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Friday, June 8, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ShlachJune 9, 201826 Sivan 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:11 PM
Candle Lighting8:06 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 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
Maariv9:02 PM
Shabbat Ends9:07 PM
Havdalah9:07 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Blessings and Message of Challah

The majority of this week's parsha relates to the tragic aftermath of the spies' mission to Israel. Oddly, the Torah teaches the mitzvah of Challah / giving a kohen a portion of each dough that one kneads immediately after the episode. The Torah states (15:19, 21): "It shall be that when you will eat of the bread of the Land, you shall set aside a portion for Hashem. . . From the first of your kneading you shall give a portion to Hashem, for your generations."

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik wondered why is this mitzvah taught in this parsha? Why is it not mentioned in next week's parsha of Korach together with the other produce-related, Israel dependant mitzvoth such as Terumah?

Rabbi Soloveitchik explains that the commandment to separate Challah is different from Mitzvot such as Terumah and Ma'aser. The latter apply to the produce of Israel wherever the produce may be, while the former applies to dough kneaded in Israel regardless of where the wheat grew. Terumah and Ma'aser are indicative of the intrinsic holiness of Eretz Yisrael and of the blessing attributable to the land itself. Challah is different. That mitzvah is a reminder of God's blessing that rests on the efforts of the residents of Israel. (It is true that rabbinically we are obligated to separate Challah even in the Diaspora but fundamentally the mitzvah of Challah is rooted in living in Israel.)

For this reason, the mitzvah of Challah belongs specifically after the episode of the Spies. The spies doubted whether God would bless their efforts in conquering the land of Israel. They questioned God's providence in their lives and whether they would be able to settle in the land of Israel. Therefore, immediately after their tragic mistake, God commands Jews for all eternity with the mitzvah of Challah as a visible reminder that God will always bless those who seek to live in the land of Israel.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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?

  • Rabbi Todd Berman from Yeshiva Eretz HaTzvi visiting Stamford this Shabbat. He will share a Dvar Torah at seudah shlishit
  • Yossi & Chanie Kamman who moved into the neighborhood on Mayflower with their children
  • Audrey & Joe Speter and their 2 year old son, Ari who recently moved to Stamford.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night, 7 AM & Chapel Minyan Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Yehuda Jeiger
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Shabbat Morning SermonYaakov Faratci
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
Pirkei AvotRabbi Yehuda Jeiger
10:30 shiurRabbi Alex Ozar : The Sodomite City-State, Institutionalized Cruelty, and the Immorality of Amorally Ambiguous Non-Altruism
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Todd Berman
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-Thursday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 6:30 PM/7:00 PM/8:15 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:10 PM
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Tamuz
ThursdayRosh Chodesh Tamuz
  • to Walter Shuchatowitz, "Mr. S" on the passing of his brother, Yehoshua Shuchatowitz
  • to Amy Benjamin and her family on the passing of her father, Harold Fishkow
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Mazal Tov
  • to Adrienne & Michael Alexander on the upcoming wedding of their daughter Lizzie Alexander to Eli Reichner
  • to Ruth and Mel Aminoff on their grandson, James, winning Gold at the Australian Gymnastics Nationals.
  • to Jim Benjamin on receiving this year's George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit Award and Shira Nerenberg and Alissa Weisser on receiving this year's George and Ziporah Freedberg Hineni Award at our Agudath Sholom annual meeting on Tuesday night, June 19th
  • to Arline Gewanter on the bar mitzvah this Shabbat of her grandson, Elisha David Gewanter, son of Richard & Batya Gewanter
  • to Anne Peskin on her grandson, Ethan Sausville, son of Lisa (Peskin) & David Sausville, receiving the Eagle Court of Honor
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Yasher Koach
  • to Joseph Rubin, son of Sharon and Dr. Burt Rubin, for sharing this virtual Dvar Torah as part of his Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi's Online Chabura Series. Enjoy!
  • to Michael Feldstein, Steven Thau, and Maury Rosenbaum who are participating in the Halachic Organ Donor Society (HODS) 5K walk to raise awareness about organ donation. For more info about HODS visit
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesSusan & Len Mark in memory of Harold Fishkow; Rebecca & Eric Sigman in celebration of their 15th wedding anniversary; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushRochel & Hecky Attar and Levi & Lolly Friedman in honor of Baruch's Siddur Play and Abie's graduation from Gan Yeladim
Teen KiddushThe Jelen Family in honor of PJ's graduation and all the other graduates
Sanctuary KiddushShushannah & Ari Yasgur in celebration of the first birthday and Simchat Bat of their daughter, Naomi Ruth
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Young Families
  • 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
  • Monday, June 11, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, June 12, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Monday, June 11, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Tuesday, June 12, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of June 10
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Kol Dodi Dofek - 9:15 AM
Bob 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
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
Review our full list of classes
Halacha Corner
Halacha of the Week - Challah - Four Questions 
  • When people hear the word Challah they think of the bread we eat on Shabbat. However the term also refers to the Mitzvah of separating challah when baking bread. The Hebrew term is called Hafrashat Challah. Some insights on the mitzvah are below but for more info visit

    1. Which items require Hafrashat Challah? If one bakes bread, cake, crackers, or cookies with flour from the five grains, one must separate challah. This is true whether one prepares a thick or a thin (pourable) dough. It is generally assumed that the five grains are wheat, barley, oats, spelt, and rye. If one bakes with other grains there is no obligation to separate challah.

    2. How much do I have to bake? If one bakes with the volume of 43 1/5 beitzim of flour, one must be mafrish challah. There is a difference of opinion when translating this amount into contemporary terms. According to some opinions, one is obligated to separate challah when kneading dough that contains more than 2 2/3 pounds of flour. Others have the practice to separate challah only if the dough is made with close to four pounds of flour. However, the common practice is to recite a beracha only if five pounds of flour is used in the dough.

    3. When is the hafrasha done? When baking bread or a cake with a thick dough, one should separate challah after kneading the dough but before the bread is baked. However, when baking a cake with a batter that can be poured, the challah is separated after the cake is baked.

    4. How is it done? How is it done? One breaks off a small piece (approximately a kezayit) recites the beracha בא"ה אמ"ה אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציונו להפריש חלה or להפריש תרומה, then verbally declare harei zu trumah or harei zu challah.
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CAS Announcements
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - SHABBAT SHALOM HOSPITAL PACKAGES - During four months of the year, CAS delivers Shabbat Shalom Packages to patients at Stamford Hospital. Thank you to the volunteers who have stepped up but we are still in need of a few more people to help with this important mitzvah. For more information, contact Phyllis Shapiro at
  • SUNDAY HARVEST NOW GARDEN UPDATE If you would like to be involved in this special mitzvah and project, contact Sarah Bierman ( or Kaili Scherban (
  • 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
  • HARVEY CANEY OF THE SENIOR MEN'S ASSOCIATION OF STAMFORD (SMAS) Songsters invites the community for the following concerts at: 6/13/18 - Wednesday - 1:00-1:30PM at Maplewood, 599 Boston Post Rd., Darien and 6/19/18 - Tuesday - 2:30-3:00PM at Edgehill, 122 Palmers Hill, Stamford, CT
  • MIDRESHET LINDENBAUM invites incoming high school seniors and their parents to a Meet & Greet BBQ on Monday, June 18th at 7:00 pm at the Altman residence, 727 Dearborn St., Teaneck. Meet Ohr Torah Stone's new president and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, talk to Midreshet Lindenbaum parents, and hear about the Lindenbaum experience firsthand from our most recent alumnae. For more information and to RSVP, contact
  • SOOSH - THREE CHEERS TO DADS! On Father's Day June 17th, dine-In at Soosh to receive wings and beer HALF OFF! Reservations recommended. Come enjoy our delectable pan fried wings in the Chef's special sauce and a choice of Japanese, American and Mexican beers.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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