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Friday, January 3, 2020

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
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Candle Lighting4:19 PM
Mincha4:24 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:39 AM
Latest Shacharit10:26 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:25 PM
Daf Yomi3:45 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Maariv5:16 PM
Shabbat Ends5:21 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Questions to think about on the parsha:

After the dramatic reunification of Joseph and his brothers, Joseph presents each of his brothers with gifts. "To each of them he gave a change of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver, and five changes of garment (Genesis 45:22)." The Midrash explains that Joseph gave Benjamin five garments as an allusion to the Purim story. Benjamin's descendant, Mordechai, was destined to be led around the capital city of Shushan in five festive garments immediately prior to the downfall of Haman, as it says, "And Mordecai left the king's presence with royal garments: blue and white and a huge golden crown and a wrap of linen and purple, and the city of Shushan shouted and rejoiced (Esther 8:15)."

1. Why does Joseph give Benjamin more gifts than the rest of his brothers? Didn't he learn the dangers of favoritism? Wasn't his father's favoritism towards him the beginning of his travails?

2. What is the connection between the story of Joseph and his brothers and the Purim story? Why would Joseph allude to Purim, specifically in his gifts to Benjamin?

We will be discussing these questions at seudah shlishit this Shabbat. Please join in the Bennett Simcha Room on Shabbat at 4:35 PM. In the interim, I would love to hear any of your thoughts.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Oran Zweiter

Our prayers  go out to the victims of this week's horrific violence in Monsey and Texas. May the coming weeks bring only peace and good news.

Interfaith Gathering Join United Jewish Federation's JCRC, The Board of Rabbis and the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT and others this Sunday, January 5th.7PM, Temple Beth-El, 350 Roxbury Road, StamfordAn attack on any person is an attack on us all and we must stand strong against hate crimes in any form.We condemn antisemitism and hate in all its forms. There is no place in our society for this tragic and senseless violence fueled by bigotry and hate.For more information email

MONSEY. BROOKLYN. JERSEY CITY. When anti-Semitism strikes our community, we stand up and stand together.This Sunday, we will march through our streets - proud, united, and strong.The 1.5 million Jews of our great city and region will not stand down.We will not be intimidated.We invite New Yorkers of every background to stand with us and say no to hate and no to fear.JOIN US.Meet at Foley Square at 11:00 amWe will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Columbus Park (near Cadman Plaza)

Start the New Daf Yomi Cycle This Sunday! 
  • This Sunday, 1/5, marks a momentous event, with the beginning of the new daf yomi learning cycle. Jump on board with fellow CAS daf learners, studying one page of Talmud per day. Below is the lineup of daily teachers at CAS, as well as other resources to assist in the study of daf yomi.

    Daf yomi takes place at CAS on Sunday- 7:45 AM, Mon-Friday 7 AM, Shabbat- 50 minutes before mincha.

    Sunday - Rabbi Oran Zweiter, Monday - Nat Samberg, Tuesday - Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Wednesday - Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn, Thursday - Mark Wagshul, Friday - Rabbi Yisrael Deren, Shabbat - David Bessaleli
  • Rabbi Shalom Rosner's Daf Class-
  • Rabbi Shloimy Schwartzberg (Daf Hachaim) Daf class-
  • And here are some suggestions for other daily Torah study opportunities:
  • Nach Yomi (Daily Bible study)-
  • Daily Halacha-
  • 613: Learn a Mitzvah a Day-

Youth Group Reminders 
  • No outside food is allowed in groups
  • For security, the doors are locked. Please arrive by 10:30am
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Avi Block
7 AM Dvar TorahRabbi Avi Block
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Oran Zweiter
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Library shiurJay Jubas: Shiur
10:30 shiurDena Block: Yaakov, Yosef and a Fateful Misunderstanding
MusafLevi Dulitz
SermonRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah ReaderNat Samberg
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushBarry Best in honor of those who are completing Shas on Shabbos and beginning again on Sunday and especially in honor of those who are about to start Shas for the first time
Chapel KiddushIn honor of Ariella Niedober's 6th birthday and Natan Warmflash's 7th birthday!!
Sanctuary KiddushSusan and Len Mark in memory of Len's parents, Helen S. Mark/Chaya Sara bat Moshe and Isadore Mark/Yitzhak ben Meier Zev
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 4:30 PM, Monday 1:30 PM/4:30 PM, Tuesday 1:30 PM/4:20 PM, Wednesday-Thursday 1:30 PM/4:30 PM, Friday 4:31 PM
Candles Friday4:26 PM
TuesdayAsara B'Tevet - Fast Begins 6:07 AM Ends 5:15 PM
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Upcoming Events
Behind The Scenes Of Jewish Marriage: Practical Tips For Building Healthy Intimacy 
Tuesday, January 21 - 8:00 PM
***Please note new date: January 21st***

The Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha Initiative invites all women of the Stamford community for an evening of discussion and inspiration on the topic ofBehind the Scenes of Jewish Marriage: Practical Tips for Building Healthy Intimacy
Featuring Rachel Hercman, LCSW and CAS Yoetzet Halacha Dena BlockDecember 17th 2019 at 8 PMHosted by Emily Dubitzky (Address will be sent via email following RSVP)For more information or to RSVP, contact CAS Yoetzet Halacha Dena Block at

Womens Book Club 
Tuesday, January 28 - 8:00 PM
The Womens Book Club will next be reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Event Chair: Laura TobinAddress of meeting will be sent via email after signup. Open to ALL women in our community! Please RSVP by January 26th

Aipac Shabbaton: Beyond The Jewish Community: Christians In The Pro-Israel Movement 
Shabbat, February 1
Services at 9:00am • Remarks at 11:00am • Q&A following kiddushFeaturing Josh Ehrich AIPAC National Christian Constituency Director - Josh is a deeply committed pro-Israel Christian with a strong background in politics and law. He has consulted on many federal, state, and local campaigns and has extensive policy experience through government relations and lobbying work. Josh received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Cedarville University and attained his Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law. Info: Lila Greenberg at or (203) 448-7385.
Food For Thought
Food for Thought Section with Rabbi Cohen  As we grow as a community, we always need reminders of the sensitivities of the multi faceted nature of our congregation and personal struggles people may experience. Below are some helpful reminders about infertility. May the families who are yearning to have children of their own be blessed with simcha and joy in the year ahead!
CAS Announcements
  • NEW UPDATE FROM RABBI COHEN ABOUT JERUSALEM JOURNEY IN MAY The time spent in Jerusalem will be eternal. There is no time like the present to seize the opportunity to reconnect with who we are and who we want to be. I am thrilled to share with you an updated itinerary for the journey to Jerusalem in May ( We will have the blessings of learning with luminaries such as Rabbi David Aaron, Rabbi Binny Freedman, the music of Shlmo Katz, touring of new discoveries at the City of David, Shilo, the site of the Tabernacle and Chana's Prayer, Psagot Winery, and much more! We will be based within walking distance of the Old City at the five star Orient Hotel. Please let me know if you have any questions and your interest as we are hoping to solidify the participants by Jan. 15th. Please let me know if you know others who may have an interest in joining. Thank you very much and looking forward to a wonderful and meaningful journey together!
  • CAS BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, January 26. Details to follow
  • 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.
  • 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, January 10, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, January 7, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, January 8, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, January 9, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of January 5
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Mishlei, The Book of Proverbs - 10:15 AM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: 12 Minor Prophets - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jan 11Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jan 18Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Jan 25Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 1Sanctuary: openChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 8Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: 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
  • Bayla Frimet bat Rivka Henshe
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Rachel bat bayla
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Reuven Moshe ben Miriam
  • Rivka Devorah bat Chanula
  • Sara Pesha bat Rivka
  • Shoshanah bat Bascha Fleigel
  • Velvel Zev ben Yenta
  • Yehudit bat Gittel
  • Yekusiel Yosef ben Fraidal
  • Yitzchak ben Shulamit Avigail
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • BI-CULTURAL CELEBRATION DINNER HONORING CAS Members - Elise and Steven Cohen-Guests of Honor, Alice and Jason Janush-Community Service Award, Tina and Yossi Notik-Young Leadership Award, Laura Kassen-Alumni Award, David Giver-Jane Shoztic Memorial Award. Sunday, January 12, 5:30 PM sign up at or contact Rachel Cohen, Dinner Director, at or 203-329-2186
  • FREE WEEKLY BASKETBALL SCRIMMAGE FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30pm at the BCHA gym. Get some midweek exercise and get back in the game! Please contact Adina if interested at
  • 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.
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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