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Friday, June 7, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BamidbarErev Shavuot Omer: 49June 8, 20195 Sivan 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:11 PM
Candle Lighting8:06 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 Yomi7:10 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:10 PM
Mincha8:00 PM
Maariv9:02 PM
Candle Lighting9:06 PM
Shabbat Ends9:07 PM
Shabbat Shalom
God is counting on you

The small town was getting ready for a wedding feast and in anticipation everyone was asked to bring a bottle of wine to the banquet hall. There was a vat in the center and each person was expected to pour their wine into the large vessel. One fellow decided that rather than pour wine, he would pour a bottle of water. After all, he reasoned, who will notice that I brought water. The remainder of the container would be filled with wine and his water would be negligible. The next fellow was just as smart and he also poured in a bottle of water for, after all, nobody would notice his water.

The day of the wedding arrived. After the ceremony was complete and the guests made their way into the hall, the wine container was rolled into the center of the feast. One by one, the guests placed their cups underneath the vat and all that came out was water. Needless to say, the bride and groom were mortified. Each person assumed someone else would contribute the wine and their lack of contribution, their water, would not be noticed. They made the selfish calculation that what they did personally would not matter in the grand scheme of things. They figured someone else would make the contribution that counted. They failed to realize that each person is needed for the celebration. Each person bears a gift worth counting.

This parable embodies one of the prime messages of the opening of Bamidbar and its proximity to Shavuot. We always read this Parsha and the counting of the Jewish people prior to the holidays celebrating the receiving of the Torah. Why the juxtaposition? What is the connection?

One answer emerges from the first Rashi in the book of Bamidbar. Rashi is troubled why God needs to count the people if He is omniscient. Rashi answers that God counts the people not for His knowledge but for our knowledge. He wants us to realize that we are each significant in His eyes. Tellingly, Rashi adds that God counts us "every hour." He is alluding to the mishna in Ethics of our Fathers, Chapter 4 Mishna 3 that states that there is no man who does not have his hour. Never discount the capacity of any human being, ourselves included, to make a difference and be counted.

In the spirit of Shavuot, God is counting on us to embrace the Torah anew this holiday. God does not limit his end of life question, "Did you set aside time for Torah study?" to Rabbis, teachers or scholars. He asks everyone. It could be as little as one minute. What will be your commitment this Shavuot? What Torah will you choose to learn on a daily basis? God is counting on YOU.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Service Notes 
  • View our complete Shavuot Schedule click here
  • Due to Shavuot on Saturday night, there will be no Seudah Shlishit in shul this Shabbat. Please remember to eat the third meal at home prior to mincha. Rabbi Cohen will speak in between mincha and maariv. We will host a Neeilat HaChag meal on Monday between mincha and maariv.

  • new members Rachel and Sol Redlich and their children Ezra, Avi, and Eitan.
  • Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman as our Scholar in residence this Shabbat and Shavuot and NCSY advisers Oshrat Faratci, Sophie Zweibel, Esther Friedman, Chizkiyahu Burstein, and Michael Rozner
  • to City Board of Representative Benjamin Lee who joins us this Shabbat morning.

Thank you 
  • to Nat Samberg and Sam Sroka who will be reading the Book of Ruth on Sunday morning.
  • to Stamford Carvel (1060 Long Ridge Rd) for donating ice cream cakes and sandwiches for the overnight learning breaks

Shalom Zachar  at Adelman home tonight 9:30 PM, 26 Brighton Place
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Shabbat SermonRabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman
Post Mincha ShiurRabbi Daniel Cohen
Sermon on SundayRabbi Daniel Cohen will conduct a Siyum
Pre Mincha Shiur on Sunday 7:20 PMRabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman
Sermon on MondayRabbi Daniel Cohen
Transmitting Torah: For Women by Women4:30 PM at Reicin Home
Pre Mincha Shiur on Monday 7:10 PMRabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman
Neilat HaChagRabbi Oran Zweiter
10:30 shiurMichael Feldstein: Sefirat ha'Omer: A Sad or Happy Time?
Shabbat ShacharitDr. Burt Rubin
Shabbat MusafRabbi Daniel Cohen
Sunday Torah ReadersSam Sroka, Ethan Green
Sunday ShacharitLevi Dulitz
Sunday MusafIzzy Lustig
Sunday Post Mincha ShiurBarry Best: "Why We Need 10 for Sheva B'rachos"
Monday Torah ReadersHyman Schaffer, Ethan Green
Monday ShacharitMichael Feldstein
Monday MusafMenachem Kirschner
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Sanctuary FlowersRabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in honor of our Scholar in Residence Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman and our Adult Education Committee
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesIn memory of Lillian Leah Novick on her yahrzeit , 7 Sivan, by Rosalyn Novick Sherman and Henya & Samuel Novick; Flora & Carl Kaufman are delighted to announce the engagement of Granddaughter Hanna, daughter of their children Rory & Steven Kaufman, to Brian Akselrad; Amy & Jim Benjamin in memory of Jeanette Fishkow on her yarhrzeit; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddushby Albert and Ana Lilienfeld in memory of the yahrzeit of Albert's sister, Susan Spaet
Chapel KiddushShelly & Eddie Senker in honor of their 52nd wedding anniversary and a Mazal Tov to Adina & Steven Adelman and the Hertzberg Family on the birth of a baby boy
Sanctuary KiddushCAS
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 9:00 AM, Monday 7:45 AM/8:45 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Monday 8:10 PM, Tuesday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:14 PM
Candles Friday8:09 PM
SundayShavuot I
MondayShavuot II
  • to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on the passing of his wife Nechama Rivlin
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 Adina & Steven Adelman on the birth of a baby boy and to grandmother Shery Hertzberg
  • to Kamal Haron on the arrival of a grandson and to aunts and uncles Rachel & Dan Haron and Meg & Yoav Haron and their families
  • to Linda and Larry Rezak on the arrival of a grandson and to aunt and uncle Rachel & Dan Haron and family
  • to Lisa and Aby Slen on the arrival of a grandson
  • to Danielle Pitkoff on being chosen by Jewish Week as one of 36 under 36 (
  • to Flora and Carl Kaufman on the engagement of their granddaughter
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 Bilenker
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Judy & Howard Goldstein
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Janet & Andrew Bein
Karen & Ira Berk
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Stella & Isaac Cohen
Lee Fanwick
Lynne & Steven Frenkel
Kayla & Leon Hanna
Yoav & Meghan Haron
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Danielle & Yehuda Jeiger
Andrea & Ari Lefkovits
Seth & Dinah Marlowe
Meryl & Larry Meiteles
Simeon & Sharon Wohlberg
Mazal Tov to our Graduates!
Elementary School
Yavneh Academy
Meital Jeiger
Middle School
Benjamin Cohen
Naomi Hanna
Noa Haron
Jonah Hoff
Bi Cultural Hebrew Academy
Jenna Cohen
Hackley School
Aaron Benjamin Lefkovits
High School
SAR High School
Dean Bilenker
Adam Cohen
Ryan Meiteles
Isaac Schildkraut
Solomon Schechter of Westchester
Ethan Lichtenberg
Boston University
Jared Frenkel
City College of New York
Avi Rubel
Cornell University - College of Engineering
Mira Schildkraut
Drexel University
Emily Judith Fanwick
Johns Hopkins University
Abigail Berk
Andrew FrenkelJake Goldstein
NYU - Tandon School of Engineering
Eli Schildkraut
University of Maryland
Rebecca GoldsteinZachary Wohlberg
University of Pennsylvania
Jacqueline BeinAmanda Jankelovits
University of South Carolina
Matthew S. Fogel
Washington University in St. Louis
Zimrat Sloyer
Yeshiva University
Adina CohenNoah Marlowe
Graduate School
Technion Medical School
Avielle Movsas Goldstein
University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience
Jessica S. Fogel
CAS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 18 - 7:30 PM
Upcoming Events
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 

Shabbat Lobby Schedule 
Shabbat, June 8
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, June 17 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
  • PAY IT FORWARD! As our community grows it takes even more effort to insure the warmth of our shul. You may not realize but we have a "Hospitality Team" who are informed of new families who moved into community. Team members are expected to invite new families to any of the following: shabbat meal, BBQ, brunch, even coffee, a get-together in the park, or a community-wide function. It means so much to new families. To join our Hospitality Team, contact membership committee chair, Jon Makovsky 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
  • Friday, June 14, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, June 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, June 13, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of June 9
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jun 15Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen: sponsored
Jun 22Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jun 29Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 6Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jul 13Sanctuary: 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
  • Malka Maria bat Idda
  • Mattityahu ben Chana Deborah
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Moshe ben Laizer
  • Nechama bat Bracha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Tziviah bat Yitta
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zinovi ben Riva
Community Announcements
  • THE 3RD ANNUAL NORMA AND MILTON MANN LECTURE Presented by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, Underwritten by the Mann Family Foundation to honor the memory of their parents. Sunday, June 16, 11:00 AM. Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Refreshments served at 10:30 AM Free and open to the community. Seeking Justice and Protecting Human Rights in a Perilous World A Case Study, Presented by Roya Hakakian. Ms. Hakakian, author of the NYT notable book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, recounts the suspenseful story of a political assassination of four Kurdish and Iranian leaders in a Berlin restaurant. The investigation and trial that ensued ranks as one of the most important in German history since WWII. To learn more about the lecture or invitation only donor brunch and special presentation, contact Please RSVP so we know to expect you! Call: 203.359.2196 or reply to
  • 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.
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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