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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin
July 5, 2014Balak7 Tamuz 5774
Shabbat Schedule
Mincha7:00 PM
8:16 PM
Candles8:11 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Meditative Prayer8:30 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:13 AM
Latest Shacharit10:28 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Perek On The Patio7:05 PM
Daf Yomi7:15 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:07 PM
Shabbat Ends9:12 PM
Shabbat Shalom
We all mourn the loss of Eyal, Nafatli and Gilad. Words cannot express our sorrow and we share in the pain of the families and stand in unity with the Jewish people.

How do we respond spiritually, politically, emotionally? Does G-d not hear all of our prayers? When will the violence end? What should be Israel's response? How can we mobilize the American government to help? What do we say to our children and grandchildren?

The answers are complex but on our minds. I will reflect on these questions this Shabbat morning and we will recite a prayer in memory of the boys. May G-d grant their families comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may we share good news in the days ahead.

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

JOIN RABBI WALK FOR PEREK ON THE PATIO: One hour before mincha - this week at 7:05pm

KASHRUT ALERT:  16 Handles located on Bedford Street is now under the supervision of the Vaad of Fairfield County.

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: 8:15 PM
Candles next Friday8:09 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Dina & Paul Berger on the upcoming marriage of Ben to Jessica Rothstein
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesRosalyn Novick Sherman in memory of her parents of blessed memory, Lillian Rubin Novick,a'h and Harold Jacob Novick, a'h; Belle Miller and daughters Lisa, Abbey & Neile in loving memory of husband and father Arthur A. Miller on his yahrzeit; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Seudah ShlishitCAS
Chapel KiddushLinda & Elliot Levy to commemorate the 10th yahrtzeit of his father, George Levy.
Sanctuary KiddushFourth of July Kiddush, Sponsored by members of CAS.
  • to the families of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Rafael Bokow
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen: In Response
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Walk Confrontation: 1964, 2014 & 1224 BCE
ShiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein
Torah ReadersSimcha Rubin, Gil Orbach
UshersElisheva Kilner & Rosalyn Sherman
Perek on PatioJoin Rabbi Walk 1 hour before mincha
Upcoming Events

Special Dessert Reception & Lecture

to support the Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah

Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter  

Ethics of Disagreement: Learning to Disagree Agreeably

 Tuesday, July 8, 8 pm at CAS

Lecture Couvert: $36 per person - $18 for HS seniors & college students

Men and women welcome proceeds benefit the Stamford Mikvah

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University.  


Be a sponsor!
Join Rabbi Schacter for dinner before the lecture
at the home of Maria & Glenn Reicin - $500 per person, $1,000 per couple


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

July 9 ZeligJuly 23 Jacob the Liar
July 16 Sophie's ChoiceJuly 30 The Pianist

MEN'S CLUB BBQ July 9, 6pm 

Join us for a pre-movie BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, watermelon and drinks  Only $8/person!


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 12 -World Cup Kiddush
  • 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

Information sessions will be held after the Sanctuary Kiddush on July 5 

CAS Classes
Rabbi Cohen will conduct two series on Tuesdays - July 8, 15 & 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
  • HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY - We wish all of our members and their families a safe and enjoyable summer.
  • 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.
  • WATCH YOUR MAIL 2014-15 CAS financial statements will this week, including our new High Holiday seating policy. Please look for it your mail.
  • 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
  • THE CAS MEN'S CLUB BBQ will be the preview for Rabbi Walk's Flick Night Wed. July 9 7:30 pm ZELIG will be the movie of choice. The BBQ starts at 6:00 pm and for only $8 per person Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Burgers, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw Potato Salad, Watermelon will be available... Come one come all!
  • 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 Holidays 5775


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.

Seating charts reflecting these revisions will be posted on-line at next week.  Check back then.

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
  • 613 RESTAURANT has a Summer wine list, spring menu and DELIVERY IS NOW AVAILABLE. Full menu, reservations & more: 203.614.8777
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Chaya Esther bat Tziporah
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Zahava bat Chaya Sara
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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