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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
August 19, 2017
27 Av 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:30 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:33 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:41 AM
Perek on the Patio6:30 PM
Daf Yomi6:35 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:35 PM
Mincha7:25 PM
Maariv8:24 PM
Shabbat Ends8:29 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Our country is in great pain after the tragedy in Charlottesville and unfortunate missed opportunity for healing. I am sharing the press releases below from the Rabbinical Council of America as they are reflective of our condemnation of any moral equivalency in the response to the tragedy and commitment as a nation to rise above partisan divide, racism and bigotry. God willing, we will unite in healing and hope. May God give the families of the victims much comfort and may we share good news in the weeks ahead.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
The Rabbinical Council of America Challenges Charlottesville Moral Equivalency
The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading organization of orthodox rabbis in North America, condemns any suggestion of moral equivalency between the White Supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville and those who stood up to their repugnant messages and actions. "There is no moral comparison," said Rabbi Elazar Muskin, president of the RCA. "Failure to unequivocally reject hatred and bias is a failing of moral leadership and fans the flames of intolerance and chauvinism."
Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President, said, "The RCA joins with politicians of all parties, citizens of all political persuasions, and people of all faiths calling on President Trump to understand the critical consequences of his words. We call on all the leaders of our country to denounce all groups who incite hate, bigotry and racism, while taking action and using language that will heal the terrible national wounds of Charlottesville."
The following letter was sent to the rabbi of the congregation in Charlottesville:
An Open Letter to the Charlottesville Jewish Community
To the Jewish Community of Charlottesville, VA:
As we usher in this Shabbat just one week after the violent and deadly racist and anti-Semitic events in your city, the members of the Rabbinical Council of America reach out to you in solidarity, support, and friendship. Elie Wiesel once said, "Jews alone are vulnerable...but Jews must not be alone." Know that you are not alone.
While you were on the front line of ugly manifestations of hatred and bigotry that led to death, intimidation, and fear; while there were calls to burn down your synagogue; and while you were eyewitnesses to the worst expressions of intolerance in our society, we were all under attack. When you are threatened, we are all threatened. When you are hurt, we all hurt. Know that you are not alone.
We add our voices to yours in condemning these manifestations, supporting those in political and religious leadership denouncing them, and call on all leaders and people of good will and faith to name and reject unequivocally and without qualification the views and actions of White Supremacists, neo-Nazis, the alt-right, and their supporters. We mourn with you the victims of this domestic terrorism: Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates.
In fighting these prejudices we must learn an important lesson from the Jewish Shabbat herself:
Shabbat begins with the recitation of Kiddush, the blessing which sanctifies the holy day, and ends with Havdalah, the blessing which distinguishes the holy day that has passed from the weekday ahead. In both cases we are asked to make distinctions, distinctions between the holy and the profane, between light and darkness, and, ultimately, between good and evil. As the beauty and restfulness of this Shabbat descends on your community, we are all asked to raise our voices to distinguish between good and evil, and in so doing make our country more holy, more peaceful, and more godly for all of its people.
Rabbi Elazar Muskin, President
Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President
We look forward to sharing this Shabbat morning in the celebration of the brit milah of the son of Jessica & Adam Furmansky in the main Sanctuary at approximately 11:30 AM. Mazal Tov to the entire family!
New to Stamford? Learn the benefits of CAS membership. Contact our Director of Operations, Matt Feinberg at or sign up for membership click here.
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 is on hiatus for the remainder of the Summer. But catch up on the series Just click here to view the 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.
CAS 5778 High Holiday Information
Yizkor Book
If you received an email reminder for the 5778 Yizkor Book, please respond via email or letter you received.
If you would like to place an entry in the Yizkor Book,
Questions? Call Kim or Matt in the office
CAS High Holiday Reserved Seating
Please confirm your 5778 High Holiday Seating Needs this week! Contact Matt at
Complete CAS High Holiday Schedule
CAS 5778/2017-18 Calendar
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Library ShiurBarry Best: A few thoughts of the Rav on Selichot and Rosh Hashanah
ShiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Abortion in Halacha: Law, Ethics, and Public Policy - Part 2
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Perek on the PatioRabbi Oran Zweiter
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:30 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:19 PM
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Elul
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Elul
Mazal Tov
  • to Alan & Rosalyn Ziskin on the engagement of their grandson, Yossie Ziskin to Sassie Weinberg
  • to Jessica and Adam Furmansky on the birth of a baby boy
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
Library KiddushMiriam and Gideon Pell in celebration of the first birthday of their grandson
Chapel KiddushSimcha Rubin and Yeshiva Gavriel Simcha
Sanctuary KiddushThe Furmansky and Leiter Families in celebration of the birth of their son, grandson, and brother
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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 August 31 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, Michael and Sandra Kamen,Susan and Len Mark and Veronica and Erwin Reich in memory of Esther and Ernest Reich. 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.
Am Yisrael Chai!
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Joseph And Julia Macy Memorial Lecture:  Featured Speaker Rabbi Saul Berman
Topic: Forgiveness for Failings in Friendships.
Rabbi Saul J. Berman, a leading Orthodox teacher and thinker has made extensive contributions to the role of social ethics in synagogue life and to the understanding of the applicability of Jewish Law to contemporary society. He will be the featured speaker at a pre-Rosh Hashana lecture. His topic will focus on the obligation of forgiving individuals before the High Holidays.
CAS Classes
Week of August 20
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Monday-FridayDr. Jeff Cahn: Mishna Berura 6-6:30 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - 10:15 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Young Families
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
  • MEN'S CLUB EVENT PLANNING MEETING - Sunday, Sept 10th at 10am. Help plan and organize our Stamford Mayoral Debate (10/29) and the next few events for this year. Bagel, Lox & Cream cheese enticement. Be there or be nowhere!
  • SAVE THE DATE for our Apples and Honey Tasting with Rabbi Cohen at Highgrove on Sep. 13th. This is an outreach event for unaffiliated Jews in Stamford, hosted by our members, Justin and Sarah Breiner and Shushana and Ari Yasgur. If you know someone who might like to attend, please contact Sarah
  • WE ARE GRATEFUL to the Fried and Dayan families for commissioning a Torah to be housed at Agudath Sholom in honor of Max's upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Save the date of Friday, September 15th at noon for the Hachnasat Sefer Torah dedication and celebration.
  • YOUTH SOCCER TEAMS FOR SHABBAT OBSERVANT KIDS We are soliciting interest for a soccer team/teams that do not practice or hold games on Saturdays, and can participate as part of the Stamford youth soccer league. The teams are for boys and girls ages 4-19. If interested, please e-mail with your child's/ children's gender, birth year and whether you are interested in a competitive ("Travel") team or recreational ("House") team. For more info, please visit the Stamford youth soccer website at
  • JNF thanks Congregation Agudath Sholom for the warm reception last week for Avnet Kleiner of Aleh Negev, a JNF partner. If you would like to learn more or make a donation, please click here
  • 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
  • END OF SUMMER BARNYARD BASH! Come celebrate the end of summer and make new friends at this FREE, fabulous family event hosted by Bi-Cultural Day School. For Jewish families everywhere, with children ages birth to 6 (older siblings welcome) the 'End of Summer Barnyard Bash' will take place on Sunday August 27, from 3-5pm, on the Bi-Cultural Day School field. Featuring the wonderful Runaround Farm, a petting zoo, with a wide range of farm animals for the children to meet and touch, plus pony rides for everyone! Your kids will love the child-friendly, fun-filled activities and entertainment, including an oversized bounce house and inflatable slide, exquisite face painting, balloon animals, parachute and field games, animal-themed arts & crafts, the children's playground, live music, delicious snacks, our very own ice-cream truck and much more! BYO picnic blankets and chairs and join us on the Bi-Cultural Day School field. From our Bi-Cultural family to yours, we look forward to welcoming you for what promises to be a fantastic, family event! Please RSVP to as soon as possible so we can confirm numbers for catering purposes. Kosher Dairy snacks/drinks will be served.
  • INSPIRICA ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME WALK-A-THON to raise awareness about homelessness in our community in which we live and work. The 5k run/walk will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 am and together, 200+ friends of Inspirica will join to support our mission to permanently break the cycle of homelessness. Lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement with us! All funds raised support Inspiricas mission and the need for Inspiricas services is greater than ever. We are seeing more and more men, women and children come into our shelters. Our One Step Closer to Home event sheds light on prevalence of homelessness in our community and works to help our clients live healthy, dignified lives. To register, please visit:
  • BECOME A READING PARTNER Do you love to read? Do you enjoy being with children? Would you like to be instrumental in improving a childs reading skills? If the answers are "Yes!:", then weve got a match. Reading Partners is a volunteer program sponsored by UJF and this is our 19th year of servicing the Stamford community. Our corps of 100 readers go to all 13 Stamford Public Schools and 2 community centers to read with students in grades K-3, during the school year. The commitment is one hour a week. You will read with 2 students for ½ hour each. Training will be late September and reading will begin in early October. We hold literacy workshops, put out a newsletter and have a robust support system at each school. Find out more! Go to and then contact Marlyn Agatstein: 203-321-1373 x 115 or email to Join the other volunteers who say this is the BEST day of their week!
  • 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.
  • HAVE AN EXTRA COAT IN YOUR CLOSET? Schoke Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry is collecting new or gently used winter gear for our food pantry clients. Coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for adults and children Or donation of retail gift cards (e.g. Old Navy, Target, Kohl's, etc.) Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday between 9 am - 4 pm at Schoke JFS, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor, Stamford. For additional information, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or
  • 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
  • Avraham ben Frances
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzchak Dovid ben Miriam Rivka
  • Gershon Avraham ben Devorah Breina
  • Ida bat Hanna
  • Ina bat Rivka
  • Moshe Elya ben Chana
  • Nissan Sholom ben Ben Zahava
  • Pesach ben Rochel Basya
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shelamet D'vorah bat Chaya Faygel
  • Shoshana bat Etel
  • Tveil Malka bat Bas Sura
  • Yehudit bat Rochel
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Sheva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zvi Doniel ben Chia Priva

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