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Friday, October 11, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
HaAzinuOctober 12, 201913 Tishrei 5780
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Candle Lighting6:02 PM
Mincha6:07 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:51 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:48 AM
Daf Yomi5:05 PM
Code of Jewish Law5:05 PM
Mincha5:55 PM
Maariv6:56 PM
Shabbat Ends7:01 PM
Shabbat Shalom
The Amen Pledge and a Story of Faith

Sukkot is the holiday of faith. In particular, following the awesome day of Yom Kippur, we affirm our trust in God through the mitzvah of dwelling in the Sukkah, God's embrace. Below is a beautiful and inspiring story shared by the former Soviet refusenik Yosef Mendlovich.

However, we should never underestimate the simple but powerful ways we express our Emunah, our faith in God, most notably when we answer Amen to a Kaddish or a Bracha. I propose our shul this year takes one commitment as community. One step after Yom Kippur, one we can do. The Amen Pledge.

Join me in making a firm commitment to answer every Amen of a mourner's Kaddish to elevate the soul of a loved one. Join me in answering Amen to every bracha recited out loud at kiddush, after washing our hands at Seudah Shlshit or in davening. Every Amen, every public declaration of our faith elevates all of us, our community and is an invitation to God to instill even more blessings in our lives. Let me know you are in! Email me at

The Faith of Yosef Mendelovich

"After Yom Kippur comes the festival of Sukkos. In the forced labor camp I tried very hard to observe the mitzvoth - Shabbos, prayer, festivals - even though for everything I was punished. I spent three years in the harsh conditions of the closed prison for observing the Shabbos.

There was only one mitzvah I was unable to keep: the Mitzvah of Sukkah. Who was going to permit me to build a sukkah in a KGB camp!

Some years later, I saw at the edge of the camp a pile of straw. I knew that if I could scrape the straw so that I would be able to see the stars from underneath, this would be considered as observing the mitzvah of sukkah. The problem was that this pile of straw was near to the camp's electric fence. It was forbidden to approach it. One might be suspected of an escape attempt and be shot.

But the desire to observe the mitzvah overcame the fear. Towards evening, when they had not yet lit the projectors on the guard towers, under cover of the darkness, I ran toward the pile of straw, got inside it, scraped the straw looked at the stars and made the blessing "who has sanctified us by Thy commandments, and hast commanded us to dwell in the Sukkah."

As soon as I finished the blessing, I rapidly retreated from the Sukkah. But my heart was filled with joy. I did it!"

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • new members Rina and Yoni Miller and their family
  • Benjamin and Jessica Berger and their daughter Mari on their move to Stamford

CAS Holiday Schedule Click here to stay up to date

Thank you to our Clergy, Staff and Lay Leadership for making the High Holidays so meaningful this year. A special thank you to Howard Rothman and David Cohen for the tireless efforts in organizing the high holiday honors

Missing Items If you mistakenly grabbed a brown/khaki Men's size Medium hooded jacket or a Kirkland black hooded raincoat size xxl with a house key in the pocket, please return it to the CAS office.

Service Note Women's Tefillah Group is at 10:30 am on Simchat Torah. Reach out to Ziona Doft if you would like to layn (

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 Sukkot

Sukkot Notes 
  • The CAS Sukkah is open for use during Yom Tov and during the week - except for Thursday after 4pm for the CAS events
  • Check out our many Sukkot events listed below
  • Check out Yeshiva University's Torah to Go for Sukkot!

    click here
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Library shiurJay Jubas: Shiur
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: One Man Show?- Can Other Kohanim Participate in the Avodat Yom Hakippurim?
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderEthan Green
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitMichael Berg: Siyum on Mishnayot
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Chapel Kiddush - Shabbat & TuesdayBL Fund
Chapel Kiddush - MondayToby Schaffer and Hyman Schaffer in honor if their children and grandchildren
Sanctuary Kiddush- ShabbatRabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen, Howard & Stephanie Fogel, Harvey & Helene Kaminski and Howard & Gayle Rothman in honor of Judith Altmann's 95th birthday
Sanctuary Kiddush - MondayRachel and Richard Seligson in commemoration of the yahrzeits of their fathers, Mark Carter and Larry Seligson, and Yoni Lefkovich's birthday
Sanctuary Kiddush - TuesdayCAS
Seudat Shlishit Mike and Debbie Berg with gratitude to Hashem for allowing Mike to make a siyum on the entire Shisha Sidrei Mishna (Six Orders of the Mishna)
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 8:00 AM/8:45 AM, Wednesday-Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 6:04 PM, Monday-Thursday 6:00 PM, Friday 5:56 PM
Candles Friday5:51 PM
SundayErev Sukkos
MondaySukkos I/Columbus Day
TuesdaySukkos II
WednesdaySukkos III (CH''M)
ThursdaySukkos IV (CH''M)
FridaySukkos V (CH''M)
  • to Sarah Hochman on the passing of her father, Robert Tatham
  • to Arthur Green on the passing of his mother, Bessie Green
  • to Lynne Frenkel on the passing of her mother, Judith Price
  • to the Jewish community in Germany on the aftermath of the attack this week
  • to Alison Cowan on the passing of her sister, Jill Segal
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 Elaine Finkelstein on her engagement to Jeffrey Ozeri
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
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 October 11 Morning:

Diane Akassis
Sharyn & Fred Baer
Rachel, David, Darren, Hannah & Layla Bahar
Jessica & Adam Batkin
Gayle& Mitchell Bell
Albert Bensimon
Debbie & Michael Berg
Dina & Paul Berger
Karen & Ira Berk
Harvey & Lynn Berman
Nina & Ron Berman
Stephanie & Josh Bilenker
Dena & Avi Block
Meredith & David Cohen
Rabbi & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Ziona & Elie Doft
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Lynne & Steven Frenkel
Jessica & Adam Furmansky
Miriam & Joe Gelb
Paula & David Giver
Hilary & Ari Goldstein
Meryl & David Gordon
Michelle & Howland Gordon
Shira & Ethan Green
Joyce & Larry Haber
Mouchka & Dov Heller
Sherry Hertzberg
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Robert Indyk
Shara & David Israel
Dorothy Jaiven
Rachel & Jay Jubas
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Rivkah & Brian Kanefsky
Carol & Daniel Karsch
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Liatte & David Lasher
Hannah & Ilan Lastoff
Tamar & Jason Levine
Marla & Jason Lewis
Rachel & Josh Licht
Mark & Vered Links
Rhonda & Judd Love
Nicole & Jonathan Makovsky
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Kori & Bill Meyers
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
David & Rona Moskowitz
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus
Rose & Bruce Newman
Jessica & Elie Niedober
Doreen & Howard Nusbaum
Veronica & Erwin Reich
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Adrienne & Sherman Reiner
Sharon & Burt Rubin
Helene & Nat Samberg
Toby Schaffer
Rachel & Daniel Schilowitz
Rachel & Richard Seligson
Shelley & Eddie Senker
Rosalyn Sherman
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Sherry & Marc Silver
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Jessica & Eytan Sosnovich
Miriam & Josh Sperber
Rachel & Harold Terk
Audrey Waldstreicher
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Barbara & Harry Webski
Nurit & Mark Wexler
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Howard Wolfe
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Helene Zimmerman
Hillary & Bob Zitter
Navah & David Zizmor
Shira & Mitchell Zucker
Chani & Oran Zweiter
Sukkah Decorating
Sunday, October 13 - 9:30 AM
Senior Sukkot Luncheon
Wednesday, October 16 - 11:30 AM
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
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes
Sunday, October 27 - 9:30 AM
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

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
  • DOR L'DOR: This program seeks to build upon the multi generational aspect of our community by linking young families and seniors. Together, young families and seniors will build a mutual relationship, with young families offering a helping hand or caring phone call a few times a year, and with seniors in turn offering their wisdom, perspective, and encouragement to young families. To find out more about this program, please contact Alyssa Frager at or Shari Levine at
  • SING ALONG!! All together now! Join your friends and seniors at the Atria for an hour of classic standards, showtunes, and Sinatra, done in a sing-along style with music back track accompaniment. Lyrics provided. No prior singing experience necessary-just a willingness to sing and desire to bring a smile to seniors' faces. Kids of all ages welcome too! The Atria (77 3rd St., Stamford), 3rd floor lounge - Sunday, November 10, 4 pm. RSVP: Jennie Woltz Folkinshteyn at or 914-523-2073
  • 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
  • Friday, October 18, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
CAS Classes
Week of October 13No Classes this week.
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Oct 19Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Oct 26Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Nov 2Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Nov 9Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Nov 16Sanctuary: 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • UJF NETWORK Join United Jewish Federation for a great opportunity to network with professionals in a variety of fields at the all affinity group program "Ethics Professionalism," being held on October 30th. Dinner, drinks, & a panel discussion featuring Andrew Bein, Dr. Joe Feuerstein, Shushannah Walshe & Jennie Woltz., who will discuss case studies in the fields of law, medicine & media/business. 6:30pm networking & dinner/7:30pm panel discussion. The program will be held at Serendipity Labs, 700 Canal Street, Stamford. Sign up at, $36 pp /$45 at the door - $180 sponsorship opportunity. A unique program not to be missed! Contact Sharon Franklin for more information at
  • CARMEL ACADEMY'S OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, October 27th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Learn about our individualized whole-child approach, rigorous and award-winning curriculum and enrichment opportunities. Attend an array of "mini classes" led by our faculty, tour our idyllic 17-acre campus and explore social/emotional learning during a brief panel discussion. Engaging games & activities provided for accompanying children! Register now at
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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