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Friday, January 31, 2020

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BoFebruary 1, 20206 Sh'vat 5780
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Candle Lighting4:51 PM
Mincha4:56 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Sephardic Minyan9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:37 AM
Latest Shacharit10:27 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi4:00 PM
Code of Jewish Law4:00 PM
Mincha4:50 PM
Maariv5:48 PM
Shabbat Ends5:53 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Decisions of Destiny

Below is an excerpt of a message I shared at the memorial service at BCHA for Mr. Walter Shuchatowitz, founding dean. It is always important for us to express gratitude for the legacy we are gifted and our shared obligation to perpetuate it for the future.

Tonight, I want to focus on one dimension of his life which in my mind is the secret to his enduring impact. Mr. S lived each day not for the here and now, but for eternity. He understood more than most that small decisions and gestures of kindness reverberate forever.

God offers the greatest of honors to a person who lives for eternity, lives for impact. When Miriam was a young girl, the Torah states she waited to see what would happen to her brother Moshe, who was sent down the Nile to avoid a certain death at the hands of the Egyptians. Over 80 years later, God repays her. When she is plagued with leprosy, the entire nation of Israel waits until she can reenter the camp, because as Rashi states, the one Shaah, the one moment, she waited for Moshe. One decision, one gesture of kindness is never forgotten.

As the Rabbi of Agudath Sholom, I can say that both Mr. S and Rabbi Ehrenkranz, who came to Stamford in the 1940s, understood that their presence in Stamford was a divine opportunity to plant seeds for the future of the Jewish people. It was not easy to build a shul or build a day school, but that did not dissuade them from being driven each day to create impact.

Mr. S was legendary for his tireless devotion to ensuring a Jewish education for our youth, for creating experiences of a lifetime in Israel, and building a premier Jewish day schools. He was filled with enthusiasm every day to plant another seed, and ignite another soul because he knew that if he woke up in the morning, it was God telling him that he had faith in him to make an eternal difference. So many stories. So many families forever changed due to Mr. S.

Mr. S lives on and his spirit will forever be a blessing because he lived for eternity. His decision to forgo a career in law for Torah changed history. His decision to educate and inspire every Jewish child shapes generations.

His presence will always be felt. I experienced a sign in the early morning on the day of his funeral in Boston. We stopped at the Starbucks on High Ridge early in the morning and spotted a car parked outside with the license "Dr. S", itself odd. When we went inside, there was one customer, Dr. Carl Scheraga, son of Mort Scheraga, of blessed memory, who was Mr. S's right hand man, serving as president of BCHA for over 20 years.

We who are here today are tasked with carrying on Mr. S's legacy and the sacred responsibility and privilege to perpetuate and grow the presence of Torah and Jewish learning in our community each and every day.

May his memory, Zev Ben Aharon, be for a blessing always.

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.

We are proud  to host our annual AIPAC Shabbaton this weekend. We welcome our guest speaker, Josh Ehrich, AIPAC National Christian Constituency Director, as well as Sarah Walsh, AIPAC Southern CT director, Lila Greenberg, AIPAC Southern CT assistant director and Zohar Nadler, AIPAC Fellow.

Welcome  Reverend Greg Doll, Reverend Gary Morello and the confirmation class and their parents from Noroton Presbyterian Church visiting this Shabbat morning.

Thank You to Shira Neirenberg and Alisa Weisser for cooking and coordinating our Tu B'Shvat Senior Luncheon this past Thursday
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and CommentaryRabbi Daniel Cohen
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Library shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Edut Hachodesh - The Nature of Testimony on the New Moon
10:30 shiurRabbi Oran Zweiter: Can You Really Not Dance at Two Weddings? The Principle of Ein Mearvin Simcha B'Simcha
ShacharitDr. Burt Rubin
MusafRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonJosh Ehrich: Beyond the Jewish Community: Christians in the Pro Israel Movement
Torah ReaderSam Sroka
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Cohen will conduct a Siyum on the occasion of his mother;s Yaarzeit followed by a conversation with Josh Ehrlich
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Chapel KiddushDarona & Tzvi Bernstein In honor of Leora & Ezra's birthdays
Sanctuary KiddushCAS welcoming Josh Ehrich and in appreciation to Sara Walsh and Lila Greenberg for their devotion and leadership in cultivating our partnership with AIPAC and a strong America and Israel alliance
Seudat ShlishitDiane and Rabbi Cohen on the occasion of Rabbi Cohen's mother's Yahrzeit, Sandra Cohen, Sara Malka bat Aharon Avraham Halevi
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday 1:30 PM/5:00 PM, Friday 5:05 PM
Candles Friday5:00 PM
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 Ruth Aminoff and her family on the passing of her husband, Mel Aminoff
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Upcoming Events
Scholar In Residence Weekend With Rabbi Bernie Fox 
Shabbat, February 8
Rabbi Fox will speak three times over the weekend. Friday Night Oneg (at the home of Talia and Jonathan Siscovick, 57 Overbrook Drive, 7:30pm, Dvar Torah at approximately 8pm - Refreshments will be served): 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

An Evening With Sivan Rahav Meir 
Tuesday, February 25 - 7:30 PM
Noted Israeli Journalist and World Mizrachi Shlicha to North America Sivan Rahav Meir will speak on Orthodox vs. Secular / Israel vs. America: Finding Common Ground in a Polarized World.The event is being sponsored in partnership with the Religious Zionists of America and generously supported by Andrea and Dan Aaron, in memory of Andrea's parents, Saul and Janice Kalish, z"l. The event is free and open to the community and will be hosted at Agudath Sholom. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Rabbi Avi Weiss Scholar In Residence Weekend 
Shabbat, March 7
Rabbi Weiss will deliver the Shabbat morning sermon, speak at a community luncheon following Kiddush and during Seudah Shlishit. The weekend will be focused on the recent 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, rising antisemitism, lessons from the movement to free Soviet Jews for which he was a champion, emerging from his personal experiences and lifetime commitment to spiritual activism.

CAS Purim Seudah 
Tuesday, March 10 - 4:30 PM
Lots of fun for everyone!

Opening The Conversation: Creating A Supportive Community Around Infertility And Pregnancy Loss 
Wednesday, March 18 - 7:30 PM
The Steinmetz Bernstein Alexander Yoetzet Initiative at CAS for the Stamford Community presents "Opening the Conversation: Creating A Supportive Community Around Infertility and Pregnancy Loss." This event will include Keynote Speaker Abbie Sophia sharing her own journey, followed by a panel discussion featuring clinical psychologist Dr. Danielle Thau, Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Ilana Ressler and Reva Judas, founder of Nechama Comfort. The panel discussion will focus on raising awareness of these issues as well as giving tools and strategies for being supportive as friends, family and a community at large. Registration at 7:30 pm followed by program at 8 pm. Open to the entire community.
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
  • CALLING PARENTS AND CHILDREN TO SPREAD JOY! CAS SHABBAT ATRIA AND RESIDENCE 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, Jan. 31st at 2:30 PM at The Residence at Summer Street (14 2nd St) and Friday, February 6th at 2:30 PM at Atria Stamford ( 77 3rd St.) to share the spirit of Shabbat. Adults & kids welcome. For more info: 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
  • 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 Daniel Cohen
  • Friday, February 7, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, February 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, February 5, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, February 6, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
CAS Classes
Week of February 2
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
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Sponsor A Kiddush
Feb 8Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 15Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 22Sanctuary: sponsoredChapel: openLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Feb 29Sanctuary: openChapel: sponsoredLibrary: sponsoredTeen:
Mar 7Sanctuary: 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
  • Aliza Devorah bat Esther Elka
  • Bayla Frimet bat Rivka Henshe
  • Davida bat Rachel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Reuven Moshe ben Miriam
  • 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.
  • NEED JEWISH BOOKS? Visit the Yeshiva University Sefarim Sale - the largest Jewish book store in North America. Open until Feb. 23rd. For more info visit
  • 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 FREEDBERG FAMILY KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from our 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.
  • ANNUAL DINNER OF THE STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Temple Beth El at 5:30PM. Honoring the memory of Tamar Gershberg and Flossy Fischel. $54/person, sponsorship is $180 (entitles you to two reservations). Guest speaker: Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Rosh Yeshiva, Hadar. Topic: Can Torah and Ethics Ever Be at Odds? To reserve online, please visit For more information, please contact Janet Welkovich
  • FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE Join us on March 22, 10:30-11:30, at CAS for a Community Wide Awareness Event to learn about how you can foster inclusion of people with different abilities in all aspects of your life. Hear from Benji Schussheim, who embraces his stutter with joy and positivity. His message teaches us to turn our challenges into opportunities. RSVP Appreciated:
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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