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Friday, March 1, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayakhelShabbat ShekalimMarch 2, 201925 Adar I 5779
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Candle Lighting5:26 PM
Mincha5:31 PM
Coffee And Commentary/Torah Before Tefillah8:40 AM
Shacharit9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:17 AM
Latest Shacharit10:13 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi4:35 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:35 PM
Mincha5:25 PM
Maariv6:23 PM
Shabbat Ends6:28 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Shekalim: The Coin of Fire

This Shabbat, we are truly honored to host Rabbi Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University. YU has been a beacon, inspiration and Torah center from the late 19th century and continues to shape our future. YU's vision of synthesizing Torah and the modern world reflects the values and aspirations of our Shul, our leadership and our membership.

I am among thousands of people over the years who owe a deep debt of gratitude to Yeshiva University for nurturing the foundations of American Jewry. I urge everyone to join us this Shabbat to hear Rabbi Berman and celebrate the blessing and legacy of Yeshiva University.

On a Torah note, this Shabbat, we make the first of the four special Shabbatot prior to Pesach. Shabbat Parshat Shekalim marks the occasion of the collection of the half shekel to replenish the Temple treasury and, in the time of the Torah, to fund the building of the Mishkan. The Midrash offers an cryptic comment about the mitzvah. The Rabbis explain that Moshe did not understand God's command to take the shekel and God showed Moshe a coin of fire to illustrate what exactly should be collected. Why of fire?

The answer is as relevant today as in the time of the Torah. Money, like fire, possesses the potential to be helpful or hurtful. Used properly, fire can cook food or provide heat. However, fire can go out of control and burn and destroy. The same applies to money. It can be used as a vehicle for good but too much devotion to it can lead to a person's downfall and destruction.

In this spirit, I heard a important piece of advice recently. Never develop too strong an attachment to material possessions. If we do, when we lose them, we will feel as if we have lost a part of ourselves. This will lead to anger, frustration and sadness. Rather, attach yourself to giving, attach yourself to Torah and attach yourself to mitzvoth. Investment in these areas are truly eternal and will yield life long happiness. They can never be lost.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Service Note Looking for Haftarah Readers Is it your bar mitzvah haftarah? Special anniversary? We're looking for haftarah readers in the main sanctuary on Shabbat. Whether you've read the haftarah before or are looking to learn, we would love to give you the opportunity. If you are interested in reading a specific week, or have any questions, please contact: Rabbi Zweiter at

We are honored to welcome Rabbi Ari and Aliza Berman as our guests this Shabbat. Rabbi Berman serves as President of Yeshiva University, the flagship Modern Orthodox institution in America. Rabbi Berman will speak on the following topics and times.
  • Friday Night: Judaism and the World of Tomorrow (following the meal, approximately 8:30 PM)
  • Sermon at 11:00 AM Mormons, Muslims and Jewish Leadership for a Changing World
  • Seudah Shlishit at 5:45 PM A Conversation with Rabbi Berman

AIPAC is around the corner, there is still time to sign up to join the CAS delegation! The conference is Sunday, March 24th - Tuesday, March 26th. For more info, visit or contact Rabbi Cohen at

Torah To Go   Check out Rabbi Cohen's latest podcasts including Purim Revelations: The inside Scoop on Mishloach Manot and Parsha Perspectives on Vayahkel: Counting Contributions and Connection click here
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Before Tefillah/Coffee & CommentaryRabbi Oran Zweiter
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
SermonRabbi Ari Berman
Torah ReaderBarry Best
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Ari Berman
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat BulletinRochel & Hecky Attar in honor of the upcoming wedding of their daughter Aviva to Zev Gassner
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesby Gloria Green & Family in memory of Gloria's mother, Tamara Miriam Chassen on her 19th yahrzeit and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Sanctuary KiddushIn honor of Rabbi Berman's visit and Yeshiva University by Rochel & Hecky Attar; Dina & Paul Berger; Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen; Meredith & David Cohen; Rachel & Jay Jubas; Helene & Harvey Kaminski; Dinah Miller & Seth Marlowe; Maria & Glenn Reicin; Sharon & Burt Rubin; Danielle & Steven Thau
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Wednesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:35 PM, Friday 5:39 PM
Candles Friday5:34 PM
ThursdayRosh Chodesh Adar II
FridayRosh Chodesh Adar II
Mazal Tov
  • to Susan & Len Mark, Carl & Flora Kaufman, Hilary & Ari Goldstein, and Michael Sweeney on their honors at the CAS annual dinner. Yasher Koach to our chairs, Stephanie & Josh Bilenker, Liat & Benjy Karsch, and Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
  • to Rochel and Hecky Attar and Yospa Lieberman on the forthcoming marriage of Aviva to Zev Gassner
  • to Steve Labkoff on the opening of his "Dusk to Dawn" Exhibit at the JCC
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Heritage Trip
Heritage Trip to Poland this Summer - Deadline Extended to March 1.
We need to know our numbers by March 1 and ask you to send a $500 fully refundable deposit payable to Agudath Sholom. Please send to my attention at the shul.
The updated itinerary and dates as well as Prague extension option are online. Here is the link
Please note the flights are done independently but we are likely taking a LOT flight leaving JFK on Sunday eve, Aug. 4th with a 12 PM arrival on Monday, Aug. 5th. The plan would be to meet at the shul on Sunday and take group transportation to the airport.
I have been in ongoing contact with Michael Berl, the tour operator, and he or I can answer your questions. Below are links to sample hotels (4 star and 5 star) and flight info.
For those going to Prague, we would take a bus on Monday morning, August 12th to Prague and spend Monday and Tuesday night in Prague and return to NY on Wed, August 14th
Please feel free to share the trip info with others. It is open to the community. Please let me know your serious interest or any questions so we can finalize our numbers.
CAS Annual Dinner


The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree

Guests of Honor  Susan & Len Mark

Community Service Award Michael Sweeney

Young Leadership Award Hilary & Ari Goldstein

Chai Award Flora & Carl Kaufman

Listed below, you will see the wonderful response we have received to our appeals for the CAS Annual Dinner.

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CAS Young Families
  • CAS YOUNG FAMILIES PRESENTS: COUPLES NIGHT OUT AT MILL RIVER PARK! Saturday, March 16th @ 8:30pm. Mill River Skating Rink. Enjoy a night out skating with friends and socializing in the chalet! 20% off skating rates will be available for our group. RSVP will be forthcoming
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, February 25, 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, March 4, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, March 5, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, March 8, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, March 5, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, March 6, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, March 7, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of March 3
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
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
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
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
CAS Announcements
  • THE TALLISMAN IS COMING TO TOWN - Need new fringes on your Tallis, want to purchase a new one, put techelis on your Tallis? Nesanel Epstein, known as "The Talisman" will be in residence at CAS on Sunday, March 17th from 8 AM. For more info visit or email Nesanel directly at
  • PESACH UPDATES: Matzah: CAS will sell a limited supply of Shatzer Matzah. Order online starting in mid March. Seder Hospitality: Planning your Seder? In need of a Seder? Consider hosting members of our community who may need a place for Pesach night. Interested? contact Rabbi Cohen
  • CAS SISTERHOOD WELCOMES THE PRINCETON TIGERLILIES Join us Sunday, March 17th at 11 am at CAS for a concert by The Princeton Tigerlilies, Princeton's oldest all-female a cappella group. Founded in 1971, The Tigerlilies have evolved from Great American Songbooks to their expanded repertoire of contemporary music and rock and R&B classics. They are surely not to be missed! No cost.
  • WAFFLE PARTY AND PESACH CRAFTS for Parents and Children with Rabbi Cohen on Sunday morning, March 31 at 9:15 AM.
  • CAS MENS CLUB PASSOVER FAIR Sunday, March 31. The CAS Men's Club is excited to announce that the WanderingQ BBQ will be onsite from 10am-7pm. All other vendors will be open from 10am to 3pm. We are having TheRiverWine offering samples to those of age, the Chocolate Sunflower (with gluten free options) offering samples of their cakes, the Jewish Quarter will be showing their new and exciting Passover wares along with traditional merchandise, and we will have a soffer onsite to check mezzuzahs and teffilin. Rabbi Cohen is planning an inspirational 10 Great Ideas for Your Passover Seder, there will be activities for the kids and all the while you can enjoy some great BBQ.
  • 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
  • ANACHNU: JFNA HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR CARE PROGRAM: Schoke JFS has received a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care, to provide assistance to elderly Holocaust Survivors in the community. We will sponsor support groups, holiday gatherings, day trips and activities within the Jewish community. We are looking for volunteers to meet with survivors who would like to improve their English. Volunteers will visit in their home and provide conversation. Schoke JFS is looking for Holocaust survivors who would like to participate in upcoming programs that will include a Caf Europe, a place where seniors will be able to drop by for socialization. If you would like to volunteer or are looking for survivor care, please contact Marina Sapir, Program Director at 203-921-4161 or email
  • COME "BREW" WITH UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S NEXTGEN 20'S, 30'S & 40'S GROUP on Saturday night, March 2nd at 8:30pm at Lock City Brewing Company, 54 Research Drive in Stamford. $25 by March 1st ($35 at the door). Enjoy unlimited IPA brews, soft drinks and snacks while you mingle with friends at this one of a kind hometown brewery. To RSVP go to, for information contact Sharon Franklin at 203-321-5364/ (dietary laws observed)
  • DUSK TO DAWN - Photography by Steven E. Labkoff, MD at The Stamford Jewish Community Center's "Gallery @ the J" The Stamford Jewish Community Center's "Gallery @ the J" will feature a unique selection of "Dusk to Dawn" photography by Stamford's award-winning photographer Dr. Steven E. Labkoff beginning in March and extending through April. The exhibit premieres at The Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC): on March 14 at the "Wine & Art" reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is free. The JCC is located at 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford CT 06905. Dr. Labkoff is the founder of where a wider assortment of his work can be viewed. For additional information about this exhibit please email Nancy Schiffman at:
  • JEWISH BASEBALL FOR YOUTH IS BACK! The FCCJBL (Fairfield County Connecticut Jewish Baseball League) is now open for Spring registration. The league is for children in pre-K through 8th grade and only plays on Sundays. Also looking for volunteers, coaches, various other positions. Please visit to register. For more info, contact Ari Goldstein at
  • MIKVAH FUNDRAISER PURIM THIS YEAR IS ON THURSDAY March 21st. Don't have time to deliver all your homemade Shalach Manot? Help raise money for the Minnie Manger- Marcia Lieberman Mikvah and HAVE THE MIKVAH DELIVER them for you! FOR A SMALL FEE of 75 per package, DROP OFF PACKAGES (SECURELY CLOSED, AND LABELED WITH YOUR NAME, RECIPIENT'S NAME AND ADDRESS) AT CAS ON PURIM NIGHT before or after megillah reading, AND HAVE your baskets DELIVERED (within Stamford) THE NEXT DAY! Want to help? We need volunteers. If you are ABLE TO TAKE A ROUTE TO DROP OFF PACKAGEs --NO MORE THAN A HALF HOUR COMMITMENT-- CONTACT HANNAH LEFKOVICH 781-724-3595
  • 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.
  • AMERICAN VETERANS OF ISRAEL LEGACY CORPORATION will hold its 53rd annual Mickey Marcus Memorial Service at the Jewish Chapel of the United States Military Academy at West Point on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. More detailed program information will be available in early 2019.
  • PAMELA AND MICHAEL HIRSCH KOSHER HOME DELIVERED MEAL PROGRAM Seven meals will be delivered weekly to those in our community who have difficulty shopping and preparing their own food. Once a week, a volunteer will deliver the seven microwave ready meals and spend time visiting with the recipients, should they desire. This is a subscription service. Reduced rates will be available for families who qualify. For more information, please contact Jill Knopoff, Volunteer Coordinator at 201-921-4161 or email at
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM Session #2: Mondays, 10:30 AM -12:00 pm, March 4-Reasoning; March 11-Memory-Recall; March 18-Visual Organization 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
  • 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
  • DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -Wednesdays, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 and 2/20 at 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
  • 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
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  • Beryl ben Sarah
  • Chaim Hakohen ben Chaya Sara
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  • Davida Yonah bat Yisroela Elana
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzhak Dovid ben Miriam Rivka
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  • Karen bat Peggy
  • Moshe Yoel ben Machla Shifrah
  • Nira bat Rachel
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  • Rivkah Chana bat Yehudit Yocheved
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Shoshana bat Aryeh Lev and Chava
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Yehuda Ariyeh ben Braha
  • Yerachmiel Shemaya ben Devorah Elka
  • Yitzchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zindl Gedalia ben Pesha Rivkah
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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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
Parshat Terumah Chapter 4: 6-7 Dapim 26-27
Parshat Tetzveh Chapter 5:1-2 Dapim 28-29
Parhat Ki Tisa Chapter 5: 3-4 Dapim 30-31
Parshat Vayakhel Chapter 5:5 Dapim 32-33
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