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Friday, January 9, 2015

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
January 10, 2015Shemot
19 Tevet 5775
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Mincha4:30 PM
Candles4:25 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Mishna Hot Cocoa10:15 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 Law3:30 PM
Daf Yomi3:35 PM
Daily Rambam4:05 PM
Mincha4:20 PM
Maariv5:22 PM
Shabbat Ends5:27 PM
Shabbat Shalom

When will the world wake up? For years, anti-semitism has been on the rise in Europe. Two years ago, three Jewish children and their teacher were among seven people murdered by a French Islamist in Toulouse. Months ago, a French jihadist was accused or murdering four people in a gun attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels and last month a woman was raped in an anti semitic attack in the Paris suburb of Creitel. Unfortunately, the attacks continue.

This past week a rally was held in France of Muslims, Christians and Jews to decry the rise in anti-semtism. Yet, when will the terror stop? Now, our hearts are torn as terror stuck 12 people at a French newspaper. We mourn with the families, France and offer comfort and strength. Yet, this incident reminds us that in a world of anarchy, no one is safe. In a world of tyranny, the Jews may be the first target but are not the last. Hate that starts with Jews never ends there.

As a student at Yeshiva University, I studied with Rabbi Abba Bronspigel, a Holocaust survivor. Every year, when we read the beginning of the book of Exodus, he would compare Pharaoh's final solution to Hitler. He warned us to remain vigilant. In our generation, radical Islam threatens the world. As Jews, we must do whatever we can to partner with Jews, Christians or Muslims to fight against intolerance and hate. Israel's enemies are America and the modern world's enemies. This is our generation's challenge and G-d willing, we will rise to the occasion. I spoke at length on this topic on the first day of Rosh Hashanah in the sermon "In Defense of Man" which can be found on my website

This Shabbat, we are hosting our annual education Shabbat and welcome Rabbi Yotav Eliach and Rabbi Eliezer Rubin. The theme will be "Integrating Israel into the Curriculum". The timing could not be more appropriate. I will be not be delivering a sermon this Shabbat but rather encourage everyone to attend the panel discussion at 12:15 PM following kiddush.

Finally, thank you to everyone who is supporting our annual youth fundraiser next Saturday night and if you have not yet signed up, please do so. Thank you to Stephanie Friedman and Irit Tratt for co-chairing what promises to be a great event!

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Daniel Cohen 

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Check out the latest RCA Ted Talk The Voice of Father by Rabbi Zvi Engel. click here to watch


We are opening up the Bnai Mitzvah Family Shabbaton to all fifth, sixth and seventh graders.  If you have not so, please sign up for the Friday night dinner and lunch at the Cohen home by Monday. Matan and Man Up Classes start this Sunday - Sign up TODAY!

Weekday Schedule
Candles Next Friday4:33 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: 4:30 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Sandi Waldstreicher for being named a "mover and shaker" of 2014 by the CT Jewish Ledger click here to read about it
  • to the CAS 2015 AIPAC Teen Fellows: Tamar Cohen, Daniel Jubas, Gabriella Lieberman, Jonah Listokin, Emma Listokin, Daniel Meiteles, Tany Neuhaus, Remy Neuhaus, Andrew Pitkoff, Sarah Smart, and Jennifer Steinmetz
  • to our Annual Dinner Honorees: Guests of Honor-Helene & Harvey Kaminski, Chai Award-Judith Altmann, Community Service Award- Mimi & Saul Cohen, and Young Leadership Award-Laura & Seth Tobin
  • to parents Lauren & Dan Hazony, grandparents Nurit & Mark Wesler, and great-grandparents Debbie and Ben-Zion Soifer on the birth of a baby girl
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushMisha Guy & Tatiana Kunik in commemoration of the yahrtzeits of Misha's farther Yosef ben Moshe HaLevi and uncle Baruch ben Moshe HaLevi and in honor of the anniversary of Rachelle Guy's Bat Mitzvah.
Sanctuary KiddushLillian & Sandy Shapiro in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of Sandy's father, Howard.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Rafael Bokow
ShiurJay Jubas: How Does Prayer Work?
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Torah ReaderJudd Love
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Rabbi Yotav Eliach, Principal, Rambam Mesivta
Rabbi Eliezer Rubin, Head of School, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
Moderator: Rabbi David Israel, Rabbinic Dean Bi-Cultural Day School
Program Chair: Michael Feldstein

CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Classes  Sunday, January 11 - 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

Teenage Shmooze  Thursday, January 15 - 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 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Dinner and Lunch - January 16  Friday, January 16 - 5:30 PM

CAS Bar / Bat Mitzvah Dinner and Lunch - January 16
Special Shabbat for sixth grade girls, seventh grade boys and their families
Shabbat Dinner for families, Friday Night 4:33pm with Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Bokow, and guest speaker Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein
Shabbat Lunch for bar / bat mitzvah kids, Saturday 12:30 at Rabbi Cohen's house
Deadline for sign-up - January 13

CAS Youth Panoply Fundraiser - January 17  Saturday, January 17 - 7:00 PM

CAS Youth Panoply Fundraiser - January 17
Youth Fundraiser - For Adults of all Ages
Game and Auction Night Out Save the date for a fun night of Panopoly with a HUGE grand prize and amazing items up for auction.
Reserve your babysitters now this is a night out that no one will want to miss!

CAS Family Trip to Israel  Sunday, January 25 - 9:30 AM

CAS Family Trip to Israel
Explore the breadth and depth of the land. Great for first timers or veterans. The trip is uniquely tailored for adults with their children and grandchildren filled with history coming alive and a fostering a love of the natural beauty of our homeland.

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

CAS Book Breakfast with Rabbi Herbert Cohen
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 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

Thanks to all who have signed up so far to be a part of PANOPLY...our CAS Youth Fundraiser on January 17!

Your name not here? Don't miss the fun! (and prizes!)

Daniella & Mitchell Balsam
Debbie & Michael Berg
Dina & Paul Berger
Darona & Tzvi Bernstein
Heidi & Evan Bernstein
Jodi & Richard Boxer
David & Jessie Brand
Meredith & David Cohen
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Stephanie & Perry Friedman
Michelle & Howland Gordon
Alice & Jason Janush
Judith & David Jelen
Rachel & Jay Jubas
Rebekah Kanefsky
Ana & Albert Lilienfeld
Lisa & Ilya Loeffler-Kaplan
Len & Susan Mark
Dinah & Seth Marlowe
Rachel & Samuel Maryles
Leah & Gregory Miller
Becky Neumeier
Jessica & Eliaz Niedober
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Diane & Matthew Samelson
Cori Sanogueira & Adam Farstrup
Toby Schaffer
Ilyse & Dean Schuckman
Lillian & Sandy Shapiro
Daniel & Marti Sichel
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Rebecca & Eric Sigman
Talia & Jonathan Siscovick
Miriam & Josh Sperber
Liba & Steven Steinmetz
Danielle & Steven Thau
Irit & Jonathan Tratt
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Navah & David Zizmor
Shira & Mitchell Zucker

CAS Women's Tefilah Group

Shabbat - January 24 -Parshat Bo

Please join us for the next Women's Tefilah Group on Saturday, January 24

Please let Ziona Doft know if you are interested in layning, chanting the haftorah or leading part of the service.

CAS Classes
Week of January 11
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
Rabbi Walk: Mishna Brura: Laws of Prayer - 7:30 PM
TuesdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Cohen: Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Cohen: Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Walk: The Evolution of the American Synagogue: A History of How Jewish Communities Developed in the United States - 7:30 PM
WednesdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
ThursdayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla - 7:30 PM
FridayDaily Rambam - 7:15 AM
Rabbi Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Attention Bar Bat Mitzvah Families

Hope you and your families are well! The Bnai Mitzvah celebration is of course not only the events on the day itself but a culmination of a journey of learning and personal growth. The memories we create during this time in our children's lives will be embedded in their hearts and minds forever. I would like to remind you of three special upcoming opportunities:

  • First, our Matan and Man Up program for sixth grade girls and seventh grade boys is a unique opportunity to spend soulful time with your children in an fun and spiritual uplifting environment. I am excited that Diane will be teaching Matan this year and I will continue teaching Man Up for the boys. The classes start Sunday, Jan. 11. For more information and sign up click here.

  • Second, our annual Bnai Mitzvah Shabbaton will be the weekend of Jan. 16-17 for a family Friday night dinner and the Bnai Mitzvah are invited to my home for a Shabbat lunch. Click here to sign up.

  • Finally, it is not too late to consider our family trip to Israel this summer in August. Details are here . EXCITING NEWS:A generous donor who believes in the power of a trip to Israel is offering a 3,000 stipend for two children within each family who sign up for the trip. The offer is limited to the first five families who commit to the trip. If you are interested or for more information, contact me directly. A family trip to Israel is an investment for a lifetime and future generations.

CAS Announcements
  • LOST & FOUND We have found a cell phone - please come to office to claim.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • STAY TUNED FOR THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFARIM SALE IN FEBRUARY. The largest Jewish book sale in in the world. For more info, visit or contact Rabbi Cohen.
  • 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 BOOK EVENT Julian Padowicz, local author of numerous novels and memoirs, will speak on Sunday, January 11, 2015 as part of the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County's January Featured Program in co-sponsorship with the New Canaan Library and their Authors on Stage Program. Julian Padowicz's talk about his award winning memoir, Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the New Canaan Library's Adrian Lamb Room, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 starting at 3:30 PM with refreshments at 3:00 PM. Mr. Padowicz will speak about the harrowing history behind the memoir in his talk entitled "A Streetcar Named Eternity."
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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
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 Malka bat Yosepha
  • 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
Sisterhood Gift Shop

SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP Wednesday 2-4 PM & Thursday 12-2pm, 

CAS Youth
Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner

Thank you to all of the volunteers on the Youth Committee and especially Irit and Stephanie for spending so much time and efforts to ensure a fabulous time next Saturday night!

This weekend....

Join the entire Youth Department for Adon Olam this Shabbat at the upstairs Minyan!!!

-Mishna and Hot Cocoa in the Simcha room at 10:15 with Rabbi Jeiger (we will continue in chapter 2 of Brachot).

-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, Rivka and Devorah this week in the library at 10:30 am.

- Jr. Cong. will be led by Josh and Morah Nicole this week in the Chapel at 10:30 am

-Bnai Mitzvah Club will be led by Rabbi Parhi this week in the Social Hall at 10:30 am

-Jr. Teen Chat will be led by R Jeiger by the elevator at 10:30 am.

Full Teen Minyan Schedule:

Jan 17

Feb. 21 and 28

March 7 and 28

May 2, 25 and 30

June 13

Coming Soon:

Saturday night, Jan 17th - Youth PANOPLY Fundraiser - For Adults of all Ages Game & Auction Night out Save the date for a fun night of Panoply with a HUGE grand prize and amazing items up for auction. Reserve your babysitters now this is a night out that no one will want to miss!

February 6-7 - Jr. Congregation Shabbaton - Save the date for info to follow...

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 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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