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Friday, October 29, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Chayei Sarah
Shabbat Mevarchin Kislev
October 30, 202124 Cheshvan 5782
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Service Note: The Sanctuary and Tent minyanim begin at 8:45 AM this Shabbat
Candle Lighting5:35 PM
Mincha5:40 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:19 AM
Latest Shacharit10:25 AM
Code of Jewish Law4:40 PM
Mincha5:30 PM
Havdalah6:34 PM
Shabbat Shalom

In honor of Shabbat mevarchim, Kabbalat Shabbat this Friday night will be infused with added ruach and song.

We are grateful, thank God, that COVID cases are decreasing and as such the updated mask protocol from the Mayor. Please see details below regarding our current policy. We will be taking down our tent this coming week and God willing on Shabbat, Nov. 6th, we will offer one 9 AM minyan in the sanctuary in addition to our 7 AM and 8 AM minyanim.

We are thrilled to welcome our first in person Shabbat Scholars in Residence since March 2020, Rivka and Rabbi Daniel Alter. Shabbat morning tent and sanctuary minyanim will be at 8:45 AM this Shabbat in addition to 7 AM and 8 AM minyanim. Full Weekend Details are below.

Diane and I are God willing traveling to Israel this Saturday night. If you would like to bring us a note for the Kotel and/or names to have in mind for tefillot, please bring it Shabbat morning at shul or drop by our home before Shabbat. We will also be hosting a dinner in Jerusalem on Thursday evening for our Stamford students. We know many who are in Israel this year but just in case, please send us their contact info as well.

If you have not done so already, please sign up for volunteering for UJF's Super Sunday here.

Finally, we are deeply appreciative of the over 25 people who have signed up as Legacy donors for the first year of the Life and Legacy Program in partnership with the Stamford UJF and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Join us on Shabbat Chanukah morning, December 4th for Legacy Shabbat as we honor our first year Legacy leaders.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Indoor Masking Update  In accordance with the policies of the City of Stamford, the following is now in effect at CAS:
  • Vaccinated adults are not required to wear masks while inside the building.
  • Unvaccinated adults are required to wear masks at all times while inside the building.
  • Children, group leaders and parents who go into groups must wear masks inside the building while in groups. Vaccinated teens may choose not to wear a mask.
  • During indoor kiddushim, unvaccinated children and adults should continue to wear masks unless they are eating.
  • The new city guidelines still encourage Stamford residents to take reasonable precautions to stay safe, in particular recommending that all eligible people get vaccinated. See for details.

Thank You We express our profound gratitude to everyone who has contributed thus far to our Yom Kippur appeal. Your investment as a believer in Agudath Sholom speaks to the depth of our commitment to each other to insure the long term growth of our shul. If you have not done so already, please join them using the link below.

Daniel & Andrea Aaron
Diane Akassis
Selim & Johanna Akyuz
Michael & Adrienne Alexander
Ronald & Barbara Ashkenas
Fred & Sharyn Baer
Janine Bahar & Gidon Katz
Mitchell & Gayle Bell
Albert Bensimon
Michael & Debbie Berg
Larry & Lila Berger
Paul & Dina Berger
Ira & Karen Berk
David Bessaleli
Barry Best
Carl & Linda Bildner
Joshua & Stephanie Bilenker
Herbert Bregman
Howard & Joan Breslow
Jeffrey & Judith Cahn
Harvey & Emily Caney
Barry & Joyce Chavkin
Lewis Cherniack
Harry & Zoe Chiel
Abe Cogan
David & Meredith Cohen
Ephraim & Rachel Cohen
Isaac & Stella Cohen
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Steven & Elise Cohen
Michael & Lenore Cooper
Nimrod & Rachel Dayan
Zvi & Emily Dubitzky
Shirley Ephraim
Arlene Ettinger
Daniel & Debra Faizakoff
Stuart & Rosalie Feldman
Michael & Sharon Feldstein
Tamara Feurstein
John & Marilyn Fider
Sam Fischel
Howard & Stephanie Fogel
Len & Lindy Fox
Avram & Rhoda Freedberg
Leslie Freedman & Lee Miller
Steven & Lynne Frenkel
Adam & Jessica Furmansky
Joseph & Miriam Gelb
Arline Gewanter
David & Shira Gilboa
Michael & Sharon Glick
Allen & Shari Glucksman
L. Morris & Roslyn Glucksman
Robert & Janet Gold
Jeffrey & Risa Goldblum
Aaron Goldenberg
Flower Goldenberg
Ari & Hilary Goldstein
Howard & Judy Goldstein
Robert & Sandra Goldstein
Linda Gornitsky & Harvey Weber
Arthur & Jill Green
Ethan & Shira Green
Gloria Green
Mikhael Guy & Tatiana Kunik
Larry & Joyce Haber
Jeremy & Rachel Hager
Dan & Rachel Haron
Yoav & Meghan Haron
Sheryl Hertzberg
Robert & Tricia Hoff
Andrea Horowitz
Dorothy Jaiven
Eric & Monica Jankelovits
Gavin & Rachel Kaimowitz
Michael & Sandra Kamen
Harvey & Helene Kaminski
Brian & Rebekah Kanefsky
Hannah Kaplan
Howard Kaplan
Carl & Flora Kaufman
Philip & Elissa Klapper
Max & Susan Kolbrenner
Daniel & Tamar Kraus
David & Lorraine Kweskin
Ilan & Hannah Lastoff
Ari & Andrea Lefkovits
Jason & Marla Lewis
Albert & Ana Lilienfeld
Mark & Vered Links
Robert & Gail Loonin
Norman & Nina Lotstein
Judd & Rhonda Love
Jeffrey & Lynn Lowin
Jonathan & Nicole Makovsky
Seth & Dinah Miller Marlowe
Jacob & Janice Meyer
Bill & Kori Meyers
David Michelson
Gadi & Nancy Mimoun
Joe Mittel
Philip & Jane Molstre
Bruce & Rose Newman
Ken & Marguerite Neuhaus
Eliaz & Jessica Niedober
Irwin Niedober
Jonathan Osser
Alexander Podelko & Marina Sapir
David & Cindy Pitkoff
Neil & Anne Raff
Benjamin Ratzersdorfer & Nicki Kornbluth
Robert & Judith Raymond
Veronica Reich
Glenn & Maria Reicin
Alan & Hilary Rifkin
Irwin & Jeannie Rifkin
Noel & Lenore Robin
Laurie Rogoff
Allen & Sherri Rosenthal
Carol Rosmarin
Howard & Gayle Rothman
Jesse & Tali Salver
Nat & Helene Samberg
Edward Schachter
Toby Schaffer
Marvin & Ivy Schildkraut
Dean & Ilyse Schuckman
Harold & Rochelle Schwartz
Richard Schwartz
Edward & Rochelle Senker
Sheldron & Helen Seplowitz
Alan & Pam Shanker
Martin & Phyllis Shapiro
Rosalyn Sherman
Jared & Wendy Siegel
Ben-Zion & Devora Soifer
Joshua & Miriam Sperber
Sam & Amy Sroka
Harriet Sternlicht
Bernard & Sheila Teig
Seth & Laura Tobin
Arkady & Ludmila Tuller
Audrey Waldstreicher
Greg & Rachel Waldstreicher
Daniel Wallis & Sarah Bierman
Harry & Barbara Webski
Simeon & Sharon Wohlberg
David & Elise Wolfsohn
Robert Yaghoubian & Neda Khaghan
Ari & Shushannah Yasgur
Joe & Lauren Zalis
Helene Zimmerman
Bob & Hillary Zitter
David & Navah Zizmor
David & Simone Zwany

Welcome New Members 
  • Alex & Brett Olsson
  • Michael & Dani Bergman and their son Leo

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

Please note: This will be the final Tehillim/Mishnah session for the season

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshas Chayei Sarah with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Kings I 1:1-31
  • Haftarah for Chayei Sarah - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Chayei Sarah - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • We omit Av HaRachamim and no Kel Malei prayers are recited.
  • Shabbos Mevarchim: This shabbos we bless the month of Kislev.
  • Molad: Friday, Nov. 5th, 12:55 AM, and 13 chalokim.
  • Rosh Chodesh is observed from Thursday night through Friday afternoon.
  • Mark Wagshul will lead a 9:00 am Shmuel 1 Class
  • Rabbi Rabbi Shimmy Trencher will lead the Code of Jewish Law at 4:40 PM

Rabbi Daniel and Rivka Alter Scholar in Residence Weekend  Hosted by the Minnie Manger Marcia Leiberman Mikvah and Agudath Sholom Adult Education Committees
  • Friday Night pre Maariv: Rabbi Daniel Alter
  • Shabbat Morning in Main Sanctuary 10:30 AM (minyan starts 8:45 AM indoors and outdoors) Rivka Alter will speak on Eishet Chayil: New Perspectives on Familiar Words
  • Shabbat Afternoon at 4 PM at CAS with Rivka: Refresher on Taharat Hamishpacha: What I May Not Have Learned in Kallah Classes (Women Only)
  • Rabbi Alter at 5:45 PM (following mincha): Nurturing Passion in Our Children
  • to Gayle Bell on the passing of her brother, Jason Dembling
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 & Harold Terk on the marriage of their daughter, Hilary to Eddie Wiseman, son of Edmund and Nora Wiseman of Aberdeen Scotland!
  • to Barry Best on his engagement to Malka Finkelstein!
  • to Rabbi Yehuda and Yonat Tucker on Tamar's engagement to Avigdor Lifshitz from Jerusalem!
  • to David and Eleena Adler on the birth of their daughter Neemah Esther!
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
Sanctuary/Tent Kiddush: Judy & Bob Raymond on the occasion of the 10th Yahrzeit of Judy's mother, Hinda Leah Bat Levi Yitzchak V'Chaya and by Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen in honor of our Scholars-in-Residence Rivka and Rabbi Daniel Alter

Senior Challah Deliveries: Rhoda & Avram Freedberg

Chapel Kiddush: Helene & Nat Samberg in honor of the yahrzeit of Nat's mother, Miriam Samberg
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Upcoming Events
Agudath Womens Speakers Series 
Wednesday, November 3 - 2:00 PM
Join us in the simcha room as Sheila Cohen presents a talk on Ballet Secrets! If you can't make it in person, we will also be sending out a zoom link to those who sign up.

The Rabbi Of Buchenwald - The Life And Times Of Herschel Schacter 
Wednesday, November 10 - 7:30 PM
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 Update - Welcoming New Members  We are thrilled that Agudath Sholom has welcomed so many new families to our community with over 60 people in attendance at our brunch recently. We are grateful to all of the families who volunteer to host new members throughout the year who joined our "Hospitality" crew. If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you! Please contact Hilary Goldenberg at or Rabbi Cohen for more info.

Making Mitzvah Moments Update - Healing Visits  The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at

To learn about other mitzvah opportunities, join our Making Mitzvah Moments Whats App group.

Michael Feldstein's latest column  click here
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Thursday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:35 PM, Friday 5:31 PM
Candles Friday5:26 PM
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Community Announcements
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE November 8th @7:30pm. For prospective families with a child entering Pre-K or Kindergarten. Come grow with us! BCHA is not just a school, we are a community. For more information contact; Director of Admission
  • SAVE THE DATE! Rabbi Nati Helfgot, spiritual leader at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ, and chair of the talmud department at SAR High School, will be giving two shiurim at CAS on Shabbat, November 13th. At 10:30AM, after the chapel minyan, Rabbi Helfgot will present a shiur on "Why Study Tanach?" and at 4:45PM, between mincha and maariv, Rabbi Helfgot will give a shiur on "Teaching the Mistakes of Our Avot and Imahot." Sponsored by the Center for Community Education (CCE) at BCHA.
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