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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin
May 17, 2014Bechukotai17 Iyyar 5774
Omer 32
Shabbat Schedule
Mincha7:00 PM
Candles7:48 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:13 AM
Teen Minyan10:00 AM
Latest Shacharit10:25 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Daf Yomi6:55 PM
Code Of Jewish Law6:55 PM
Mincha7:45 PM
Maariv8:44 PM
Shabbat Ends8:49 PM
Shabbat Shalom

This past week, I attended the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington DC. I met diplomats and leaders from foreign countries and from our own. Their mission is a very important one which is to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values around the world. I urge you to visit their website and become more educated and engaged in their vital work.

As this week's Torah portion states, we possess a covenant with G-d. It is eternal and enduring. However, our historical narrative as a nation ebbs and flows through tragedy and triumph. Our destiny is not only in G-d's hands but in ours. The Torah portion tellingly begins with the Hebrew word -Im - If. If we follow the ways of the Torah and if we serve as His partners in perfecting the world, then we will be blessed. We must also heed the words of Rabbi Jonathan Saks who spoke at the Forum and challenged the Jewish people to fight on behalf of other minorities and to strengthen our unity.

"The truth is, the different is what makes us human. A Europe with no room for Jews has no room for humanity," Rabbi Sacks said. "It is our shared humanity that is at stake.We will fight for the right of Christians to live without fear, but we need Christians to fight for a Jews' right to live without fear as well. We will fight against Islamophobia, but we need Muslims to fight against Judeophobia," He also emphasized the need for Jewish unity, asking, "How can we expect the world to love us if we can't love one another?" Though all Jews "do not share the same faith, we all share the same fate."

Stay in touch if you would like to get more involved in these efforts. If you want to learn more about AJC, please contact Scott Richman, AJC Westchester Director at

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Services note: Late Friday Mincha minyan starts May 23.

YOUTH RAFFLE UPDATE: 60 tickets of the 360 sold so far-buy yours in the office or at any CAS event

KASHRUT ALERT RE FAIRWAY STAMFORD The bread department remains kosher pareve. The loose cakes and pastries sold at the showcase WILL NO LONGER BE KOSHER CERTIFIED! Fairway will continue to offer a wide range of kosher certified packages. Info: Rabbi Mordechai Ross (Kof-k Fairway Kosher Coordinator) 718 610-9715.

Click here to check out our new Community Feature

spotlighting Stamford's Kosher Restaurants & Mrs. Bloom's Mobile


Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday: 8:00 PM
Candles next Friday7:54 PM
SundayLag BOmer, Omer 33
MondayOmer 34
TuesdayOmer 35
WednesdayOmer 36
ThursdayOmer 37
FridayOmer 38
Mazal Tov
  • to Lenore & Michael Cooper on the engagement of Rachel Hanna Cooper to Joshua Morgan Troy
  • to Mr. S and Jackie Herman on being honored this Sunday at the BiCultural Day School Celebration Dinner
  • to CAS members Susan Kolbrenner, Hannah Kriftcher, and Marvin Lawrence on being honored JCC Volunteers of the Year
  • to all the participants in Sunday's Mike Mile event in support of The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University Medical Center& yasher koach to our CAS chairs Kori Meyers & Lynne Frankel
  • to Bonnie & Ron Nyman on the rededication of the Al & Morton Nyman Sefer Torah in Riverdale on Sunday, Lag B'Omer
  • to Eli Freedberg on being published in the Westchester & Fairfield Business Journal click here to read the article
  • to Marvin & Ivy Schildkraut on Isaac becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesGloria Green, Cheryl Frydman, Stacey Mintz, Ethan Green in memory of Sandy Green on his 12th yahrzeit and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushThe Love family in commemoration of the Yartzeits of Abraham Love (Avraham ben Yehudah), Rose Love (Raizel Bas Ephraim) & Rochelle Boltino (Rasha Bas Yerochem).

Zach Kfare & Naama Herstic in honor of their last Shabbat davening in the chapel minyan.
Teen KiddushWaldstreicher family in honor of Brad's Birthday
Sanctuary KiddushGary & Rosalie Stone and Guta Fischel in honor of the engagement of their son & grandson Jake Stone to Julie Traboff, daughter of Dr. Norman & Karen Traboff
Seudat ShlishitCAS
  • to Harold Fishkow and the Fishkow family on the passing of Jeanette Fishkow
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Bokow
SermonRabbi Walk: Just Walk Beside Me
ShiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein:
UsherVicki Herschman
Daf YomiJeff Cahn
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Walk Perek IV: The Majesty of Modesty
Torah ReadersGil Orbach, Rabbi Shakked Parhi, Jake Stone, Aaron Berk
Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:30 PM

Please join us for our annual meeting and election of officers, followed by a dessert reception.

The CAS Nominating Committee has recommended members elect this slate of officers and directors for terms starting upon election:

OFFICERSOne year term:  3rd Vice President:Howard Wolfe
Assistant Treasurer: Dean Schuckman
Secretary: Rachel Dayan

Two year term: President: Stuart Waldstreicher
1st Vice President: Elliot Neumann
Treasurer: Bob Raymond
DIRECTORSOne year term
Evan Bernstein
Robert Yaghoubian
Andrew Bein
Two Year Term:
Jesse Brand
Gloria Green
Three Year term:
Meredith Cohen
Dinah Marlowe
Kori Meyers
Julie Morgulis
Michael Wirgin
Simeon Wohlberg
details on line @
CAS Classes
SundayBible from the Beginning 9:15 am-Rabbi David Walk
MondayDvar Yom B'Yomo 12:20 pm BCDS-Rabbi David Walk
Mishna Brura-Laws of Tefilah. 7:00 pm-Rabbi David Walk
TuesdayPower of the Prophets: Kings II-9:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Depth of Genesis-10:00 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Parsha Perspectives & Paradigms-noon
Prayer Primer 7:00 pm-Rabbi David Walk
ThursdayTalmud Bavli-Masechet Megilla 7:30 pm-Rabbi David Walk
FridayTaste of Torah 8:15 am-Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Sisterhood Gift Shop

Sunday - Closed
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
  • 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 If you are 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 FAMILY ISRAEL TOUR WITH RABBI DANIEL COHEN AUGUST 5-17, 2015. Save the date & join for an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Info and details: Rabbi Cohen.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Alexander ben Chava
  • Ariella bat Bracha
  • Aryeh Lev ben Eidel
  • Aryeh ben Chana
  • Aviva bat Etta
  • Benzion Ben Mordachai ben Lillian
  • Binyamin Yitzchak ben Shoshana
  • 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
  • David ben Rivka
  • 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
  • Michal Fraida Chava bat Yita Shandel
  • Miriam bat Rivka
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
  • Perel Etka bat Sara
  • Pesach ben Elsa
  • Rachel bat Malkah
  • Rachel bat Sara Golda
  • 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
  • Toubeh Rochel Rut bat Sara Rivka
  • 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
commFeatureCommunity Feature


check out what's new!

613 Restaurant has a Summer wine list, spring menu (click here to check it out), & new price specials.
Full menu, reservations & more:

Navaratna Special for CAS members $5 off and order $30+.  Don't know what to order?  Try the thali!  Menu and online ordering:

Mike's Center CafĂ© has a special Shavuot menu-info: or Mike 203-321-0051

Mrs. Bloom's Mobile, a unique and colorful fresh-cut flower truck, will visit CAS on Tuesday, June 3, from 2:30-4:30pm. Their Shavuot offering includes roses, peonies, bouquets, tulips and other lovely flowers. Prices range from $10 and up. A portion of every sale will be donated to our synagogue, so please visit our parking lot, show your support, and beautify your home for the holiday.
Community Announcements
  • BCDS ANNUAL CELEBRATION DINNER Sunday, May 18, 5 PM at the Stamford Hilton Hotel honoring Mr. Walter Shuchatowitz, Founding Principal, and Mrs. Jacqueline Herman, Principal and Head of School. The Jane Shoztic Award for outstanding teaching will be presented to Mrs. Felicia Carriero and Mr. Frank Cronson. Info: or Eve Nachman, 203-329-2186 x1341,
  • THE 3RD ANNUAL MIKE MILE Sunday, May 18 from 9 AM - noon at High Ridge Corporate Park, High Ridge Road. Join us to support The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University Medical Center. With a 1 mile fun run (certified and timed course), kids' races for ages 2-12, a bbq, bootcamp, and much more, the Mike Mile will be a great time for the entire family! Click here to sign up!
  • TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL RELOCATION OF THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT TO STAMFORD Thursday, May 22 8-9:30 pm at the Stamford JCC. The various aspects of this opportunity will be presented and there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. This will be only opportunity to meet as a community prior to the JHSC's Board of Directors meeting to decide whether to relocate to Stamford for the 2014/15 school year. No solicitations will be made.
  • FREE CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN HEBREW TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES 2-8 The goal of Sifriyat Pijama B'America is to enhance knowledge and affinity for Jewish values from a young age and to retain a strong Jewish identity and appreciation of Hebrew. SP-BA provides an opportunity for families to create a tradition of reading bedtime stories in Hebrew and engaging in meaningful conversations. Info:
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD, SETH MARLOWE AKA "THE COMMISH" is one of the honorees at the Young Israel of Stamford Spring Brunch Sunday, June 8 for his 10 year commitment to the Fairfield County Connecticut Jewish Baseball League (FCCJBL). Email or info: 203.829.9341.
  • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LOWER FAIRFIELD COUNTY MONTHLY BOOK TALK WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, TOR HARRY BENNETT BRANCH FERGUSON LIBRARY VINE RD. STAMFORD 2 PM. BOOK: "THE STORY TELLER" by JODY PICOULIT. Against the background of the Holocaust, the author weaves the character's stories around the powerful issues of forgiveness, love, justice and redemption. PRESENTER: SONDRA MELZER. Info: Marcie Schoenfeld 203 359 9148
  • HOLY ROOTS OF STAMFORD! HISTORICAL PROGRAM Stamford Historical Society on Sunday, June 8 2-5 PM, highlighting the histories of three local congregations that played an important role in Stamford's history during the Progressive Era (1890-1920): the Union Baptist Church (organized 1888), Congregation Agudath Shalom (1889) and St. John's Lutheran Church (1891). Organized at the dawn of the Progressive Era, these congregations brought new citizens and new ideas to Stamford that affected our way of life then and continue to influence us today. The Program features a panel: Rev. Dr. Robert W. Perry (Union Baptist Church), Rabbi Daniel Cohen (Congregation Agudath Shalom) and Church Historian Ruth J. Johnson (St. John's Lutheran Church). Light refreshments will follow. Join us for an outstanding program and an enjoyable afternoon. The Stamford Historical Society is located in the old stone school building on the west side of High Ridge Road, less than 1 mile north of the Merritt Parkway Exit 35 at 1508 High Ridge Rd. INFO:, or 203-329-1183
  • 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).
  • MIKE'S CENTER CAFE & BAKERY AT THE JCC Is open during the week. For information, please call 203-321-0051 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. Info: Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45 pm in Westport For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be restarting a support group in the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11. The fee will be $10 per session. You must register to attend by contacting Alexa Griffin at or call at 203-979-0325. At the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer Street, Suite 602, a Divorce Support Group will be held on Mondays, 7:45-8:45 pm. Info:Kathy Anderson 203-921-4161, ext. 121 or
  • 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.nfo - Rosemarie Delia: (203) 921-4161 or
  • TWO GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR 10-12TH GRADERS The 10th Annual Rabbi Alex Goldman Memorial Essay Contest. Interested teens need to write an essay based on their experience participating in one or more Jewish teen organizations in the Greater Stamford area and its a­ffect on their Jewish identity by completing the following prompt: "I never thought I would..."First prize $1,000, Second prize $500, Third prize $250. All entries must be received by May 22, 9pm. Mark Teen Leadership Award (10th -11th Graders) - Community nominations for an outstanding 10th or 11th grader who has demonstrated multi-year leadership for the local or worldwide Jewish and/or general community for the Mark Teen Leadership Award. Each nomination shall be submitted with identifying information such as name and address on the contact sheet only. The winning nomination is chosen blindly. The award is $1,000 and must be used to pay an educational expense by the winner. All applications are due by Friday, May 30. Info:
CAS Youth

Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner

  • Thank you and Mazal Tov to Naama Herstic and Zach Kfare who will be getting married in just a few weeks.We will miss you so much - please come visit often.Good luck in your new shul - they are lucky to have you!
  • We are excited to WELCOME Sarah Poland to our Mini Minyan.She will begin leading Mini Minyan on May 31st!

This weekend....

May 16 - 3:30- 5 pmBoys Afternoon Out - includes cooking with the Israeli girls, chesed, sports, snacks and so much more fun! Sign up online to reserve your spot.

Teen Minyan this week - 10:00 in the Chapel w the Sperbers.

Jr. Cong. will meet in the Simcha Room at 10:30.... Zach and Naama's (Mini Minyan) last Shabbat with us.... Please make sure you join us for a special thank you and goodbye.

B'nai Mitzvah Club- in the social hall with Rabbi Parhi and Ellie Zucker.Special surprise for all those who attend!


Coming Soon-A Jammed Packed May-June:

YOUTH FUNDRAISER RAFFLE - GRAND PRIZE 2 TICKETS TO ISRAEL (Maximum value $2500)!All proceeds will go to benefit our wonderful children!!!SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THIS SPECIAL FUNDRAISER!Tickets can be purchased in the shul office or at most shul events until the drawing on June 11th at 8 pm. You DO NOT need to be present to win!* Please see special flier insert for more info.

May 30 - Girls Afternoon Out - includes cooking with the Israeli girls, chesed, sports, snacks and so much more fun! Sign up online to reserve your spot.

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


Join Chabad at 12 noon on Sunday, May 18th for BBQ, games, Roasted marshmallows etc.

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

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