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Friday, August 24, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki TeitzeiAugust 25, 201814 Elul 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:21 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:35 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:42 AM
Daf Yomi5:30 PM
Pre-mincha Shiur6:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:25 PM
Mincha7:15 PM
Maariv8:15 PM
Shabbat Ends8:20 PM
Havdalah8:20 PM
Shabbat Shalom
It was an amazing sight! The experience of the Jewish farmer bringing the first fruits to the Temple in Jerusalem was orchestrated carefully and for maximum effect. It was not sufficient for the famers to individually bring their first fruits to Jerusalem on the holiday of Shavuot, but rather their pilgrimage was majestic joined by thousands of people.

Upon arriving on the Temple Mount, the farmers were enjoined not only to thank God, but to make a declaration harking back in Jewish history to Yaakov and tracing the path to the land of Israel. Why such historic declaration? Why the need to accompany the farmer on his trek to Jerusalem?

The answer speaks volumes to the values of the Jewish people. Farming is one of the loneliest professions. Day after day the farmer works often by himself. He can rarely take a day off. He is subservient to the land and time. For these reasons, God insures that the farmer realizes that he is part of a much larger community and to the meta-narrative of the Jewish people.

All of the farmers would join together in unity on the journey and citizens in the towns would come to the roads and offer blessings of peace. The farmers would also understand through their declaration that they are not only connected to the current community, but instinctively tied to the history of the Jewish people.

This Bikkurim pilgrimage with the farmers' front and center is a visible reminder for all of us about our obligation to care for and uplift all of members of our community. In fact, the commandment to care for the stranger is mentioned more times thananyother commandment in the Torah - more even than the command to love God (v'ahavta). According to the Talmud, Rabbi Eliezer the Great noted that "the Torah warns 36 times, and some say 46 times, not to oppress the stranger" (Babylonian Talmud,Bava M'tzia59b). We have an obligation to insure that no group of people in our community is underappreciated or feeling unwelcome.

In this spirit, as we approach Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, bear in mind people you might know who do not have a place for the holidays. Invite them to shul and invite them to your home or Sukkah. If I or Rabbi Zweiter can be helpful in any way, let us know.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Keitvah VeChatimah Tovah,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

- to Rabbi Shmuel and Shari Hain as our guests this Shabbat. Rabbi Hain will speak briefly Friday night, deliver the Shabbat morning sermon, prior to mincha and during seudah shlishit
- to new members Manya Phillips and Daniel Wallis & Sarah Bierman
- Rachel & Josh Licht, Michelle (Bloom) & Ron Kutas, Ginna Green and Edward Deutsch and their families to Stamford. We wish them many blessings in their new homes
- to Stamford Avigail Levin and Roni Shimon, who are the new Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Banot Sherut Leumi

Thank You 
Thank you to Kate and Peretz Cik for hosting the Young Couples Backyard Soiree this Sunday

Join us this 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

Getting Ready for the High Holidays 
Selichot Night Program -Saturday Night, September 1st 9:30 PM: Awaken your souls as we move into the season of repentance. Come hear two brief inspirational thoughts from Rabbis Cohen and Zweiter to lead us into the recitation of Selichot.
Sound at the Sound Service -Sunday morning, September 2nd: Meet us at the Stamford Cove for our annual beach service. It is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Recite the prayers as the sun is rising and join in song. Light refreshments following minyan. Open for men, women and children. Please RSVP your attendance to Rabbi Cohen at

Classes with Rabbi Cohen
The Holiday Psalms: Discover King David's Path for Leading an Inspired LifeTuesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 13th at 8:15 AM

Seeing and Hearing the Sounds: Discover the deeper meaning of the Halacha and Hashkafa (Philosophy) of the Shofar Blowing on Rosh HashanahTuesday, September 4th at 9:00 AM

Moshe's Holiday Messages:Explore the Timely Wisdom in the Torah portionTuesday, September 4th, Thursday, September 13th: 12 PM

The Art of Forgiveness- How do we forgive? How can you know if you are forgiven? How do we forgive ourselves?Thursday, September 13th at 9:00 AM

Taste of TorahFriday, September 7th, 14th and 21st at 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Classes with Rabbi Zweiter
Haftarot of the High Holidays-Gain an appreciation of important themes of the High Holidays through an understanding of the haftarot read on those days.September 5th- Rosh Hashanah, September 12th- Yom Kippur and September 26th- Shmini Atzeret

New Program at CAS!
Transmitting Torah: A Program for Women by Women
Made possible through a grant of the OU

This program, led by Dena Block (the Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha),is an exciting opportunity to deepen Torah learning and teaching for women. It will be geared toward women who are interested in preparing a dvar Torah or Shiur to be delivered at shul. The program will give women content to inspire their own thinking about different Torah thoughts and questions, and will practically help women prepare a shiur or dvar Torah from start to finish by teaching research skills, honing public speaking skills and finally through a series of one-on-one tutorials tailored to each participant's specific needs and interests. Starts Monday evenings in the Fall.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Pre-Mincha ShiurRabbi Shmuel Hain: Pretty Woman and the Power of Repentance
SermonRabbi Shmuel Hain
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Shmuel Hain: Reconciliation Requirements: Narrating the Laws of Interpersonal Forgiveness
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:20 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:10 PM
  • We wish comfort to the Beldotti Family on the loss of patriarch Jim Beldotti
  • We wish the Felix family comfort on the loss their grandfather,Stanley Jacobs
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 the Frydman, Hillman, Green and Forman families on the upcoming marriage of Marisa Frydman to Scott Forman
  • to Walter Shuchatowitz, "Mr. S", on his upcoming marriage to Jackie Kaminetsky
  • to Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher, Audrey Waldstreicher, and Rachel & Greg Waldstreicher on the birth of a grandson, great-grandson, and nephew to Talia & Jeremy Waldstreicher
  • to Sandra & Michael Kamen on the birth of a granddaughter to Elizabeth & Efrem Kamen
  • to Oren & Elise Klein on the recent Bar Mitzvah of David in South Africa
  • to Harriet Sternlicht and Barry Sternlicht on Adrienne's qualification for the equestrian world cup
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 PackagesMariya Feldman; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushHoward Wolfe in memory of his mother, Sylvia Wolfe (Tziporah bat Shlomo Zalman) z'l, on the occasion of her 3rd Yahrzeit
Chapel KiddushMorris Wertheim "In memory of my good friend, Dr. Al Wolfsohn"
Sanctuary KiddushCheryl Frydman on the occasion of the aufruf and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Marisa Frydman to Scott Forman
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Lulav Etrog Sets
Monday, September 17 - 6:00 PM
Simchat Torah Lunch 5779
Tuesday, October 2 - 12:00 PM
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
Annual Labor Day BBQ and Softball Game
Monday, September 3 - 4:00 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
  • Friday, August 31, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Thursday, August 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of August 26
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
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
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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
  • 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
  • SOOSH COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED ABOUT OUR UPCOMING MOVE! Our last day at the Crowne Plaza will be Thursday, August 30th. We look forward to welcoming the community at our new location in the JCC shortly after Labor Day. See you @ Soosh!
  • ORDER YOUR ROSH HASHANA MEALS FROM SIX THIRTEEN! ORDERS DUE BY 4PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (Minimum of 4 people). Each Package Includes: 2 Round Challah, Chicken Soup with Matzah Ball, Gefilte Fish with Horseradish, Choice of Salad, Cole Slaw, Jasmine Rice or Roasted Potatoes, Carrot, Cauliflower, & Green Bean Medley, House Baked Cookies, Fruit Salad, Plus Choice of Entre (Chicken, Pan Seared Salmon, Sliced Brisket, or multiple). Prices range from $36-$59/person
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ari Sumi Ellman ben Na'ama
  • Aura bat Atara Rachel
  • Chaya Blima bat Eyta
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Ephraim ben Sara Rivka
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamara
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Leiba Hannah
  • Miriam bat Miriam
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Pnina bat Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Tanya bat Perel
  • Tzaddik ben Yaffa
  • 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
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