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Friday, August 6, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ReehShabbat Mevarchim ElulAugust 7, 202129 Av 5781
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Mincha7:00 PM/7:51 PM
Candle Lighting7:46 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:28 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:38 AM
Code of Jewish Law7:00 PM
Mincha7:40 PM
Maariv8:40 PM
Shabbat Ends8:45 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Thank God, we are sharing many semachot in the weeks ahead. We wish a warm Mazal Tov to all of the families.

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Elul. We begin shofar blowing on Monday morning, the second day of Rosh Chodesh and begin reciting Psalm 27 Sunday night and throughout the holiday season morning and night.

Sign up for the Senior Afternoon Event in the Tent on Thursday, August 12th 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. RSVP below.

Save the date of Sunday, August 29th at 5:30 PM for our Chanukat Habayit, dedication of our newly renovated shul. RSVP on our website.

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.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

High Holiday and Covid Protocol Update 
Thank you to everyone who filled out our High Holiday survey. We received over 200 responses, making up nearly 575 adults and children over 12 years old who plan on attending the High Holidays. Thank God, over 98 percent of adults and 94 percent of kids between 12 and 18 years old who are eligible to be vaccinated have been vaccinated. We continue to wish everyone good health. Additionally, over 40 percent of the respondents plan on davening in the tent. With this in mind, we will have two tent services over the holidays. Unless you reserve seats or own pews, seating in all minyanim will be first come, first serve. If you want to reserve seats, please contact the office to sign up for our patron program.

Also, as you are likely aware, in light of the rising case numbers due to the delta variant, the Department of Health of the State of CT has revised their guidelines as of August 1st. We strongly recommend vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. Masks are required indoors for unvaccinated people.

We appreciate your cooperation. We will keep you posted with further updates and God willing, we will all share good news in health in the season ahead.

Pre-Shabbat Virtual Opportunities at CAS  
  1. Community Prayers for Healing with Rabbi Kurtz, Friday at 4:40 PM - - password: 015824
  2. Studies for the Soul with Rabbi Kurtz, Friday at 4:50 PM - - password: 015824
  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 Re'eh with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • Haftarah for Re'eh - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Re'eh - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Isaiah 54:11-55:5 (Third of the Shiva D'Nechemta - Seven Haftaros of Consolation)
  • The 10:30 AM shiur will be given by Moshe Averick on Topics in Parshat Re'eh
  • Code of Jewish Law will be led by Rabbi Shimmy Trencher
  • Birchas HaChodesh: We bless the month of Elul. The molad will be Sunday, Aug. 8, 10:43am and 10 chalokim
  • Rosh Chodesh is observed from Saturday night through Monday afternoon
  • We begin reciting L'Dovid Hashem Ori at Maariv on Sunday night
  • Shofar will be blown at the end of Shacharis starting Monday morning
  • 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.

Welcome New Members  Saryah Sober and Lucy Schwartz!

Adult Education Update We are excited to be planning a robust adult education program in the year ahead. Thank you to our inspired chair Daniel Schilowitz. We are now thrilled to welcome Marina Sapir as chair and Sam Sroka as vice chair. If you would like to serve on the committee, please be in touch with Marina ( or me. To get a taste of upcoming learning opportunities, please click here.

Did You Know? Healing and Hospitality Update Whether in the hospital, assisted living, rehab or at home, a visit can life someone's spirits and help with their healing. We pray in the misheberach for a healing of the spirit and healing of the body. Thank God, we have a cadre of people who volunteer to visit our members. We stay in touch and alert the group to mitzvah opportunities via a google group entitled

The warmth of our community is our strength and our value. Thank God, many people are moving into the community. There is no better substitute for building friendships than a Shabbat meal. Once a month, we invite our members to host new families for Shabbat by sending them names via the google group

If you would like to be added to either or both groups, please contact Matt Feinberg in the office or Rabbi Cohen

Kashrut Updates 
  • The breads and all pareve pastries at Beldottis are considered pas yisroel. Beldotti's items may be brought into 613 restaurant.
  • Greenwich and Delancey, a new OU supervised restaurant, located at 59 East Putnam Ave. Cos Cob will open in the near future. Details in the weeks ahead.
Mazal Tov
  • to Doreen and Howard Nusbaum on the engagement of their daughter Leah to Asher Mandel, son of Lynn and Ed Mandel of New York City!
  • to Karen and Ira Berk on the forthcoming marriage of their son Aaron to Stacie Lane!
  • to Elise and Steven Cohen on the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Tamar to Josh Fink!
  • to Bill Meyers on his honor this week at the Israel Cancer Research Fund "Ribbons of Hope" virtual celebration!
  • to Simeon and Sharon Wohlberg on the aufruf of Zach Wohlberg in honor of his forthcoming marriage to Phyllis Shams!
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Upcoming Events
Elul Spiritual Consultation With Rabbi Daniel Cohen  

Become Your Best Self this New Year We align our cars and check our bank accounts but the high holidays are the perfect time for an alignment of the soul. Are you leading your best life? Do we live in sync with our highest aspirations? Rabbi Cohen is happy to arrange a zoom or in person 30 minute spiritual consultation in advance of the holidays to help you chart the path for a year of exponential and eternal growth and impact. For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen at

CAS Movie Club 
Sunday, October 10 - 8:00 PM
For the next movie club we're going to be taking a little bit of the break until after the chagim. We'll be watching 1981's Chariots of Fire. It's available to stream for free on Tubi, rent from Vudu or borrow from the library. Even if you've watched it before I strongly urge everyone to watch it again with a critical eye and come prepared to discuss it like you've never done before!Each month we'll pick a movie and then come together to discuss its themes, its cultural meaning, and place it in an historical context. We will talk about how film as an artform can teach us about our society and the mors and values we embody or wish to project. We'll learn the language of film and how it's used to tell those stories. For more info, For more info, contact Judith Bernstein at **Please note, if you've already sign up, no need to sign up week to week as your name remains on the list until you request it be removed.**
Shabbat Shalom
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Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:45 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
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