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Friday, January 10, 2014

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

January 11, 2014
Shabbat Shira

10 Shevat 5774

Shabbat Schedule









No Coffee & Commentary

Understanding Prayer
No Shiur this week

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

Sanctuary Service will begin at 8:45 am

Thursday-Tu B'Shevat


Second Shabbat of every month: 
Understanding Prayer
Starts this week, Jan. 11

10:30-11 am, near elevator with Rabbi Walk

Explore the meaning behind Shabbat morning prayers, the structure of services, and gain more comfort with the service.

First Shabbat of every Month:  
Meditative Prayer Experience 

8:30-9 am, led by Rabbi Cohen.

Will meet 8-8:30 am on 2/1,

Yakar Shabbat

CAS Quick Links

Next Women's Tefillah Group
January 25, 9:30 am - Mishpatim
 Please email Ziona Doft
for info. 
New to Stamford and interested in membership? Contact Director of Synagogue Operations Saul Skolnick, Membership Chair Ethan Green or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.


Callers are especially needed.

So please do a mitzvah and join our small group of dedicated workers.

Contact Roz @

  or call the shul at 203-358-2200.

Sunday, January 12, 1-2:30 pm
Community Tu B'Shevat celebration at the
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
crafts/songs/hot chocolate 
$5 per person 3 and up
includes admission to all SMNC exhibits
All CAS classes are in session! Please note that Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday noon Parsha class now meets at BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm.

Young Couples Bowling

Night Out!

Saturday, February 1, 8-10 pm

Rip Van Winkle Lanes, Norwalk

$25 per person Sign up here

Young Couples/Families
Shabbat Lunch - January 18
If you would like to participate as eithre a guest or a host, please email Laura Tobin at



for a cafe-style concert at CAS

A relaxed evening of Jewish, Israeli and Mexican music,

with light refreshments.

Saturday night, February 

8:00 pm

$10 per person

seating is limited

For reservations, click here

Seating is limited!

Every holiday illuminates a pathway for spiritual development and serves as a touchstone to our past and anchor for our future. We experienced the fall festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot and recently celebrated Chanukah. In a few days, we will journey through the New Year of the Trees, the 15th of Shevat. What is its message and meaning for the modern world? Join me for a few days of discovery and personal growth. 


Beginning on the 12th of Shevat and culminating with the 15th of Shevat, we will explore four dimensions for growth. The themes will be:

  • The Giving Tree
  • Bless the Tree
  • Savor the Tree
  • Plant the Tree

Visit to join the journey


Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Love Letters: In Memory of my Mother|203-252-8252|Rabbi Cohen's podcasts 

10th Annual Challenges in Jewish Education Shabbat
Rabbi Lookstein and Dr. Bloom will speak at 7:15 pm Friday night
following 5:45 dinner

Reflections of a First-Year Headmaster - Rabbi Joshua Lookstein

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

This Shabbat afternoon
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



Rabbi Josh Lookstein recently published this article on
day school affordability.
CAS Fifth Annual Woman Scholar Program
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

For men and women!

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

CAS and AIPAC invite you to
Yakar Shabbat - January 31-February 1 
Join as we create an inspiring Shabbat with song and study, following the model of the Yakar synagogue in Jerusalem.

Featuring: Dr. Sharon Goldman, AIPAC Northeast Political Director

Friday, January 31

Carlebach Style Kabbalat Shabbat following 4:56 pm mincha

AIPAC dinner following services: 
Meltdown in the Middle East - the Implications for America & Israel
Reservations required. $25 per adult; $15 for children 12 and under

 Saturday, February 1

 8:30 am: Shabbat Morning Service

10:00 am: Kiddush 

10:30 am: Breakout learning sessions followed by Musaf

  • Jews as Lobbyists: A Historical & Biblical Analysis (AIPAC Session)
  • The Progressive Case for Israel (AIPAC session)
  • Can Israel be Jewish and Democratic?

  • Homeward Bound: Aliyah in the Age of the Ingathering of the Exiles

4:30 Mincha | 4:50 AIPAC Seudah Shlishit Discussion:

Why Us? Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security

The Junior Congregation Shabbaton will run concurrently with the AIPAC Dinner! Drop your 1-4 graders off at the Shabbaton, attend services and the dinner, and pick them up at 8:30! Register for the Jr. Cong. Shabbaton here.

The annual AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement.  The 2014 conference will be held March 2-4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Please join us by registering here.
Cookbook author Jennifer Abadi is compiling a Sephardic/Middle Eastern Passover Cookbook. She has interviewed individuals from more than 12 countries about their traditions and memories.  She is looking to interview members of the Algerian, Bulgarian, Ethiopian, Indian (not Baghdadi), Iranian, Italian, Tunisian and Spanish/ Portuguese/Gibraltar communities. Email

Mazal Tov to

  • Margie & Bob Abrams on Lily's Bat Mitzvah. Mazal Tov also to grandparents Rita Edelston, Harold Abrams and Dorisanne & Jack Wasserman. 
  • Lauren & Joe Zalis on the naming of their baby girl this Shabbat. Mazal Tov to grandparents Sherri & Allen Rosenthal.
  • Dr. Naomi Hersh and Bernard Shapiro on the engagement of their daughter Rebecca Sarah Shapiro to Rabbi Jeremy Brunn Ruberg, son of Miriam Brunn Ruberg & Rabbi Archie Ruberg of Norfolk, VA. 
  • Jessica & Elie Niedober on the birth of a baby girl.  Mazal Tov to great-grandmother Marilyn Niedober, as well as to grandparents Jean Niedober and Irwin Niedober and Sherry & Bennet Kfare.

Condolences  to:

  • Sherri Rosenthal and Lauren Zalis on the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother, Miriam Weinstein

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefilah                            
                   Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Prayer for the United States            Margie Abrams  
Usher                                                                                   Mitchell Bell
Torah Readers               Bob Abrams, Michael Berg   Teen Minyan Torah Readers                        Daniel Jubas, Marty Rubin
Living Inspired                                                          Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Understanding Prayer
Musaf Shmoneh Esreh                                                 Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law                             Ari Lieberman  
Daf Yomi                                                                         David Bessaleli
Seudah Shlishit
Siyum on Tractate Rosh Hashana                             Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

Michael & Debbie Berg on the anniversary of Mike's Bar Mitzvah

Sanctuary Kiddush
Rita Edelston and Dorisanne & Jack Wasserman in honor of Lily's Bat Mitzvah,
joined by Lauren & Joe Zalis in honor of their daughter's naming
Seudah Shlishit
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen on the 25th yahrtzeit of the Rabbi's mother,
Sara Malka bas Aharon Avraham Halevi
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 4:40 pm, Friday 4:39 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Monday - Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
4:34 pm
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: Kings II

8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen


The Depth of Genesis

9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen


Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms
noon-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm


Prayer Primer

7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk 

Halacha as a Dynamic Process
7:30 pm-Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman
Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5 & 26

Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk

Taste of Torah
8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Annual CAS Annual Festive Dinner

Sunday evening, March 23, 2014, 5:00-9:30 pm 

Celebrating Unity in Community

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 Chairs
Claudia & Howard Rimerman and Diane & Elliot Sloyer, 
Journal Chairs
Click here to visit the Dinner website.

CAS Announcements 

  • Shabbat, 1/10-11:  Challenges in Jewish Education dinner and panel with Rabbi Lookstein
  • Shabbat, 1/11: Understanding Prayer, 10:30-11 am
  • Saturday night, 1/11: Teen Hypnosis and Cocktails, 7-9 pm
  • Sunday, 1/12: Tu B'Shevat Event at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 1-2:30 pm
  • Shabbat, 1/18: Young Couples/Families Lunch
  • Sunday, 1/19: Man Up begins, 9:15-10:15 am
  • Shabbat, 1/24: Carlebach-style Davening
  • Shabbat, 1/24-25: B'nai Mitzvah Shabbaton
  • Shabbat, 1/25: Tot Shabbat Breakfast with Morahs, 10 am
  • Shabbat, 1/25: Women's Tefillah Group, 9:30 am
  • Saturday night/Sunday, 1/25-26: Jewish Arts Weekend
  • Shabbat, 1/31-2/1: AIPAC Yakar Dinner and Shabbat with Dr. Sharon Goldman
  • Shabbat, 2/1: Meditative Prayer Experience, 8-8:30 am
  • Saturday night, 2/1: Young Couples Bowling at Rip Van Winkle in Norwalk, 8-10 pm
  • Thursday, 2/6: Chevra Kadisha dinner, 6 pm
  • Shabbat, 2/8: Understanding Prayer, 10:30-11 am
  • Saturday night, 2/8, Concert with Cantor Bokow and the Bagles, 8 pm
  • Monday, 2/10: B'nai Mitzvah Parent Orientation Meeting, 8-9 pm
  • Friday night, 2/28: Carlebach-style davening
  • Shabbat, 3/7-8: Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder
  • Sunday, 3/23: Annual CAS Dinner Dance

CAS Jewish Arts Weekend

January 25-26, 2014


Saturday Evening, January 25, 7:30 p.m.

 Envisioning Esther: The Art and History of Illustrated Megillot

Presentation by : Sharon Liberman Mintz, Senior Consultant for Judaica at Sotheby's

Curator of Jewish Art, Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary 

Wine, Cheese & Desserts (but of course!)

Free, but please sign up here!    


Sunday, January 26

Guided Tour in NYC @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Treasures of the Met: A Jewish Narrative

Guide: Samuel Klein, writer and lecturer on religion and the arts, in the U.S. and Great Britain 

$36. Bus will leave from CAS at 9 am and will leave the Met at 2 pm. Capacity extremely limited.


Sponsored in memory of Dr. Henry Fogelman by his daughter Peggy Fogelman, Director of Collections,The Morgan Library Museum

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)
For more information, please contact
Save The Date!  Shabbat, 3/7-8: Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder


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)-Daf Yomi Room  10:30 am or join Teen Minyan this week!

Teen Minyan (Grades 7-12)-Simcha Room               9:30 am 


Mazal Tov to Lily Abrams on her Bat Mitzvah!

Mazal Tov to Jr. Cong. leader Zach Kfare on his new niece!  


Teen Minyan in the Simcha Room at 9:30-BMC is invited to join!


B'nai Mitzvah Club - is invited to join Teen Minyan at 9:30; those who do not want to join can still meet in the Daf Yomi room at 10:30 with Ellie Zucker!


Grades 8-12, come and enjoy a cocktail party with a hypnosis show and comedy entertainment!  Register here.

Loaves of Love - POSTPONED
  • Jan 18 - Movin' On Up Shabbat!  "Graduation" for all children aging out of their groups..if you have any questions, please see Rabbi Jeiger!
  • Jan 25 - Tot Shabbat - Breakfast with your Morahs - 10 am (early start)! Don't miss this special breakfast treats and bonding time with your Morahs Irene, Debbie and Simone!
  • Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton. Register here. First 50 to sign up get an awesome free prize!

For her Bat Mitzvah project, Rina Marlowe is collecting new or gently used Shabbos or party clothing to give to the children at Bet Ha'yeled, Amit's foster home for disadvantaged youth in Gilo, Jerusalem.  Please hang your donations in the wardrobe in the back of the coatroom.


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.  All sessions will meet at CAS.


The sessions will be held on Sunday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on the following dates:

January 19 & 26, February 2, 9 & 16,March 2, 9 & 30, 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:

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:

We wish the following people a Refuah Sheleima. Please have them in your prayers: 

Please email here to include names.

HaRav Avraham David ben Toba Leah, Pesach ben Elsa, Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel, 
Shmuel Refael ben Chana,

Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Rivka, Rochel bat Marianna,

Rav Aharon ben Bluma (HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein), Naomi Devorah bat Mindel, Rachel bat Malkah,

Dovid Levi ben Gittel,  Perel Etka bat Sara, 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 

PRETEEN/ TEEN TRAVEL CAMP FOR 5-10 GRADERS CGI ON THE GO OPEN HOUSE-Thursday night, Jan. 16, 8 pm at the Jacobsen home, 64 Robinson Drive, Stamford (off Pepper Ridge.)  Meet with CGI Director Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger. Learn about camp late nights, over nights, 3 day trip, community service and so much more. Info:
JHS BOOK TALK-Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton-Wednesday, January 22, 10 am.  JHS Library at the JCC. A vivid picture of Jewish Life in 3rd century Babylon, featuring the compelling heroine, Hisdadukh, who paints the tumultuous life of this ancient time and place Presenter: Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro.. For more info, call Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-914
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT-Saturday, January 25, 7:30 pm, Sunday, January 26, 11 am and 2:30 pm. Stamford JCC.  Performed by the Center Women. Call the JCC to reserve seats.
FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM WITH ELANA STEIN HAIN, COMMUNITY SCHOLAR, LINCOLN SQUARE SYNAGOGUE-The Case of the Blue Tallit: Formalism and Maximalism in Jewish Law.Sunday night, January 26, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. Light dinner at 6 pm followed by lecture. Free and open to the community.

LIMMUD NY 2014 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE- Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17, Hilton Stamford Hotel.  Rabbi Cohen will be speaking. Click here for more information.

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 


CAS Sisterhood Gift Shop

Sunday 9 - 11 am 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12 - 2 pm 

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