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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin
August 9, 2014Vaetchanan
Shabbat Nachamu
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Shabbat Schedule
Mincha (Chapel/Library)7:00 PM
7:45 PM
Candles7:44 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:29 AM
Jr Cong10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:39 AM
Shiur10:45 AM
Perek On The Patio6:40 PM
Daf Yomi6:50 PM
Mincha7:40 PM
Maariv8:38 PM
Shabbat Ends8:43 PM
Shabbat Shalom

This Shabbat is known as the Shabbat of comfort, Shabbat Nachamu. However, the recovery from the trauma of Tisha B'Av begins on the evening itself. We do not lose hope in our future. We believe that the Messiah will be born on that day. This past Monday night in our shul, I sensed the reverberations of our future as well. At the end of the davening, we showed a montage dedicated to the memories of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. It featured this video clip Thank you to Rabbi Walk for developing the montage and Elisheva Cohen for posting on You Tube.

Although the hour was late, a couple of hundred people stayed, eyes mesmerized and souls in tune with both the tragedy of Tisha B'av and the strength and hope of our people. I sensed in those moments a unity of spirit. I felt something deep inside everyone present, a bond to the nation, state and people of Israel. A calling for Am Yisrael. A yearning to be one people in the land of Israel in peace speedily in our days.

May the days ahead offer comfort to the Jewish people and state of Israel and the families of the fallen and wounded in Israel. May we share happy occasions together very soon.

Thank G-d, this weekend, we celebrate three upcoming weddings on Sunday. Mazal Tov to the Bokows, Alexanders and Steins.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom and good news from Israel in the week ahead,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Please celebrate with Cantor Bokow The Congregation is invited to Cantor Bokow's Aufruf. His aliyah will be in the Sanctuary Service between 10:15 & 10:30.

PEREK ON THE PATIO:  This week join Rabbi Walk, One hour before mincha - this week at 6:40 pm

Welcome to the new shilichim for Carmel Academy: Noham & Shira Tal, with their children Hallel, Gefen, and Oriyah

Service Note Beginning August 29, there will be only one Friday mincha minyan.

Kashrut Alert:

The cRc has made recent changes to its Liquor List. Click on the link to download the list

We Are Mishpacha


IDF soldiers on the frontlines are exhibiting unparalleled bravery, risking their lives to protect the country that they - and we - love.

These are the times where the brave men and women defending the Jewish homeland need us the most. And FIDF is the only official organization raising funds in the United States in coordination with the IDF for the wellbeing of Israel's soldiers.

The immediate needs are still snack packages for Shabbat (sponsor 10 soldiers-$180), Toiletry kits (sponsor 10 soldiers-$360) and undergarment bags (sponsor 10 soldiers-$500).Every dollar counts. Every household counts. The soldiers need to know that WE CARE!!! Another thing that people should know is that 100% of their donations go to the soldiers!!! 100%.

To support the soldiers please go to


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: 7:45 PM
Candles next Friday7:34 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Adrienne & Michael Alexander on the upcoming wedding of Caroline and Brad Alhadef
  • to Cantor Rafael Bokow and Aliza Nussbaum on their upcoming wedding
  • to Louise Stein on the upcoming wedding of Brenna and Charles Schnur
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushAdrienne & Michael Alexander in honor of Brad's aufruf
Sanctuary KiddushCantor Bokow's friends and family of CAS in honor of his Aufruf
Seudat ShlishitMarc & Shery Silver in commemoration of the 10th Yahrtzeit of Joseph Silver.
  • to Leonard Gold on the passing of his wife Phyllis
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Bokow
SermonRabbi Cohen
ShiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Raining on the Parade - The Custom of the Aufruf.
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Cohen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
UsherLaura Tobin
Perek on PatioRabbi David Walk
Torah ReadersCantor Bokow, Judd Love
Upcoming Events
Sign up for the CAS Youth Welcome Back Event

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

CAS Announcements
  • WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU TO HELP ALL OF US - we'd especially like anyone between the ages of 18-38 to help. You are invited to join the CAS Security committee for a meeting on August 12th at 7:30 pm. If you have any questions please contact co chairs Mitchell Bell at or Rebecca Sigman at
  • 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.
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • 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 ensure 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.
  • 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! Players needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM -
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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 Announcements
  • ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH EVENT Fresh out of Gaza, Israeli Tom Peled is coming to Stamford to lead in a Spinning fund raiser for the Israel Cancer Research Fund on August 27. Either spin for an hour or more, or come to dessert reception at the JCC. Spin at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 pm. Dessert reception at 8:15 pm listen to amazing Tom who treks across America raising cancer funds in memory of his dad. Registration: or 203 321-1006
  • MISSION TO ISRAEL! UJF is very pleased to announce our participation in the Jewish Federations of North America Solidarity Mission to Israel! The mission will take place Aug.17-22. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your commitment to Israel NOW. Land price for the mission is $1,150 per person double occupancy. ($370 single supplement) JFNA has limited airfare for $1,555 (first come first served). To read more about the mission and to register, please click on the link When registering, please send an additional email to so we know that you have registered. Info:
  • THE YOUNG ISRAEL OF STAMFORD TORAH COMMITTEE PROUDLY PRESENTS...SHANI TARAGIN SHABBAT, AUGUST 9. 11:15AM - Sermon immediately after services: B'not Tzlofchad: First Feminists? 12:15PM - Text class immediately after kiddush:Rachel Immenu: Mother at the Crossroads. 7:30PM - Presentation at Shalosh Seudot:Chana and Her Tefillah: A National Anthem. Don't miss hearing this outstanding scholar from Israel!
  • 613 RESTAURANT Stamford's premier Kosher Restaurant is now offering Sushi! Please stop in and help us welcome acclaimed sushi chef Shoichi ("Eddie") Kurokawa! Please stop by and come test our new menu featuring many popular classic rolls and a few of Chef Eddie's personal signature rolls. This is a significant landmark in Sixthirteen and we hope you will come share it with us! DELIVERY IS NOW AVAILABLE. Full menu, reservations & more: 203.614.8777
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • JFS SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: beginning Monday, August 11th at 7:45 pm 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. For more information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email
  • LIFE TRANSITIONS-Wednesdays at 11:00 am 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 Rosemarie Delia at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • 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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