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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 8, 2014

8 Adar I 5774

Shabbat Schedule






Shalom Zachar at the Sinai home, 58 Boxwood Drive





No Coffee & Commentary

Teen Minyan
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/
Jr. Congregation
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi                   
Shabbat Ends
Friday - Purim Katan


First Shabbat of every Month:  
Meditative Prayer Experience 

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

Second Shabbat of every month,
Understanding Prayer
Not meeting 2/8;
Bob Abrams will lead on 2/15

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.

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.

   As the Olympic opening ceremony begins in Sochi, all nations don their national colors and commentators opine on the styles. Each person represents a country and mission. What is the function of clothing in Judaism? 

   R. Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-88) notes in an essay on the bigdei kehunah, the topic of Parshat Tetzaveh, that clothing not only impacts the person wearing it, but impacts those who see the person wearing the clothing. It represents our values and mission. In essence, there is no "business casual" in the Temple. What do we wear on Shabbat that distinguishes our dress from during the week? What do we wear to shul to signify the sanctity of the space? Regardless of where we are, how do we project our values and mission as a light unto the nations and an inspiration for our children? 

   On another note, please join me this Thursday at the JCC for an enlightening and stimulating lunch and conversation with cancer researcher Dr. Osnat Ashur Fabian. We met her on our Israel mission and her story and message are heartwarming and trailblazing.

   Finally, if you have not yet made plans to join over 40 CAS members in Washington DC for AIPAC's Policy Conference on March 2-4, arguably the three most important days of the year for American-Israeli relations, please consider doing so. Click here to register for the AIPAC Conference and use code "PC14CAS" to save $100 off your registration if you sign up by February 9th. Here is my video on what it is like to attend.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

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 & Isaac Cohen and Rachel & Nimrod 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

March 7 - 8 

                                           Shabbat Across America 
with Rabbi Chaim Marder 

Friday Night Dinner with Rabbi Marder:

$25/adult | $15/kids' meal (ages 3-12)


5:38 pm Spirited Friday Night Service with Cantor Bokow
6:45 pm Friday Night  Dinner 
8:15 pm Rabbi Marder: The Eruv Paradigm-Creating Community

Joint Minyan
11:00 am Sermon-
Rabbi Marder: Seize the Moment: Lessons from the Book of Esther 
5:15 pm Mincha 
5:30 pm Seudah Shlishit-Rabbi Marder:  Mordechai: Noble Hero or Reckless Troublemaker?

6:28 pm         Maariv                                  6:33 pm     Shabbat ends

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Rabbi Chaim Marder is the Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of White Plains. He is a former VP and current member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. He is Chair of the Department of Practical Rabbinics at Yeshiva Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School.
Saturday Night 3/15
Maariv: 7:36 pm                           Shabbat Ends: 7:41

No Purim preparations before this time 

Megillah Reading in Sanctuary for community: 8:15

Women Reading Megillah for Women in Chapel: 8:15 pm

Late Megillah Reading in Chapel:  9:30 pm 

9:30 Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow & The Bagles 
(Bob Abrams, Tzvi Bernstein, Sid Nachman)
Sunday Morning 3/16
Shacharit: 7 am followed by 7:30 am Megillah/ Daf Yomi
                 8 am followed by 8:30 am Megillah
Purim Seudah Brunch: 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm featuring
Cookie Monster, Top Hamantaschen Chef Contest and iPad Raffle

Mazal Tov to

  • Sherri & Allen Rosenthal on the engagement of their son Jason to Sharon Sussman, daughter of Marlene Sussman of Baltimore. Mazal Tov also to Lauren, Joe, Hayden and Dylan Zalis.
  • Jean Niedober and Irwin Niedober on the engagement of their son David (DJ) to Eve G. Miller, daughter of Jayne & Barry Miller of Riverdale. Mazal Tov also to grandmother Marilyn Niedober.
  • Ruhama & Yuval Sinai on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal Tov also to siblings Yosef, Tzipi, Noa, Yedidya & Moshe.

 Thank You to:

  • all of the volunteers who helped prepare the Annual Dinner invitations for mailing. Please check the mail for your invitation. If you did not receive your invitation, please call the shul office so that we can send you one.
  • Rabbi Jeiger for the great Jr. Congregation Shabbaton last Shabbat.  More than 50 kids participated!

 Welcome to:

  • the BCDS 6th Grade Shabbaton

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefilah    Chazzan Rafael Bokow
   Sermon                                 In Awe                                                 Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Readers                   Matt Jelen,

Daniel Jubas,  Burt Rubin,  Joseph Rubin,  Marty Rubin,  Simcha Rubin and Josh Sperber

Usher                               Mitchell Bell
 Prayer for the United States                                                              Rhoda Freedberg 
Code of Jewish Law       Ari Lieberman
 Shiur                                      Jewish Biomedical Law                            Prof. Yuval Sinai 
Daf Yomi                     Rabbi Jeff Cahn
 Seudah Shlishit                                                                                        Siyum on Yoma
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

the Michelson family, in commemoration of the second yahrtzeit of Stanley Michelson, Shalom ben Tzvi

Sanctuary Kiddush

Rhoda Freedberg, in observance of the 30th yahrtzeit of her father, Shaul ben Moshe

Seudah Shlishit

the Daf Yomi participants

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 5:15 pm, Friday 5:14 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Monday-Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
5:09 pm
  • Sunday, 2/9: Mikvah Brunch for women, Diane Cohen's home, 10:30 am-noon
  • Shabbat, 2/15: Understanding Prayer-Bob Abrams, 10:30-11 am
  • Shabbat, 3/1: Meditative Prayer Experience, 8:30-9 am
  • Sunday, 3/2: Tefillin Seminar with Chazan Bokow, 9:15-10 am
  • Friday night, 3/7: Carlebach-style davening
  • Shabbat, 3/7-8: Shabbat Across America with Rabbi Chaim Marder 
  • Shabbat, 3/8: Understanding Prayer, 10:30-11 am
  • Saturday night, 3/9: Turn clocks ahead, 2 am
  • Saturday night, 3/15: Purim Concert with Cantor Bokow and the Bagles, 9:30 pm
  • Sunday, 3/16: Purim Seudah Brunch, 10:30 am-12:30 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
  • Sunday, 4/6: Men's Club Annual Passover Fair, 10 am-2 pm
  • Tuesday, 5/13: Wolfsohn Lecture, Rabbi Abe Cooper, 8:00 pm
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

Next Session in 2 weeks

February 26:
Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity 
Future Sessions: Precedent of Women in Halakhic Decision Making

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-NO CLASS
9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk


Dvar Yom B'Yomo-NO CLASS

12:20 pm BCDS-Rabbi David Walk


Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah-NO CLASS 
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
Rabbi Walk's classes will not meet 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


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
   Make your interests known!  Our congregation has been specially selected to participate in the first ever national pilot study that directly asks Orthodox adults to share their views about adult education. Your opinions are important whether or not you actually take or are currently engaged in any courses. Ellen Cohn is conducting this research for her doctoral dissertation at Yeshiva University. The survey will also enable us to learn more about our congregants and to better meet your needs. The survey, which is totally anonymous, takes between 10 to 15 minutes.
   This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Please click the link below to take the survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ellen directly at


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)-*SIMCHA ROOM*                       10:30 am

5th Grade BMC will be assisting in Jr. Cong-*SIMCHA ROOM*   10:30 am with Ellie Zucker

6th Grade BMC  not attending the BCDS Shabbaton are invited to join Teen Minyan in the Chapel!

Teen Minyan (Grades 8-12)-*CHAPEL*                                        10:00 am  with the Sperbers



This Week: Welcome to the BCDS 6th Grade Shabbaton

                   5th Graders-we need your help at Jr. Cong this week! (Upstairs in the Simcha Room)

                   6th  Graders not on the BCDS Shabbaton-please join us at Teen Minyan!

                   Teen Minyan in the CHAPEL at 10 am            

  • 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

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 

Member Shoshana Munk who attends UMass Amherst, is raising money for the Jewish National Fund through their Alternative Spring Break in Israel Program. If you would like to contribute, please contact her at
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

FAMILY BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM WITH MICHAEL FELDSTEIN-Sunday night, February 9, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. Rabbi Hayyim Herschensohn: The Greatest Torah Giant You've Never Heard Of.  Light dinner at 6 pm followed by lecture. Free and open to the community.

WOMEN'S SHIUR ON HILCHOT SHABBAT (THE LAWS OF COOKING ON SHABBAT)- Wednesday, 2/12, 8 pm, Attar residence, 196 Fifth St. Taught by Rabbi Reiss of Bais Binyomin. Part 1 of 3.

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 203-323-1798 or 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.

JEWISH DAY SCHOOL FAIR-Sunday, April 6, 12-2 pm. Beth El Synagogue, 1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle. For more info, contact Pam Goldstein at or 914.328.7001

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

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 - 2 pm 

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