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Friday, November 19, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayishlachNovember 20, 202116 Kislev 5782
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Candle Lighting4:14 PM
Mincha4:19 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:31 AM
Shiur on Samuel9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:34 AM
Teen Minyan10:00 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:20 PM
Mincha4:10 PM
Havdalah5:13 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Thank God, our attendance at shul is growing every week. Although we are, thank God, emerging from COVID and pray for continued health, we must remain mindful and vigilant. We appreciate everyone adhering to the guidelines below and especially in the sanctuary encourage people to take advantage of the spacious balcony seating which allows for social distancing.

We will also be restarting our usher program to ensure the most welcoming environment in our shul, ease of traffic flow and service decorum. Thank you to Shira Green for chairing the usher program and if you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to her at

We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Todd Berman of Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi this Shabbat as a visiting Scholar. He will be giving the 10:30 AM Shiur on "Halacha and Kabbala: A Case Study of Reciting the Amida Out Loud" and speaking in between mincha and maariv on Shabbat afternoon on "Halacha in the Heat of Battle: What The Avengers Teach Us About the Ethics of War".

We will be hosting minyanim on Shabbat morning at 7, 8, 9 am and a teen minyan at 9:30 AM. God willing, the Sephardic minyan will meet on December 11th.

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.

We are excited about Lights Across Stamford and our numerous Chanukah events. Please see our Chanukah events below.

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 and join us on Thanksgiving morning to say "Thank You" to the Stamford Police, Stamford Fire and Stamford EMS.

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 and Happy Thanksgiving week,

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 Vayishlach with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is The Book of Ovadia
  • Haftarah for Vayishlach - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Vayishlach - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Rabbi Todd Berman will be giving the 10:30 AM Shiur on Halacha and Kabbala: A Case Study of Reciting the Amida Out Loud and will speak between Mincha/Maariv on Shabbos afternoon: "Halacha in the Heat of Battle: What The Avengers Teach Us About the Ethics of War".
  • 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!
  • to Barbara Webski on the passing of her mother Estelle Kirschner
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 Shira & Ethan Green and Gloria Green on Yael's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Sandi & Stuart Waldsteicher, Audrey Waldstreicher and Rachel & Greg Waldstreicher on the birth of a granddaughter, great-granddaughter and niece!
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: Nancy & Gadi Mimoun in memory of Benson Zinbarg z"l

Chapel Kiddush: Ari Lieberman in honor of his Stamford Chavrutot - Albert Lilienfeld, Irwin Niedober, and Jacob Sigman - as well as Howard Wolfe for all his efforts arranging shiurim each week

Sanctuary Kiddush: Shira & Ethan Green in celebration of Yael's Bat Mitzvah
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Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Wednesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:20 PM, Friday 4:15 PM
Candles Friday4:10 PM
ThursdayThanksgiving Day
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!
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED RABBI JJ SHACHTER AND RAFAEL MEDOFF - You can watch the recording! Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
  • 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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