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Friday, October 8, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
NoachOctober 9, 20213 Cheshvan 5782
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Candle Lighting6:06 PM
Mincha6:11 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:10 AM
Latest Shacharit10:20 AM
Mincha6:00 PM
Havdalah7:05 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We hope you and your families enjoyed meaningful and uplifting holidays.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who gave of their time to make the season so memorable. Thank you to all of our Kol Nidrei appeal donors! If you would like to donate, click here.

As we swing into the fall, we are excited to offer a full array of adult education classes beginning this week of October 10th. Click here to learn more. We are excited to also offer a Night at the Westport Observatory on Saturday night, October 16th, a virtual Shemitah presentation from Israel and noted columnist Jonathan Tobin on Sunday, October 31st. Details below.

We will offer a full array of minyanim this Shabbat at 7, 8 and 9 AM (indoors and outdoors) and a 10 AM teen minyan and youth programming. Beginning next week, we will be offering more robust kiddushim. In addition, beginning this Shabbat, our youth will be joining us at 11 AM to lead Adon Olam.

If you are new to the community and want to learn more about Agudath Sholom and also attend our New and Prospective member brunch at our home on Sunday, October 17th, contact me or Hilary Goldstein, membership chair, at

Join us this Sunday, October 10th for a UJF Walk for Unity in our Community. RSVP here and also Thursday night for the community premiere of Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin, at the Stamford JCC Film Festival, cosponsored by CAS. Buy tickets here. Read about it in the Jewish Link.

Registration is now open for Pre B'nai Mitzvah Matan and Man Up classes for 6th grade girls and 7th grade boys. See the events section below to sign up.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Kiddush Update  New Protocols Start Shabbat October 16th Kiddush food will no longer be individually wrapped and packaged. There will be a separate table for kids' desserts. Kids are not allowed to serve themselves from the other tables. Parents must do so for their kids.

Free Seforim and Jewish Books at Agudath Sholom  We have many Jewish books looking for a new home. Feel free to take a few for your own library and learning. Tables will be in the lobby beginning this Shabbat and available for perusal over the next couple of weeks.

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 Parshas Noach with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Isaiah 54:1-55:5.
  • Haftarah for Noach - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Noach - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here

Welcome  new members Rabbi Josh & Chani Rosenfeld and their children Sofia, Noa, Judah!

Thank you  to Nat Samberg for diligently preparing and managing the Sifrei Torah throughout the entire Holiday season!

Fall Classes   Classes Begin week of October 3rd unless otherwise noted. All classes are free and open to the entire community.

Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Inside the Mind of the Great Commentators (Starts October 12th) - Tuesdays at 8:15 AM (In Person and Virtual Option)
  • The Power of the Prophets (Starts October 12th) - Tuesdays at 9:00 AM (In Person and Virtual Option)
  • Parsha Perspectives - Tuesdays at 12:00 PM (In Person and Virtual Option)
  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Psalms - Thursdays at 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM (Zoom and Starts October 21st)
  • A Taste of Torah - Fridays at 8:15 AM (Zoom)

Fall Sunday Series on Shemittah with Rabbi Cohen
  • 10:00 AM Sunday October 17th and 24th - A Shemitah Primer: Understand the Practices and Purpose (based on the writings of Rav Tzvi Rimon (In Person and Virtual Option). Order Rav Rimon's Book on Shmitta here
  • Soul Study and Chavuras with Rabbi Cohen - These groups meet monthly and consist of peers convening for Torah study, personal growth with a focus on relevancy to our lives. If you are interested in launching a soul study group, contact Rabbi Cohen.

Rabbi Moshe Kurtz - All classes in person with virtual option
  • Bible from the Beginning - Sundays at 9:15 am
  • Halachic Adventures Through the Parsha and Times of Year - Mondays at 7:00 pm
  • Young Men's Chabura - Every Other Wednesday at 8:00 pm
  • Fresh Fruit & Vintage Wine: Studies in Aggadeta - Thursdays at 9:15 am
  • Weekly Talmud: Meseches Makkos - Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Bob Abrams
  • The Tanach Club on Monday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15
  • Reading Hebrew from the Siddur Thursdays at noon
  • Read Hebrew America with NJOP - Monday evenings at 7:30 PM - Register here

Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin
Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Jewish Film Festival of Fairfield County in Partnership with Agudath Sholom

Following the in-person screening, Rob Schwartz, Executive Producer and founder of Hidden Light Institute will recognize Stamford's own Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Judith Lupatkin-Bernstein with a special presentation for their contributions in helping to make the film a reality, and will answer audience questions about the film.

Click here to purchase tickets

Scholar in Residence with Rabbi Daniel and Rivka Alter October 29th and 30th
  • to Ayelet Rand on the passing of her grandmother Debra Petrover, Devora Freida bat Zvi Hirsh
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 Rachel & Nimrod Dayan and grandmothers Janet Fried and Rose Dayan on AJ's Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat!
  • to David & Ayelet Rand on the aufruf this weekend of David's brother, Daniel!
  • to Yolly & Yaakov Faratci on Yaakov receiving his semicha! Yasher Koach Reb Yaakov!
  • to Rabbi Cohen and Judith Bernstein on being honored for their contribution to the production of the Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin at the premiere this week at the Fairfield County Film Festival! Read out it in the Jewish Link
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: Debbie & Ben Soifer in honor of their new great granddaughter, Adina

Kiddushim: The Rand family in honor of Daniel Rand's aufruf and upcoming marriage to Sylvia Scheiner on Sunday, October 10th
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Upcoming Events
Stamford Mayoral Candidate Forum 
Monday, October 18 - 7:30 PM
CAS Men's Club has invited all candidates to this forum co-sponsored by UJF. We are looking forward to a rousing event with each candidate fired up, right before the voting begins.

New Class With Bob Abrams - Learning How To Lead The End Of Davening 
Sunday, October 24 - 9:30 AM
Practice Anim Zemirot and Adon Olam and get into the rhythm of leading davening. Open to Pre B'nai Mitzvah Boys of All ages. Sundays - October 24, 31 and Nov. 7th 9:30 AM - 10 AM.For more info and RSVP contact Bob at

Scholar In Residence Weekend With Rabbi Daniel And Rivka Alter 
Friday, October 29
Hosted by the Minnie Manger Marcia Leiberman Mikvah and Agudath Sholom Adult Education Committees

Rivka Alter is serving as the in person Yoetzet Halacha this year in our community together with Dena Block who is in Israel. Rivka Alter has taught Tanach and Halacha for over twenty years in New York, New Jersey and Colorado. Presently, she is a member of the Judaic studies faculty and twelfth grade dean at Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central). Rivka frequently teaches women and teens locally and on zoom. She is a kallah teacher and certified as a Yoetzet Halacha Rabbi Alter serves as Head of School at Moriah Day School in Englewood.

The Rabbi Of Buchenwald - The Life And Times Of Herschel Schacter 
Wednesday, November 10
A Conversation with Rabbi JJ Schachter and Rafael Medoff.On the eve of World War II, Herschel Schacter became the rabbi of Agudath Sholom, his very first congregation. In the years to follow, Schacter would become world renowned as the U.S. army chaplain who aided survivors in liberated Buchenwald, as a leader in the Soviet Jewry protest movement, and as the first Orthodox rabbi to become chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Come hear the fascinating story of a remarkable Jewish leader whose career began right here in our own shul.
Shabbat Shalom
Making Mitzvah Moments 

Giving Thursdays - Make it a habit to support the Freedberg Kosher Food Pantry every week. Purchase some extra items when shopping for Shabbat and drop them off at the shul on Thursday. We will bring the food pantry on Fridays. To learn more visit

Stay Tuned for our Person to Person Food Drive in late October. Chair: Stephanie Sherman
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 6:05 PM, Friday 6:00 PM
Candles Friday5:55 PM
MondayColumbus Day
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Kurtz'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 Kurtz are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM at Beldotti Bakeries, 605 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905, USA
  • Friday, October 15, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Humbled Coffeehouse, 575 Hope St, Stamford, CT 06907, USA
Rabbi Moshe Kurtz
  • Monday, October 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Adult Education

Join one of our CAS classes.

We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham Shimon ben Chana
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Elena Blasser
  • Elena Chavez
  • Eliezer ben Chana
  • Ephraim Aron ben Rochelle
  • Esther Malcah bat Itzik
  • Friedel bat Esther
  • Hanna bat Sonya
  • Hanna bat Yehudit
  • Hertzeleah Tova bat Shoshana Leah
  • Miriam Rivka bat Carol
  • Nahum ben Tzilya
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Nessa bat Miriam
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Shim Shome ben Miriam
  • Shmuel Dovid ben Malca
  • Tanner Garcia
  • Vigdor ben Rosa
  • Yaakov Ben Chaya ben Sarah
  • Yair ben Rachel
Community Announcements
  • BARRETT PARK AKA THE "SHABBAT PARK" ANNOUNCEMENT 1. Save the date - October 21 @ 7pm - log into Zoom for the first official planning meeting with the City of Stamford and BETA Group to plan the new Barrett Park! 2. Fill out this form - - to share YOUR voice with what's needed to improve our park. Please be in touch with Jessie Katz at if you have any questions or want to get involved in the planning process.
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION, THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF SOUTHWEST CONNECTICUT AND THE MAYOR'S MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO "WALK FOR UNITY IN OUR COMMUNITY" October 10th (raindate October 17th) at Cove Island Park, 12:30-3:30. The importance of unity, friendship and peace has never been more important. Participants are invited to walk around the main circle at the park and then gather for a self-provided picnic lunch and get to know new friends and neighbors. Registration is required at: All CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be observed. For more information, please contact Sharon Lewis, Director, JCRC,
  • MARK TRENCHER WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT "10 SURPRISING FINDINGS ABOUT MODERN ORTHODOXY" Wednesday, October 20th at 8PM, sponsored by the Center for Community Education (CCE) at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of CT, Zoom program. Register now -
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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