Congregation Agudath Sholom | 301 Strawberry Hill Ave | Stamford, CT 06902 (203)-358-2200

Latest CAS Announcements (via Twitter)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki TavoLeil SelichotSeptember 21, 201921 Elul 5779
send your submission to
Candle Lighting6:37 PM
Mincha6:42 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:44 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:45 AM
Daf Yomi5:25 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:35 PM
Mincha6:25 PM
Maariv7:30 PM
Shabbat Ends7:35 PM
Selichot Services9:30 PM/12:45 AM
Shabbat Shalom
First Fruits: The Foundation of Creation

The Midrash states that God created the world for the mitzvah of bikkurim, the obligation to bring the first fruits to Jerusalem. What is the intent of this mysterious statement?

One approach is that the Bikkurim teaches us that everything in the world comes from God. When a farmer brings his first produce to Jerusalem rather than keep them for himself, he acknowledges the real source of his success.

In modern terms, the mitzvah of bikkurim would demand of us to give Tzedakah not with whatever we have left from our paycheck but rather as our first obligation. It is not always easy to prioritize this way. However, one of the most effective strategies to live this way is to set up a Tzedakah account which is funded immediately every time a person receives a paycheck.

Ultimately, the funds we earn are not ours alone, but blessings given by God who is counting on us to use them wisely and for eternal impact.

In fact, when the person meets the Kohen with his first fruits, he shares his gratitude with a history lesson inculcate within himself a sense of appreciation for everything. Rashi states that the farmer is expressing that he is not entitled, Kafui Tovah, but truly grateful. He is only here today to offer these blessings due to the grace of God not only now, but for generations before him.

The world was created for the mitzvah of Bikkurim. Gratitude for all our blessings is the key to our relationship to God. Too often we take them for granted. The good we have is God's gift.

The following parable illustrates the challenge. There was a wealthy man who felt very lonely and sought attention. He went to a high roof and threw down coins to the people below. He thought people would honor him for his generosity, and that everyone would be talking about him. He hoped that would quench his thirst for attention and a connection with people. When he looked down he saw people scrambling to gather the money and no one looked up to see who was throwing the money.

Instead, desperate for some connection with people, the wealthy man began throwing stones. Now everyone looked up to see who was throwing stones at them.

We do not always recognize God when God bestows His kindness on us. We often turn to God only when hardships come. The Bikurim are designed to teach us to recognize God in the good times as well.

The days leading up to Rosh Hashana provide an especially ripe (pun intended) time to renew our appreciation for our blessings and to take stock of how we can harness them for the benefit of God, the Jewish people and humanity.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Ketivah VeChatimah Tovah,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome  new members Simone & David Zwany and Stacey & Rabbi Shimmy Trencher and their families

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

Service Note  Two Friday night services - Regular Minyan in the Chapel and a Song and Spirit with NCSY in the Library.

CAS Holiday Schedule Click here to stay up to date

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

Thank you 
  • Jackson Waldstreicher, Natan Warmflash and Yoni Warmflash for their supervision and guidance at this past Sunday's Sukkah Build. Thank you to their dedicated crew: Adam Breiner, Ari Goldstein, Elie Niedober, Lev Podelko, Josh Sperber, Greg Waldstreicher, Michael Warmflash and David Zizmor.
  • to Marla Lewis, Shira Nerenberg and Alisa Weisser for organizing successful Chesed week events! Check out three featured projects: - Be the Match, Knock Knock Give a Sock and Schoke JFS.
  • to Meg Haron and Jon Makovsky for organizing the Meet and Greet Table at Kiddush. Look for the table with the balloon. Swing by and make new friends!

Women's Learning  with Dena Block, our Alexander, Bernstein, Steinmetz Yoetzet Halacha at 4:45 PM at the home of Leora Hauptman, 90 Fieldstone Rd. Her topic will be Is Yom Kippur Really a Day for Matchmaking?

Congratulations  to Yaakov Hauptman and Josh Sperber and the entire CAS softball team on their victory in the annual Kiddush Cup!

  • Yogev Zibersky, a 16 year old with type 1 Diabetes, and his father Doron Zibersky who are visiting this Shabbat on behalf of the Jordan River Village, Join us for a post Kiddush conversation with them at 12:00 PM in the sanctuary.
  • NCSY advisors who are joining us this Shabbat for the first Road Show of the year!
  • Dr. Ephraim Inbar, President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security who will speak at Seudah Shlishit on Israel: A Post-Election Analysis. Professor Inbar was the founding director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, a position he held for 23 years (1993-2016), and a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University

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 shiurRabbi Yossi Kamman: Elul: The King is in the field
Library shiurJay Jubas: Shiur
MusafYedidya Neumeier
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderBurt Rubin
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitDr. Ephraim Inbar: Israel: A Post-Election Analysis
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushMark Kaufman in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of his sister and brother lawLinda & George Hiltzik from Teaneck, NJ.
Chapel KiddushGlenn Karow in honor of his brother Rickey's yahrzeit
Teen KiddushShara & David Israel in honor of Eytan's Bar Mitzvah anniversary
Sanctuary KiddushJordan River Village (camp) and Seth & Dinah Marlowe in commemoration of what would have been Seth's father, David Marlowe's 100th birthday
Seudat ShlishitJordan River Village, founded by Paul Newman, the only free camp in Israel for children living with serious illnesses
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 6:35 PM, Friday 6:30 PM
Candles Friday6:25 PM
SelichotSunday - Thursday, 10PM (followed by Ma'ariv) and Monday-Friday, 6AM
  • to Blanche Rosner and her family on the passing of Dr. Stanley Rosner
  • to Adam Furmansky on the passing of his grandfather Louis Furmansky
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 Ilyse and Dean Schuckman on the birth of a granddaughter, Rory Anna Schuckman
  • to Pam Ehrenkranz & Matt Greenberg on the birth of a grandson
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
CAS Photo
Mazal Tov to Josh Sperber and Yaakov Hauptman, captains, and the entire CAS Softball Team on winning the annual Kiddush Cup and keeping the cup at home!
Sign Up For These Events
Simchat Torah Lunch 5780
Tuesday, October 22 - 12:00 PM
Join us for a long-standing CAS tradition,
Be a sponsor, Simchat Torah Lunch

Participants as of September 20 Morning:

Diane Akassis
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Miriam & Joshua Sperber
Wine & Unwind
Sunday, September 22 - 7:30 PM
Womens Book Club
Tuesday, September 24 - 8:00 PM
Lulav Etrog Sets
Wednesday, October 9
High Holiday Food Drive
Wednesday, October 23
Upcoming Events
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

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes 
Sunday, October 27 - 9:30 AM
MAN UP BAR MITZVAH CLASSES FOR BOYS Join Rabbi Cohen and other pre-Bar Mitzvah fathers and seventh grade boys to discuss what our tradition teaches us about becoming a man. Each session will cover a unique aspect of a Bar Mitzvah's new responsibilities in the world, and Rabbi Cohen will bring relevant sources to stimulate discussion. The three topics will be: (1) who am I, and what are my responsibilities as an individual? (2) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my family? (3) who am I, and what are my responsibilities in my local community, Jewish people and the world? This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to bond and grow in preparation for their Bnai Mitzvah.Classes: Sundays, October 27th, November 3rd and November 10th - 9:15 - 10:00 am November 17th: Tefillin Trip to Tiferes Stam in Brooklyn and Delicious Lunch at Essex NY DeliSign up on the CAS Website

Mikvah Mayim League Fund 

A Special Thank You
As we approach a very important time of the year, I think about the difficult year Freddy went through. Many people take this opportunity to ask people for forgiveness for any wrong they might have done. But I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of our congregation who, made meals for us, visited Freddy in the hospital and in the rehab centers, visited when he came home, helped make a minyan in our home, telephoned Freddy, helped me with errands and anything else anyone did for us. How lucky we are to live in such a warm, caring and supportive community. Because of all your support, his wonderful caregivers from JFS, his doctors and physical therapists, he has made amazing progress, both physically and mentally.
I pray that you and your families are blessed with good health, love, and peace for the coming year.

Sharyn Baer
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.
CAS Announcements
  • INTRO TO THE MACHZOR- ONLINE EDITION Prepare for Rosh Hashanah by getting more acquainted with the prayers and the machzor. This live webinar will include pointers on how to navigate the text of the Rosh Hashanah prayers, as well as some of the philosophical issues underlying them. It will be live, and will include the ability for audience participation. The webinar will take place on Tuesday evening, 9/24, 8 PMNote: Zoom is required to participate in the webinar (downloadable at email Rabbi Zweiter at rabbizweiter@cas to register. A link will be sent to you the day of the webinar.For any questions, please email Rabbi Zweiter.
  • 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 Sole- 17.95 lb Halibut 19.95
  • INTRODUCING SHARE A SHABBAT: THE OPEN TABLE Building community is about Sharing Shabbat Meals. Whether you are new to the community or a veteran, we would like to start an Open Table Shabbat experience. Those who would like to be hosted for a Shabbat meal will reach out to our chairs, Jon Makovsky and Meg Haron, who will match you up with a host. If you would like to be a host on a Shabbat, be in touch with Jon ( or Meg ( The Share a Shabbat: The Open Table email will God willing, begin in November
  • 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 23, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, September 27, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, September 24, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, September 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 22
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - The Book of Numbers and Ezekiel's Vision of the Chariot - 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
Halacha Corner
Thank you to Rabbi Zweiter for facilitating local Kosher Fish purchases at New Wave prior to Rosh Hashanah. In this spirit, we wanted to share some guidelines from the OU. If you have questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.
Q: My local fish store is not under Rabbinic supervision, and it sells fillets without skin. How could I tell if the fish they are selling are kosher?
A: You cannot! Even if the fish is halibut, whitefish or carp (all kosher fish), once the skin is removed it is impossible to identify, and it cannot be assumed to be kosher. In determining the kosher status of fish, identity is critical.
There are two ways to identify a kosher fish:
1. By removing a kosher scale from the skin. (The consumer need not personally remove the scale. The consumer only needs to see the scale removed and confirm that the skin did not rip from having the scale removed.)
2. By recognizing the fish as being from a kosher species. One can only recognize a fish species if the skin is still intact. It is generally impossible, even for a "maven", to identify fish without skin. The exception to this rule is that the salmon and red trout fillets are accepted without skin, as there is no non-kosher fish whose flesh resembles that of a salmon or red trout.
Q: Can I bring my own knife to a non-certified fish store and have the workers prepare the fish for me?
A: Yes, but there are several issues to be aware of when doing this:
1. You must bring a kosher cutting board as well, or have the store cover their cutting board, so that the fat of non-kosher fish on the board will not touch your fish. Make certain, as well, that the person cutting the fish washes their hands or changes their gloves before handling your kosher fish. (If the flesh of kosher fish touches non-kosher fish oil, one cannot merely rinse the fish but rather must scrub it vigorously (referred to in halacha as shif-shuf gadol) or scrape the point of contact with a knife or stiff-bristled brush (referred to in halacha as graida).)One must be certain that the worker only uses the knife and board that you brought with you. This is particularly true when you do not bring a high-quality filleting knife, because it will be to the worker's benefit to use the store's knife, as the wrong knife is hard to work with. You cannot rely on a store that claims to have separate knives for kosher customers, unless the store has reliable kosher supervision.
5. Try to shop during hours that the store is less busy. Fish sellers will be more cooperative with the necessary requirements for a kosher order, as described above, if there are fewer customers waiting and the store is not being rushed to fill orders.
Sponsor A Kiddush
Sep 28Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 5Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 12Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 19Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 26Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: 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
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Hasa Pia bat Alka
  • Mazal bat Amalia Maly
  • Nachum ben Mina
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shalom Ben Zion ben Nacha
  • Shmuel ben Zlata Fayena
  • Yehudah ben Raisel
  • Yitta bat Ruchel
  • Yitzchak ben Sarah
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • 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
  • 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
Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact
Try email marketing for free today!

Blog Archive