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Friday, August 9, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
DevarimShabbat ChazonAugust 10, 20199 Av 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:43 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:29 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:39 AM
Daf Yomi5:10 PM
Mincha6:00 PM
Shabbat Ends8:42 PM
Shabbat Shalom
A Wall or a Door: A Reflection from Poland

David writes in Psalm 30: God you lifted me up for I have been lowered. The Hebrew word "Dilitani" derives from the word Delet, a door. When faced with tragedy, we can see a wall, a door or both. A wall suggests finality and closure. A door suggests a gateway and an entry point. We experienced both emotions on our Heritage tour to Poland most notably on our first day.

We remembered Zivia Lubetkin, one of the leaders of the Jewish underground in Nazi-occupied Warsaw and the only woman on the High Command of the resistance group. Her granddaughter, Roni Zuckerman, became the Israeli Air Force's first female fighter pilot in 2001.

We visited the Umschlagplatz, the boarding point, for the approximately 300,000 Jews, who were deported from the ghetto to Treblinka between July and September 1942. The memorial symbolizes broken tablets and yet through the gap you can see a tree that grows.

We visited the Monument to the Ghetto heroes, constructed in 1948, located outside the Polin Museum. One side depicts heroism - the resistance - and the other side suffering and sadness. When Natan Rapoport, the Warsaw born sculptor, designed the monument, he found a marble base commissioned by the Nazis to use for their victory monument. Now he would use it for a tribute to the heroes of the uprising.

As we usher in Shabbat and observe Tisha B'Av on Sunday, we also navigate between a wall and a door. We cry for the destruction of the Temple and numerous tragedies, yet, we do not recite Tachanun and recite words of comfort and hope. As the Talmud states, we never forget that the darkest part of the night is before the dawn. On Tisha B'Av, the Mashiach will be born. We believe in a brighter day and an era of peace and universal recognition of God in the world.

As we walked in the shadow of death in Majdanek, we saw hundreds of thousands of shoes. Hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters. We mourn the unfathomable tragedy of the Shoah.

Yet, we also saw Israeli youth visiting bearing an Israeli flag. We bear witness. We assume the responsibility to fill the world with light and carry their souls with us. Their memories are in our hands to revive. Am Yisrael Chai.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and an easy and meaningful fast,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  Dan and Racheli Rosenblum on their move to Stamford.

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

High Holiday Seating 
  • Do you need reserved or guest tickets for High Holidays? Download the Request Form.

Article of Interest  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech: The Mass Shootings: Tisha B'Av in America click here
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi David Walk
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Oran Zweiter
10:30 shiurRabbi David Walk: Poetry as Truth: In Memory of Tamar Gerschberg OB"M
ShacharitBurt Rubin
SermonRabbi David Walk: Vision of Vice
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitNo Seudat Shlishit this week
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushDrs. Jeff and Judy Cahn in commemorating the yahrzeit of their fathers, Mordechai Yitzchak ben Moshe HaCohen and Shlomo Zalman ben Avraham Leib, and in honor of Rabbi David and Rivka Walk
Chapel KiddushThe Hertzberg Family
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Manya Phillips and Rabbi Eric Hoffman in honor of their daughter Aliyah and granddaughter Eshelle visiting Savtah and Saba from Kosovo; Phyllis and Martin Shapiro in memory of Phyllis's father, Sol Schorr, Betzalel Ben Yisrael Hakohen
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 7:30 PM, Monday-Thursday 7:40 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:33 PM
SundayTish'a B'Av
FridayTu B'Av
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  • to Alan Shanker on the passing of his mother, Ruth
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Mazal Tov
  • to Nurit and Mark Wexler on their children, the Hazony family-Lauren & Dan, Meital and Ayelet - making Aliyah
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CAS Photo
CAS Heritage Tour to Poland in Tarnow with Michal Bartash whose father, Adam, a Polish Christian, dedicates his life to the preservation and renewal of Jewish life in Tarnow. Inspired by her parents and experience, Michal converted to Judaism, learned and lived in Israel and now continues her father's sacred work. God bless you Michal!
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Upcoming Events
Scholar In Residence With Rabbi David Walk 
Shabbat, August 10
Rabbi Walk will speak Friday night, lead the10:30 AM shiur, deliver the sermon in the sanctuary and Saturday Night before Eicha.

Raizi Checik 
Shabbat, September 14
SAVE THE DATE! Raizi Chechik, Head of School at Manhattan Day School, will be joining us as a scholar in residence on Shabbat, September 14. She will be speaking three times -- immediately after services, at a luncheon for the entire family after kiddush, and at seudah shlishit. Stay tuned for topics for her talks, and details on how you can make a reservation for the luncheon.

Mikvah Mayim League Fund 

CAS Young Families
  • ONEG AT SHABBAT PARK August 17 @ 4:30 pm - Please join CAS Young Families and Young Couples as we welcome the Trencher Family to Stamford. Rabbi Shimmy Trencher will be the new principal of BCHA Upper School. Please bring a parve dessert or snack to share. We look forward to seeing everyone! Please invite friends and any visiting families.
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, August 19 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
  • CAS SISTERHOOD PRESENTS ISRAELI WAR PROTEST POEMS AND SONGS In case you were unable to attend the Sunday July 14th discussion of Israeli War Protest Poems and Songs (1947-2019) presented by CAS member Richard Schwartz and Noa Bober, Schlicha: here is the podcast link to the CAS Sisterhood sponsored/ and Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County inspired event: Thank You to all those who attended!
  • 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 Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, August 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, August 15, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of August 11
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Aug 17Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Aug 24Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Aug 31Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 14Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: 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
  • Alta bat Shifra
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Rivka Rochel
  • Avraham ben Hanna
  • Baruch Meir Chaim ben Leah
  • Baruch ben Minnie
  • Bella bat Ester Fira
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Hasa Pia bat Alka
  • Malka Maria bat Idda
  • Mazal bat Amalia Maly
  • Miriam bat Sora Rochel
  • Moshe ben Laizer
  • Nachum ben Mina
  • Nechama bat Bracha
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shalom Ben Zion ben Nacha
  • Shlomo ben Sarah
  • Yehudah ben Raisel
  • Yitta bat Ruchel
  • Yitzchak ben Sarah
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY PRESENTS FAMILY FUN DAY for Families of children birth-7 (Siblings welcome) August 25th on the BCHA Sports Field. 3-5pm. Music, snacks, crafts and much more. A fun activity for the whole family. Rsvp to Looking forward to seeing you there!!
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION FOR NEXTGEN'S "COME ON GET HAPPY (HOUR)." Enjoy sushi, snacks, mingling, drinks & Whiskey & Bourbon tastings from an expert from Bevmax. Sign up now & add some fun to your summer! Only $25 pp in advance! @ the Mill River Carousel Pavilion. To sign up go to www.ujf.Org/happyhour19 For more information contact Sharon Franklin at
  • 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.
  • MEET ISRAEL CANCER SCIENTIST PROFESSOR ROTEM KARNI OF HEBREW UNIVERSITY whose research focuses on Brain and Ovarian cancers. August 19th, 7:30 pm at Chabad of Stamford, 770 High Ridge Rd, Stamford. Topic: "Tricking cancer with decoys. Our new decoy technology." Dr. Karni's work has generated headlines: "Israelis discover promising treatment for aggressive brain tumors". Program sponsored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund, CT Chapter, in cooperation with Chabad of Stamford. Email or for more details.
  • JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES YOUNG COUPLES COCKTAIL PART . This will be a really fun event and will give you the opportunity to learn more about what JFS does for the community. 9/4/19, 7-8:30 PM. Jewish Family Services- 196 Greyrock Place, Stamford. Price: $18 per couple. RSVP to Lisa Rich at
  • THE STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA PRESENTS BEYOND BURIAL AND SHIVA: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF LOSING A LOVED ONE, Sunday evening, September 15, 2019, 7-9PM, Temple Beth El. Guest speaker: Dr. David Pelcovitz. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the entire community. Co-sponsored by Congregation Agudath Sholom.
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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