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Friday, September 13, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki TeitzeiSeptember 14, 201914 Elul 5779
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Candle Lighting6:49 PM
Mincha6:54 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:41 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:44 AM
Daf Yomi5:50 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:50 PM
Mincha6:40 PM
Maariv7:42 PM
Shabbat Ends7:47 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Infusing the Mundane with Meaning: Reboot Your Life with Torah

Parshat Ki Tetzei contains more mitzvot that any other Torah portion. In fact over 10 percent of the 613 commandments are enumerated in the Parsha.

Is there a common denominator among these Divine directives? They seem to span many different life circumstances. For instance, they include marriage, divorce, charity, returning lost objects, sending away the mother bird, helping someone in need along the road, and much more. What unites the cases?

Interestingly, the word Ki - When - serves as the introduction to many of these topics. Through the use of this word, the Torah is conveying to us a profound lesson in the life of a Jew. God is not related to the home, synagogue or school. Whenever and wherever we may be we have a divine directive to instill meaning into the mundane. This idea is the essence of the Torah and in particular Torah study.

Torah awakens within us the power of living vertically and not horizontally. Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo reflects, "When we live our lives in the constant pursuit of new material objects, believing that through them we will find meaning and joy, it would behoove us to look around and see the continuous boredom in which our Western world finds itself. The excitement of new possessions leads to the trivialization of our lives after a day or two - but only if we view them horizontally. If we look at what we have in a vertical dimension, as Parshat Ki Tetze exemplifies, we will find meaning in the process of constant spiritual growth and see daily encounters in the light of eternity."

The myriad of Mitzvot affirms that there are no actions of insignificance. Our lives are not common and irrelevant. From the food we eat, to the relationships we forge, to the holidays we celebrate, the moral decisions we make, the choices to help another human being, Torah infuses our lives with meaning, joy and purpose. Even the most trivial deeds, should be attuned to eternity.

As we embark on the new year, make a new commitment to Torah. No matter our age or background, finding even a few minutes every day to learn with your children, a spouse, a friend, or on our own will provide deep pleasure because it enables us to instill divine eternity into all of our deeds, making the small things significant, the common unique, and the momentary eternal.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  new members Tova and Josh Goldberg

JOIN CAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND AS A MEMBER  Stop by the Meet and Greet tables at Kiddush this Shabbat. We offer 50 percent off first year membership. Join us on Sunday, October 27 for a New Member brunch at 11:30 AM with Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen. Membership info, Rabbi Cohen, Matt Feinberg mfeinberg@cas-stamford or 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 -

Welcome  our Scholar in Residence Raizy Chechik, Head of School of Manhattan Day School. She will speak on Shabbat morning, during lunch, and at seudah Shlishit

Thank you 
  • to Shira Nerenberg, Alisa Weisser and Marla Lewis for their leadership in organizing this Sunday's Chesed day activities. Hope to see everyone there!
  • to Daniel Schilowitz and the adult education committee for organizing this weekend's Scholar in Residence Program
  • to Beldotti Bakery for sponsoring the Tuesday morning refreshments this year at Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday morning and lunch classes. Stop by Beldotti's and say Thank You!

Join us next week  to welcome Yogev Zibersky an Israeli 16 year old with Type 1 Diabetes and his father Doron Zibersky on behalf of Jordan River Village, Israel's only free, year-round, overnight camp for all children living with serious illnesses. He will lead post Kiddush conversation To learn more, click here

Youth Group Reminders 
  • No outside food is allowed in groups
  • For security, the doors are locked. Please arrive by 10:30am
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Library shiurJay Jubas: Shiur
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Physician Assisted Suicide: Halacha and Thoughts on Recent Developments (part 2) [will end by 11:15 a.m.]
ShacharitDavid Zizmor
MusafMIchael Feldstein
SermonRaizy Chechik
Torah ReaderGideon Pell
Daf YomiRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Seudat ShlishitRaizy Chechik
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesGloria Green in thankfulness and Howard & Stephanie Fogel inmemory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushErwin Reich in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his father z'l, Menachem Yehuda ben Avraham Hacohen and Howard Wolfe in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his mother z'l, Sylvia Wolfe, (Tziporah bat Shlomo Zalman).
Chapel KiddushToby Schaffer in commemoration of the yahrzeit of her father, Joseph Macy
Sanctuary KiddushRhoda & Avram Freedberg in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Rhoda's mother, Dorothy Bernstein
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 6:45 PM, Friday 6:42 PM
Candles Friday6:37 PM
  • to Rachel Dayan on the passing of her father, J. Michael Fried
For up to date shiva and contact info:
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Mazal Tov
  • to Audrey Waldstreicher on the recent Bat Mitzvah of her great granddaughter Meira.
  • to Arlene Gewanter and Lloyd Contract on the engagement of Arlene's granddaughter Chani to Ariel Bryskier.
  • to Jessie and Ilan Katz on the birth of a baby girl
  • to Deborah & Neil Metviner on the birth of a granddaughter and to great-grandparents Mickey Grogins and Estell & Irwin Metviner
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

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

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. 24th)
    • Rosh Hashanah Insights and Inspiration: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Tuesday 9:00 AM (Sep. 24th)
    • Parsha Perspectives: Rabbi Daniel Cohen - Tuesdays 12 PM (Sep. 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
  • PRE HOLIDAY LEARNING for Women with Dena Block. Shabbat, 9/21 4:45 PM, Home of Leora Hauptman 90 Fieldstone Rd. Is Yom Kippur Really a Day for Match Making?!
  • MEZUZAH CHECKING, TEFILIN MAINTENANCE SUNDAY, September 15th from 8 AM and on with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Moldovan, Sofer Stam (ritual scribe). Mezuzot are often damaged by moisture or heat, and ink cracks over time. Check your Mezuzot twice every seven years to ensure that your home is secured with Kosher Mezuzot. $10 per Mezuzah checked. Tefillin can also be inspected. Info: Rabbi Cohen at or Rabbi Zweiter at
  • NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING HOURS OF POWER - Join us for a pre Selichot stories and songs Kumsitz with Rabbis Cohen, Zweiter, Yaakov Faratci and Tani Polansky at 8:45 PM followed by a musical Selichot led by Tani at 9:30 PM. The Selichot will be an opportunity to harness the power of music and our voices to set the tone for the high holiday season. Finally, join us for our Sunrise Service on the Sound at 6:15 AM to greet the new day and new year!
  • GET KOSHER FISH FOR THE HOLIDAYS! In response to multiple inquiries regarding the availability of fresh kosher fish in Stamford, Rabbis Cohen and Zweiter, in conjunction with the Vaad Hakashrus of Fairfield County, will be making it easier for our community members to obtain kosher fish for the holidays. We have agreed with New Wave Seafood on Camp Ave, to supervise a limited amount of fresh fish for your holiday needs. This is a trial, and if it is mutually beneficial, we will be able to discuss expanding our mutual offerings. Orders must be sent by email to: (please put kosher order in subject line) Orders must be placed by 9/25, and will be available for pickup 9/26 (after 2 PM) and 9/27 (all day). Note: Only fish that has been ordered and that has Vaad tape on it is under supervision. The following fish will be available: Tuna- 19.95 lb Salmon- 19.95 lb Snapper- 17.95 lb Sold- 17.95 lb Halibut 19.95
  • BRACELET found in Shiva house at 27 Winesap Rd on Saturday 08/31/2019Please inquire in CAS office
  • SUKKOT HOSPITALITY If anyone needs sukkot hospitality or would like to host people in their Sukkah, please contact Hecky Attar at
  • COME VIEW THE HISTORY OF AGUDATH SHOLOM Holy Roots: The History of Stamford's Houses of Worship will open Sept. 22 at 2 pm at the Stamford History Center - 1508 High Ridge Rd.
  • 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 16, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Friday, September 20, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, September 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, September 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 15
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 Oran Zweiter: Navigating the Machzor - 7:30 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Holiday Haftorot - 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
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Oct 19Sanctuary: 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
  • Avraham ben Hanna
  • Baruch Meir Chaim ben Leah
  • Chana bat Fayga
  • Chana bat Gitel
  • Chana bat Shualmit
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Hasa Pia bat Alka
  • Mazal bat Amalia Maly
  • Nachum ben Mina
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shalom Ben Zion ben Nacha
  • Shlomo ben Sarah
  • Shmuel ben Zlata Fayena
  • Yehudah ben Raisel
  • Yitta bat Ruchel
  • Yitzchak ben Sarah
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • 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.
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, October 27th and Sunday, November 3rd from 9 am - 5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • 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.
  • ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND -- CT Chapter presents "Cancer Solutions: Enabling the Body's Own Defense" by Sarah A. Weiss, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale University: Tuesday, September 24th Temple Sholom Greenwich, 7:00 pm. 300 E. Putnam Avenue. Dr. Weiss' research Includes the development of new immunotherapeutic strategies . She specializes in prostate and urological cancers. Reservations requested. No charge. or 203 321-1006
  • 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
  • JOIN YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA) at our Open House on Sunday, November 10th, 9:30 am to learn more about our warm, personalized, and inspiring approach to Torah, academic, and extra-curricular programs. To RSVP, please visit Questions? Contact Rabbi Yoni Stone at or 646-994-0441.
  • 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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