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Friday, July 20, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
DevarimErev Tish'a B'AvJuly 21, 20189 Av 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:08 PM
Candle Lighting8:03 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:20 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:34 AM
Mincha1:40 PM/6:00 PM
Daf Yomi5:10 PM
Fast Begins8:21 PM
Shabbat Ends9:03 PM
Maariv/Eicha9:25 PM
Shabbat Shalom

As we approach Tisha B Av, it is also an auspicious time to reflect on our own efforts to hasten the redemption not only through the variant restrictions but in a concrete and constructive way. The Temple was destroyed for baseless hatred and will be rebuilt through baseless love. In the words of Rabbi Avraham Kook, "the purely righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith." Take some time in the next few days to heal a relationship and increase your acts of kindness in the world. A better world emerges one step at a time with each and every one of us.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and easy and meaningful fast,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Halachic Reminders for Shabbat Erev Tisha B'Av We will hold only two Shabbat mincha services at 1:40 PM and 6:00 PM. CAS will not serve a seudah shlishit. Seudah Shlishit is considered your meal before the Fast. Please note you may eat meat during this meal. The Fast starts at 8:21 PM. When Shabbat ends at 9:03 PM, recite Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol to mark the end of Shabbat before driving to shul. We will recite the blessing on a flame following Maariv and Eicha. Maariv will be held in the main sanctuary.

Welcome  Alyssa and Aryeh Frager and Raz and Hadas Korkin and their families who moved to Stamford.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: When the 9th of Av is on the 10th of Av: The Nature of Tisha B'Av that Falls on Shabbat
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersBurt Rubin, Ethan Green
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Tisha B Av Schedule
5778/2018 Tisha B'av Schedule
Halachic Reminders for Shabbat Erev Tisha B'Av

We will hold an early mincha at shul at 1:40 PM and 6:00 PM . The shul will not serve a seudah shlishit. Seudah Shlishit is considered your meal before the Fast. Please note you may eat meat during this meal. The Fast starts at 8:21 PM. When Shabbat ends at 9:03 PM, recite Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol to mark the end of Shabbat before driving to shul. We will recite the blessing on a flame following Maariv and Eicha. Maariv will be held in the main sanctuary.

Saturday, July 21
  • 8:21 PM Fast Begins
  • 9:25 PM Ma'ariv followed by Eicha (main sanctuary)
Sunday, July 22
  • 7:00 AM Shacharit followed by brief recitation of Kinot
  • 9:00 AM Shacharit followed by Explanatory Kinot until approximately 1 PM
  • Chatzot (midday) 1:01 PM
  • 1:00 PM Yeshiva University live Kinot webcast featuring Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish Thought and History at YU and YU CJF Senior Scholar
  • 1:40 PM Early Mincha
  • 3:15 PM Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation video Feeling the Pain of Another Inspirational messages, featuring Rabbi Yechiel Spiro, Dr. David Leiberman, and Mr. Charlie Harary
  • 4:30 PM Conspiracy- Story of the Wannsee Conference, gathering of top Nazi officials in 1942 to discuss and decide upon the Final Solution.' Golden Globe Nominee for Best Made for TV Motion Picture.
  • 6:20 PM When the Smoke Clears- Tells the true stories of young Israeli soldiers whose injuries leave them fighting for the strength to live. Making breakthroughs and finding meaning by reaching out to those in need, they discover that what didn't kill them really did make them stronger. The film is produced by Jerusalem U (
  • 7:55 PM Mincha followed by Maariv
  • 8:55 PM Fast Ends
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/9:00 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 1:45 PM/7:55 PM, Monday-Thursday 8:00 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:02 PM
Candles Friday7:57 PM
SundayTish'a B'Av
FridayTu B'Av
  • to the family of Ray Katz
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Shari and Allen Glucksman on the birth of a grandson, Jude Truden Schaffer, born to Deena and Eli Schaffer
  • to Rose and Bruce Newman on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Adina and Ari Shrage
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
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To better serve the needs of our members and Clergy, the CAS Board of Directors has decided to sell our Parish House on 5th street, with the proceeds to be used for alternative Clergy housing
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Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesDr. Lester Krasnogor in memory of Dr. Alfred Wolfsohn and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushJudy and Jeff Cahn commemorating the yahrzeits of their fathers: Mordechai Yitzchak ben Moshe haKohen and Shlomo Zalman ben Avraham Leib
Sanctuary KiddushRachel & Nimrod Dayan in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Nimrod's father, Moshe Dayan
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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 Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, July 24, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, July 25, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, July 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of July 22
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
Review our full list of classes
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.

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

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 In observance of Tisha B'AV, Soosh will be closed on Sunday until 4 PM. Soosh will be open on Sunday from 4PM to 9 PM for TAKEOUT ONLY (No table service).
  • NEW DELIVERY SERVICE Evergreen confirmed they will service the following zips: 06901, 06902, 06903, 06905, 06906, 06907, 06830, 06831 with weekly deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays, $9.99 delivery fee, delivered on refrigerated trucks. Orders can be placed at:
  • UJF DODGEBALL On August 6th join United Jewish Federation for the annual "Dodgeball Tournament for Charity" as we fight childhood hunger! $25 admission includes play and kosher BBQ (spectator or player). BBQ begins at 5:30pm, games at 6:45pm. Sign up as an individual or create your own team of 7 players. Proceeds go to UJF's 3SQUARE program and Sandwich Packers, a program of our sister city in Afula, Israel. Committee: Rob Hoff, Seth Tobin, Josh Levine and Seth Young. To sign up go to or contact Sharon at ext. 109. (sponsorship levels available on the website link above).
  • 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
  • CRISIS ON ISRAEL'S BORDER WITH GAZA The Jewish National Fund is helping the people living in communities bordering Gaza who have been experiencing more than 100 days of terrorism-rockets, mortars and arson-- with an Emergency Campaign for bomb shelters, fire trucks, fire wagons, firefighting equipment, resilience centers that treat trauma and support for safe play spaces for children. If you would like to help please click: Gaza Envelope Emergency or go to or contact Sharon Lewis, Please take a moment to watch this video from Yedidya Harush, who lives in Halutza-a religious community on the Gaza border.
  • 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
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamara
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Simcha Itchak ben Lena
  • Tanya bat Perel
  • Tzvivia Rivka bat Yosef Ava
  • 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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