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Friday, October 4, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayeilechOctober 5, 20196 Tishrei 5780
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Candle Lighting6:13 PM
Mincha6:18 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Sanctuary9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:49 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:47 AM
Daf Yomi4:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:15 PM
Shabbat Shuva Drasha5:05 PM
Mincha6:05 PM
Maariv7:07 PM
Shabbat Ends7:12 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Your Two Names

One of the most haunting passages in the liturgy that we read on Rosh Hashana as well as Yom Kippur is the prayer, Unesaneh Tokef, the holy prayer composed by Rabbi Ammon of Mainz. We read: Let us relate the force of this day's holiness for it is awesome and terrifying. All mankind before you G-d like Bnai Maron. As a shepherd examines his flock, passing each sheep beneath his rod. So do you pass and count and enumerate every living soul.

This concept of the Jewish people as Bnai Maron is taken from oral tradition. It is a metaphor that is used by Rabbi Judah the Prince, to express the essence of judgment on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. What is the significance of this mysterious term?

Bnai Maron symbolizes the steps up the mountainous cliffs at Maron where only one individual could traverse at a time. The call of Ayeka -where are you?

Adam and Eve were not the only ones to whom G-d called. In the Bible, G-d calls Abraham for the ultimate act of commitment, the binding of his son Isaac. In Exodus, G-d calls Moses at the Burning Bush to accept the mission of redeeming the Jewish People.

In each case, G-d calls their name twice; Abraham, Abraham, Moshe, Moshe. In each one Abraham and Moshe answer Hineni - Here I am! Why the double language? Could Abraham or Moshe not hear G-d's call the first time?

Jewish mysticism offers a powerful answer. Each human being possesses two names. One name given to us at a baby naming or a bris reflects Divine inspiration and represents our unique potential in the world. The other name signifies the reality of who I am today.

G-d calls each name twice. Does your name below (as you are today) meet your name above (as you should be?) Are you maximizing your unique potential? For Abraham and Moshe-the moment of the binding of Isaac and the encounter at the Bush signifies a peak moment of connection to their purpose.

On Yom Kippur, G-d is calling each of us. Are we maximizing our potential? Do we harness our unique talent and gifts to elevate the world? When we hear our Hebrew name, whether an Aliya, under a Chuppah, during a Mishebarach, or where someone calls us in need, it is G-d's way of calling us to realize our potential.

Our Hebrew name, given to us by our parents, is our destiny.

Our name reflects the essence of not only who we are but who we are meant to be. Our names are our identity and represent our unique contribution to the world.

In G-d's eyes, every human being has a mission that cannot be accomplished by anyone else. Do we hear that call? Do we strive to grow every day?

Rocky Marciano was once asked to explain the secret to his legendary streak of undefeated victories in the ring. He responded, "I was hungry, always hungry." He who rests, rusts. Are we living life to the fullest? Are we just going with the flow or taking charge of our lives?

The Chazon Ish, the great sage of the 20th century, explained the secret of growth when he observed that the noticeable difference between a live and dead fish is that only a live fish can swim upstream. Only a live fish can swim against the tide.

An ancient Jewish tradition teaches that the first question G-d asks at the end of our lives is "What is your Hebrew name?" What G-d is really asking is, "Did we do the best we could in this world to live up to our name?"

G-d is calling Ayeka! Where are you? Where are you?

This Yom Kippur, we must answer: Hinei: Here I am!

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Sholom and Gemar Chatmah Tovah,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • new members Elior and David Coleman and their family
  • Lynn and Jeffrey Lowin who recently moved to Stamford

Big News on our Construction Project! We are thrilled to report that we have signed permits for our construction project at CAS! Wonderful news with which to start 5780! We are all geared up and ready - construction began today! Please keep your eyes open in the coming weeks for information regarding safety procedures for the duration of the project, the phasing schedule and other important details.

Join us  in thanking our First Responders this Shabbat - 11 AM in the Sanctuary for a brief presentation. Welcome and thanks to members of the Stamford Police, Fire, EMS Departments and the Belltown Volunteer Fire Department.

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 Yom Kippur or Sukkot

Service Notes 
  • The Men's Mikvah will be open for immersion on Tuesday in advance of Yom Kippur. 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.
  • Selichot - Saturday night at 10 PM, Sunday and Monday at 6:00 AM, Sunday evening at 10 PM and Tuesday morning at 6:15 AM and 7:15 AM
  • Graveside Services Sunday: Old Cemetery - 9:15 AM; New Cemetery - 9:45 AM; Independent Lodge Cemetery - 10:45 AM
  • During the fast, in case of an emergency where you need to eat, there will be crackers and juice available in the bridal room. If you have any questions regarding fasting, please consult your doctor and/or Rabbi Cohen ( and Rabbi Zweiter ( for further advice if necessary.

Rabbi Cohen's Rosh Hashana Sermons 
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 shiurRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn: David HaMelech as a Paradigm for Teshuvah
Shabbat Shuva DrashaRabbi Daniel Cohen
ShacharitIzzy Lusting
MusafOmer Neumeier
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReadersMax Dayan, Jeff Cahn
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesMeg & Yoav Haron - mazal Tov to Sharon & Jeff Lewis and Howard & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Chapel KiddushJudy Cahn in honor of Jeff's 50th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher and Audrey Waldstreicher in honor of their granddaughter and great-granddaughter Meira's Bat Mitzvah; Richard Hirsch in gratitude to the men (Hecky Attar, Adir Greenfield, Howard Levy, Elliot Sloyer, Rabbi Naftali Wolfe, Mitchell Zucker and Rabbi Oran Zweiter) who made a minyan on an early Friday to enable him to say Kaddish in memory of his son, Eliezer ben Yehuda Zelig, on his Yahrzeit
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday 8:45 AM/9:00 AM/9:00 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Monday 6:10 PM, Tuesday 3:00 PM/6:15 PM, Wednesday 4:45 PM, Thursday 6:10 PM, Friday 6:07 PM
Candles Friday6:02 PM
TuesdayErev Yom Kippur
WednesdayYom Kippur
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  • to Jonathan Lerner on the passing of his grandfather, Harry Lerner
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Mazal Tov
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Sign Up For These Events
Simchat Torah Lunch 5780
Tuesday, October 22 - 12:00 PM
Join us for a long-standing CAS tradition,
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Participants as of October 4 Morning:

Diane Akassis
Debbie & Michael Berg
Nina Berman
Meredith & David Cohen
Rabbi & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Miriam & Joe Gelb
Hilary & Ari Goldstein
Shira & Ethan Green
Shara & David Israel
Rivkah & Brian Kanefsky
Carol & Daniel Karsch
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Liatte & David Lasher
Rachel & Josh Licht
Mark & Vered Links
Rhonda & Judd Love
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus
Rose & Bruce Newman
Jessica & Elie Niedober
Sharon & Burt Rubin
Helene & Nat Samberg
Toby Schaffer
Shelley & Eddie Senker
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Jessica & Eytan Sosnovich
Miriam & Josh Sperber
Barbara & Harry Webski
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Hillary & Bob Zitter
Shira & Mitchell Zucker
Chani & Oran Zweiter
Lulav Etrog Sets
Wednesday, October 9
BBQ in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 17 - 5:00 PM
Mens Simchat Beit Hashoeva
Thursday, October 17 - 8:30 PM
High Holiday Food Drive
Wednesday, October 23
Sukkah Decorating
Sunday, October 13 - 9:30 AM
Senior Sukkot Luncheon
Wednesday, October 16 - 11:30 AM
Upcoming Events
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

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

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
  • 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, October 7, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, October 8, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, October 11, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, October 8, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, October 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of October 6
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 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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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
  • 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
  • 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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