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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin
July 19, 2014Matot21 Tamuz 5774
Shabbat Schedule
Mincha7:00 PM
8:10 PM
Candles8:05 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:19 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:33 AM
Perek On The Patio7:00 PM
Daf Yomi7:40 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:10 PM
Mincha8:00 PM
Maariv8:59 PM
Shabbat Ends9:04 PM
Shabbat Shalom

In light of current situation in Israel, I would like to share this timely and important message from our Federation.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Together, we can try and ease the impact of missile attacks on the lives of children and families living under their blare.

Hamas' upgraded military capabilities put the vast majority of Israel's population within range of rocket fire.

Tuesday night thousands of children were read bedtime stories in bomb shelters. Together we can take them out of harm's way for a day of normal play.

Wednesday, the Nachum family in Netivot emerged from their home bomb shelter-only to find that their house was destroyed. Only when Federation funds come together can we provide the Nachums, and thousands of victims of terror like them, with the money and support to begin rebuilding.

And this morning, the 15 second warning siren that rang out in Be'er Sheva, was not long enough for a 70 -year old wheelchair bound resident to make it to a shelter. So for now, she must live in one. Federation partner programs are her sole lifeline to food and medicine and human contact.

During every time of hostility or need, in virtually every town in Israel, every day, you will find a piece of Federation at work. Helping those who need it the most. Making sure no one falls through the cracks.

Let's send a message of support together and give as a community.

How Will the Resources Be Used?

Federation dollars allocated in this emergency campaign immediately will impact lives all across Israel.

Relief from the Line of Fire for 20,000 Children This Week

For the tens of thousands of children who live within 25 miles of Gaza, the current situation is not a flare-up. They have spent the last 13 years under fire. Our partner agencies are teaming up to provide them with much-needed time away in summer camps and youth villages far from the line of fire.

Help for 20,000 of Israel's Most Vulnerable Citizens

In normal times, Federation-supported senior centers provide thousands of elderly living in poverty-many of them Holocaust survivors-with food and comfort. Today, it's too dangerous for them to travel.

For new immigrants, lack of familiarity with a new environment and language barriers make living through the constant barrage of attacks even more traumatic.

Our partners are deploying a host of caseworkers to bring food, medicine and comfort to the elderly in their homes, and to alleviate the fears and concerns of new Israelis at home, in shelters and in community centers.

Trauma Support for 12,000 Israelis

Where do you spend the night when your home is destroyed? What is the psychological impact on the most vulnerable when nearly all Israelis are within range of rocket fire? Federation programs that provide psychological, emotional and spiritual counseling fill in the gaps when government programs aren't enough.

Flexible Assistance for 10 Communities Hit Hardest by the Conflict

Local municipalities are at the forefront of managing community services and responses to attacks. Federation has deep partnerships with these cities, and targeted local assistance helps bridge the gap between government aid and needs, enhancing the resilience of their populations.

Let's send a message of support together and give as a community.

JOIN RABBI WALK FOR PEREK ON THE PATIO: One hour before mincha - this week at 7pm



Please see Rabbi Cohen's Blog from Huffington Post
Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday: 8:05 PM
Candles next Friday7:59 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Toby Schaffer and Hyman Schaffer and Joseph Macy on the birth of a new granddaughter and great-granddaughter, born to Drs. Sam & Pamela Singer
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Sanctuary KiddushRabbi, Rivka and Ya'akov Walk in honor of the Weinstein and Sinai families in recognition of their contributions to Cleveland and Stamford as they return to Israel, and the birth of Moriah Shaki.
Chapel KiddushPamela & Eric Greenhut to commemorate the second Yahrtzeit of his father, Kenneth R. Greenhut z'l.
Seudat ShlishitCAS
Shabbat Topics & Participants
ShacharitDr. Sam Maryles
MusafSandy Shapiro
SermonRabbi David Walk: Talk is NOT Cheap
Seudah ShlishitRabbi David Walk: Confrontation 2014
Daf YomiRichard Schwartz
Perek on PatioRabbi Walk
Torah ReadersBurt & Marty Rubin
Upcoming Events
One of the strengths of a community is offering prayers for people in our midst who are in need of a full and speedy recovery.

We are refreshing our list of individuals whom we include in our weekly bulletin.
 Prayers are offered every Shabbat morning in shul on their behalf.
If you would like to send in a name to be included in the August list, please go to our website , to enter this information.  You will need the person's Hebrew name and mother's name.  

If you do not know the Hebrew name, please be in touch with me directly at and I will assist you.   

May all of our tefillot be answered for the good and may all be granted much health and healing.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen 

Summer Flicks with Rabbi David Walk @ CAS
Join Rabbi Walk for these features. 
Showtimes 7:30pm.  No charge.  All through July 

July 23 Jacob the LiarJuly 30 The Pianist

BBQ SIYUM Sunday,  August 3rd 6:30-8 pm 

RSVP required by Wednesday July 30

Free. Sponsored by Daf Yomi Chevra

Values of Agudath Sholom
For The Three Weeks and Beyond
During the three weeks, we will explore two core values of CAS. These ethical principles underscore the development of a sacred, inviting and healthy organization. The two themes will be:
  1. Shabbat July 19 The Power of Speech
  2. Shabbat July 26 Judging People Favorably


In the spirit of summer, we will host a series of special kiddushim. Enjoy iced tea, lemonade and more. The themes and dates are:

  • July 26 - Unity Kiddush
  • August 2- Israel Kiddush
  • August 30 - Welcome Home Kiddush

Join Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen for a Family Summer Mission to Israel in August 2015. 

Explore the breadth and depth of the land. Great for first timers or veterans. The trip is uniquely tailored for adults with their children and grandchildren filled with history coming alive and a fostering a love of the natural beauty of our homeland. 

If you are thinking of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel, this is the perfect trip! 

For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen at or 203-252-8252

Tisha B Av Schedule
Monday, August 4
7:45 pMincha, followed by Ma'ariv & Eicha
8:07 pFast Begins
Tuesday, August 5
6:30 aFirst minyan followed by abbreviated Kinot lead by R. Cohen
8:00 aSecond Minyan followed by explanatory kinot w/ R. Walk stating at 9:00
11:00 aWebcast from Teaneck w/ R. JJ Shacter
1:00 pOU videos
3:00 pAu Revoir L'es Enfants An autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by famed French movie maker Louis Malle. The story takes place in a Catholic boarding school during WW II where a number of Jewish boys are hiding from the Nazis.
5:00 pChofetz Chaim Foundation videos
7:00 pMemorial Video for Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach
7:40 pMincha
8:48 pFast ends
CAS Classes
Rabbi Cohen will conduct two series on Tuesday - July 22
Tuesday - 8:15 - 9:00 AMPower of the Prophets: Torah of the Thrones
Tuesday - 10:00 -10:45 AMRealizing Your Potential: The Path of the Just
Rabbi Walk's Classes all @ CAS Beginning through July 31
Sunday - 9:15AMBible from the Beginning - Continuing study of Chumash. We are presently in the book of Numbers. Each class can be attended separately. We cover a different topic every week.
Monday - NoonDvar Yom B'Yomo - This is a continuation of the very popular class given at BCDS during the school year. Each week we cover an issue either from that week's Torah reading or an upcoming event in the Jewish calendar.
Tuesday - 9:00 AMPsalms - Each week we study another of King David's sublime poems. The Psalms are as outstanding as literature as they are as spiritual expressions of our soul.
Wednesday - 9:00 AMJewish Meditation - We will explore Jewish methods of meditation. Many of our spiritual giants meditated as a way to achieve serenity and religious growth. We follow in their footsteps.
CAS Announcements
  • DRESS CODE REMINDER With the summer months in full swing, please remember the summer dress code for leading services. On weekdays, men must wear full length pants and collared shirts. On Shabbat, a jacket is requested as well. For an aliyah, pants and collared shirts are acceptable during the weekday and Shabbat. Thank you for your cooperation in our on-going efforts to enhance the dignity of the shul.
  • LET US KNOW! We strive at CAS to support our members in time of need. If you know of someone who is ill, please reach out to Rabbi Cohen via email or phone, alerting our clergy and Chesed committee to offer comfort and assistance. Together, we can insure CAS's role as a community of caring. Thank you very much!
  • CAS DECORUM The policy for our kids is easy - "In shul or in groups." Please help us maintain decorum. Make sure you child is either sitting in synagogue or participating in our Youth Groups. Make sure that your child enjoys Kiddush in the Simcha Room or Social Hall.
  • BBQ SIYUM Sunday, August 3rd 6:30-8 pm. RSVP required by Wednesday July 30th. Free. Sponsored by Daf Yomi Chevra
  • CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - CAS "HARVEST NOW" GARDEN Spring is finally here! We need experienced or inexperienced but interested gardeners for this season's Harvest Now garden at the shul. Last year, we grew, harvested and donated over 200 pounds of produce for the local food bank. Let's beat that amount this year! If you want to give 30-60 minutes of your time on a Sunday, early or late in the day, please contact Meredith Cohen at
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. 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. Info: 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? CAS offers 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:
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS 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. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Saul Skolnick, Ethan Green (203-276-9314) or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Volunteers and callers are needed. Join the fun we have a small group of dedicated workers. Contact Roz at or call the shul at 203-358-2200.
High Holidays5775


This year we are announcing several changes in the High Holiday Service and Seating Policy. Please read this carefully, as your action is required:
  • In addition to our Sanctuary and Heyman Chapel Services, we will hold Shacharit and Musaf services in the Library on Rosh Hashanah (starting each day at 6 am) and Yom Kippur (starting at 9 am).
  • Reserved seating will be available in all three services. To reserve a seat, members must be in good standing and either purchase a reserved seat for $300 or become a member of our Tzedakah program.
  • Members of our Tzedakah program are entitled to a seat for themselves, their spouse, and any children under age 25. If Tzedakah program members require seats for children over age 25 or visiting relatives, we are reverting to a former policy requiring payment for these seats. We have reduced the charge for these additional seats to $75 for each ticket for the first four tickets, $50 for each ticket for the fifth or more.
  • To comply with appropriate safety codes, we are limiting the Chapel Main floor seating to 214 and the Library seating to 75. These limits will be strictly enforced.
  • New seating charts for all three services, and the Balcony of the Heyman Chapel are available on-line.
  • To implement these changes, your action is required to confirm reserved seating for the High Holidays:
    • 2013 Tzedakah Program members (members in good standing and those who paid $550 or more for the Tzedakah Program):
      • You will receive a confirmation email showing your confirmed seats as outlined above. This will not include reserved seats for children over the age 25 or visiting relatives.
      • You have until August 1, 2014 to confirm or change your reserved seat location and purchase additional reserved seats. You can purchase 2014 additional reserved seats based on your 2013 reservation. To reserve a seat, payment is required.
      • If seating limits in any service are exceeded, we will offer alternative locations in other Services.
    • New paid 2014 Tzedakah Program members and others requesting reserved seats
      • We would like to accommodate your needs. Please contact the office to request a seat by location in any service and we will keep your name on a waiting list.
      • By August 30, we will notify you if we can confirm your seat. Payment is required on confirmation.

For greater detail, please click here to see on our 2014 High Holiday Seating Charts & Policy

High Holiday Planning Committee

Community Feature
Hosts needed for delegation of children & chaperones visiting US under auspices of Widows and Orphans of the IDF for Shabbat, August 15/16. Contact Alison Bodurtha at or 212 556 1501 or Jackie at and 203 564 6232.
Community Announcements
  • COMING SOON!!! ARI & RICA LIEBERMAN are excited to announce the forthcoming opening of their new sushi restaurant SOOSH. Located in the Stamford Plaza Hotel, 2701 Summer (203) 658-7505
  • 613 RESTAURANT has special coupon offers for July. Click this link to get them DELIVERY IS NOW AVAILABLE. Full menu, reservations & more: 203.614.8777
  • THE ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND'S RACHEL'S SOCIETY presents "Your Jewish Genes and Cancer: What Should I do?" July 29th, 7:15 pm in Greenwich. Led by Rachel Barnett, Senior Genetic Counselor, Yale Cancer Center A free event. Location identified with confirmation. Rachel's Society of ICRF is a membership support group helping to drive Israel's groundbreaking research in women's cancers...breast, cervical and ovarian. Contact: Connecticut Area Director, ICRF 203 321-1006
  • THE CHEVRA KADISHA OF STAMFORD is proud to sponsor three important halacha shiurim with Rabbi Michael Taubes, Rosh Yeshiva and Principal, Yeshiva University High School for Boys. Shabbat, September 6 - 11:30AM at the Young Israel of Stamford (immediately following davening) - The Laws of Onen (Time After Death but Before Burial); 5:30PM at Congregation Agudath Sholom - The Laws of Sitting Shiva; 7:15PM at Congregation Agudath Sholom (during shalosh seudot) - When Yom Tov or Chol Hamoed Interferes with Shiva.
  • FREE CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN HEBREW TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES 2-8 The goal of Sifriyat Pijama B'America is to enhance knowledge and affinity for Jewish values from a young age and to retain a strong Jewish identity and appreciation of Hebrew. SP-BA provides an opportunity for families to create a tradition of reading bedtime stories in Hebrew and engaging in meaningful conversations. Info:
  • 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. Please come and join us. For further contact information call: Ann Cohn at 203-762-0058 (home) or 203-984-6667 (cell).
  • MIKE'S CENTER CAFE & BAKERY AT THE JCC Is open during the week. For information, please call 203-321-0051 or
  • BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP, Beginning on Tuesday, June 17th , Tuesdays, 10:30am- 11:30am at the Stamford office of Jewish Family Service, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor Are you searching for a safe haven to explore your thoughts and feelings about grief? JFS can provide a protected environment that provides emotional, physical, and spiritual support. Facilitator: Rosemarie Delia For information, contact Rosemarie Delia: (203) 921-4161 or
  • JFS SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Thursdays, 12:00 pm beginning July 10th - August 14th Single mothers and fathers will be offered an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques. Open to all, both those who have recently become single parents or have been single for some time. Topics covered will include: scheduling, coping strategies, introducing new partners, extended family dynamics and emotional support. A small fee of $10/session or $50/entire 6 session series. Group will be held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. Option to bring lunch. For more information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email
  • WOMEN & ORTHODOXY: CELEBRATING OUR SUCCESS, CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES August 9 at the Young Israel of Stamford. A Shabbat weekend for the entire community, featuring classes and presentations given by Shani Taragin and other women in the Stamford community. Additional details to follow...
  • SAVE THE DATE: SPECIAL LECTURE WITH AUTHOR ALLAN CHERNOFF SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 7, 9:30 AM @ CAS A veteran of national network TV news reporting, Allan Chernoff served as CNN's senior correspondent and has reported for CNBC and NBC News programs. He is the recipient of six best reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists New York Chapter and was a reporter on teams winning Peabody and DuPont Awards. Chernoff co-wrote The Tailors of Tomaszow with his mother, Rena Margulies Chernoff, a native of the town and a Holocaust survivor. Among the first-hand accounts included in the book is that of Eva Tenenbaum Romanowitz, a first cousin of Rena Margulies Chernoff and mother of longtime Stamford resident Dr. Harry "Hesh" Romanowitz z"l, a renowned pediatrician and mohel who was active in the Jewish community and worked to keep Yiddish language and culture alive.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aharon Tzvi ben Sara
  • Alexander ben Chava
  • Ariella bat Bracha
  • Aryeh Lev ben Eidel
  • Aryeh ben Chana
  • Aviva bat Etta
  • Benzion Ben Mordachai ben Lillian
  • Binyamin Yitzchak ben Shoshana
  • Chaim Volf ben Chana Shayna
  • Chana Necha bat Szlata
  • Channah bat Tzivya
  • Chava bat Perel
  • Chaya Esther bat Tziporah
  • Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Esther
  • Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Rivka
  • Dalia bat Chana Chaica
  • Devorah bat Leah
  • Dov ben Etel
  • Dovid Levi ben Gittel
  • Efrat bat Yael
  • Einav bat Chana
  • Elisheva bat Miriam
  • Fred ben Irma
  • Geri bat Esther
  • Harav Avraham David ben Toba Leah
  • Harav Dovid Eliyahu ben Avrina
  • Hennia bat Musah
  • Leah bat Tania
  • Lousya bat Jenna
  • Malka Chaya bat Esther Gittel
  • Malka bat Zelda
  • Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel
  • Miriam bat Rivka
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
  • Perel Etka bat Sara
  • Pesach ben Elsa
  • Rachel bat Sara Golda
  • Rav Aharon (Harav Aharon Lichtenstein) ben Bluma
  • Rayna bat Necha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rochel bat Marianna
  • Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
  • Shlomo Yitzchak ben Esther
  • Shlomo ben Rachel
  • Shmuel Refael ben Chana
  • Shoshana bat Ruchamah
  • Tovah Chaya bat Tzipporah
  • Tzipporah Rachel bat Malka
  • Tzvi Daneel ben Chaya Priva
  • Y'rachmeal ben Chayah Bat M'shulam Zalman
  • Zahava bat Chaya Sara
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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