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Friday, April 19, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
PesachApril 20, 201915 Nisan 5779
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Candle Lighting7:19 PM
Mincha7:24 PM
Earliest Time To Start Seder8:21 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi6:40 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:40 PM
Mincha7:30 PM
Maariv8:16 PM
Shabbat Ends8:21 PM
Candles Not Before8:23 PM
Earliest Time To Start Seder8:23 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Daf Yomi6:45 PM
Mincha7:35 PM
Yom Tov Ends8:23 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Big Three: Freedom, Memories and Courage

There is so much to learn and enjoy at the Seder. However, in the hustle and bustle, sometimes we neglect foundational ideas. I have chosen three brief ideas of freedom, memories and courage for reflection during the first two days of the holiday.

1. Freedom - If Passover celebrates freedom, why do we make the occasion with a seder, an evening of order? After all, there are more commandments in anticipation and during the holiday than for any other festival.

What is the nature of the freedom we commemorate? How does the quote below embody the essence of real freedom and the bridge between Passover and Shavuot? How are you enslaved and how can you become free?

"I have on my table a violin string. It is free to move in any direction I like. If I twist one end, it responds; it is free. But it is not free to sing. So I take it and fix it into my violin. I bind it and when it is bound, it is free for the first time to sing." - Rabindranath Tagore

2. Creating Memories - How is it possible for us to sing in Dayenu that it would have been enough to come to Mt. Sinai, but not receive the Torah? Rabbi Avraham Pam suggests a powerful answer. Imagine walking into a spice shop only to leave without purchasing any spices. You will leave empty handed, but you will be enveloped in the fragrances of the store. The experience will stay with you.

The prime goal of the Seder experience is creating a memory for eternity. I do not have strong recollections of the words my parents shared with me at our Passover seders, but I will never forget the smells, tastes, joy and that excitement of the holidays.

What can you we do to create enduring and positive memories at our seder?

What does this quote signify to you and how does it embody Passover?

"The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they've died. They're like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they're made out of the memories people have of you." - R.J. Palacio, Wonder

3. Courage: Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?

Both devices register temperature, but one is influenced by the environment and the other transforms the environment. The redemption from Egypt was triggered by human beings who chose to act courageously for God. Which heroes or heroines in the story demonstrated such courage? Who in your life, family or community served as a model for moving outside their comfort zone for a higher calling and in turn transformed the lives and that of future generations?

"One man with courage, makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher VeSameach!

May the holidays be filled with joy, sweetness, health and blessings,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome new members Meira and Joseph Scheiner and their son Charlie

We are honored to welcome Rabbi Jerry Wohlberg for Pesach who will be delivering the sermon in the sanctuary on the first day

CAS Vaccination Policy  Please note our policy: anyone on the CAS premises or attending a CAS program must be vaccinated following recommended guidelines. If you, your children, your guests or their children do not comply with this protocol, we respectfully request you and they not enter our building. We have informed Passover programs in the area of these guidelines for minyan attendance, program participation, and mikveh usage at CAS facilities. A paramount Torah value is to do our best to ensure the health and safety of all people.

Introducing  Rabbi Cohen's New What's App Group "Living the Torah Moment" Bridge the Freedom of Pesach to the Torah of Shavuot with a Dose of Daily Torah Inspiration. To sign up, send Rabbi Cohen a What's App at 2032528252 or via this link

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Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Sermon Day 1Rabbi Jerry Wohlberg
Mincha/MaarivSeder Insights: Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, Adina Cohen and Elisheva Cohen
Sermon Day 2Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Dvar Torah Following MinchaRabbi Oran Zweiter
10:30 shiurMichael Feldstein: Why Do Some Say Hallel In Shul On Pesach Eve?
Torah ReadersNat Samberg, Matt Jelen
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Fast of the First Bornby the Goldenberg Family in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Martin Goldenberg
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesSharyn & Fred Baer in honor of the recovery of their granddaughter, Danielle Hadge; the Baer Family in honor of the yahrzeit of their beloved mother, grandmother & greatgrandmother, Helen Neitlich; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Sanctuary KiddushRachel & Sam Maryles in commemoration of the third yahrzeit of Sam's father, Barry Maryles; Alisa & Jeremy Weisser in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Jeremy's mother, Shoshana Weisser; Stella & Isaac Cohen in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Stella's mother, Harriet Levy
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 8:00 AM/9:00 AM, Monday-Thursday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Friday 8:00 AM/8:45 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 7:35 PM, Monday-Wednesday 7:30 PM, Thursday 7:31 PM, Friday 7:20 PM
Candles Thursday7:26 PM
SundayPesach II/Omer: 1
MondayPesach III (CH''M)/Omer: 2
TuesdayPesach IV (CH''M)/Omer: 3
WednesdayPesach V (CH''M)/Omer: 4
ThursdayPesach VI (CH''M)/Omer: 5
FridayPesach VII/Omer: 6
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CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, April 29, 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.
  • YOUNG COUPLES/FAMILIES ONEG IN THE SHABBOS PARK May 4 @ 4:30 PM. Please bring a pareve snack, drink or dessert to share at Barrett Park!
  • UPCOMING EVENT Young Families Shabbos luncheon on May 18th at CAS
  • 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
  • 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!
  • UPCOMING EVENT CAS Senior luncheon - Thursday, May 30-1130am.The Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy choir will be joining us for entertainment and lunch!
  • UPCOMING EVENT Sunday, May 19th at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM for Two Faiths: One Heart in partnership with St. Bridgets to launch a spring social action initiative. More information in the weeks ahead.
  • AIPAC AND CAS MEN'S CLUB AND ISRAEL ADVOCACY GROUP are pleased to host an AIPAC 101 briefing on Building a Permanent Alliance between the United States and Israel. May 5 at 9:15am. Participants will hear from AIPAC Synagogue Initiative Director for the Northeast Region, Yitz Novak, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Please RSVP to Kim at Agudath Sholom at
  • NEW CLASS WITH RABBI COHEN Sunday morning Talmud 9:10 AM - 10:00 AM, Tractate Bava Kama First Chapter. Join this pilot class during sefirat haomer. Includes light breakfast, in depth text based explorations of classic courses and animated discussions. RSVP to Rabbi Cohen at Starts Sunday morning, April 28th.
  • 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.
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Community Announcements
  • GENERATIONS is an intergenerational music class, run by Music Together, that brings children and seniors together to form a "music community." The class is intended to bridge the gap between generations through the shared experience of music. This Spring, a Generations class will be offered at the Atria-Stamford (Wednesdays May 1st through June 12th, 4-4:45). Parents are invited to register children at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Shari Levine at sharikel@gmail.comSent from my iPad
  • THINKING ABOUT A BRIDGE PROGRAM FOR YOUR PRESCHOOLER? Join Carmel Academy for our upcoming Transitional Kindergarten Welcome Wednesdays on April 17 or May 22. This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective parents to meet our teachers, see our educational philosophy in action, and learn more about Carmel Academy's Transitional Kindergarten program. Our TK program is designed to bridge the year between preschool and kindergarten, providing students with a strong foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. Registration is required. Please contact Ella Shteingart at 203-983-3503 or register at
  • UJF YOM HASHOAH PROGRAM Join United Jewish Federation on April 28, 2019 at 5:00pm for a communal Yom HaShoah Program with special guest speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazen, survivor and author of "Four Perfect Pebbles, A Holocaust Story." Co-chairs: Sherry Steiner and Barbara Webski. The event will be held at the UCONN auditorium, 1 University Place (corner of West Broad Street and Washington BLVD.). Parking available at UCONN's lot: 1194 Washington BLVD. This is a free event, RSVP to For questions contact Diane Sloyer 203-321-1373 ext. 105/
  • UJF LEGISLATIVE MEETING Join United Jewish Federation on May 1, 2019 from 8:30-10:00am and hear from your area legislators. $15 per person, breakfast included. The event will be held at CA. RSVP at For questions contact Diane Sloyer at 203-321-1373 ext. 105/
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND invites you to celebrate Israel and have a great time at the Third Annual Positively Israel Reception featuring comedian Joel Chasnoff, May 15th, Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY, 7:30pm. General tickets: $36, sponsorship and VIP levels available, RSVP to or email
  • TEMPLE BETH EL welcomes the Community to a screening of Who Will Write Our History IN memory of Dr. Hesh Romanowitz Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Who Will Write Our History tells the true story of a clandestine group of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto who defiedthe Nazis with the ultimate weapon-the truth-and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not. Now for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. 7 p.m. Special introduction by Prof Samuel Kassow 7:30 p.m. Film Screening followed by Q and A Everyone is welcome.There is no charge.Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northampton Professor of History at Trinity College and author of the award winning book, Who Will Write Our History? The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • THE JOEL AND LOIS COLEMAN LECTURE SERIES: "Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll - How the Baby Boomer Generation Will Disrupt Senior Living"Wednesday, May 15, 2019at Jewish Senior Services, Bennett Hall4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CTDaniel Reingold has been President and CEO of RiverSpring Health since 1990 which is a leading non-profit senior care organization that includes the renowned Hebrew Home of Riverdale. Mr. Reingold and his team opened the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the nation's first elder abuse shelter, in 2005. Mr. Reingold has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate Special committee on Aging and attended the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. In 2018, Mr. Reingold received the highest recognition in the field of non-profit long term senior care with the LeadingAge Award of Honor. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kim Gintoli at 203-365-6463 or
  • 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.
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  • Baruch Meir ben Leah
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  • Chaim ben Rosa
  • Daniel natan ben Sara Leah
  • Davida Yonah bat Yisroela Elana
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  • Menachem Mendel ben Shoshana
  • Miriam bat Helen
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  • Moshe Yoel ben Machla Shifrah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shimon Z"L ben Sarah
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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
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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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