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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 15, 2014
Ki Tisa

15 Adar I 5774

Shabbat Schedule









No Coffee & Commentary



Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/
Jr. Cong/BMC/Jr. Teen Chat
Code of Jewish Law
Daf Yomi                   
Shabbat Ends
Monday - Washington's Birthday


First Shabbat of every month:  
Meditative Prayer Experience 

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

Second Shabbat of every month:
Understanding Prayer

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

Tefillin Instructional and Refresher Seminar

with Chazzan Bokow Sunday morning, March 2nd after 8:30 minyan from 9:15-10  am. For boys of Bar Mitzvah age, whether they've already had their Bar Mitzvah or it's coming up. Men of all ages and mothers of Bar Mitzvah boys are also welcome!

Matan Bat Mitzvah Class
with Michal Smart at CAS
meets this Sunday at 5:30 pm
and March 2,9,30 and April 6
For 6th grade girls and moms.
Man Up Bar Mitzvah Class
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen at CAS 
concludes Sunday, 2/23 at 9:15 am
 For 6th/7th grade boys & dads.
A light breakfast will be served.
We have incomplete data on many of our member children.  Please take a moment to
click here and fill out your children's information.
You need not include adult children who have their own membership at CAS or another synagogue, but please include those of college/grad school age.
Tefillin and Mezuzah Checking
Sunday, February 23 
Rabbi Saul Teitelbaum at CAS  
9 am - 4 pm
Tefillin - $110  & Mezuzah - $10
Tefillin without reservations will be checked only if time allows.

Snow White 

What can we learn from the snow about God? Isaiah compares the white to purity and forgiveness. In fact, when we can atone for our errors, it leads to happiness. Rav Tzadok explains that the word kasheleg (like snow) in numerology equals the word simcha (joy). Yet, snow conveys a downside of life. Rav Tzadok also notes that the word sheleg (snow) in numerology equals forgetfulness, shikchah. Snow falls fresh and clean and by the end of the day it may be muddy and dirty. Like life, we often forget our ideals and dreams through the ebb and flow of life. Our challenge is to maintain our faith and aspirations. Further, each snowflake is unique and reflectsour special purpose and mission. Finally, snow expresses God's compassion and kindness as King David states, "He who gives snow like fleece." As Rabbi Avigdor Miller explains, wool offers insulation just as snow blankets the soil to protect the roots and seeds from freezing temperatures. 

What does snow signify to you in a spiritual sense? 

As we celebrate Shabbat this week, reflect on the beauty and blessings of all and any of  the Almighty's creations.


Important Message  - Please keep Rabbi Ehrenkranz in your thoughts and prayers in the weeks ahead. His Hebrew name is Rav Yosef Yehuda ben Leah. I will be leaving for Israel Saturday night for a few days to spend some time with him.  If you would like to reach out to Rabbi Ehrenkranz, please send him an email at  God willing, we will hear good news in the days ahead.


Shabbat Shalom, 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen 

March 7 - 8 

Shabbat Across America 
with Rabbi Chaim Marder

Friday Night Dinner with Rabbi Marder:

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

Click here to register

Deadline: March 3 


5:38 pm Spirited Friday Night Service with Cantor Bokow
6:45 pm Friday Night Dinner by Main Event
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

no later than March 3 to register for the dinner
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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.
Dear Congregants,
The Nominating Committee is accepting recommendations for potential board candidates.  If you are interested, or know of committed shul members who would like to take on leadership roles, contribute their personal and professional skills, and represent the interests of their fellow members on the board, we would like to hear your suggestions.  Please submit names by Sunday, February 16 to any member of the Nominating Committee, including:

Steve Frenkel, co-chair ( )
Ethan Green, co-chair (
Elissa Klapper (
Laura Tobin (

Yours truly,
The CAS Nominating Committee 

It has been a rough winter, with a  tremendous amount of snow having fallen in the last 2 days and potentially more on the way.   We are working with our snow removal contractor to keep the shul walkways and parking lot as clear as possible.


There is a severe shortage of salt in our area which is impacting both the town and our snow removal contractor.


While we are doing everything we can, please help us.   

1. Please use caution when walking to shul, and when entering the building.

2. If possible, please do not park in the shul lot over Shabbos to facilitate clearing any snow that may fall on Shabbos.


Thank you for your cooperation

Navaratna is scheduled to reopen next week. Please call to confirm opening date: (203) 348-1070

Six Thirteen at 108 Prospect Street is open:

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

Please email here to include names.

Rav Yosef Yehuda ben Leah (Rabbi Joe Ehrenkranz), HaRav Dovid Eliyahu ben Avrina, 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

Saturday Night 3/15
Maariv: 7:36 pm                           Shabbat Ends: 7:41

No Purim preparations before this time 


Megillah Reading for community in Sanctuary : 8:15 pm

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

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
                 8:30 am followed by 9 am Megillah
 Purim Seudah Brunch: 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm: blintze souffle with fruit toppings, Caesar salad, challah french toast, assorted gourmet quiches, bagels, lox and spreads; For the kids: mac & cheese, vegetables & dip and brownies
*iPad Raffle * Hugs from Cookie Monster * Kids will create mishloach manot packages for seniors *Teens & adults will compete forTop Hamantaschen Chef

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

Mazal Tov to

  • The Sinai family on the brit milah of Aharon Asher
  • Doron Feller, who is featured in the Jewish Student Connection Spotlight for his involvement with 
    Stamford High School's JSC club

 Welcome to:

  • new members Jeannie & Dr. Irwin Rifkin

 Condolences to:

  • Eli Freedberg on the death of his beloved grandmother, Mary Muszel, Miriam bat Sossel

Shabbat Topics and Participants

Ba'al Tefilah           Chazzan Rafael Bokow
 Sermon                                        Stubbornness                      Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Readers                   

Jay Jubas, Hyman Schaffer

Usher                                Vicki Herschman
 Prayer for the United States                                                   Sheila Romanowitz
Code of Jewish Law             Ari Lieberman
  Shiur                                            Law and Morality Pt 1               Prof. Yuval Sinai
Daf Yomi                            
  Seudah Shlishit       Makom Kavua: Set Seating in Shul?       Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks to this Week's Sponsors...
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages

the Linda Beson Nursing Educational Fund

Chapel Kiddush

Marilyn Niedober in thankfulness for her first great-grandchild, Ariella Rosalyn, born to Jessica & Elie Niedober;  the engagement of her grandson David (formerly DJ) to Eve Miller of Riverdale; and for Elie Niedober passing the CPA exam

Sanctuary Kiddush

the Fanwick family commemorating the second yahrtzeit of Dr. Ernest Fanwick,
Yehaskel ben Yakov v' Shaindel

Seudah Shlishit

the shul

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 5:25 pm, Friday 5:22 pm
Late Maariv in Stamford
Tuesday-Thursday 9 pm: @ Young Israel, 9:40 @ Yeshiva Bais Binyomin
Candles Next Friday 
5:17 pm
  • Sunday, 2/23: Tefillin/Mezuzzah checking with sofer/final Man Up
  • 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, 1 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

   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
No CAS Classes This Week


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-NO CLASS 

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
February 26, tbd


Talmud Bavli-Masechet Megilla-NO CLASS
7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk

Taste of Torah-NO CLASS
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

BMC (Grades 5-6)-Social Hall                                   10:30 am with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker

Jr. Teen Chat (Grades 7-8)-Daf Yomi Room               10:30 am  with the Sperbers



This Week: 

  • Feb 22 & March 1-Teen Minyan

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

  • March 8-Mini Minyan: Breakfast with your Morahs

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:

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 by 3/1.


THE MESSIANIC CONCEPT: WHO, WHAT, WHEN AND WHY?-with Rabbi Motty Berger of AISH. Sunday night, February 23, 8 pm, Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave. Presented by YI of Stamford and SCOR, a project of Yeshiva Bais Binyomin. Sponsored by Anna & Paul Felix. Free and open to the community.  

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.

WOMEN'S SHIUR ON HILCHOT SHABBAT (THE LAWS OF COOKING ON SHABBAT)- Parts 2 & 3, Wednesdays, tbd 8 pm, Attar residence, 196 Fifth St. Taught by Rabbi Reiss of Bais Binyomin.

JFS COLLEGE AHEAD!-Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Stamford JCC 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Panel of deans of admissions from Roger Williams University (RI), Elon University (NC), Indiana University (IN), Lynn University (FL) to discuss all aspects of the college admission process. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant is moderator. Open to the entire community at no cost. For more information, contact JFS at 203-921-4161 or email

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

IDF ORPHANS TO VISIT STAMFORD-Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17

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).

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP-Wednesday, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm at the Stamford office of Jewish Family Service, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor Are you searching for a safe haven to explore your thoughts and feelings about grief? JFS can provide a protected environment that provides emotional, physical, and spiritual support. Facilitator: Rosemarie Delia For information, contact Rosemarie Delia: (203) 921-4161 or

LIFE TRANSITIONS-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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