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Friday, May 27, 2016

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Omer: 35
May 28, 2016
20 Iyyar 5776
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Mincha7:00 PM
8:03 PM
Candles7:58 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:09 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Mishnah & Hot Cocoa10:15 AM
Shiur10:20 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:05 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:05 PM
Mincha7:55 PM
Maariv8:55 PM
Shabbat Ends9:00 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Give Chizuk: Provide Strength
In one word, the Torah encapsulates the essence of being a Jew. When enjoining a person to support the impoverished, God does not mandate giving money alone but mandates strengthening a person. Giving Chizuk. The Torah states, "If any of your brethren becomes poor and cannot support themselves, strengthen them as you would a stranger in your midst." Leviticus 25:35
The mitzvah includes not only tzedakah, but suggests a broader approach to fostering a holy community. Rashi explains the use of the word "Chazak" through a telling metaphor. Imagine you see an animal with an unstable load. One person can shift the weight to insure the package does not fall. However, once the load falls off the animal, it may take five times as many people to pick up the package from the ground. Rashi explains that it is easier to help someone at the first sign of struggle, rather than wait for a moment of crisis.
Do you do acts of kindness or are you a kind person? Do you wait or anticipate?
The parsha of Behar offers a vision for an idealized society. The mystics and Talmud teach that the world contains enough resources for human prosperity. However, our inability to share and harness our wealth is the obstacle to broader blessings. In this spirit, I will explore the Jewish perspective on income redistribution on Shavuot. More immediately, though, is to remember that one of the most effective ways of helping people meaningfully is to give them chizuk. Offering encouragement, education, financial support, and serving as a conduit for God's blessings fosters a society where everyone can realize their potential, peace and prosperity.
Opportunities abound. Look for them. I just learned of a wonderful initiative from the UJF Women's Philanthropy Division called "3 Square." The goal is to provide supplemental nutrition to students in need in our community. In anticipation of summer, we can all join to ensure kids have items they can use for the summer, such as sun tan lotion, sun glasses and more. See the details on page 2 for more info. Bring your items to a box in the shul lobby. Also, we hosted a great chesed meeting this week and will feature a weekly blurb with Chesed opportunities in our community. To learn more, contact our Chesed Chair, Alisa Weiser or Meredith Cohen at
Do not wait but anticipate. Offer chizuk and strength to everyone you meet. As God brings light and life, so must we.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Shavuot Sponsorship Opportunity Consider sponsoring one of our shiurim, lectures, on Shavuot in memory or in honor of a loved one. For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen at
Service Note Father/Son Minyan will be held this Sunday at 9:15 am
Israel Advocacy Israel Advocacy Love Israel Products LIPS Update Turns out Israeli products can be purchased on
Kosher Alerts
  • Costco Kirkland Signature Frozen Chilean Sea Bass - the Orthodox Union does not certify Kirkland Signature Chilean Sea Bass. Some packaging was printed with an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.
  • Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch - Unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union no longer certifies Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch. Some bottles were labeled with an unauthorized OU symbol. The affected product contains either one of the following production codes: APR2317BAC or APR2317BAD. Corrective actions have been implemented.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
SermonRabbi David Walk: Friends & Family
Seudat ShlishitRabbi David Walk: What's in a Number? (Pirkei Avott: Chap. 5)
ShiurRabbi Alex Ozar: Kiddush Levana
Torah ReadersNat Samberg, Ted Listokin
Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday:7:15 AM/8:30/9:15 AM, Monday:7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday:8:05 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/8:09 PM
Candles Friday8:04 PM
SundayOmer: 36
MondayMemorial Day/Omer: 37
TuesdayOmer: 38
WednesdayOmer: 39
ThursdayOmer: 40
FridayOmer: 41
Mazal Tov
  • to our members being honored at Monday's BCDS Dinner - Guests of Honor: Hillary & Bob Zitter and Keter Torah Award Recipients: Kori & Bill Meyers and to BCDS on celebrating its 60th anniversary
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel Kiddushby Simcha Rubin on behalf of Yeshiva Gavriel Simcha
Sanctuary KiddushCAS
Sponsor A Kiddush
Shabbat date Sanctuary Kiddush Chapel Kiddush
Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus.
Click here to email Matt and he will contact you or see Irwin to arrange a Chapel Kiddush.
CAS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:30 PM 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue Stamford, CT 06902
Please join us for our annual meeting and election of officers and directors
  1. Reports by Rabbi, President, and Treasurer
  2. Presentation of the George and Ziporah Freedberg Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Service
  3. Presentation of the Hineni Award for Service to CAS
  4. 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:
President:Rachel Dayan
1st Vice President:
Simeon Wohlberg
Bob Raymond
Dinah Miller Marlowe
One year term:
3rd Vice President:
Mitchel Balsam
Three year term:
Howland Gordon
Jacob Meyer
Gregory Miller
Bruce Newman
Toby Schaffer
Bennett Schwartz
One year term:
Rebecca Ben-Atar
Amy Breslow
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CAS Annual Dinner Photos
Thanks for everyone who supported the dinner.
Our photo albums are now on-line
Bnai Mitzvah Lunch
Saturday, June 4 - 10:30 AM
Bnai Mitzvah Lunch
Hosted by Diane and Rabbi Daniel Cohen at their home for 6th grade girls and boys and 7th grade boys
Young Families Park Event
Saturday, June 4 - 4:30 PM
Young Families Park Event
Join the CAS Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, June 4 at 4:30 pm for an oneg in the park. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share.
CAS Sisterhood Produce
CAS Goes Organic - Join Our New Farm Share Program Brought to You by CAS Sisterhood
What is a Farm Share? A Farm Share is a Local/Seasonal Assortment of Fruits and Veggies delivered every Wednesday to CAS for the Summer Season

Starts the week of May 30th!
CAS Graduation Kiddush - June 13
Join the CAS Graduation Celebration!
If you have a graduate in your family (preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school), we will publish his/her name and the level from which he or she is graduating.

Celebrate the graduates with a festive kiddush on the second day of Shavuot in honor of the graduates. Help co-sponsor the kiddush!
CAS Annual Membership Meeting
Tuesday, June 14 - 7:30 PM
CAS Annual Membership Meeting
Please join us for the annual update, award presentation, and election of Officers & Directors.
CAS Announcements
  • JOIN US AS THE SISTERHOOD PRESENTS WOMEN'S CLUB. June 22 at 10am at CAS. The program will be an interactive lecture by Helene Zimmerman titled Are we in touch? Everyone is invited!
  • JOIN THE MEDIA LINE FOUNDER Felice Friedson Thursday evening, June 23rd at 8:30 PM on the topic: Are solutions slipping away? A look at Israel and the Palestinians from The Media Line Newsroom Hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen at their home. RSVP to For more info visit,
  • FATHER/SON MINYAN We are now holding a Father/Son minyan on Sundays at 9:15am. Breakfast to follow. We plan to hold this minyan twice a month. Please see Simeon Wohlberg for details
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • 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 AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM
CAS Classes
Week of May 29
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspective and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: The Jewish Bookshelf - 7:30 PM
ThursdayRabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
JCC Maccabi
Over 300 Host Families Still Needed! Please Register Now!
When the Jewish Community Center of Stamford hosts the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest from August 7-12, we will welcome 1500 Jewish teens to lower Fairfield County from all over the US, Israel, Great Britain, Poland and South America.
Now is our chance to give them the experience of a lifetime at one of the largest Jewish youth events in the world - right in our own back yard! Don't miss out on an amazing community event that your family will remember for years to come.
For complete details and answers to your questions, or to register now as a host family or volunteer, go to
For more information, contact the JCC Maccabi office at 203-487-0949 or email
Community Chesed
3 Square - Provide Summer Items for Kids In Need 3 square is a program of the Women's Philanthropy of United Jewish Federation. We provide supplemental nutrition to students in need in our community. Once a week, volunteers gather to shop, package and deliver food to 28 hungry children at Rogers School in Stamford. Our mission is to change lives by providing food for children at risk of going hungry over the weekend during the school year. Periodically the group gives special gifts to mark holidays and vacations. Summer vacation is fast approaching, and we would like to send the kids on their way with some goodies that they can most certainly use this summer, and won't be able to purchase on their own. Please consider donating the following items: full size Shampoo, Conditioner, Sun Tan Lotion, and fun items for Summer, sun hats, sun glasses. For more info, contact Rebekah Raz at
Community Announcements
  • LAST CALL FOR 1ST ANNUAL STAMFORD COMMUNITY WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIP Join us on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 to do some wwr down the Lehigh River in class II and III rapids. We will be leaving Stamford (carpooling) at approximately 6 AM and returning around 7 PM (approximately 5 hrs in the river) If you are interested in joining, please sign up online at by Monday, May 30th, 2016. Cost of the trip will be approximately $60. Space is extremely limited. We go rain or shine. Must be 18 and over. Any questions, please email Eric Sigman at
  • BCDS CELEBRATION DINNER Monday, May 30, 5:30pm @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Celebrating 60 Years and Counting...On Each Other Guests of Honor: Hillary and Bob Zitter; Keter Torah Award: Kori and Bill Meyers; Young Leadership Award: Robyn Winarsky; Alumni Award: Ami Soifer; Jane Shoztic Memorial Award: Sally Olson. RSVP to our Celebration Dinner:
  • TRAVEL WITH BCDS to the Israeli Day Parade. Spots available on the bus from Stamford. More more info contact Michal Smart at
  • SAVE THE DATE AND ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY! SAR All Girls Fashion Show Fundraiser! June 1stfundraiser for Sharsheret. To order tickets please go to : For more information please contact Nicole Wohlberg at
  • TEMPLE BETH EL ANNUAL CANTOR'S CONCERT, Thursday, June 2, at 7 pm. The National Yiddish Theatre- Folksbiene Presents "Soul to Soul" - an electrifying theatrical concert that explores the intersections between Yiddish and African-American musical traditions. Conceived and directed by Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF's artistic director, the concert has been presented throughout the U.S. and features a cross-cultural cast that includes, international opera and Broadway sensation Elmore James, songwriter, recording artist Tony Perry and Stamford's own, Cantor Magda Fishman. The singers will be accompanied by a 5-piece band featuring Israeli guitar and bouzouki virtuoso Avram Pengas. A dessert reception will follow. General Admission $36 Admission $45 at the door . Students $10, 18, at the door. To purchase tickets, go to For further information, contact the TBE office at (203) 322-6901, ext. 301, or
  • 613 SHABBAT DINNER JUNE 10 Shavuot is Coming! Shabbat runs directly into Shavuot this year so instead o having to think about cooking Shabbat Dinner in the midst of your cheesecake preparation, let us pamper you instead! On Friday, June 10th, 613 Restaurant will be hosting another amazing Shabbat meal for the community. We will have candlelighting and minyan at 7:00pm, and start the meal at 7:30pm so you can drive to the restaurant before Shabbat and only have to walk one way....home! (vehicles can be left in 613 parking lot over Shabbat & Shavuot). PLEASE RSVP BY June 1st TO AS WE NEED A MINIMUM TO MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN
  • YACHAD is sponsoring a comedy improv night with "Eight is Enough," Sunday, June 19th, 7PM at Congregation Agudath Sholom. Great food, raffle, and prizes, $54/person, sponsorships available, all proceeds to benefit Yachad. To register, please visit
  • UJF WOMEN'S SPRING GALA Join United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien on June 1st for the annual Womens Philanthropy Spring Dinner featuring Jamie Geller, renowned cook book author. The cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm, followed by a buffet dinner and program. The dinner will be held at Temple Beth El in Stamford. For more details or to sign up visit the UJF website at or call the UJF office.
  • ANNOUNCING THE 2ND ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP event on July 31! Can you help? Back to School Shop provides economically disadvantaged elementary school children in Stamford with the opportunity to "shop" for brand new clothes, backpacks and school supplies at no charge, in a one day event. We served over 120 children in our inaugural event last summer and plan to increase the number to 200 this year! Can you volunteer for a 4 hour shift at our event? Can you make a donation to help outfit a child for school? To volunteer, please contact Lorraine Kweskin at For more information or to make a donation please visit
  • BCDS MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR PRESCHOOL AGE CHILDREN Free and Open to the Public. Mark your calendar for these Tuesdays from 1:30pm-2:15pm at October 13th and 27th, November 10th, December 1st and 15th, January 5th and 19th, February 2nd and 23rd, March 8th and 22nd, April 5th, May 3rd and 17th, June 7th. For more information , please contact: Joanne Karow at or (203)329-2186
  • 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.
  • TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IN RETIREMENT-HOW TO STAY HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE - Thursday, June 2ndat 7:00 pm at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Co-sponsored with the Stamford JCC, JFS will present Dr. Stephen Jones. MD, the keynote speaker to speak on "Living Long, Living Well," followed by three break-out sessions: "Reinventing Yourself", "Brain Fitness" and "Strategies for Financial Fitness". Free to the community. For more information, contact Connie Freeman, JCC Director of Senior Adult Services at
  • JFS BLENDED FAMILIES WORKSHOPS -Thursdays, June 9th, July 7th and August 4th, 7:00-8:00 pm at JFS, 733 Summer Street, Stamford. A series of three evening workshops, co-sponsored by BCDS and co-facilitated by Eve Moskowitz, Rebekah Kanefsky and Bob Abrams, Jewish Educator and patriarch of a successfully blended family. The workshops will focus on "blended families", making co-parenting, step-parenting and parenting alone work for families. Free to the community. Light refreshments served. RSVP required at 203-921-4161 or email
  • JFS COLLEGE: GETTING THERE FROM HERE --Thursday, June 16th from 7-8 pm at the Stamford JFS office. Join college financial planning professionals discuss the options to pay for college. FREE and open to the community. To register, contact, Claire D. Friedlander at or call 203-921-4161.
  • JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY WINTER COAT DRIVE Jewish Family Service is collecting new or gently used clean coats for our Kosher Food Pantry Clients. Drop off your donations during the Summer months or June, July and August at the JFS Stamford office. For additional information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS -Wednesdays at 3:00 pm Support group for the unemployed at the Stamford JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. The group will 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 Nadja Streiter at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • JFS NEW BEGINNINGS , Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm Support group for separated or divorced at Westport JFS office, 431 Post Road East, Suite 11. To register, contact Nadja Streiter at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • LET'S TALK - Thursdays, 11 :00 am Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or
  • JFS BRAIN FITNESS PILOT PROGRAM Working with clients experiencing early stage dementia or Alzheimer's in the client's home. Contact Matt Greenberg at 203-921-4161 or
  • SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161or email
  • SNAP ENROLLMENT WORKSHOPS For adults and seniors, JFS will be providing information and eligibility assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly food stamps). The second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am in the Westport office (431 Post Road East), SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aharon David ben Ester Bailah
  • Aharon Leb Halevi ben Ora Chana
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Chana bat Sarah
  • Chaya Tobah Rivka bat Bronah
  • Daniel Yaakov ben Bunya Faige Hakohen
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Faiga Leeba bat Tova
  • Faige bat Leah
  • Harav Chaim Yehoshua ben Chana Fruma
  • Herztel Yosel ben Rut
  • Lev Emmanuel ben Liana
  • Malka Rus bat Nechama Hadassah
  • Meir Elihu ben Malka Shayna
  • Miriam bat Sara
  • Miriam bat Sarah
  • Moshe Elya ben Chana
  • Nachuma bat Dinah
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Rachel bat Bayla
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivka Devorah bat Rut. Chag Sameach
  • Roza bat Ann
  • Sara Batya bat Yehisheva Meira
  • Sara Rifka bat Channah Rachel
  • Sarah bat Nira
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Tzeeva Mina bat Ita Michlah
  • Tzvi Gedalyah ben Chana
  • Yaakov ben Gitta Etta Halevi
  • Yaakov ben Tzipora Faige Hakohen
  • Yehuda Aryeh Leib ben Yospa
  • Yitzchak ben Rivka
  • Yizchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yonah bat Esther
  • Yosef ben Miriam
  • Zalman Yechiel ben Chayka
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • דוד ben יענטא חוה
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We need volunteers to work in the shop! Please call Julie at (203)-321-6460

CAS Spring Beit Midrash Program March 3-17
CAS Youth
Coming Soon May-June:
A June 18 - Youth Year-End Awards and Thank You Luncheon --more details to follow....
A So much more, stay tuned J
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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