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Friday, June 1, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BehaalotchaJune 2, 201819 Sivan 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:07 PM
Candle Lighting8:02 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:10 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:10 PM
Mincha8:00 PM
Maariv8:58 PM
Shabbat Ends9:03 PM
Havdalah9:03 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Real Eternal Flame

One of the most stirring symbols in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle and in the Beit Hamikdash was the Ner Tamid, the eternal flame, burning atop the Menorah. It represents God's light and His ever-presence for the Jewish people and the world.

In every shul, we evoke the light through an eternal flame above the ark containing the Torah scrolls. The centrality of this image in this week's Torah portion of Behaalotcha, gives us pause to reflect on its deeper meaning. We are so accustomed to its presence in our Shul that we may take the meaning for granted.

I gained a new insight into the flame when studying the image of light in the book of Psalms. King David writes in Psalm 80, verse 4, God turn to us, illuminate your countenance, your light on us, and we will be saved.

The Baal Shem Tov explains the connection between the light and repentance. When we perceive God standing before us always, metaphorically, the Ner Tamid, the eternal flame, at all times and in all places, we will be motivated and inspired to return to God. We pray for God's light to be ever present in front of us.

The eternal flame can never be relegated to a Shul alone, but must be integrated into every aspect of our lives.

As King David states, God is before me always. In the words of Elizabeth Barret Browning, Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes.

Do we take off our shoes? Do we realize that in every bush and in every place the earth is crammed with Heaven? When we do, our lives will be transformed each and every day. Lighting the candles on Friday night is another affirmation and expression of our hope to live by God's light not only on Shabbat but each week.

Wishing you and your famlies a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Service Notes 
  • Beginning this Shabbat, we will hold two Friday night services, starting at 7PM and 5 minutes after candle lighting
  • On June 15, we will hold an additional 6:30 PM service to accommodate various semachot

  • to Im Tirzu CEO Doug Altabef CEO & former President of Mt Kisco Hebrew and Im Tirzu President Matan Peleg who will daven with us Shabbat morning. To learn more about Im Tirzu, click here
  • to Rabbi Herzl Hefter who joins us this Shabbat as a guest scholar. He will give a shiur at 10:30 AM, speak at an Oneg at the home of Sharon and Jeff Lewis at 5 PM, and share a Dvar Torah at Seudat Shlishit.

Stand with Israel  this Sunday at the Israel Day Parade in NYC on Fifth Avenue. Info:

CAS Trivia Update - June 
  • Last Month's Question - Which one of our congregants was hugged by Dean Martin? Answer: Sharyn Baer
  • June Trivia Question - Which member's family owned the land that Woodstock took place on?
Shabbat Topics & Participants
7 AM Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Hashkama Dvar TorahRabbi Tzvi Bernstein
Shabbat Morning SermonJacob Kunin and Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Shabbat Afternoon ShiurRabbi Herzl Hefter
Code of Jewish LawChazan Rafael Bokow
Pirkei Avot Chapter 2Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger
Torah ReadersJudd Love, Nat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Herzl Hefter
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:11 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:06 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Susan & Len Kunin on Jacob becoming a 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 PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddushco sponsored by Al Wolfsohn in commemoration of the yahrzeit of his mother, Susanne Wolfsohn, and by Miriam & Gideon Pell on the fifth yahrzeit of Gideon's father, David Pell
Chapel KiddushFaye and Renee Manger in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Stephen Manger
Sanctuary KiddushSusan & Len Kunin in celebration of Jacob becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Seudat ShlishitHecky Attar in commemoration of his mother's yahrzeit, Miriam bat Saleh
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Young Families
  • YOUNG FAMILIES/COUPLES ONEG IN THE SHABBOS PARK Shabbat, June 2. Come join us in the park on Shabbat (weather permitting) at 4 pm for an oneg. Please bring a parve snack, drink or dessert to share!
  • SAVE THE DATES: Sunday, June 10th, Young Couples Night Out! and Tuesday, June 26th, Ladies Night Out!
  • SAVE THE DATE! CAS Young Families invite you to Barrett Park (aka Shabbos Park) on Sunday July 8 for a fun event for fathers and their children! 9:30 AM on the playground. Come enjoy brunch - Bagels and spreads, muffins, juice and coffee and chance to socialize with other dads. No cost. Lookout for the signup on the CAS website.
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours Open Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Tuesday, June 5, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, June 8, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
CAS Classes
Week of June 3
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - The Book of Ecclesiastes - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Book of Ezra - Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depths of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jun 9Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Jun 16Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 23Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Jun 30Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
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.
CAS Announcements
  • RMS HOUSING INFO SESSION Tired of walking up the hill on Fifth Street or just looking to shorten your Shabbos walk? RMS Companies will hold an informational session on June 6th at 7pm at CAS. If you are interested in the development on the school/ball field property, come find out what is in store.
  • SUNDAY HARVEST NOW GARDEN UPDATE Help us plant the CAS Harvest Now garden this Sunday, June 3rd at 9:30 AM. Perfect for early risers who want to squeeze in a mitzvah in before heading to the Israel Day Parade! Contact Sarah Bierman ( or Kaili Scherban ( with any questions.
  • LOST If you mistakenly grabbed a gray Nike raincoat over Shavuot, please return the coat to the office.
  • JOIN OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM When someone new moves to town, we inform our hospitality team, who are thrilled to welcome them for a Shabbat meal. If you would like to be part of our hospitality team who are committed to hosting five new families a year, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or our membership chair, Rachel Kaimowitz ( If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you!
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. 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 Thursday 10 AM - 12 NOON

Wedding Gifts, Engagement Gifts, House Gifts, Jewelry

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

Community Announcements
  • SOOSH Hungry after the Israel Day Parade? Pop into SOOSH and receive an 18% discount for your entire table or takeout order when wearing a parade T-shirt. See you at Soosh!
  • THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY CT JEWISH BASEBALL LEAGUE is looking to make a comeback in Stamford for 2019. The league is open to boys and girls Pre-K through 8th grade living in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, NY and we will only play on Sundays. If you are interested in volunteering, coaching or want to hear more about the league, please contact Ari Goldstein at As it will take a lot of work and assistance to revive the league, we will need all of the help that we can get. We plan to set up a meeting in the summer to discuss next steps. Please check out the league's website to find out more: Looking forward to bringing back the Jewish Baseball League with you!
  • ANNOUNCING THE 4TH ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP EVENT ON JULY 29! Can you help? Back to School Shop provides economically disadvantaged elementary school children in Stamford with the opportunity to shop for brand new clothes, backpacks and school supplies for free, in a one day event. We served nearly 250 children in our event last summer and hope to increase the number to at least 275 this year! Can you volunteer for a 4 hour shift at our event? To volunteer, or for more information please visit
  • CANTOR CONCERT On June 14, Cantor Magda Fishman and Cantor George Mordecai will be doing a concert at Temple Beth El in Stamford. This combination of two extraordinary talents singing "The Sounds of Israel" in a special concert will be a real treat for everyone attending.
  • PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING TEAM STAMFORD in supporting HODS (Halachic Organ Donor Society) for its biggest fundraiser of the year. a 5K Walk/Run on June 10, 2018. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile life-saving cause. Visit the Team Stamford page:
  • 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.
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP - Monday, June 11th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? The session will focus on attention skills with practical support to help reach personal brain fitness goals. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. Optional lunch following the session $9 (under 60), $4 suggested (over 60). To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • EMPLOYMENT LIFE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP , Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month beginning June 5th at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. Looking for emotional support while searching for employment? Need practical help during the job search? Join the support group, facilitated by Lois Meyer, LMSW, Schoke JFS Case Manager, to help you through this transition. No cost. For registration, please contact Lois Meyer at 203-921-4161 or email
  • DISRUPT AGING IN YOUR COMMUNITY Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00pm - 8:30 pm Schoke JFS, the Stamford JCC and AARP Connecticut are partnering to present a 90-minute program entitled, Disrupt Aging in your Community, which is designed to bridge the gap between generations. An interactive session focuses on aging from an intergenerational perspective, offering thought-provoking discussion and activities. To reserve a spot, please sign up at or call 1-877-926-8300. If you have any questions about the program, contact Isrella Knopf, Director of Senior Services, at or 203-921-4161.
  • LET'S TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, Beginning March 15, every other week, 10:30 AM, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302-921-4161 or email at Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Contact Sheila Duggan at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP 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 Fridays at 10:30 AM, beginning September 8th at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Road, Stamford
  • 24TH ANNUAL JCC GOLF AND TENNIS OUTING JUNE 4, EVENTS START 9 AM A fantastic day of golf and tennis held at Rockrimmon Country Club. Includes lunch, cocktail hour and awards party. Outing benefits JumpStart at the Jewish Community Center. Play a round FORE THE KIDS! Sponsorships & Tickets are available. To register or for more information visit www.stamfordjcc or contact Shannon Jacobs at 203.487.0965 or
  • SENIOR ADULT FATHER'S DAY LUNCHEON JUN. 14 11 AM - 1 PM 11 am. Entertainment 12 pm Lunch. To celebrate and honor all fathers, join us for live entertainment by James Michael. Reservations required by Thursday, Jun. 7. $4 suggested donation. For more information, visit or contact Connie Freeman at 203-487-0983 or
  • 9TH ANNUAL JCC YOUTH TRIATHLON JUNE 17, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Swimming Cycling Running. Fun, Fitness, and Personal Challenges for Ages 4 to 16!. Check-in: 7 am Race: 8 - 11 am Through the fast-growing sport of triathlon, children are given the opportunity to be fit and active, build strong friendships, and, most importantly, reach their potential and have fun! For more information visit or contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY BARBECUE LUNCHEON JUNE 28, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ENTERTAINMENT 12 P.M. LUNCH To celebrate Independence Day, join us for live entertainment and lunch. Reservations required by Thursday, Jun. 21. $4 suggested donation For more information, visit or contact Connie Freeman at 203-487-0983 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
  • Aura bat Atara Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Gil Shlomo ben Ruth Rivkah
  • Meshaberah Zinovi ben Riveka
  • Michel Leib ben Rachel Leah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Simcha Itchak ben Lena
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
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!

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.
Kosher Advisories
  • 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
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