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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
June 3, 2017
9 Sivan 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
8:08 PM
Candle lighting8:03 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:10 PM
Code Of Jewish Law7:10 PM
Mincha8:00 PM
Maariv8:59 PM
Shabbat Ends9:04 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Names on the Beams
The Levites transported the Tabernacle in the desert. Within the tribe of Levi, three families bore this sacred responsibility. The family of Kehat carried the vessels such as the ark and the menorah. The family of Gershon carried the screens and curtains, the exterior of the Mishkan. Finally, the family of Merari carried the sockets and the beams. Yet, when describing their tasks, God alerts Moshe that it is only within the family of Merari that specific people were designated for each beam and socket. The Torah states in Chapter 4, Verse 32, "You shall appoint by name to the utensils they carry on their watch. " Why was their designation unique? Why was it required to attach a name to each beam?
Rabbi Shimon Schwab (1908-1995), the leader of the German Jewish community in Washington Heights (KAJ) explains the rationale. He writes that the family of Kehat who carried the vessels symbolizes those who learn Torah. The family of Gershon who carried the material for the sides and roof of the Mishkan symbolize those who observe Torah. The family of Merari who carried the beams and sockets, without which the Tabernacle would fall, represent the supporters of Torah. Lest Merari think that their role is any less important than the other two families, God insisted that their names be connected to the beams themselves. As Ethics of our Fathers states, "If there is no flour, there is no Torah". In other words, we all have critical roles in building the future of the Jewish people. No person is more or less important. For instance, the tribe of Zebulon were merchants, trades people, whose businesses supported the tribe of Issachar who studied Torah. Moshe blesses them first prior to the tribe of Issachar in his final words to the Jewish people to empathize the primacy of their role.
What does this idea signify for us? We all count. God is counting on all of us. Whether studying Torah or financially supporting Torah, all of our contributions are holy and meaningful. In the months ahead, as we plan the completion of our own capital campaign, reflect on your contribution to sustaining our future. Whether the beams, sockets, walls, vessels or more, we are all called upon to make a contribution from the heart. God willing, when we do, when we are united in our mission and honor everyones contributions, we will be blessed with Gods presence and our community and synagogue will, God willing, grow now and for many years to come.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Join us this Sunday at the Israel Day Parade!! More info in bulletin
Take a Minute to Support Israel Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!
This Week in Jewish History Join the hundreds who have viewed Rabbi Zweiter's new series Just click here to view the new YouTube Channel
Kosher Alerts The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
Kosher Advisory Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
LIPS product of the week Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
ShiurMichael Feldstein: The Chief Rabbi and the Chief Executive: When Rav Kook Met Calvin Coolidge on His Historic 1924 Trip to America
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi David Walk
Torah ReaderEthan Green
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:12 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:07 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Gideon and Miriam Pell on the forthcoming marriage of the son Rafi to Shira Ben Shushan
  • to Kate & Peretz Cik on the birth of their daughter Ilana Shira
  • to Ari and Shushanah Yasgur on the birth of their daughter Naomi Ruth
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 PackagesRoselyn Mangot in memory of Michael Mangot and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushAna and Albert Lilienfeld in memory of the yahrzeit of Albert's sister, Susan Spaet, z"l and in honor of Danielle Wolfe's high school graduation, by Howard Wolfe
Chapel KiddushIn honor of Danielle Wolfe's high school graduation, by Howard Wolfe and Veronica Reich and Dr. Steven Sichel in honor of Ronnie and Erwin's birthday
Sanctuary KiddushCAS
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
  1. Stamford Celebrates Israel!Join the Stamford, New Canaan and Darien community at the Salute to Israel Parade! Sunday June 4, we will be watching, cheering and singing together at Stamfords new special designated spectator section: between 61st and 62nd streets in Manhattan, on the east side of the street (across from the park). Feel free to bring homemade signs and t-shirts declaring, Stamford Celebrates Israel!
  2. Consider Visiting Israel this year! Contact Rabbi Cohen about his trip
  3. Join our Israel Advocacy Committee
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CAS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 13 - 7:30 PM
CAS Annual Meeting
Join us for our annual meeting - reports from the Rabbi, President, and Treasurer; election of officers; and presentation of the George and Ziporah Freedberg Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Service
Mens Club Farewell to Rabbi Walk with Movies & Chinese Food
Join the Men's Club in wishing farewell to Rabbi Walk. Dinner from Chopstix ($15 per person), followed by a very funny movie (no charge, starts at 7 pm) Rabbi Walk will fill us in on the highlights.
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
New CAS Class
Crash Course in Jewish History with Rabbi Oran Zweiter

Join us at CAS for 4 Monday evenings in June to get a better sense of your heritage! With brief yet thorough discussions, we will navigate the main events of Jewish history. No prior knowledge is necessary. Come for one class, come for all! All Classes will take place at CAS at 7 PM.

  • June 5- Rebuilding in Different Ways: 2nd Temple period until the Geonim
  • June 12- Suffering and Scholarship: Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages
  • June19- Beginnings of Modernity: 1492 until 1914
  • June 26- Destruction and Rebirth: The 20th Century and Beyond
CAS Classes
Week of June 4
SundayRabbi David Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Sunday Morning's 10 am class is cancelled due to the Celebrate Israel Parade. Class will resume next Sunday, June 11
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Samuel - 10:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Crash Course in Jewish History - 7:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Power of the Prophets - Daniel - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Kabbalah- Symbolic System of Thought - 7:30 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rambam Reboot - 13 Principles - 9:00 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Young Families
Mommy and Me - Bring your baby and come meet other moms at CAS. Thursdays 11:30 AM -12:30 PM. For Babies birth through 1. This is a free group open to the community. June 8 and 15. For more info, contact Melissa Litwak at

CAS Young Families Spring Fling Shabbat Oneg in the Park Please join the CAS Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, June 10th at 4:30 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Please feel free to invite friends and any families who may be visiting.

CAS Young Families Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Shalom Bayit Series with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Three Sundays in the Spring. April 23rd, May 7th and June 11th at 8 PM. Topics will be Parenting on the Same Page, 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting, Romance in a Busy Marriage. For more information and/or registration for the series, contact Rachel Maryles at

Toddler Time Playgroup Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Jessica Furmansky
CAS Announcements
  • THE HARVEST NOW GARDEN IS BACK - WE NEED YOU! Thank you to Jim Benjamin and Meredith Cohen for their leadership in leading our Harvest Now Garden which produces vegetables for a local homeless shelter. It is a great project for young and old and families. Last year, the crop yielded over 200 pounds of vegetables. We work on the gardening periodic Sundays and we are ready to start this season. Thank you! To learn more about Harvest Now, visit
  • MIKVAH EDUCATION EVENT with Dena Block, Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha. She will discuss "Behind the Scenes of Jewish Marriage: A Torah Perspective on Intimacy and Sexuality" on Monday night, June 12th at 8 PM at CAS. The event is free and open to the all women in the community. Please RSVP your attendance to Jessica Batkin at To support the Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah join the Mayim League. For more info, click here to donate.
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB BOARD GAMES NIGHT! We will be having a Board Game Night on Tuesday, June 27th (Please note the new date) between 8:30 pm and 11 pm in the Social Hall, and its open to men and women. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring your own games and a friend or two. Options include cards (bridge, spades, hearts, etc.), chess, checkers, backgammon, Rummy Q, Clue, Parcheesi, Monopoly, mah jong, unusual board games (Settler, etc), or anything else you can think of. Contact Bruce Newman ( if you have a question or want to make a comment or suggestion.
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE - Thank you to all of our volunteers on our healing visits team. The healing visits team is a group of men and women in our shul who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at at home. It a very meaningful way to lift people's sprits and make a difference. You can offer as much or as little time as you have for each person is world unto themselves are your warmth lights up their day. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • 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 MONDAY at 6:00 PM


Open on Sunday from 10 am - noon

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

Community Announcements
  • ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND'S RACHEL'S SOCIETY...JEWISH WOMEN & FOOD (IT'S COMPLICATED)...JUNE 6TH. Food is loaded with meaning in the Jewish culture...connection, survival, love, history. Presenter: Nina Manolson, M.A., counseling psychologist, specializes in helping Jewish women end their war with food and make peace with their body. Also hear Dr. Philip Friedlander medical oncologist of Mount Sinai Hospital who'll highlight the latest in cancer research. 7:00 p.m.-9:00 pm Karen and Ira Berk's, Stamford. No charge. Reservations: Roz Mangot 203 322-6069 David Kweskin 203 321-1006
  • ANNOUNCING THE 3RD ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP EVENT ON JULY 30! 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 nearly 200 children in our event last summer and hope to increase the number to 250 this year! Can you volunteer for a 4 hour shift at our event? To volunteer, please register here: For more information please visit
  • GOURMET KOSHER BBQ AND MORE AT THE FIRST-EVER SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL Presented by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, a family-friendly celebration of Jewish food and food values, featuring kosher BBQ by The Chosen Cholent and Smokehouse and the Grow and Behold grill, as well as cooking demos, workshops for adults and kids, the Teva Topsy Turvy Bus mobile environmental lab, a cookbook fair, and more! Sunday, June 11, 11 AM - 4 PM, Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport | Program and tickets:
  • AJC WESTCHESTER/FAIRFIELD INVITES YOU TO TAKE PART IN AN EXCITING, AWARD-WINNING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR RISING HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS. LFT is designed to empower the next generation with knowledge, passion and purpose. It will build on AJCs mission to develop young Jewish leaders who can advocate for the Jewish people, Israel and human rights around the world, and serve as positive change agents for their peers and community. LFT presents a unique opportunity to gain leadership, advocacy, and community engagement skills, while forming friendships with like-minded students from across the region. Topics covered will include Israel, anti-Semitism, human rights, coalition building, and diplomacy. The program was launched in New York in 2015 and will also be taking place in Atlanta, Chicago and New York City this year. View a short video about the LFT program here: The program will consist of seven to eight high-level, participatory training sessions on Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning in September 2017. It will take place at the AJC Westchester/Fairfield Office in White Plains, New York and will include a kosher dinner. Admission to this program is highly competitive and will be limited to 25-30 high school students. In order to be considered for this exclusive program, please fill out the application available at this link: Acceptance will be based upon your answers in the application and an interview. There is no cost to participants for this program. Applications must be submitted by June 7th. For more than a century, AJC (American Jewish Committee) has been the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With offices across the United States and around the globe and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all. For more information on AJC, please visit our national website
  • 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.
  • SCHOKE JFS LIFE TRANSITIONS, beginning Wednesday at 4 pm. Support group, meeting weekly, for unemployed facing the emotional challenges of finding employment at the Stamford Schoke JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • LETS TALK (FREE) Thursdays, 11 am at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, 1 pm at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, and 12:45 pm at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • LETS TALK Fairfield, starting in February 23rd at 12:45 pm at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • NOT ENOUGH MONEY FOR FOOD? Schoke JFS will provide information and eligibility assistance for financial help to purchase food. For a consultation, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203-921-4161 or email
  • SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP, meets weekly, Thursdays at 10:30 am, at Congregation Bnai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS therapist at 203-921-4161 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Alexander ben Ida
  • Avraham ben Frances
  • Benjamin Eitan ben Gittel Abi
  • Dinah bat Maria
  • Doron ben Tia
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzchak Dovid ben Miriam Rivka
  • Eliezer ben Leah
  • Esther Shoshana bat Yeta Chaya
  • Feivel Yakov ben Sarah Rochel
  • Ida bat Chana
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shifra Feige bat Reichel
  • Shifra Leah bat Chaya Sarah
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yosef ben Batya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zvi Doniel ben Chia Priva

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