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Friday, January 18, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BeshalachJanuary 19, 201913 Sh'vat 5779
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Candle Lighting4:35 PM
Mincha4:40 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Latest Shacharit10:28 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:40 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:40 PM
Mincha4:30 PM
Maariv5:32 PM
Shabbat Ends5:37 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Faith in Song

This Shabbat is entitled Shabbat Shira. It is based in the Shira, the song, sung by the Jewish people upon emerging from the Red Sea. They witnessed God's hand and their salvation and broke out in utter joy and exultation.

Why is song an expression of their joy?

On one level, we can all appreciate that singing is one of the deepest reflections of our feeling that all is right in the world. We have all experienced moments of such joy, sometimes emerging from a turn about in our lives when all seemed lost and then things change for the better. The good news is so stirring that it opens up a wellspring of emotion and our natural reaction is to sing and rejoice. This is clearly one of the roots of the Az Yashir, the song the Jews sang upon emerging from the sea.

On another level, though, a song is an expression of faith. Often we experience moments in our lives when we cannot understand why something is happening to us. We struggle to find meaning and purpose in a challenging time.

However, in hindsight, we realize that when one door was closing and all seemed lost, another door was opening. God was laying the foundations for a better future and possible redemption.

Faith is about having the courage to recognize that God has a higher plan that we may not know now and believing that ultimately this difficult event is in sync with a larger Divine plan. Music exemplifies this perspective on life. One note by itself does not make a song. Independently, it is out of place. When the notes are strung together to a score, they can make the most sublime music. In these moments, we realize that the notes are part of a larger Divine melody and singing becomes an expression of the joy in knowing that God was always by our side.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and joyous Shabbat Shira,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  new members Alyssa and Aryeh Frager and their children Caleb and Mia

Thank you  to Daniel and Rachel Schilowitz, Shushannah and Ari Yasgur and Judith and Matt Bernstein for chairing a very successful 93Queen Stamford movie premiere. Thank you to Judith for leading the conversation with the director Paula Eiselt

New benefit for CAS members:  Beginning January 10th and weekly thereafter, on Thursdays from 11:00 am -1:00pm, a clinical social worker/counselor from Schoke Jewish Family Service will be available to discuss issues affecting congregants at the synagogue. Topics such as parenting or marital concerns, bereavement, grief, and the demands (emotional and practical) of caregiving can be discussed with the therapist. You may also make inquiries about family support services (food pantry, emergency assistance, camp scholarship, home companion services). All conversations will be strictly confidential. To make an appointment to meet with the social worker, please contact Amanda Geffner, LCSW, at 203-921-4161 or email at

Service Notes 
  • Beginning in February, Rabbi Cohen will deliver his sermon before Musaf in the main sanctuary
  • Next Sephardic Minyan will be Shabbat Perashat Yitro, January 26, 2019. Sign up to be a Hazan or read from the Torah click here
  • Join us for the CAS Dudes, Daughters & Donuts minyan this Sunday, January 20, 9:15am in the chapel. Please bring your children for a spirited davening and treats!

Please note Rabbi Cohen will be out of town from Thursday, Jan. 24th through Thursday, Jan. 31st. He will check his emails periodically. In case of an emergency, contact Rabbi Zweiter.

Found  A Titanium Columbia green & black windbreaker at Rabbi & Diane Cohen's house. Pick it up in the CAS office. See Kim
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Library shiurJay Jubas
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Medical Students, Body Snatching, and Halakha's Response in 19th Century America
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersHyman Schaffer, Mike Berg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushAna and Albert Lilienfeld in honor of the birthday of Dovi Zucker
Chapel KiddushMike & Debbie Berg in honor of Mike's Bar Mitzvah anniversary
Teen KiddushThe Reicin Family in celebration of Noah's birthday
Sanctuary KiddushCAS
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:45 PM, Friday 4:49 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Candles Friday4:44 PM
MondayTu BiShvat/MLK Day
  • to the family of Hadas Tapuchi, a resident of the community Ateret in West Binyamin who was killed in Israel
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 Liba & Steven Steinmetz on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Shoshana & Aaron Rosenzweig in Israel
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here


Last chance before we pack up for construction!
January 27th from 10:00AM-Noon!

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

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Teen Shabbat
Teen Events  This Shabbat we have some great events for our teens as part of our NCSY roadshow! Friday night we will be having a teen community davening, dinner, and oneg at Young Israel. Davening will be at 4:40 followed by dinner at 6 and an oneg at 7:30. Shabbot morning there will be a teen minyan at CAS @9:30. Shabbot afternoon there will be teen learning and an oneg at the Faratcis beginning at 3. Motzei Shabbot there will be a "Sushi Making and Movie Night" from 7:30-10 @ CAS.
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Bnai Mitzvah News
Bnai Mitzvah News
Bnai Mitzvah Luncheon hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen
Calling all 6th grade girls and 7th grade boys for a Shabbat lunch at the Cohen home on Shabbat, February 9th. RSVP your child's attendance to Kim at
Father/Son Trip to Brooklyn Tiferes Stam
Sunday morning, February 10th. Learn the inside story on Tefillin with Rabbi Chaim Pincus at Tiferes Stam and enjoy a delicious meal at Essex on Coney Deli in Flatbush. Leave Stamford 9:15 AM, Return by 3 PM
To learn more and sign up, contact Rabbi Cohen at
Mothers and Daughters
The Matan program for 6th grade girls and their mothers is almost complete. Thank you to Diane Cohen for leading the program. To learn more about Matan for your upcoming Bat Mitzvah or for the adult Matan program for women, contact Diane Cohen at
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, January 21, 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.
  • COME WATCH SUPERBOWL @ 613 February 3rd at 6 PM. CAS Men's Club and Young Families invites you watch the Superbowl at 613! All you can eat buffet(wings, nachos, chowdogs, pretzel bites). $25 for 11 yrs and up, $15 for 10 yrs and under. CHAIRS: MITCHEL BELL, ARI GOLDSTEIN, ADAM FURMANSKY. PLEASE RSVP TO GOLDSTEINARI1@GMAIL.COM BY 1/28
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
  • Tuesday, January 22, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, January 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, January 24, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of January 20
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: Reading Hebrew - Learning Friday Night's Prayers - 7:30 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Purim Revelations: In Talmud, Law and Life - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jan 26Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 2Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 9Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen: open
Feb 16Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 23Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: 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
  • HALACHA LIVING WILLS A couple of weeks ago, we partnered with Rabbi Elchanan Zohn to join in Team Shabbos focusing on end of life issues, Here is a link to the website with many resources and a link to a Halacha Living Will. If you would like to meet to discuss any of these issues, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zwei.
  • CHESED MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY Pamela and Michael Hirsch Kosher Home Delivered Meal Program. Jill Knopff at JFS is spearheading a new kosher Meals on Wheels program that will hopefully be starting over the next few weeks. She is currently looking for volunteers to drop off meals to clients and perhaps visit with them for a few moments. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact Jill at 203-921-4161 ext 109 or
  • YOUNG FAMILIES SHALOM BAYIT SERIES with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Saturday night, January 19th @ 8 PM. Space is limited so RSVP at your earliest convenience to Rachel Maryles at Rabbi Cohen explores timely themes in Romance, Marriage and Parenting.
  • TEEN ISRAEL ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs is setting up Teen Leadership Councils. The StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council is a professional development opportunity and participating in it will prepare students for Israel on campus and allow them to connect with other teens in your region with similar goals and aspirations. If you would like more information about this special opportunity, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen in the weeks ahead.
  • AIPAC SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT & CONGREGATION AGUDATH SHOLOM INVITE YOU TO A COMMUNITY SHABBATON: Beyond the Jewish Community: African Americans in the pro-Israel movement. February 2. Services at 9:00am • Talk at 11:00am • Q & A following Kiddush. Conversation following Seudah Slishit at 5:00pm. With Darius Jones, AIPAC National African American Constituency Director. Darius Jones is responsible for expanding AIPAC's work in the African American community by identifying and engaging existing and emerging African American leaders on the U.S.-Israel relationship. He develops strong relationships with top African American political, business and community leaders who have become important members of the pro-Israel community. Prior to joining AIPAC, Darius founded Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG), a leadership development academy for top minority students at Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College in Atlanta. At VLG, Darius dedicated himself to the holistic preparation of a new generation of leaders who will carry the torch forward in the Black community. This event is free and open to the community. It is off the record and closed to the press. For more information, please contact Lila Greenberg at or (203) 448-7385.
  • TEEN ISRAEL ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs is setting up Teen Leadership Councils. The StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council is a professional development opportunity and participating in it will prepare students for Israel on campus and allow them to connect with other teens in your region with similar goals and aspirations. If you would like more information about this special opportunity, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen in the weeks ahead.
  • 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.
Community Announcements
  • SATURDAY NIGHTS @ SIX THIRTEEN Saturday, January 19. Join us for a night of Live Music with Three Rabbis & a Cik Doors open at 7:30. No reservations, first come first serve.
  • BELLA'S HAT POP UP SHOP is coming to Stamford! Come join us on Jaunary 27th from 11am-1pm for a large selection of Hats, fascinators, headbands and more! Located at the Adelman's 26 Brighton Pl. Feel free to contact Adina Adelman, or Miriam Sperber,, with any questions.
  • PLEASE JOIN JNFUTURE AT OUR YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MID-WINTER RECEPTION on Saturday evening, January 26 at 613 Restaurant, 7:30-9:30pm. The event will feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and guest speaker Lt. Col. Tiran Attia. $20 couvert. RSVP by January 22 at JNFuture is a large and growing network of young professional Israel supporters, ages 22-40. Come discover the wide variety of social, travel and networking opportunities available to this group. For more information about JNFuture or this event, please contact Sharon Lewis, Director, Westchester County & Southern CT or 212.879.9305 x510.
  • JOIN UJF'S PJ LIBRARY FOR 2 FUN-FILLED CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: (1) PJ Library Invites Kids 5 & Under to Celebrate Shabbat! Meet at the PJ Library Corner for a story, challah & grape juice. Friday January 18th 1:30pm, February 8th 11:00am, & March 8th 1:30pm. Ages 5 & under. 1035 Newfield Ave, 2nd Floor (In front of the UJF office). RSVP at or email (2) UJF's PJ Library celebrates Tu B'Shevat & MLK Jr. Day! At the Stamford J, 1035 Newfield Ave, auditorium2:30 - 3:30 pm Ages 2-9. Make a planter for Tu B'Shevat and create a blessing bag for a child at a local shelter. Co-sponsored by the JCC. RSVP at or email sharon@ujf.orgNO CHARGE for either program but we ask that you register.
  • NURTURING CHILDREN'S MINDS, BODIES AND SOULS SYMPOSIUM FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN BIRTH - 8 YEARS OLD. The JCC Sara Walker Nursery School will be hosting a Symposium on Thursday, February 7, 7:00-9:30pm. Guest lecturers will explore topics such as sports, bedtime routines, spirituality, anxiety, nutrition, and the effects of technology on children. Attendees will choose 2 workshops to attend. This Symposium is sponsored by the Karp Foundation. JCC members $8/Community $10 by January 23. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at, call (203) 322-6541 or Click here to register online and to find our more.
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY ISRAEL OPPORTUNITY FOR 12TH GRADERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS Target audience: College students or graduating twelfth graders with limited background who have not had a chance to study in Israel. Cost: $1500 total!!! (including airfare, room and board, trips, classes etc.). When: July 4 - July 24. July in Jerusalem - The Gerald and Mary Swartz Introductory Summer Program (a division of Yeshiva University's Mechina/Basic Jewish Studies Program) invites you... to experience the inspiration and excitement that studying in and touring Israel offers: Spend your mornings in a relaxed informal learning environment at our Jerusalem's Yeshiva University campus. Studies include Hebrew Ulpan, Bible, Jewish Philosophy and Law. Spend your afternoons: volunteering at an orphanage, picking vegetables for the poor, serving in a soup kitchen, providing relief to families of terror victims...Experience the Land of Israel hands on: Kayak down the Jordan river, crawl through ancient caves, hike up mountains and rivers, experience the magic of Shabbat in Jerusalem's Old city.For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen or Elisheva Cohen at
  • BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS, BUILDING COMMUNITIES: Carmel Academy Hosts SEL Program Featuring Renowned Pediatric Neuropsychologist. Join Carmel Academy this Wednesday, January 23rd and learn from expert child neuropsychologist Dr. Michelle Dunn about how parents and professionals can use Social-Emotional Learning to create strong and diverse friendships among children. Dr. Dunn is a professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also the Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Autism and Communication Disorders. The program, which includes an audience Q&A, is open to the community at no cost. Registration is required:
  • BE THE PARENT PLEASE Strategies For Parenting Children in a Technological Age. Join Carmel Academy on Monday, February 11th for an evening with author Naomi Schaefer Riley, who will discuss her new book "Be The Parent Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat." Schaefer Riley, a former Wall Street Journal writer and mother of three, explores the latest research about the effects of technology usage on children and gives realistic advice to parents on how to monitor and control technology and social media. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. at Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. Open to the community at no cost. Please register at
  • 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
  • JFS BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM-SESSION #1 : Mondays, 10:30 AM -12:00 pm, January 7-Problem Solving; January 14-Memory Retention; January 28-Attention at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? Sessions will focus on specific areas of concentration. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. All three sessions: $20 for JCC members/ $25 for community. To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • LIVING WITH LOSS: SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP - Mondays, 1:45 - 3:30 pm at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport and Fridays, 12:30 pm at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. 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
  • DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -Wednesdays, 6:45 pm at the Stamford offices of Schoke JFS. The group will explore, look, listen, learn and love about the topic of separation, divorce and parenting. For more information, please contact Lois Meyer, LMSW 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. Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield AvenueContact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or Thursdays, bimonthly, 10:30 am, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky for exact dates at 203-921-4161 or Thursdays, 1:00 pm at Westport Senior Center Contact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or
  • STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER You are cordially invited to attend the annual Zayin Adar Dinner in appreciation of all the devoted Chevra Kadisha members for their dedication and commitment and In Loving Memory of Penny Block a"h/ Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m Temple Beth El. Guest Speaker Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi of The Boca Raton Synagogue, Topic: "Learning To Be Selfless In The Age Of The Selfie," Couvert: $54/person
  • 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.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ari ben Naama
  • Avraham Nachum ben Baila
  • Batya bat Sasha
  • Ben Tzion Shimon ben Golda Mirel
  • Beryl ben Sarah
  • Chaim Hakohen ben Chaya Sara
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Ephraim ben Sara-Rivka
  • Fraidel bat Esther
  • Meir ben Chana Rachel
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Olya bat Zina
  • Penina bat Sara Imenu
  • Raisal bat Deborah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah Chana bat Yehudit Yocheved
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Shoshana bat Aryeh Lev and Chava
  • Tamara bat Yenka
  • Yehuda Ariyeh ben Braha
  • Yitzchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zindl Gedalia ben Pesha Rivkah
  • 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!

Check out  one of the newest Israeli innovations seeking to protect swimmers from drowning. Share the story.

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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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
Shabbat Parshat Bo Mishnayot Chapter 4:2-3 Dapim 22-23
Shabbat Parshat Beshalach Chapter 4:4-5 Dapim 24-25
Shabbat Parshat Yitro Chapter 4:6-7 Dapim 26-27
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