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Friday, November 23, 2018

CAS Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayishlachNovember 24, 201816 Kislev 5779
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Candle Lighting4:11 PM
Mincha4:16 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:16 AM
Latest Shacharit10:05 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Maariv5:06 PM
Shabbat Ends5:11 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Hope everyone has a wonderful Shabbat and Thanksgiving weekend. I will resume my message, God willing, from Israel next week.

All the best to you and your families and Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Thank you  to Steve Cohen for his inspiring presentation on the importance of a Heritage Trip to Poland, August 5th - 14th, 2019. To sign up for the trip and learn more, click here. Do not miss the evening with Dr. David Bernstein, noted Scholar and Tour Guide on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 PM at CAS.

Best wishes and Tzetchem Leshalom  to Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein and the 23 participants who are travelling to Israel this week as part of the Men's Adult Learning Trip. Rabbi Cohen will check his emails periodically. In case of an emergency, please contact Rabbi Oran Zweiter at 917-544-7522

  1. The lobby entrance is the only door that should be used for entry as well as exit. All other doors are for emergency only. Do not open or use the Strawberry Hill, Chapel or Sanctuary doors.
  2. Do not congregate at the Chapel or Sanctuary doors. If the Rabbi is speaking, enter quietly and find the first available seat.
  3. No strollers in any area of the building except the main lobby
  4. Do not stack the strollers all the way to block the main lobby doors. Please spread them around the lobby area.
  5. The Stamford Police are present to guard us. Please do not distract them from their duty.
  6. If you see anything out of the ordinary, please let the officer or greeter know

Students in Israel  Dinner with Rabbi Daniel Cohen and the MALT participants. Rabbi Cohen will host a dinner in Jerusalem on Monday evening, Nov. 26th. Please forward your child's information to Rabbi Cohen who will extend an invitation to them.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurMichael Feldstein: Tractate Chanukah? The Case of the Missing Masechta
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderEthan Green
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushJoyce and Larry Haber in commemoration of the 50th yahrzeit of Larry's grandmother, Fannie Haber Lang
Chapel KiddushAndrew, Jared and Steven Frenkel in honor of Lynne's milestone birthday and the Boston Red Sox winning another World Series Championship
Sanctuary KiddushMeryl & David Gordon in honor of their mothers, Yvette Gordon and Regina Greenwald, children (J, J, A, B, D, L) and grandson Ilan
Seudat ShlishitDavid & Judith Jelen in celebration of their daughter, Sam's Bat Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:15 PM, Friday 4:13 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Candles Friday4:08 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Judith & David Jelen on Sam's Bat Mitzvah
  • to Drs. Kayla Mazer Hanna and Leon Hanna on receiving the Harvey A. Peltz award and Shira Nerenberg on receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award at the United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien 2018 Annual Year End Celebration.
  • to Chanie and Rabbi Yossi Kamman on the birth of a baby girl
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CAS Chanukah
CAS Spreads Chanukah Lights Across Stamford
CAS will go on the road to share the joy and light of Chanukah around Stamford. To add your residence or office to this list, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • CAS Seniors Chanukah Luncheon Wednesday, December 5 at 12 PM Hosted by CAS Chesed Committee featuring a stimulating session on Brain Fitness and Chanukah Insights.
  • Edge Hill Independent Living Wednesday, December 5 at 5 PM- Hosted by CAS Residents at Edge Hill
  • Stamford Hospital Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 PM Hosted by Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Trump Parc Stamford Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 PM Hosted by Saul and Mimi Cohen
  • Element One Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 PM Hosted by our members who live at Element One
  • Atria Senior Living Friday, December 7 at 2:30 PM Hosted by CAS Residents of Atria with music by Kate & Peretz Cik
  • High Grove Condominium Sunday, December 9th at 4 PM Hosted by the Breiners and the Yasgurs
Families! bring your kids to Edge Hill and Atria - share in the Chanukah spirit with seniors in our community! Donuts on Us!
CAS Young Families
  • NOVEMBER 29 GUYS NIGHT OUT @ 613 8PM Join us for half-off apps (wings, nachos & chowdogs) and watch the NBA Warrirors vs Raptors & NFL Saints vs Cowboys. RSVP to Ari at or Ari Furmansky at
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, December 3 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Mom Group is a great and easy way to form meaningful connections with other moms in your neighborhood. Join us for a weekly playdate with your little one and an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions you need help with, gather resources, or just connect with other women.
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office HoursOpen 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, November 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, November 28, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, November 29, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of November 25
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
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
Sponsor A Kiddush
Dec 1Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
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Dec 22Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Dec 29Sanctuary: 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
  • JUNIOR YACHAD WILL RETURN TO STAMFORD! Volunteers are needed for housing. All Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who will be responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities and disabilities including a wide range of developmental and learning disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's and cerebral palsy, in general they are mild mannered. They can stay in either separate bedrooms or the same. There might be one or two girls in a wheelchair. The shabbaton is December 14th and 15th this year. No meals needed other than breakfast and they will be out of the house friday night for dinner and pretty much all day shabbas. To host, contact Sharon Wohlberg ( with number of people you can sleep, whether you have stairs or pets as well as our address and phone number.
  • 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, Jon Makovsky. 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 Thursdays 10:00AM-2:00PM

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

Community Announcements
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER STAMFORD, NEW CANAAN AND DARIEN'S PJ LIBRARY invites you to a "Festive Chanukah Program" December 3rd from 10am-10:45am at the New Canaan Library's children's department (151 Main Street in New Canaan). Hear Chanukah stories, including "Chanukah Lights Everywhere", make holiday craft and enjoy a special Chanukah treat. This program is for children 5 and under with a parent or caregiver, and is free of charge, however we ask that you RSVP at Contact Sharon Franklin for information at 203-321-1373 ext. 109/ Consider bringing an unwrapped present for David's Treasure Chest Toy Closet for Stamford Hospital's children's ward.
  • ISRAEL AT 70: A VISUAL DISPLAY OF THE IMPACT OF ISRAEL ON THE WORLD - On display through December 12th at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford.
  • COFFEE@CARMEL Would you like to learn more about Carmel Academy? Prospective families are invited to have coffee with Carmel Academy's Head of School, Nora Anderson, to discuss educational trends, learn more about the school, and tour our historic, 17-acre Greenwich campus. A light breakfast and coffee will be served. Choose between the following dates: November 27th and December 11th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please RSVP to www/ or contact 203-983-3503.
  • KID'S TAG SALE Does your kid want to make money? Help your child declutter and exercise their decision making muscles! Kid's gather and sell gently-used items to other kids. Sunday, November 25, 2-4 PM at Chabad of Stamford, 770 High Ridge Road. Rent a Table for $10 - 10% of proceeds go to tzedaka. Contact Chaya Segal (718-757-6708 or to rent a table. Space is limited.
  • CHANUKAH MATH NIGHT AT CARMEL ACADEMY Add yourself to the fun at Carmel Academy's Chanukah Math Night! Prospective and current families are invited for a fun-filled, experiential Chanukah celebration. December 6th, 5-6:30 p.m. at Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Hands-on math activities for the whole family, followed by dinner and candle lighting. For children from preschool through 4th grade. There is no cost for this program, but please RSVP: or contact 203-983-3503.
  • CHANUKAH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES We are looking for volunteers to help our residents light Chanukah candles and recite the b'rachot on Sunday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 9th from 3:00-4:00 pm. All volunteers are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman at or 203 396-1001. Thank you!
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND and Westchester Reform Temple invite you to the 6th Annual Water & Wine featuring Izzy Ezagui, "Overcoming the Odds: Returning to the IDF." Izzy is a decorated IDF squad commander and the only soldier in the world who returned to the battlefield after losing an arm in combat. Community-wide Dessert & Wine reception, November 29, 7:30pm, $36 couvert. VIP Reception 6:15pm for 2019 campaign donors of $1,800+; $500 for young families. Dietary law observed. For more information and to RSVP contact Sharon Lewis, Director, Westchester & Southern Connecticut,, 212-879-9305, ext. 510.
  • EDEN VILLAGE CAMP OPEN HOUSE The innovative Jewish organic farm camp: Find out what makes EVC so special. Monday, November 26th @ 7:00 pm. Hosted by the Moss & Kanefsky families. At the home of the Moss family - Stamford, CT. RSVP for address:
  • ISRAEL AT 70 Join United Jewish Federation for Israel at 70- A Visual Display of the Impact of Israel on the World, Wednesday, November 14th at 5:30pm, at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford. Words from Mayor David Martin, representatives from StandWithUS and The Israel Consulate of New England. Display will run through 12/12/18. Call 203-321-1373 for questions.
  • ADL'S NEVER IS NOW SUMMIT is the nation's principal event focused on exploring the drivers of contemporary anti-Semitism, as well as looking at hate from all sides. The one-day conference is a blend of keynote plenaries, breakout sessions and workshops, and will cover topics such as global anti-Semitism, the vanishing political middle, hate speech on campuses, bias in pop culture, cyberhate and much more. The day is designed to inspire, educate and challenge participants to get involved and make a difference. Join ADL on December 3, 2018 to learn more about fighting hate for good. Learn more and register at using code CASNIN18 for special pricing!
  • 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.
  • LIVING WITH LOSS: SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Mondays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport Find the healing which comes of being with others who know first-hand what you are going through. Learn how Jewish ritual, prayer and tradition can support the grieving process. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Psychotherapist, at 203-921-4161 or email
  • EMPLOYMENT AND LIFE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP , Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month, 3:00 pm at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. Looking for emotional support while searching for employment? Need practical help during the job search? Join the support group, facilitated by Lois Meyer, LMSW, Schoke JFS Case Manager, to help you through this transition. No cost. For registration, please contact Lois Meyer at 203-921-4161 or email
  • FINANCIAL FITNESS COACHING Twice a month at 10:00 am - 12 noon at Schoke JFS Stamford office. In partnership with LifeBridge and UJF, Financial Coach, Chris Girlamo, will help clients manage their income, expenses and debt, create a household budget, establish short and long-term financial goals, and make positive financial changes. Would you benefit from a financial coach to work with you to create and review your budget, formulate a financial action plan, establish short- and long-term financial goals, and review your credit report? Register for a two hour coaching spot with Liz Krebs at or call 203-368-5537. For more information, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • LET'S TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, Every other week, 10:30 AM, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302-921-4161 or email at Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Contact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or Let's Talk - Thursdays, 1:00 PM, Free at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Contact Helen Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ari Yoel ben Harav Yona
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Dovid Simcha Moshe ben Nechama
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Liba Yehudith
  • Fraidel bat Esther
  • Ilan ben Simcha
  • Kasil Shulem ben Riva
  • Meir ben Chana Rachel
  • Mia bat Yaffa
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah bat Shana Chaya and Shmuel
  • Shalom Benzion ben Necha
  • Sima Leah bat Yehudis
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tamara bat Yenka
  • 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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