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Friday, December 3, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
MikeitzChanukah: 7 Candles Rosh Chodesh TevetDecember 4, 202130 Kislev 5782
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Candle Lighting4:07 PM
Mincha4:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:40 AM
Latest Shacharit9:41 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Havdalah5:08 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Chanukah. It has been deeply gratifying to share in the joy of the holidays at so many events and places around town. We are looking forward to a wonderful Shabbat Chanukah with a ruach filled Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat, Hallel on Shabbat morning and a celebratory Kiddush in honor of many smachot in our community.

We will be resuming youth groups this Shabbat. We are also pleased to welcome Rabbi Matthew Shochet who will be giving the 10:30 AM shiur and Dr. Sam Singer who will be speaking in between mincha and maariv on Shabbat afternoon.

Join us Saturday night at our home for an Open House Chanukah Party featuring Jonathan Cahr, Sunday morning for our Youth Puppet Show at 9:15 AM and Yom Iyun with Rabbi Tzvi Sobolofsky at 10:00 AM. Sign up below.

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. We will also be reserving the balcony section near the main staircase as a mask only section to create a more welcoming environment for all.

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

Finally, reserve next Saturday night, December 11th at 8 PM at the shul for a special event in partnership with the Stamford JCC with members Senator Joseph and Hadassah Lieberman who will engage in a conversation about their recent new books. Sign Up below.

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 Chanukah,

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 Mikeitz with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah for Shabbos Chanukah is read from Zecharyah: 7:4-14:2
  • Haftarah for Shabbos Chanukah - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Shabbos Chanukah - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • We omit Av HaRachamim and no Kel Malei prayers are recited.
  • Shabbos Rosh Chodesh: This shabbos through Sunday marks the start of the month of Teves.
  • Remember: There are many additions this week such as Al Hanisim, Hallel, Ata Yatzarta in Mussaf, and Mizmor Shir. Also, we take out 3 sifrei Torah for the parsha, Rosh Chodesh, and Chanukah.
  • Remember: Light the menorah before Shabbos candles with enough fuel to last at least 30 minutes after the zman.
  • Mark Wagshul will give the post 7:00AM shiur on Sefer Shmuel
  • Rabbi Matthew Shochet will give the 10:30AM shiur
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead the Code of Jewish Law
  • Sam Singer will give the "Seudah Shlishit Shiur" between mincha and maariv
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!
  • to Roz Ziskin on the passing of her husband Alan Ziskin
  • to Mitchell Zucker on the passing of his father Seymour Zucker
  • to David Feinberg on the passing of his wife Carol Feinberg
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 Ben Folkinshteyn on the publication of his new book, The Three Little Pigs and the Miracle of Chanukah!
  • to Stephanie and Bob Sherman on the arrival of a granddaughter Daniella Ethel!
  • to Drs. Danielle and Steven Thau on the engagement of their daughter Francesca to Daniel Goldstein, son of Dr. Harris and Elisheva Goldstein of Teaneck, NJ!
  • to Rosalie and Gary Stone on the arrival of a granddaughter!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Thank You
  • to Alisa Weisser and Shira Nerenberg for organizing a very successful Senior Chanukah event!
  • to Josh & Miriam Sperber, Yonnie Rubinfeld, Yoni Miller and Jason Saibel and the band - Artem Emple, Daniel Wallis, Robert Hoff, Jonathan Gradman, and Nathan Janette - for an amazing young couples Chanukah event!
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Drs. Judy and Jeff Cahn in honor of their granddaughter, Miriam Shochet's Bat Mitzvah

Chapel Kiddush: Toby Schaffer in commemoration of the yahrzeit of her mother Julia Macy

Sanctuary Kiddush: Our Simcha Kiddush Celebrating Life Cycle Events Sponsors
  • Anonymous: In honor of the committed builders who have rededicated our building
  • Sharyn & Fred Baer: Celebrating Fred's milestone birthday
  • Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen in gratitude to God and in celebration of our wonderful community
  • Elaine and Elliot Glassman in honor of their 9th wedding anniversary on 25 Kislev/Dec 9th and the birth of their daughter Noa Romy in September
  • Jennie Woltz in celebration of the publication of Ben Folkinshteyn's new children's book
  • Helene Zimmerman in celebration of the upcoming marriage of her grandson, Ian S. Phillips to Leslie Berkowitz
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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: 8 Candles/Rosh Chodesh Tevet
MondayChanukah: 8th Day
CAS Announcements
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB DECEMBER 24TH PACIFIC HOUSE MEAL We will be preparing and dropping off a lunch/dinner on Friday, December 24th. Items we need: 3 kosher turkeys, vegetables (sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli), salad items, fruit and winter caps and gloves - whatever you can give. We need you to come help out and make the meal, some folks to donate and a few people to drop it off. Please email with what you can do to help out.
  • 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
  • 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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Community Announcements
  • AN EVENING OF KLEZMER WITH THE STAMFORD SYMPHONY FREE Virtual Event, December 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm. The event will include Klezmer music performed by members of the Stamford Symphony and a conversation with Stamford Symphony Music Director Michael Stern and Grammy-award winning jazz musician Branford Marsalis. Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, will be a featured speaker and discuss and share excerpts of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. An Argentinian Klezmer group will also be guest performers.To register for the event and find out more information, visit This inclusive event is in affiliation with United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, UJA-JCC Greenwich and The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. Thank you to CAS members Caryn and Tomas Haendler for supporting this special event in partnership with our local federation!
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION IS PARTICIPATING IN SHINE A LIGHT -- a national, state and local campaign to draw attention to antisemitism through education, community partnerships, workplace engagement, and advocacy among Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Launching the week of Chanukah November 28 - December 6 SHINE A LIGHT will feature programming, media, and events to catalyze conversations within and across communities to better understand and take steps to respond to antisemitism. Here is what you can do: Click HERE to download a sign. Take a photo of yourself with the sign as you light your Chanukah candles or participate in a Chanukah celebration! Post the photo on social media with hashtag: #SHINEALIGHT. To learn more about the national campaign, visit
  • CHEVRA KADISHA AWARENESS SHABBAT will take place on December 18 ( iy"H), Parashat Vayechi. Jason Levine will share his personal thoughts about his involvement with this holy organization.
  • 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
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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