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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ChukatJuly 13, 201910 Tamuz 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:13 PM
Candle Lighting8:08 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:16 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:31 AM
Daf Yomi7:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:03 PM
Shabbat Ends9:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom
United We Must Stand

How many times does the nation of Amalek rear its head in the Torah?

We are all familiar with the battle of Amalek following the miracle of the splitting of the Reed Sea. Amalek, our arch ideological enemy, seeks to thwart the revelation at Sinai, when we assume the role of being a light unto the nations. Last week, the spies instill fear in the people by warning them of Amalek's proximity to the land of Israel. Yet, there is one more appearance of Amalek in this week's Parsha and its lesson is eternal.

Throughout history, Amalek appears at pivotal and historic junctures. Amalek reared its head in the time of King Saul before the establishment of the first Temple. Amalek appears again in the time of Mordechai and Esther prior to the rebuilding of the second Temple and in the guise of the Nazis prior to the return to the land of Israel after 2,000 years. Amalek senses moment of destiny of Israel and seeks to deny our mission.

In each case, one of the most important factors in fighting our enemies is the unity of the Jewish people. When we are divided, we are much more vulnerable to those who seek our annihilation.

This factor is front and center in this week's Parsha. Amalek seizes the opportunity of the death of Aaron to attack. The Torah states in Chapter 21, "The King of Arad heard..." Rashi explains that this nation was Amalek who heard Aaron died and that the protective cloud of glory left the Jewish people.

On one level, Amalek saw the absence of the cloud as a vulnerability of the Jewish people. On a deeper level, Amalek understood the power of Aaron and hoped with him no longer alive, they would succeed in defeating Israel.

Aaron's strength was his love for every Jew no matter their ability or background. He insured that "no Jew" was left behind. As Ethics of our Fathers teaches, "Be a student of Aharon - Love Peace, Pursue Peace, Love Humanity and Bring them Close to Torah."

While Aharon was alive, Amalek knew the Jews were united. Once he died, they sensed that perhaps without his living spirit, the Jews would abandon those on the margins of the community. In fact, when Amalek first attacks upon leaving Egypt, they prey upon the tired and weary.

The Jews with the help of God pushed back against Amalek. They internalized Aharon's message. When our enemies understand that we will care for everyone and that we remain committed to the protection of everyone in our community, we will be strengthened as people forever.

As we approach the beginning of the three weeks next Sunday, July 21st with the fast of the 17th of Tamuz, it is another reminder of the lingering tragedy of infighting and a fractured Jewish people and our responsibility in our lives and community to forge bonds of unity and love.

Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Youth Group Reminders 
  • No outside food is allowed in groups
  • For security, the doors are locked. Please arrive by 10:30am

CAS and St. Bridgets joining for their partnership One Heart: Two Faiths taken recently the conclusion of the drive to benefit JFS, the Undies Project and the Salvation Arm

  • Alan and Pam Shanker who recently moved to Stamford
  • Josephine and Mario Carpanzano, two American veterans, joining this Shabbat morning for a meet and greet at kiddush. Josephine, member of the city Patriotic and Special events commission and Mario, chair of the local Team RWB chapter are dedicated to honoring and supporting USAF veterans in our midst.

Thank you to Kate and Peretz Cik for hosting the Summer Soire at their home this Sunday evening
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Shlomo Zuckier: 'To Sue a Man About an Ox": Philosophy of Tort in Jewish Law
ShacharitChazan Rafael Bokow
MusafChazan Rafael Bokow
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderSam Sroka
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesAmy & Jim Benjamin in memory of Amy's father, Harold Fishkow; Rosalyn Novick Sherman and Samuel & Henya Novick in commemoration of their father and father-in-law, Harold Jacob Novick's, of blessed memory, yahrzeit (11 Tammuz); and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushShlomo and Chana Zuckier in honor of Rabbis Cohen and Zweiter, Jay, Hecky, and Simeon, and everyone who has ensured they had such wonderful experiences at the Library Minyan and CAS for their years here
Chapel KiddushDaniel & Wendy Weiner in honor of the birth of a grandson, Max Evan Kahler
Sanctuary KiddushScott and Beth Berger in memory of Scott's mother, Betty Berger
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:09 PM
Candles Friday8:04 PM
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Mazal Tov
  • to Cindy and David Pitkoff on the upcoming marriage of their son Joshua to Ada Rauch
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Upcoming Events
Sisterhood Presents Celebrate Israeli Poetry And Music 
Sunday, July 14 - 10:30 AM
The CAS Sisterhood presents Richard Schwartz and Noa Bober who will conduct a lively event as they take a fresh look at a few of Israel's protest songs about war and how they have changed over time. They will share Israeli poetry that is found in books, songs and on the streets.Richard is an Agudath member and Noa is the Stamford JCC Shlicha (emissary). Her mission is to be a bridge between the local Jewish community and Israel.
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, July 22 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.
  • SHABBAT ONEG Please join CAS Young Families and Young Couples for an Oneg in the Shabbos Park July 13th 4:30 pm, weather permitting. Rain Date, July 20th. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. We look forward to seeing everyone! Please invite friends and any visiting families
  • 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
  • SAVE THE DATE Shabbat Chazon, August 10th, Scholar in Residence with Rabbi David Walk. Rabbi Walk will speak Friday night, lead the 10:30 AM shiur and deliver the sermon in the sanctuary.
  • VACUUM NEEDED Looking for a good working vacuum for use at CAS. If you would like to donate to a good cause, please contact Chris at 203-979-0789 or call the office.
  • 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, July 19, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
CAS Classes
Week of July 14
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
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We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Rivka Rochel
  • Baruch Meir Chaim ben Leah
  • Baruch ben Minnie
  • Batya bat Frida
  • Bella bat Ester Fira
  • Chaya Bluma Tziporra bat Dinah Leah
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Malka Maria bat Idda
  • Miriam bat Sora Rochel
  • Moshe ben Laizer
  • Nachum ben Mina
  • Nechama bat Bracha
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shlomo ben Sarah
  • Tamar bat Yocheved
  • Tziviah bat Yitta
  • Yehudah ben Raisel
  • Yitta bat Ruchel
  • Yitzchak ben Sarah
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • Zinovi ben Riva
Community Announcements
  • 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.
  • JOIN UJF'S NEXTGEN on Wednesday, July 17th for the Annual Dodgeball Tournament for Charity benefiting UJF's 3SQUARE program (feeding hungry kids on the weekends) and Sandwich Packers (a nutrition program in Israel). $25 in advance, $36 at the door, $15 spectator, $10 per kid- all include a kosher BBQ. Location: Auditorium at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave. Co-chairs: Seth Young, Craig Price & Josh Levine. To play on the CAS team reach out to Simeon Wolhberg or Seth Tobin. Sign up at For info email
  • TOUCH A TRUCK Sunday, July 28th from 10am-12pm UJF's PJ Library & PJ Our Way will hold a Touch a Truck event in CAS's parking lot, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave. Kids will have fun exploring utility and service vehicles and learn about what they do in the process! For families with kids of all ages. $5 per family in advance, $10 at the door. Snacks included. To sign up go to For info email
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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