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Friday, November 8, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Lech-LechaNovember 9, 201911 Cheshvan 5780
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Candle Lighting4:24 PM
Mincha4:29 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:06 AM
Latest Shacharit9:57 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:30 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:30 PM
Mincha4:20 PM
Maariv5:18 PM
Shabbat Ends5:23 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Absorb and Grow the Message

The Torah refers to Eliezer as Avraham's right hand man. He is known as Damesek Eliezer. Rashi explains that Damesek is an acronym for doleh umashkeh, he draws forth and gives to drink since Eliezer did only learn Torah from Avraham but taught it to others.

What can we learn from Eliezer about our own life and growth?

Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe (1914 - 2005

expounds on Rashi's idea by noting that Eliezer did not simply repeat Avraham's words verbatim. Rather, he delved into Avraham's teachings, sought to understand them, internalize them and then extract pearls of wisdom to teach to others.

The Alter of Kelm, (1824-1898 embodied this ideal in his teachings to his students. He would write down his discourses and distribute them to his disciples so they could review, internalize and extract messages for their own lives. Rabbi Wolbe would also set a specific time following his discourses for his students to review them. Until they "made it their own" the words would unlikely penetrate their personalities.

How often do we hear a word of inspiration, a Dvar Torah, or wisdom and then we forget what we heard within one day or even hours? The key to truly growing in life is to digest an idea and reflect on how we can concretely apply the message to our own lives. If not, we are simply allowing words to go in one ear and out the other. Imagine how radically different our lives would be if we were better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we are today.

Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz (1873-1936 summed it up by saying, "Do not wear borrowed clothing." Do not copy other people's actions. Every individual has his own unique role in serving God and only he was given tools to actualize his unique potential. Develop a plan of action appropriate for you.

Learn from Eliezer. Make growth your own. In this spirit, I learned much from my colleague Rabbi Menachem Penner, who was an outstanding Scholar in Residence last Shabbat.. He shared two ideas at Seudah Shlishit to make Tefillah more meaningful. First, start with your Mork and Mindy moment. Mork would let his boss, Orson, know what happened on earth that day and in his life. Literally, say to God, "God, it is me, lets talk."

Make Tefillah Personal. Bring God into your life and engage in a conversation with Him. Second, if we find ourselves thinking about other matters or worries during our private mediation, bring God into the conversation. Ask him to help us in that particular concern. God can do ANYTHING.

Stop. Reflect. Internalize, Incorporate and Make an Idea your Own. Our growth will be exponential and eternal.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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

Welcome  new members Mihal and David Ariyeh and their daughter Noa

Thank you  to Larry and Meryl Meiteles for sponsoring seudah shlishit last Shabbat in memory of Simon Meiteles on the occasion of his Yaarzeit

Join us in honoring our Jewish War Veterans Shabbat morning during the prayer for United States Armed Forces. We are eternally grateful for their service to our country

Daily Minyan Shaliach Tzibur Reminder  The Shaliach Tzibur serves as the emissary of the congregation. In this spirit, we want to remind those who request this honor to insure proper diction, a basic understanding of the words, and commitment to chant the words slowly and loudly so that everyone in the room can hear the Tefillah clearly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Next Shabbat  we will welcome New England NCSY for their Senior Fall Regional. We also look forward to welcoming the participants in the Summer CAS Heritage Trip to Poland. In lieu of Rabbi Cohen's sermon, we will hear briefly from three participants about their experiences and impact of the unforgettable journey.
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 shiurMichael Feldstein: Parashat Va'yera: Avraham's Sudden and Surprising Silence
ShacharitDavid Gordon
MusafOmer Neumeier
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderDavid Zizmor
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn: Siyum on Seder Kodshim
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushBarry Best to commemorate the second yahrtzeit of a dear friend, Sandy Eisenstat
Chapel KiddushJared and Andrew Frenkel in honor of Lynne's birthday and in memory of Grandma Judith Price
Sanctuary KiddushRhoda and Avi Freedberg in memory of George Freedberg on the occasion of his Yaarzeit and in honor of their new granddaughter Tziporah Maytal (Maytal Siena) and by Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn, David Cohen, Stuart Feldman, Carl Kaufman, Harold Schwartz and Elliot Sloyer in honor of their wedding anniversaries
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:25 PM, Friday 4:22 PM
Candles Friday4:17 PM
MondayVeterans Day
Mazal Tov
  • to Karen and Jon Malkin and Ali and Ann Goldblum on the Bat Mitzvah this weekend of Abby Malkin
  • to Rachel and David Levi on the Simchat Bat this weekend of their daughter Maya
  • to Judith Altmann on being honored at next weekend's Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County's 2019 Heritage Award Celebration
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
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Upcoming Events
Womens Book Club 
Monday, December 16 - 8:00 PM
The Womens Book Club will next be reading The Dutch House by Anne Patchett. Event Chair: Laura TobinAddress of meeting will be sent via email after signup. Open to ALL women in our community! Please RSVP by December 13th

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt - European Jewry At A Crossroads 
Monday, December 16 - 7:30 PM
Pinchas Goldschmidt has been the Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Russia since 1993, serving at the Moscow Choral Synagogue. He also founded and heads the Moscow Rabbinical court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) since 1989, and since 2011 serves as President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) which unites over seven hundred communal rabbis from Dublin to Khabarovsk.
Mishna Learning
Learn an entire tractate of Mishna in Just Over a Month!
Join friends and community members in a new Torah study opportunity.
Study approximately one mishna per day and finish the entire Masechet Taanit in just a short time.
We will provide resources, such as translations and audio explanations to help.
Celebrate together for a joint siyum and kiddush on December 14th!
For more information, see Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.
To sign up for daily WhatsApp explanations of the mishnayot, go to or send an email to Rabbi Zweiter.
Learning Schedule:
Chapter 1- Week of Nov. 3
Chapter 2- Week of Nov. 10
Chapter 3- Week of Nov. 17
Chapter 4- Week of Nov. 24
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
  • PLEASE JOIN THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, MOTZEI SHABBAT, NOV 9TH, FOR A SPECIAL EVENT OPEN TO ALL WOMEN : A women's learning & melave Malka on the occasion of Rochel Imeinu's Yartzheit. Come join us at 7:30pm for pizza & inspiration on the life & legacy of Rochel Imeinu at the home of Rochel Attar featuring Divrei Torah from her as well. Please reach out to if you are interesting in sharing something or for more details.
  • THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SHABBAT KIDDUSH WITH RABBI COHEN FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS Catch up with old friends, chat with Rabbi Cohen, and enjoy some tasty food. Following minyan on Shabbat morninig, Rabbi Cohen will host a special kiddush at 11:30 AM for collegiates visiting for Thanksgiving Weekend. RSVP to Rabbi Cohen at
  • 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
  • CHANUKAH COLLEGE PACKAGES CAS would like to send your collegiate a Chanukah care package. Please send your child's email, address and phone number to Kim in the office by December 1st to be included in the gifts for Chanukah.
  • 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: Rabbi Cohen -
  • CAS MENS CLUB Once again the CAS Men's Club is spear-heading a feast for the EMS responders on Thanksgiving.We are looking for food (Turkey, sprouts, salad items, cranberries, etc.) to prepare during the morning 9am-11:00 pm to drop off for the 4-5 crews on duty that day. If you can donate or help prepare contact Mitchell Bell, or 203 722 3512. Thank you.
  • 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, November 11, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, November 12, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, November 15, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, November 12, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, November 13, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of November 10
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Mishlei, The Book of Proverbs - 10:15 AM
Mark Wagshul: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew - 7:30 PM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Monday Evening Kabbalah Series: Mystical Principles for Inspired and Meaningful Living - 8:15 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis and the Rudiments of Rashi - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: The Power of the Prophets - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
Rabbi Oran Zweiter - Tuesday Evening Jewish History Series: Villains of Jewish History You May Never Have Heard About - 8:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: 12 Minor Prophets - 9:30 AM
Diane Cohen - Explorations in the Book with Esther - 10:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Nov 16Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Nov 23Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Nov 30Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 14Sanctuary: 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
  • Ariyah Leib ben Esther Malkah
  • Chana bat Fayga
  • Chana bat Gitel
  • Chana bat Shualmit
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Liba bat Peschke
  • Rachel bat Bayla
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivka Devorah bat Chanula
  • Shmuel ben Zlata Fayena
  • Tzedakah Bracha bat Yehudit
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • UJF SUPER SUNDAY Join United Jewish Federation on November 10th from 9:30-1:30pm for Super Sunday. Volunteer opportunities for the whole family. Kids activities include a carnival room, bouncy house, face painting, crafts, Music with Rabbi Kohl (10am), PJ Library room (story at 11:30am) and the tzedakah coin challenge drop off station. Besides being a great destination for your family, it is also UJF's biggest fundraiser of the year- so stop by to make you pledge or answer the call and help support Jews in need locally and around the world! To sign up to volunteer or for more information got to or contact Sharon Franklin at Location: 1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford.
  • THE ISRAEL CANCER RESEARCH FUND CT CHAPTER'S annual Heroes for Hope gala November 17, Sunday 6:00 pm. honoring humanitarian Stuart Berni at Stamford Hilton. Featured speaker: Dr. Tali Lando Aronoff, ENT surgeon, mother, wife, and cancer dragon slayer. Mayor David Martin will share his experiences. Chapter Chairman, Leslie Freedman, Ph.D. David Kweskin, Chapter Director. For reservations, donations, information or
  • FAMILY FUN DAY AND PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AT GAN YELADIM OF STAMFORD Sunday, December 8 - 9:30am-11:30amCome learn about our program by taking a tour, meet our amazing Gan teachers and enjoy a morning filled with children's activities. Fun and Free for the whole family. For adults an opportunity to get certified in CPR / First Aid for $60 a person. RSVP appreciated to
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND'S 7TH ANNUAL WATER & WINE RECEPTION AT WESTCHESTER REFORM TEMPLE December 5th, 7pm. The event will feature Channel 12 News Anchor Michelle Divon, "My Experience at the Gaza Border: How JNF Helps Families Heal". Tickets are $36 which include savory noshes, wine tasting, dessert & coffee, schmoozing and learning more about building a stronger state of Israel. Sponsorships are available. Online registration at: Water & Wine Registration For more information, please contact Westchester & Southern Connecticut Director, Sharon Lewis,
  • 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.
  • JHSFC HERITAGE AWARD CELEBRATION Sun, Nov. 17, 2019 at 12:00 PMTemple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County will honor two well-known Holocaust survivors-- Judith Altmann and Agnes Vertes. They have dedicated their lives to educating students on the Holocaust and have spoken to well over 100,000 school children. This also marks a transformational moment for The JHSFC, to continue the work Judy and Agnes have started. Ticket are available and you can learn more by visiting our website:
  • 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.

Check out OurCrowd (  They are the most active venture investor in Israel the past two years and have invested in about 200 companies since inception across a full range of industries. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or Alec Ellison, Chairman Our Crowd, at

2020 AIPAC Diamond Summer Internship Application! Diamond Summer Internship (DSI) is one of the most premier internships in Washington DC, and each summer AIPAC hires interns to work at the DC headquarters and in regional and satellite offices across the country. Interns are fully integrated into their department or regional office, and will also engage in a variety of professional development programming. Departments vary each summer, but often include: Political, Policy and Government Affairs, Development, Leadership Development, Business Operations (i.e.: finance, IT, HR), Marketing and Communications, Events and Creative Services, Outreach, and more. Interns participate in the National Intern Retreat, Summer Saban Leadership Seminar, weekly intern call-ins with organizational leadership, and the highly-acclaimed Summer Seminar Series. Typically, DSIs are entering their Junior or Senior years of college.The application can be found at: DSI program begins on Monday, June 15th, 2020, and interns may opt to work for 8, 9, or 10 weeks.The deadline to apply is January 2nd, 2020 at 11:00PM EST.
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
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