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Friday, July 9, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Matot-MaseiRosh Chodesh AvJuly 10, 20211 Av 5781
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:15 PM
Candle Lighting8:10 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM/9:15 AM
Latest Shema9:15 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:30 AM
Mincha8:05 PM
Maariv9:05 PM
Shabbat Ends9:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We hope you and your families are well. We continue to offer our prayers and comfort to the community of Surfside in Florida. Click here to support the communal response.

Tonight and tomorrow are Rosh Chodesh Av. We add Hallel and Yaaleh VeYavo in our tefillot and birkat hamazon. We enter into a mourning period called the Nine Days, culminating with Tisha B'Av. The restrictions include, most notably, no consumption of meat and wine (with the exception of on Shabbat) and no live music, nail cutting and haircuts. We also refrain from recreational swimming. Click here for info from the OU. Please join us on Sunday at 10 AM for a virtual presentation with Dr. David Bernstein on The Family Feud of Avraham and Lot: Disagreement vs. Baseless Hatred.

If you are new to the area and would like to learn more about joining CAS, please reach out to me, Matt, our executive director, or Meg Haron, membership chair at We look forward to welcoming you to the CAS community.

We are thrilled that CAS has exceeded the number of letters of intent for the first year of the Life and Legacy program! The program is funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and United Jewish Federation and we are deeply grateful for their support in inspiring us to build our endowment. Thank you to everyone who made commitments. We are excited to announce that Dan Faizakoff will be the new chair of Life and Legacy. Please contact Dan ( or me to learn more about how to create lasting impact for CAS.

We offer a full array of minyanim and youth groups this Shabbat. Please note the Tent minyan begins at 9:15 AM on Shabbat. Youth groups begin at 10 AM. Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead the class on the Code of Jewish Law prior to mincha and Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn will lead a siyum on Yoma and discuss themes of Yom Kippur between mincha and maariv on Shabbat afternoon

God willing, as we mourn the loss of the Beit Hamikdash, the Temple in Jerusalem, we will merit to see a time of joy, rebuilding and peace very soon.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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 Cohen, Friday at 4:45 PM - - password: 1234613
  2. Studies for the Soul with Rabbi Cohen , 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 Matot - Masai with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • Haftarah for Parshat Masei - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Parshat Pinchas - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The Haftorah is read from Jeremiah 2:4-28 (Second of the Shalosh D'Poranusa - Three Haftaros of Affliction.)
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will give the 10:30 am shiur titled "Lessons from the Haftorah"
  • Three Weeks of Mourning: Jew law dictates that we do not hold weddings, listen to (live) music, get haircuts, or purchase something that would require a blessing of shehechiyanu.
  • To learn more about the laws of the Three Weeks, please review this comprehensive entry on Halachipedia
  • COVID-19 Related: Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated must wear a mask inside the shul at all times. All participants at outdoor services may opt to not wear a mask. Please make sure to review the rest of our updated guidelines.

CAS Tisha B'Av 5781 Schedule and Program 
Do Not Complain of the Darkness but Increase the Light - Rav Kook

Halachic Reminders for Shabbat Erev Tisha B'Av, July 17th

We will hold an early mincha at shul at 6:00 PM. Seudah Shlishit is considered your meal before the Fast. The Fast starts at 8:23 PM.

When Shabbat ends at 9:06 PM, recite Baruch Hamavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol to mark the end of Shabbat before driving to shul. We will recite the blessing on a flame following Maariv and Eicha. Maariv will be held in the chapel and the tent.

Saturday, July 17th
  • 8:23 PM: Fast Begins, Shabbat Ends 9:06 PM
  • 9:30 PM: Ma'ariv followed by Eicha (Chapel) - Rabbis Cohen and Kurtz will share a few words before Eicha
Helpful Reminders for the Tent
  1. Seating on Personal Lawn Chairs (bring your own chair or blanket). There will be some chairs available.
  2. Tefillah Liturgy and Eicha (or bring your own)
  3. Eicha will be amplified via Conference Number 339-207-8035 and available for those unable to attend in person.
Sunday, July 18th
  • 7:00 AM: Shacharit followed by brief recitation of Kinot
  • 9:00 AM: Shacharit followed by Explanatory Kinot until approximately 12 PM
  • 1:00 PM: Chatzot (midday)
  • 1:45 PM: Early Mincha
  • 2:15 PM: Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation video- For more info, visit
  • 3:30 PM: Numbered - Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish and non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. NUMBERED is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors.
  • 4:30 PM: Anne Frank Parallel Stories - A new documentary featuring Helen Mirren intertwines her story with five girls who survived the Holocaust.
  • 6:15 PM: The Bookkeeper of Auschwitz - The "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" was a man called Oskar Grning, and during the war, he was in charge of handling the money and other items that were taken from the prisoners in the camp. 70 years after the war ended, he was on trial for charges of accessory to murder. After all, 300,000 people lost their lives in the concentration camp. Of the many thousand guards that worked in such facilities, only a handful of them were ever legally prosecuted.
  • 7:55 PM: Mincha followed by Maariv
  • 9:05 PM: Fast Ends

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

Join Rabbi Kurtz on Monday nights
  • 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:

Mikvah Update  
Dear Stamford Community,

While we are sad to say B'hatzlacha and goodbye to Dena Block as she makes Aliya with her family, we are excited that Dena will continue to serve as the CAS Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha for the Stamford Community. In the upcoming year Dena will have a partnership with Rivka Alter, current Yoetzet Halacha for the Riverdale Yoetzet Initiative.

While Dena is living in Israel she will still be available to answer questions and be there for supportive conversations with women through phone, email, whatsapp, text (from 7 AM EST to 3 PM EST) 201-921-8992. Dena will continue to provide our community with a few educational and inspiring programs throughout the year!

Rivka Alter, will also be available to cover questions that arise in the evening hours if they are time sensitive in nature. We hope to invite Rivka to our community as well during the year. Rivka will be available from 3 PM EST - 11 PM EST. 303-725-8527.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with Dena and welcoming Rivka to our Mikvah community.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Adina Adelman and Nicole Makovsky
Co-Chairs of the Stamford Mikvah
  • to Helene Zimmerman on the passing of her beloved husband, Leo Garfinkel (Aryeh Leib ben Benyamin)
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 Hilary & Ari Goldstein on the birth of a baby boy! Mazal Tov to siblings Ezra, Noah, Hailey & Ava!
  • to Rabbi Moshe & Marisa Kurtz on the birth of a baby girl, Talya Esther!
  • to Elise & Steven Cohen on the birth of a grandson, Gavriel Shaul!
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
Kiddushim: Sponsored to welcome new BCHA Director of Judaic Studies Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld, his wife Chani and their children Sofia, Noa and Judah by CAS, BCHA, Dina & Paul Berger, Darona & Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Cindy & David Pitkoff

Senior Challah Deliveries: Avram & Rhoda Freedberg
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Upcoming Events
Senior Afternoon Event In The Tent 
Thursday, July 22 - 2:00 PM
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.

Call or email Kim ( to sign up.

Shabbat Nachamu Musical Celebration 
Shabbat, July 24
Shabbat Nachamu Musical Celebration, Shabbat, July 23rd and 24th - Friday Night Ruach Kabbalat Shabbat in the Chapel and Joyous Shabbat morning Tefillah at 9 AM in the Tent. Led by Omer Neumeir and his family in honor of his father's Yedidia's 70th birthday!

Rav Boaz Mori In Person 
Thursday, July 29 - 7:00 PM
Rav Boz will speak on " Pomegranates, Grenades and the Segula of Eretz Yisrael" at 7 PM Rabbi Boaz Mori is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and founder of Ramat Shilo, a vibrant and dynamic community centered physically and spiritually around the yeshiva. To learn more visit

CAS Young Couples And Singles Game Night 
Sunday, August 22 - 8:00 PM
Think you have what it takes??Join friends for laughs and good fun! Refreshments will be served.In the Simcha Room at Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Shalom
The Center for Community Education (CCE) at BCHA  announces a pre-Tisha b'Av program with Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld via Zoom on Wednesday night, July 14th at 8:45PM. Please register today -!

Michael Feldstein article  Click here
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday8:06 PM
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