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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
July 23, 2016
17 Tamuz 5776
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Shabbat Shalom
Mincha7:00 PM
8:06 PM
Candle lighting8:01 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:21 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:34 AM
Perek On The Patio7:00 PM
Daf Yomi7:05 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:05 PM
Mincha7:55 PM
Maariv8:56 PM
Shabbat Ends9:01 PM
Havdalah9:01 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Daniel Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Laws Of The 3 Weeks
During the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz until after Tisha B'Av, the custom is to observe some aspects of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The observance intensifies as Tisha B'Av approaches. This Sunday, July 24th, we observe the fast of the 17th of Tammuz.
The three weeks begins on Sunday and ends on Sunday, August 14th. The observances of mourning are the following:
1. Weddings should not be performed during this period.
2. Listening to musical instruments is prohibited. Acapella is permitted.
3. We refrain from reciting the blessing "sh'hecheyanu" on new garments or fruit, except on Shabbat.
4. We refrain from taking a haircut during this period.
If you have questions, please be in touch. The guidelines are designed to awaken within us the loss of the Temple and spur us to evaluate our own efforts in mending a broken world. God willing, through our meaningful observance of these rituals, we will merit to see the redemption and building of the third Beit Hamikdash speedily in our days.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
HIGH HOLIDAY 5777 RESERVED SEATS Make sure you have your desired seat in any of our three services-return the form included in your dues statement or contact Matt at
Heat Advisory from Rabbi Cohen Due to the expected heat on Shabbat, please dress wisely and hydrate when walking to CAS or in the park. Also, when fasting on Sunday, from dusk until nightfall, be aware that if you feel lightheaded, you should drink. Pregnant and nursing women are also exempt from fasting. If you have questions, please be touch with me.
  • new members Craig and Rachel Oshrin
  • Steve and Adina Edelman and wish them much success in their move to Stamford
Introducing the Shabbat Shalom Mitzvah Mission Bring a Smile to our members. Let them know we are thinking of them. We recently launched an initiative to call our seniors and wish them a Shabbat Shalom, share shul updates, see how we can be helpful and check in. If you would like to join the Shabbat Shalom Team or you know someone who is home bound and might appreciate a call, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Mitzvah Mission chair, Phyllis Shapiro ( We ask for 15 minutes a week. With one call, you can make someone smile and make their day!
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. Join me and Kate & Peretz Cik on Friday, August 19 at 2:30 PM 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!
Shabbat Table Conversation Balak Who is responsible for Bilaam's attempt to curse the Jews? Balak may be partially responsible since he tempted Bilaam with honor and wealth. Perhaps he violated the Torah prohibition against placing a stumbling block in front of a blind person. Applications of this principle range from traffic signs to weapon sales to advertising and much more. How? Can you think of ramifications of these principles in politics, business or contemporary society?
Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours stop by to say hello
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 9-11 AM
  • Thursday 2-4 PM
Reminder about Handicapped Parking Please be courteous to your fellow members and only park in handicapped parking spots if you have a handicapped sticker.
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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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 Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Perek on the PatioRabbi Oran Zweiter
Daf YomiDavid Besaleli
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Skydiving, driving and eating hot dogs: What is considered to be dangerous according to halacha?
ShiurBarry Best: What is the Purpose of the Beit HaMikdash?
Torah ReadersNat Samberg, Dayne Katz
Weekday Schedule
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday:7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday:6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday:7:50 PM, Monday-Thursday:8:00 PM, Friday:7:00 PM/8:00 PM
Candles Friday7:55 PM
SundayTzom Tammuz: Fast Starts 4:01 AM; Fast Ends 8:52 PM
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel Kiddushby Eric and Pamela Greenhut in memory of his father
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CAS Young Families
Young Families Pot Luck Shabbat Lunch The Young Couples Committee is holding its fourth annual potluck Shabbat lunch on September 17 following services. We are looking for young families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. Joni us for this great way to get to know people in the community! Click here to sign up or contact Jessica Dulitz for more info.

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.

Toddler Time Playgroup , Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play geared towards children 3 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop in group will meet weekly in the downstairs children's classroom at CAS. There is no cost and a light snack will be provided. Please contact Rachel Kaimowitz ( or Jessica Furmansky ( for more information.
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CAS Summer Flick Series
Tuesday, July 26 - 7:30 PM
CAS Summer Flick Series
Summer Flick Series with Rabbi David Walk @ CAS
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Summer Study Series
Thursday, July 28
Summer Study Series
  • Summer Tanach Series with Rabbi Cohen:The Final Days: The Destruction of the Temple, Thursdays August 4 & 11- 8:30 AM
  • Symbolism and Structure of the Temple with Rabbi Zweiter Thursday, July 28, August 4 & 11 9:30 AM
  • Shabbat Morning Sermon Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen The Ethics of Gossip, Guarding your Tongue and the Power of Speech, Shabbat- July 23, August 6 & 13
Tefillin Mezzuzot Checking
Sunday, July 31 - 8:00 AM
Tefillin Mezzuzot Checking
We will once again be visited by Rabbi Yirmiyah Moldovan, ritual scribe, on Sunday, July 31st to check and repair tefillin and mezuzot. Please sign up to indicate that you will drop off an item.
CAS Renewal
CAS Reconstruction and Capital Campaign
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Thanks to those who have participated to date!
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Welcome Rabbi Zweiter
Welcome Rabbi Oran Zwieter, our new Assistant Rabbi. Stop by to see him: Office hours - Tuesday / Wednesday 9-11 AM; Thursday 2-4 PM
CAS Young Couples Potluck Shabbat Lunch
We are looking for young families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the community! Click the box above to sign up
CAS Men's Adult Learning Trip 5777
This trip will feature stimulating daily shiurim in Tanach, Talmud, and Halacha - taught by leading Torah scholars including Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi David Stav, and Mrs. Shani Taragin. Information: Contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
CAS Announcements
  • CAS GARDENING SESSION THIS SUNDAY, JULY 24! Weather permitting, we will be working on the shul garden at 9:30am for one hour. We are having an amazing season of growth so far. Come be a part of what could be our record year of produce to donate to the local food bank. We hope to see you at the garden. Any questions? Contact Meredith Cohen at
  • THE MINNIE MANGER MARCIA LIEBERMAN MIKVAH NEEDS YOUR HELP! We will hold a Mikvah Committee meeting Monday night August 1st and we need diverse women with diverse interests. Want to help us plan educational events? Like shopping and want to help the mikvah stay stocked? Ever wondered what happens when our wonderful mikvah attendant takes vacation? And of course, if you can't take no for an answer - we need you to fund-raise for the mayim league! Please RSVP to
  • 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 24
MondayRabbi David Walk: Parsha & Pizza - 12:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi David Walk: : Divine Poetry; The Book of Psalms - 8:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Symbolism and Structure of the Temple - 9:30 AM
Rabbi Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:15 PM
Summer Series
Summer Tanach Series with Rabbi CohenThe Final Days: The Destruction of the Temple. Thursday August 4 and 11 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Symbolism and Structure of the Temple with Rabbi ZweiterThursday July 28, August 4 and August 11 9:30 - 10:15 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
There are fewer than three weeks until Maccabi starts and we still need your help as a volunteer!!!
There are a few positions we still need to fill:
  • Bus greeters and Bus captains for Sunday arrival
  • Ushers for Opening Ceremonies
  • Safety people to monitor entrances and direct parking
  • Safety people to help out at evening activities: Grand Prix (Monday), Rye Playland (Tuesday), Closing Party (Thursday)
  • Food servers throughout the week
  • Supervisors at JCC Cares projects and ArtsFest projects
To find out more about volunteer positions: To register: If any of these positions speak to you, or any of the wide variety of volunteer positions available on our website, register here via this link:
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.
To register: If any of these positions speak to you, or any of the wide variety of volunteer positions available on our website, register here via this
For more information, contact the JCC Maccabi office at 203-487-0949 or email
Community Announcements
  • 613 RESTAURANT Back By Popular Demand, Chef Dini Klein Is Hosting another Amazing Pop Up Dinner!! August 4, 6:30 PM. Reservations required 203-614-8777
  • WOMEN'S GROUP ON SHABBOS AFTERNOON Please join us on Shabbos afternoon, July 23 at 5pm at the home of Rachel Leah Finkel (500 Newfield Ave., Apt. 3D) for gathering of socializing, sharing of ideas, and learning Ethics of Our Fathers. This will be the final Pirkei Avot group for this year!! We hope to see you there
  • 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
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  • Borach ben Asya Shaya
  • Chaim Wolf ben Shaynsha
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Elchonon Baruch ben Elka Miril
  • Malka Rut bat Nechama Hadassah
  • Mendel ben Sara
  • Moshe Elya ben Chana
  • Olga bat Zina
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Roza bat Ann
  • Sara Rifka bat Channah Rachel
  • Shira bat Sophia
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Yehudit bat Gerta
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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