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Friday, November 29, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ToldosNovember 30, 20192 Kislev 5780
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Candle Lighting4:09 PM
Mincha4:14 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:21 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:08 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:15 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Maariv5:04 PM
Shabbat Ends5:09 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I look forward to resuming my weekly message next week.

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 member families 
  • Nina and Ron Berman
  • Dr. Jason and Robin Fischel
  • Alex and Lindsay Meirowitz

Thank you 
  • to Mitchell Bell, the CAS Men's Club and the volunteers - Ron Ashkenas, Dr. Jeff Cahn, Harvey Caney, Aaron Goldenberg, Randie Katzel, Carl Kaufman, Vered & Marc Links, Oren Link, Tamar Links, Jake Meyer, Susan Silvers, Barbara & Harry Webski, and Hillary & Bob Zitter - for preparing and serving the Thanksgiving Lunch to the Stamford EMS.
  • to all of the people who joined us to Say Thank You to our First Responders on Thanksgiving Day by visiting the Stamford Police and Fire Departments and Stamford EMS.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah before TefillahRabbi Daniel Cohen
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
10:30 shiurRabbi Avi Block: TBD
HaftorahJonathan Gordon
MusafSandy Shapiro
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderNat Samberg, Phil Kaminski, Harvey Kaminski
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitYaakov Faratci
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddush:Ari, Benjamin, and David Lefkovits in honor of the birthday of Andrea Lefkovits, their amazing wife and mother
Chapel KiddushPam Ehrenkranz and Matt Greenberg in Memory of the yahrzeit of Matt's father, Harry
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Lenore & Michael Cooper and Drs. Cathrine & Allen Troy in honor of the naming of their granddaughter Olivia Dee Troy; Meryl & David Gordon in honor of their new granddaughter, Shira Melody Schuster; and Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut in honor of the birth of their grandson, Shmuel Yisrael
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 4:15 PM, Monday-Thursday 1:30 PM/4:15 PM, Friday 4:12 PM
Candles Friday4:07 PM
  • to Estelle Metviner and Neil & Deborah Metviner on passing of their husband and father, Irwin Metviner
  • to Liba Steinmetz and Stephen Block on the passing of their mother, Annette Block
  • to Avrom Shuchatowitz, Robert Shuchatowitz and Phyllis Lander and their families and Jackie Shuchatowitz on the passing of their father and husband, Walter Shuchatowitz. "Mr. S" - founder of BiCultural Hebrew Academy, was a teacher, builder, leader, friend, and mentor to many of our members.
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 Toby Lazarus and Shari Raymond on receiving the Volunteers of the Year Award and to David Gordon on being installed as the New Federation President at UJF's Celebration and Annual Meeting on December 8th
  • to Sandy Weiner and Marc Weiner on the birth of a grandson
  • to Michael and Lenore Cooper on the baby naming of their granddaughter this Shabbat morning
  • to Meira and Joe Scheiner on the birth of a baby girl, Shifra
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
CAS Women Presents Pre-Chanukah Boutique 
Sunday, December 15
10:30 am - 2:30 pm. Get your Chanukah gifts and more! Jewelry, hats, hair accessories, Cutco, personalized children's items and more.
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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • CAS SHABBAT ATRIA MITZVAH MISSION Spreading joy and building community. Our goal: enrich the seniors' experience through friendship, song and joy. Join Rabbi Cohen and Kate & Peretz Cik on Friday, December 6th at 2:30 PM to share the spirit of Shabbat. Adults & kids welcome. For more info: contact Rabbi Cohen
  • 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
  • JOIN A UNIQUE AND UNFORGETTABLE OPPORTUNITY to turn off your outside world and turn on your inner world at the holiest pace on earth.A SOUL JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM with Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in partnership with Yeshivat Orayta. a week of study and spirit in the Old City with luminaries such as Rabbi David Aaron, Rav Binny Freedman and many more.Open to Men and Women. Sunday, May 3rd until Sunday, May 10th, 2020. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen at Visit for information and to sign up.Trip Cost: $800 to Orayta $1910 Hotel and Round Trip Land Transfer (base on double occupancy) Stay the five star Orient Hotel in Jerusalem and learn in the Old City of Jerusalem. All Levels and Backgrounds Welcome. Sign Up Now!
  • 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, December 6, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, December 3, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, December 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, December 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of December 1
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Mishlei, The Book of Proverbs - 10:15 AM
Mark Wagshul: Crash Course in Reading Hebrew - 7:30 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 - 8:30 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
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Dec 7Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 14Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 21Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Dec 28Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jan 4Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: 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
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • 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
  • Yehudit bat Gittel
  • Yitzchak ben Shulamit Avigail
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • SIX THIRTEEN RESTAURANT is proud to host a live performance by 3 Rabbis & a Cik on Saturday, November 30.Doors open at 6:15, Band plays at 8:30.
  • 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
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION on December 8th for our Year End Celebration & Annual Meeting being held at the Ferguson Library. Pre-reception with dinner & cocktails starts at 6:30pm, $40 by 12/1 ($50 after), and the annual meeting begins at 7:30pm, open to all at no charge. Dessert reception to follow. We will be honoring Ricky Arbron, David Fogel, Jonathan & Allison Ostroff, Toby Lazarus, Peter Lilienthal, Shari Raymond & Cathy Satz, and installing David Gordon as incoming UJF President. Special guest speaker Eric Fingerhut, President & CEO of JFNA. Event co-chairs are Dinah Miller-Marlowe & Seth Marlowe. Go to to register or place a journal ad, or contact Diane Sloyer at 203-321-1373 ext. 105.
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S CARDOZO LAW SOCIETY on December 4th for an evening of networking and learning. 6:30pm dinner, followed by a panel discussion entitled "Staying On The Ethical Path: Legal Ethics & Malpractice," featuring Rob Hoff, Jeffrey Cunningham and Mike Trippico. Sponsor, Wiggin & Dana LLP, is providing 1 CLE in ethics. $36 in advance/$45 at the door, dinner and drinks included. Location: Wiggin & Dana, Two Stamford Plaza, 281 Tresser Blvd., 7th Fl., Stamford. Sign up at For more information contact Sharon Franklin at
  • LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF MOTHERHOOD Thursday, December 5, 7:00pm, at the JCC. Join us for a night of hilarious comedy sketches and cocktails with Podcasters Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables. For tickets visit or call the JCC welcome desk at (203)322-7900. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School (203) 322-6541.
  • 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,
  • ENJOY "LATKES, LIGHTS & LAUGHTER " at United Jewish Federation's NextGen Chanukah Party on Saturday night, December 14th, 8-10:30pm at the Beacon Harbor Point, 1 Harbor point Road in Stamford. Mingle with friends and enjoy specialty cocktails and spirits tasting by Litchfield Distillery, a donut bar, latkes and other holiday fare. $18 pp in advance/$25 at the door. Sign up at, contact Sharon Franklin at for questions. Dietary laws observed.
  • EDEN VILLAGE CAMP OPEN HOUSE The innovative Jewish organic farm camp, located in Putnam Valley, NY, is changing the way Jewish sleepaway camp is done. Come find out what makes EVC so special. Sunday, December 8th @ 7:00 pm. Hosted by the Kanefsky family - held in Stamford - RSVP for address:
  • 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.
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
  • KOSHER ADVISORY Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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