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Friday, January 31, 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

February 1, 2014
Rosh Chodesh Adar I

1 Adar I 5774

Shabbat Schedule


Rosh Chodesh Adar I





Carlebach-style Davening


AIPAC Dinner


Rosh Chodesh Adar I



Meditative Prayer


No Coffee & Commentary
No Shiur
Joint Israeli Kiddush
AIPAC/Israel Sessions
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/
Jr. Cong/BMC/Jr. Teen Chat
Sanctuary Musaf
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi                   
Shabbat Ends


First Shabbat of every Month:  
Meditative Prayer Experience 

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

Meets 8-8:30 am this week,

Yakar Shabbat

Second Shabbat of every month: 
Understanding Prayer
Meets next week, 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.

Saturday night, 3/15
Purim Concert with
Cantor Bokow & the Bagles
Megillah reading: 8:15 pm
Concert: 9:30 pm
Sisterhood Book Event
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Marge Abram's house
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
led by Johanna Akyuz
  Six Thirteen
at 108 Prospect Street is now open.
   To see the restaurant menu and to make a reservation, please go to:
Man Up Bar Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen at CAS continues next Sunday, 2/9 at 9:15 am & concludes 2/23.
 For 6th/7th grade boys & dads.
A light breakfast will be served.
Matan Bat Mitzvah Class
with Michal Smart at CAS
meets this Sunday at 5:30 pm. 
For 6th grade girls and moms.

    Are you in the land of Israel or is the land of Israel in you? The answers are not mutually exclusive, but highlight a message in this week's Torah portion as well as explain the significance of our Yakar AIPAC Shabbat. What was the role of the Tabernacle, the mishkan, the central spiritual center of the Jewish people?

    Nachmanides explains that the Mishkan embodies a portable Mt. Sinai experience. The ongoing engagement with the Tabernacle awakens the eternal echoes of Sinai and the Revelation in our lives. In a similar spirit, wherever we live in the world, Israel must remain in the forefront of our hearts, minds and actions. We are particularly proud of our Stamford youth who are now serving in the IDF.

    I am thrilled that this year's Yakar theme is Israel and am honored to welcome Sharon Goldman, Elana Lichtenstein and Allison Pilcowitz from AIPAC. There is much to learn and even more to do in support of Israel. If you are not yet planning on going to Washington DC for AIPAC's Policy Conference, please consider joining us March 2-4 for the three most important days of the year for American Israel relations. Please click here to register for the AIPAC Conference and here for my video on the importance of attending the AIPAC conference.

    Also, be on the lookout at our 10 am joint kiddush for two information tables, one devoted to AIPAC and the other for the Halachic Organ Donor Society, a timely topic for the parsha of Terumah. Please click here to watch a moving HODS video.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

AIPAC/Yakar Shabbat

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

After the AIPAC dinner, at approximately 7:30, Dr. Goldman will speak on:
  Meltdown in the Middle East - the Implications for America & Israel

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Shabbat morning February 1:

Meditative Prayer Service with Rabbi Cohen at 8:00 AM

Sanctuary Shacharit at 8:30 AM | Chapel Shacharit/Musaf at 8:00 AM

Joint Israeli Kiddush at 10:00 AM

Learning Sessions at 10:30 AM devoted to the theme of Israel:


Elana Lichtenstein-Jews as Lobbyists: A Historical & Biblical Analysis
Dr. Sharon Goldman-
The Progressive Case for Israel

Professor Yuval Sinai-Can Israel be Jewish and Democratic? 

Rabbi David Walk-Homeward Bound: Aliyah in the Age of the

                                    Ingathering of the Exiles


Sanctuary Musaf at 11:15 AM followed by a sendoff for the BCDS 8th graders and Rabbi Walk who are leaving for Israel next week


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

  Why Us? Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security

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:
It's time for the annual party to prepare the mailing
for the Shul Dinner

We need your help and support!

The party starts at 11 am on Feb 2 and ends at 2 pm 
Coffee and light snacks will be provided

Don't worry - 
you'll be finished in more than enough time to set up your own Super Bowl party or to get to your friends'

No need to RSVP - whether you have 10 minutes to spare or 2 hours, please just come and help out
The Dinner Committee
The Minnie Manger - Marcia Lieberman Mikvah and JWC invite women to a mikvah volunteer appreciation brunch and a class given by
yoetzet halacha Sarah Cheses, who will be discussing
Mikvah Use in Modern Times: Contemporary Issues in Israel and America
Sunday, Feb. 9,10:30 am - noon
at the home of Diane Cohen, 15 Revonah Circle, Stamford
 Free on-site babysitting will be provided by Lily Abrams and friends.
Please rsvp to the brunch and for babysitting to 

Mazal Tov to

  • Pam Ehrenkranz & Matt Greenberg and Yair Zur on the engagement of their daughter Gabriella Zur to Raviv Jackier,
    son of Orit & Phil Jackier of Staten Island
  • Harry and Penny Block, Jay Haendler, Daniel and Jay Jubas, and Andrew Pitkoff who are running for Chai Lifeline. There is still time to contribute in their honor here. We wish them a good journey to Miami and a speedy and healthy run!

Welcome to

  • Dr. Sharon Goldman, Elana Lichtenstein and Allison Pilcowitz of AIPAC
  • The Jr. Congregation Shabbaton participants who will lead parts of tefillah & deliver Divrei Torah to the congregation

Tzeitchem L'Shalom to

  • the BCDS 8th graders who are traveling to Israel: Joshua Appel, Carly Barocas, Sarah Jane Bennett, Liam Bodurtha, Tamar Cohen, Judy Fogel, Naomi Fogel, Rachelle Guy, Eitan Karsch, Dayne Katz,  Gabriella Lieberman, Emma Listokin, Tamara Mintz, Jessica Ostroff, Emma Rich, Daniel Seligson, Talia Shapiro, Elizabeth Shavrick, Sarah Smart, Claudia Tanner, Gabriel Yaghoubian and Steven Yudell accompanied by Rabbi David Israel, Rivka & Rabbi David Walk, Kate Frommer & Peretz Cik, and the B'not Sheirut, Inbar and Yafit

Thank You to

  • Marguerite Neuhaus and Susan Silvers for chairing last week's Jewish Arts Weekend
  • Veronica Reich for chairing our Yakar/AIPAC Shabbat

  Condolences to:

  • Albert Lilienfeld on the death of his beloved mother, Helen Lilienfeld 
  • Martin Michlin on the death of his beloved sister, Barbara Lynn Michlin

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefilah            Chazzan Rafael Bokow
Torah Readers                                 
Sam Goldstein, Matt Greenberg, Judd Love, Shaked Parhi, Richard Schwartz
Yakar Speakers      Dr. Sharon Goldman
                                  Elana Lichtenstein
                                  Prof. Yuval Sinai
                                  Rabbi David Walk

The Progressive Case for Israel

Jews as Lobbyists: A Historical & Biblical Analysis 
Can Israel be Jewish and Democratic?
Homeward Bound: Aliyah in the Age of the Ingathering of the Exiles

Usher                       Elisheva Kilner
Prayer for the United States                                          Aviva Maller
Daf Yomi                 Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Code of Jewish Law                                                       Ari Lieberman
Seudah Shlishit                                         Our Responsibility to Ensure Israel's Security                  Dr. Sharon Goldman
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Joint Kiddush

Anonymous, in appreciation to AIPAC and in honor of the CAS delegation to
AIPAC in Washington, DC  

Seudah Shlishit
the shul
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 5:05 pm, Friday 5:05 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Monday-Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
5:00 pm

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
  • 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
  • Sunday , 2/2: Men's Club Meeting, 9:30 am,  Envelope stuffing party, 11 am
  • Thursday, 2/6: Chevra Kadisha dinner, 6 pm
  • Shabbat, 2/8: Understanding Prayer, 10:30-11 am
  • Sunday, 2/9: Mikvah Brunch for women, Diane Cohen's home, 10:30 am-noon 
  • Friday night, 3/7: Carlebach-style davening
  • Shabbat, 3/7-8: Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder 
  • Shabbat, 3/8: Meditative Prayer Experience, 8:30-9 am
  • Shabbat, 3/15: Understanding Prayer, 10:30-11 am
  • Saturday night, 3/15: Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow and the Bagles, 9:30 pm 
  • Sunday, 3/23: CAS Annual Festive Dinner
  • Sunday, 3/30: Sisterhood Book Club, Marge Abrams' home-The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak, 10:30 am

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
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
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


February 5 -Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity

February 26 -  Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making

March 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-NO CLASS 
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Starting Monday night, Rabbi Walk's
classes will be on hiatus until March


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-NO CLASS


Prayer Primer-NO CLASS

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-NO CLASS
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk

Taste of Torah
8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen


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)-by the elevator   10:30 am with Mrs. Michal Smart and Ellie Zucker

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



This Week: Jr. Cong. Shabbaton

  • 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


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:

February 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 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 remaining 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 

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.

CAMP GAN FAMILY FUN DAY AND CAMP OPEN HOUSE-Sunday, February 9, 3:00-5:00 pm, Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Camp Site Tours *Hot Dog BBQ and Cotton Candy* Fun Bus - Fitness Fun*Soccer and Basketball Clinics* Animal Show* Camp Crafts*Roast Marshmallows on the Campfire!  Come see what our camp is all about! Free community event. All are welcome.  Please RSVP at

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.

HOLOCAUST CHILD SURVIVORS OF CONNECTICUT-Monday, March 3, 2 pm, Westport Public Library, Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs of the Simon Wiesenthal Center will speak about worldwide anti-semitism and what is being done about it Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 203-323-1798or e-mailing Agnes Vertes at Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and the Westport Public Library.

AN EVENING WITH JFS - Sunday, March 30, 5:30 pm, Temple Beth El. Young Leadership Award: Adam Batkin. 

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:

Wednesday and Thursday 12 - 2 pm 

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