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Friday, August 4, 2017

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Shabbat Nachamu
August 5, 2017
13 Av 5777
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:48 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:27 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:38 AM
Perek on The Patio6:40 PM
Daf Yomi6:50 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:50 PM
Mincha7:40 PM
Maariv8:42 PM
Shabbat Ends8:47 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Service Note Beginning this Shabbat, through the rest of the Summer, there will be only one Friday night service, at 7pm
Do You Love God?
The Torah portion of Va'ethchanan contains the most important prayer within our faith, the Shema. We recite it morning and night from birth until death. The verse states, "You should love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul and your might." It is one of the fundamental Torah principles. According to the Ibn Ezra, loving God is the root of all mitzvoth. Maimonides teaches that proper love of God means being so in love that we cannot go for one moment without thinking about the Almighty.
How can we be commanded to feel love, an emotion?
When we recite these words, do we fully realize their weight? What does it mean to love God?
The Slonimer Rebbe explains that we fulfill the mitzvah of loving God by taking steps that will lead us in the direction of loving God. If we never reach the full stage of loving God, we fulfill our obligation through our effort to achieve such a relationship. The Rebbe explains his idea based on the verse which follows, "Love of God should be on your heart." If you take the commandment to heart and do our best, it will generate feelings of love.
A Four Step Plan for Loving God
1. Observe Nature - The Rambam (Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah 2:2) recommends thinking deeply into the infinite wisdom in nature. This form of contemplation brings us towards a renewed appreciation of God's presence in the world and the blessing of life.
2. Study Torah - The Rambam (Sefer Hamitzvoth 3) also suggests that when we study Torah, we behold a profound wisdom of God and forge a connection to Him. Torah study refreshes the spirit and offers a relevant road map for daily living.
3. Realize God Loves You - Rabbi Akiva Eiger explains that prior to the mitzvah of loving God, we recite, "Blessed is God who loves his people Israel." When we internalize that God loves us and that he breathes into us new life in every moment of every day, we grow in love of God.
4. Make God Number 1 in Your Life - The Chovot Halevavot (Introduction to Love of God) states that a condition for loving God is prioritizing God in your life. All else is secondary. When we are so preoccupied with worldly matters, we cannot contemplate God nor take the steps necessary to develop our Divine potential and love of God.
In the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." God is everywhere. It is up to us to let Him in. When we recite the words of the Shema, pause and take them to heart. The holidays are seven weeks away. It is time to move forward and take a step towards loving God. God is looking for our effort. We are here for a Divine purpose,to love God and emanate that love to our community, the Jewish people and the world.
Wishing you and your families a wonderful Shabbat Nachamu,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
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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 Oran Zweiter
Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShiurBarry Best
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Perek on the PatioRabbi Oran Zweiter
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Can I Go to Starbucks? (Don't worry about the answer...)
Torah ReadersEthan Green, Burt Rubin, Judd Love
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:50 PM, Friday 7:44 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:39 PM
MondayTu B'Av
  • to the family of Ruth Stern
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushMarc and Sherry Silver in memory of Marc's father, Joseph Silver, on his yahrtzeit
Chapel KiddushThe Love family in honor of Judd's 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah and Jacob's 3rd birthday
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Rachel & Nimrod Dayan in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Nimrod's father, Moshe Dayan and David, Liatte, & Emma Lasher in honor of the birth of Abigail Rina
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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 and Michael and Sandra Kamen. We are deeply appreciative of their generosity. If you would like to enable more teens to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please be in touch.
Israel is in our mind and hearts. Please consider joining me next spring for the AIPAC Policy Conference. For more info visit AIPAC. Join us on our Fall Trip. For more info visit Israel Trip.
Am Yisrael Chai!
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Young Couples Outdoor Movie Night
Sunday, August 6 - 8:00 PM
Young Couples Outdoor Movie Night
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join CAS Young Couples for an backyard movie night!! Beverages and light snacks will be provided. No cost but RSVP required (adults only please). At the private home of a congregant--address will be provided upon RSVP.
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 6
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
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
CAS Young Families will host our first women's book club August 7th at 7:45 PM at the private home of a congregant. The first book to be read is The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman. You can find the link to the book on amazon and it is available in kindle and paperback (or at the library). click to see the Book on Please RSVP if you will attend to Laura by August 2, Address of meeting will be given upon RSVP. We will also discuss the book club format and the selection and host for the next book club meeting. Looking forward to seeing many of you there and to discussing this interesting story!

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
  • 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.
  • CHESED Sunday's Chesed event at CAS was a success!! Thank you to our volunteers young and old, families, college students, it ran the gamut. Volunteers got straight to work packing school supplies for Inspirca and packages for IDF soldiers. To learn more about Chesed initiatives and ways to get invloved, contact Alisa Weisser or Shira Nerenberg.
  • THE HARVEST NOW GARDEN IS BACK - WE NEED YOU! The Harvest Now Garden produces vegetables for a local homeless shelter. It is a great project for young and old and families. Last year, the crop yielded over 300 pounds of vegetables. If you are interested in joining the fun, email To learn more about Harvest Now, visit
  • JOSEPH AND JULIA MACY MEMORIAL LECTURE - FEATURED SPEAKER RABBI SAUL BERMAN 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 12th at CAS. Rabbi Saul J. Berman, a leading Orthodox teacher and thinker who 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, will be the featured speaker at a pre-Rosh Hashana lecture at Congregation Agudath Sholom. His topic, which will focus on the obligation of forgiving individuals before the High Holidays, will be "Forgiveness for Failings in Friendships."
  • 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
  • SOOSH PROMOTION A "Just Because" promotion at Soosh! 15% off any Soosh orders picked up Friday between 2 pm and 4 pm, just because we know Soosh will enhance your Shabbat table! May we suggest a platter of Veggie Yaki Udon Noodles? Or, a delicious mango avocado salad? Also, Soosh will be open this Motzei Shabbat August 5th! Date night? Why not!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pesach ben Rochel Basya
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shelamet D'vorah bat Chaya Faygel
  • Shoshana bat Etel
  • Yehudit bat Rochel
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Yitzchak Asher ben Chana Sheva Chaya
  • Yosef ben Liba
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zvi Doniel ben Chia Priva

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