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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin
April 26, 2014Kedoshim26 Nisan 5774
Omer 11
Shabbat Schedule
Mincha7:00 PM
Candles7:26 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:26 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr.Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Jr. Teen Chat10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:34 AM
Daf Yomi6:30 PM
Code Of Jewish Law6:30 PM
Mincha7:20 PM
Maariv8:23 PM
Shabbat Ends8:28 PM
Shabbat Shalom

This Sunday, on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we reflect on the millions of Jews who were murdered and died as Jews. I invite the community to join together at 7 PM on Sunday at Temple Sinai to Zachor - Remember.

Yet, this Shabbat, we also reflect on "Kedoshim" as a path for life. What does it mean to live as a Jew? What values do we embody and convey to our families, community and the world.

May the memories of the Jews who perished in the Shoah be for a blessing, and may we be inspired to lead lives of holiness in their memory.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Cohen

Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-Thursday: 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday: 7:35 PM
Candles next Friday7:34 PM
SundayYom HaShoah, Omer 12
MondayOmer 13
TuesdayOmer 14
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Iyyar, Omer 15
ThursdayRosh Chodesh Iyyar, Omer 16
FridayOmer 17
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesThe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Seudat ShlishitCAS
Chapel KiddushCAS
Sanctuary KiddushCarl Bennett - In commemoration of the Yahrtzeit of his wife, Dorothy Bennett, and family members Sarah Bennett Potash and Harry Bennett
  • Morah Vivi Deren on the loss of her father, Rabbi Zalman Posner z"l
  • Shelley Michelson on the passing of her mother Elaine Margolin
  • Linda Solon on the passing of her husband, Michael Solon
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Bokow
SermonRabbi Cohen: For Your Sake
ShiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Slavery: What is it good for?
UsherMitchell Bell
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Walk Pirkei Avot: The Handoff
Torah ReadersJoseph Rubin, Gil Orbach
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ariella bat Bracha
  • Aryeh Lev ben Eidel
  • Aviva bat Etta
  • Benzion Ben Mordachai ben Lillian
  • Chaim Volf ben Chana Shayna
  • Chana Necha bat Szlata
  • Channah bat Tzivya
  • Chaya Esther bat Tziporah
  • Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Rivka
  • Dalia bat Chana Chaica
  • Devorah bat Leah
  • Dov ben Etel
  • Dovid Levi ben Gittel
  • Efrat bat Yael
  • Einav bat Chana
  • Elisheva bat Miriam
  • Fred ben Irma
  • Geri bat Esther
  • Harav Avraham David ben Toba Leah
  • Harav Dovid Eliyahu ben Avrina
  • Leah bat Tania
  • Lousya bat Jenna
  • Malka Chaya bat Esther Gittel
  • Malka bat Zelda
  • Meryl Miriam bat Rivka
  • Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
  • Perel Etka bat Sara
  • Pesach ben Elsa
  • Rachel bat Malkah
  • Rav Aharon (Harav Aharon Lichtenstein) ben Bluma
  • Rayna bat Necha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rochel bat Marianna
  • Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
  • Shlomo ben Rachel
  • Shmuel Refael ben Chana
  • Shoshana bat Ruchamah
  • Tovah Chaya bat Tzipporah
  • Tzvi Daneel ben Chaya Priva
  • Y'rachmeal ben Chayah Bat M'shulam Zalman
  • Zahava bat Chaya Sara
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Upcoming Events



  THIS SUNDAY!  April 27 at 9:15AM at CAS

Rabbi Daniel Cohen will launch the publication of his new book, Mining for Gold: EssaysExploring the Relevancy of Torah in the Modern World. It includes articles from twenty leading rabbis in North America and Israel who reveal how the "gold standard" of living well can be reached in the modern world.

Rabbi Walk's book, Walk Through the Parsha, is a collection of some of his favorite and most impactful articles that he has written each week on the Torah portion in the last 16 years. 

Copies of Mining for Gold and Walk Through the Parsha will be available for purchase. 

Admission to the event is free, and the entire community is invited. 

Sponsored by the CAS Adult Education Committee

Join Rabbi Cohen on May 3 at 8:30 AM

Join us for a planning meeting to discuss upcoming events


Israel Independence Day - Join us at CAS on Monday, May 5, 7pm 

Join Rabbi Walk on May 10 at 10:30 AM

Please join us for the 
Annual Royce & Dr. Alfred Wolfsohn Lecture
May 13, 8 pm
Rabbi Abe Cooper, Wiesenthal Center
Report from the Trenches: The New and More Virulent European Anti-Semitism 

UPCOMING CAS EVENTS - Click to learn more/sign up


Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Last two classes May 21 & May 28
Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman - Marta d'Atra Kehilat Orach Eliezer
Expert in Jewish bioethics and faculty member at SAR Academy
For men and women!
Future Sessions:
Kavod haBriyot - Human Dignity
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
SundaysBible from the Beginning 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk
MondaysDvar Yom B'Yomo 12:20 pm BCDS-Rabbi David Walk
TuesdaysPower of the Prophets: Kings II-8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen (No Class This Week)
The Depth of Genesis-9:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen (No Class This Week)
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms-noon (No Class This Week)
Rabbi Daniel Cohen at BCDS from 12:20-1:00 pm (No Class This Week)
WednesdaysMishna Brura-Laws of Tefillah 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
ThursdaysTalmud Bavli-Masechet Megilla 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
FridaysTaste of Torah 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Sisterhood Gift Shop

Sundays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12 noon - 2 pm

CAS Announcements
  • CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - CAS "HARVEST NOW" GARDEN Spring is finally here! We need experienced or inexperienced but interested gardeners for this season's Harvest Now garden at the shul. Last year, we grew, harvested and donated over 200 pounds of produce for the local food bank. Let's beat that amount this year! If you want to give 30-60 minutes of your time on a Sunday, early or late in the day, please contact Meredith Cohen at
  • BOOK SIGNING BRUNCH WITH RABBIS DANIEL COHEN & DAVID WALK. In celebration of two new books, Mining for Gold, by Rabbi Cohen and Walk through the Parsha by Rabbi Walk, we cordially invite the community to a Book Brunch on Sunday morning, April 27 at 9:15 AM. Both Rabbis will speak about their book and books will be available for purchase and signing. Sponsored by the CAS Adult Education Committee.
  • HOUSING IS NEEDED FOR THE ANNUAL YACHAD SHABBATON, MAY 2-3. Volunteers needed for housing and transportation. All Junior Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who is responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities, can stay in separate or same bedrooms. Contact Sharon @ Please include in response: 1.HOW MANY YOU CAN SLEEP, 2.IF YOU HAVE STAIRS, 3.IF YOU HAVE PETS,4.ADDRESS, 5.PHONE NUMBER
  • HELP THE CHILDREN-For her Bat Mitzvah project, Rina Marlowe is collecting new or gently used Shabbos or party clothing for the children at Bet Ha'yeled, Amit's Gilo home for disadvantaged youth. Hang donations in the wardrobe in the back of the coatroom.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. 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. Info: 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? CAS offers 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 CHESED HELPERS 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. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or Aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach? please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • YOUNG COUPLES COMMITTEE: SHAKESPEARE'S THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA by Shakespeare on the Sound on Thursday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. at Pinkney Park in Rowayton. All you need is a blanket, low lawn chairs and a picnic to join us for the viewing scheduled for Thursday, June 19. Info & RSVP: Laura Tobin at Info & directions
  • NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Saul Skolnick, Ethan Green (203-276-9314) or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Volunteers and callers are needed. Join the fun we have a small group of dedicated workers . Contact Roz @ or call the shul at 203-358-2200.
  • 8-12TH GRADE TRIP TO YANKEES VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS (7:05 PM) JUNE 17 (Dont miss it!! Its Derek Jeters last season) Leaving CAS at 5:30. If you have your own ride that's fine as well. Limited Number of Tickets. Chaperones needed. $10/ Ticket. Email or simply register @
CAS Youth

April 26, 2014


It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for babies through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.


A famous story in the Talmud concerns a person asking different rabbis to tell him the whole Torah while he stood "on one foot," meaning in a brief summary. Eventually he came to a great sage named Hillel, a descendant of King David and the leading rabbi of his generation. How would Hillel reply to this question? Can the vast Torah really be reduced to a single statement? "What you do not like, do not do to others," came Hillel's answer. "That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and study."

The idea that the entire Torah focuses around the theme of one's relationship with other people is quite striking. Very often the laws of the Torah are divided into two groups: those concerning the relationship of the person with G-d, such as Shabbat observance and kosher, and those concerning one's relationship with other people, such as not to steal, or not to be a false witness in a legal case. Here, however, Hillel was saying, in effect, that the whole Torah revolves around the single principle of one's relationship with others.

In the Torah reaing of Kedoshim (Leviticus 16-20) we find this principle clearly expressed: "love your neighbor as yourself." It occurs among many commands about one's behavior towards other people, such as--in the very same verse--the demands not to bear a grudge and not to take revenge. However, it is clear that this is a teaching on a quite different level to the other commands.

We can understand that if a person properly keeps this law, he or she will obviously keep the commands such as not to steal, nor be a false witness, nor bear a grudge. All the laws concerning one's relationship with other people are included in this teaching "love your fellow." Hence Rabbi Akiva said about this command, "this is a great general principle in the Torah." It is a great general principle because it includes more or less half the Torah: all the laws between man and his fellow.

However, what about the laws between the person and G-d? Hillel seems to go further than Rabbi Akiva. For Hillel, this command includes all Torah law. How can we understand that?

An answer given by Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the founder of the Chabad school of Chassidism, is that the intended effect of the entire Torah is to make us more sensitive to the soul, rather than just the body. The mitzvot (laws) between man and G-d have the function of drawing G-dliness into the material aspects of life. They help us break through the barrier of appearances and connect with the G-dliness within.

This has a direct effect on our view of others. For in physical and material terms, people are divided. But as regards the soul, we are united together. The more that a person is sensitive to that unity, feeling a true love for others, the more he or she will be expressing the goal of the entire Torah. And conversely, the more that a person observes the Torah, in all its details, in a truly inward way, the closer they will come to a genuine love for others.


Hillel makes this point in another teaching, found in Ethics of the Fathers. He tells us to be like the disciples of Aaron, loving all those around us and drawing them close to the Torah. We can express our love for another person through caring for them in physical terms. Yet we can also express our love by caring for them spiritually, helping him or her come closer to the Torah. Each of us has this power of love, with the power to give to others, both materially and spiritually. Through this love we will trigger the chain reaction leading to the goal of Creation: peace and love between man and his fellow, between nation and nation, between humanity and G-d.

By Tali Loewenthal

Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat Tables:

Grades 4-6

1.Give three examples of a Mitzvah Bein Adam Lachaveiro (between a man and his fellow man)?

2.What is the Mitzvah mentioned regarding the blind?

3.From what pasuk do we know the concept "to love our fellow Jews"? (quote)??*(Double nekudot question!!)

Grades 1-3

4.What other Parsha is Parshat Kedoshim sometimes connected to?

5.What are the two categories of Mitzvot discussed in this week's Parsha? *(Double nekudot question!!)

Please come to Rabbi Jeiger or Zach Kfare and get 2 nekudot (or 4 for the bonus question) if you can tell us about your family discussion of any of these questions or the d'var torah.

Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner

ΓΌThank you to all of the leaders for running our awesome groups during Passover!

This weekend....

Jr. Cong. will meet in the Chapel at 10:30.Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat!

Daniel Janush will read from the Torah

B'nai Mitzvah Club- will meet in the Social Hall with at 10:30 with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker!

Jr Teen Chat- will meet in the Daf Yomi Room at 10:30 with the Sperbers.

*Please sign your child up for groups even if you have in past years.We will be following new safety protocols and as such we need you to sign up your children at

*Get to know all of our leaders and the themes for all of our groups at

Jr. Cong. Parents: Zach is teaching Anim Zemirot to the entire group- and many of your children are joining each week to lead in the Main Sanctuary.We are also working on teaching those who already know Anim Zemirot, the Mizmor L'david prayer.Please let me know if your child is interested in learning this or any other new prayer and we will help arrange for that!Thanks so much for your partnership in making Shabbat morning groups so meaningful for our youth!

Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed March-June:

COMING REALLY SOON - YOUTH FUNDRAISER RAFFLE - GRAND PRIZE 2 TICKETS TO ISRAEL!All proceeds will go to benefit our wonderful children!!!Keep on the lookout for the start of the raffle very soon....

May 16 - Boys Afternoon Out

May 30 - Girls Afternoon Out

May 31- Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat

June 13 - Tot Kabbalat Shabbat

June 17 - Teen Trip: Yankees vs Blue Jays Game

June 21 - Double Nekudot and Nekudot Sale Shabbat

Annual Youth Awards Shabbat

Also, Coming Soon - Grades 4-5 Special event... keep on the lookout... J

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" in their honor, please email me at

If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit for all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Shabbat Shalom!Rabbi Jeiger

Community Announcements
  • 613 RESTAURANT IS EXPANDING ITS HOURS OF OPERATION. They are now open from noon to 9 pm
  • FCCJBL REGISTRATION is now Open for the 2014 Season! Ages 4-14. Fairfield County Connecticut Jewish Baseball League. Please register on-line @
  • SAVE THE DATE ... SHULI TAUBES RETURNS TO STAMFORD! Young Israel Family Beit Midrash Program, Sunday, May 4th at the Young Israel of Stamford, light dinner at 6PM, presentation to begin at 6:30PM, "To Believe or Not to Believe - That is the Question: Perspectives on Faith", free and open to the entire community
  • IN COMMEMORATION OF YOM HASHOAH, AJC WESTCHESTER AND THE JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY PROUDLY PRESENT THE DOCUMENTARY FILM, SIX MILLION AND ONE, Monday, April 28 7 pm at The State Cinema, Hope Street. Past, present and future mix in this eloquent and intense portrait of documentary filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings, as they retrace the footsteps of their late father - a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. David's journey takes him to the U.S., where he meets American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of his father and Gunskirchen camp. $10/ticket - Info: Vicki Kline at or 914.948.5585 Jewish Arts & Film Festival Pass Holders RSVP to Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or
  • UCONN CENTER FOR JUDAIC & MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES Following are our sponsored lectures in the LUNCH & LEARN SERIES, (Thursdays, 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM): May 1st - The Saul Kwartin Memorial Lecture: "The Afterlife of a Biblical Figure: King Saul in Hebraic and English Literary Traditions" with Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy, UConn-Stamford We will also have a special Yom HaShoah Lecture, "Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Women and Families in Nazi Germany," with Dr. Marion Kaplan of NYU on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. (free to the community). You may also register by contacting us at or (203) 251-9525.
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