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Friday, April 5, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
TazriaShabbat HaChodesh Rosh Chodesh NisanApril 6, 20191 Nisan 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:05 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Sephardic Minyan9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:43 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:48 AM
Daf Yomi6:10 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:10 PM
Mincha7:00 PM
Maariv8:01 PM
Shabbat Ends8:06 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat of Infertility Awareness

We are proud to be participating in Yesh Tikva's Fourth Annual Infertility Awareness Shabbat along with over 100 other synagogues in North America, Australia, and Israel. This shabbat, Parshat Tazria, which highlights the birth of children, aims to give infertility a "voice" and to spread awareness in the Jewish community. Too often, infertility is a silent struggle, such that we may not even be aware when our friends, family members or neighbors are suffering.

The goal of this campaign is to increase sensitivity towards our fellow Jews who dream of becoming parents. For most Jewish couples who want children, building a family is a given. But for many couples diagnosed with infertility, the road to parenthood is paved with tears, anguish, loss, isolation, and depression.

Yesh Tikva, Hebrew for "There is Hope," was established to create a community of support for all Jewish people facing infertility. Yesh Tikva offers a website - - and the following support services: Fertility Friends, Infertility and Jewish Law resources, the Mikvah Infertility Awareness Campaign, educational materials, phone-based and in-person support groups, and lectures on relevant fertility topics. If I or Rabbi Zweiter can be supportive in any way, we are here for you.

The month of Nisan and Pesach can be particularly difficult with the emphasis on children and family. Pesach can be painful and lonely. Indeed, for some, Pesach can be the holiday of exclusion. Yet, on Seder night, we emphatically declare, "Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are needy come and celebrate Pesach."

As a community, let us make every effort to include all of our friends and fellow congregants in our holiday celebrations. This year, make sure that no one in our community needs to spend a Seder or Yom Tov meal alone.

If you would like to be a host or guest for a Pesach meal, please be in touch with me directly or fill out our form online. Thank you in advance for joining me in helping build an even stronger community of inclusion and warmth.

Wishing you and your families a Happy Rosh Chodesh and Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Get Ready for Passover!
Our Complete Passover Schedule is now available click here
Rabbi Cohen's Passover Site Now open! click here

  • to the JCC Tzahal Shalom soldiers who join us this Shabbat
  • to Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah, who is visiting this Shabbat and will be presenting a shiur at 10:30 topic - Afikoman: Beyond the Hiding and the Gifts. Thank you to Jonathan and Talia Siscovick for hosting him

Thank you 
  • to Jessica Furmansky and Simeon Wohlberg for organizing this weekend's Rookie and Vet Shabbat and thank you to all of our host families.
  • to Mitchell Bell and the CAS Men's Club for organizing a very successful Passover Fair
  • to Ari Goldstein and Adam Furmansky for organizing the Young Families Waffle event
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 Darrell Ginsberg: Afikoman: Beyond the hiding and the gifts
ShacharitYaakov Faratci
MusafMIchael Feldstein
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderSam Sroka
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitMark Wagshul
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushMiriam and Gideon Pell to celebrate the first birthday of their grandson Judah Small
Chapel KiddushMarguerite and Ken Neuhaus in memory of their parents' yahrzeits
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Kamal Haron in commemoration of the yahrzeits of his mother, Farcha (Simcha) Haron, and mother-in-law, Sarah Sadmon, and Gayle & Mitchell Bell in memory of Gayle's dear father, Irving Dembling's, first yahrzeit
Seudat ShlishitMark Wagshul in commemoration of his father's yahrzeit
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:12 PM
Mazal Tov
  • to Carol Rosmarin on the recent Bat Mitzvah of her granddaughter Emma Spitz
  • to Yolly and Yaakov Faratci on the birth of a baby girl
  • to Lee Fanwick on her grandson's wedding this weekend
  • to Philip Steinmetz and Ezra Messer who are being honored at the Carmel Erev Tov celebration for their service in the IDF
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Pesach Notes
  • Hosting Guests on Pesach - If you are able to serve as a host for the Seder or other meals, please sign up online or reach out to Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.
  • Check out our Pesach Website for holiday info.
  • Limited Supply of Shatzer Hand Shmurah - Order here by April 7
  • Chametz Sale Forms available online and in Shul office and chapel.
  • Kashrut Alert: If anyone bought a shank bone for the seder at Fairway, please make sure that there is a proper hechsher on the package
  • Have a Pesach Question? We are here to help. Contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter. Visit archived questions
  • Looking for Pesach children books recommendations visit
  • Pesach Question of the Week - Does meat and chicken require Kosher for Pesach Supervision? Meat and Chicken may be purchased before Pesach without supervision but should be throughly rinsed before using. Ground beef requires KP supervision. For full answer, visit

Pre Passover Classes
with Rabbi Cohen
  • The Top Ten Seder Insights - Tuesday, April 16th at 12 PM - 12:45 PM
  • The Depth of Passover: Explore Talmudic Themes and Practices of Passover Tuesday, April 9th and 16th 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Shabbat Hagadol Drasha, Shabbat April 13th at 6:00 PM
  • Kashering and Kosher for Passover Crash Course - Sunday, April 14th at 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Starbucks Seder - Join Rabbi Cohen at the "front table" at Starbucks Ridgeway to learn new insights to enhance your holiday or drop by for any Passover Q and A. Monday, April 15th 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • The Big Three: Rabban Gamliel's Message for Pesach - Tuesday, April 16th at 7:45 PM
with Rabbi Zweiter
  • The Prophets of Passover - Wednesday, April 11th at 9:30 AM
  • Is Eliyahu Really Thirsty?- Evolution of Pesach's 5th Cup- Tuesday, April 16th at 8:15 PM
Pesach Lail Iyun Prep -Tuesday, April 16th
  • 7:45 PM- Rabbi Daniel Cohen- The Big Three: Rabban Gamliel's Message for Pesach
  • 8:15 PM- Rabbi Oran Zweiter- Is Eliyahu Really Thirsty?- Evolution of Pesach's 5th Cup
  • 8:45 PM- Special Guest
Sign Up For These Events
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, April 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.
CAS Announcements
  • UPCOMING EVENT Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Gideon Weitzman Shabbat May 3-4. Rabbi Weitzman is the Head of the English Section of the Puah Institute for Fertility and Medicine in Accordance with Halacha and the Director of PUAH America and serves as Rabbi Weitzman is the Rabbi of the Merkaz Modiin Community.
  • UPCOMING EVENT An Evening with Rabbi David Aaron, hosted by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen at their home on Sunday, May 5th at 7:30 PM. Rabbi Aaron will speak about "The Kabbalah of Love: secrets to real-ationship"
  • UPCOMING EVENT May 23, the CAS Israel Committee and the Men's Club are bringing Tony Badran of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies to Stamford!
  • SHABBAT APRIL 6TH - SHABBAT PRE MINCHA SHIUR WITH RABBI DR. DARRELL GINSBERG. Rabbi Ginsberg is rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah, as well as Director of Midreshet Amudim, both located in Modiin, Israel. He lectures throughout Israel and the USA on topics concerning the methodology of Gemara and the role of philosophy in Judaism. His shiurim and divrei Torah are read around the world. Rabbi Ginsberg curre
  • CAS is honored to join Yesh Tikva's upcoming Fourth Annual Infertility Awareness Shabbat (IAS) on Rosh Chodesh Nissan April 6, 2019 in spreading awareness in Jewish communities of the struggles and sensitivities that surround those navigating infertility
  • 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.
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, April 8, 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM at CAS
  • Friday, April 12, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, April 11, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of April 7
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
Diane Cohen: Adult Matan Class for Women - 8:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Passover: Explore Talmudic Themes and Practices of Passover - 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
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Heritage Trip
Heritage Trip to Poland this Summer - Deadline Extended
There are still spots available for the Poland trip this summer.
Sponsor A Kiddush
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
Community Announcements
  • CARMEL ACADEMY is holding its annual Erev Tov Celebration this Sunday evening, April 7th. The theme of the celebration is "celebrating service". Amongst the honorees are Congregation Agudath Sholom members Philip Steinmetz and Ezra Messer for their service in the IDF.
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY PRESENTS FREE special event. The Screening of award-winning documentary, 'Operation Wedding' Followed by Skype Q & A Live From Israel With Director Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, Who Retraces Her Parents Incredible Journey From A Soviet Airport To A KGB Prison. Sunday April 7, 7.30 PM. Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy, 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903. RSVP to Denise Rafailov, Light Refreshments Will Be Served. Local Stamford activist Norine Krasonogor will also speak briefly after the Q&A about her Soviet-era efforts on behalf of Soviet Jewry.
  • SIX THIRTEEN RESTAURANT We are proud to announce that Six Thirteen will be CATERING FOR PASSOVER! Package deals and a la carte options available. Find our menu is online at or call (203) 614 - 8777 for details. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and place your orders by Monday, April 15.
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S CARDOZO LAW SOCIETY on Monday, April 8, 2019 for an educational program entitled: "Ethics Training - Learn About the Attorney Disciplinary Process and Today's Ethical Challenges and Pitfalls ." Panel includes Judge Lynda Munro (ret) & Judge Gary White, moderated by Cathy Satz. Dinner and mingling at 6:00pm followed by the program at 6:40pm. $36/$180 sponsor. To sign up got to 1 CLE ETHICS CREDIT AVAILABLE. Thank you to our sponsors Wiggin & Dana and Workpoint. For questions contact Sharon Franklin at
  • SAR HIGH SCHOOL'S SPRING BLOOD DRIVE is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th from 9:00am - 8:30pm in the SAR gym, 503 West 259th St., Riverdale. The Blood Drive is open to the entire community: students (16 and older), faculty, and parents. Without a doubt, your blood donation will be used to save someone's life. WE NEED YOU! For more information, contact Ora Meir,
  • 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
  • STAMFORD SYMPHONY AND THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT INVITES YOU A CONCERT ONSUNDAY, APRIL 14 AT 3:00 PM. The Orchestra believes that like faith, music has the power to inspire, uplift us all, and heal many of modern day society's challenges. We welcome every opportunity to share our art with like-minded friends in our community. Interfaith Council Members enjoy a 20% discount and are invited to the donor lounge for refreshments at intermission. Please use offer code: FAITH19 online or via the box office by April 10th.
  • CHEVRA KADISHA TRAINING SESSION Interested in learning about how a tahara is performed? Looking to possibly volunteer for the Chevra Kadisha? Rabbi Elchonon Zohn will be at Congregation Agudath Sholom for a training session on Sunday morning, May 19th, between 9AM-12 noon. Sponsored by the Stamford Chevra Kadisha. Suitable for new volunteers, and also as a refresher course for existing Chevra members. Light breakfast will be served. No RSVP required.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Avrahem ben Sussa
  • Avrahmam Chaim Hakohen ben Fayga
  • Baruch Meir ben Leah
  • Batya bat Sasha
  • Beryl ben Sarah
  • Bluma Tziporra bat Dinah Leah
  • Chaim Hakohen ben Chaya Sara
  • Chaim Leib ben Sara
  • Daniel natan ben Sara Leah
  • Davida Yonah bat Yisroela Elana
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Chana
  • Karen bat Peggy
  • Mattityahu ben Chana Deborah
  • Menachem Mendel ben Shoshana
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Moshe Yoel ben Machla Shifrah
  • Penina bat Sara Imenu
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Yerachmiel Shemaya ben Devorah Elka
  • 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.

Israel Advocacy and Support
The upcoming months offer numerous opportunities to support Israel. Please keep the following in mind.
  • Sign up for AIPAC PC - Special Early Bird Rate.
  • AIPAC Brunch hosted by Israel Advocacy and Men Club Sunday, May 5th
  • Community Yom Hazikaron, Yom Haaztamuat Event Wednesday, May 8th
  • Israel Advocacy, Men Club event with Tony Badran Thursday, May 23rd
  • Salute to Israel Day Parade - Sunday, June 2nd in NYC
  • Yom Yerushalayim Sunday June 2nd
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
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
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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