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Friday, June 29, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BalakJune 30, 201817 Tamuz 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:17 PM
Candle Lighting8:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:11 AM
Latest Shacharit10:27 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:07 PM
Shabbat Ends9:12 PM
Havdalah9:12 PM
Shabbat Shalom
CAS Capital Campaign

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our capital campaign thus far. If you have not contributed, please consider doing so. What comes from the heart, goes into the heart and we appreciate your investment in our future. Special thanks to Shushannah Yasgur who spoke at the recent young families event about the importance of your investment. Her remarks are below. Thank you for your support and partnership.

Shabbat Shalom to you and your families,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

We will benefit from the refurbished building because this is truly our home away from home. The main reason we all know each other...our friends...our community. In a time when people are so disconnected across the country, Stamford is our home and our community thanks to CAS. But, renovations take money.

We, thank G-d, have had generous donations, but there is still a considerable amount left to complete the project. Being a young family, having young children, all makes it a hard time to give...we know this. Everyone is stretched, but this is not just another donation. We really are asking you to invest in your future....your family's future in Stamford and at CAS. And while big donations are's the small donations from every member that are critical...please don't think if you can't give much, it's not needed. It is.

We also have a plan where you can donate over a years long basis to make it easier. What counts is we all participate together in this renovation for our shul's future...for our future. That's why Ari and I gave and that's why we are hoping you can give as well. You can be part of this next stage of our shul and it's our children that will really benefit.

In 20 years from now, each of us we may not remember exactly how much we gave to this project, but we will remember we did give. Everyone here knows Agudath is so much more than our's our home...for many of us with no family close by, it's our family. If anyone would like to ask questions or talk more about the renovations or a donation, Rabbi Cohen or myself are happy to talk about it at anytime. Thank you.

Service Notes 
  • The Three weeks of mourning begin this Sunday with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. The fast begins at 3:34 AM and ends 9:05 PM.During this time we do not conduct weddings, take haircuts or listen to live music among other restrictions. To learn more about the customs of the three weeks, visit
  • Important Fasting Information for Pregnant Women, Sick or Infirm Under normal circumstances, a woman who is pregnant should try to fast on the 17th of Tammuz and eat or drink at any feeling of weakness. However, due to the intense heat expected on Sunday, as well as the fact that the fast day is actually on the 18th of Tammuz, a pregnant woman should not fast. This same leniency applies for people who are sick and infirm. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.

Thank you  to Jessica Furmansky and the young families committee for organizing a very successful Women's evening out at Soosh

Shalom Zachar Amy and Sam Sroka invite the community to a Shalom Zachar at their home, 51 Colonial Rd, Friday night from 9:45 PM - 11:15 PM
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurBarry Best: The Yom Kippur Piyut Amitz Koach: A Tale of Atonement in Five Acts
SermonRabbi Cohen and Adult Bnot MItzvah
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Blessed are You Hashem who gave of His glory to... Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump? Part 2
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 2:00/8:05 PM, Monday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:16 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:11 PM
SundayTzom Tammuz
WednesdayIndependence Day (CAS Office Closed)
Mazal Tov
  • to Shushannah Yasgur, Lior Krinsky, Marilyn Altman and Carol Lilienthal on the occasion of the celebration of the completion of their participation in the CAS Adult Bnot Mitzvah program. They will be sharing brief Divrei Torah at the end of davening in the main sanctuary. Thank you to their families for sponsoring this week's kiddush
  • to Stephanie and Bob Sherman on their son Jake delivering the commencement address at the West Hill High School graduation
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 KiddushBarry Best in honor of the 7 am Torah readers, shiur participants and the Gabbaim
Chapel KiddushEric and Pam Greenhut in memory of Eric's father, Kenneth Greenhut's, 6th yahrzeit
Sanctuary KiddushThe Yasgur, Krinsky, Altman and Lilienthal Families in celebration of the Agudath Sholom Adult Bnot Mitzvah graduates
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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, July 3, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Monday, July 2, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Tuesday, July 3, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of July 1
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
ThursdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:00 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jul 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 14Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 21Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 28Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Aug 4Sanctuary: 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
  • SUNDAY HARVEST NOW GARDEN UPDATE If you would like to be involved in this special mitzvah and project, contact Sarah Bierman ( or Kaili Scherban (
  • CAS MENS BOOK CLUB Anyone interested in joining the men's book club should contact Daniel Scherban at The topics will rotate between fiction, business, and nonfiction.
  • 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 will be open on July 4th from 11 AM to 2 PM for your lunch and catering needs. To all our patrons, employees and friends, we wish you a safe and happy holiday to all!
  • 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
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham Wolf ben Bracha
  • Ahava Raizel bat Leah
  • Alka Hindy bat Saura Esther
  • Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
  • Aura bat Atara Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Gil Shlomo ben Ruth Rivkah
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Meshaberah Zinovi ben Riveka
  • 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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