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Friday, June 25, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BalakJune 26, 202116 Tamuz 5781
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:17 PM
Candle Lighting8:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:10 AM
Latest Shacharit10:26 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Mincha8:10 PM
Maariv9:08 PM
Shabbat Ends9:13 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We hosted a wonderful annual meeting this past week and look forward to a vibrant and meaningful year ahead, God willing. We are thrilled to welcome Ben Lason to our stellar executive team of Toby Schaffer, Meredith Cohen, Howard Rothman, Harvey Kaminski, Jessica Furmansky, and Meg Haron and welcome new board members Hilary Goldstein, Jeremy Hager, Philip Klapper, Marina Sapir, Josh Sperber, and Rachel (Lipinsky) Waldstreicher.

Click here for our President, Toby Schaffer's remarks and here for mine.

We are pleased to welcome 22 new members to our shul in the past year with a membership of over 500 families. If you are new to the area and would like to learn more about joining Agudath Sholom, please reach out to me, Matt, our executive director, or Meg Haron, membership chair at

Thank you to Avi and Rhoda Freedberg for presenting our CSS volunteers with the George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit and Hineni Awards. Click here to read Avi's heartfelt and meaningful remarks.

This Sunday begins the Three Weeks of mourning commencing with the Fast of the 17th of Tamuz. Special educational programming, fast time and details are detailed below.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

We Need Volunteers for CSS (Community Security Service)! 
Please sign up to join us at CSS. Our current group of 12 dedicated volunteers can no longer do this without others. We have been called upon to do shifts 3 out of four weekends and some of us are burning out.

The need for CSS is greater than ever. But if YOU don't step in to volunteer, we will not be able to continue.


We will be offering training online and in Stamford in early June.

Please reach out to Simeon Wohlberg, the office, or Adam Breiner ( ifyou are interested in signing up for training.

Current COVID Guidelines as of May 20th, 2021 
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Pre-Shabbat Virtual Opportunities at CAS  
  1. Community Prayers for Healing with Rabbi Moshe Kurtz, Friday at 4:40 PM - - password: 1234613
  2. Studies for the Soul with Rabbi Kurtz, Friday at 4:50 PM - - password: 1234613
  3. Join Rabbi Cohen's Living Torah Moment and Rabbi Kurtz's Daily Peninei Halacha

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshat Balak with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • Haftarah for Parshat Balak - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Parshat Balak - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The Haftorah is read from Micah 5:6-6:8
  • Rabbi Kurtz will be leading a class on Rav Soloveitchik on Fast Days: Past, Present and Future in between mincha and maariv on Shabbat afternoon
  • Fast Day - 17th of Tamuz: The Three Weeks of Mourning begin this Saturday night. The fast of Shiva Asar B'Tamuz begins at 4:11AM in the morning and concludes at 9:08PM at night.
  • To learn more about the laws of the Three Weeks, please review this comprehensive entry on Halachipedia

Summer Learning Sessions - Three Weeks Theme Classes  
Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Kurtz will lead classes on Shmirat Halashon, the Sanctity of Speech, on Shabbat Afternoons July 3rd and July 10th post Mincha. Please note that there will be an early mincha on Shabbat afternoon, July 17th.

Join Rabbi Cohen on Tuesday, July 6th
  • 8:15 AM - Rav Yehuda Amital on the Meaning of Redemption and the Secret of Jewish Continuity
  • 9:00 AM - Tisha B'Av that Falls on a Sunday in Halacha and Thought
  • 12:00 PM - The Timelessness of the Kamtza and Bar Kamtza Story

Join Rabbi Kurtz on Monday nights
  • 6/28 - "How can we sing a song of the Lord on alien soil?" The Interplay of Jewish and Christian Music
  • 7/5 - Rav Nachum Rabinovich on Music & Mourning
  • 7/12 - A Survey of Traditional Jewish Approaches to Suffering

Starting July 1st, join the weekly Thursday 9:00AM study group for their latest book Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada. Participants will gain a significant familiarity with many of the classical narratives, parables and moral lessons contained within the vast corpus of Talmudic literature. This study group is accessible to people of all levels of fluency with Jewsh texts. If you are interested, please reach out to R. Moshe Kurtz:
Mazal Tov
  • to Janice & Jake Meyer on the engagement of their daughter, Julie Sara to Daniel Joseph Temkin, son of Mike Temkin and Faina Temkin of Troy, MI!
  • to Doreen & Howard Nusbaum on the engagement of their son, Emil to Tali Zenilman, daughter of Marilyn and Michael Zenilman of Lawrence, NY!
  • to Alyson & Scott Koblick on the birth of a baby girl, Emunah Malka!
  • to Mihal & David Ariyeh on the birth of a son, Eitan! Mazal Tov to grandmother Cecile Minkoff and big sister Noa!
  • to Leora & Yaakov Hauptman on the birth of a son, Daniel Andrew! Mazal Tov to grandparents Rabbi Tzvi & Darona Bernstein and Dave & Ruth Hauptman, great-grandparents Samuel & Sarey Bernstein and Debby Steinhorn and siblings Ezra and Lilly!
  • to Caren & Jules Szanton on the birth of a son, Jacob Ethan/Yaakov Eitan! Mazal Tov to grandparents Sharon & Jeff Lewis!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Cindy & David Pitkoff in memory of David's father, Bernard Pitkoff's yahrzeit
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming CAS Mens Chabura 

June 30 at 7pm - Is it Really Murder?- The Prohibition of Embarrassing Others, chabura given by Rabbi Oran Zweiter. Location: Backyard of Ben Folkinshteyn: 32 West Lane.

Save The Date! 

Tuesday, July 22nd - Senior Afternoon Event in the Tent featuring a Sing Along with the Piano and Ruach Man - Jonathan Cahr! - All seniors are invited for a fun afternoon of food, socializing and a special program. Hosted by the CAS Chesed Committee.

Sunday, July 25th - A Celebration and in Gratitude of Life BBQ for the our Shul Community under the tent- Sponsored by the CAS Men's Club in conjunction with CAS Agudath Women and Young Families. An appreciation of surviving, living to tell the stories of the pandemic and how we appreciate our survival and life. More details to follow but please plan to be there and participate.

Sunday, August 29th at 5:00 PM - Chanukat Bayit and Dedication of our Newly Renovated and Expanded Shul
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 8:05 PM, Monday-Thursday 8:20 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday8:12 PM
SundayTzom Tammuz
CAS Youth News
We are happy to announce the creation of a new youth group called "Little Lights" for 2 years olds. This group will take place in the social hall from 10:00-10:45am. One parent is required to stay with the child throughout the duration of groups. Masks are encouraged for the kids and required for the parent.

Tot Shabbat, which is now for ages 3 and 4 will be drop-off and will be located in the hallway between the main sanctuary and Social Hall from 10:00-10:45am. Please note that you must pick your child up at 10:45am when groups are over. Masks are required for each child. Thank you to our stellar youth lay and professional leadership. We are grateful to our ever growing participants, thank God.
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