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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
April 1, 2017
5 Nisan 5777
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Candle lighting7:00 PM
Mincha7:00 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:48 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:51 AM
Daf Yomi6:05 PM
Code Of Jewish Law6:05 PM
Mincha6:55 PM
Maariv7:56 PM
Shabbat Ends8:01 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Coming Back to Life
Over 80 of our members returned from three days in Washington as part of the AIPAC Policy Conference. Coming together with 18,000 pro-Israel activists of all faiths and backgrounds was a transformative experience for many. In the bulletin, I shared a number of the highlights on video and urge you to take a few moments to watch them and consider ways to deepen your Israel advocacy. Next Year in Jerusalem should not just be a declaration but a re-commitment to visit Israel this coming year as well. To learn about our mission next Fall, visit
One of the themes of Pesach and the conference is rebirth and hope. It is particularly poignant as this year marks the 50th anniversary of our return to a united Jerusalem in 1967. There were many moving moments in DC, but I want to share the reflection of one of our teens below. It is based on the story of the Violins of Hope and reflected in the Jerusalem Street Orchestra.
"We learned about this man who worked for a certain organization that worked with immigrants coming to Palestine after the Holocaust. The people who came to him were understandably extremely traumatized from the war, and wanted nothing to do with Germany, including the German instruments they brought with them. They would tell him that if he didn't buy them, they would burn them, or throw them out. In his mind, that would have been a tragedy, so he bought every single one. He now spends his days bringing the instruments back to life, even better than before. Just as that video ended, a violin player came out, playing hatikva on one of those same violins saved from the Holocaust. The entire audience of 18,000 people all got up in unison and started singing Hatikvah together. The sheer power of those thousands of voices would have been enough to be spiritual, but it was so much more than that. These violins, once a sign of fear, suffering, and terror, were now being played in a room of thousands of people here to advocate for a state that is a safe haven for so many Jews. That was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had in my life"
Join us next year in DC and be in touch with me if you would like to enable more teens to experience the magic of AIPAC and significance of Israel advocacy.
May we share good news in the days ahead.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein who is serving as our Scholar in Residence this Shabbat. Thank you very much to Joyce & Larry Haber for their generosity in sponsoring this weekend.
  • IDF soldiers who are visiting Stamford as part of the JCC Tzahal Shalom Program
  • new members Lila and Larry Berger
Thank you Ari Goldstein, Adam Furmansky, Matthew Bernstein, and Peretz Cik for organizing a very successful first-ever Bagels, Dads and Tots event this past Sunday.
Service Note Dudes, Daughters,Donuts minyan is on for 9.15 Sunday morning!
Please note Rabbi Cohen will be away from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday evening but is accessible via email ( In case of an emergency, please contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter ( or 917-544-7522) or Matt Feinberg ( or 203-703 -9042).
Memorable Moments from the AIPAC Policy Conference Thank God, we experienced a great conference and so many memorable moments. To learn more and to sign up to join next year's delegation at a limited time discount, visit Here are a few of the many memorable moments
CAS Shabbat Atria Mitzvah Mission Spreading joy and building community. Our goal: enrich the seniors' experience through friendship, song and joy. Join Rabbi Cohen and Kate & Peretz Cik on Friday, April 7th at 2:30 PM to share the spirit of Shabbat. Adults & kids welcome. Info: Rabbi Cohen at
New Shabbat Class for 6th and 7th graders Mishna and Munchies with Rabbi Cohen. Meets 45 minutes before mincha at the Cohen home. Next session - May 6 at 6:30 PM. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen -
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.
Pesach Alert from Rabbi Cohen Checking Labels in the Kosher for Passover Aisle - please be aware of two items. First, not every item in the aisle is kosher for Passover. Some food may be outright chametz (someone by accident left it is the aisle) and secondly, some items may contain kitniyot which are only suitable for Sephardim and not Ashkenazim. For a list of kitniyot, visit If you have any questions, please be in touch with me. Thank you very much

Rabbi Cohen's Halacha of the Week - Kashering Utensils for Pesach
  • CAS will host kashering on Sunday - 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM and 8 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Metal Utensils that have been used for cooking, serving or eating hot chametz may be kashered by cleaning them thoroughly, waiting twenty-four (24) hours and then immersing them, one by one, into a Kosher for Pesach pot of water which has been heated and is maintaining a rolling boil when the vessel is immersed. Please note: we do not kasher pans coated with Teflon.
  • Utensils undergoing the kashering process may not touch each other on the way into the pot. In other words, if a set of flatware is being kashered for Pesach, one cannot take all the knives, forks and spoons and put them in the boiling water together. They should be placed into the boiling water one by one. Please watch out for utensils that are rusty or difficult to clean properly. Even silverware made of two parts (a handle and a blade, for instance) should most often not be kashered.
  • Ashkenazim do not kasher Glass Utensils for Pesach. Arcolac, Pyrex, Duralex & Corelle should be treated as glass for kashering purposes. Plastic Utensils are not kashered.
  • Granite & Stainless steel sinks can be kashered with the following method. Clean the sink thoroughly. Hot water should not be used or poured in the sink for twenty-four (24) hours prior to kashering. It is recommended that the hot shut-off valve under the sink be turned off twenty-four (24) hours before kashering. Kashering is accomplished by pouring boiling hot water from a Pesach kettle/pot over every part of the stainless steel sink. The poured water must touch every part of the sink, including the drain and the spout of the water faucet. It is likely that the kashering kettle will need to be refilled a few times before the kashering can be completed.
  • Granite and Formica countertops may be koshered by cleaning and pouring boiling hot water over them. (irui) For more information contact Rabbi Cohen or visit our Pesach website at

Donate to our Passover Fund

Pesach is around the corner. With this holiday comes the high cost of preparations and significant financial burden on a number of members of our community.
The Maot Chitim/Passover Fund at our synagogue receives requests from various individuals and organizations. We prioritize the disbursement of all funds with an emphasis on first helping those in need from our own community.
Please contribute generously and promptly. We would like to distribute the funds as soon as possible to help people prepare for the holiday.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and wish you a Chag Kasher V'Sameach.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

CAS Complete Passover Calendar

Check out our Passover Classes, service times & more!
CAS 5777 Passover Site
Our Newly Updated Site has all the info you need for Passover in one location
Get ready for Passover, with tips, classes, insights & more!
Q&A with the Rabbis
Reference material & more
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi David Walk
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurRabbi Yehoshua Grunstein: Will of G-d or Will of the Rabbis
Daf YomiRabbi Oran Zweiter
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Yehoshua Grunstein: Why do most people like to have "davened" but dislike "davening?"
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:07 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Jodi & Oren Shapiro and Phyllis & Martin Shapiro on Lev's Bar Mitzvah
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 KiddushDavid and Paula Giver, in memory of Betty Katz, Batia bat Feivel, on her tenth yahrzeit
Chapel KiddushJoyce & Larry Haber in honor of Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein's visit to Stamford
Sanctuary KiddushJodi & Oren Shapiro in celebration of Lev's Bar Mitzvah
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Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein
Rabbi Grunstein will share a brief Dvar Torah at the Friday night services and the Chapel Service Shabbat morning. He will deliver the 1030 AM shiur on Just Rabbinic - Will of God or Will of the Rabbis and at Seudat Shlishit on Why do most people like to have "davened" but dislike "davening?"

We are grateful to Joyce and Larry Haber for their generosity in sponsoring Rabbi Grunstein's visit.
Mens Seder @ 613
Monday, April 3 - 7:00 PM
Mens Seder @ 613


Almost sold out... Sign up ASAP!!!

Hosted by CAS and Young Israel of Stamford

Please Sign up by Friday, March 30th, space is limited

$50 (plus tax & gratuity), includes 4 different beers, 4 course meal, and an opportunity to enhance your family seder.

First Course: Chow Dog Bites and 613 Char Grilled Wings

Second Course: Mixed greens salad with a citrus vinaigrette

Dinner: Braised Ribs, Rosemary Crusted Potatoes, & Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Dessert: Belgian Chocolate Mousse

Special guests: Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Rabbi Oran Zweiter, Rabbi David Walk, Rabbi Eli Kohl, Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein
please pay 613 restaurant at the event.

IMPORTANT: If you sign up and then cancel (no show) after April 1st, you will owe 613 Restaurant the cost of the event. ($50).
Questions? Contact Simeon Wohlberg

WOMEN SCHOLARS program featuring Yona Goldman
Women Scholar Series
Yona Goldman: "In the Image of Hashem... B'tzelem Elokim"
7:30 PM
Mondays - March 27 & April 3
Men and Women Invited to Attend
Passover Seder Guest/Host
CAS believes in welcoming guests to our home and insuring that everyone has a place for the seder. Please indicate, using the form below, if you can host others - or if you would like us to match you up with another CAS family for either or both of the seders
CAS Annual Dinner Photos
Thanks to all who are participated in our Annual Dinner. Click here to view the photos.
Shmurah Matzah For Sale
Crispy, crunchy, carefully watched, imported from Brooklyn: Charedim Matzah - the thinnest and tastiest available! $33/box. Reserve yours now!
Pre-Passover Chinese Dinner
Friday, April 7 - 8:00 PM
Pre-Passover Chinese Dinner
CAS helps you get ready for Passover! Enjoy a wonderful Chinese dinner at CAS - allowing you to convert your home to Pesach by Friday!
(members: $15/adult, $12/child, non-members: $18/adult, $15/child)
Pre-Passover Deli Lunch
Shabbat, April 8 - 1:00 PM
Pre-Passover Deli Lunch
CAS helps you get ready for Passover! After converting your kitchen over for Passover, stick around after kiddush for Shabbat lunch. Catered by 613 - Salads, Gefilte Fish, Make Your Own Deli Sandwich, and Dessert.
(members: $24/adult, $18/child, non-members: $26/adult, $20/child)
Passover/Maot Chitim Fund
Passover comes with the high cost of preparations and significant financial burden on a number of members of our community.
The Maot Chitim/Passover Fund at our synagogue receives requests from various individuals and organizations. We prioritize the disbursement of all funds with an emphasis on first helping those in need from our own community.
CAS 5777 Passover Site
Our Newly Updated Site has all the info you need for Passover in one location
Get ready for Passover, with tips, classes, insights & more!
Q&A with the Rabbis
Reference material & more
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sponsor a teen minyan kiddush
Parents! Help us provide kiddush at all our teen minyans this year!
Information Meeting for Journey of Body & Soul To Israel
Thank God, we had a great meeting recentty with Larry Ritter of ITC Tours and planning for a Journey of Body and Soul next fall. If you have an interest and/or would like to join, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen. We hope to solidify the participants by the end of March and then start some pre-trip studying and bonding after Pesach. To learn more about the trip visit Visit the informational tables during Kiddush on March 12, 19 and 26th.
CAS Young Families Potluck Shabbat Lunch and Oneg
We are looking for 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 CAS community! For more info, contact Jessica Furmanky at


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

CAS Young Families
CAS Young Families Spring Fling Shabbat Oneg in the Park . Please join the CAS Young Families in the Shabbas Park on Saturday, April 29th at 4:00 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. If it rains, we will postpone to May 6th . 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: Rachel Kaimowitz or Jessica Furmansky
CAS Classes
Week of April 2
SundayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Kashering and Kosher for Passover Crash Course - 9:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Passover in the Temple - What was different? What was the same? - 7:45 PM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Samuel - 10:15 AM
Rabbi David Walk: Dvar Yom B'Yomo. - 11:30 AM
Women's Scholar Series - Yona Goldman: In the Image of Hashem... B'tzelem Elokim - 7:30 PM
TuesdayPower of the Prophets - Daniel - 8:15 AM
Depth of Genesis - Passover Edition - 9:00 AM
Model Seder led by Rabbi David Walk and Surprise Guest - 7:30 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:00 AM
ThursdayRabbi Cohen: Starbucks' Seder - Join at the "front table" at Starbucks Ridgeway to learn new insights to enhance your holiday or drop by for any Passover Q and A - 8:30 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Rambam Reboot - 13 Principles - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Top Ten Seder Insights - 12:00 PM
Rabbi David Walk: Talmud Taanit - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Top Ten Seder Insights - 8:00 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Announcements
  • FRIDAY NIGHT, MARCH 31ST, 9:15PM AT THE HOME OF DAVID AND JUDITH JELEN, CAS cordially sponsors an oneg and shiur with Rabbi Menachem Leibtag of Yeshiva Har Etzion, "Why Moshe is in the Dark Until Chosech". All are invited.
  • SING ALONG WITH SIMCHA! Join Simcha Rubin and his guitar this motzaei Shabbat after Havadalah in the lobby by the picture gallery for some uplifting Yiddishe music, both original and Allan Sherman-style parodies. Requests honored. Just bring your ears and your voice.
  • OU JLIC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SHABBAT April 28-29 with Rabbi David and Ariel Pardo, JLIC educators at Brandeis University
  • POST KIDDUSH PRESENTATION Shabbat, May 6 12 PM with our member Evan Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. He will speak on the topic: Anti-Semitism: Globally and Locally
  • IMPORTANT MIKVAH ANNOUNCEMENT We ask that any women who need appointments on the first two seder nights or Wednesday night, to please make appointments via email or the answering machine by Sunday, April 9th. This is the only way to insure the message will be received and an attendant will be present. Thank you very much for your consideration.
  • DID YOU KNOW? HEALING AND HOSPITALITY UPDATE Whether in the hospital, assisted living, rehab or at home, a visit can lift someone's spirits and help with their healing. We pray in the mi'sheberach for a healing of the spirit and healing of the body. Thank God, we have a cadre of people who volunteer to visit our members. We stay in touch and alert the group to mitzvah opportunities via the email group. The warmth of our community is our strength and our value. Thank God, many people are moving into the community. There is no better substitute for building friendships than a Shabbat meal. Once a month, we invite our members to host new families for Shabbat by sending them names. If you would like to be added to either or both groups, please contact Matt Feinberg in the office or Rabbi Cohen.
  • 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
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
  1. Reserve Sunday, June 4 for the Celebrate IsraelParade - March with one of our local schools, be a spectator, or join CAS! We plan to send a CAS delegation - please contact me if you would like to help plan and participate.
  2. Consider Visiting Israel this year! Contact Rabbi Cohen about his trip
  3. Join our Israel Advocacy Committee
  4. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. On May 22-25 be front and center for a mega-celebration in Israel in partnership with the Religious Zionist of America (RZA) and World Mizrachi. Individuals and communities from around the world will participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Celebrating 50 years of a reunited Jerusalem on Yom Yerushalayim. See
Community Announcements
  • SOOSH BENEFIT POP-UP Soosh, in partnership with UJF, presents a pop-up restaurant on Tuesday, April 4th at Soosh, featuring a 5-course tasting menu of all new dishes created by Chef Evan Finkel with wine pairings from Royal Wine Corp. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BCDS, Carmel, and the Jewish High School of CT. Reserve a spot today to enjoy a delicious new menu and support your local schools! There will be 2 seatings @ 6pm and 8:30pm. RSVP by March 28th @ Total Cost: $100/person
  • FILM SCREENING Please join us for a screening of the film Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson. Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El. Based on the acclaimed book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Denial recounts the true story of Deborah E Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Allan Chernoff will lead a discussion immediately following the screening. Mr. Chernoff is former CNN and CNBC senior correspondent, an award winning writer, speaker and co-author of The Tailors of Tomaszow, a Memoir of Polish Jews. Presented in tribute to the memory of Eva, Abraham and Dr. Hesh Romanowitz ז"ל. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth El and UJF of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. 203 322 6901 www.
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL PROGRAM. April 23. The annual Yom HaShoah event will be held at Temple Beth El at 4:30pm, and will feature key note speaker Dr. Eric Goldman, a Jewish film expert, who will speak about the Holocaust through the lens of the cinema. Also featured, will be an art exhibit featuring art of Yad Vashem: "The Anguish of Liberation as Reflection in Art" and "Reflections of local Holocaust survivors". The exhibit will open with a reception on April 3rd at the government center in Stamford, 888 Washington Boulevard, at 5:30pm, and Mayor Martin will say a few words. These free programs are open to the entire community. For more information call the UJF office or contact Sharon Franklin at
  • 2017 YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION at Beth El on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd at 4 PM. Dr. Eric Goldman (a Jewish film expert) will speak about the Holocaust through the lens of the cinema. At 5:30pm will be the opening reception for a community Yom HaShoah art exhibit at the government center (888 Washington Boulevard). The exhibit, designed by Sherry Steiner, will be shown, and we will hear a few words from Mayor Martin as well. We encourage young and old to attend these meaningful commemorative event.
  • ISRAEL MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION AND YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION . Entire community invited. Featuring Reflections, "Shira BeTzibur" - singing together beloved Israeli songs and refreshments. 7:00 PM -8:30 PM - Monday, May 1st at CAS.
  • IMPROV ON ICE WITH CHICAGO CITY LIMITS SUPPORTING JCC TZAHAL SHALOM . Saturday, April 1, 8:30 p.m. doors open, 9 p.m. show begins at The J. Raise your glass to our JCC Tzahal officers and laugh the night away with the comedic improv of Chicago City Limits. Purchase tables or individual tickets early as this event sells out. $75 per person/$750 to reserve a table for 10. RSVP by March 27. Click here to purchase tickets online. Dairy dessert. Dietary laws observed. Must be 18+ to attend. Co-chairs: Marcy Kurzman and Lisa Popper. Committee: Alix Eben, Hope Levensohn, Ilyse Lyman and Dana Roth. For details about our JCC Tzahal Shalom events, click here. For more information, contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or
  • SPRING SEMESTER REGISTRATION AT THE J Member registration for spring classes and programs begins Monday, March 27 at 9 a.m. At that time, members in good standing can register online at, by phone at 203.322.7900, or in person at the JCC welcome desk. Registration for enrichment classes is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each individual may register for one family only. Online registrations for child care programs cannot be accepted for the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School, KinderPlace, KidsPlace, and other programs at the discretion of the JCC. Community registration begins Wednesday, March 29 at 9 a.m. Community members may register in person at the JCC, by phone at 203.322.7900, or online at semester classes and programs begin Wednesday, April 19. For full class descriptions and registration information, please click here. For more information, please contact Carla L. White, Director, Registration at 203.487.0942 or
  • BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL FAMILY TRIP TO ISRAEL is scheduled to leave April 30 and return May 11, 2017. Let's celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut together in Israel!! For more information about this very special trip, please contact Bob Abrams at or 203-329-2186.
  • JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES NEEDS MINYAN MENSCHEN!! JSS is in great need of men to attend and help make our daily Minyan (prayer quorum of ten) in order to help Residents say the Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our Minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogues Minyans. Please feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at (203) 396-1001 or email for exact service times.
  • STANLEY FERBER MEMORIAL SENIOR PASSOVERSEDER Tuesday, April 4 * 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Joinus for a Seder led by Hazzan Sidney Rabinowitz, followed by a traditionalPassover meal. The Passover Seder is presented each year for the senior adult community, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Beverly Ferber, in memory of her husband, Stanley Ferber. For more information or to register,contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at, or 203.487.0983.
  • THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT'S 6TH ANNUAL SPRING GALA , recognizing Keter Shem Tov recipients Andrew and Elizabeth Lustbader, is on Sunday, April 30th at 11:00 am. The featured speaker this year is Bret Stephens. Mr. Stephens is a Wall Street Journal columnist, winner of a 2013 Pulitzer Prize and former Chief Editor of the Jerusalem Post. The Gala will be held at Temple Beth El in Stamford (350 Roxbury Road). For more information, please call 203-357-0850, e-mail or visit
  • CAMOS For the fifth time, CAMOS (Committee to Advance Modern Orthodoxy in Stamford) will be representing the Stamford community at the bi-annual Jewish Fair sponsored by the Orthodox Union, to be held in Manhattan on Sunday, April 30th from 12 noon-6PM. Historically this has been one of the most effective ways we've been able to promote the community to others who are interested in finding out more about Stamford. A big thank you to Elaine Finkelstein, who is chairing the CAMOS effort, and to our various organization and real estate partners who have agreed to be sponsors at the event. If you know anyone who might be interested in moving to Stamford, please tell them about the fair.
  • 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, September 14th 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 and Thursdays, 1 pm at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue. Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM -Tuesdays, April 25th and May 16th at 1pm: Designed for individuals looking to stimulate their brain power with a meaningful experience focusing on insight, reducing stress, inspiring confidence, and providing practical support to help reach personal goals! Come and meet others and participate in some mental exercises to stimulate brain power. Insurance co-pays will be accepted, or $20 fee to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration suggested by contacting Jami Fener, Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at or 203-921-4161 x121
  • 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
  • SAVE THE DATE: SCHOKE JFS COLLEGE AHEAD!, Thursday, May 4th at 7:30 pm at the Stamford J, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. A panel of college admissions deans will discuss topics of interest to high school students and their parents, moderated by Claire Friedlander, Schoke JFS College Consultant. For more information, contact her at or 203-921-4161.
  • SAVE THE DATE: An Evening with Elayne & James Schoke JFS on Wednesday, May 10th at the Italian Center, Stamford: 38th Annual Mitzvah Award to the Beldotti Family and Young Leadership Award to Mark Frank. Cocktails at 5:30 pm, dinner, live auction and, at 8:00 pm, stand-up comedy by Steve Solomon of the Broadway show, My Mothers Italian, My Fathers Jewish and Im in Therapy. For more details or to RSVP, visit
  • SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP, meets weekly, starting on Thursdays, March 16th 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
  • Brian Dimetres
  • Daniel Natan ben Sara Leah
  • David Ostrovsky ben Rebbekah
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Hillel ben Esther
  • Ida bat Chana
  • Menachem Mendel ben Chaya
  • Mordechai ben Gussie
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shelamet D'vora bat Chaya Faygel
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yosef ben Batya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Youth

April 2017 - Theme of the Month: Kavod - Respect

April 1-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: Who do I need to respect and why? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Plan and implement 5 ways to do KAVOD in our shul today and do them!
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
April 8-
  • Teen Minyan
Pesach & April 15- Chol Hamoed Pesach
  • Special Pesach snacks in all groups!
  • Jr. Cong. - Color War Challenge- Chagim Jeopardy
  • Much more special Chagim programs to follow, stay tuned.
April 22-
  • Jr. Cong. Oneg - Shabbat Afternoon- home tbd.. would you like to host? Let us know!
  • BMC meeting with Morah Elana Trombka
April 29
  • Mini Minyan- role play Kavod scenarios.
  • Jr Cong. - HOT Kiddush and Nekudot Sale - bring your tickets!
  • BMC oneg - Shabbat Afternoon - home tbd - would you like to host? Let us know!
  • Teen Minyan

Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:

  • April 8, 29
    May 6
    June 3, 10, 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

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

Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger

Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902

Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
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