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Friday, September 27, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
NitzavimSeptember 28, 201928 Elul 5779
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Candle Lighting6:25 PM
Mincha6:30 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:46 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:46 AM
Daf Yomi5:30 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:30 PM
Mincha6:20 PM
Maariv7:19 PM
Shabbat Ends7:24 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Right Thoughts: Hearing the Sounds of the Shofar

My father, Rabbi Herbert Cohen, shared a story with me that is a vital wake up call as we approach the holidays. He wrote, "Many years ago, when I was a student of YU, I sought out jobs for the high holidays as a Baal Shacharis, someone who could lead part of the morning service. Long-playing records were the way I learned the melodies. I listened to them over and over again and eventually learned the tunes.

On one particular Rosh Hashanah, after I had dinner at the home of the synagogue rabbi, who was my host, I started to review the service and realized I had forgotten some of the songs. Panic set in. What was I to do? I asked the rabbi and this is what he told me to do: "Forget about the melody and just think about doing teshuva, about repenting." His point was that as a person representing the congregation in communal prayer, it was more important for me to have the right thoughts than the right melodies."

In this spirit, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook suggests that we focus not on our faults and shortcomings as many of the classical works on repentance do, but rather on allowing the good within us to come forth. Instead of the tough love approach that emerges from many of these older texts, we should work on building people up, not breaking them down.

The sound of the shofar evokes this sensibility. Unlike a trumpet, the shofar does not emit different notes. It is basically the same sound expressed in long, medium, and short blasts. It is a simple sound, yet it penetrates the heart. Unlike a prayer, the shofar sound does not require one to say any words. It only expresses a feeling, a desire to return and turn over a new leaf in life. Hearing the shofar is the only Biblical command of Rosh Hashanah.

God willing, this year our hearts will be touched by the shofar sound. Beyond the words we say, we will be awakened to return to God and become our best selves this coming year.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom, Shanah Tovah, Ketivah VeChatimah Tovah and year filled with sweetness, health, joy and many blessings,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Welcome   new members Randie Katzel, David and Rachel Levi and Jay & Joselyn Pines and their families

JOIN CAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND AS A MEMBER  Join us 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 The Cik bris will take place at approximately 11 AM in the Sanctuary this Shabbat followed by a Seudah Mitzvah Kiddush

CAS Holiday Schedule Click here to stay up to date

Seating Charts  If you reserved a seat for the High Holidays click here to see your spot

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

Youth Group News There will be no "early groups" on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, or Sukkot. Jr. Cong will be in the Gift Shop on Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Reminders:  
  • The Men's Mikvah will be open for immersion on Sunday in advance of Rosh Hashanah. Due to construction, the back entrance is not accessible. Please enter via the office and then through Rabbi Cohen's office. There is a pushka for donations and please bring your own towel.
  • There will be a late night Selichot on Saturday night, Erev Rosh Hashanah and Sunday morning at 6:15 AM.
  • There will be one minyan in the chapel on Sunday night. The chapel and sanctuary services on Monday and Tuesday will finish by 1 PM.

Thank you  
  • to our chairs, Elissa and Phil Klapper, Rachel and Josh Licht, Miriam and Josh Sperber and Kaili and Daniel Scherban for organizing a successful paint night event. It was fun to paint (or attempt to paint!) and wonderful for community building among members. Yasher Koach and a happy birthday to Josh for inviting us to his party.
  • Yaakov Faratci, Tani Polansky and Sandy Shapiro for the ruach revival at Saturday Night Selichot and at our Sunrise Service on the Sound
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Ari Lieberman
Library shiurJay Jubas: Shiur
10:30 shiurAri Lieberman: Prayer, is it the answer to all our prayers?
ShacharitJason Levine
HaftorahDaniel Wallis
MusafDovid Seltzer
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersDaniel Wallis, Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushDrs. Judy and Jeff Cahn commemorating the yahrzeits of his grandparents: Moshe be Beinush HaCohen, Efraim ben Yaacov Zev, Rivka bat Natan Natah and Nessa bat Yosef; The Kiddush for the Library service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Monday, September 30th) is sponsored by Ana and Albert Lilienfeld
Chapel KiddushCo-sponsored by Albert Bensimon in memory of his parent's yahrzeits and Misha, Tatiana & Rachelle Guy wishing everyone a happy, healthy & sweet New Year
Sanctuary KiddushKate & Peretz Cik in celebration of the birth of their son
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:05 AM/7:45 AM/8:30 AM, Wednesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 6:26 PM, Monday-Tuesday 6:20 PM, Wednesday 6:10 PM, Thursday 6:20 PM, Friday 6:18 PM
Candles Friday6:13 PM
SundayErev Rosh Hashana
MondayRosh Hashana 5780
TuesdayRosh Hashana II
SelichotSunday 6:15 AM Wed-Friday 6:00 AM/10 PM
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  • to Elyse Mall on the passing of her father, Allan Mall
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Mazal Tov
  • to Kate & Peretz Cik on the birth of a baby boy. Shalom Zachar this Friday evening at the Cik home (40 Upland Rd) from 9-11 pm
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CAS Photo
Celebrating the beginning of the Holiday Season with our Sound on the Sound Sunrise Service!

Thank you Mitchell Bell and Gayle Dembling Bell and the Men's Club for beautifying CAS for the holidays!
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 27 Morning:

Diane Akassis
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Hilary & Ari Goldstein
Shira & Ethan Green
Rivkah & Brian Kanefsky
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Mark & Vered Links
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
Jessica & Elie Niedober
Shelley & Eddie Senker
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Miriam & Joshua Sperber
Barbara & Harry Webski
Hillary & Bob Zitter
Chani & Oran Zweiter
Lulav Etrog Sets
Wednesday, October 9
High Holiday Food Drive
Wednesday, October 23
BBQ in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 17 - 5:00 PM
Mens Simchat Beit Hashoeva
Thursday, October 17 - 8:30 PM
Upcoming Events
Womens Book Club 
Tuesday, October 29 - 8:00 PM
Rescheduled date: October 29The 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 October 27th

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 

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
  • 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 - OCTOBER 5 Join us as we thank our first responders 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
  • Friday, October 4, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Wednesday, October 2, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, October 3, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of September 29
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Holiday Haftorot - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter: Intro to the Machzor - Yom Kippur - 7:30 PM
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
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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
  • Chana bat Fayga
  • Chana bat Gitel
  • Chana bat Shualmit
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Esther bat Sarah
  • Hasa Pia bat Alka
  • Liba bat Peschke
  • Mazal bat Amalia Maly
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shalom Ben Zion ben Nacha
  • Shmuel ben Zlata Fayena
  • Tzedakah Bracha bat Yehudit
  • Yehudah ben Raisel
  • Yitzchak ben Sarah
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S PJ LIBRARY & PJ OUR WAY FOR "SWEET AS CAN BEE" - a program in the sukkah on Sunday, October 6th from 10-11:30am. Crafts, apple & honey tasting, story time, and learn about bees and how honey is made from an expert from Savanah Bee Company. At Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Rd, Stamford. For children 11 & under. We ask that you sign up in advance so we have enough supplies- For more information contact Sharon Franklin at
  • 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
  • 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
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT OPEN HOUSE Sunday, November 3. Lower School (Pre-K-8th grade) - 10 a.m.-12 noon. Upper School (Grades 9-12) - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. For Lower School, RSVP to Miriam Sperber - (203) 329-2186 or For Upper School, RSVP to Sarah Rich (203) 883-8970 or 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford.
  • 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.
  • ADL PRESENTS: VOICES A SHOW OF UNITY. Join ADL for an evening of music and storytelling, featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave hosted by Paul Shaffer. The show will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 8:00 p.m. at The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport CT. Tickets on sale now at Tickets start at $75.00 For more information email or call 203-530-7456.
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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