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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin


January 31, 2015

11 Shvat 5775

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Mincha4:55 PM
Candles4:50 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:37 AM
Latest Shacharit10:27 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Jr Teen Chat10:30 AM
Code Of Jewish Law3:55 PM
Daf Yomi4:00 PM
Daily Rambam4:25 PM
Mincha4:45 PM
Maariv5:47 PM
Shabbat Ends5:52 PM

Shabbat Shalom

What is the Jewish approach to the increased security questions facing our shul and other organizations in a time of increased global terror and anxiety? Does Judaism offer guidelines for managing risk? These questions emerge not only in debates about hiring armed guards for a shul but also when confronting possible surgeries, insurance, trips and risking one's life in many other arenas. What are the core values to consider?

We must balance three competing principles. First, G-d commands us to guard our lives. We possess an obligation to do our best to protect ourselves and lead a heathy life. However, a second principle teaches that we are not to avoid all risk. The nature of life entails risk. Whether crossing a street or electing surgery for example, the extent of the risk vs. the benefit must be evaluated through the prism of Jewish law. Finally, we balance risk with faith in G-d that He protects and watches over us.

The issue is complex and personal. Each circumstance merits deliberation. However, regardless of the outcome of the meeting this week we must heed one other principle. We are one community with variant opinions. Our debate is one of diverse ideas but as a family we must remember that everyone has the best interest of our shul at heart. G-d willing, we will continue to grow as shul in unity and address in peace the important challenges both physical and spiritual our generation faces.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Daniel Cohen 
  • Safe travels to the BCDS 8th Grade & Rabbi Walk on their upcoming trip to Israel
  • Are you going to AIPAC policy conference or interested in attending? For more information, contact Veronica Reich at or Rabbi Cohen at For more information about attending policy conference, visit
  • Follow Rabbi Cohen on his You Tube Channel - click here to view
  • Check out the latest RCA Ted Talk The Voice of Father by Rabbi Zvi Engel. click here to watch
Weekday Schedule
Candles Next Friday4:59 PM
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: 5:00 PM
WednesdayTu BiShvat
Mazal Tov
  • to Shana & Bob Yakubovich on Andrew's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Marjory & Bob Abrams, Sally Wasserman & Henry Hecht, Harold Abrams, and Rita Edelston on the engagement of Isabelle Abrams to Benjamin Jacobson
  • to Daniella & Mitchell Balsam on the birth of a baby boy
  • to Ralph Schaeffer on the passing of his brother, Nathan
  • to Israel Lustig on the passing of his father, Rabbi Yeshoshua Yonatan Lustig
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushDebbie & Michael Berg in honor of the anniversary of Mike's Bar Mitzvah
Sanctuary KiddushShana & Bob Yakubovich in honor of their son Andrew's Bar Mitzvah
Shabbat Topics & Participants
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersAndrew Yakubovich, Michael Berg
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen: Siyum on Tractate Keritut, in memory of his mother Sara Malka bat Aharon Avraham HaLevi
Important Note
Notice of Special Meeting for Members of Congregation Agudath Sholom 
Purpose: Review security needs of the synagogue and vote on instituting an additional membership security fee. 
Date and Time: February 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. 
The sole purpose of this Special Meeting will be to discuss security at our synagogue and to vote upon instituting a security fee. If you cannot attend the Special Meeting in person, you may vote by proxy (either on-line or email). To avoid any potential invalidation of an improper proxy, please use the official proxy ballot on our website and return it to the synagogue office by noon, February 4th. At the meeting, we will review the following four options
  1. A paid armed guard present for up to six hours during morning serviceson Shabbat and Holidays-cost $150 per member family per year, payable March 1
  2. A paid unarmed guard present for up to six hours during morning serviceson Shabbat and Holidays-cost $100 per member family per year, payable March 1
  3. A volunteer program consisting of 20 CAS members (who will receive training by CSS, an organization specializing in security training).- cost one-time $25 per member family per year, payable March 1 plus volunteers to staff
  4. Implement the plan as approved by the CAS Board to improve security systems-NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE MEMBERSHIP.
Please Note: Only Members in Good Standing are eligible to vote. Please contact Saul Skolnick if you have concerns about your membership status. 


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Annual Festive Dinner
Sunday, March 22, 2015 5:00-9:30 pm
2 Nisan 5775
Solid foundation.  Bright future.

~ Celebrating 125 Years ~

Join us February 8 at 11am for an "envelope-stuffing party" to prepare our dinner invitations!
Guests of Honor
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Chai Award
Judith Altmann
Community Service Award
Mimi & Saul Cohen
Young Leadership Award
Laura & Seth Tobin

The dinner committee invites you to join us for a festive evening as we celebrate our honorees and our thriving synagogue community. Elegant buffet, cocktails and dancing.

Our dinner chairs this year are Stella & Isaac Cohen, Rachel & Nimrod Dayan, Elissa & Philip Klapper, and Lynne & Steven Frenkel
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CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Classes  Sunday, February 1 - 9:30 AM

CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Classes

Class for boys becoming Bar Mitzvah, led by Rabbi Daniel Cohen & girls becoming Bat Mitzvah, led by Diane Cohen

Special Security Meeting  Wednesday, February 4 - 7:30 PM

Special Security Meeting

Special Meeting to discuss and vote on CAS Security Measures.
Details of the meeting and a proxy voting form are on-line.

Teenage Shmooze  Thursday, February 5 - 7:00 PM

Teenage Shmooze

Get ready to Soosh and Shmooze!
How do you feel about free sushi?
What about friends?
What about a chance to have real discussions about what it means to be Jewish?
Run for you. Run by you.
This program is being sponsored by NCSY 

CAS Youth PJ Movie Night - February 14  Saturday, February 14 - 6:30 PM

CAS Youth PJ Movie Night - February 14

Children in Grades K-4 are invited to a

CAS Book Breakfast with Rabbi Herbert Cohen February 22  Sunday, February 22 - 9:30 AM

CAS Book Breakfast with Rabbi Herbert Cohen February 22

Book Breakfast with Rabbi Herbert Cohen
Celebrating book launch of his new book - Kosher Movies: A Film Critic Discovers Life Lessons at the Cinema.

CAS Adult Education - Mysteries of the Beit Hamikdash - February 24  Tuesday, February 24 - 7:30 PM

CAS Adult Education - Mysteries of the Beit Hamikdash - February 24

What happened to the Lost Ark?
What music did they play in the Temple?
Explore these and other mysteries of the Beit Hamikdash
Steven Frankel, Education Director, Temple Institute in Jerusalem  

CAS Youth Junior Cong Shabbaton February 27 -  Friday, February 27 - 5:00 PM

CAS Youth Junior Cong Shabbaton February 27 -

Come join Rabbi Jeiger, Josh and the entire Junior Congregation crew as they take over CAS in conjunction with the YOUTH SHABBAT, for our Fourth annualJunior Congregation Shabbaton!!

CAS Rabbi Ehrenkranz Lecture with Rabbi Blech - March 18  Wednesday, March 18 - 7:30 PM

CAS Rabbi Ehrenkranz Lecture with Rabbi Blech - March 18

In memory of our esteemed Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz, of blessed memory, on the occasion of his first Yahrzeit:
Rabbi Benjamin Blech
internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer.
Understanding the Kaddish: How To Change The World 

CAS Annual Dinner - March 22  Sunday, March 22 - 5:00 PM

CAS Annual Dinner - March 22

Celebrate our 125th anniversary!
Guests of Honor: Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Chai Award: Judith Altmann
Community Service: Mimi & Saul Cohen
Young Leadership: Laura & Seth Tobin

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Across Stamford-March 13

Save the Date! Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Bokow, and CAS members will join with clergy and members of Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai, Young Israel, and Selah to celebrate Shabbat at Rippowam Middle School on High Ridge Road.

Shabbat Across Stamford will feature two services, a great kosher catered meal, and the opportunity to learn with UJF Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Children's activities, teen tables,ruach,and friendship will mark this unique Shabbat experience. To register, go to:

Shabbat Across Stamford is sponsored by the Stamford Board of Rabbis and UJF, and is held in collaboration with NJOP, the National Jewish Outreach Program.

CAS Classes
Week of February 1
SundayDaily Rambam - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Dvar Yom BYomo - Timely Topics (held at BCDS) - 12:15 PM
TuesdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
WednesdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
ThursdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
FridayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Announcements
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB WILL HOLD A BREAKFAST MEETING ON FEBRUARY 8 9:30am. Our goal is to plan for the Passover Fair scheduled for 3/15. Our thought is to hold the Passover Fair at the same time as the Mitzvah Fair and Matzoh making. Please bring additional ideas and goals for this year's projects.
  • YOUNG COUPLES EVENT - SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 14 for a special Shabbat event
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • 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.
  • NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Saul Skolnick, Jessie Brand ( or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM -
Community Announcements
  • THE BIG GAME @ 613 RESTAURANT Come Join Us Sunday To See The Big Game And Enjoy Some Craft Beer, Wings, And Other Game Day Favorites. Can't Join Us? Take Home 24 Wings, A Quart of Chili, And Housemade Tortilla Chips For $34. Superbowl Specials: Seattle Seahawks Snapper and New England Patriots Yankee Pot Roast. 108 Prospect St, Stamford. 203-614-8777
  • SOOSH RESTAURANT: HOSTING A SUPER BOWL PARTY ON SUNDAY? There's still time to order your platters from Soosh. Inivited to a party? Make sure you get invited back next year by bringing a Soosh platter your hosts will definitely appreciate. No plans for the big game? Come watch the game with us at Soosh! Enjoy our delicious soups, salads, fish entrees, sushi, sashimi and much more! Find us in the shopping corridor between the Crowne Plaza hotel and the Holiday Inn Express at 2701 Summer Street in Stamford.
  • UJF SUPER SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1ST 2015 Volunteer: Come join hundreds of participants as we raise money for the Stamford Jewish Community and Jewish people worldwide Half Time Show: What's the best part of the superbowl? The commercials! We will be viewing the entries of our UJF Agency Commercial Contest. Find out who wins! Teen Programming: Come hang out with your friends, nosh on some pizza and help raise Tzedakah Children's Programming: Mitzvah Day events including Tzedakah Coin Project, PJ Library, Face Painting, Clowns, Popcorn and More!
  • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY is participating in the UJF Super Sunday Mitzvah Project on Sunday, February 1. The JHS Judaica Library at the JCC is collecting children's books for ages pre-school to teens. All used books in gently used condition will be distributed to community non-profit agencies that deal with children. There will be a drop-off basket in front of the library during the week. Thank you for participating in our Mitzvah project for the community.
  • AIPAC EVENING ARI SHAVIT-FEBRUARY 3, 7:30 PM In partnership with Temple Sholom. Hear the the Haaretz Senior Correspondent and Author of My Promised Land. Temple Sholom, 300 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich. Reservations:
  • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY BOOK TALK WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 10:30 AM. Harvey Weiner Reflections on My Vietnam War. In cooperation with the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich. First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place, Greenwich.
  • NCSY WINTER REGIONAL Join Jewish teens from all across New England for a weekend like you've never experienced before! February 5-8, 2015 will feature: Luxury accomodations at the Hampton Inn in Natick, MA,Inspiring Shabbat including DELICIOUS food, Winter Sports at Ski Ward on Friday, and Israel Advocacy training by Daniel Mael. Open to all Jewish teens in New England, grades 9-12! Cost: $229. Info:
  • YOUR FAMILIES CAN GET 40-60 PERCENT OFF JEWISH CAMP! BunkConnect offers families the opportunity to access40-60 percent off at over 75 of the top Jewish overnight camps this summer! Jewish camp makes stronger Jewish communities and develops a deeper engagement for each child - talk about a win-win! Details:
  • RABBI YAKOV HOROWITZ TO SPEAK AT THIS YEAR'S CHEVRA KADISHA EVENT; DINNER TO BE DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF RABBI JOSEPH EHRENKRANZ Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, the founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam, and founder and Director of Project Y.E.S. (Youth Enrichment Services), will be this year's featured speaker at the annual Chevra Kadisha Dinner, to be held at Congregation Agudath Sholom on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6PM. His topic will be "Living a More Inspired Life: How to Create a Kiddush Hashem Every Day." The cost of attending the dinner is $36 a person. Sponsorships are also available at $180, which entitles one to two dinner reservations and can be made in memory of a loved one. Info and signup: Rica Lieberman at
  • SOY SEFORIM SALE IS FROM FEBRUARY 1 TO MARCH 1 The largest Jewish book sale in in the world. For more info, visit or contact Rabbi Cohen (
  • SAVE THE DATE - THE NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE - FOLKSBIENE PRESENTS FROM ROSENFELD TO ROBESON MARCH 19, 2015 AT TEMPLE BETH EL, STAMFORD Starring Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek. Just back from its debut at the Singer festival in Warsaw, Poland, Broadway and international opera star, Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene take you on a musical journey through the repertoire of Paul Robeson, the great African American singer, actor and civil rights activist. Together, they explore the pathos inherent in love ballads, songs of the sweatshop and slavery, melodies of spirituality, protest and hope. This new concert breathes fresh life into its interpretations of classics Yiddish songs, songs of revolutionary poets, Holocaust era partisans and Broadway favorites. Info:
  • CYCLE FOR UNITY AND NAOMI BOUTIQUE KOSHER TOURS PRESENT THE ULTIMATE GOURMET BIKING EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY: April 28-May 5, 2015 Ride like the wind, eat like a king and raise funds for the charity of your choice. Check here for details and registration information:
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY BY PURCHASING MITZVAH BASKETS AND/OR MITZVAH CENTERPIECES INSTEAD OF FLOWERS FOR YOUR NEXT SIMCHA AT CAS. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • 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:
  • 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).
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Miriam Rachel
  • Aharon Tzvi ben Sarah
  • Ami ben Sara
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Sheyna
  • Bela Devora bat Rachel
  • Chaim Avram ben Leah
  • Chaim Yechiel ben Malka
  • Chana Liba bat Yaakova
  • Chana bat Shulamit
  • Chaya Priva bat Leah
  • Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Esther
  • David ben Chaya
  • Dinah bat Esther
  • Eitan ben Sarah
  • Eliahu Aharon ben Yocheved Irta Etel
  • Esther Rachel Bat Chava bat Chava
  • Hadassah Esther bat Bat Chava Leah
  • Hennia bat Musah
  • Leah bat Bayla
  • Maya bat Shoshy
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Moshe ben Ben Marcelle
  • Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Rayna bat Necha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
  • Sarah bat Etta Ziesel
  • Shmuel Yeruchim ben Beyla
  • Smadar Rut bat Chana
  • Yochanan ben Alisa
  • Yosef Fishel ben Miriam Zlata
  • Zahava bat Chaya Sara
  • Ze'ev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner


This weekend....

-Tot Shabbat will be led by Morahs Irene, Danielle and Simone in the Youth Classroom at 10:30 am.

- Mini Minyan will be led by Morahs Debbie, and Devorah this week in the library at 10:30 am.

- Jr. Cong. ,Bnai Mitzvah Club, andJr. Teen Chat will joined as one.

Full Teen Minyan Schedule:

Feb. 21 and 28

March 7 and 28

May 2, 25 and 30

June 13

Coming Soon:

February 7th - Double Nekudot and Nekudot sale Shabbat!

February 14th - Movie in PJS -Join us at 6:45-9 pm in your PJS! Movie/ snacks and ice cream!!! (Grades k-4). Sign up online!

February 27-28 - Jr. Congregation Shabbaton - first 50 signups get a free prize - sign up online!

Coming Soon - SOOSH NIGHT OUT for BMC (grades 5-6)

·Purim evening special kids program w Jonathan Cahr and Rachel Bahar during the adult reading!!

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

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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