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Friday, December 7, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
MiketzChanukah: 7 Candles Rosh Chodesh TevetDecember 8, 201830 Kislev 5779
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Candle Lighting4:07 PM
Mincha4:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:26 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:13 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
Maariv5:03 PM
Shabbat Ends5:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Go Down to Go Up

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Chanukah. Thank God, our MALT journey to Israel was "magical and memorable" on many levels. We explored the depth and breadth of the Torah and the lives of Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook and Rabbi Aryeh Levine, two spiritual giants of the early part of the 20th century. In the months ahead, I plan on devoting sermons to their lives and legacy.

While in Israel during Chanukah, I learned a new idea which embodies the spirit of both Rabbis. At the lighting of Rav Nachum Cohen in Jerusalem, he explained the rationale behind a curious law regarding the lighting of the Chanukiah. The halacha states that the ideal location is above 3 tefachim, one foot off the ground and below 10 tefachim (40 inches). Why do we light so close to the ground?

Rav Nachum explained that the law serves as a reminder that only through humility - "lowering ourselves" - can we make room for God in our lives and reignite the Divine within. Only when we diminish our ego, can we see the Divine in others.

Both Rabbis Kook and Levine modeled lives of minimal ego and maximal aspirations to reveal the Divine in themselves, the Jewish people and all humanity.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Chahukah Sameach!

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  Marshall Kurland, Stamford JCC CEO, who joins us Shabbat morning
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 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter : The Relationship between the Menorah of Chanukah and the Menorah in the Beit Hamikdash
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitAdina Cohen
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesGloria Green in memory of her beloved father, Neal Chassen, on his yahrzeit (30 Kislev) and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushHecky Attar in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his father, Yitzchak Ben Rachamim and David, Elise, and Debbie Wolfsohn and Sharon and Doug Karp in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of their grandfather, Yitzchak Ben Avraham
Chapel KiddushSharon and Jeff Lewis wishing their friends a freilich Hanukkah
Sanctuary KiddushSusan & Len Mark in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Len's father, Isadore Mark; Barbara & Harry Webski in memory of Harry's father Abe Webski; and the Stamford JCC
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 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
SundayChanukah: 8 Candles/Rosh Chodesh Tevet
MondayChanukah: 8th Day
  • to David Aaron on the passing of his mother, Diane Aaron
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Mazal Tov
  • to Hadassah Lieberman on receiving an Honorary Degree at the Yeshiva University Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation
  • to Veronica and Erwin Reich on the birth of a granddaughter, born to their daughter Arielle and her husband Michael
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:
  • 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 Atria - share in the Chanukah spirit with seniors in our community! Donuts on Us!
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, December 10 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
  • Monday, December 10, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, December 11, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, December 14, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, December 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of December 9
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Psalms of Hallel - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis and the Rudiments of Rashi - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Lights and Insights of Chanukah - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
WednesdayTransmitting Torah: A Program for Women by Women - 8:00 PM
ThursdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Light of Psalms - 7:45 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
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 Miketz December 8th
Mishna: Chapter 3, Mishnayot 3-4; Talmud - Daf 20, 21
Sponsor A Kiddush
Dec 15Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
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Jan 12Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
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
  • SCREENING OF 93 QUEEN Saturday Night, January 12th at 730 PM. Followed by Q and A with Director Paula Eislet and moderated by Judith Bernstein of HBO Documentary Films
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am - 5 pm. 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
  • 15TH ANNUAL CHARLES SIDLOW MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES at Fleetwood Synagogue. Motza'ei Shabbat, January 5th 2019 @ 7:30 PM. Theme: Judaism, America and Our Era of Civic Breakdown - In a time of mounting civic discord and rising polarization, we are increasingly faced with fundamental questions. What is the nature of the challenges the Jewish people face in this era? What does it mean to be Jewish in America? And conversely, what significance do Judaism and Jewish ideas possess for America? Speakers: Rabbi Shay Schachter: "The Faces of Antisemitism and our Complicated Relationship with G-d" ( and Rabbi Ari Lamm: "The Jews, the Greeks and the Battle for Western Civilization" (
  • 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
  • ANNUAL STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER Tuesday February 12, 5:30pm. Temple Beth El. Honoring the memory of Penny Block a"h. Guest Speaker: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi, Boca Raton Synagogue. Topic: "Learning to be Selfless in the Age of the Selfie" $54/person. Sponsorship at $180 entitles an individual to two seats at the dinner
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
  • Raisal bat Deborah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sima Leah bat Yehudis
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tamara bat Yenka
  • Yitzchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • 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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