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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin


May 30, 2015

12 Sivan 5775

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Mincha7:00 PM
8:04 PM
Candles7:59 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:09 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Mishnah Hot Cocoa10:15 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code Of Jewish Law7:05 PM
Daf Yomi7:10 PM
Mincha7:55 PM
Maariv8:56 PM
Shabbat Ends9:01 PM

Shabbat Shalom

Standing with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin: A Torah of Peace

One of the most heartening dimensions of Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet's visit to Stamford was his message of pluralism within Torah. From the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Rabbi Aharon Kotler to Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Rabbi Rakeffet reflected on the commitment of each one to the eternal values of God and Torah and celebrate their diverse and enduring impact on the Jewish people. Rabbi Rakeffet's inclusive approach is too rarely found in our dialogues and nation. We do not ascribe to a philosophy of maligning others but honoring the Divinity within each one. Each one of these personalities seized a moment in history to elevate and enrich our people.

This message is particularly relevant in light of attempts by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate to unseat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his position as Chief Rabbi of Efrat. More details can be found online:


but suffice it to say that Rabbi Riskin, who is beloved in our community, an outstanding spokesperson for Modern Orthodoxy and a leader of thousands over the years, deserves the respect and admiration for his lifetime of dedication to the growth of Religious Zionism, education, Israel and the Jewish people. In the words of David Katz, International Director of Ohr Torah Stone. "To date, the extension of 75-year-old municipal rabbis' tenure for an additional five years has been considered a formality. But Rabbi Riskin - our inspirational and dedicated leader - has been singled out, making it clear that the summons is politically motivated, and based on the Rabbinate's opposition to his "liberal" views on many issues.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, if you face opposition you should be proud, because it means that you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Indeed, the Rabbinate's opposition serves to illuminate the ideals for which Rabbi Riskin has been standing his entire life, both in the rabbinate and here, at Ohr Torah Stone: building bridges through tolerance and warmth; striving toward social justice; training modern, relevant spiritual leaders; attaining equality for women in learning and leadership; and making sure that the beauty and significance of Judaism is accessible to all.

Nonetheless, we remain optimistic. The overwhelming wave of support Rabbi Riskin is receiving has been extremely heartwarming and encouraging. It serves to reinforce the justice of our vision and the strength of the movement which Rabbi Riskin has spent his entire life building and serving."

I speak on behalf of our entire shul in calling on the Chief Rabbinate to reconsider its position. Pluralism within Torah represents our united spirit to come together as a nation. We all believe in a God who gave the Torah to us at Mt. Sinai. Let us respect and celebrate our diversity. We stand with Rabbi Riskin and Efrat, pray for peace in Israel and God willing the ability for all of us near and far to harness the power of Torah to being glory and praise to God and every Jew.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Message from Rabbi Cohen about the Israel Day Parade

  • We are blessed to celebrate the gift of Israel at the Salute to Israel Day Parade on May 31st in New York City. I urge everyone to attend as a spectator or march with BCDS. BCDS' spectator spot is east side of 5th between 70-71st. You can sign up by visiting Given the tensions in the world today, it is even more important to show your support. Living in America we are fortunate to be able to express our support for Israel freely and proudly. The walk down Fifth Avenue is uplifting! Please make every effort to attend this year. For more information, please contact me directly. Am Yisrael Chai!

Welcome Rabbi Kivi and Emmy Attar and the members of Congregation Brith Sholom Beth Israel from Charleston, South Carolina. They plan to march in the Salute to Israel Parade.

Helping Houston

Dear Friends,

This week the Jewish community of Houston experienced devastating damages as the result of massive flooding. Homes were flooded with upwards of 4 feet of water, and there are people who are quite literally homeless as a result. In addition to the great losses experienced by individuals, the community as a whole is in a state of shock. The collective damages are overwhelming, and the communal institutions have been hurt as well. United Synagogue, the Orthodox synagogue led by my colleague Rabbi Barry Gellman, was damaged terribly and requires major renovation. Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, the Rabbi emeritus, needed to be evacuated from his home in a canoe, and, like many others, is without livable home conditions.

The Jewish community of Houston is strong and resilient, but are going through a very difficult time and therefore need our help. Please consider donating to the relief efforts, as I am doing.

You can make a donation through the Orthodox Union who is also collecting funds for his purpose. Alternatively you can send a check directly to Houston: UOSH, 9001 Greenwillow street, Houston, TX 77096

We are all part of one family. Please do out best to assist the Houston Jewish community in their time of need. May we share good news in the week ahead. Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Weekday Schedule
Candles Next Friday8:04 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: 8:05 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Aliza & Cantor Rafael Bokow on the birth of a baby boy
  • to Drs. Judy & Jeff Cahn on the birth of a grandson, Yitzchak Zev
  • to Johnna Freud on receiving the "Sisterhood Woman of the Year" award at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center
  • to Richard Schwartz on the birth of a granddaughter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesRoz Mangot in memory of Michael Mangot and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushSimcha Rubin in honor of Gabbaim Irwin Niedober, Michael Cooper and their friends
Sanctuary KiddushJoyce & Larry Haber-marking their return to Stamford and to welcome their friends visiting from Charleston
Shabbat Topics & Participants
MusafEli Neumann
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurDavid Cohen: Encore of Speech on Nechama Leibowitz
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Kivi Attar
Torah ReadersTed Listokin, Ethan Green
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Tot Shabbat June 12  Friday, June 12 - 4:00 PM

Tot Shabbat June 12

Come and enjoy a special story time, crafts, snacks and mock shabbat dinner
complete with zemirot (songs) and plenty of spirit!
Cost (includes dinner) - $6 per child.

PJ Library® is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, and Linda Spilka and Ed Spilka.
For further information about PJ Library®, contact Marcia Lane at 

Womens Tefillah Group

Womens Tefillah Group

Please join us! for Parshat Korach

Awards June 20  Saturday, June 20 - 4:15 PM

Awards June 20

KIDS: please join your favorite group leaders for afternoon groups!!!
ADULTS: Time to "schmooze" and socialize with your friends enjoying some "down time" while your kids are in groups!
EVERYONE: Join together for a Seudah Shlishit Dinner, highlighted by a special presentation to Devorah and a gift awarded to every child!!!
Although most groups will be continuing throughout the summer, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize our leaders and children at this special event - please join us!

Annual Meeting  Tuesday, June 23 - 7:30 PM

Annual Meeting

Please join us for our annual meeting and election of officers
Full agenda, important letter, voting instructions, proposed bylaws amendment and proxy forms are on-line at or by mail upon request to the synagogue office. 

Family Trip to Israel

Family Trip to Israel

Join Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen for a
Family Summer Mission to Israel in August 2015
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.
For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen at or 203-252-8252.

CAS Announcements
  • WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN CAS CHESED ACTIVITIES, BUT DON'T KNOW HOW? Please join us for our annual chesed meeting on June 3rd from 8-9pm. Hear about some exciting chesed opportunities happening in the coming year, share your ideas, and help make our community a better place. We are so thankful to those that have dedicated their time and effort to this worthy cause and are excited to welcome Talia Siscovick & Alisa Weisser as chesed co-chairs, working alongside Meredith Cohen. RSVP to
  • READY FOR THE CAS ANNUAL HARVEST NOW GARDEN? Work in the garden has started! Stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer.
  • JOIN IN A FESTIVE SEUDAH SHLISHIT TO HONOR RABBI SHAKKED AND CHEMDA PARHI, SHABBOS JUNE 13TH AT 7:30 PM. We would like to invite the entire community to participate in a festive Seudah Shlishit in honor of Rabbi Shakked and Chemda Parhi, who have devoted the past four years to educating our children, preparing them for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, leading youth groups, developing special Shul programming and enriching our community. As a token of our esteem and appreciation, we are presenting them with a parting gift as we wish them Hatzlacha on their return to Israel. If you would like your name added to the list below, please contact Hecky Attar at 203-253-7075 or and you will be included on the group card.
  • 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 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 -
Annual Meeting Notice


Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:30 PM 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue Stamford, CT 06902

Please join us for our annual meeting and election of officers


  1. Reports by Rabbi, President, Treasurer
  2. Proposal for Dues and Fee Increase
  3. Presentation of the George and Ziporah Freedberg Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Service
  4. Proposed Bylaws amendment on Board voting procedures
  5. CAS Security Proposal
  6. Election of Officers & Directors

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


Two year term:2nd Vice President:
Jeffrey Maron
3rd Vice President:
Simeon Wohlberg
Rachel Dayan
Assistant Treasurer:
Dean Schuckman


One year TermHoward Goldstein
Two Year TermRichard Schwartz
Three Year TermHeidi BernsteinRob Hoff
Mitchell BalsamElissa Klapper
Melissa BildnerBen Lanson

Additional nominations, with the consent of the nominee, may be made by written petition signed by thirty (30) members of the Congregation in good standing and filed with the Nominating Committee at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting, and written notice of the nominations so made by petition shall be given to each member of the Congregation at least five (5) days before the Annual Meeting.

Click here for Full agenda, important letter, voting instructions, proposed bylaws amendment and proxy forms or request them by mail from the synagogue office.

CAS Classes
Week of May 31
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi Walk: Mishna Brura: Laws of Prayer - 7:30 PM
ThursdayRabbi Walk: Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla - 7:30 PM
Community Announcements
  • SOOSH Let's celebrate June (why not?) and do lunch! 10% discount on the entire menu (excluding already discounted lunch specials) from 11 am to 2 pm - Monday to Friday, for the entire month of June! Remember, Soosh now offers free delivery in Stamford! Order online at or call us at 203-658-7505.
  • 2015 SIZZLING SUMMER SERIES IN STAMFORD Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University. Four-part Wednesday night series in July, 8PM. at the Young Isarel of Stamford. WHAT DOES JUDAISM HAVE TO SAY ABOUT...Saving the Life of a Non-Jew - July 8, Gender Roles - July 15, Abortion - July 22, Vigilante Justice - July 29. Free and open to the entire community
  • WHO WILL CARE FOR ME? CHALLENGES OF CARING FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm atthe Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. JFS will present Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, nationally renowned expert on issues of trust, intimacy, forgiveness and author of the award-winning book, Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent. She will offer advice on aging greacfully. Light refreshments will be served. Talk will be followed by book sale and signing. Co-sponsored by JFS Home Companion and Stamford JCC. The event is open to the community at no cost. For more information, please contact Eve Moskowitz, JFS Clinical Director at 203-921-4161 or
  • JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, TUESDAYS, 7:00 - 8:00 PM IN WESTPORT For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be providing a support group in the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E. Suite 11. The fee will be $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. You must register to attend by contacting Kylie Rothman at or call at 203-921-4161.
  • JFS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, MONDAYS, 7:00 - 8:00 PM IN STAMFORD For adults who would like to discuss all aspects of separation and divorce, JFS will be providing a support group in the JFS Stamford office, 733 Summer St., 6thFloor The fee will be $10 per session or $50 for six sessions. You must register to attend by contacting Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email
  • LET'S TALK- THURSDAYS, 11 A.M. Don't miss this opportunity to meet new people or deepen your friendship with those you already know, as we engage in meaningful conversation about a wide variety of topics that are important in our lives. Topics may range from how to live a fulfilling life, creating healthy relationships, savoring our cherished memories, to embracing changing life circumstances. All will be encouraged to express their feelings and experiences related to the themes that emerge in a safe and supportive environment. Led by Kylie Rothman from Jewish Family Service, free of charge, at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. For more information, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman, Director of Senior Adult Services at Stamford JCC at 203.487.0983 or email at
  • JFS CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP-SUNDAYS AT 5:00 PM Do you find yourself "sandwiched" between the needs of your children and your parents? JFS is offering an open forum to provide support and help in dealing with the difficulties and stresses of caring for two generations. A small fee of $10/session or $50 for six sessions will be charged. Group will be held at the JFS Westport office, 431 Post Road E., Westport. The facilitator will be Rona Wall, LCSW. For more information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email
  • JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS-WEDNESDAYS AT 11:30 AM 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 Rosemarie Delia at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT -- TUESDAYS AT 10:30 AM Are you searching for a safe haven to explore your thoughts and feelings about grief? JFS provides an environment of emotional, physical, and spiritual support. For information, contact Rosemarie Delia at (203) 921-4161 or
  • ANNOUNCING...The Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford (CAMOS) will be hosting its second annual Shabbaton for prospective residents on Shabbat weekend, August 22nd. If you know a family who is thinking of relocating to Stamford, and who may like to meet other like minded families in a relaxed informal setting, please contact Michael Feldstein at
  • SAVE THE DATE: Join the BCDS Delegation at the Celebrate Israel Day Parade in New York City on Sunday, May 31st. For more info, visit or
  • SAVE THE DATE Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 4:00 - 6:30pm. Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County 30th Anniversary Celebration. Honoring Vivian and Irwin Miller with the JHS Lifetime Achievement Award andNorma z'l and Milton Mann with the 2015 JHS Heritage Award Temple Beth El - 350 Roxbury Road - Stamford, CT 06902.
  • CAS MENS CLUB WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIP WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, JULY 12TH FROM APPROXIMATELY 6:30 AM - 8 PM. The price will be approximately $100 and will include the wonderful rafting experience and round trip coach bus transportation. Lunch is NOT included. If you are interested, please email by May 5th. Cancellation policy: Full refund if notified 2 1/2 weeks in advance.
  • INTRODUCING THE BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP, a UJF program that provides economically disadvantaged elementary school children in Stamford with new clothes (pants, shirt, sneakers, socks, underwear, winter coat, hat, gloves) backpack and school supplies. Children get to pick out their own new items in a "shopping" environment created in a local school prior to the start of the new school year, while their parents visit the Japha Family Resource Center to receive basic health screenings and information about vital community services. The inaugural event is Sunday, August 9, 2015. To volunteer, please contact Lorraine Kweskin at For more information or to make a donation please visit
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • J-PALOOZA May 30th, 9:30pm at the Stamford JCC. Break out your concert t-shirts and book your babysitter now, for what's sure to be an evening not to be missed. Be blown away by the musical talent of our very own community rock stars as they take the JCC stage and jam. Featuring: Incidental Contact * Wheels Up * The Bagles. Munchies and refreshments served. Must be 21 or older. Admission: $10 member /$15 community. Admission with beer and wine: $20 members / $25 community. Register online at or call the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. For more information, contact or 203.487.0996.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Miriam Rachel
  • Ami ben Sara
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Sheyna
  • Avraham ben Sosna
  • 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
  • Chia Sorila Bat bat Fagey Devorah
  • David ben Chaya
  • David ben Zila
  • Dinah bat Esther
  • Eitan ben Sarah
  • Eliahu Aharon ben Yocheved Irta Etel
  • Esther Rachel Bat Chava bat Chava
  • Esther Shoshanna bat Yetta Chaya
  • Hadassah Esther bat Chava Leah
  • Hennia bat Musah
  • Leah bat Bayla
  • Lior Tzionah bat Sarah
  • Maya bat Shoshy
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Moshe Elyah ben Chana
  • Moshe ben Batya
  • Moshe ben Ben Marcelle
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Rachel Miril Hinda bat Miriam Rivkah
  • Rafaella bat Miriam
  • Rayna bat Necha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Ruth Leah bat Zahava
  • Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
  • Sarah bat Etta Ziesel
  • Shmuel Yeruchim ben Beyla
  • Shoshanna Raizel bat Sarah Chanah Leah
  • Smadar Rut bat Chana
  • Tziporah bat Minna
  • Ya'acov Ari ben Nitzah
  • Yehoshua Ylitzhak ben Tziyona
  • Yitzchack Mordachai ben Chaya.
  • Yochanan ben Alisa
  • Yosef Fishel ben Miriam Zlata
  • Zahava bat Chaya Sara
  • Ze'ev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Sisterhood Gift Shop

By appointment: Call Julie at (203)-321-6460
Looking for Volunteers!
Contact Julie if you'd like to work in the shop.

CAS Youth

Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner

Thank you to Daniella, Isiah and all of the NCSY advisers who joined us to help make Shavuot such an amazing experience for all of our youth! The wealth of Torah learning programs, classes and fun that our kids experienced was wonderful!

Full Teen Minyan Schedule:

June 13

This Weekend (Shabbat):

  • Mishna and Hot Cocoa this Shabbat with Rabbi Jeiger - continuing Chapter 6 -7 of Berachot at 10:15.
  • Tot Shabbat will be led by Morahs Irene, Danielle & Simone in the Youth Classroom at 10:30 am.
  • Mini Minyanwill be led by Morahs Debbie. Rivka & Tamar this week in the library at 10:30 am.
  • Jr. Cong. will be led by Josh, Nicole and Carly this week in the Chapel at 10:30 am.
  • Bnai Mitzvah Club will be led by R Jeiger this week in the Simcha Room at 10:30 am!
  • Teen Minyan will be led by Daniella and meet in the Social Hall at 9:30.

Coming Soon in June:

Friday, June 12th - Tot Kabbalat Shabbat (Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan - Ages 1-first grade) Sign up online - sponsor online!

Shabbat June 20th - Youth Awards Shabbat Seudah Shlishithonoring our Leader of the Year Devorah Meyers - sponsor online!

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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