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Friday, May 31, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BechukotaiOmer: 42June 1, 201927 Iyyar 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:06 PM
Candle Lighting8:01 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:08 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi7:05 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:05 PM
Mincha7:55 PM
Maariv8:57 PM
Shabbat Ends9:02 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Walking Upright

I will never forget sitting in Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet's class in 1990 in Jerusalem amidst the turmoil of the Gulf War when he told us "Remember the words in Parshat Bechukotai. God wants us to return to the land of Israel upright and standing tall. (Vayikra 26:13) Do not wait until you are buried in the land of Israel to make it your home. Do not return horizontally, but vertically and upright. You are blessed with the opportunity in this generation to come with pride. Make Israel your home."

I share these words as a reminder to all of us. What do the eternal words of God to "walk to Israel upright" mean to each of us?

First, it is a call to consider for those who are able to do so to "live the dream" and become a partner in the miraculous return of true Jewish people to Israel after 2,000 years. Live and visit Israel. To learn more about aliyah, visit

Second, celebrate the gift of Israel, stand with Israel with pride and advocate for her. There are so many ways. This Sunday, join us as we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim. We are blessed to live in a country where we can and should walk freely in support of Israel. Whether as a spectator or participant, make the Salute to Israel Day Parade a priority. Be there in body and spirit.

Third, walking upright to Israel is a general call to each of us to hold our heads high as Jews. It is tragic that Germany issued a statement this week that it is safer now for Jews not to wear their yarmulkes in public. The right response is not for Germany to cower in fear, but to stand in solidarity with the Jewish people. Kudos to the largest newspaper in Germany, Bild, for pushing back against the recommendation. "If even one person in our country can't wear a kippah without putting themselves in danger, the only answer is that we all wear a kippah," Bild's editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt tweeted. "The kippah belongs to Germany! That's why tomorrow the kippah will be printed for cutting out on page one."

To all of the men in the shul, wear your Yarmulka with pride. Wear it around town. Wear it at work. If the Germans can ask everyone to wear a kippah in solidarity with the Jewish people in Germany, France, and unfortunately many other countries, how can we not do the same?

Walk to Israel with Pride. Consider Aliyah. Celebrate Jerusalem. Join at the Salute to Israel Day Parade. Advocate for Israel. Live as a Proud Jew.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and a happy Yom Yerushalayim,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Sponsor a Shavuot Shiur!  We are offering a limited number of opportunities to sponsor a shiur on Shavuot night or pre-Mincha in honor or in memory of a loved one. The contribution is $360 per shiur. Interested? contact Rabbi Cohen at

Thank you 
  • to Shira Nerenberg, Alisa Weisser, Diane Cohen, Nikki Sobelsohn and Becky Neumier for organizing the Senior Luncheon, the BCHA choir for the entertainment and the Stamford JCC for transporting Atria residents to CAS
  • to Meg and Yoav Haron for hosting the new and perspective member BBQ this Sunday at their home. For more info, contact Meg Haron or Jon Makovsky.

Welcome  Richard Caparo, co-chair with Jonathan Lerner, of the CAS-St. Bridgets Undies, Dry Bottoms Project. Bins for collection are available in the lobby. The drive ends on Sunday, June 23rd and culminates with packing and a program at St. Bridgets on Sunday, June 23rd from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Celebrate Jerusalem and Israel  Join us on Sunday morning, June 2nd at the minyanim for a celebratory Hallel in commemoration of Yom Yerushalayim commemorating 51 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. Continue the celebration by participating in the Salute to Israel Day Parade in NYC on Sunday afternoon. For more info, visit

Join us  this Tuesday evening, June 4th at 7:30 PM at Agudath Sholom for a presentation by Gil Tamary, Washington bureau chief for Israel's Channel 13. Thank you to Israel Bonds for their partnership. There will be an early mincha at 7:15 PM and maariv following the program in addition to the regular minyan.

Shavuot   next week we welcome our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman. The full schedule wil be posted on Monday. Sat night will feature a full array of learning opporintities and great food.

Friday Night Shalom Zachar Schedule  
  • Sam and Rachel Maryles - 28 Revonah Circle, 9:30PM-11:30PM
  • Yossi and Tina Notik-67 Overbrook Drive, 9:45PM - late
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
10:30 shiurRabbi Shlomo Zuckier: The Lishem Yichud Controversy: Do Mitzvot Require Preparation?
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersAvi Shapiro, Ethan Green
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter: Pirkei Avot
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHelene Zimmerman and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushDarona and Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein in honor of Ari and Rica Lieberman in recognition of all their contributions to our community. We wish them Hazlacha in their new venture
Chapel KiddushCo-sponsored by The Niedober Family in memory of Murray Niedober's 23rd yahrzeit and Debbie & Michael Berg in memory of Debbie's mother, Marlene Lilienfeld 's yahrzeit
Sanctuary KiddushJodi & Oren Shapiro in celebration of Avi's Bar Mitzvah
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:11 PM
Candles Friday8:06 PM
SundayYom Yerushalayim/Omer: 43
MondayOmer: 44
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Sivan/Omer: 45
WednesdayOmer: 46
ThursdayOmer: 47
FridayOmer: 48
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Mazal Tov
  • to Toby Schaffer and Hyman Schaffer on the Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat of their grandson, Yehuda.
  • to Jodi & Oren Shapiro and Phyllis & Martin Shapiro on their son and grandson, Avi, becoming a Bar Mitzvah
  • to Tina and Yossi Notik on the birth of a baby boy
  • to Meryl and David Gordon on the arrival of a granddaughter. Mazal tov to great-grandmother Regina Greenwald
  • to Rachel and Dr. Sam Maryles on the birth of a baby boy
  • to Beverly and David Stein on the arrival of a grandson
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Sign Up For These Events
Graduation Kiddush
Monday, June 10
Join the CAS Graduation Celebration!
If you have a graduate in your family (preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school), we will publish his/her name and the level from which he or she is graduating.
Celebrate the graduates with a festive kiddush on the second day of Shavuot in honor of the graduates.
Thanks to our Graduation Kiddush sponsors on the second day of Shavuot
Cum Laude
Stephanie & Josh BilenkerJudy & Howard Goldstein
Karen & Ira Berk
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Kayla & Leon Hanna
Andrea & Ari Lefkovits
Simeon & Sharon Wohlberg
Mazal Tov to our Graduates!
Middle School
Benjamin CohenNaomi Hanna
Hackley School
Aaron Benjamin Lefkovits
High School
SAR High School
Dean BilenkerAdam Cohen
City College of New York
Avi Rubel
Johns Hopkins University
Abigail Berk
Jake Goldstein
University of Maryland
Rebecca GoldsteinZachary Wohlberg
Graduate School
Technion Medical School
Avielle Movsas Goldstein
CAS Young Families NBA Finals @ 613
Wednesday, June 5 - 8:30 PM
CAS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 18 - 7:30 PM
Upcoming Events
Mikvah Experience Refresh 
Monday, June 3 - 8:00 PM
Summer is almost here- are you ready to refresh?! Join CAS's Yoetzet Halacha Dena Block for some learning and inspiration to recharge and refresh your Mikvah experience. Dena will share some words of inspiration and some FAQs regarding the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha/Jewish Family Purity at a private home. RSVP to to receive the address.

Shavuot Speaker 
Sunday, June 9
We are looking forward to welcoming Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman as our Scholar in Residence this Shavuot. Dr. Leiman is a world renowned scholar and engaging teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History and Literature in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and also teaches at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University

Womens Book Club 
Tuesday, July 16 - 8:00 PM
The Womens Book Club will next be reading Unreasonable Doubts by Reyna Marder Gentin. Reyna will be joining us for our discussion and will give her insights into writing this book. Address of meeting will be sent via email after signup. Open to ALL women in our community! Please RSVP on the CAS Website by July 14th Event Chair: Laura Tobin

Mikvah Mayim League Fund 

CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, June 3 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
  • THANK YOU TO OUR HARVEST NOW VOLUNTEER TEAM . Join us this Sunday at 9:30 AM in the garden to help plant some more vegetables. The crop benefits the Stamford Food Bank and the Schoke JFS Food Pantry. To join the Harvest Now Team and receive weekly updates for volunteer opportunities, contact Rabbi Cohen 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, June 3, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, June 4, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, June 7, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, June 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, June 5, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, June 6, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of June 2
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: The Depth of Shavuot: Explore Talmudic Themes and Practices of Shavuot - 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
Jun 8Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 15Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen: sponsored
Jun 22Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 29Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 6Sanctuary: 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
  • Daniel Natan ben Sara Leah
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Chana
  • Malka Maria bat Idda
  • Mattityahu ben Chana Deborah
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Moshe ben Laizer
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Tziviah bat Yitta
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zinovi ben Riva
Community Announcements
  • THE HILL TO DIE ON Authors Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer at the Stamford JCC Thursday, June 6th at 7 PM at Stamford JCC Register Here Get the inside story of the battle to control Congress and the unsparing fight for advantage in the 2018 midterm elections. With inside access that ushers readers deep into the inner workings and hidden secrets of party leadership, Politco Playbook writers Anna Palmerand Jake Sherman trace the strategy and the impulsiveness, the deal making and the backstabbing, in a blow-by-blow account of the power struggles.
  • 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.
  • MINDFULNESS CLASS David T Andersen, Ed.M., PH.D., ABPP teaches a mindfulness class each week at Young Israel at 7:00AM Sunday morning. The class includes instructions and a brief discussion followed by a twenty minute period of silent mindfulness meditation. There is no charge for the class and it is open to anyone in the Stamford Jewish community.
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
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
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