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Friday, September 6, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ShoftimSeptember 7, 20197 Elul 5779
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Candle Lighting7:00 PM
Mincha7:00 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:39 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:43 AM
Daf Yomi6:05 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:05 PM
Mincha6:55 PM
Maariv7:54 PM
Shabbat Ends7:59 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The One Thing

If you could ask God for One Thing what would it be?

Would it be wealth, health, or love?

It is not an easy question to answer. We can find one from the words of King David.

What was King David's one thing?

His request is designed to be front and center during the entire holiday season. We read his request twice a day every day from the beginning of the month of Elul, the start of the holidays, until Shemini Atzeret. His request is in Psalm 27 entitled "God is my light and my salvation".

David asks God - There is one thing that I ask from you, one thing I request. I desire to dwell in the house of God and visit his sanctuary.

What did David want and mean?

I gained an insight about David's request as a 22-year-old college student that animates me and lives in me almost every day.

Rabbi Israel Miller, of blessed memory, who served as the VP at YU during my college years, shared with me the following, "Why does David ask to both dwell and visit with God? What is the difference? Once I am living in a place, why would I want to remain a visitor?"

He explained that when we live in the same place for a while, we understandably become accustomed to our environment. As an unfortunate consequence, we lose sight of the nuances in our home. We walk by the same thing over and over again and no longer pay attention to the details for they are no longer new, fresh or different.

However, when a guest visits, he or she observes little things we may overlook. A guest enters and proclaims, "Wow - that is such a nice picture, a beautiful floral arrangement!" We think to ourselves, "You are right. I just did not notice,although I walk by it every day."

David's one thing he wanted was not only to dwell in the house of God, but remain a visitor. David never wanted to lose his fresh perspective on the world around him. His one thing was to insure that no matter how routine life became, he would remain perpetually inspired. He prayed to live in a state of constant wonder and amazement each and every day.

King David's one thing was to walk this world with his eyes and heart wide open to the magic and majesty all around him.

As the seasons begin to change, take time this Elul to rediscover the beauty of God in the world and be inspired by His presence each and every day.

Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Join CAS for the Holidays and Beyond as a Member  Welcome to the new families who moved to the area in recent months. Join us at our Meet and Greet Shabbat tables at Kiddush on Shabbat, September 14th and 21st. Become a member - take advantage of the 50 percent off first year membership. Save the date of Sunday, October 27th for a welcome brunch at 11:30 AM at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. To find our more about joining CAS, please contact Rabbi Cohen (, Matt Feinberg (mfeinberg@cas-stamford) or our membership chairs Jon Makovsky ( or Meg Haron (

Join us  Sunday, September 15th from 9AM - 1PM for the Annual CAS Sukkah Raising Event! Help build Fairfield County's largest Sukkah! Perform a mitzvah, get new ideas on how to build your Sukkah, everyone welcome - no tools required! Info -

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

Thanks  Ari Lieberman for leading the code of Jewish Law class the past few years. We are grateful to Rabbi Yossi Kamman who will now teach this class on a weekly basis.

Welcome to Stamford 
  • Annie & Jeremy Watman and their children Judah Hadar and Ezra Nash
  • Rabbi Aryeh Greenberg - best wishes in his new position at BCHA
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Physician Assisted Suicide: Halacha and Thoughts on Recent Developments
ShacharitBurt Rubin
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersRabbi Cohen, Barry Best
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushRachel and Jay Jubas in honor of Chodesh Elul
Chapel KiddushDina and Paul Berger in celebration of the anniversary of Paul's bar mitzvah and to welcome Benjamin, Jessica & Mari to the Stamford community
Sanctuary KiddushRabbi Daniel Cohen, Steven Cohen and Ben Folkinshteyn in honor of their wedding anniversaries. Rabbi Oran Zweiter and Nahum Daniels in honor of their wives birthdays. Risa and Jeff Goldblum in honor of Aaron starting his first year at Tulane.
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7 PM, Friday 6:54 PM
Candles Friday6:49 PM
  • to the Schacht, Kraut, Rimerman, and Klapper families on the passing of Ronald S. Schacht
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 Sandi and Dr. Stuart Waldstreicher on the recent Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Meira
  • to Shira and Mitchell Zucker on the engagement of their daughter Hannah to Jordan Sokol
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

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

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 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
Be one of fifteen teens to be selected for a free trip to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, March 1st to March 3rd in Washington DC. The trip will include registration, travel and hotel and the winners will join the Agudath Sholom AIPAC delegation. The participants will also be required to attend the Stamford JCC Speak Up for Israel program and accumulate Israel advocacy hours.
Open to 9th-12th graders from CAS. To be one of the fifteen selected, submit a 500 word essay: "WHY DOES AIPAC NEED YOU?"If you could lobby the members of Congress on Capitol Hill, what would you say? What case would you present about the issues affecting the United States and Israel? Essays will be evaluated by a local and national panel of AIPAC supporters.
Submit to Rabbi Cohen by Friday, October 11th, 2019 at
We are grateful to Stephanie & Bob Sherman for sponsoring the fellowships in memory of Stephanie's mother, Rosalie Aberman; Sandra & Michael Kamen; Veronica & Erwin Reich In memory of their parents - Esther & Joseph Reich and Margaret & Nicholas Eckmann and Erwin's brother, Ernest Reich; and Susan & Len Mark. We are deeply appreciative of their generosity.
If you would like to enable more teens to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference through a contribution to our AIPAC Teen Fund, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen.
CAS Announcements
  • SUKKOT HOSPITALITY If anyone needs sukkot hospitality or would like to host people in their Sukkah, please contact Hecky Attar at
  • FREE 8X10 SUKKAH supported by metal poles and heavy duty plastic wrap with bamboo poles for roof. If interested, please contact Harvey & Emily Caney at 203-327-7511
  • 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. Visit for information and to sign up
  • 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
  • Monday, September 9, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, September 13, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, September 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, September 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, September 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 8
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Pirkei Avot; Diving into our Morals - 10:15 AM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Teshuva - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Rosh Hashanah Insights and Inspiration - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Holiday Haftorot - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Sep 14Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 21Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Sep 28Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 5Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 12Sanctuary: 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • THE KURIANSKY TEEN TZEDAKAH CORPS, a program of United Jewish Federation, and funded by the Kuriansky family, is a teen philanthropic leadership program designed to train the next generation of community philanthropists. Corps members meet on select Sunday evenings and will participate in hands on social action activities to learn about the fundamentals of philanthropy. A parent meeting will be held September 12th in the UJF offices, 1035 Newfield Avenue, 2nd floors at 7:30pm. For more information contact Diane Sloyer at
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S PJ OUR WAY invites you to have a jumping good time on Friday, September 13th at Get Some Air Trampoline Park, 11 Riverbend Road in Stamford. Jump from 4:30-5:30pm, schmooze & snack from 5:30-5:45pm. PJ Our Way is for kids 8 to 11 years of age, and offers a free Jewish chapter book each month (it's the next step after PJ Library). You don't have to be a subscribing PJ Our Way family to attend. $15 at the door, must fill out a waiver form. Socks provided. Sign up at Waivers are at Questions? Contact Sharon Franklin at ext. 109.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S PJ LIBRARY & PJ OUR WAY for a fun Fall event- "Birthday Bash Supper & Celebrate the New Year. Thursday, September 19th, 5pm-6:30pm at the JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford. Enjoy Pizza from SOOSH (and other dinner fare), musical entertainment, decorate a cupcake, hear a story, and make a New Year card for a local senior. $5 per person/$10 at the door (kids under one are free). Sign up at In collaboration with Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy and Prizmah, Center for Jewish Day Schools. Questions? Contact Sharon Franklin @ ext. 109.
  • 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.
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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