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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
August 12, 2017
20 Av 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:39 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:39 AM
Perek On The Patio6:35 PM
Daf Yomi6:45 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:45 PM
Mincha7:35 PM
Maariv8:33 PM
Shabbat Ends8:38 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Learning to Walk
We can never fully understand the ways of God. In times of joy, we do not ask "Where is God?" We may take His presence for granted or, God willing, we express gratitude for our blessings. Yet, inevitably, as Shakespeare wrote, we experience "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," we face challenges and struggles and wonder why? It is the nature of humanity. The question is whether we possess the resilience to forge ahead and muster faith for the future. It is rarely easy. When we fall, can we rise?
Moshe in his final days on earth offers a timeless perspective. He reminds the Jewish people that the purpose of their trials was to test and refine them. He stated, "You should know in your heart that just as a father chastises his son, so Hashem your God chastises you." (Chapter 8, Verse 5)
One of the great Chasidic masters, the Maggid of Mezritch (1704-1772), the prime disciple of Baal Shem Tov, explains this verse through a beautiful parable. Imagine a young child beginning to walk. As he takes his first steps, his father holds out his hands and smiles encouragingly. As the child nears the father, the father steps back, the child strives to come closer and he slowly begins to learn to walk. He may even fall but he gets up, tries again, until he can walk to his father.
The Maggid explains that there are times when God seems to be distancing Himself from us. We become upset, forlorn, or even angry as the child would. Yet, like the child, we muster the strength to walk to our father and come closer. We learn that just as the father is not distancing himself as a rejection, but as a vehicle to encourage the child to come closer and grow, so too does our father in Heaven. Even when we may feel God is distancing Himself from us, it is an opportunity for us to harness our strengths to grow closer to Him.
These three aphorisms are motivators for learning to walk with faith and fortitude.
"Many of lifes failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. " Thomas Edison
"It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more trees. "George Elliot
"If you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible." Rav Nachman of Breslov
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new CAS members Beth & Scott Berger, Mona & Mark Breiner, Esther & Adir Greenfeld, Bella & Gavriel Mullokandov, Amy & Sam Sroka and Belana & Michael Warmflash.
We are excited to partner this Shabbat with the Jewish National Fund in hosting Avnet Kleiner. Avnet Kleiner is the U.S. Director of Development for Jewish National Fund partner ALEH Negev, a unique rehabilitative village that provides medical and therapeutic care to people with severe disabilities. He will speak at the Chapel minyan following Torah reading, at the Sanctuary minyan before Musaf and at seudat shlishit.
New to Stamford? Learn the benefits of CAS membership. Contact our Director of Operations, Matt Feinberg at or sign up for membership click here.
We are preparing for the High Holidays If you received an email reminder for the 5778 Yizkor Book, please respond via email If you would like to place an entry in the Yizkor Book, Questions? Call Kim or Matt in the office
Challah Dough for a Cause CAS is partnering with Chabad of Stamford to offer delicious, fresh Challah Dough that you can take home, shape & bake, and fill your home with the smell & taste of Shabbat. Each bag of dough is 2lbs and makes 2 Challahs. The cost is $15/bag. Proceeds go to support Chabad's "Loaves of Love" project and the CAS Youth Department. You can pre-order & pay at The challah dough will be available for pick up at CAS on Fridays between 10am and 1pm. First week special - half the proceeds will go to CAS Youth.
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.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Oran Zweiter
ShiurJay Jubas: Who Wrote the Ten Commandments?
SermonAvnet Kleiner
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Perek on the PatioRabbi Oran Zweiter
Seudat ShlishitAvnet Kleiner
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:40 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:30 PM
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel KiddushMisha Guy and Tatiana Kunik proud parents celebrating the birthday of Rachelle Guy
Sanctuary KiddushBob and Stephanie Sherman in honor of their children
Seudat ShlishitThe Jewish National Fund
Sponsor A Kiddush
Shabbat Sanctuary Chapel Library Teen
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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.
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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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JNF Speaker
Shabbat, August 12
JNF Speaker
Avnet Kleiner, JNF Director of Development for Aleh Negev, will be speaking about Aleh Negev (a community in the Negev for people with disabilities and special needs), Special in Uniform (JNF sponsored program for inclusive IDF army units) and other JNF initiatives for people with disabilities and special needs. He will speak after davening in the Chapel, before Mussaf in the Sanctuary and at Seudat Shlishit, which will be sponsored by JNF.
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 13
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Mon-FridayDr. Jeff Cahn: Mishna Berura 6-6:30 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - 10:15 AM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: The Lonely Man of Faith - 9:00 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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