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Friday, May 5, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Omer: 25
May 6, 2017
10 Iyyar 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle lighting7:37 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:18 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:29 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
ADL Presentation12:00 PM
Code Of Jewish Law6:45 PM
Daf Yomi6:50 PM
Mincha7:35 PM
Maariv8:34 PM
Shabbat Ends8:39 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Be Holy Every Day
One of the most ambiguous, yet significant, directives in the Torah is to be holy. Kedoshim Teheyu. The intent of this mitzvah is the subject of great debate. Rashi comments that God is mandating separation from transgression. Nachmanides explains that God is requiring us to sanctify our life through the commandments. It is not enough to observe the Torah, but our behavior should be reflective of a spiritually motivated life. We can consume kosher food, but if we do not eat with dignity and in moderation, we are diminishing our holiness.
However, the mitzvah of being holy also asks us to bear in mind the transcendent nature of our role as Jews. Prior to receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai, God called on us to be a holy nation. This characterization calls on us in the broadest sense to seize every day to make a difference and embody our mission as Jews.
Are we living holy lives? Do we allow the days to fade away or harness every moment for impact? Motivation and energy flow when we view every day as an answer to a call.
When God asked Adam and Eve, "Where are you?" it was a call of intentionality and purpose. It's the difference between being a thermometer or a thermostat. Both register the temperature, but one is influenced by the environment, and the other transforms the environment. Are we thermometers or thermostats? Do we stay focused on shining light every day or do we get distracted? We're ultimately answerable to God and our inner spark and consciousness. Do we do our best every day?
In his book, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Os Guinness writes that God planted a spiritual gyroscope deep inside our hearts. Every day we are called upon to be so enthralled with a vision of God that, "Before others we have nothing to prove, nothing to gain, nothing whatsoever to lose."
Leading a holy life reflects an unwavering commitment to serving God with reverence and humility and awakening every day with a renewed sense of purpose to amplify God's light. We pray for God's help on our sacred mission. In the timeless words of King David, "The Lord remains near to all who call out to him, to everyone who calls out to him sincerely."
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Welcome new members Jeff Cunningham and Abby Katz
Service Note Dudes, Daughters, and Donuts Minyan THIS Sunday 9.15am
Thank you
  • to Ari and Andrea Lefkovits for sponsoring the upcoming dinner at Inspirica. To join the cooking this Sunday at 5 PM or serving dinner on Wednesday, please be in touch with Ari at
  • to Kate Cik and Rebecca Ben Atar for chairing Sunday's New and Prospective Member Brunch
  • to Shira Nerenberg and Shari Levine for chairing the Senior Luncheon this Wednesday.
We are honored to host Evan Bernstein, NY ADL director, who will engage in a conversation with Rabbi Cohen at 12 PM post kiddush about Anti-Semitism: Globally and Locally.
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.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurRabbi Alex Ozar: 
Was Moses an Idiot? The Amelia Bedelia Problem in Halakha
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderBarry Best
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:45 PM, Friday 7:49 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:44 PM
SundayOmer: 26
MondayOmer: 27
TuesdayOmer: 28
WednesdayPesach Sheni/Omer: 29
ThursdayOmer: 30
FridayOmer: 31
Mazal Tov
  • to Judith and Matt Bernstein on the birth of twins, a baby boy and baby girl. The community is invited to a Shalom Zachor celebrating Matt and Judith Bernstein's simcha at the Neumeier home, corner of Upland and Strawberry Hill, Friday night, 10 PM
  • to Matt Greenberg and the entire staff and leadership of JFS on their gala celebration, "An Evening with Schoke JFS" this week. Warm Mazal Tov to the Beldotti family on their special honor.
  • to Phyllis Brodsky on the engagement of her son, Steven to Leah Weinstein
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
Chapel KiddushThe Niedober Family in honor of Kayla's first birthday
Library KiddushMarc Silver in honor of Hecky Attar and Jay Jubas
Sanctuary KiddushHeidi and Evan Bernstein in honor of their children and the Brand Family in honor of the Bernstein Family for all of Evan's work on behalf of the Jewish people
Sponsor A Kiddush
Shabbat Sanctuary Chapel Library Teen
May 13sponsoredsponsoredsponsored
May 20sponsoredsponsoredsponsored
May 27sponsoredopensponsored
Jun 3sponsoredopensponsoredopen
Jun 10sponsoredsponsoredsponsored
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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Current State of Anti-Semitism:  A Conversation with Evan Bernstein
ADL NY Regional Director will join in a discussion with Rabbi Cohen about the current state of anti-Semitism and the spread of hate in all forms. Evan will share detail about ADL's efforts to combat this trend.
Spring Senior Lunch
Wednesday, May 10 - 12:00 PM
Spring Senior Lunch
Hosted by the CAS Chesed Committee
Event Chairs - Shira Nerenberg and Shari Levine
Featuring Allison Gilbert as Guest Speaker
Allison Gilbert is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, her stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness, spark creativity, and rebound from adversity.
All attendees are requested to bring a small item that reminds you of a loved one - a photo, bookmark, watch, trinket...any item..and Allison will lead an eye opening and comforting conversation on the power of our memories to generate resilience and celebration.
Sisterhood Presents Womens Club
Wednesday, May 17 - 4:00 PM
Sisterhood Presents Womens Club
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Walk
Join us - All Welcome
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 Furmansky at
Rabbi Jeiger Seudat Shlishit
As Rabbi Jeiger takes on more responsibilities as Associate Principal at Bi-Cultural, we would like to thank him for his 6 years of service to CAS. Please join us in sponsoring a Seudat Shlishit in his honor.
Participants as of May 4, 11 AM:
BI-Cultural Day School
Anat, Marc, Coby, Racheli & Avigayil Chavkin
Meredith, David, Hannah, & Eden Cohen
The Dayan Family
Shira, Ethan, Solomon & Yael Green
Liat & Benjy Karsch
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Rica & Ari Lieberman
The Marlowe Family
Jessica & Elie Niedober
The Pitkoff Family
The Rubin Family
Phyllis & Martin Shapiro
Chani & Rabbi Oran Zweiter
Cantor Concert
Wednesday, May 24 - 7:30 PM
Cantor Concert
The Cantor's
Yom Yerushalayim
50th Anniversary Concert

Wednesday, May 24th at 7:30 pm
Congregation Agudath Sholom
Live Music, Dancing and refreshments
With participation of Ira Berk, Jonathan Cahr, &
Mr. Matan Zamir, Deputy Consul of Israel to New England
Free admission

Contact the office if you would like to sponsor
Tween Oneg
Shabbat, May 6 - 4:00 PM
Tween Oneg
Grades 6-8th in the Shabbat Park

Join your friends
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.
Graduation Kiddush
Thursday, June 1
Graduation Kiddush
Join the CAS Graduation Celebration!
If you have a graduate in your family (preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school), we will publish his/her name and the level from which he or she is graduating.

Celebrate the graduates of our member families with a festive kiddush on the second day of Shavuot in honor of the graduates. Help co-sponsor the kiddush
$50 per family sponsorship || $180 for family cum laude sponsorship
Bar Mitzvah Project
Upcoming Bar Mitzvah Projects: Gilad Karsch
We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072
CAS Young Families
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 Classes
Week of May 7
SundayBob Abrams: Tanach, Judaism and World History - Bagels with Bob - 10:00 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Samuel - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Power of the Prophets - Daniel - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depth of Genesis - 9:00 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
  1. Israel Advocacy Lunch with The Jaffa Institute Monday, May 8th at 12 PM at 613. Rabbi Cohen will host a lunch with Yechiel Marcus of the The Jaffa Institute in Israel. All are welcome to attend to learn more about this organization. Please RSVP to Rabbi Cohen at To learn more visit The Jaffa Institute is a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to assist the city of Jaffa's severely disadvantaged children and their families. They provide educational, recreational and social enrichment programs which enhance the self-esteem and academic performance of each child thereby enabling them to succeed academically and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty into which they were born. Through over 30 different initiatives our programs reach 4,000 citizens annually.
  2. 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.
  3. Consider Visiting Israel this year! Contact Rabbi Cohen about his trip
  4. Join our Israel Advocacy Committee
  5. 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
CAS Announcements
  • REMINDER As we enter the final months of our fiscal year, we appreciate all members paying any outstanding dues or fees. If you have questions about your account, please contact Matt or 203-358-2200
  • INSPIRICA MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY We are excited about our second initiative with Inspirica at the beginning of May. We will be serving food as part of their ECCP Meal Program for Parents and Children. Thank you to Ari and Andrea Lefkovits who are chairing the mitzvah mission. We are looking for volunteers to help with cooking at the shul in early May and serving on Wednesday eve, May 10th at 6:30 PM at Inspirica. 141 Franklin Street. Here is link their website to learn more. Inspirica is a great organization To learn more about Inspirica and ways to help, contact Lauren Dubitsky manager of communications, events and volunteers, (who visited our shul with CEP Jason Shaplen) and she can answer any questions and also guide you toward other volunteer opportunities. Please feel free to share this opportunity with others who may be interested. Please be in touch with Ari or Andrea, to confirm your participation for cooking, serving or both. Thank you very much!
  • NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBER BRUNCH Sunday, May 7, 10 AM at the home of Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen. If you are interested in attending or know someone who might like to join, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rebecca Ben Atar
  • 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
Community Announcements
  • 51ST ANNUAL MICKEY MARCUS CEREMONY Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10 am at the Jewish Chapel of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Please join us for our annual program commemorating Colonel David 'Mickey' Marcus among the 41 U.S. and Canadian Volunteers who gave their lives in Israel's War of Independence (1947-1949). WEST POINT SECURITY REQUIRES A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID AT THE GATE. For more info, visit
  • SUPPORT OUR MEMBERS IN THE HODS RACE-WALK We are participating in the annual HODS 5K race walk, in support of the Halachic Organ Donor Society (, on Sunday, May 7th. This very worthwhile organization encourages organ donation -- and literally saves lives. Please consider sponsoring us in our efforts to raise funds for HODS. You can visit the Team Stamford page to become a sponsor: click here to sponsor Thank you in advance,Dr. Steven Thau Michael Feldstein Maury Rosenbaum. Co-Captains for Team Stamford for Organ Donation
  • JOIN US The entire community is invited to a Hilula D'Rabbi Shimon, a blazing bonfire and kumsitz in honor of Lag Baomer. Saturday night, May 13th at 9:30 PM at the home of Yossi and Tina Notik, 67 Overbrook Drive. Co-sponsored by CAS and Young Israel of Stamford
  • CAS/UJF COMMUNITY EVENT UJF Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien invites you to the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen on May 22nd at 8 PM for a discussion with Rachel Dayan about her recent visit to India with JFNA's National Young Leadership Cabinet. She will discuss the Indian Jewish community and how our dollars help some of the poorest people in the world. For more info and RSVP, contact Federation at 203-321-1373.
  • AN EVENING WITH SCHOKE JFS, THE AGENCY'S ANNUAL GALA Wednesday, May 10th at the Crown Plaza, 2701 Summer Street in Stamford (Please note the new location!) At 5:30 pm, Schoke JFS honors service to the community with the 38th Annual Mitzvah Award to the Beldotti Family and the 11th Annual Young Leadership Award to Mark Frank. The evening begins with cocktails, followed by an Italian (kosher) dinner. All are invited to join this portion of the program and support the efforts of Schoke JFS to assist the community. At 8:00 pm, Steve Solomon, creator and star of the two-time, award-winning Broadway show "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy" will perform stand-up comedy based on the show. Be prepared to laugh until you cry. A dessert reception will follow. Schoke JFS is offering tickets to the performance for $65. click here for tickets
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Benjamin Eitan ben Gittel Abi
  • Daniel Natan ben Sara Leah
  • Dinah bat Maria
  • Doron ben Tia
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Leah
  • Esther Shoshana bat Yeta Chaya
  • Feivel Yakov ben Sarah Rochel
  • Ida bat Chana
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shelamet D'vora bat Chaya Faygel
  • Shifra Feige bat Reichel
  • Shifra Leah bat Chaya Sarah
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yosef ben Batya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Youth
May 2017 - Theme of the Month: Eretz Yisrael
May 6-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: Why is Israel so important to us? What is special there? Why do we go there? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Discussion about the transition between Yom HaZikaron to Yom Haatzmaut.
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
  • Teen Minyan
May 13-
May 20-
  • Tot Shabbat/ Mini Minyan - Discussion: Who has been to Yerushalayim and what do they remember most about Israel? (ongoing for the month)
  • Jr. Cong. - Discussion about 1967 and the importance of Yerushalayim to the Jewish people.
  • BMC meeting with Ari Leiberman
May 27-
SHAVUOT - MAY 31- JUNE 1: Many amazing learning opportunities for kids of all ages... Stay tuned for details,
Upcoming Teen Minyan Dates:
  • 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

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