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Friday, October 18, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Sukkos VI (CHM)October 19, 201920 Tishrei 5780
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Candle Lighting5:51 PM
Mincha5:56 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/7:45 AM/8:45 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:54 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:49 AM
Daf Yomi4:55 PM
Mincha5:45 PM
Maariv6:45 PM
Shabbat Ends6:50 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Just One Word

What was your commitment on Yom Kippur for the coming year?

As I shared this past Shabbat, the days following Yom Kippur are the equivalent of rising from the deep in a decompression chamber. The transition is the key.

The holiday of Sukkot provides a vital portal to insure our Yom Kippur inspiration is solidified. One step forward spiritually in the coming year is an accomplishment. What is yours? Take time this weekend to write it down and start today.

As a Shul, I challenged our community. We are, thank God, known for our warmth and God willing, we will continue to embrace this Mitzvah and mission. I challenged the community to be known as one committed to answering Amen.

A blessing without an Amen is like a letter to God unopened. When mourner's Kaddish is recited, we all answer Amen. When someone recites a blessing over food out loud, we answer Amen. When the Chazan repeats the Shmoneh Esreh, a prayer for the community, we answer Amen.

I made a personal commitment to be careful with answering Amen to brachot. It has already had a profound impact on me as it has forced me to slow down in my recitation of brachot and recite them out loud so people can answer.

The power of this one word is enormous. Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm writes, "It would have been worthwhile for God to have brought the entire universe into existence for six thousand years, just in order that once, one Jew should day Baruch Hu uBaruch Shemo. The reward for saying Baruch Hu uBaruch Shemo is greater than all the pleasures ever experienced in the six thousand years of creation. The reward for uttering Amen just once is 1,000 times greater than the reward for saying Baruch Hu uBaruch Shemo. The reward for saying just one Amen Yehei Shemei Rabba is 1000 times greater than the reward for saying one Amen!"

I recommend purchasing the book Just One Word and reading a selection at your Shabbat table each week. We started this practice last Shabbat. It is great way to highlight the power of this one word. click here

May this season inspire us to a life of deeper commitment to God and community and may we be blessed through the power of the word, Amen!

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

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

  • new members Dov and Mouchka Heller and their son Asher
  • our NCSY advisors for Simchat Torah: Tani Polansky Jack Hartstein Shira Krinsky Sheva Glicksman.

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

Mazal Tov to our Simchat Torah Honorees 
  • Chatan Torah - Judd Love
  • Chatan Bereishit - Howard Weiss
  • Chatan Maftir - Gideon Pell
  • Chatan Kol HaNearim - David Cohen
  • Keter Torah Award - Dina Berger

Thank you 
  • to Shira Nerenberg, Alisa Weisser and Beth Munguia for organizing the senior luncheon this week
  • to Miriam and Josh Sperber, Mitchell Bell, Jessica Sosnovich. Lloyd Contract, Jake Meyer and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing the Family BBQ in the Sukkah
  • to Ethan Green, Ari Goldstein and Adam Furmansky, Mitchell Bell, Daniel Wallis, Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein and Avi Block for organizing and adding ruach to the Men's Simchat Beit Hashoevah
  • to Shelly Senker, Howard Weiss and everyone who contributed to this years Simchat Torah luncheon

Transmitting Torah: For Women by Women Join us on Monday, Oct. 21st at 4:15 pm at the home of Meg Haron, 99 West Lane, for the Tishrei installment of CAS's Transmitting Torah: For Women by Women, a program of the OU Women's Initiative Challenge Grant. Hear Divrei Torah from friends and a mini-shiur by CAS Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha Dena Block.

AIPAC Fellows Application  Deadline extended to October 27th. There are still a few spots available.
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 shiurMichael Feldstein: On the Road Again: The Laws of Traveling on Sukkot
ShacharitSteven Cohen
MusafSimeon Wohlberg
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderPJ Jelen
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen
Shemini Azteret SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Monday Night Dvar TorahYaakov Faratci
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Chapel KiddushAnonymous in Thankfulness for Good Health
Sanctuary KiddushJessica and Eytan Sosnovich in commemoration of the first yahrzeit of Jessica's father, John Chargar, Yaakov Ben Elia
Shemini Atzeret - ChapelOfir and Adi Yarchi in honor of all the Stamford families and relatives who make the blessing of "Leshana H'abaa B'Yerushalayim" their reality and made Aliya
Shemini Atzeret - SanctuaryThe Maron and Schaffer Families in honor of David Schaffer's yahrzeit
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 6:45 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 8:00 AM/8:45 AM, Tuesday 7:00 AM/8:45 AM, Wednesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 5:53 PM/5:53 PM, Monday 5:45 PM, Tuesday 5:40 PM, Wednesday-Thursday 5:50 PM, Friday 5:46 PM
Candles Friday5:41 PM
SundaySukkos VII (Hoshana Raba)
MondayShmini Atzeres
TuesdaySimchas Torah
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Participants as of October 18 Morning:

Shelley & Eddie Senker

Diane Akassis
Meredith & David Cohen
Rabbi & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Rachel & Jay Jubas
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Rose & Bruce Newman
Miriam & Gideon Pell
Gayle & Howard Rothman
Hillary & Bob Zitter

Sharyn & Fred Baer
Rachel, David, Darren, Hannah & Layla Bahar
Karen & Ira Berk
Marc & Anat Chavkin
Meghan & Yoav Haron
Shara & David Israel
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Carol & Daniel Karsch
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Hannah & Ilan Lastoff
Ari & Shari Levine
Rachel & Josh Licht
Mark & Vered Links
Nicole & Jonathan Makovsky
Susan & Len Mark
Veronica & Erwin Reich
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Helene & Nat Samberg
Toby Schaffer
Janet & Kenneth Schur
Sherry & Marc Silver
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur

Jessica & Adam Batkin
Gayle& Mitchell Bell
Albert Bensimon
Mary Lee & Jeff Benson
Debbie & Michael Berg
Dina & Paul Berger
Harvey & Lynn Berman
Nina & Ron Berman
Judith & Matthew Bernstein
Stephanie & Josh Bilenker
Dena & Avi Block
Ziona & Elie Doft
Can Dyman
Diane & David Fogel
Leslie Freedman
Lynne & Steven Frenkel
Jessica & Adam Furmansky
Miriam & Joe Gelb
Paula & David Giver
Hilary & Ari Goldstein
Meryl & David Gordon
Michelle & Howland Gordon
Gloria Green
Shira & Ethan Green
Mikhael Guy
Joyce & Larry Haber
Rachel & Dan Haron
Mouchka & Dov Heller
Sherry Hertzberg
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Robert Indyk
Judy & Ed Jacobson
Judy & Ed Jacobson
Dorothy Jaiven
Judith & David Jelen
Rivkah & Brian Kanefsky
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz
David & Lorraine Kweskin
Liatte & David Lasher
Hannah & Michael Lefkovich
Tamar & Jason Levine
Marla & Jason Lewis
Rhonda & Judd Love
Izzy Lustig
Roselyn Mangot
Seth & Dinah Marlowe
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Samuel Maryles
Kori & Bill Meyers
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
Julie & Richard Morgulis
David & Rona Moskowitz
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus
Jessica & Elie Niedober
Doreen & Howard Nusbaum
Anne Peskin
Sam & Shari Raymond
Solomon & Rachel Redlich
Adrienne & Sherman Reiner
Sharon & Burt Rubin
Hyman Schaffer
Rachel & Daniel Schilowitz
Rachel & Richard Seligson
Rosalyn Sherman
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Rebecca & Eric Sigman
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Jessica & Eytan Sosnovich
Miriam & Josh Sperber
Evan & Rebecca Stulberger
Rachel & Harold Terk
Stacey & Shimmy Trencher
Audrey Waldstreicher
Sarah Bierman & Daniel Wallis
Barbara & Harry Webski
Nurit & Mark Wexler
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Howard Wolfe
Helene Zimmerman
Navah & David Zizmor
Shira & Mitchell Zucker
Chani & Oran Zweiter
High Holiday Food Drive
Wednesday, October 23
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes
Sunday, October 27 - 9:30 AM
Womens Book Club
Tuesday, October 29 - 8:00 PM
Upcoming Events
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 Oran Zweiter
  • Wednesday, October 23, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, October 24, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of October 20
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: 12 Minor Prophets - 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
Oct 26Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ariyah Leib ben Esther Malkah
  • Avraham ben Hanna
  • Chana bat Fayga
  • Chana bat Gitel
  • Chana bat Shualmit
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • 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
  • YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (MEDICAL & NON MEDICAL) -- YOU'RE INVITED TO CONQUER CANCER. A Reason for Giving. Tuesday, October 29th by Israel Cancer Research Fund at 613 Restaurant. 7:00- 9:00 pm. Meet Mark A. Israel, M.D, National Executive Director of ICRF, Distinguished Chair in Cancer at Dartmouth University Medical School, Emeritus. Chef's tasting menu & wine pairing. No charge but reservation required. Donation? Your choice. Evening Chairs: Drs. Burt Rubin, Shara Israel.
  • 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.
  • THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY 2019 HERITAGE AWARD CELEBRATION HONORING JUDITH ALTMANN AND AGNES VERTES Sunday, November 17th at noon. Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road in Stamford. It Starts with Us; a Human Dignity Exhibit Share your family story...Holocaust Survivor Wall of Names. Dairy Luncheon. For information,
  • 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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