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Friday, November 12, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayeitzeiNovember 13, 20219 Kislev 5782
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Candle Lighting4:19 PM
Mincha4:24 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:27 AM
Latest Shacharit9:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:25 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Havdalah5:19 PM
Shabbat Shalom

I hope you and your families are well. Thank God, we had a meaningful trip to Israel and it was truly a pleasure to see many of our Stamford students thriving.

We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Nati Helfgot this Shabbat in partnership with the CCE of BHCA as a visiting Scholar. He will be giving the 10:30 AM Shiur on "Why Study Tanakh?" and speaking in between mincha and maariv on Shabbat afternoon on "Teaching the Mistakes of our Avot and Imahot".

We will be hosting minyanim on Shabbat morning at 7, 8, 9 am. In Honor of Veteran's Day, we will be inviting USAF veterans to join in the main sanctuary for the prayer for the United States Armed Forces. We are eternally grateful for their service.

God willing, the next teen minyan will be November 20th and Sephardic minyan on December 11th. Join our Havdalah in the Dark this Motzei Shabbat at 5:45 PM. Join us Sunday morning at 10:30 AM for a special virtual Shmitta Class from Israel.

Our Person-to-Person Food Drive has been extended to Nov. 22nd. Please take a flier and bring a bag of food to the shul this coming week. Of course, join "Giving Thursdays" to support the Freedberg Kosher Food Pantry each week.

Stay tuned for many upcoming Chanukah events for all ages! Details on the website. We will also be hosting a Seniors Family Feud and Sing Along Chanukah morning brunch at the shul on Thursday, Dec. 2nd at 10 AM. RSVP to Kim at

As always Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give back to our community. Join the Men's Club in preparing and serving meals to the local EMS. Thank you Ari Goldstein and Adam Furmansky, chairs of Sunday's Waffle Event for organizing a concurrent thank you card activity for delivery to our First Responders on Thanksgiving morning.

Finally, reserve the following dates for special Shabbatot and Kiddushim. During COVID, we missed many opportunities to share a special occasion with our community. Now is your chance, thank God, to share the joy!

November 27th - Homecoming and Graduation Kiddush

December 4th - Simcha Kiddush celebrating Life Cycle events

December 11th - Life and Legacy Kiddush honoring our First Year Participants

We are blessed with many wonderful opportunities at Agudath Sholom and appreciate everyone coming together to make our shul and community such a special place. God willing we will share more good news in the weeks ahead.

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.

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshas Vayeitzei with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Hosea 12:13-14:10.
  • Haftarah for Vayeitzei - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Vayeitzei - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The final time for the sanctification of the New Moon of Kislev is the night following Thursday, Nov. 18
  • Rabbi Nati Helfgot, in partnership with the CCE of BHCA, will be giving the 10:30 AM Shiur on "Why Study Tanakh?" and will speak between Mincha/Maariv on Shabbos afternoon: "Teaching the Mistakes of our Avot and Imahot".
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead Code of Jewish Law
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Thank You  Bob Abrams for leading a Youth Davening Seminar on Sunday mornings. This Sunday is the last week of the series.

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
Cindy and David Pitkoff
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 Dan Faizakoff ( 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 Rachel, Alex, Daniel, Emily and the entire Seligson family on the passing of Richard Seligson
  • to Cindy Pitkoff on the passing of her mother, Marjorie Sacoff Dwyer
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 Bradley and Devorah Lowenstein on Shira's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Jessica and Adam Furmansky on the birth of a daughter! Mazal Tov to siblings Eliana, Adina and Ilan!
  • to Jeff and Lynn Lowin on the arrival of a granddaughter!
  • to Judy and Howard Goldstein on the engagement of their son Jake to Daniella Bock, daughter of Aviva and Simon Bock of Woodmere, NY!
  • to Roz Mangot on the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson Alex Mangot in San Francisco this Shabbat!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
  • to new member Joanie Lane!
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Rhoda & Avram Freedberg

7AM Kiddush: David Bessaleli in honor of his sons in law and their families

Chapel Kiddush: Matt Greenberg and Pam Ehrenkranz in memory of Matt's father, Harry Greenberg's yahrzeit and in honor of the birth of their grandson, Yitzchak Lev

Sanctuary Kiddush: Bradley & Devorah Lowenstein in celebration of Shira's Bat Mitzvah
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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.
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:25 PM, Friday 4:19 PM
Candles Friday4:14 PM
CAS Announcements
  • THIS THANKSGIVING, IGNITE A NATIONAL SEASON OF GRATITUDE TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ALL OVER THE USA! Spread the light! Wherever you may be on Thanksgiving, drop by the local Police and Fire Departments and EMS and let them know how much we appreciate what they do for all of us! Bring Cake, Cookies and Thank You Cards!

    Take a Photo, Video and Share on the #elijahmoment FB page

    In Stamford, join Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Agudath Sholom at the following locations this Thanksgiving to say Thank You!

    Stamford Police Department (meet in the lobby) - 725 Bedford St: 10:00 AM, Stamford Fire Department - 629 Main Street: 10:45 AM (meet in parking lot), Stamford EMS - 684 Long Ridge Rd: 11:30 AM

    We have been in touch with each of the stations and they truly are grateful for our expressions of thanks. Let's spread the message of gratitude all over the USA this holiday season!
  • CHANUKAH PACKAGES FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS In conjunction with Schoke Jewish Family Services, the Tobin family is running a drive to let this special group in our Stamford Jewish community know that we think of them and recognize the light they provide us. We will be collecting small grape juices, latke mixes, boxes of Chanukah candles and small boxes of donuts and donut holes. The packages will be delivered to community members during Chanukah, on December 3. Please contact Laura Tobin via email ( if you would like to help make deliveries and to donate any of these items, you can find bins at Bicultural Hebrew Academy and at the Tobin home, 35 Revonah Circle.
  • ANNOUNCING A SUMMER JOURNEY TO ISRAEL WITH RABBI DANIEL AND DIANE COHEN Save the Dates: Sunday, July 3rd - Wednesday, July 13th, 2022. More Details in the weeks to come! For more info and interest, contact Rabbi Cohen.
  • EMS FIRST RESPONDERS AND CAS THANKSGIVING Once again the CAS Men's Club is spearheading a fun event / activity that the Stamford EMS squads have come to rely on. There are four to five EMS teams that will come to the station house at free moments for the lunch we provide on Thanksgiving!

    We are looking for volunteers to help prepare the food on Thanksgiving morning from 9 - 11 am at CAS.

    Items we still need: 1 kosher Turkey, stuffing, salad items, cranberry sauce, and vegetables such as green beans, and cauliflower.

    This in no way should reduce our efforts to collect for the Freedberg Family Kosher Food Panty but should be an additional mitzvah. This should be a fun event involving teens as well as older individuals.

    Contact Mitchell Bell ( if you can join
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  • Ephraim Aron ben Rochelle
  • Friedel bat Esther
  • Hanna bat Sonya
  • Miriam Rivka bat Carol
  • Nahum ben Tzilya
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Nessa bat Miriam
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivka bat Alka
  • Tanner Garcia
  • Vigdor ben Rosa
Community Announcements
  • 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.
  • RABBI NATI HELFGOT - "HOMOSEXUALITY, JEWISH THOUGHT, AND WHAT DO WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN?" Sunday, November 14th at 10am at Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy, an important program for the community,sponsored by the Center for Community Education
  • GAN OPEN HOUSE AND FAMILY DAY Gan Yeladim invites all families with preschool children to come experience the unique Gan approach at it's Open House and Family Day on Sunday, November 21st from 9:30-11:30am. Featuring entertainment from Musical IQ. Fun and Free for the whole family. For more information or to RSVP, click here
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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