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Friday, November 26, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Shabbat Mevarchim Tevet
November 27, 202123 Kislev 5782
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Important Youth Note  There will be no Little Lights, Tot Shabbat, Mini Minyan, and Junior Congregation this Shabbat. In addition, we are postponing our Chanukah puppet show and party until Sunday, December 5th.
Candle Lighting4:10 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:35 AM
Shmuel with Mark Wagshul9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:37 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Havdalah5:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. 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

Join us for a spirited Kaballat Shabbat this Friday night in honor of Shabbat Mevarchim Tevet. We look forward to celebrating this Shabbat at our Homecoming and Graduation Kiddush. We will be hosting minyanim on Shabbat morning at 7, 8, and 9 am. God willing, the Sephardic minyan will meet on December 11th.

We are excited about Lights Across Stamford and our numerous Chanukah events. We will light the first candle in shul on Sunday night and every night between mincha and maariv. We encourage you to join us each night to share in the joy at various locations around Stamford and at our home. Full information is below and online.

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!

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 weekend,

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 Vayeishev with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Amos 2:6-3:8
  • Haftarah for Vayeishev - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Vayeishev - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • We omit Av HaRachamim.
  • Shabbos Mevarchim: This shabbos we bless the month of Teves.
  • Molad: Saturday, Sept. 4th, 1:39 PM, and 14 chalokim.
  • Chanukah begins this Sunday night (11/28).
  • Rosh Chodesh is observed from next Friday night (12/3) through Sunday (12/5) afternoon.
  • 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  to Mitchell Bell for leading the annual Men's Club Thanksgiving meal for our Stamford EMS First Responders! Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered: Lewis Bell, Emily & Harvey Caney, Jeff Cahn, Avram Freedberg, Albert Lilienfeld, Ted Lopstin, Jake Meyer and Barbara Webski!
  • to Naomi, Lisa and Barry Michelson on the passing of David Michelson
  • We mourn the murder the death of Eli Kay, who was murdered on Sunday by a Hamas terrorist in the Old City of Jerusalem
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 Hillary and Bob Zitter on their grandson Nate's recent Bar Mitzvah!
  • to Maxine Goldblum on the recent Bat Mitzvah of her daughter Malena Goldblum!
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: Rhoda & Avi Freedberg

Chapel Kiddush: Friends of Richard Breslow on the occasion of his first yahrzeit

Sanctuary Kiddush: Our Homecoming and Graduation Kiddush Sponsors
  • Anonymous: Congrats to all the graduates past and present
  • Sharyn & Fred Baer: Alexandra and Danielle Hadge graduated from BCHA High School, Sara Rivka Bass graduated with a Masters Degree from Bank Street College
  • Julie Daniel: 8th grade graduation of Adam Daniel
  • Howland & Michelle Gordon: Lilah Gordon's graduation from 8th grade at BCHA
  • David Levine: In honor of my daughter in Law Donna Iken receiving her Masters Degree
  • Kori & Bill Meyers: Graduation of our daughter, Devorah, with a Master's Degree in Teaching and Education from Brandeis University in July 2020. Our son, Ben Meyers, graduating SAR High School in June 2021.
  • Tzvi, Joshua, & Jennifer Schwartz: In celebration of Rena's graduation from Columbia University with a Ph.D. in Math Education
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Upcoming Events
A Conversation With Senator Joseph And Hadassah Lieberman 
Shabbat, December 11 - 8:00 PM
Save the Date! Join the Liebermans as they talk about their recent books The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and How We Can Make It Work Again and Hadassah: An American Story At Agudath Sholom. Hosted by Agudath Sholom in partnership with the Stamford JCC and Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy
Shabbat Shalom
Michael Feldstein's latest article  click here
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 4:15 PM, Friday 4:12 PM
Candles Friday4:07 PM
SundayChanukah: 1 Candle
MondayChanukah: 2 Candles
TuesdayChanukah: 3 Candles
WednesdayChanukah: 4 Candles
ThursdayChanukah: 5 Candles
FridayChanukah: 6 Candles
CAS Announcements
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED THE FIRST LECTURE OF THE BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY SPEAKER SERIES Dr. Baruch Barzel - Class #1: Blackouts, Facebook, and Viruses - Surprising Linksclick here
  • 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.
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  • Rivka bat Alka
  • Yofia Batya bat Sara
Community Announcements
  • THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION (CCE) INVITES THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY to a Chanukah Zoom program featuring classes by Rabbi Alex Ozar and Rabbi Naftali Wolfe. Tuesday , November 30th at 8pm. Register here -
  • ORDER YOUR PJ LIBRARY CHANUKAH GIFT BAG from United Jewish Federation. Includes a craft, treat, gelt, activity sheets, and more! One per family, supply is limited. Order at . Contact Sharon Franklin at for more info.
  • DONATE A NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOY for a boy or girl, which will be delivered to Stamford Hospital's David's Treasure Chest Toy Closet just before the holidays by United Jewish Federation's Women's Philanthropy. Boxes will be located at the UJF office on the 2nd floor of the JCC (1035 Newfield Ave), Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (2186 High Ridge Rd), and Chabad of Stamford (770 High Ridge Rd). Drop off boxes will be out from November 29th to December 10th. For more information contact Diane Sloyer at
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S EDUCATION COMMITTEE for an online Chanukah program Sunday, December 5th at 7:15pm. Join Cantor Katie Gartner Kaplan of Temple Beth El and Cantor Micah Morgovsky of Temple Sinai for some holiday songs and a community candle Lighting, followed by guest speaker, Rabbanit Leah Sarna, the Associate Director of Education and Director of High School Programs at Drisha. Her topic will be "But What if I Love the Greeks?"- Jewish Approaches to Greek Wisdom and Literature. To register visit
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S ANNUAL MEETING on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30pm featuring Archie Gottesman, Co-Founder of JewBelong. The event will be held at Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford (a Zoom option will be available). A light reception will follow the meeting. Ami Soifer is the chair of the evening. Registration is encouraged at For more information contact Diane Sloyer at
  • JOIN THE STAMFORD SYMPHONY FOR A FREE ONLINE PREMIERE OF AN EVENING OF KLEZMER Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 7:30 pm . This inclusive event is in affiliation with the United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, UJA-JCC Greenwich, and The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. The virtual event will include Klezmer music performed by members of the Stamford Symphony, conversations with Stamford Symphony Music Director Michael Stern and Grammy-award-winning jazz musician Branford Marsalis, and performances from local and international Klezmer groups. To sign up go to
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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