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Friday, August 23, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:23 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:34 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:42 AM
Daf Yomi6:25 PM
Mincha7:15 PM
Maariv8:17 PM
Shabbat Ends8:22 PM
Shabbat Shalom
God Wants One Thing

If we could ask God what one thing does He want from us, what would it be?

We are fortunate that Moshe offers the answer in this week's Parsha. Moshe states in his final address to the Jewish people, "And now Israel, what does God ask of you but to fear him, to walk in his ways, to love him and serve him with all of your heart and soul." (Devarim Chapter 10, Verse 12). This command is filled with important and foundational ideas. What does it mean to me and you?

The Sages offer an approach that is practical and purposeful. The Hebrew word for "What" is Mah. They explain that we can also understand the word Mah to imply Meah which means one hundred. The Talmud suggests that the interpretation teaches us that every day we should recite 100 blessings. What is the connection between these word Mah and Meah?

Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe explains that the word Yirah is not only fear, but connected to awe of God and seeing God in our lives. The best path to seeing God is reciting blessings. Not because God needs them but we do!

The purpose of the blessings which too often we forget or mumble is not to praise God, but rather to awaken within us our dependence on God and his beneficence. Rather than simply ingest a fruit, vegetable, drink, pastry or bread simply to fill our stomachs, the blessings are the pause that inspires. We do not live to eat, but eat to live. The blessing is a moment to say Thank You. It is the pause that refreshes and rejuvenates.

Moshe reminds the Jewish people what we all need to bear in mind. If we want to experience God in our lives, take time to know God and build a relationship with Him. This is the one thing God wants from us. We eat every day. Reciting brachot is one of the most effective ways to bring God into our lives in a tangible and transcendent way.

Wishing you and your families 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

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

CAS / Young Israel Kiddush Cup  Labor Day Softball game is around the corner. To join the team and/or learn more, contact Josh Sperber at

Thank you  to Chanoch Nof for his leadership at the Daf Yomi class each week. His final local shiur will be this Tuesday morning. We wish him and Rina all the best!

Thank you  to our Harvest Now volunteers. This week yielded another 10 pounds of vegetables for the local food pantry.

Best wishes  to Dean Bilenker, Tamar Cohen, Adira Orbach, Adam Cohen, Noah Finkelstein, Josh Gordon, Nathan Haron, Gavriel Karsch and Nathan Links who are leaving this week for a year of study and service in Israel.

The Shabbat Tisch  will restart next Shabbat as we welcome Rosh Chodesh Elul. Join Rabbi Cohen and friends Shabbat, August 31st around a table at the Kiddush (about 20 minutes after the start of the Sanctuary Kiddush) for some zemirot, a lechaim and some special treats. The Shabbat Tisch will take place on periodic Shabbatot.

Welcome   Elior & David Coleman and Rena & Yoni Miller and their families to Stamford
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryElisheva Cohen
Prayer for the United StatesMeryl Gordon
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Jacob Joseph: The Story of New York's First and Only Chief Rabbi
ShacharitLevi Dulitz
MusafRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitAri Levine
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesRosalie & Gary Stone in memory of Flossy Fischel; Rebecca & Assaf Ben-Atar in memory of Flossy Fischel; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddush:Hecky and Rochel Attar in honor of the birth of their first granddaughter Devora Malka born to Kivi and Emmy
Chapel KiddushThe Niedober Family commemorating the first yahrzeit of beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Marilyn Niedober
Sanctuary KiddushHecky Attar, Joe Gelb, Yoav Haron, David Hochman, Oren Klein, Jason Lewis, Len Mark, Yossi Notik, Daniel Sobelsohn and David Zizmor in honor of their wedding anniversaries and David Cohen, Sandy Shapiro and Michael Wirgin in honor of their wives' birthdays. Mazal Tov to everyone!
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:12 PM
  • to Jill Green on the passing of her mother, Helen Blumenstock
  • to the Fischel family on the passing of Flossy Fischel
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 Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen on Adina's aliyah this coming week.
  • to Rina & Chanoch Nof on their new grandson
  • o Kori and Bill Meyers on the engagement of their daughter Devorah to Michael Feuerstein-Rudin and on Sam's aliyah this week to Israel
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
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Upcoming Events
Raizi Checik 
Shabbat, September 14
SAVE THE DATE! Raizi Checik, 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. Shabbat morning Drasha: East of Eden: Kayin, Adam, and the Genesis of Teshuva; Lunch Lecture: Letters Floating in the Air: The Amazing Story of the Woman who Produced the Vilna Talmud; Seudah Shlishit: Ethical Wills: Last Words and Legacies

Social Action/Chesed Commitee Events For The Holidays 
Sunday, September 15
Chesed Morning at CAS Sunday, September 15th
Afternoon Family Apple Picking - Sunday, September 15th in partnership with Youth and Young Families
Apple Bake at the Shul - Thursday, September 19th at 7:30 PM in partnership with Schoke Jewish Family Service and Youth and Young Families. Bake a Cake or Crumble - One for You and One for JFS for distribution to seniors and shut ins in our community.

Selichot Night Service  
Shabbat, September 21 - 10:00 PM
Launch of the high holiday season as we usher in the holidays with prayers and singing. Pre Program at 9 PM

Sounds On The Sound 
Sunday, September 22 - 7:30 AM
Join us for an early bird service on the water at Cummings Park in Stamford as we greet the light of the sun and the soul. We will blow the shofar for the sounds on the sound! Please RSVP to Rabbi Daniel Cohen at

Rosh Hashanah Discovery Service 
Monday, September 30 - 4:00 PM
Atria (77 Third Street) at 4:00 pm. Featuring Shofar Blowing, Selected Singing and Prayers and Inspiration Led by Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom.

Spiritual Consultation: Become Your Best Self This New Year 

Do we live in sync with our highest aspirations? Rabbi Daniel Cohen offers spiritual consultations in advance of the holidays to help you chart the path for a year of exponential and eternal growth and impact. For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen at

Mikvah Mayim League Fund 

Matan Bat Mitzvah Classes For Girls 

Led by Diane Cohen, Matan is a mother-daughter program for sixth grade Bat Mitzvah-age girls focusing on female role models from the time of the Bible through modern Israel. It is an educational, fun, interactive and uplifting way to prepare for your Bnai Mitzvah and grow closer to your daughters in the process. The Matan Class is endowed by a gift from Gerald Cohen in memory of his mother Florence Cohen, Tziporah bat Shimon.Classes: Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 11:00 am Sep 8, 15, and 22, October 6 and 27, November 3, 10, 17 and 24, December 8 and 15Sign up on the CAS website.
CAS Youth News
We're very excited  to have groups back this Shabbos! Our goal is to make them as warm and exciting for our children as possible!For children who are 0-2 we have a mommy and me room located right next to the library that will be open and have free play that parents can enjoy with their kids.10:30-11:30 Tot Shabbot: Led by Morah Irene and Morah Danielle. Ages 2-4 in the libraryMini Minyan: Led by Morah Debbie and Morah Rivka Pre K-1st Grade in the libraryFor children in Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan there is an early drop off in the library beginning at 10. Junior Congregation: Led by Yolly Faratci. 2-4th grade in the chapel.10:30-11:10- Bnai Mitzvah Club: Led by Yaakov Faratci. 5th-6th Grade. Located by the elevators near the lobby.
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, September 2 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.
High Holidays
  • High Holiday Preparation
    Classes start week of September 1st
    • Bible from the Beginning: Rabbi Oran Zweiter - Sunday 9:15 AM
    • The Depth of Teshuva: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Tuesday 8:15 AM (Sep. 10 and 24th)
    • Rosh Hashanah Insights and Inspiration: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Tuesday 9:00 AM (Sep. 10 and 24th)
    • Parsha Perspectives: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Tuesdays 12 PM (Sep. 10th and 24th)
    • Holiday Haftorot: Rabbi Oran Zweiter - Wednesday 9:30 AM
    • Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik: Rabbi Oran Zweiter - Thursday 9:15 AM
    • Taste of Torah with Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Friday 8:15 AM
    • Navigating the Machzor: Rabbi Oran Zweiter, Sep. 17th at 7:30 PM
CAS Announcements
  • CAS YOUTH Get ready for the most exciting fun year yet at CAS youth! You and your friends are all invited to bring your special talent to the world with our "AGT: Agudath's Got Talent Show" party to start the year! Join us in the social hall on Sunday August 25th from 12:30-2:30 for a morning of candy-sushi making, edible slime, art projects, and a back to school surprise followed by our first ever Youth Talent Show! All 4-10 year olds are invited! To sign up to perform contact Yolly at We can't wait to see you!
  • SUKKOT HOSPITALITY If anyone needs sukkot hospitality or would like to host people in their Sukkah, please contact Hecky Attar at
  • THANK FIRST RESPONDERS SHABBAT - SEPTEMBER 28TH Join us as we thank our first responders on the final Shabbat of the year and offer them blessings and a small token of our deep appreciation for all they do for our community.
  • ROSH HASHANAH ITEMS are available for sale in the display case in the lobby! Speak to Kim in the office for assistance
  • 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, August 30, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 1079 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, August 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, August 29, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of August 25
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
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Aug 31Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 14Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 21Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 28Sanctuary: 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
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Hasa Pia bat Alka
  • 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 on Sunday, September 8th for our Campaign Launch Celebration & learn all about our community's new campaign model supporting innovation and growth within our Jewish community. Keynote speaker Ethan Zohn, 2 time cancer survivor and winner of CBS' Survivor Africa & buffet dinner. At Serafina at the Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Dietary laws observed. To sign up go to: For more information contact Diane Sloyer at ext. 105
  • HAROLD HOFFMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE PROUDLY PRESENTS UNORTHODOX LIVE PODCAST Thursday, September 19 at 7:30pm at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT. First time live in Stamford! Unorthodox is Tablet Magazine's flagship podcast, offering a smart, fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture with equal parts seriousness and irreverence. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register at or call 203-322-6901, ext. 301. Dessert reception to follow.
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE SCHOKE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the Schoke JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, Schoke JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables Schoke JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • SCHOKE JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE YOUNG COUPLES COCKTAIL PARTY 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. Schoke Jewish Family Service- 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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