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Friday, August 26, 2016

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
August 27, 2016
23 Av 5776
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle lighting7:17 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:36 AM
Tot Shabbat \ Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:42 AM
Daf Yomi6:20 PM
Mincha7:10 PM
Maariv8:11 PM
Shabbat Ends8:16 PM
Havdalah8:16 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Two Stories of Renewable Energy and Blessing
I was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Rebbetzin Jungreis, a true giant in our generation. She was a personal source of inspiration for me - every day, three times a day.
Many years ago, I asked her where she drew all of her strength, passion and indefatigable energy. She shared with me that at the end of the silent meditation she would always pray to God that she serves as His conduit for blessing in the world. In this spirit, every day she experienced a renewed sense of divine purpose and mission to reveal God's light. Since that conversation, I try to follow her lead and as she promised, and as we all can, realize the words of Isaiah, "Those who have faith in God, their strength will be renewed."
Her life was never for her own fame but for the glory of God. I am eternally grateful for her friendship, Torah, optimism and generous spirit. She would often say - "Even if there is no reason to smile, smile anyway and God will give you a reason to smile"
Her soul touched thousands of people and will reverberate for generations. We wish her family much strength and comfort in the days ahead. May her memory always be for a blessing and may we all be inspired by her life to seize every day to amplify the glory of God in every human being and in the world.
Thank God, we experienced many semachot in our community last week. Mazal Tov to all of the families! One of the weddings encapsulated the Rebbetzin's timeless message of the capacity for renewal every day.
I officiated this week at the wedding of Erica and Don, she is in her sixties and Don in his early 80s. It is the first marriage for each of them. God bless them!
What was even more amazing was the presence of Erica's mother, Beatrice Miriam, a woman in her late nineties. In one of the holiest moments, she offered a blessing to her daughter at the bedekin, prior to the wedding. Beatrice was overjoyed and I invoked the presence of Erica's father whom Erica shared was certainly smiling down from Heaven.
Every day is a gift from God. Infuse it with joy, love and blessing! Mazal Tov to Erica and Don and may they build a wonderful home together.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new members Ari and Shari Levine
Rabbi Cohen will be away this coming Shabbat and will return on Thursday, Sep. 1st. In case of an emergency, please contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at 917-544-7522 or Matt Feinberg at (203) 703-9042 or
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
YIZKOR BOOK If you placed an entry last year, please respond to the letter you will receive to confirm your remembrance in our Yizkor Book 5777. If you would like to place an entry, click here or contact the office.
Shabbat Table Conversation will resume next Shabbat.
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week Are you invited to someone's house for the Rosh-Ha-Shana or Sukkot? Would you like to impress your hosts with a remarkable gift? Consider purchasing this beautiful tea box on Amazon:
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
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!
Shabbat Topics & Participants
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: The Case of the Switched Coats in Shul
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Torah ReadersMark Wagshul, Matt Jelen
Weekday Schedule
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:7:15 PM, Friday:7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:06 PM
  • to Sam Goldstein on the passing of his father, Morris
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family,
please click here.
Mazal Tov
  • to Miriam & Gideon Pell on the birth of a grandson, born to Jennie & Josh Small.
  • to Liz Rosenbaum & Maury Rosenbaum on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Ali & Alex Grange.
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 KiddushJoyce and Larry Haber to commemorate the yahrzeits of their parents, Marion and Elias Haber and Max Leventhal
Sanctuary KiddushSponsored by an Anonymous donor - if you enjoy the kiddush, please contribute $1 to your favorite charity
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 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.

Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 18 months to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Rachel Kaimowitz or Jessica Furmansky
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CAS Renewal Capital Campaign
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!
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 Crash Course to Read Hebrew
Monday, September 12 - 8:00 PM
CAS Crash Course to Read Hebrew
Always wanted to read Hebrew but didn't know how? This class is for you! Come join us beginning Monday evening, September 12th at 8 PM for an 8 session weekly crash course in Hebrew reading at Agudath Sholom.
Level 1- For those with no Hebrew reading background led by Rabbi Oran Zweiter
Level 2- For those with basic familiarity, who want to develop their skills, as well as learn to navigate the high holiday prayer book (will include a one session review of level 1) led by Mark Wagshul
Holiday Challah Bake with Diane Cohen
Wednesday, September 14 - 7:45 PM
Holiday Challah Bake with Diane Cohen
Make this year an extra sweet one!
Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah with a challah baking workshop! Learn technique & recipe to make scrumptious Challah and enhance your holiday. Learn the meaning behind the mitzvah of Challah. Fun, Inspirational and delicious evening.
Open to all women in the community. Wednesday, September 14 at 7:45 PM.
Reservations required-by September 9
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!
Musical Melavah Malka Jam Hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
Connect with Community and Inspired by the Spirit of the Holidays
Saturday Night, September 17 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Featuring Ruach, Rhythm, Refreshment and Song with Chazan Bokow, Sandy Shapiro, Steven Adelman, Ari Levine, & friends.
Sign up at
Info: Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Sunday, October 30 - 9:30 AM
Bat Mitzvah Girls Matan Class
Classes: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 am October 30th, Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan. 8, 22 and 29th. (Feb. 5th snow date)

Matan, led by Diane Cohen, is a mother-daughter program for sixth grade Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. It is an educational, fun, interactive and uplifting way to prepare for your Bnai Mitzvah and grow closer to your daughters in the process. The Matan Class is endowed by a gift from Gerald Cohen in memory of his mother Florence Cohen, Tziporah bat Shimon.
Bar Mitzvah Class for Boys
Sunday, November 13 - 9:15 AM
Bar Mitzvah Class for Boys
Classes: Sundays, Nov. 13th and 20th - 9:15 am
December 18th - Tefillin Trip to Tiferes Stam in Brooklyn and
Delicious Lunch at Essen NY Deli

Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bar Mitzvah fathers and seventh grade boys to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man. Each session will cover a unique aspect of a Bar Mitzvah's new responsibilities in the world, and Rabbi Cohen will bring relevant sources to stimulate discussion. The three topics will be: (1) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as an individual? (2) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my family? (3) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my local community, Jewish people and the world? This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to bond and grow in preparation for their Bnai Mitzvah.
CAS Mens 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 Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
CAS Announcements
  • CANTOR'S 2ND ANNUAL TEFILLIN WORKSHOP Join the Cantor on Sunday September 18th, for the Cantor's 2nd annual Tefillin workshop, just in time for Rosh Hashana. A half hour interactive session on the importance of Tefillin, its origins and a quick refresher course on correct placement. Open to all men, and in particular bar mitzvah boys just starting out on their tefillin journey. When: Sunday September 18th 9:15am, right after 8:30 minyan
  • LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS FOR CAS MEN'S CHOIR If you sing well and would like to be a part of the High Holy Days choir. Please contact the Cantor at or 6463842277.Regular pre- HH days weekly commitment strictly required. Be a part of something special
  • HEALING VISITS AT CAS The strength of our community emerges from caring for each other. We pray for a person to not only be healed in body but healed in spirit. In fact, the Talmud explains that visiting to cheer someone up or lend an ear can improve a person's health. If you would like to participate in this special mitzvah, let Rabbi Cohen know and he will add you to our healing visits intiative at CAS. You will be added to a google group and informed of mitzvah opportunities. May everyone for whom we pray merit a full and speedy recovery.
  • 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 (
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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
Community Announcements
  • START THE SCHOOL YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH A CELEBRATORY DINNER AT SOOSH! 10% off the entire ticket when at least one guest is a student (young AND young-at-heart students all qualify!!). Just mention this promotion to your server! Prefer to eat at home? 10% discount applies to take-away meals as well! Just enter promo code "SCHOOL" when ordering Soosh on EAT24! Use the promo code as often as you'd like! Valid from Sunday 8/28 to Friday 9/2.
  • ATTENTION YOUNG FAMILIES. BI-CULTURAL'S END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN DAY Celebrate the end of summer with Bobby Doowah at this FREE, fun family event, Sunday, August 28th, from 3:00-5:00pm. Ideal for children up to age 5, but all siblings are welcome. Hosted by Bi-Cultural Day School and PJ Library. Featuring a performance by Bobby Doowah, bounce house, face painting, crafts, and games. Healthy snacks & drinks provided. BYO chairs and picnic blankets. At Bi-Cultural's Field & Playground, 2186 High Ridge Road. Please RSVP to
  • JOIN JFS ON SEPTEMBER 21ST FOR AN EVENING OF SCOTCH TASTING AND FOOD, a JFS fundraiser, at CAS congregants, Sherry and Marc Silver. You'll taste whisky with a prominent expert and enjoy a light kosher supper and if necessary, a ride home. Cost:$200 and RSVP by September 12. Contact Jami Fener at 203-921-4161 or register online at
  • JOIN FRIENDS OF THE IDF on Sunday September 18th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel for the Connecticut Annual Dinner. Come hear the personal stories of former and current IDF soldiers, as well as get the chance to speak firsthand with them. For any questions, contact Ali Picheny at 646-274-9645 or To register online go to our webpage:
  • DJ SERVICE Bat/Bar Mitzvah or any occasion (203) 505 4690
  • JHSC OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 30 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm (1937 West Main Street, Stamford). Come and learn about about our unique value proposition, our UConn ECE Program, our 2017 tuition initiative, our international mathematics program, physics first STEM program and our individualized Judaic tracks. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Rich - or 203-357-0850.
  • UJF together with the JCC and the Stamford Board of Rabbis presents the 13th Annual Tapestry - Saturday, November 19th A community celebration of adult Jewish learning.Honoring Tapestry founders, Ilana DeLaney and Meryl Gordon.
  • 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). SNAP Enrollment Workshops will be presented monthly at our Stamford office (733 Summer Street,6th Floor) on the second Wednesday of every month at 2:30 pm and at our Westport office (431 Post Road East) on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am. For additional information or to register, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161or email
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
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  • Avner Moishe ben Shiriam Rachel Kheyfetz
  • Baila bat Naomi
  • Borach ben Asya Shaya
  • Chaim Wolf ben Shaynsha
  • Chana bat Refaela
  • Chaya bat Malka
  • Malka Rut bat Nechama Hadassah
  • Mendel ben Sara
  • Olga bat Zina
  • Rabbi Yosef Adler ben
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah Gitl bat Frances
  • Shifra Feige bat Reichel
  • Shira bat Sophia
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Sima bat Nehama Muster
  • Yehudit bat Gerta
  • Yisrael ben Frieda
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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