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Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ShemosJanuary 18, 202021 Tevet 5780
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Candle Lighting4:34 PM
Mincha4:39 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Latest Shacharit10:29 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong/BMC10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:40 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:40 PM
Mincha4:30 PM
Maariv5:30 PM
Shabbat Ends5:35 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Names: Everyday Heroes

We often refer to the second book of the Torah as Exodus but in fact it is called Shemot, names. On a simple level, the identity of the book corresponds to the very first words of chapter 1 which state, "These are the names of the children of Israel who went down to Egypt with Yaakov." Yet, the title of the book reveals a deeper message.

Why is the book detailing the journey from slavery to freedom entitled "Names"?

It is especially ironic given the anonymity of the major heroes of the story. The Torah states that a Levite man and woman got married and gave birth to a child. The Torah also states that Jewish women who feared God risked their lives to save the Jewish children from Pharaoh's murderous decree. In neither case are their actual names mentioned even though we know them as Amram, Yocheved and Miriam respectively.

Why hide their identities? Why call the book "Names" when the names are in fact hidden?

Perhaps the answer emerges when we realize that pedigree is not as important as purpose. Courageous and transcendent acts punctuate the journey towards redemption in ancient and modern times. No matter a person's name or fame, the role we each play in fostering positive change can be monumental. No person is exempt from this responsibility. As Ethics of our Fathers teaches, "It is not up to us to finish the task, but it is incumbent upon each of us to not desist from trying." The question for each of us is whether on a daily basis we dedicate our activities as mundane as they may seem to a higher purpose.

On the eve of Martin Luther King weekend, I am inspired by one of his quotes that embodies the belief in the intrinsic value of every human being to contribute to the redemption of the world.

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

Every one of us can be a hero in the meta narrative of Jewish and human history.

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

Upcoming Event CAS Cholent Challenge Shabbat, Feb. 15th. To participate, contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter.

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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 shiurJonathan Siscovick: The Method of Writing the Oral Torah
10:30 shiurRabbi Yossi Kamman: Drug abuse: A Jewish Perspective
ShacharitDr. Sam Maryles
HaftorahHarvey Kaminski
MusafJason Levine
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderMark Wagshul
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Oran Zweiter
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library KiddushAna and Albert Lilienfeld in honor of the birthday of Dovi Zucker
Chapel KiddushThe CK Fund
Sanctuary KiddushCo-sponsored by Rachel & Jeremy Hager in honor of the yahrzeit of Jeremy's father, Rabbi Emil Hager (Rav Menachem Mendel); Sherry Hertzberg in honor of Robin and Adina's birthdays and the birth of her new granddaughter; H & E Bernstein and Hannah & Ilan Lastoff in celebration of their wedding anniversaries; Aaron Goldenberg in celebration of his mother, Flower Goldenberg's birthday; and David Gordon in celebration of Meryl's upcoming birthday
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 4:45 PM, Monday-Thursday 1:30 PM/4:45 PM, Friday 4:47 PM
Candles Friday4:42 PM
MondayMLK Day
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.
  • to Rob Hoff on the passing of his father, Dion Hoff
  • to the Gold family on the passing of Leonard Gold
  • to Rachel Hager on the passing of her father, Richard Isaac
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 Maria Reicin on receiving the Mort Scheraga award at BCHA.
  • to Pam Ehrenkranz and Matt Greenberg on the birth of a granddaughter
  • to Shery Hertzberg on the birth of a granddaughter
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
Behind The Scenes Of Jewish Marriage: Practical Tips For Building Healthy Intimacy 
Tuesday, January 28 - 8:00 PM
***Please note new date: January 28st***

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 BlockHosted by Emily Dubitzky (Address will be sent via email following RSVP)For more information or to RSVP, contact CAS Yoetzet Halacha Dena Block at

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.

Scholar In Residence Weekend With Rabbi Bernie Fox 
Shabbat, February 8
Rabbi Fox will be speaking three times over the weekend. Friday Night Oneg (at the home of Talia and Jonathan Siscovick, 57 Overbrook Drive, 7:30pm): Insights into Yitzchak from Haman, Shabbat day Talmud class (10:30 am at Agudath Sholom): Shabbat before Receiving the Torah and Seudah Shelishit (at Young Israel of Stamford): Alternative Models of Redemption: The Exodus from Egypt and the State of Israel. Hosted by Agudath Sholom and Young Israel of Stamford

Guest Chazzan: Charles Muhlbauer 
Shabbat, January 25
Shabbat, January 24-25, 2020 - Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv led by Cantor Muhlbauer - 4:48 pmFriday night oneg at the Neumeier home, 373 Strawberry Hill Avenue - 8:15 pmShabbat morning shacharit and musaf services -9:00 amMusical havdala - 5:45 pm
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
  • AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE LIMITED DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE. CAS has a few PC tickets available for the early bird rate of $399. If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Cohen.
  • CAS MENS CLUB TU B'SHVAT This year the CAS Men's Club is making it easy to plant for Tu B'shvat!We have partnered with the Israel Innovation Fund so that we get a portion of the amount for every vine planted in
  • JR YACHAD HOUSING NEEDED Shabbat Feb. 7-8. Junior Yachad will once again be coming to Stamford! Volunteers are needed for housing. All Yachad members are matched up with a staff member who will be responsible for them. The kids have varying degrees of abilities and disabilities including a wide range of developmental and learning disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's and cerebral palsy, in general they are mild mannered. They can stay in either separate bedrooms or the same. There might be one or two girls in a wheelchair. Only breakfast needs to be provided by the host family. They will be out of the house Friday night for dinner and pretty much all day shabbas. Include your address, how many you can sleep, whether you have stairs and phone number in your response. Thanks in advance!!! Hospitality Coordinator - Ziona Doft
  • DIASPORA YESHIVA BAND Join us for a Reunion concert of the world famous Diaspora Yeshiva Band, Saturday night, February 22 at the Stamford Plaza. Aish Hatorah's Project inspire will be welcoming them as part of their conference and is generously inviting our members to join for the concert. Reservations are mandatory and optional contribution is suggested. RSVP and more info, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • HELP THE CAS BRAND GROW Rabbi Cohen will be SIR at Manhattan Jewish Experience on West Side on Shabbat, Jan. 24- 25th - Invite your friends in city to join him for a dinner and Shabbat morning. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or visit
  • SAVE THE DATE for the CAS Youth fundraising event open to the whole community - Saturday night, February 29th @ 7:45pm
  • DOR L'DOR UPDATE - Join us on Shabbat, Feb. 15th for a Meet and Greet during Kiddush to learn more and forge new friendships! This program seeks to build upon the multigenerational aspect of our community by linking young families and seniors. Together, youth 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tuesday, January 21, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, January 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, January 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of January 19
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: 12 Minor Prophets - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Jan 25Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 1Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 8Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 15Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 22Sanctuary: 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
  • Aliza Devorah bat Esther Elka
  • Bayla Frimet bat Rivka Henshe
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • 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
  • Yekusial Yosef ben Fraydel
  • Yitzchak ben Shulamit Avigail
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Community Announcements
  • SIX THIRTEEN RESTAURANT - UPCOMING FEBRUARY EVENTS Saturday, February 1-Live Performance by Three Rabbis & a Cik. Doors open at 6:30, band plays at 8:30.; Sunday, February 2-Join us for the Super Bowl at Six Thirteen! Special dining package will be available. If you are watching somewhere else, take advantage of our Super Bowl Catering Packages.; Saturday, February 8-Chef's 4 Course Tasting Menu with Wine or Scotch Pairing. Reservations Required.
  • WARM UP THIS WINTER WITH PJ LIBRARY & BCHA! On 1/26/20, join United Jewish Federation's PJ Library & Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy for a morning of fun including Tu B'Shvat crafts, story time, and an introduction to BCHA's new Maker Space! Featuring a waffle and hot chocolate bar. This is a free event, but we ask that you sign up in advance- to sign up go to For more info contact Diane Sloyer at or Sharon Franklin at
  • UJF EVENT United Jewish Federation and UJA-JCC Greenwich invite you to an evening with Seth Siegel, author of Troubled Water. Discover Israel's role for the solution to America's drinking water risks. This event is intended for donors $5000 and up to the 2020 campaign. $85 per person, 7pm dinner and drinks, program to follow, at the Bruce Museum. Register by 1/13 at Contact Diane Sloyer for more info at ext. 105.
  • JOIN CARMEL ACADEMY FOR A TU B'SHVAT CELEBRATION at the Stamford JCC on Sunday, February 9th at 11:30am. Come have lunch and learn about the origins of Tu b'Shvat, the New Year of the Trees, while participating in multisensory gardening activities led by our faculty. Geared toward ages 3 to 5.
  • 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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