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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki Tavo
September 9, 2017
18 Elul 5777
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Candle Lighting6:56 PM
Mincha7:00 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
Bnei Mitzvah Club
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:44 AM
Daf Yomi5:40 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:40 PM
Mincha6:30 PM
Maariv7:50 PM
Shabbat Ends7:55 PM
Shabbat Shalom
In the Foothills or on the Mountain
We are so grateful for the shul sharing in our simcha of the recent marriage of Sara Malka to Avi Petrushka. It meant a lot to us. Please join us at a seudah shlishit this Shabbat for the sheva brachot celebration sponsored generously by the shul. Mincha will start earlier at 6:30 PM followed by seudah shlishit at 6:50 PM. God willing, Avi and Sara Malka will build a bayit neeaman biYisrael and we will share many happy occasions together in the years ahead! We are also thrilled to welcome Avi's parents Sharon and Menachem Petrushka and their family this Shabbat.
It is hard to believe Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner. This week is a very important one for spiritual preparation. Our parsha, Ki Tavo, contains an inspiring idea about this period. In the waning days of Moshe's life and as the Jewish people are on the verge of entering Israel, they reaffirm the covenant at Sinai. Moshe directs half the tribes to the top of Mt. Gerizim and half to the top of Mt. Eval. The people listen to the choices of blessings and curses, the consequences of good and evil, and verbally renew the acceptance of the Torah at Sinai.
Rabbi Eli Munk, of blessed memory, distinguishes between the two settings of the new convent and the original one. Why, at Sinai, were the Jews told to stand at the foot of the mountain and now upon the mountain? He explains that at Sinai, the Jews accepted the Torah passively; hence they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now, however, they were required to declare with unshakable resolution their commitment to the Torah and readiness to transmit it to others.
As we approach Rosh Hashanah, it is a unique moment to leave the spiritual foothills and climb the mountain. Do we want this year to be one of growth or stagnation? Are we willing to change our character traits and habits for the better? Will we lead our lives on cruise control or with alacrity and purpose? This season is a gift from God to reawaken our commitment to the three pillars of Torah, Prayer and Kindness.
In this spirit, I encourage you to seize the numerous opportunities ahead. Join us this coming Friday at 12 PM to write a letter in the Torah and celebrate the completion of a new Torah dedicated by the Fried and Dayan families on the occasion of Max's upcoming Bar Mitzvah. It will be very special and memorable! Check out the numerous classes to get ready for the holidays. Hear Rabbi Saul Berman on Monday night at the Joseph and Julia Macy Memorial Lecture. Take time for self reflection at the Legacy Seminar on Thursday evening.
Most importantly, take a stand for your personal development this season. Do not stand at the foot of the mountain, Climb it. God wiling, we will not only ascend the mountain over the next few weeks, but be blessed following the holidays to continue to grow and climb in good health ever higher this coming year.
Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
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Join us THIS Sunday, September 10 from 9AM - 1PM for the 2nd-Annual CAS Sukkah Raising Event! Help build Fairfield County's largest Sukkah! Perform a mitzvah, get new ideas on how to build your Sukkah, everyone welcome - no tools required! Matt will show you how! Info -
Visit our High Holiday Website with schedules, events, and seating charts

Congratulations to Captain Simeon Wohlberg and the stellar CAS softball team on their win over Young Israel to keep the Kiddush Cup where it belongs!
Service Note Summer is over.. DUDES DAUGHTERS AND DONUTS RETURNS!! Sunday morning 9.15am
Youth Note Beginning this Shabbat, September 9, Mini Minyan and Tot Shabbat will switch rooms
Welcome to our new Youth Advisors Chloe Bohbot and Eshley Taranto who will lead Jr Congreaton and Bnai Mitzvah Club
Touch Football, Fun and Faith Shabbat afternoon in the Shabbat Park 4 PM, Ages Kindergarten through 4th Grade. Coaches - Evan Bernstein and Nimrod Dayan
Rabbi Cohen's Halacha Corner - Checking Mezuzot
  • We are blessed to have Rabbi Yirmiyah Modlovan this Sunday to check mezuzot. There is an ancient custom to have their mezuzahs checked once a year, during the Jewish month of Elul, the month prior to the High Holidays

    When removing the old mezuzah cases, the nails, screws and tape previously used to affix the mezuzahs may be discarded. However, mezuzah cases and mezuzah wrappings should be treated as sacred material and require genizah, interment, after their use.
  • Mezuzahs should be checked by a sofer (certified scribe) twice every seven years to see if they have been affected by adverse weather conditions, or by folding (which can cause cracks in the letters), or if any other defect has occurred. It is preferable to check mezuzahs which are on the outside of a building more often, due to their vulnerability to inclement weather.
Rabbi Cohen's Elul Shabbat Challenge Thank the Police officer on duty when you arrive in shul and tell Rabbi Cohen his name at the Kiddush.
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
Library ShiurRabbi Elisha Paul: Unlocking the potential of Rosh Hashanah
ShiurJay Jubas: Sefer Devarim, Part 2 (a 3-part series)
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Ezra Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersJake Sigman, Nat Samberg
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 6:50 PM, Friday 6:49 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday6:44 PM
  • to Erica Axelroad on the passing of her husband, Don
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
Mazal Tov
  • Claudine & Stuart Feurstein, Tamara Feurstein, and Karen & Ira Berk and their entire families, on the wedding of their son, grandson, and nephew, Michael Feurstein to Hannah Mackler
  • Sam & Flossy Fischel, Guta Fischel and Ari, Ellen, Davey & Lauren Fischel on the birth of their granddaughter, great-granddaughter, daughter and sister
  • to Nurit & Mark Wexler on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Lauren & Dan Hazony. Mazal Tov to great-grandparents Debbie & Ben-Zion Soifer
  • to Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen, Sharon and Menahcem Petrushka and their families who are celebrating Avi and Sara Malka's sheva brachot this Shabbat.
  • to Rebecca & Eric Sigman on Jake's Bar Mitzvah
  • to Norinne & Dov Steinmetz on the birth of their granddaughter
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 PackagesClaudine & Stuart Feurstein in celebration of the wedding of Michael and Hannah; Andrew & Tara Beson in memory of Linda Beson; Sam & Flossy Fischel in honor of Ari & Ellen Fischel on the occasion of the birth of their new daughter; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library Kiddush:Howard Wolfe in memory of his mother, Sylvia Wolfe zl (Tziporah bat Shlomo Zalman), on the occasion of her 2nd Yahrzeit
Chapel KiddushHashkama Minyan in honor of the wedding of Sara Malka and Avi
Sanctuary KiddushRebecca & Eric Sigman in celebration of Jake's Bar Mitzvah
Seudat ShlishitSheva Brachot for Sara Malka & Avi Petrushka
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CAS Youth Apple Picking
Sunday, September 10 - 10:30 AM
CAS Youth Apple Picking
Fun for the whole family!
Get ready for Rosh Hashana
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.
Legacy Seminar with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Thursday, September 14 - 7:15 PM
Legacy Seminar with Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Based on the roadmap in Rabbi Cohen's recent book, "What Will They Say about You When You are Gone: Creating a Life of Legacy", he will conduct a self reflection workshop on becoming your best self this coming year! The seminar will includes dinner from 613 and the cost of the seminar is $15 per person. RSVP is required by Tuesday, September 12.
Lulav and Etrog Set
Friday, September 29, noon
Pick up dates at CAS are:
Sunday, October 1 - 7 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, October 2 - 8-9 AM
Wednesday, October 3 - 1-5 PM
Enter your reservation & pre-pay on-line to speed your pickup!
Sukkot Across Agudath
Shabbat, October 7 - 12:00 PM
Sukkot Across Agudath
On Saturday, October 7th the Sisterhood wants everyone in our congregation enjoying their shabbat afternoon having Sukkot lunch with other members of our shul, at homes across the community.

Come be a part of Sukkot as it's supposed to be...within the beauty and spirituality of the sukkah, enjoying friends, old and new.

This event is FREE.

Host families will provide food for the meal.

Guests will be asked to bring wine, challah, and pareve dessert (more details when you sign up!)

Sign up deadline Sunday, September 24.
CAS Young Families Book Club
Monday, October 23 - 8:00 PM
CAS Young Families Book Club
Our next book club meeting is at the private home of a CAS Member.

We will read and discuss A Man Called Ove

Address of meeting will be sent via email after signup

Open to ALL women in our community!
CAS Young Families Game Show Sensation
Shabbat, October 28 - 7:45 PM
CAS Young Families Game Show Sensation
(Hosted by Billy Mann!!!)
Consisting of elements from TV game shows like Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Minute To Win It
$25 per person Refreshments will be served!
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Classes
Week of September 10
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Tanach - The Book of Kings - 1:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Mysticism, Mystery and Meaning of Sukkot - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
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

New Mom's Group Resuming - Mommy and Me Bring your baby and come meet other moms at CAS. Monday, Setember 18 and October 2 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM For Babies birth through 1. This is a free group open to the community. Info: contact Melissa Litwak at

Game Show Sensation (Hosted by Billy Mann!!!) Billy's shows consist of elements from TV game shows like "Jeopardy", "Family Feud"and "Minute To Win It". Save the Date: October 28, 7:45 pm. $25 per person. Refreshments will be served. click here to sign up
CAS High Holiday Classes
Get Ready for the Holidays at CAS
Special Programs
  • Joseph and Julia Macy Memorial Lecture with Rabbi Saul Berman Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 PM. He will speak on the topic "Forgiveness for Failings in Friendships". For more info visit
  • Pre Rosh Hashanah Apples, Honey and Wine Tasting with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Wednesday night, September 13 at 8 PM. Enjoy a taste of the sweet New Year with fellow High Grove residents and neighbors. The event is hosted by our members, Justin and Sarah Breiner and Shushana and Ari Yasgur. RSVP appreciated to
  • Legacy Seminar with Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Realize Your Divine Potential in the New Year Thursday evening, September 14 at 7:15 PM until 9 PM at CAS. Based on the roadmap in Rabbi Cohen's recent book, "What Will They Say about You When You are Gone: Creating a Life of Legacy", he will conduct a self reflection workshop on becoming your best self this coming year! The seminar will includes dinner from 613 and the cost of the seminar is $15 per person. RSVP is required by Tuesday, September 12. Register online at
  • Sparks of Growth and Inspiration Saturday, September 16 at 9 PM prior to the 10:00 PM Selichot Service. Have you ever read a poem, a book, seen a movie or a work of art or heard a song that awakened within you the voice of God beckoning you to become a better you? Share your experience. Rabbi Kook describes Teshuvah as return to self, your soul. We never know what experience will awaken us from our spiritual slumber and motivate us to grow in our relationship to humanity and God. Join us for an evening of inspiration. We want to hear from you. To sign up to share your source of inspiration, contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
  • Sounds at the Sound Sunrise Service Sunday morning, September 17 at 6:10 AM. Meet us at the Stamford Cove for our annual sunrise service. It is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Recite the prayers as the sun is rising and join in song. Light refreshments following minyan. Open for men, women and children. Please RSVP your attendance to Rabbi Cohen at
Special Holiday Learning Series
Classes with Rabbi Cohen
  • The Depth of Genesis Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
  • The Mysticism, Mystery and Meaning of Sukkot Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Parsha Perspectives Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  • The Light of Psalms: Discover King David's Path for Leading an Inspired Life Tuesday, September 19 and 26 at 7:30 PM
Classes with Rabbi Zweiter
  • Explore the Haftorot for the Holidays Wednesday, September 13 and 27 at 9 AM- 9:45 AM
  • Rabbi Joseph Solveitchik on Repentance Thursday, September 14 and 28th at 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Save the Dates
  • Ten Days to Greatness The Ten Chapters on Repentance from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur
  • Shabbat Shuva Drasha with Rabbi Cohen - Shabbat, September 23rd
CAS Announcements
  • PLEASE RETURN LOST ITEMS Sentimental toys. Miniature cars and wood toy missing from my Shabbat bag which has been placed, every Shabbat, on the last seat of the woman's section at the Strawberry Hill entry door during Kiddush. They are my personal property. Kindly return them to the CAS Office. Thank you.
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB PLANNING MEETING FOR THE STAMFORD MAYORAL DEBATE moved to 9:30am Sunday Sept 10. Planning on how to run, decorate, manage, what format, etc. We need to decide -on how to conduct the Stamford Mayoral Debate or Stamford Mayoral Forum on Sept. 10 9:30 sharp.
  • MENS CLUB PROGRAM Do you snore or have trouble breathing at night? On Sunday, September 10, Dr. Jeffrey Cahn will be speaking about a comfortable, custom-made dental device to treat sleep apnea that is covered by medicare and most medical insurance. It may change your life. This event will start at 10am with bagel, lox and cream cheese provided free if you RSVP in advance. This is the first of a new series of CAS Men's Club presentations.
  • MENS CLUB WINE SALE September 10 from 9:45am to 11:45am we will take orders for wines outside Sylvia's, downstairs in the lobby. Questions, or interest contact
  • CONCEPTIONS, MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISSED CONCEPTIONS: A REVIEW OF THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICAL LAWS OF GETTING TO THE MIKVAH Monday night, September 11th at 8:15 PM at CAS. A Program of the Minnie Manger - Marcia Lieberman Mikvah open to all women in the community. Whether you've recently gotten married, had a baby or just feel like you could use review or inspiration, come out for a refresher and Q and A on the laws of Niddah with Dena Block our CAS Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha. RSVP recommended for the class to Jessica at We welcome Dena, her husband Rabbi Avi Block and their family on their recent move to Stamford. As always, Dena is available for any questions or consultation and can be reached at 201 921 8992 or
  • LOOKING FOR NEW ACCESSORIES FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS? Have something you want to swap for a new look? Join us for our first pre- Yom Tov accessory swap. Bring any hats, scarves, headbands or jewelry that you are interested in getting off your hands for others to enjoy and spruce up your options at the same time. We are asking $10 admission to attend the hat swap. All proceeds to go to the Minnie Manger - Marcia Lieberman Mikvah. Swap will take place following Dena Block's class.
  • 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 CAS in honor of Max's upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Please join us at 12 PM on Friday, September 15th for the Torah completion celebration. The program will begin with an opportunity for you to "write" a letter in the Torah and then we will dance the Torah from the chapel in to the main sanctuary where we will write the last letter. It is an unforgettable experience! We will be joined by Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Pincus, the scribe. Everyone is invited for refreshments following the siyum. See you there!
  • SHABBAT, SEPTEMBER 23RD - THANK LOCAL HEROES SHABBAT AT CAS Join us on Shabbat morning to express our gratitude to our city's first responders. Members of our local fire and police departments will be at services and Kiddush. We will make a brief presentation to them at the end of davening and there will be a Q-and-A with the officers following Kiddush.
  • 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
  • ABEL CATERERS offers a complete Rosh Hashana Catering Menu-ordering deadling September 12 click here
  • DINNER AT SIX THIRTEEN IN SUPPORT OF NCSY RELIEF MISSIONS Join us on Tuesday, September 12 for a chefs four course tasting, along with a paired wine for each course. Proceeds will benefit NCSYs relief missions. NCSY, the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union, sent a group of teens to Houston this past week to help with cleanup and recovery efforts. These missions will continue in the months of ahead through your support. click here to learn more
  • SHIUR You are invited to attend a Pre-Rosh Hashanah Afternoon Shiur featuring Rabbi David Stav, Co-Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, Sunday, September 10 at 4:30pm at the home of Sharon and Jeffrey Lewis, 70 Urban Street. Rabbi Stav will speak on the topic of A Look at Who is the Devil
  • JCC OPEN HOUSE & FAMILY FUN DAY Sunday, September 17th from 10 am - 2 pm. Try a fitness group, jump in the bounce house, free basketball clinic, bagels & ice cream sundaes, games, activities, prize and more! JCC membership has so much to offer you and your whole family! Special membership discounts offered for those who join at the Open House. Free & Open to the entire community. RSVP to 203-517-0902 or
  • SHOFAR STUDY join Rabbi Uri Grosberg for a 2 part series at the home of Oren and Elise Klein on what the Shofar is about. (Please text 469-348-6312 for address and further information.) Why do we specifically blow a Shofar, and not another instrument? How is the Shofar relevant to the creation of mankind and to our lives? Wednesday nights @ 7:30 p.m.- September 6 & 13.
  • INSPIRICA ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME WALK-A-THON to raise awareness about homelessness in our community in which we live and work. The 5k run/walk will take place on Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 am and together, 200+ friends of Inspirica will join to support our mission to permanently break the cycle of homelessness. Lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement with us! All funds raised support Inspiricas mission and the need for Inspiricas services is greater than ever. We are seeing more and more men, women and children come into our shelters. Our One Step Closer to Home event sheds light on prevalence of homelessness in our community and works to help our clients live healthy, dignified lives. To register, please visit:
  • JHSC OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 29 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm (1937 West Main Street, Stamford). Come and learn about our unique value proposition, our UConn ECE Program, our 2018 tuition initiative, our international mathematics program, physics first STEM program and our individualized Judaic tracks. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Rich - or 203-357-0850.
  • JCC SENIOR ADULT SUKKOT LUNCHEON Tuesday, October 3, 12 - 1 pm. Join us for a special lunch to celebrate Sukkot. $4 suggested donation. For more information contact Connie Freeman at 203.487.0983 or
  • JCC FAMILY SUKKOT CELEBRATION Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 - 7 pm. Bring your friends and your own dinner and celebrate the harvest season by enjoying a meal in the JCC Sukkah. Games, activities and yummy treats on us. It will be a fun-filled evening for all. Dessert will be provided. No charge. For more information visit or contact Galit Roloff at 203-487-0974 or
  • JCC MOTHER/SON GAME SHOW NIGHT Saturday, October 14 * 6 - 7:30 pm, 5 - 10 years Have a blast with friends and family as we play Easy Jeopardy, Name that Tune, Beat the Clock and lots more. A night to remember! Salad, pizza and drinks will be served. Members: $36 per "couple," $5 per additional child Community: $45 per "couple," $5 per additional child. For more information visit or contact Brandon Yarborough at 203-487-0970 or
  • JCC BOKER TOV, ISRAEL!: THE WOMEN OF ISRAEL Thursday, October 19, 11 am - 12 pm Sunday, October 22, 10 - 11:30 am Join Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha, as we explore Israel's politics, innovations, society, culture, and values through discussion, interactive presentations, and videos. Since before the country of Israel was born, Israeli women have taken a lead role in its creation. Today women in Israel have a central part in the Israeli judicial and political systems and the IDF. Is there full gender equality in Israel? For more information contact Yael Stolarsky at 203-487-0951 or
  • JCC JEWISH ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, November 5. Festival Encore: Sunday, November 12 The Stamford Jewish Community Center is thrilled to present to you the very best in current Jewish films, speakers, fine art and literature that the international Jewish community has to offer. Recognized as an essential part of the Jewish cultural arena in Fairfield County, the Jewish Arts & Film Festival is a highly anticipated celebration of Jewish and Israeli life, culture, community and history, brought to audiences during the festival week and throughout the year. Join us for our 16th season as we bring to you award-winning films like Nancy Spielberg's On the Map, festival favorites like Fanny's Journey, Women's Balcony and many more. For festival details, visit or contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or
  • 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
  • Aaron ben Chunah Mayer Friedel
  • Gershon Avraham ben Devorah Breina
  • Ida bat Hanna
  • Ina bat Rivka
  • 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
CAS Youth
September 2017

Theme of the Month: Hitchadshut - Starting Over

September 9
  • Torah Tot and Mini Minyan
  • Junior Congregation and Bnei Mitzvah Club

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush," please email Yolly at or Yaakov at

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

Shabbat Shalom!

Yolly and Yaakov Faratci

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

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