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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
December 27, 2014Vayigash
5 Tevet 5775
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Mincha4:15 PM
Candles4:13 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:37 AM
Mishnah/Hot Cocoa10:15 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Jr Teen Chat10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:50 PM
Daily Rambam3:50 PM
Mincha4:10 PM
Maariv5:09 PM
Shabbat Ends5:14 PM
Shabbat Shalom

The coming Thursday marks not only the secular New Year but more importantly a fast day, the 10th of Tevet. The day commemorates the beginning of the siege on Jerusalem about 2500 years ago. The event led to the destruction of the Temple on the ninth of Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. The fast begins at dawn (5:51 AM) and ends at nightfall. (5:11 PM)

What is the message of the fast for us today?

We believe that a fast day is not simply an opportunity for gastronomic distress but rather an expression of solidarity with the Jewish people. It is a day to collectively awaken our souls to our national plight and recommit to dedicating our lives to G-d, Torah and the Jewish people. It is a day of national and personal introspection. Every occurrence in life is under G-d's providence and in times of insecurity and threats to Israel a fast day is intended to arouse G-d's mercy and pray for peace.

Not a week goes by without me being asked about Israel, anti-semitism and current events. From afar, Israel appears in one light but up close we are privileged to a different perspective. This Shabbat, I will share some post Chanukah reflections from my recent trip to Israel with the MALT participants.

Also, please take a moment to think about supporting the shul as we approach the end of year. Thank G-d, we provide multiple gateways of connection for a broad membership and we are grateful for your generosity and engagement. You can easily make a donation to our Chanukah Appeal - just click here

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and blessings in the weeks ahead
Rabbi Daniel Cohen 

Follow Rabbi Cohen

Follow Rabbi Cohen on his Elijah Moment Campaign

  • Nachum Segal Interviewed Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Pastor Greg Doll About "The Elijah Moment Campaign" and Spreading Light in the Holiday Season click here to listen

Special Thanks to Mitchell Bell, the Men's Club, and helpers for their hard work in preparing and serving food at Pacific House on Christmas morning


Did you hear Nachum Segal speak last Shabbat? Would you like to listen to his morning radio show, JM in the AM, Monday through Friday from 6-10AM? You can access a live stream by visiting or ...or you can download a free app (iPhone or Android version) by searching for the Nachum Segal Network

Please answer the CAS Chanukah Appeal

Thanks to the members who have contributed to our Chanukah/Year-End Appeal. Your support enables us to continue to offer a wide variety of services and programming. Thanks!

Year end Deadline to Maintain Your Membership

Please take the opportunity to maintain your CAS membership in good standing by paying any amounts owed for dues, fees, or pledges by December 31, 2014. Any concerns, please contact Saul Skolnick, Director of Operations

New Class- Join the Thousands studying the Rambam Mishneh Torah. The new three year cycle begins this Sunday. Rabbi Cohen will be leading this initiative. The text and schedule can be found here. Daily Rambam Classes will be held on Sundays 815 AM, 20 minutes before Shabbat mincha, Monday - Fridays at 715 AM. For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen.

Weekday Schedule
Candles Next Friday4:19 PM
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Wednesday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday: 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday: 4:20 PM
ThursdayAsara BTevet (Fast starts 5:51 AM Fast ends 5:11 PM), New Years Day
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesGloria Green in memory of her beloved father and grandfather Neal Chassen on his 21st yahrzeit 30 Kislev -- Gloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz, Ethan Green and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Sanctuary KiddushGayle and Howard Rothman in memory of Harry Rothman on the occasion of his 25th yahrzeit
Chapel KiddushDeena & David Bessaleli in honor of our grandchildren in Israel and the United States
  • to Howard Rothman and the entire Rothman Family on the passing of Howard's Aunt, Ruth Rothman Wayson
  • to Debby Goldberg on the passing of her brother, Martin Colner
Shabbat Topics & Participants
MusafSandy Shapiro
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen - Reflections from Israel
ShiurBob Abrams in memory of his brother, Jeffrey
Torah ReadersEthan Green, Jay Jubas
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Benzion Scheinfeld
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CAS Youth Brooklyn Nets Game - December 27  Saturday, December 27 - 6:00 PM

CAS Youth Brooklyn Nets Game - December 27JOIN THE CAS YOUTH AT
Nets vs. Pacers
Who: Grades 4 and up (younger can join if accompanied by a parent).
Where: Leaving the Agudath Sholom parking lot at 6:00 pm sharp and returning after the game; around 11:45 pm.
Cost: $63 for members/ $68 for non members - includes ticket and transportation.

Teenage Shmooze  Thursday, January 1 - 7:00 PM

Teenage ShmoozeGet ready to Soosh and Shmooze!
How do you feel about free sushi?
What about friends?
What about a chance to have real discussions about what it means to be Jewish?
Run for you. Run by you.
This program is being sponsored by NCSY


Rabbi Yotav Eliach, Principal, Rambam Mesivta
Rabbi Eliezer Rubin, Head of School, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
Moderator: Rabbi David Israel, Rabbinic Dean Bi-Cultural Day School
Program Chair: Michael Feldstein

CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Classes  Sunday, January 11 - 9:30 AM

CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah ClassesClass for boys becoming Bar Mitzvah, led by Rabbi Daniel Cohen & girls becoming Bat Mitzvah, led by Diane Cohen

CAS Youth Panoply Fundraiser - January 17  Saturday, January 17 - 7:00 PM

CAS Youth Panoply Fundraiser - January 17Youth Fundraiser - For Adults of all Ages
Game and Auction Night Out Save the date for a fun night of Panopoly with a HUGE grand prize and amazing items up for auction.
Reserve your babysitters now this is a night out that no one will want to miss!
Upcoming Events

CAS IN NYC! Next Shabbat! Spread the News!

Do you have friends who live in New York City looking to make the move to the suburbs? If so, please be sure to tell them about the event CAS will host next Shabbat, January 3. It will be a great opportunity to introduce Stamford and CAS to them without having to leave the City! Here are the details:

Stamford in the City

Tired of cramming your family into a one-bedroom apartment? Already exploring area modern Orthodox Jewish communities? How about checking out Congregation Agudath Sholom (CAS) in Stamford, CT without leaving New York City!

Please join us on January 3, 2015 from 12:15 until 1:15pm at Manhattan Jewish Experience (10th floor of the Jewish Center, 140 West 86th Street) for a light kiddush and meet and greet with CAS Rabbi Daniel Cohen as well as Stamford families to learn more about this vibrant and growing Jewish community. Pre-register by email to David Brand - Upon registration, you will receive an information packet about the Stamford Jewish Community, real estate, Jewish Schools, area kosher establishments and more!

5775 /2014-15 CAS Events:
Celebrating 125 Years of Community, Activism and Spirituality
  • CAS Jewish Education Shabbat - January 9-10, 2015
  • Beth Din of America Yakar Shabbat -February 13-14, 2015
  • AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC - March 1-3, 2015
  • Shabbat Across Stamford - Shabbat, March 13, 2015
  • 125th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture in Memory of Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz - Spring 2015
  • CAS Dinner Dance Celebrating 125 years - March 22, 2015
  • Israel Remembrance and Independence Day Commemoration and Celebration - April 22, 2015
  • Shavuot Scholar in Residence Program - May 24-25, 2015
  • Israel Day Parade in New York City - May 31, 2015
  • CAS Israel Family Mission - August 3-13, 2015

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

Informational meeting: Jan. 25th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at CAS
EXCITING NEWS:A generous donor who believes in the power of a trip to Israel is offering a $3,000 stipend for two children within each family who sign up for the trip. The offer is limited to the first five families who commit to the trip. If you are interested or for more information, contact me directly. A family trip to Israel is an investment for a lifetime and future generations.

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. 

Annual Children's Chanukah Book Drive

December 14th-December 28th

CAS Lobby

New or gently used children's books 

(for infants and children through 8th grade)

Books donated will benefit the programs of Read to Grow, a nonprofit

organization dedicated to promoting early literacy.

For more information contact: Sarah Poland -

CAS Classes
Week of December 28
SundayDaily Rambam - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
TuesdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: The Evolution of the American Synagogue: A History of How Jewish Communities Developed in the United States - 7:30 PM
WednesdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
ThursdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla - 7:30 PM
FridayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Attention Bar Bat Mitzvah Families

Hope you and your families are well! The Bnai Mitzvah celebration is of course not only the events on the day itself but a culmination of a journey of learning and personal growth. The memories we create during this time in our children's lives will be embedded in their hearts and minds forever. I would like to remind you of three special upcoming opportunities:

  • First, our Matan and Man Up program for sixth grade girls and seventh grade boys is a unique opportunity to spend soulful time with your children in an fun and spiritual uplifting environment. I am excited that Diane will be teaching Matan this year and I will continue teaching Man Up for the boys. The classes start Sunday, Jan. 11. For more information and sign up click here.

  • Second, our annual Bnai Mitzvah Shabbaton will be the weekend of Jan. 16-17. Please save the date for a family Friday night dinner and the Bnai Mitzvah are invited to my home for a Shabbat lunch. More details and sign up will be posted next week on our website.

  • Finally, it is not too late to consider our family trip to Israel this summer in August. Details are here . EXCITING NEWS:A generous donor who believes in the power of a trip to Israel is offering a 3,000 stipend for two children within each family who sign up for the trip. The offer is limited to the first five families who commit to the trip. If you are interested or for more information, contact me directly. A family trip to Israel is an investment for a lifetime and future generations.

Wishing you Mazal Tov on your upcoming celebrations and a Happy Chanukah!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

CAS Announcements
  • YOUNG COUPLES EVENT - SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 14 for a special Shabbat event
  • HELP US HELP OTHERS 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. If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please enter their name on our website for our Chesed committee to follow-up.
  • ANNUAL CHILDREN'S CHANUKAH BOOK DRIVE DECEMBER 14-28 CAS Lobby. New or gently used children's books (for infants and children through 8th grade), Books donated will benefit the programs of Read to Grow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting early literacy. Info: Sarah Poland,
  • 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.
  • 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, Jessie Brand ( or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM -
Community Announcements
  • CAS Bulletin Policy for Community Announcements

    • We welcome all community-related announcements
    • We publish all community-related announcements, as received, without editing, as listings in our email Shabbat/Holiday Bulletin. It is read by 400+ people each week
    • We publish a selection of these announcements, as listings, and as space permits, in our printed bulletin distributed on Shabbat and holidays. We distribute 200+ copies per week
    • We welcome paid display or listing advertising in our email and printed bulletins by any community group or business. Contact the office for pricing.
    • Deadline for all announcements is 3pm Thursdays. Please email your announcement in listing form, to Please check grammar and spelling-we do not edit!
  • COME CELEBRATE 2015 AT SIX THIRTEEN Join us and have some fun on 12/31. Six Thirteen is proud to host its first Craft Beer and Fine Food Pairing event. Featuring a three course, Prix Fixe menu, including an assortment of our best appetizers, served family style and paired with a unique craft beer, a selection of three main courses, each paired with its own beer selection, and ending with an assortment of desserts. Complimentary craft beer or champagne toast at midnight, and some great party swag for all those that join us. Details & info
  • NEW MENU LAUNCH AT SIX THIRTEEN Come enjoy our completely new Dinner menu. We've got some incredible new items to share - including house cured Corned Beef and house smoked Pastrami that are out of this world! Info:
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY BY PURCHASING MITZVAH BASKETS AND/OR MITZVAH CENTERPIECES INSTEAD OF FLOWERS FOR YOUR NEXT SIMCHA AT CAS. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • UJF SUPER SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1ST 2015 Volunteer: Come join hundreds of participants as we raise money for the Stamford Jewish Community and Jewish people worldwide Half Time Show: What's the best part of the superbowl? The commercials! We will be viewing the entries of our UJF Agency Commercial Contest. Find out who wins! Teen Programming: Come hang out with your friends, nosh on some pizza and help raise Tzedakah Children's Programming: Mitzvah Day events including Tzedakah Coin Project, PJ Library, Face Painting, Clowns, Popcorn and More!
  • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK EVENT Julian Padowicz, local author of numerous novels and memoirs, will speak on Sunday, January 11, 2015 as part of the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County's January Featured Program in co-sponsorship with the New Canaan Library and their Authors on Stage Program. Julian Padowicz's talk about his award winning memoir, Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the New Canaan Library's Adrian Lamb Room, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 starting at 3:30 PM with refreshments at 3:00 PM. Mr. Padowicz will speak about the harrowing history behind the memoir in his talk entitled "A Streetcar Named Eternity."
  • 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).
  • SAVE THE DATE - THE NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE - FOLKSBIENE PRESENTS FROM ROSENFELD TO ROBESON MARCH 19, 2015 AT TEMPLE BETH EL, STAMFORD Starring Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek. Just back from its debut at the Singer festival in Warsaw, Poland, Broadway and international opera star, Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene take you on a musical journey through the repertoire of Paul Robeson, the great African American singer, actor and civil rights activist. Together, they explore the pathos inherent in love ballads, songs of the sweatshop and slavery, melodies of spirituality, protest and hope. This new concert breathes fresh life into its interpretations of classics Yiddish songs, songs of revolutionary poets, Holocaust era partisans and Broadway favorites.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Miriam Rachel
  • Aharon Tzvi ben Sarah
  • Ami ben Sara
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Sheyna
  • Bela Devora bat Rachel
  • Chaim Avram ben Leah
  • Chaim Yechiel ben Malka
  • Chana Liba bat Yaakova
  • Chana bat Shulamit
  • Chaya Malka bat Yosepha
  • Chaya Priva bat Leah
  • Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Esther
  • Dinah bat Esther
  • Eitan ben Sarah
  • Eliahu Aharon ben Yocheved Irta Etel
  • Esther Rachel Bat Chava bat Chava
  • Hennia bat Musah
  • Leah bat Bayla
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Rayna bat Necha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
  • Sarah bat Etta Ziesel
  • Shmuel Yeruchim ben Beyla
  • Smadar Rut bat Chana
  • Yochanan ben Alisa
  • Yosef Fishel ben Miriam Zlata
  • Ze'ev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Sisterhood Gift Shop

SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP will be closed until Sunday -- Jan 4. 2015 and will reopen from 9-11

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