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Friday, August 30, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ReehRosh Chodesh ElulAugust 31, 201930 Av 5779
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:37 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:43 AM
Daf Yomi6:05 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:15 PM
Mincha7:05 PM
Maariv8:06 PM
Shabbat Ends8:11 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Can You Find Time to Pray?

As we embark on the month of Elul and the high holiday season, there is no better time to reflect on the value of Tefillah and our relationship to God. The upcoming 6 weeks are not simply a time to go though the motions but awaken our emotions and renew our sense of life purpose. Why are we here? How can I become a better person? How can I refresh God's presence in my life? My sister, Chani, recently sent me this poem "Time to Pray" which offers a vital perspective on the essential nature of prayer and God. It is an important wake up call for all of us.

Time to Pray

I got up early one morning

and rushed right into the day;

I had so much to accomplish

that I didn't have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,

and heavier came each task.

"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered.

He answered, "You didn't ask."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,

but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;

I wondered why God didn't show me.

He said, "But you didn't seek."

I tried to come into God's presence;

I used all my keys at the lock.

God gently and lovingly chided,

"My child, you didn't knock."

I woke up early this morning,

and paused before entering the day;

I had so much to accomplish

that I had to take time to pray.

Author unknown

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Happy Rosh Chodesh and may we all be written and inscribed in the book of life for the coming year.

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

CAS Office Closed  Monday

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 Monday. Best wishes to our CAS team!

Thank you  to Peretz and Kate Cik for hosting the young families movie night

  • the BCHA Banot Sherut Leumi Noam Halamish from Petach Tikvah, Shiri Tzur from Telmon and Mikki Lauderdale from Efrat
  • Tani Polanski, our new CAS Teen and NCSY advisor who will work with CAS Youth Directors Yaakov and Yolly Faratci
  • Refael and Sharone Hanoch and their family who moved to Stamford.

THE SHABBAT TISCH  starts this 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.

Michael Feldstein News  click here
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurMichael Feldstein: Bal Tosif: When More Is Not Better
ShacharitLevi Dulitz
MusafRabbi Avi Block
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReadersJay Jubas, Nat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesCarl & Flora Kaufman in celebration of the birth of a great-granddaughter; In memory of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Irv Neitlich on the occasion of his 4th yahrzeit by his family; Shelly & Harold Schwartz in memory of Flossy Fischel; and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushMiriam and Gideon Pell to celebrate the birth of Isabella Noa to Shira and Rafi
Chapel KiddushThe Neuhaus and Alexander families in honor of Kenny and Michael's birthdays
Sanctuary KiddushCAS
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday-Monday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:00 PM
SundayRosh Chodesh Elul
MondayLabor Day
Mazal Tov
  • to Stephanie and Bob Sherman on the birth of granddaughter, Joan Rosalie (Josie) Sherman
  • to Faye Manger on the birth of a great-grandson, Jonah Benjamin Bermeo
  • to Flora & Carl Kaufman on the birth of a great-granddaughter
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
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.

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

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 - 6:15 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

Womens Book Club 
Tuesday, September 24 - 8:00 PM
The Womens Book Club will next be reading Transatlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann. Event Chair: Laura TobinAddress of meeting will be sent via email after signup. Open to ALL women in our community! Please RSVP by September 22nd

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 

CAS Youth News
All 7-12th graders are invited to join us for an opening BBQ at Belltown(Shabbos) Park from 11:30-2. There will be a basketball tournament, spike ball tournament, can jam, graffiti, water balloons, and tie dye that everyone is invited to enjoy for free!
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP 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
  • 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, September 6, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 1079 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, September 3, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, September 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, September 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 1
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
Sponsor A Kiddush
Sep 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 14Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 21Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 28Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 5Sanctuary: 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 ben Hanna
  • Baruch Meir Chaim ben Leah
  • Baruch ben Minnie
  • Bella bat Ester Fira
  • Chana bat Gitel
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Hasa Pia bat Alka
  • Mazal bat Amalia Maly
  • Miriam bat Sora Rochel
  • 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
  • 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
  • JCC STAMFORD - JOIN NOW & SAVE! Through Sunday, September 8. Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. - RSVP to Ilene Madwed at or 203.487.0945. 50% OFF First 3 Months of Membership and $0 Registration Fee when you join by September 2.
  • 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.
  • BCHA SHABBATON November 1-2: Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy will host a Shabbaton for prospective residents thinking of relocating to Stamford. If you know a family who is considering a move to a new community, and would like to experience a Shabbat in Stamford, please contact Miriam Sperber at
  • 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.
  • CHABAD OF STAMFORD IS HOSTING A PRE-ROSH HASHANAH MEGA FAMILY CHALLAH BAKE. Sunday, September 22 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at The Italian Center 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Come join men, women and children of all ages for an experience of Jewish pride and inspiration. Learn how to make and shape delicious round, sweet Challah to adorn your Holiday table. For reservations and information go to
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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