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Friday, January 24, 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 25, 2014
Shabbat Mevarchim 

24 Shevat 5774

Shabbat Schedule






B'nai Mitzvah Dinner





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

Carlebach-Style Davening Next Friday

Friday Jan 31 & Saturday Feb 1

Rosh Chodesh Adar I  

Women's Tefillah Group
This Shabbat in Simcha Room
There will be two minyanim next Shabbat 2/1 (Yakar Shabbat.)
Sanctuary: 8:30 am
  Chapel: 8 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

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

Matan Bat Mitzvah Class
with Michal Smart
meets this Sunday, 5:30 pm at CAS.
For 6th grade girls and moms.
Free for CAS members/BCDS families
Man Up Bar Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen will continue 2/9 & 2/23 at 9:15 am.
 For 6th/7th grade boys and dads.
A light breakfast will be served.
Free for CAS members.
Saturday night, 3/15
Purim Concert with
Cantor Bokow and the Bagles

10 or 613? 

   Why did G-d give the Jewish people so many commandments? The Torah links parshat Yitro to Mishpatim to signify the divinity of all laws. The idea is best expressed by the following note of history:
   In the 1960's, the Danish architect Arne Jacobson designed a new college campus in Oxford. Not content with designing the building, he went on to design the cutlery and crockery to be used in the dining hall, and supervised the planting of every shrub in the college garden. When asked why, he replied in the words of another architect, Mies van der Rohe: "God is in the details."
   So too in Judaism. G-d is in the details.

CAS and AIPAC invite you to

Yakar Shabbat- Friday & Saturday Jan 31 - Feb 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 8:30 AM | 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

*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. Watch Rabbi Cohen's 2013 video on the importance of attending the AIPAC conference here.

CAS Jewish Arts Weekend

THIS 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
The new Youth Committee will meet for the first time
this Tuesday night, Jan. 28th at 8 pm at the shul.
Please attend - we value your input!
Men's Club Meeting - Sunday, February 2 at 9:30 am.
 Planning and organizational meeting to prepare for the Passover Fair and upcoming events.  Light breakfast. Any questions?
Contact Mitchell Bell:
We are excited to announce the opening of Six Thirteen (formerly known as Kosh), and still located at 108 Prospect Street. The restaurant will open on February 3rd


This effort is being led by Marc Weber, a talented chef and caterer who grew up in Stamford and who attended Bi-Cultural Day School.

To see the restaurant menu and to make a reservation, please go to their website:


The restaurant remains under the kosher supervision of the Orthodox Union. 

At Seudah Shlishit, following 4:40 pm mincha

The Search for God on the Fringe- Baruch Sterman

Baruch Sterman holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia and a doctorate in physics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his day job is in the telecommunications industry in Israel. His real passion, however, is for putting the cutting-edge tools of science to work in solving an ancient scriptural riddle. Baruch's wife and co-author, Judy Taubes Sterman, is both a yoga instructor and a teacher of biblical studies, and the couple live in Efrat with their 7 children. Together, they created The Rarest Blue, which details the fascinating account of searching for the lost tekhelet dye.

Mazal Tov to

  • The Zalis and Rosenthal families  on the brit milah of Dylan Sawyer (David Shimshon) 

  Condolences to:

  • Bonnie Nyman on the death of her beloved father, Al Wolodarsky
  • Rabbi Yisrael Deren on the death of his beloved mother, Mrs. Keny Deren
  • the family of Jessica Strunin Horowitz on her death

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Baal Tefilah                     Chazzan Rafael Bokow
  Torah Readers  Jeff Cahn, Ethan Green, Max Mailman, David Michelson
Women's Tefilah Torah Readers            Ziona Doft,Rachel Jubas,  Emma Rich,  Talia Shapiro,  Ronnie Sichel,  Rivka Walk       
Women's Ba'alot Tefilah                   Sandy Weiner,Jodi Hadge                   Usher                                                 David Kweskin
Sermon  L'Etat C'est Moi           Rabbi David Walk 
Prayer for the United States       Helene Kaminski
Shiur      Effective Cursing          Rabbi David Walk 
Code of Jewish Law                           Ari Lieberman
Daf Yomi                                        David BessaleliSeudah Shlishit        The Search for God on the Fringe    Baruch Sterman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

The Stamford Chevra Kadisha

Sanctuary Kiddush

The Stamford Chevra Kadisha

Seudah Shlishit
the shul
Weekday Schedule

Daf Yomi

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


Sunday 7:15/8:30 am, Monday -Thursday 6:30/7:30 am, Friday 6:20/7:30 am

Sunday-Thursday 4:55 pm, Friday 4:56 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Monday - Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
4:51 pm

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
Helene & Harvey Kaminski and Gayle & Howard Rothman, Honorary Chairs
Click here to visit the Dinner website.
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
CAS Fifth Annual Woman Scholar Program
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 29 - Lifnim M'shurat Hadin - Acting Beyond the Letter of the Law

February 5 -  Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity

February 26 -  Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making

Date TBD - 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
Not meeting 1/26


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 at 
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 29, February 5 & 26, 


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

Taste of Torah
8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • 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, 1/25: Jewish Arts Event
  • Tuesday, 1/28: Youth Committee Meeting, 8 pm
  • Friday night, 1/31: Carlebach-style Davening
  • 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
  • Sunday , 2/2: Men's Club Meeting, 9:30 am
  • 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 
  • Saturday night, 3/15: Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow and the Bagles 
  • 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)-Social Hall          10:30 am with R. Parhi and Ellie Zucker

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


This Week:

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!

  • Thursday, Jan 30, 7:30 pm. Challah baking for girls grade 7-12 with Miriam Sperber, 500 Newfield Ave, #2D. Bring home some delicious challah!  Rsvp to
  • Jan 31 - Feb 1- Jr. Cong. Shabbaton. Register here. First 50 to sign up get an awesome free prize!
  • Feb 8-Next Teen Minyan

  • Feb 9-BMC -grades 5-6 special event

  • Feb 22-Teen Minyan

  • Feb 28-March 1 - Onegs - Jr. Cong. and BMC


There will be a meeting of the Youth Committee on Tuesday, January 28, at 8 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 and 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:

February 9 & 23. 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 

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.

JCC SARA WALKER NURSERY SCHOOL MODERN PARENTING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS-January 30, 7pm at Temple Sinai. Speakers include: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Cultivating Courage in Your Kids, Betsy Stone - Self-Esteem-Do Our Kids Really Need It?, Jennifer Sabbah - The Well Balanced Child, Jeff DeTeso - Developing Independent and Problem Solving Children, Kids in Crisis - Keeping Kids Safe, Alisa Rhodie - Greatest Hits for Positive Parenting.

FILM: HOME OF THE BRAVE: WHEN SOUTHBURY SAID NO TO THE NAZIS-Sunday, February 9, 1:30 pm, Stamford JCC, Vine Rd. and Newfield Ave. Panel discussion: Rabbi Eric Polokoff, B'nai Israel of Southbury; Rev. Shannon Wall, current Pastor of South Britain Congregational Church UCC; Ed Edelson, First Selectman of Southbury; and Scott Sniffen, director/film maker of the documentary. For information, contact Marcie Schoenfeld (203) 359-9148 or Sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Arts and Film Festival.

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.

THE PITY OF IT ALL, A HISTORY OF JEWS IN GERMANY, 1743-1933 BY AMOS ELON- Wednesday, February 19, 10 am, Stamford JCC.  Presenter: Gene Schwartz. Populated with Jewish writers and philosophers, starting with Moses Mendelssohn, the story explores their lives and their roles in the political currents of the period. For more information contact  or Marcie at (203) 359-9148. Sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.

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

This Week:

Sunday 9 - 11 am | Thursday 12 - 2 pm 

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