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Friday, January 17, 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 18, 2014

17 Shevat 5774

Shabbat Schedule









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

Monday-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

There will be two minyanim on February 1, Yakar Shabbat.
Chapel: 8 am | Sanctuary: 8:30 am
There will be one kiddush at 10 am
followed by learning sessions
and musaf in the Sanctuary


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

Second Shabbat of every month: 
Understanding Prayer
Will next meet on 2/8
10:30-11 am

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.

Young Couples Bowling

Night Out!

Saturday, February 1, 8-10 pm

Rip Van Winkle Lanes, Norwalk

$25 per person Sign up here

Man Up Bar Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen 
begins this Sunday at 9:15

for 6th/7th grade boys and dads

a light breakfast will be served

Free for CAS members

Matan Bat Mitzvah Class
with Michal Smart resumes this Sunday at 5:30 pm at CAS

for 6th grade girls and moms

Free for CAS members/BCDS families

Unity of Purpose or Purpose of Unity? 
   In the Torah portion of Yitro, Rashi contrasts the unity of the Jewish people and the unity of the Egyptians. At Sinai, the nation stood as one people with one heart. The Egyptians pursued the Jews with one heart as one nation.
   What is the different in the descriptions? They reflect two kinds of unity. The Egyptians united for the purpose of self-aggrandizement. The Jews united for a higher common purpose. Throughout history, our people coalesced around our shared commitment to Torah, Israel and the People.
   In this spirit, I want to share a recent important development in our commitment to Torah. Please take a moment to read a statement from the RCA about a historic agreement between the American Rabbinate and the Chief Rabbinate in Israel.
   Second, join us for a Shabbat dedicated to Israel at our AIPAC Yakar Shabbat, and finally, our theme for this year's annual dinner is Unity in Community. We are blessed with phenomenal chairs and honorees. We look forward to a wonderful celebration and would be honored by your support and participation.

    May we always stand united as a community and nation devoted to Torah and Israel.


Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen|203-252-8252|Rabbi Cohen's podcasts 

CAS and AIPAC invite you to

Yakar Shabbat

Rosh Chodesh Adar I

Friday & Saturday January 31 - February 1

with Dr. Sharon Goldman, AIPAC Northeast Political Director

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Friday Night January 31 

Carlebach Style Davening, at 4:56 PM in the Chapel

Dinner following services: $25 per adult/$15 per child (kid's meal) 
After dinner, Dr. Goldman will speak on:
  Meltdown in the Middle East -
the Implications for America & Israel

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Shabbat morning February 1:

Sanctuary Shacharit at 8:45 | Chapel Shacharit/Musaf at 8:00 AM

Joint Kiddush at 10:00 AM

Learning Sessions at 10:30 AM

Sanctuary Musaf at 11:15 AM 


  • 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

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As an alternative to the AIPAC Dinner, 1st-4th graders may attend the Jr. Congregation Shabbaton which will run concurrently. Drop off your children at the Shabbaton, attend services and the AIPAC Dinner, and pick them up by 8:30. Please register your children for the Jr. Congregation 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.

CAS Jewish Arts Weekend

NEXT 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!    


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

Mazal Tov to

  • Rachel & Ephraim Cohen on Adam's Bar Mitzvah
  • the 2014 recipients of the AIPAC Teen Fellowships: Abigail Berk, Harry Block, Adina Cohen, Elisheva Cohen, Noah Frydman, Yoni Israel, Matt Jelen, Daniel Jubas, Jonah Listokin, Andrew Pitkoff and Brad Waldstreicher. Thank you to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for supporting the AIPAC fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman. We are also grateful to Sandy & Michael Kamen for supporting additional Teen Fellows this year.
  • Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas for winning a 2013 National Jewish Book Award for Kaddish: Women's Voices. They will receive the Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award  in the category of Contemporary Life and Jewish Practice on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at the Center for Jewish History.
  • Joe Gold, inaugural recipient of the Chai Award, to be presented at the CAS Annual Festive Dinner Dance on March 23  

  Thanks to:

  • Laura Tobin for organizing the Young Couples/Families Lunch this Shabbat in which fifteen families are participating. Thank you to the host families:  Jessica & Levi Dulitz, Stephanie & Perry Friedman, Julia Klein & Avi Freedberg and Emily & Michael Wirgin.

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Shacharit                                    Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Musaf                                                                               Adam Cohen
Torah Readers    Adam Cohen, Michael Berg, Judd Love
Usher Vicki Hershman   Prayer for the United States   Anne Peskin
Experience                                                            Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Shiur                                                               God's Tenth
                                    Rabbi David Walk
Code of Jewish Law                                    Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi                                                                            Yuval Sinai
Seudah Shlishit                    
The Question of the Year                                      Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

Sherri & Allen Rosenthal in honor of their grandchildren

Hayden Miriam (Miriam Bracha) and her soon-to-be-named twin brother

Sanctuary Kiddush
Rachel & Ephaim Cohen in honor of Adam's Bar Mitzvah
Seudah Shlishit
Rachel & Ephaim Cohen in honor of Adam's Bar Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

Sunday 7:45 am, Monday - Friday 7:00 am


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am,  Monday 6:30/8:30 am, Tuesday-Friday 6:30/7:30 am

Sunday-Thursday 4:45 pm, Friday 4:48 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Monday - Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
4:43 pm
CAS Fifth Annual Woman Scholar Program
A five-part series with
Rosh Kehilah DINA NAJMAN

Marta 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 22 - Lifnim M'shurat Hadin - Acting Beyond the Letter of the Law

January 29 -  Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity

February 5 -  Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making

February 26 - 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 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-Not Meeting This Week

8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen


The Depth of Genesis-Not Meeting This Week

9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen

 Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms-Not Meeting This Week

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
January 22, 29, February 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

Chai Award: Joe Gold

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.
  • 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
  • Tuesday, 1/28: Youth Committee Meeting, 9 pm
  • 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
  • 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

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)-Simcha Room      10:30 am with R. Parhi and Ellie Zucker

Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 7-8)-Daf Yomi Room           9:30 am  with the Sperbers


Mazal Tov to Adam Cohen on his Bar Mitzvah!


This Week:

Movin' On Up Shabbat!  "Graduation" for all children aging out of their groups..if you have any questions, please see Rabbi Jeiger!
  • Next Week, 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!
There will be a meeting of the Youth Committee on Tuesday, January 28, at 9 pm.  Please email if you would like to attend.

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 26February 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.

Aviva bat Etta, 
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 

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 at (203) 322-7900.
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. 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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