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Friday, November 30, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayeshevDecember 1, 201823 Kislev 5779
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Candle Lighting4:08 PM
Mincha4:13 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:21 AM
Latest Shacharit10:09 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Maariv5:03 PM
Shabbat Ends5:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Real Lights of Chanukah

Next week, on Shabbat Chanukah, I look forward to sharing some of the highlights of our MALT trip. Among the many memorable and inspiring experiences was a walking tour led by Rabbi Benji Levine of Nachlaot in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rabbi Aryeh Levine, known as the Tzadik of Jerusalem. He was a close friend and kindred spirit of Rabbi Avraham Kook. They were both not only revered for their scholarship but even more importantly for their love of every Jew. In the words of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rav Kook taught us that it is not enough to tolerate every Jew but we must love them.

The upcoming holiday of Chanukah embodies this spirit. The Halacha teaches that the wicks and oil on Chanukah may be qualitatively inferior to the wicks and oil used for Shabbat. (See Bameh Madlikin) Rabbi Avraham Schorr explains the reason for the distinction. The prime mitzvah of Chanukah is lighting the Chanukiah modeled on the Menorah in the Temple. The one who lit the Menorah was Aharon whose raison d'etre in life was to love every Jew. He never lost faith in the Divine spark in each person and the "hidden jar of oil" inside all of us. Aharon was so beloved since he helped people believe in themselves.

For this reason, the lighting of the Chanukiah may be done with inferior wicks and oil to affirm the latent light in every Jew. During his tour, Rabbi Levine shared a story about his father's encounter with a young man whom he knew as a child and was now no longer observant. He did not wear a kippah anymore and when he spotted Rabbi Levine sought to avoid him as he was embarrassed. To the man's dismay, he met Rabbi Levine and confessed his attempt to hide. Rabbi Levine responded with words that embody the message of Chanukah. "Beside being too short to see what is on your head, it is not as important to me as what is in your heart." With those loving words, he not only removed the young man's embarrassment but restored his faith in the Divine within him.

The 8 days of Chanukah offer unparalleled opportunities to reignite the sparks in every Jew. Seize the time to reach out to a neighbor, friend, or coworker to invite them to your home for lighting. May we witness the lights burning in the restored Beit Hamikdah and a time when the light of Zion will shine forth over the entire earth speedily and in our days.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and happy Chanukah!

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Service Note Dudes, Daughters & Donuts minyan will take place this Sunday, December 2, 9:15am

Capital Campaign Update from Rabbi Cohen  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our capital campaign. Your investment makes a difference in our future! As I shared in all of the minyanim on our Capital Campaign Shabbat, we are all the beneficiaries of over a hundred years of generosity of members who preceded us who devoted their money, time and talents to build our Shul. Every Shabbat and every day, we stand on their shoulders. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude and it is everyone's responsibility to now make a new investment in our future. Whether you give a lot or a little, we are all obligated to give from the heart and be a part of this campaign. Agudath Sholom is our community and our home. Thank you again to everyone who has made a gift and I look forward to seeing participation from everyone. If you would like to make a gift, please be in touch with me or one of our chairs, Elissa Klapper or Harvey Kaminski in the weeks ahead. May God bless our efforts in creating a new sacred space for our shul.

Thank you 
  • to all of our member families hosting our Lights Across Stamford Chanukah celebrations this week
  • to Shira Nerenberg and Alisa Weisser for organizing our Senior Chanukah Luncheon
  • to Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein and the BCHA for co-hosting a dinner in Israel with CAS alumni learning Torah this year
  • to Ari Goldstein and Adam Furmansky for organizing the Guy's Night Out at 613!

2018 MALT Journey to Israel
In the Footsteps of Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook
read about the trip - click here

Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Avi Block
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Oran Zweiter
9 AM ShiurJay Jubas
ShacharitArthur Green
MusafSimeon Wohlberg
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderJay Jubas
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn: Siyum on Menachot
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Chapel KiddushJeff & Judy Cahn in celebration of their special anniversary and Judy's birthday and Helene & Nat Samberg in honor of their 36th wedding anniversary
Sanctuary KiddushTommy Haendler & Caryn Halbrecht in memory of Kurt Haendler and Steven & Danielle Thau in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Steven's father, Edwin Thau
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM/9:15 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:10 PM, Friday 4:12 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Candles Friday4:07 PM
Sunday NightChanukah
Mazal Tov
  • to Tamar Cohen on realizing her dream of making aliyah
  • to Ilyse and Dean Schuckman on the birth of a grandson, born to Rachel and Jay Camhi
  • to Kimmie & David Warmflash and the entire Warmflash Family on the birth of a baby girl
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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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:
  • Stamford Hospital Tuesday, December 4 at 5:30 PM Hosted by Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Daniel Cohen
  • Friday, December 7, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, December 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, December 6, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of December 2
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - The Psalms of Hallel - 10:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew - 7:30 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Confrontation - 9:15 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Siyum Celebration
Join the Siyum Celebration Initiative
Torah is the Pause that Refreshes!
A Project of Congregation Agudath Sholom
Complete Tractate Brachot (Blessings) in Mishna or Talmud this year and celebrate on Shavuot, June 9-10, 2019
Each Shabbat in shul, we will highlight two mishnayot and two folios of the Talmud. Study at home, in shul, on your own, or with a friend.
To learn more about the Talmud, download for free Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud
The Calendar of Goals (below) will be updated monthly.
For questions and more info, contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at or Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
November Calendar
Shabbat Vayeshev, December 1st
Mishna: Chapter 3, Mishnayot 1-2 Talmud - Daf 18, 19
Shabbat Miketz December 8th
Mishna: Chapter 3, Mishnayot 3-4; Talmud - Daf 20, 21
Sponsor A Kiddush
Dec 8Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Dec 15Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 22Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Dec 29Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jan 5Sanctuary: 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.
  • THE CAS MEN'S CLUB is looking for a variety of types of help and you in turn will get mitzvah credits! (1) Donations of Turkey(s) and vegetables in order to prepare a nice lunch and dinner for the homeless.(2) Volunteers will prepare the donated kosher food items on the morning of 12/25, (3) Transportation from CAS to the Pacific House of the prepared items at approx 11:30am, (4) We will also looking for a limited number of families willing to serve and brighten the room at the Pacific House Shelter. If anyone is interested please contact or the CAS office 203 358 2200.
  • MEZUZAH CHECKING, TEFILIN MAINTENANCE SUNDAY, December 16th from 8 AM and on with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan, Sofer Stam (ritual scribe). 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
  • UPCOMING SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE SHABBAT Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Shabbat, December 14th and 15th
  • 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
  • BCHA SCHOOL PLAY Come see CAS members Sadie Bernstein, Diana Bildner, Eden and Hannah Cohen, Natalie Cohen, Ben Daniel, Kira Doft, Ella Dulitz, Lilah Gordon, Eva Halperin, and Elissa Tobin in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown! Charles Schulz's beloved comic comes to life on the BCHA stage December 13 and 16 and the whole Peanuts gang will be there, ready to make you fall in love with them and their adorable antics. Whether you're keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find "Happiness," You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic filled with hysterical views on life and memorable, catchy songs. 3 Performances only: Thursday, December 13 at 7pm, and Sunday December 16 at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased through or click here.
  • @Soosh, It's beginning to look a Latke like Hanukkah! Place your orders for Sufganiyot and Latkes early! Call Soosh at 203-658-7505. Happy Hanukkah and see you @Soosh!
  • 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.
  • INSPIRING ISRAEL @ 70 FLAG RAISING AT GOVERNMENT CENTER & ONGOING EXHIBIT: SHARE THE PRIDE! Flag raising on Monday, December 3 at 10 am (outside Government Center) following lobby ceremony. Amazing Exhibit showing Israel's humanitarian, medical & hi-tech contributions through December 12.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ari ben Naama
  • Avraham Nachum ben Baila
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Dovid Simcha Moshe ben Nechama
  • Fraidel bat Esther
  • Ilan ben Simcha
  • Kasil Shulem ben Riva
  • Meir ben Chana Rachel
  • Mia bat Yaffa
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Olya bat Zina
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah bat Shana Chaya and Shmuel
  • Sima Leah bat Yehudis
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tamara bat Yenka
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • מאשא מלה bat הינדא רוא
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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