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Friday, August 17, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ShoftimAugust 18, 20187 Elul 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:31 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:32 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:41 AM
Code of Jewish Law6:35 PM
Daf Yomi6:50 PM
Mincha7:25 PM
Maariv8:25 PM
Shabbat Ends8:30 PM
Havdalah8:30 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Message from Rabbi Cohen and Diane: 
Diane and I are very grateful for everyone's warmth and sharing in the celebration of our new grandson.
The baby's name is Aharon Yitzchak, Aaron Isaac named after my grandfather, (Harry Umansky - Aharon) and Diane's father and Avi's grandfather both of whom bore the name Yitzchak. May our new grandson embody and build on the sterling character traits of his namesakes. May we share many happy occasions together!!

Rabbi Cohen will resume his weekly Dvar Torah next week.

Save the Dates:
We are looking forward to welcoming Rabbi Shmuel Hain as our Scholar in Residence next Shabbat. Please save the dates of Shabbat October 12-13 with Dr. David Pelcovits and November 9-10 with Herzy Markov, director of the Begin Heritage Center, for Scholar in Residence weekends.

Welcome  new members Seth & Aliza Bettan, Stuart & Linda Fischman and Lorraine & Perry Branson

Join us Sunday, August 26th from 9AM - 1PM for the 3rd-Annual CAS Sukkah Raising Event!  Help build Fairfield County's largest Sukkah! Perform a mitzvah, get new ideas on how to build your Sukkah, everyone welcome - no tools required! Info -

High Holidays 
  • PATRON SEATING: The deadline to return your seat request form was August 15. Please contact the office to ensure your seat is reserved
  • YIZKOR BOOK: If you would like to place an entry in the 5779 book, please respond to the email you received or call the office
  • CALLING ALL USHERS! If you would like to be an usher this year, please reach out to Elisheva at
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Yehuda Jeiger
Library ShiurJay Jubas: Maimonides, the healer (shiur in memory of Dr. Al Wolfsohn on the conclusion of his shiloshim)
10:30 shiurRabbi Tzvi Bernstein: What you don't know about Tefila . . . could be bad for you (shiur in memory of Joe Macy on the occasion of his yahrzeit)
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Daf YomiRabbi Daniel Cohen
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:25 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:21 PM
  • to Leon Fliegelman on the passing of his beloved brother, Harry Fliegelman. Leon will be sitting shiva on Tuesday, August 21st from 1-8 pm at his home, 255 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Apt. E8, in Stamford
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
CAS Advertisement
5 Bedroom House For Sale On Fifth Street!
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
Spacious 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath 3,000+ sq.ft. split level home with large flat backyard on .5 acre. Beautiful entryway opens to flexible floor plan with master bedroom options on first or second floor. Renovated large kosher kitchen (double sinks, ovens and dishwashers) with granite counters, island and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood flooring on the first floor, family room with vaulted ceiling and working fireplace, two car garage. Updates include central air, new hot water heater, maintenance free vinyl siding, and more. Large basement can be used for storage or finished for even more space. Plenty of storage and closet space throughout. Walking distance to houses of worship, shopping, downtown & trains. Amazing opportunity to make this property your own. Asking price $687,000. Contact Matt Feinberg (, 203-358-2200) for more information.
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Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddush613 Restaurant in memory of Dr. Al Wolfsohn on the conclusion of his shloshim
Chapel KiddushToby Schaffer and family in commemoration of the 2nd yahrzeit of her father Joseph Macy
Sanctuary KiddushAnonymously in honor of the Congregation
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Young Couples Backyard Soiree!
Sunday, August 26 - 7:30 PM
CAS Womens Book Club
Wednesday, August 29 - 7:30 PM
Inaugural CAS Mens Book Club
Tuesday, September 4 - 7:45 PM
Lulav Etrog Sets
Monday, September 17 - 6:00 PM
Simchat Torah Lunch 5779
Tuesday, October 2 - 12:00 PM
CAS Young Families
  • August 26, 2018, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Young Couples Backyard Soiree
  • September 16, 2018, 7:30 PM: Ladies Night Out
  • October 6, 2018: Oneg in the Shabbos Park
  • October 20, 2018: Rookies and Vets Shabbat Lunch
  • November 4, 2018: Waffles and Torah for Dads and Kids
  • November 17, 2018: Couples Night Out
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, August 20, 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, August 21, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM at CAS
  • Friday, August 24, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, August 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of August 19
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Song of Songs - A Mystical Romance - 10:15 AM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 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
Aug 25Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 1Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 8Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 15Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 22Sanctuary: 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
  • AGUDATH SHOLOM ADULT BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM WITH RABBI DANIEL AND DIANE COHEN Begins Monday, October 15th - 7:30PM. It's never too late to re engage with Torah and your heritage. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Whether you formerly had a Bat Mitzvah or not, this program will enable to reconnect with your past, present and future. The program consists of three components and will start in October. First, join the Crash Course in Basic Judaism with Rabbi Cohen (Starts Monday evening, October 15th), the Matan Class exploring Jewish women role models in the winter with Diane Cohen and one class of your choice from our array of learning opportunities. Second, we will share a special Shabbat dinner together with your families at the Cohen home. Third, you will prepare and share a brief Dvar Torah and reflection at the culmination celebration of the program in June 2019. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen
  • MALT 2018 Celebrating The 10th Learning Pilgrimage (with Kiddush) & The 70th Birthday of The State of Israel. Sunday, Nov. 25th - December, 1 2018. In collaboration with Ohr Torah Stone. An inspiring week of Learning, Touring & Camaraderie - Torah Brought to Life: In the Footsteps of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook. Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, the foremost visionary of Religious Zionism, profoundly shaped the past, present and future reality of the State of Israel with his thoughts and actions. Learn, reflect upon and feel the impact of his teachings as we recreate Rav Kook's journey throughout Eretz Yisrael (but in an air-conditioned bus!) covering Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, the Kinneret, Zichron Yaakov and more. Shiurim by the Rabbinic leadership of OTS and other scholars who are experts in the Torah and Philosophy of Rav Kook. For more info, contact Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein at or Rabbi Daniel Cohen at
  • MEZUZAH CHECKING, TEFILIN MAINTENANCE SUNDAY, August 19th from 8 AM and on with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan (Sofer Stam and Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Achim, Fairfield). Mezuzot are often damaged by moisture or heat, and ink cracks over time. Check your Mezuzot twice every seven years to ensure that your home is secured with Kosher Mezuzot. $10 per Mezuzah checked. Tefillin can also be inspected. Info: Rabbi Cohen at or Rabbi Zweiter at
  • SAVE THE DATE for our Apples and Honey Tasting with Rabbi Cohen at Highgrove on Saturday Night Sep. 15th from 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM. This is an outreach event for unaffiliated Jews in Stamford, hosted by our members, Justin and Sarah Breiner and Shushannah and Ari Yasgur. If you know someone who might like to attend, please contact Shushannah at
  • SAVE THE DATE! The Stamford Chevra Kadisha is proud to present the following educational session,"PREPARING FOR THE INEVITABLE" - A program for the entire Stamford Jewish community with RABBI ELCHONON ZOHN, Founder and Director, National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK). Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Jewish Community Center of Stamford - 10AM-12 noon. What you need to know about preparing for the inevitable: Halachic Wills,Hospice/Palliative Care,Caring for Elderly Parents,Purchasing Burial Plots,Pre-Need vs At-Need,Encouraging Jewish Burial, Q+A session will follow the presentation, Breakfast will be served prior to the start of the program. FREE and open to the entire Jewish community! Jointly sponsored by Chabad of Stamford, Chavurat Aytz Chaim, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Stamford, Chevra Kadisha, Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, and the Young Israel of Stamford.
  • 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


Stop in for our pre-Rosh Hashana holiday sale -- 25% off of everything in the store

Aug 30th, Sept 5th & 6th

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

Community Announcements
  • THE BI-CULTURAL DAY SCHOOL ANNUAL FAMILY FUNDAY EVENT SERIES is about to begin! Calling all Jewish young couples and families with children ages birth to 7 (older siblings welcome) Join us on Sun Aug 26 from 3-5 PM on the BCDS sports field for a free, fun-filled, bubble-tastic event, to celebrate the end of summer and meet new friends! This year we will be exploring the Art, Science and Magic behind Bubbles, featuring a fantastic assortment of child-centered, bubble-themed activities for all ages! Come marvel at: The Amazing Bubbledad Bubble Show, BCDS Makerspace Jr. Bubble Creations, Bubble Art, Bubble Cooking, Bubbles with the Banot (בוה), Bubble Obstacle Course with after-school's favorite Gym with Jerry, Hot Dog Bar, bubblicious Italian Ices, Music, and much more! From our Bi-Cultural family to yours, we look forward to warmly welcoming you for the first, fabulous event of the season!
  • ATTENTION 10TH-12TH GRADE STUDENTS IN STAMFORD, NEW CANAAN AND DARIEN: Applications are now open for the seventh cohort of the 2018-2019 Kuriansky Teen Tzedakah Corps - a program of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. This elite leadership training program explores the fundamentals of philanthropy, preparing teens to become communal leaders. The curriculum brings 12-15 teen leaders together to navigate a grant allocation process, culminating with awarding grants to organizations of their choice. The program runs during the school year with meetings for 1-2 hours one Sunday evening a month (dinner will be served!). Click here to apply to this low commitment, high impact program. Applications due August 30, 2018. Questions: reach out to Jessie Katz at or 617-224-2509.
  • IF YOU LOVE CHILDREN AND BOOKS, THAN UJF'S HERBERT AND SARAH M GIBOR READING PARTNERS PROGRAM IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! Come join our dedicated group of volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year. No degree or expertise is required. Training, workshops and ongoing support are provided to all volunteers. Volunteers in turn commit to a total of one hour per week, reading in the Stamford Public School system or an afterschool program, with two children in Grades K-3 who need some extra help. For more information please contact Lenore Fogel at United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. 203-321-1373 x115 or
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday August 19th from 9am-5:00pm and Sunday August 26th from 9 am-5:00pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • STAMFORD YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE is pleased to announce that it will be running a fall soccer program for children 7 through 13 who are not able to participate in its Saturday recreation program. The program will run for 8 weeks at Scofield Magnet Middle School starting on Sunday, September 9 and ending on November 4. No sessions will be held on Sunday, October 7 because of Columbus Day Weekend. For additional information, please contact Fred Wexler at
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham Wolf ben Bracha
  • Ahava Raizel bat Leah
  • Alka Hindy bat Saura Esther
  • Aura bat Atara Rachel
  • Chaya Blima bat Eyta
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Ephraim ben Sara Rivka
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamara
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Miriam bat Miriam
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Pnina bat Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • 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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