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Friday, June 28, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ShlachJune 29, 201926 Sivan 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:17 PM
Candle Lighting8:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:11 AM
Latest Shacharit10:27 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:20 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:20 PM
Mincha8:10 PM
Maariv9:08 PM
Shabbat Ends9:13 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Taking Your Breath Away

Life is not measured in the breaths we take but moments that take our breath away.

I do not know the source for this aphorism but I believe we would all agree that it rings true. We likely lament that we wish we lived our lives more in sync with this spirit. Too often we are mesmerized by the monotony of life and walk sightless among miracles. We wish not only to count the days of our lives but make them truly count. In the eternal words of King David, Teach us to count our days so we may gain a heart of wisdom.

It is not easy. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that boredom is the root of all evil. The routine of daily life coupled with an innate sense of entitlement dulls our senses to the significance of every moment, gift and opportunity. In truth, we may be breathing but we are not alive. Every moment in which we are not tuned into our higher purpose is a moment lost forever.

The consequences can be devastating. In this week's Parsha of Shelach we read about the tragic episode of the spies. The underlying theme and tension in the Parsha is exemplified by two words - Raah -to see and Latur - to spy. Each one suggests sight but the implications of each one are very different. All of the leaders saw the same facts in Israel. However, ten of them chose to focus on the problems and only two Caleb and Yehoshua, focused on the possibilities. Dull to the Divine, these ten men triggered a national hysteria and faith failure and an entire generation of men died in the desert. The raison d'tre of the Jewish people is to inspire an awareness of God in the world, a generation oblivious to God and his infinite power was unworthy to enter the land of Israel and become His ambassadors.

The Talmud explains based on the verses in the Torah that as reparations for this historic failure of ten men to see the hand of God, ten men are needed to form a quorum to amplify the name of God through a minyan three times a day. The women did not lack the faith. Hence, they are not required to participate in a minyan. It is the men's failure and the men must own it forever.

Whether men or women, God is conveying to us one of the most important strategies to truly be awake to the moments that take our breath away. The answers are prayer and blessings. They are the pause that refreshes. Stop and give thanks. Take time to align yourself every day to who you aspire to be. If we do not, life will become a blur. See - Raah - the possibilities and power of the Divine in you and in the world.

To all the men in the shul - we need you. The daily minyan is the heartbeat of the shul. I challenge everyone who is not yet a minayanaire to make a pledge to attend at least one weekday or Sunday minyan. Every Amen counts. You can make the time. It is all a matter of priorities. Let me know which day you choose.

God willing, all of us in our community will sensitize our senses to the gift of every day and the magnificent blessings endowed to us in every breath we take.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Service Notes 
  • Spirited Friday Night Kabalat Shabbat
  • CAS Dudes, Daughters & Donuts Minyan 9:15am this Sunday

Refuah Shlemah  for a full and speedy recovery to Mayor David Martin

Thank you  to Jonathan Lerner for shepherding a great event with St. Bridgets on Sunday - Two faiths, One Heart. Over 7,000 items were collected for distribution!

Check out  these Newsworthy Items from Israel
  • How Israelis Saved a Mountain Village in Puerto Rico click here
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Welcome Yaakov & Adina Rydzinsky and Rachel Luger & David Leviand their families who recently moved to Stamford
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Abraham Rice: The Story of America's First Rabbi
ShacharitDavid Gordon
MusafOmer Neumeier
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Yossi Kamman on the occasion of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's 25th Yaarzeit
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesby Emily & Harvey Caney in memory of Louis Schuman and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Chapel KiddushDrs. Jeff and Judy Cahn in honor of Shlomo's birthday and wishing a tzeitchem l'shalom to the Shochet family on their Aliyah
Sanctuary KiddushThank you the following couples for sponsoring the sanctuary Kiddush this Shabbat in honor of their anniversaries. Mazal Tov!: Margie & Bob Abrams, Janet & Andrew Bein, Debbie & Michael Berg, Anat & Marc Chavkin, Kate & Peretz Cik, Meryl & David Gordon, Joyce & Larry Haber, Helene & Harvey Kaminski, Cindy & David Pitkoff, Glenn & Maria Reicin, Shelley & Eddie Senker
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:16 PM
Candles Friday8:11 PM
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Tamuz
ThursdayRosh Chodesh Tamuz/Independence Day
  • to Harvey Kaminski on the passing of his beloved sister, Anita Epstein
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 Mitchell Zucker who will be receiving the George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit Award this Shabbat morning
  • to Judy and Jeff Cahn on their children, the Shochet family - Chaya & Matisyahu, Miriam, Shlomo, and Yitzchak - making aliyah
  • to Phyllis Brodsky on the birth in recent months of two great-grandchildren
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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Upcoming Events
CAS At Harbor Point 
Thursday, July 11 - 8:00 PM
Join us for "S'mores and Spirits" - An evening of fun, friends and building community! CAS at Harbor Point is a new initiative to foster Jewish community in Stamford. Future events include Apple Tasting in September, Shabbat experiences, and Chanukah celebrations. More details in the week to come. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen.

Sisterhood Presents Celebrate Israeli Poetry And Music 
Sunday, July 14 - 10:30 AM
The CAS Sisterhood presents Richard Schwartz and Noa Bober who will conduct a lively event as they take a fresh look at a few of Israel's protest songs about war and how they have changed over time. They will share Israeli poetry that is found in books, songs and on the streets.Richard is an Agudath member and Noa is the Stamford JCC Shlicha (emissary). Her mission is to be a bridge between the local Jewish community and Israel.

Shabbat Lobby Schedule 
Shabbat, June 29
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, July 8 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.
  • UPCOMING EVENT Young Couples Backyard Soiree!Join CAS Young Couples for a night out at the home of the Ciks on Sunday, July 14th, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM! Drinks, appetizers, socializing and more! Connect with other young CAS members, both new and longstanding. No cost but RSVP required. Address provided upon RSVP.
CAS Announcements
  • HARVEST NOW GARDEN UPDATE Thank you Jim, Vince and Oksana for leading the way! We need more support and our next season is this Sunday, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM. Crops are in and everything is planted. :) Now the effort is maintenance and weeding. We will also fertilize this Sunday. Please let Rabbi Cohen know if you can attend. Thank you and lets keep the garden growing!
  • VACUUM NEEDED Looking for a good working vacuum for use at CAS. If you would like to donate to a good cause, please contact Chris at 203-979-0789 or call the office.
  • PAY IT FORWARD! As our community grows it takes even more effort to insure the warmth of our shul. You may not realize but we have a "Hospitality Team" who are informed of new families who moved into community. Team members are expected to invite new families to any of the following: shabbat meal, BBQ, brunch, even coffee, a get-together in the park, or a community-wide function. It means so much to new families. To join our Hospitality Team, contact membership committee chair, Jon Makovsky at
  • ANNOUNCING A SOUL JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in partnership with Yeshivat Orayta. Spend a week of study and spirit in the Old City with luminaries such as Rabbi David Aaron, Rav Binny Freidman and many more. Open to Men and Women. Dates are Sunday, May 3rd until Sunday, May 10th, 2020. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen. Sign Up will open soon.
  • HEALING VISITS UPDATE: Every week, we include a note about our healing visits group. As a reminder, the group consists of volunteers who give of their time to call, email or visit people in our community who are in the hospital or in recuperation. If you like to join this Mitzvah mission, please 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.
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, July 1, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, July 2, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, July 2, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, July 3, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of June 30
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jul 6Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 13Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 20Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 27Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Aug 3Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: 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.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Rivka Rochel
  • Batya bat Frida
  • Chaim ben Rosa
  • Chaya Bluma Tziporra bat Dinah Leah
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Malka Maria bat Idda
  • Miriam bat Sora Rochel
  • Moshe ben Laizer
  • Nachum ben Mina
  • Nechama bat Bracha
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shlomo ben Sarah
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Tziviah bat Yitta
  • Yitta bat Ruchel
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zinovi ben Riva
  • bella bat Ester Fira
Community Announcements
  • BACK TO SCHOOL SHOP, INC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to enable every child to have access to the basic school clothing and supplies they need and in doing so to help build the confidence and enthusiasm necessary for a successful school year. Since the first Back to School Shop event in 2015, over 850 children have been outfitted for school. Each summer before the start of the new school year, we operate a one-day pop-up store where economically disadvantaged elementary school children can shop for brand new school clothes and supplies. While the children are shopping with volunteer personal shoppers, their parents can visit the on-site Japha Family Resource Center where 20 community organizations will be on hand to provide information about important community services. Each year nearly 250 community volunteers come together to make this special day happen for Stamford children. Visit for more information, to make a donation, or to register to volunteer for our 5th Anniversary event on July 28!
  • 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.
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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