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Friday, June 15, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
KorachJune 16, 20183 Tamuz 5778
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Candle Lighting8:10 PM
Mincha6:30 PM (Sanctuary)
7:00 PM/8:15 PM (Chapel)
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Latest Shacharit10:24 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:06 PM
Shabbat Ends9:11 PM
Havdalah9:11 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Enduring Message of the Staff

There were three miracles in the Parsha of Korach affirming Aaron's Divine leadership. The first miracle was the earth swallowing Korach and his followers. The second miracle was the raging flames consuming the rebels. The third miracle was the staff of Aaron blossoming with flowers. All three were extraordinary. Why is it only the miracle of the flowers that forged an indelible impact on the Jewish people?

In her graduation address, Rivkah Kahan, the principal of Maaynot High School for Girls, suggested three answers. One of them was that the sign of the staff was not only a miracle but it also became a fixture in the tabernacle, a constant reminder of God's message. In that sense it was transformed from being a one-time phenomenon to becoming a form of education.

Often in life, she explained, the flash of inspiration represented by a miracle or an intense experience of the hand of God, while powerful in the moment, is not nearly as transformative as the gradual, steady work of religious commitment and learning.

She cited Nechama Lebowitz ( who brilliantly pointed out that there are two people in Tanach whom the Sages refer to by the title "haTzaddik", the righteous: Yosef and Mordechai.

The quality that unites these two very different characters is that each faces a challenge that is not fleeting, but that persists day after day. Every day, the wife of Potiphar tried to seduce Yosef: "vayehi kedabrah el Yosef yom yom" Every day, Haman pressured Mordechai to bow to him: "vayehi ke-omram elav yom yom." In the face of these trials, Yosef and Mordechai endured.

That consistency and commitment to an ongoing and lifelong service of God is the mark of their righteousness. Their greatness did not consist of the flash of strength and inspiration to take a

stand once, but the steady, continuing work of learning and growing and being dedicated to God day after day. For this reason, the staff of Aaron endured and becomes an eternal reminder to all of us of the constancy of Jewish commitment.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Teen Event There will be the final teen oneg of the year happening this Shabbos at the Faratci residence, 91 Colonial Rd Apt 1, from 5-7:30 PM. All teens are welcome to enjoy great food, play games with their friends, and relax. Anyone that wants to stay for Seudat Shlishit after is welcome to come sing and hear words of Torah together

Best wishes and hatzalcha  to Yael Stolarsky who has served in a stellar way in our community at the JCC Shlicha for the past two years. We will miss you and your ruach!

Yasher Koach and thank you 
  • to Len and Susan Mark for their transformative gift to Innovation Africa in honor of Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Congregation Agudath Sholom to provide solar power to an African village using Israeli innovation. To learn more, visit or contact Rabbi Cohen.
  • to Rachel Dayan, outgoing President and her executive team, Simeon Wohlberg, Bob Raymond, Dinah Miller Marlowe, Dean Schuckman, Howland Gordon, and David Stein for their dedicated, wise and passionate leadership of CAS for the past two years

Thank you  to the chairs of Sunday's successful comedy Hypnotist night: Sarah & Justin Breiner, Jessica & Adam Furmansky, Rachel & Gavin Kaimowitz, Miriam & Josh Sperber, and Shushanah & Ari Yasgur. Thank you to Shushana Yasgur for sharing her inspiring message about the importance of supporting the shul capital campaign. For more info about the campaign, contact Rabbi Cohen or campaign chairs Elissa Klapper or Harvey Kaminski.

Daily Minyan Reminder Please remember to turn cell phones on vibrate or off during daily minyanim to minimize distractions and increase personal and communal kavannah, concentration.

Israel as a Light Unto the Nations  Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center say their cell research may lead to new drugs that improve the chances of successful childbirths, avoid diseases in high-risk women

CAS Trivia Update - June  
  • June Trivia Question - Which member's family owned the land that Woodstock took place on? Answer: Ari Yasgur Congratulations to the winners! Ben Folkinshtein and Russ Miller
  • New Question - Which member of the shul has been to 49 states? Which state have they not been to?
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
7 AM Minyan ShiurJay Jubas
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
Pirkei AvotRabbi Yehuda Jeiger
10:30 shiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein: Is it a Mitzvah to get married?
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Blessed are You Hashem who gave of His glory to... Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump?
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:17 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:12 PM
SundayFather's Day
Mazal Tov
  • to Sandy and Bob Goldstein on the recent Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Jamie, daughter of Beth and Steven Semaya.
  • to Andrea and Ari Lefkovits on Aaron Benjamin's Bar Mitzvah celebration this Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • to Maya and Levi Hecht on Ella's Bat MItzvah celebration this Shabbat.
  • to Beth & David Cohen on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Ilan and Anna Cohen
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 KiddushRica and Ari Lieberman in honor of Gabriella Lieberman's graduation from JHS
Chapel KiddushAdrienne & Michael Alexander and Ken Reichner & Lynn Horwitz in honor of the marriage of Elizabeth & Eli Reichner
Sanctuary KiddushThe Hoff family in honor of the joyous occasion of Jonah receiving his first Aliyah, and in memory of our Pop-Pop Michael Klein, whose Yahrzeit was recently, and who is remembered every day
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Young Families
  • SAVE THE DATES: 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
  • Friday, June 22, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Monday, June 18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Tuesday, June 19, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, June 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of June 17
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
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Halacha Corner
Halacha Corner Updates from Rabbi Cohen One of the best online resources fpr Kashrut information is the Chicago Rabbinical Council - the "CRC" under the guidance of Rabbi Gedalya Schwartz. Visit for info. Click here for the recent release of an updated kosher liqour list.
  • Separating Challah - For information about this mitzvah that applies when baking large amounts of not only bread but all baked products visit

    "Which items require Hafrashas 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.1 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."
  • Kosher Symbols - As mentioned in a previous Halacha Corner, there is a proliferation of kosher symbols on foods. Not all symbols are reliable. if you have questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zwieter. However, the following website is a good resource for reliable supervisions and also general kashrut information.
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jun 23Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen: sponsored
Jun 30Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 14Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 21Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abraham Wolf ben Bracha
  • Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
  • Aura bat Atara Rachel
  • Gil Shlomo ben Ruth Rivkah
  • Meshaberah Zinovi ben Riveka
  • Michel Leib ben Rachel Leah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Simcha Itchak ben Lena
  • Tanya bat Perel
  • 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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