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Friday, July 1, 2016

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
July 2, 2016
26 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 Shema9:12 AM
Latest Shacharit10:28 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Perek On The Patio7:00 PM
Daf Yomi7:15 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:07 PM
Shabbat Ends9:12 PM
Havdalah9:12 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Are you a Grasshopper?
Do we occupy someone else's land by strength of our military might or are we living in areas which have been ours for the past four thousand years by strength of our historic rights?
It all depends upon how we view history, the Divine covenant and how we view ourselves. How is it possible that following the miracles of the Exodus and the Revelation at Sinai, that 10 leaders of Israel fomented such fear among the populace of Israel? What happened to their faith?
One of the answers emerges from the following aspect of their report. In describing their meeting giants in Israel, they told the nation, "We were like grasshoppers in our own eyes and so that was how we appeared in their eyes." (Numbers 13:33) The real sin of the spies was that they stopped believing in themselves, in their mission and in the Divine covenant. The Canaanites saw them as they saw themselves, as "grasshoppers".
Wear your Jewish pride. I recently spoke to a young man, Uri Turk, a former IDF lone soldier from Miami, who together with his friend, Yehuda Moskowitz, started a company, Pic a Kippah, to inspire Jews worldwide to show and wear their Jewish pride. Uri sent me some samples available in the Sisterhood gift shop and I encourage you to visit and share their website.
Be alert to the truth. Know your facts. I encourage you to sign up for a few organizational email alerts that are very helpful. They are, and
We must always remember that our right to the land of Israel emerges not from world sympathy in the aftermath of the Holocaust, nor by virtue of an occupation, but by Divine right. God created the earth and offered the land of Israel to us as our homeland. In the face of efforts to delegitimize Israel, terrorize her citizens and offer the canard of occupation as an obstacle to peace, it is even more important to hold our heads high, restore belief in our historic heritage and pursue peace through strength.
We believe that in the days of redemption, Jerusalem will be a place of prayers for all nations while serving as our eternal capital and Israel as our homeland.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Happy July 4th weekend,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Service Notes
  • Reminder: Please wait until after Rabbi Cohen finishes the blessing over the wine to enter the Social Hall for kiddush
  • There will be no Jr. Congregation this week
WELCOME new member Audrey Waldstreicher. So nice to have you in Stamford!
Introducing the Shabbat Atria Mitzvah Mission Spreading joy and building community reflects the values of our shul. Our clergy periodically leads pre-Shabbat Friday afternoon programs at Atria Stamford, 77 3rd Street. This year, we are stepping it up and launching the Stamford Atria Mitzvah Mission. The goal of the Mitzvah mission is to enrich the seniors' experience through friendship, song and joy. Beginning next Friday, July 8th at 2:30 PM, we will conduct a monthly program joined by musical accompaniment. Next week, join me and Kate & Peretz Cik to share the spirit of Shabbat. Whether adults or kids, your presence will enhance the ambiance and ruach. Let me know if you would like to join the Atria Mitzvah mission. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you next week!
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Milk and Meat
  • Question: What does the designation DE signify? Is it possible that a food may be certified with a D but not actually contain dairy ingredients?

    Answer: Thanks for your question. Some foods contain DE designation which means that although the food does not contain diary ingredients, it may have been harvested or processed on dairy equipment. As such, it may be eaten immediately after meat but not together with meat. Interestingly, the Orthodox Union no longer uses this designation, but will certify a food as dairy even if it does not list a diary product. One example is Oreo cookies. When asked the rationale for this policy, the OU explained, "In many cases, the product may actually contain dairy ingredients. The most common example is that of "non-dairy" creamers. While most of the ingredients are pareve (non-dairy), they almost always contain sodium casseinate, a dairy ingredient. Sometimes, a dairy ingredient could be listed among dairy ingredients without being itemized. For example, butter flavors are sometimes listed together with other flavors under the name "natural flavors."

    Also, the rules regarding dairy equipment are somewhat complex. Therefore to avoid confusion, we thought it more prudent to just leave everything marked as "dairy." Second, and more significantly, we have found that many companies do not completely clean off their machinery after running dairy products on them. We do not feel it is proper to take responsibility for clean ups at which we are not present. Therefore, we felt it is safer to leave dairy equipment products marked with a dairy designation, so that we do not take responsibility for any possible traces of dairy left from the machinery."

    To enquire whether a particular product marked as dairy really contains dairy ingredients, contact the OU Kosher Hotline at 1-212-613-8241..
Shabbat Table Conversation of the Week - Parshat Shelach According to Jewish mystical sources, each piece of fruit carries within it a force of life, a soul, and the fruit grown in the land of Israel has additional holiness. Has your behavior ever been influenced spiritually by the types of fruit or food that you eat?
LIPS product of the week Fairway Wines and Spirits offers a large collection of Kosher Israeli wines at affordable prices!
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
WELCOME Eric and Jennifer Berkowitz who moved into our community this week. We wish them much success and blessing in their new home.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Perek on the PatioRabbi David Walk
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Cohen: Gun Control and Gun Ownership in Jewish Law
ShiurRabbi David Walk: Are Kalev & Yehoshua the Original Butch & Sundance?
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday 7:30 am, Tuesday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday:7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday:7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-Thursday:6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Friday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday:8:15 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/8:15 PM
Candles Friday8:10 PM
MondayIndependence Day
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Tamuz
ThursdayRosh Chodesh Tamuz
  • to Melvin Goldstein on the passing of his wife, Caryl
  • to the family of Hallel Yaffa Ariel and the families of those murdered in the terrorist attack in Istanbul.
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Diane & Elliot Sloyer on Rebecca's upcoming marriage to Yoni Suriel
  • to Kamal Haron and Nancy Haron, of blessed memory, on the birth of a granddaughter, Naomi, born to Ronen and Virginia Haron.
  • to Sherri and Dr. Allen Rosenthal on the birth of a grandson born to Sharon and Jason Rosenthal.
  • to Chani & Rabbi Oran Zweiter on the recent marriage. May they build a bayit neeman beYisrael! We will welcome them to CAS this week and at a special kiddush next Shabbat.
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 KiddushSimcha Rubin on behalf of Yeshiva Simcha Gavriel
Sanctuary Kiddushby the Sloyer and Suriel families in honor of the upcoming marriage of our children Rebecca Sloyer to Yoni Suriel and the Stamford community's kindness and by Phyllis Brodsky in commemoration of Gerry's first yahrzeit
Seudat Shlishitby the Sloyer and Suriel families
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 - Mens Club BBQ
Tuesday, July 5 - 6:30 PM
CAS Summer Flick Series - Mens Club BBQ
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 Israel Lunch And Learn
Tuesday, July 12 - 12:00 PM
CAS Israel Lunch And Learn
Special Lunch 'n Learn at Six13 Restaurant
with Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Rabbi Mitch Hurvitz
CAS Renewal
CAS Reconstruction and Capital Campaign
Join the campaign to Revitalize ✶ Renew ✶ Refurbish CAS
Thanks to those who have participated to date!
Make your gift now!
CAS Announcements
  • CAS GARDEN Join us in the garden this Sunday, 9:30 am.
  • YOUNG FAMILIES PLANNING MEETING on Wednesday, July 13th at 10:30 AM. For more info about the Oneg and meeting, please contact Laura Tobin (
  • CAS YOUNG FAMILIES NEWS Shabbat Oneg in the Park. Please join the Agudath Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, July 23rd at 4:30 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. If it rains, we will postpone to July 30th. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Please feel free to invite friends and any families who may be visiting.
  • PLAN YOUR NEXT ISRAEL TRIP Join the Men's Adult Learning Trip - Sat night, November - Sunday, December 4th For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
  • JOURNEY OF BODY AND SOUL TO ISRAEL AND VISIT THE FOUR HOLY CITIES WITH RABBI DANIEL AND DIANE COHEN October 28 - November 7, 2017. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or visit
  • 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 (
  • 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 July 3
ShabbatRabbi David Walk: Perek on the Patio - 7 PM
TuesdayRabbi David Walk: Divine Poetry; The Book of Psalms - 8:30am
ThursdayRabbi David Walk: Talmud Ta'anit-7:15 PM
Summer Tanach Series with Rabbi CohenThe Final Days: The Destruction of the Temple. Tuesday August 2nd and 9th 8:15 AM - 9 AM
Shabbat Morning Sermon Series with Rabbi Daniel CohenThe Ethics of Gossip, Guarding your Tongue and the Power of Speech - July 23, August 6 & 13
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 Announcements
  • WOMEN'S GROUP ON SHABBOS AFTERNOON Please join us on Shabbos afternoon, July 2 at 5pm at the home of Rochel Attar (196 Fifth Street.) for a gathering of socializing, sharing of ideas, and learning Ethics of Our Fathers. We hope to see you there
  • SINGLE JEWISH MALE seeks affordable place to stay in Stamford for remainder of summer or until he is finished working here, whichever comes first. Bed required, all else optional. Any leads, even if only available for one or two weeks, etc, are appreciated. For more info email Chaim Meth at or contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at rabbicohen at
  • 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
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