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Friday, June 9, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
June 10, 2017
16 Sivan 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
8:12 PM
Candle Lighting8:07 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Young Family Oneg in Park4:30 PM
Daf Yomi7:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:03 PM
Shabbat Ends9:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Power of Awe
The Jewish people literally and figuratively file Chapter 11 in this week's Torah portion. They are three days journey from Israel, the promised land. There are so close. Yet, the Torah records in Chapter 11 that the nation found pretexts for complaining. They get stuck spiritually; one travail leads to another culminating with the punishment to wander in the desert for another 38 years.
What was the cause of their spiritual bankruptcy? They failed the manna challenge. Although the manna could taste like any food, the Jewish people grew bored with it. Despite the awesome quality of the manna, the miracle became mundane.
Rabbi Noach Weinberg, of blessed memory, calls the antidote to such malaise, "the power of awe". No matter how routine a phenomenon, we must never lose our sense of wonder. The keys to spirituality is not seeking another thrill or outside stimulation for inspiration but rather to see the world for all its beauty every day.
Rabbi Weinberg writes, "We have constant access to this quiet awesomeness. A spring walk through the forest. A babbling brook. Majestic music. A baby laughing. A heartbeat.
So why don't we feel this awe constantly? Because yesterday's novelty is today's boredom. Notice how little children find everything exciting and fascinating. But before long, they get used to what they have constant access to - people, places, ideas. And life just seems mundane.
Yet who says that growing up means becoming numb?
The shortcut to achieve awe is to go straight to the source. The real reason that the hurricane, flower, snow and music are so awesome, is because they reflect the eternal, transcendent force that we call God.
And if creation is this incredibly awesome, just imagine how awesome is the Creator Himself!
Consider what God does for you on a daily basis. God's personal intervention in our lives is awesome. Take time to notice it in your life. If you don't feel His presence, you are not in reality. The reality of this world, there is nothing mundane, dull or routine. We are touching infinity every moment of our lives.
Wishing you and your families an Awesome Shabbat,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome New Members
  • Zakhariah Tsentner and Alla Tzur and Mazal tov on their marriage this weekend
  • Sheila Cohen
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
ShiurBarry Best: Lechem Mishna and Manna: the Halachic connection
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Kivi Attar will speak about his recent trip to Helsinki and Estonia with the Joint Distribution Committee. He will reflect on their Jewish communities
Torah ReadersJudd Love, Mark Wagshul, Jay Jubas
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:15 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:10 PM
  • to Dorothy Landress on the passing of her husband, Robert
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • Samantha Mann-Segal, daughter of Leeba Aminoff, Danny Mann-Segal, grand daughter of Ruth and Mel Aminoff and Freda Segal will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat at the Blake St. Shul, Melbourne Australia.
  • to Suzannah & Eytan Coll on Matan's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Amy Breslow & Mark Friedman on their recent marriage
  • to Amy Breslow Friedman & Richard Breslow on the engagement of their daughter, Emily to John Capodilupo
  • to Shelley & Eddie Senker on their 50th wedding anniversary
  • to Drs Judy & Jeff Cahn on the bat mitzvah of their granddaughter, Esther Malka Gropper
  • to Rabbi Eli and Naomi Kohl, Gedalya Koehler and Ari Israel on their honors at the Young Israel dinner.
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 Kiddushby Hecky Attar in commemoration of his mother Yahrzeit Miriam Bat Saleh
Chapel KiddushIn honor of Eddie and Shelley on their 50th wedding anniversary
Sanctuary Kiddushby Suzannah & Eytan Coll in honor of Matan's Bar Mitzvah
Seudat Shlishitby Hecky Attar in commemoration of his mother Yahrzeit Miriam Bat Saleh
Sponsor A Kiddush
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Sponsor a kiddush! click here to see the menus
Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Be one of fifteen teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 4th-6th, 2018 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation. The participants will also be required to attend the Stamford JCC Speak Up for Israel program. To be one of the fifteen selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?"
If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters.
Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at
Open to 9th-12th graders from CAS. We are grateful to Stephanie and Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman and Michael and Sandra Kamen. We are deeply appreciative of their generosity. If you would like to enable more teens to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please be in touch.
Israel is in our mind and hearts. Please consider joining me next spring for the AIPAC Policy Conference. For more info visit AIPAC. Join us on our Fall Trip. For more info visit Israel Trip.
Am Yisrael Chai!
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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!
Journey of Body & Soul To Israel trip
Make "Next Year in Jerusalem" a reality! Consider joining the Journey of Body and Soul to Israel this coming November with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen.
Adult Education Event:  Rabbi Sholom Brody
Rabbi Shlomo Brody, founder and director the Tikvah Fund and editor of the Ask the Rabbi column for the Jerusalem Post
Judaism and Fundamentalism: The Case of Wiping out Amalek
Join us for this CAS Adult Education Program, an opportunity to hear an incredible scholar address a very difficult and thorny topic
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 12- Suffering and Scholarship: Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages
  • June 19- Beginnings of Modernity: 1492 until 1914
  • June 26- Destruction and Rebirth: The 20th Century and Beyond
CAS Classes
Week of June 11
SundayRabbi David Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
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 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 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
  • MEZUZAH CHECKING, TEFILIN MAINTENANCE THIS SUNDAY, 6/11 from 8 AM and on with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan (Sofer Stam and Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Achim, Fairfield). Mezuzot are often damaged by moisture or heat, and ink cracks over time. Check your Mezuzot twice every seven years to ensure that your home is secured with Kosher Mezuzot. $10 per Mezuzah checked. Tefillin can also be inspected. Info: Rabbi Cohen at or Rabbi Zweiter at
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Eliezer Yitzchak Dovid ben Miriam Rivka
  • Eliezer ben Leah
  • Esther Shoshana bat Yeta Chaya
  • Feivel Yakov ben Sarah Rochel
  • Ida bat Chana
  • Moshe Elya ben 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
CAS Youth

June 2017 - Theme of the Month: Veahavta Lreacha Kamocha: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

June 10-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Scenarios - act out different scenes of this important Mitzvah.
  • Jr. Cong. - Hot Mac and Cheese Kiddush!!
  • BMC meeting with David Giver!
June 17-
  • Jr. Cong. massive ticket sale and huge discounts on all prizes!
  • BMC meeting with David Giver!
  • Teen Minyan last meeting of the year!
Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:
  • June 17

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishna and Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me at

If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit for all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

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