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Friday, August 31, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki TavoSeptember 1, 201821 Elul 5778
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:10 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:37 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:43 AM
Code of Jewish Law6:15 PM
Daf Yomi6:25 PM
Tzubra MaRabanan (Shofar Class)6:30 PM
Mincha7:05 PM
Maariv8:04 PM
Shabbat Ends8:09 PM
Havdalah8:09 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Serving God with Joy

Joy is a powerful emotion. It is wonderful when we experience, thank God, joy in our lives.

Yet, God makes a radical statement about its significance. Joy would seem to be tangential to our performance of mitzvoth. However, God states in the rebuke at the end of Parshat Ki Tavo, the Jewish people are in exile "because we did not serve God with joy." Why? It is not good enough to observe the commandments. As long as we are going through the motions, observing the Sabbath, giving Tzedakah, eating kosher, it should be sufficient. Why such severe ramifications?

The Sfat Emet explains that God's ultimate hope is not for us to keep his mitzvoth because we have to serve Him but because we want to serve Him. When we simply go through the motions without feeling, it leads to dispassionate mitzvoth and an erosion of our commitment to the Torah. Even more importantly, if we are not excited and joyful in our observance and, for instance, Shabbat is only a day of rest but not renewal and we see davening as a burden and not a blessing, we will fail to captivate the next generation, our children and grandchildren.

Joy is essential in service of God. It is the engine for Jewish continuity. Please join us this Saturday night for a pre Selichot program at 9:30 PM followed by Selichot at 10 PM or 12:55 AM and carry the spirit forward at our waterside Shacharit at 7:30 AM.

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

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • new CAS members Rachel & Josh Licht and Carol Lillienfeld
  • new Stamford residents Andy Berman, Michelle Bloom and Ron Kutas and Alex & Lindsay Meirowitz and their families

Thank you  to Adam Batkin, Adam Furmansky, Ari Goldstein, Jeremy Hager, Scott Koblick, Jason Lewis, Daniel Scherban, Daniel Schilowitz, Michael Warmflash and David Zizmor for helping build our Sukkah at last Sunday's 3rd Annual Sukkah Raising!

Michael Feldstein News  His article in The Jewish Week click here
High Holidays
High Holidays 
  • Our Complete High Holidays Schedule is on-line click here
  • Selichot Schedule Saturday Night 10 PM and 12:55 AM; Monday morning selichot at 6:45 AM and 8:00 AM; Monday - Thursday 10 PM - Marriv, followed by Selichot; Tuesday- Friday morning 6:00 AM
  • Volunteer Shofar Blowers: If you are able to blow shofar for home bound people on Rosh Hashanah, please contact Rabbi Zweiter.
  • Graveside Service Schedule Sunday, September 16 Old Cemetery - 9:30 AM; New Cemetery - 9:45 AM; Independent Lodge Cemetery - 10:45 AM
  • PATRON SEATING: Seating charts now on-line. Click here to view the seating charts Contact the office if questions or you would like to reserve your seats
  • 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

Get Ready for the High Holidays @ CAS 
Selichot Night Program -Saturday Night, September 1st 9:30 PM followed by selichot at 10 PM or 12:55 AM: 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 at 7:30 AM (Hosted by Scott & Beth Berger at their home in Shippan): Meet us at the Berger home and daven waterside overlooking the LI sound and in the sun. Our annual beach service is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. 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.Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - September 5- Rosh Hashanah; September 12- Yom Kippur; and September 26- Shmini Atzeret
Youth Message
Message from Yaakov and Yolly
With a beautiful new year on the horizon, we are excited to formally activate our Shabbot morning youth groups. These groups are a nurturing source of fun and spiritual fulfillment for many of our children, ensuring that they have a positive Jewish experience every Shabbot they come to shul. The shul has made it a very serious priority to have high-level professionals in the position of group leaders in order to create an environment for the youth that is both professional and educationally substantial. It's must be understood as we start the year that Shabbot morning groups are distinguished programs and not a babysitting soire. It is essential that the following guidelines and expectations be adhered to by parents who wish to have their children involved in CAS youth groups to allow for the programs to be safe, healthy, focused, and as productive as they can be so every child can have the best possible experience.
Expectations and Guidelines
  • Parents must accompany children to groups, no child will be admitted without a parent
  • A sick child cannot come to group. If your child is too sick to go to school they are too sick to go to groups.
  • Pick up is at the conclusion of shul in the main sanctuary at the stairs by the Aron Kodesh at approximately 11:30 on most weeks.
  • Parents must arrange to have at least one legal guardian remain in the shul premises while the child is in groups.
  • Parents must come to groups by 10:45, afterwards their child will not be admitted.
  • Parents are only allowed to remain in groups on the condition that they don't interrupt groups and sit with their children the entire time. Socializing among adults is not allowed inside groups. If a parent is staying, the only possible allowed reason being that their child cannot leave them, they cannot leave their child's side to talk to another adult.
  • No outside food is allowed inside groups, this is a serious health hazard and can be a threat to the health of another child.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Chapel Minyan Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Yossi Kamman: Shofar: Does It Really Confuse the Satan?
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Tashlich- Mystical or Rational?
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Sanctuary KiddushShari & Allen Glucksman in celebration of Scott's aufruf and upcoming marriage to Rebecca Cooperman
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:05 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday6:58 PM
MondayLabor Day - Office Closed
Mazal Tov
  • to Sandi and Dr. Stu Waldstreicher and Audrey Waldstreicher on the birth of their grandson and great grandson named Menachem Lev, Judd Emerson this past week.
  • to Allen and Shari Glucksman on the aufruf of Scott in celebration of his forthcoming marriage to Rebecca Cooperman
  • to Fernando Tapia on the birth of his granddaughter Hudson Rein Tapia
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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Aipac Fellowships

Be one of fifteen teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 24th-26th, 2019 in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation. The participants will also be required to attend the Stamford JCC Speak Up for Israel program and accumulate Israel advocacy hours.
Open to 9th-12th graders from CAS. To be one of the fifteen selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?"If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters.

Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Friday, September 30th, 2018 at

We are grateful to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman; Sandra & Michael Kamen; Veronica & Erwin Reich In memory of their parents - Esther & Joseph Reich and Margaret & Nicholas Eckmann and Erwin's brother, Ernest Reich; and Susan & Len Mark. We are deeply appreciative of their generosity.

If you would like to enable more teens to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please be in touch.
CAS Young Families
  • 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
  • Tuesday, September 4, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, September 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, September 5, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, September 6, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 2
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Song of Songs - A Mystical Romance - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Holiday Psalms - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Seeing and Hearing the Sounds - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 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.
CAS Announcements
  • TEEN BBQ All teens in the community are invited to a BBQ this Sunday from 12:30-3 PM at the "Shabbos Park"- Belltown Park off of Leonard Street. The event will be filled with games, sports, food, and some surprise activities and will be completely free!
  • TZURBA M'RARABANAN LEARNING PROGRAM CAS is excited to partner with World Mizrachi and Eretz Chemdah: The Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies to offer the Tzurba M'Rabanan Program for the holidays. To learn more, Click here. This popular Israeli program focused on practical Halacha is now accessible in for English speakers. The learning program for this season focusing on the High Holidays and Sukkot and is open to men and women. The first session, led by Rabbi Cohen, will meet this Shabbat before mincha at 6:30 PM
  • CAS 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
  • SHABBAT, SEPTEMBER 8TH - THANK LOCAL HEROES SHABBAT AT CAS Join us on Shabbat morning to express our gratitude to our city's first responders. Members of our local fire and police departments will be at services and Kiddush. We will make a brief presentation to them at the end of davening and there will be a Q-and-A with the officers following Kiddush.
  • 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 Entree (Chicken, Pan Seared Salmon, Sliced Brisket, or multiple). Prices range from $36-$59/person
  • 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
  • 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
  • AUTOABEL CATERERS Rosh Hashana Menus Click here to view the menus
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
  • Chaya Blima bat Eyta
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Liba Yehudith
  • Ephraim ben Sara Rivka
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamara
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Leiba Hannah bat DK
  • Miriam bat Miriam
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Pnina bat Sarah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shalom Benzion ben Necha
  • 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
  • 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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