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Friday, December 13, 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 14, 2013
Shabbat Chazak

11 Tevet 5774

Shabbat Schedule









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


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.

Men's Club December 25 Pacific House Homeless Shelter Dinner

People needed to prepare the food at the shul from 9-12

and to serve at Pacific House from 12-1 and from 1-2


A great opportunity for your kids to join you in helping the greater Stamford community!


We are seeking donations of kosher pastrami, corned beef or cooked roast beef in place of the ham that would traditionally be served, as well as fresh green beans and potatoes for mashing and canned cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes.


We also need warm hats and gloves for the homeless,

or the funds to purchase them.


If you can serve or donate, please contact Mitchell Bell at

or (203) 722-3512


CAS Sisterhood Gift Shop

Sunday: 9-11 am

Tuesday - Thursday: 12-2 pm

Parshat Vayechi begins with a topic about which everyone thinks, but few speak: buying a burial plot.


Jacob is on his deathbed and he wants to ensure his proper burial. He and his family have been warmly welcomed in Egypt. Nevertheless, he knows that his homeland is Israel. He asks Joseph to swear that he will bring him back for burial there. This parsha highlights the significance of burial in Israel. My mother, of blessed memory, is buried at Eretz Hachaim in the hills outside of Jerusalem. 


The decision about burial is important and sensitive. If you would like to discuss it with me on a personal basis, please be in touch. For more information, about Eretz Hachaim, which offers one option for burial, please click here


Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

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

Would you like to participate in the January 4 CAS Cholent Challenge?
10th Annual Challenges in Jewish Education Shabbat
Friday night, January 10, 5:45 pm
Special Dinner with Rabbi Joshua Lookstein

$36 per adult/$15 per child (under 12) 

Reflections of a First-Year Headmaster - Rabbi Joshua Lookstein

Why Jewish Education Still Matters: Takeaways from the Recent Pew Study - Dr. Harry Bloom

Please click here to sign up!

Shabbat afternoon, January 11
10TH Annual Challenges in Jewish Education Panel:
Day School Affordability:
The Challenge...and Practical Solutions

 immediately after morning services and kiddush, at approximately noon



Dr. Harry Bloom - Strategy Manager, Financial Sustainability, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE)


Rabbi Joshua Lookstein - Headmaster,  Westchester Day School


Rabbi David Israel, Moderator - Rabbinic Dean, Bi-Cultural Day School 

Men's Club Roast & Toast of Rabbi Walk 
Saturday night, December 21, 7:30 -10:00 pm 
MC: Bob Abrams! 
Last word by Rabbi Walk

Delicatessen, salads and good "CHEER" 
Expect a night of laughter and tears!

Cost: paid up Men's Club members - $25 per member/$55 per couple if paid by check to CAS Men's Club c/o Larry Miller,
21 Edice Road, Stamford, CT 06905 by 12/15/13


Non-Men's Club members or pay online here - $30 per person
no walk-ins; must make & pay  reservations by 12/15!


Have a question? Contact Mitchell Bell at 
Would you like to join the Men's Club and support our annual Thanksgiving Feast for First Responders, holiday meal for the JFS food bank, Pacific House holiday meal, forums, speakers and Passover fair & model matzah making? If so, please send a check for membership at either the $25 Basic, $36 Silver, or $50 Gold Level to CAS Men's Club c/o Larry Miller, 21 Edice Road, Stamford, CT 06905

Help Us Help You!

As the year 2013 comes to a close, please remember that CAS is here for you year-round.  Please remember to support CAS with your end-of-year donations.

Dues, pledges and donations need to be received by CAS no later than December 31 in order for you to receive a charitable receipt for the tax year.
We accept checks and credit cards.
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy. I would like to share with you this article which I wrote last year, which remains as relevant as ever, as well as this new one, The Best Holiday Lights.

Mazal Tov to:

  • Cynthia & Jeff Marinstein on Carly's Bat Mitzvah
  • Rabbi Elan & Dr. Rivkah Adler on the engagement of their daughter, Ariella, to Aharon Mendlowitz of Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel 

Condolences to:

  •  Alice Janush, on the death of her beloved father, Eddie Haber
  •  Josh Sperber, on the death of his beloved grandfather, David Borochov 

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefilah                        Chazzan Rafael Bokow

 Richard Schwartz

Torah ReadersGil Orbach, Ethan Orenstein, Marty Rubin, Simcha Rubin, Arthur Smith
Prayer for the United States 
                                                       Tovia Marinstein
Like Ephraim and Menashe: A Vision                                                             Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Lion and Unicorn                                                                                                Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law
                                    Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi
                                    David Bessaleli
Seudah Shlishit

Yehuda Aaronson, Dir. of Overseas Development for Reuth Medical Center and Social Services

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

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush
Arthur Smith, on the yahrtzeit of his parents Miriam (Miriam Edel bat Yehoshua) & Archie (Yitzchak ben Tzvi haLevi) Smith
Sanctuary Kiddush
 Cynthia & Jeff Marinstein in honor of Carly's Bat Mitzvah;
Seudah Shlishit
Maria & Glenn Reicin in honor of Yehuda Aaronson, Director of Overseas Development for Reuth - Medical Center and Social Services in Israel
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 4:15 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Sunday-Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
4:10 pm
CAS Announcements
  • 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, 5 pm 

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.

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


Power of the Prophets. 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.  Will resume in January.

The Depth of Genesis. 9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.  Will resume in January.

Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms. noon-Rabbi Daniel Cohen.   Will resume in January.

Prayer Primer.  7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk. 


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

Mara 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

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

Mazal Tov to Carly Marinstein on her Bat Mitzvah!


This Shabbat - Teen Minyan

  • Dec 20/21 - NCSY Roadshow & Teen Minyan - FREE for grades 8-12

                        Double Nekudot and Nekudot sale Shabbat!

  • Jan 4 - BROOKLYN NETS Game -  on sale NOW online.
  • Jan 11 - Grades 8-12, come and enjoy a VIP elegant black and white cocktail party with a hypnosis show and comedy entertainment!

  • Jan 12 - Loaves of Love-Girls' Morning Out at Chabad
  • Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton


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 
Shmuel Refael ben Chana, 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 

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
CARMEL ACADEMY PARLOR MEETING-Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, at the home of Bonnie & Emanuel Citron, 7 Mulberry Lane, Cos Cob. Meet with Carmel's Head of School, Nora Anderson, and Carmel parents in a relaxed and informal setting. To schedule a private tour, and to RSVP for the parlor meeting, please contact Director of Admissions Daneet Brill at or at (203) 983-3503.
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

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 

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