl to Kira & Evan Schuckman

Yasher Koach to:

  •  Rachel & Nimrod Dayan, chairs of this year's UJF Super Sunday. Please click here for more information. 

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Baal Tefilah                                    
                                                   Chazzan Rafael Bokow

Mitchell Bell, Elisheva Kilner  

Torah ReadersSam Goldstein, Gil Orbach
Women's Tefilah Group Torah ReadersSabrina Trabish, Ziona Doft, Shara Israel, Rachel Jubas, Emma Rich, Marti Sichel
Prayer for the United States 
                                                         Dinah Miller Marlowe
Conversation of Giants                                                            Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Wagon Train                                                                               Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
                                    Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi
                                    David Bessaleli
Seudah Shlishit

Staying Connected-Slonimer Torah                                        Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital

Yoni & Stephen Neirman on the third yahrtzeit of Yoni's father, Daniel Stevens;

Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz and Ethan Green in memory of their beloved father and grandfather Neal Chassen on his 20th yahrtzeit;

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush
Richard Schwartz, in thanks to G-d for his recovery, and in memory of his grandfather,  Rabbi Moses Kalonymous Skinder (haRav Moshe Kalonymous ben haRav Tzvi haCohen,) his mother Helen (Nehama Hadassah bat haRav Moshe Kalonymous haCohen,)
his father Saul (Yisrael Avraham ben Moshe haLevi)
and his brother, Gabe (Gavriel Chaim ben Yisrael Avraham haLevi)
Sanctuary Kiddush
 Sheila & Steven Trabish in honor of Sabrina's Bat Mitzvah;
Susan & Len Mark on the yahrtzeit of Len's father, Isadore
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

Sunday-Thursday 4:15 pm, Friday 4:00 pm (early due to Asarah B'Tevet)
Late Maariv in Stamford
Sunday-Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
4:08 pm
CAS Announcements

Friday night, January 10, 2014
for a Shabbat dinner at the shul to welcome Rabbi Josh Lookstein back to Stamford!
The dinner will be held in conjunction with the annual Challenges in Jewish Education panel.
Details on how you can sign up for the dinner will appear in next week's weekly email.
Please stay tuned....

10TH ANNUAL Challenges in Jewish Education Panel:

"Day School Affordability:

The Challenge...and Practical Solutions."


Shabbat, January 11, 2014

 immediately after morning services and kiddush, at approximately 12 noon.

  • Rabbi Joshua Lookstein, Head of School at the Wstchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY
  • Dr. Harry Bloom, Strategy Manager for Financial Sustainability at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE)

Moderated by Rabbi David Israel, Rabbinic Dean, BCDS

  • This Sunday, 12/8: Tefillin Field Trip to Tiferes Stam and lunch in Brooklyn, 9 am-2 pm 
  • Saturday, 12/21: Men's Club Roast & Toast of Rabbi Walk, 7:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, 12/25: Pacific House Dinner
  • Shabbat, 1/4: CAS Cholent Challenge
  • Sunday, 1/5: Matan begins;  1/19: Man Up begins
  • Shabbat, 1/10-11: Challenges in Jewish Education dinner and panel with Rabbi Lookstein
  • Shabbat, 1/24-25: B'nai Mitzvah Shabbaton
  • Saturday night, 1/25: Arts Event
  • Shabbat, 1/31-2/1: AIPAC dinner and Shabbat
  • Thursday, 2/6: Chevra Kadisha dinner, 6 pm
  • Monday, 2/10: B'nai Mitzvah Parent Orientation Meeting, 8-9 pm
  • Sunday, 3/23: Annual CAS Dinner Dance

Annual Chevra Kadisha Dinner
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6 pm
Congregation Agudath Sholom

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff
Professor of Jewish Studies, Stern College for Women

A Serious Look at Humor: The Source for Jewish Laughter

$36 per person, $180 sponsor (entitles you to two reservations for dinner)
Invitations will be in the mail soon.
For more information, please contact

Annual CAS Dinner Dance

Sunday evening, March 23, 2014!

Guests of Honor: Rachel & Jay Jubas

Community Service Award Recipients: Stephanie & Bob Sherman

Young Leadership Award Recipients:  Meredith & David Cohen

Stella Cohen & Rachel Dayan, Dinner Chairpeople
Claudia & Howard Rimerman and Diane & Elliot Sloyer, 
Journal Chairpeople
To join the tribute committee or learn more about the dinner, please contact

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.

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


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 noon-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.

Prayer Primer 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. Not meeting this week.


Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla. 
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk.
Taste of Torah. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
CAS Fifth Annual Woman Scholar Program

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

A five-part series with Rosh Kehilah DINA NAJMAN

Matra d'Atra Kehilat Orach Eliezer

Expert in Jewish bioethics and faculty member at SAR Academy

Halacha as a Dynamic Process

January 15 - 1. Uniting a People in Diversity (Including the Development of Halachic Authority)

January 22 - 2. Lifnim M'shurat Hadin - Acting Beyond the Letter of the Law

January 29 - 3. Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity

February 5 - 4. Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making

February 26 - 5. Halakhic Perspectives on Bioethical Decision Making - Issues in Fertility 


This expanded series is made possible through the generosity of

Barbara & Ron Ashkenas in memory of Edward & Evelyn Weinberger


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)-Chapel                             10:30 am

B'nai Mitzvah Club (Grades 5-6)-Back of Simcha Room 10:30 am

Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 7-8)-Daf Yomi Room                    10:30 am

 Mazal Tov to Sabrina Trabish on her Bat Mitzvah!

  • Dec 14- Teen Minyan
  • Dec 21- Double Nekudot and Nekudot sale Shabbat!
  • Jan 4 - BROOKLYN NETS Game -  on sale NOW online.
  • Jan 12 - Loaves of Love-Girls' Morning Out at Chabad
  • Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton- much more info to follow. 


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


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:

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 

 Baila Bat Esther, Tzvia Rivkah Bat Hinda, Yehuda ben Shirley, Natalie Chana Chaya Bat Aviva, Naomi Devorah bat Mindel,

 Zahava bat Chaya Sara, Shmuel Lev ben Malka, Geula Tova bat Chana, Rachel bat Malkah, Sarah bat Etta Zisel, Noam Aryeh ben Leia Michal, Dovid Levi ben Gittel, Perel Etka bat Sara, Rachel Yonina bat Leah Raizel, Idan Yarden ben Esther, Geri bat Esther, Devorah bat Chana, Aviva bat Etta, 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 

SUPER SUNDAY VOLUNTEERS-Super Sunday is coming! Join other CAS volunteers on December 8nd at the JCC in Stamford. Click here for more info or to volunteer. Chaired by Rachel and Doctor Nimrod Dayan.
L'CHAIM! YANKEL'S TAVERN: JEW'S, LIQUOR, AND LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF POLAND-Sunday, December 8, 10:30 am (nosh 10 am) Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford. Speaker: Author Glenn Dynner, PhD,  Professor at Sarah Lawrence, Scholar of East European Jewry with a focus on the social history of Hasidism and the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment.) For information, contact Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or
CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE OPEN HOUSE IN STAMFORD-At the home of the Haron Family, Sunday, December 8,
5 pm. For more information, including the address of the event or to RSVP please contact  CYJ Sprout Lake at 917-595-1500 or
BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL PARLOR MEETING-Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm at the home of Jessica & Levi Dulitz, 6 Revonah Circle, Stamford. Meet with CAS parents  Heidi & Evan Bernstein, Laura & Seth Tobin and Meredith & David Cohen as well as Head of School Jackie Herman, educational leadership, and a middle school student. To RSVP or for more information, please contact: Joanne Karow, Director of Admissions at or (203)329-2186 ext: 1310
THE MYSTIQUE OF MARRIAGE: AN EVENING OF INSPIRATION WITH MRS. RIVKAH SLONIM-Sunday, December 15, 7:30 pm, Stamford Hilton Hotel, One First Stamford Place, Stamford. Light refreshments will be served. Come be fascinated by unique insights into marriage. Explore the world of communication, respect, trust, intimacy and many other fundamental ingredients in a healthy marriage. Join us as we tap into 5000 years of experience and tools. Rivkah Slonim, an internationally known lecturer and activist, addresses the intersection of traditional Jewish observance and contemporary life with a special focus on Jewish marriage. Slonim is the editor of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology. Slonim and her husband have lived in Binghamton, NY, since 1985 and serve the Jewish students of Binghamton University. For more information or to RSVP, call 203 329-0015 x414.
JHS BOOK TALK: THE IMPOSTER BRIDE, BY NANCY RICHLER-Wednesday, December 18, 10 am. Stamford JCC, Newfield Avenue and Vine Road. Presenter: Judy Katz. A young woman refugee arrives in Montreal in 1945 to marry a man she has never met. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148.
AIPAC-EXTENDING THE BASE; PRO-ISRAEL ACTIVISM BEYOND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY-Thursday, December 19, 7 pm, Temple Sholom, 300 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Featuring Labriah Lee, AIPAC's Northeast Region Outreach Director,who coordinates AIPAC's outreach program to minority leaders in the Northeast Region. Dessert will be served. RSVP to Alice Schoen at 203-542-7165 or


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)
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

Just arrived: Emanuel menorahs and mezuzahs from Israel!

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

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