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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
June 25, 2016
19 Sivan 5776
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Mincha7:00 PM
8:17 PM
Candle lighting8:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:10 AM
Mishnah/Hot Cocoa10:15 AM
Latest Shacharit10:26 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Perek On The Patio7:00 PM
Daf Yomi7:20 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:20 PM
Mincha8:10 PM
Maariv9:08 PM
Shabbat Ends9:13 PM
Havdalah9:13 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Joy in Serving Others: The Holiest Night of My Life
I am blessed this Shabbat to welcome my father, Rabbi Herbert Cohen, and my stepmother, Meryl, who are visiting from Israel. It has been over a year since my father's double bypass surgery. Now a year later, I am grateful to God for his recovery and reflect on one of the holiest nights of my life.
The days before his surgery were very unnerving as my father reflected on his mortality. I realized the importance of being with him during these fragile moments and I booked a flight to Jerusalem.
He underwent surgery on a Sunday morning and I arrived in Israel after an eleven hour flight on Monday afternoon. Within minutes of my arrival, he left the Intensive Care Unit. Although I booked a hotel room near the hospital, upon entering the room, my father asked me to stay with him through the night. The next 24 hours would be some of the most tiring but inspiring moments of my entire life. My father's blood pressure dropped precipitously on a couple of occasions triggering emergency units, his body temperature cooled and every breath was arduous. I helped him with the most basic of tasks. I left the hospital for about one hour on Tuesday afternoon while my stepmother was with him to pray at the Western Wall. When I returned, my father, thank God, had stabilized and I traveled back to the airport and flew home to America. I was in the air more than I was on the ground. My body was exhausted but my soul was on fire.
Growing up, I did my best to honor my parents and know I could have done more but I sensed my soul's joy in serving my father. The most stirring moment occurred in the middle of the night. My father asked me to rub his skin and soothe him. The touch evoked a childhood memory in me. I remembered vividly my father holding me as a child in the pool and I held him tight as he bounced me up and down and waded with me in the water. In that instant, I realized the sanctity of the night. Our roles were reversed. He cared for me as a child and now I cared for him. Thank God, he is blessed with his health. In the darkness of the night in Jerusalem, our souls intertwined. The gift of a parent's love for a child and in turn my respect and love for him, ignited a palpable feeling of joy and purpose which will live in me forever. The experience reinforced within me the counter intuitive role serving others plays in increasing inner happiness. As Francis of Asissi teaches, "For it is in the giving that we receive."
Regardless of our faiths, we are all created with the Divine spark. This spark, our conscious, our souls, burns brighter and joy wells inside of us when we love another. We were created to serve.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Note Sunday 9.15am minyan is on. Dad's and Donuts. Last Sunday Father/Son Minyan until September
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Milk and Meat
  • Question: If I eat hot pareve food that was made on meat equipment, is there a waiting period before I can eat dairy? For instance, if I ate vegetarian chili made in a meat pot, can I have ice cream for dessert?

    Answer: If one eats pareve food that was cooked in a meat pot, one is not required to wait six hours before eating dairy. However, one may not eat this food together with dairy or reheat it in a dairy pot. For example, if one cooked spaghetti in a fleishig pot, he may eat cheese immediately after finishing the spaghetti. However, he may not eat the spaghetti with cheese or with other dairy products. You can have your ice cream for dessert. The spaghetti, though, should not be reheated in a milchig pot.
Shabbat Table Conversation of the Week Rav Kook writes that true humility strengthens one's resolve and is reflected in a growing sense of happiness: in contract, despondency and despair reflects perversion of true humility. Why?
LIPS product of the week Planning on making your own hummus? Looking for a good quality tahini? Fairway sells different kinds of Israeli tahini at convenient prices. Enjoy!
Vaad of Fairfield County Update The new Carvel at 1060 Long Ridge (right off exit on Merritt) is now Under Vaad of Fairfield County certification. They also serve frozen yogurt. All products are kosher except for a few frozen yogurt toppings which are clearly marked not kosher. Enjoy!
Kosher Alert Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness Organic Fruit Drink - Unauthorized OU. The Orthodox Union does not certify Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness fruit drink. This product is being sold in 6 ounce cartons that were placed in large bags that bear an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions have been implemented.
Israel Advocacy Update Our newly formed Israel Advocacy Task Force under the leadership of Ben Lanson held its first organizational meeting. Great ideas and action steps emerged. To learn more about how to get involved, contact Ben at or Rabbi Cohen at
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Perek on the PatioRabbi David Walk
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Internet Minyan- Reality or Fantasy
ShiurRabbi Elisha Paul: TBD
Torah ReaderGil Orbach
Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday:7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday:8:15 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/8:17 PM
Candles Friday8:12 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Gidon Katz & Janine Bahar on Julianne's Bat Mitzvah
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 Packagesby the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel Kiddushby Shoshana and Seth Lubin in honor of Kohelet's first birthday and bubby's visit and Marilyn Niedober in honor of her new great-granddaughter, Kayla Shoshana, and big sister, Ariella Chana
Sanctuary Kiddushby Janine Bahar and Gidon Katz in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Julianne Katz
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.
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CAS Summer Flick Series
Tuesday, July 5 - 6:30 PM
CAS Summer Flick Series
Summer Flick Series with Rabbi David Walk @ CAS
Biloxi Blues
The CAS Men's Club will sponsor a BBQ for the first movie night. The Men's Club BBQ costs $10 per person, includes hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh corn, salads, watermelon and beverages.

The BBQ starts at 6:30 pm and is open to everyone (men & women).
The movie is free and begins at 7:30 pm.
CAS Announcements
  • CAS GARDEN Our next gardening session will be this Sunday, June 26th at 9:15am. We apologize for missing last week's session due to scheduling conflicts but we will be ready to tackle the garden this Sunday. We need about 4~5 adult gardeners. Bring any gardening tools you may have and a friend and come ready to get dirty and have fun doing a beautiful mitzvah. Hope to see you there.
  • WOMEN'S GROUP ON SHABBOS AFTERNOON Please join us on Shabbos afternoon, June 25 at 5pm at the home of Rica Lieberman (426 Strawberry Hill Ave.) for a gathering of socializing, sharing of ideas, and learning Ethics of Our Fathers. We hope to see you there!
  • DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS MOVING TO STAMFORD OR RECENTLY ARRIVED? Let us know so we can insure they receive a warm CAS welcome to our community! Please contact Rabbi Cohen or our membership committee: Jessie Brand (, Rebecca Ben Atar ( or Jon Makovsky (
  • FOUND! If you lost a store merchandise credit in shul, contact Sharon Feldstein at to claim it.
  • 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.
  • 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 June 26
SundayRabbi Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi David Walk: Parsha & Pizza - 12:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi David Walk: Divine Poetry; The Book of Psalms - 8:00 AM
ThursdayRabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:15 PM
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
  • DON'T GET HIT WITH NO SUMMER PLANS- PLAY DODGEBALL! The Young Leadership Division of UJF will hold its 3rd annual dodgeball tournament for charity on July 20th. A kosher BBQ will begin at 6:15pm with play starting at 7:15pm. It will be held at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue. It is $25 in advance- be a sponsor at $36 and get one free ticket to get back in the game. Have fun and do a mitzvah- $18 of each entrance fee goes to 3SQUARE, a UJF program feeding needy children in our community on the weekends. Don't want to play? Come out and support our charity and watch the fun and mingle. This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Twenties & Thirties of JFS. For more information contact Sharon Franklin at the UJF office 203-321-1373 x109. To sign up go to YLD is a group of people in their 20's to mid 40's committed to building a stronger Jewish community in greater Stamford, Israel and throughout the world.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • JFS BLENDED FAMILIES WORKSHOPS -Thursdays, 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 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 (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 Leb Halevi ben Ora Chana
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Borach ben Asya Shaya
  • Chana bat Sarah
  • Daniel Yaakov ben Bunya Faige Hakohen
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Harav Chaim Yehoshua ben Chana Fruma
  • Lev Emmanuel ben Liana
  • Malka Rus bat Nechama Hadassah
  • Meir Elihu ben Malka Shayna
  • Mendel ben Sara
  • Moshe Elya ben Chana
  • Nachuma bat Dinah
  • Olga bat Zina
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Roza bat Ann
  • Sara Rifka bat Channah Rachel
  • Sarah bat Nira
  • Shira bat Sophia
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Tzeeva Mina bat Ita Michlah
  • Tzvi Gedalyah ben Chana
  • Yaakov ben Gitta Etta Halevi
  • Yehuda Aryeh Leib ben Yospa
  • Yitzchak ben Rivka
  • Yizchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yonah bat Esther
  • Zalman Yechiel ben Chayka
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • דוד ben יענטא חוה
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Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902

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