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Friday, July 6, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
PinchasJuly 7, 201824 Tamuz 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:16 PM
Candle Lighting8:11 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:14 AM
Latest Shacharit10:29 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
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

Rabbi Cohen's Weekly Message will resume in the near future

Shabbat Shalom

Welcome new CAS members Kaili & Daniel Scherban and Adena & Davi Lefkovitch

Dear Friend,

The Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah is proud to be available to the Jewish community of Stamford and the surrounding area. Our beautiful Mikvah provides a place for immersions for brides, conversions and family purity observance. Many people don't realize that the Mikvah is run largely by a team of volunteers in addition to a dedicated attendant and that the fee for immersion does not cover all of our operational and ongoing maintenance costs.

Donations from the community help us provide a place for these important mitzvot to take place! We would like to ask for your donation to the Mayim League to ensure we can continue to keep our Mikvah available to all.

Please note that while any amount is welcome, the Mayim League is an excellent way to pay for immersions for the year. Please click here or contact us for giving details.

Thank you very much for your support!

Jessica Batkin, Committee Chair and the Mikvah committee

Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Congregation Agudath Sholom
Rabbi Eli Kohl, Young Israel of Stamford
Rabbi Moshe Shemtov, Chabad of Stamford
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El
Rabbi Jay TelRav, Temple Sinai
Rabbi Mitch Hurvitz, Temple Sholom

Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Library shiurRabbi Shlomo Zuckier: The Nature of the Mitzvah of Tzedakah
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurMichael Feldstein: Fritz Haber: The German Jewish Scientist Who Invented Zyklon-B
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReadersBarry Best, Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Aharon Katz
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Thursday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:13 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday8:08 PM
FridayRosh Chodesh Av
Mazal Tov
  • to Rabbi David and Rivka Walk on the birth of a grandson, born to Rachel and Micha-el Weinstein of Tekoa, Israel
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
Chapel KiddushRichard Schwartz and his brother Cantor Micheal Schwartz in memory of their dear departed Uncle Irving Schwartz. Z"L, a man of sterling character traits. Among his numerous acts of Chesed, he secured for Mike his first synagogue positions as Cantor at Genesis Agudas Achim in Tuckahoe followed by Torah reader at Temple Israel in White Plains. Today, they celebrate his thirty years of service as Cantor and Torah Reader at Jackson Heights Jewish Center. And, on the tenth anniversary of his passing, they commemorate their cherished cousin Kermit Adler, Z"L , a resident of Litchfield, CT. He is remembered as a man of deep spiritual and artistic sensibilities and a source of inspiration to all who knew him.
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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
  • Friday, July 13, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, July 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, July 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of July 8
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
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 7:30 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Halacha Corner

Rabbi Cohen's Halacha Corner

The Nine Days begin this Friday. They represent the next stage of mourning as we approach Tisha B'Av. Below is a brief summary form the OU website. If you have specific questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter. For more general info, visit

"As Av enters, we diminish our joy". This statement of the mishna is manifested in many laws & customs observed during the first nine days of the month of Av.

Some of the manifestations of this concept are the reduction of business and the prohibition of pleasurable building.

One should not play musical instruments during the Nine Days.

One should not buy new clothes during the Nine Days, even if She'he'che'yanu is not involved. However, "purchases of mitzva" are allowed. Another interesting exception to the ban on purchases is the case of bargains and availability. One may buy things - even "items of joy" - during the Nine Days, even if they will be difficult to find after Tish'a b'Av or even will be more expensive then.

Hair cutting and shaving are prohibited. Even those who shave during the Three Weeks should avoid shaving during the Nine Days.

One may cut fingernails during the Nine Days.

Weddings and other festive gatherings are prohibited.

One should not play or listen to music. Recreational swimming is also forbidden.

Meat and wine are prohibited during the Nine Days, except on Shabbat. Meat and wine are associated both with joy and with Temple service. Both reasons combine to explain this prohibition.

It is the practice not to wear freshly laundered clothing during the Nine Days. Undergarments, for health reasons, are generally not included in this ruling. One can "prepare" several changes of clothing before Rosh Chodesh by wearing them briefly. One may dress for Shabbat without the above restriction."

The Talmud teaches that God willing through the mourning for the loss of the Beit Hamikdash, we will witness its rebuilding speedily and in our days.

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CAS Announcements
  • 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 invites our seniors to enjoy a FOREVER YOUNG discount every Monday! Our valued seniors (ages 60+) get an 18% discount on their meal, all day, every Monday. Dine in only. (Discount cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.) Come visit us at Soosh and bring your family and friends!
  • 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.
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
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamara
  • 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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