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Friday, August 27, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Ki TavoLeil SelichotAugust 28, 202120 Elul 5781
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Mincha7:00 PM/7:21 PM
Candle Lighting7:16 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/8:30 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:36 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:42 AM
Mincha7:10 PM
Maariv8:10 PM
Shabbat Ends8:15 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We look forward to the launch of the holiday season with Selichot this Saturday night with a musical selichot at 10 PM led by Y Stud Yaakov Perlitsh and a late Selichot at 12:45 AM. Selichot will be during the week at 6:20 AM and weeknights at 10 PM. The Sunrise Service will be this Sunday at 5:45 AM at Cummings Beach at Cummings Park.

Please note the tent minyan this Shabbat morning meets at 8:30 AM. The Code of Jewish Law class will meet Shabbat afternoon at 6:20 PM. Thank you to the Ciks for hosting a Shabbat Backyard Shmooze at 3:30 PM - sign up below.

We are excited to celebrate the Chanukat Habayit of Agudath Sholom this Sunday and pray that Hashem's presence dwells in our midst God willing in good health for many years!

The Mitzvah of the first fruit, the Bikkurim, the highlight of Parshat Ki Tavo, did not take effect until every Jew settled in the land of Israel. The Lubavitcher Rebbe suggests that we learn that our happiness can only fully be realized when everyone is happy and blessed.

In this spirit, we are redoubling our efforts this season and beyond to support the Schoke JFS Kosher Food Pantry. Beyond the annual high holiday drive (info in days ahead) and chaired this year by Meg and Liam Haron, we are starting Giving Thursdays at CAS. Drop off food on Thursdays (pick up an extra item when shopping for Shabbat) and we will deliver to the food pantry on Fridays. Items needed are Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil, Canned Tuna/Salmon in Water, Boxed Milk, Oat and Almond Milk, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Jarred Tomato Sauce and also consider purchasing items at Virtual Grocery Store - Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service ( Thank you in advance!

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, Hilary Goldstein (, membership chair or Meg Haron (, exec membership liaison. We look forward to welcoming you to the CAS community.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Early Start Time for Tent Minyan  Please note: The tent service will be at 8:30 am this Shabbos

Current COVID Guidelines as of August 12th, 2021 click here to view

High Holiday Parking 
There will be no parking on the CAS Campus, unless you have a handicapped placard AND contact the office in advance for pre-approval

The parking spaces on Colonial Road will be marked for Drop Off Only. Parking is available at St. Bridget's Church across from CAS on Strawberry Hill and the Strawberry Hill School on the corner of Fifth Street and Strawberry Hill Avenue (one block from CAS).

DO NOT PARK - In the past, a number of members have parked on Boxwood Drive. We encourage our members to not park there this year. Additionally, please do not park in any of the condo/townhouse parking areas or the Queen of Clergy retirement home as your car will be towed.

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 Ki Tavo with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • Haftarah for Ki Tavo - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Ki Tavo - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Isaiah 60:1-22 (Sixth of the Shiva D'Nechemta - Seven Haftaros of Consolation.)
  • Selichos begin Saturday night with a 9:45 PM and 12:45 PM option. All ensuing days have a 6:00 AM option (followed by 6:30 AM shacharis) or 10:00 PM.

Welcome  to Rut Hess and Hila Mordechai, the BCHA Banot Sherut Leumi!

Thank you  to Daniel Seligson, Nat Samberg, and Noah Finkelstein for helping organize the CAS seforim collection.

Get to Know our Guest Chazan Duvie Shapiro!  We are looking forward to hosting Duvie Shapiro on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the sanctuary. Here is a sampling of some of his tunes for the Yamim Noraim.

Check out a Rosh Hashanah Reflection Guide developed by Rabbi Cohen and Elisheva Cohen   click here

New Making Mitzvah Moment Opportunity We have delivered thousands of Challot in the past 18 months to our seniors. More than the Challot, the mitzvah creates new relationships and adds joy to people's lives. Thank you to Suzzanah Coll for her weekly coordination and all of our drivers. We are excited to be launching a new initiative "Call Me Marigold" chaired by Elior Parness and Caroine Marciano. Deliver monthly Shabbat Blessed Blooms to the Seniors who give us our roots. The deliveries will be in coordination with our Shabbat Challah initiative. To learn more contact Elior or Caroline. or

Interested in deliveries, contact Suzannah at or sponsor here. To sign up for Making Mitzvah Moments, click here.

Agudath Sholom and the Life & Legacy Initiative

Agudath Sholom is proud to be one of more than 680 Jewish organizations across North America that have secured over 1 billion dollars in legacy commitments to ensure a bright Jewish future.

To date, our collaboration with 10 other Stamford organizations, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's LIFE & LEGACY initiative, has led 97 donors just like you to commit gifts of over 4 million dollars to local organizational endowments.

Without writing a check today, you too can do your part to help the Agudath Sholom build our endowment and help build the endowments of the other Jewish organizations in our community you value, so we can weather turbulent times like these and adapt to meet evolving community needs.

This is a very simple process, and when Agudath Sholom reaches our first goal of 18 -25 Letters of Intent, we will receive a financial incentive grant that can be used immediately for any synagogue need.

Join our members who have already signed letters of intent. We are deeply appreciative of their commitment to Agudath Sholom!

Gayle and Mitchell Bell
Debra and Michael Berg
Darona and Rabbi Harold Bernstein
Diane and Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rachel and Ephraim Cohen
Tracy and Nahum Daniels
Debra and Dan Faizakoff
Sharon and Michael Feldstein
Robin and Jason Fischel
Stephanie and Howard Fogel
Meryl and David Gordon
Helene and Harvey Kaminski
Elissa and Philip Klapper
Jean and Brian Kriftcher
Lorraine and David Kweskin
Rachel and Joshua Licht
Susan Mark
Nancy Zinbarg Mimoun
Stephanie and Bob Sherman
Ronnie and Steven Sichel
Diane and Elliot Sloyer
Neda Khaghan and Robert Yaghoubian
Lauren and Joe Zalis

Please reach out to Rabbi Cohen or Elissa Klapper ( to learn more about the program, and how you can have a tremendous impact on Agudath Sholom's present and future, without needing to donate today. Thank you!
  • to the Weiss Family on the passing of Vivian Weiss
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 Maya Sparks and the Bahar Family on Hannah's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Racheli & Dan Rosenblum on the birth of a baby boy, Moshe Yechezkel!
  • to Andrea & Ari Lefkovits on David's Bar Mitzvah this past week!
  • to Theresa & Elie Herman on the birth of a baby boy! Mazal Tov to big sister Millie Ava and grandparents Joanne & Jerry Linsner and Dina & Ira Herman!
  • to Aviva & Jared Kafer on the birth of a baby girl! Mazal Tov to big sister Sivan and grandparents Shera & Bob Nusbaum and Estelle and Sheldon Kafer!
  • to Nurit & Mark Wexler on the arrival of a granddaughter, Adina! Mazal Tov to great-grandparents Debbie & Ben Soifer!
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: Mariya Feldman in blessed memory of Nahum Sapir, father of Marina Sapir

Kiddushim: Darren Bahar in celebration of Hannah's Bat Mitzvah
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Upcoming Events
Laugh, Learn....Lchaim! 
Thursday, September 23
Grab a drink and join our new Young Couples group to socialize, gain a deeper connection to our CAS community, and share in group discussions. Led by Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen.Chaired by Rachel and Greg Waldstreicher For more information and to RSVP, contact Rachel at or Rabbi Cohen at
Shabbat Shalom
Worthwhile Story from Rabbi Irving Elson,  Ana Lilienfeld's brother - click here

Fall Sunday Series on Shemittah with Rabbi Cohen  10:00 AM Sunday October 10th, 17th and 24th - A Shemitah Primer: Understand the Practices and Purpose (based on the writings of Rav Tzvi Rimon)

Halacha Update As we approach the Sabbatical year, one of the important halachic considerations is the forgiveness of loans. Please see this article from the Orthodox Union explaining the background and innovation of the Pruzbul document.

If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Kurtz.

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Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 7:15 PM, Wednesday-Friday 7:10 PM
Candles Friday7:05 PM
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