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Friday, December 10, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayigashDecember 11, 20217 Tevet 5782
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Candle Lighting4:07 PM
Mincha4:12 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:44 AM
Shmuel Shiur9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:45 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 gratified to welcome back the Sephardic minyan to Agudath Sholom this weekend which will occur at 9 AM in the Manger Beit Midrash and also seudah shlishit in between mincha and maariv. Additionally, we will be hosting minyanim on Shabbat morning at 7, 8, and 9 am and a full array of youth groups.

We welcome Senator Joseph and Hadassah Lieberman this Shabbat and look forward to our conversation with them about their recent books on Saturday night at 8 PM. We are also thrilled to launch our first parent child learning and Havdalah Melavah Malka on Saturday night at 5:45 PM. 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 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 Vayigash with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Ezekiel: 37:15-28
  • Haftarah for Vayigash - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Vayigash - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Please noteThis Tuesday is the Fast of the 10th of Tevet. The fast begins at 5:42 AM and ends at 5:01 PM. To learn more, click here.
  • Mark Wagshul will give the post 7:00AM shiur on Sefer Shmuel
  • Rabbi Moshe Kurtz will give the 10:30AM shiur
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead the Code of Jewish Law
  • Rabbi Daniel Cohen will speak at Seudah Shlishit
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!
  • to Toby Schaffer on the passing of her Aunt, Livia Weiser
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Mazal Tov
  • to Seth Tobin on receiving the Harvey Peltz Leadership Award at the UJF Annual Meeting!
  • to Rabbi Kurtz and the participants of the weekly Talmud class on the siyum this Sunday on the tractate of Makot!
  • to Jesse and Katie Lifshitz on the birth of a baby boy! Mazal Tov to big brother Eli!
  • to Rosa and Saiid Rastegar on the arrival of a grandson!
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: Laura Tobin in honor of Susie Blumenthal, mother and beloved Nana of the Tobin Family

Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packages: The Seligson Family in commemoration of the shloshim of their beloved husband and father, Richie Seligson

7AM Kiddush: Marc and Sherry Silver in memory of David Michelson

Chapel Kiddush: Hakarat hatov for Irwin

Sanctuary/Sephardic Kiddush: Anonymous in honor of the Sephardic Minyan and Tricia & Rob Hoff in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Rob's father, Dion Hoff

Seudat Shlishit: Dinah Miller and Seth Marlowe in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Dinah's father, Robert A. Miller
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ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
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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.
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  • 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!
  • YOU ARE INVITED TO UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S ANNUAL MEETING on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30pm featuring Archie Gottesman, Co-Founder of, the marketing genius behind the Times Square billboards shining a light on antisemetism. The event will be held at Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford (a Zoom option will be available). A light dessert reception will follow the meeting. Seth Tobin will receive the Harvey Peltz Leadership award, and Ami Soifer is the chair of the evening. Registration is encouraged at For more information contact Diane Sloyer at
  • 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.
  • 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 UJF'S PJ LIBRARY AND BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY FOR A COFFEE TRUCK & COOKIE POP UP PROGRAM Sunday, December 19th at 10:30am, outdoors, in-person at BCHA. Sip coffee and hot chocolate, schmooze with friends, and take part in a mitzvah activity (Cups of Love, which will be delivered to a local fire station). Sign up at For more info contact Sharon Franklin at or Miriam Sperber at
  • CALLING ALL 6TH-7TH GRADERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY FOR FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE'S MITZVAH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Learn about various disabilities, appropriate conduct wheninteracting, the importance of giving back to the community, and more. Skills taught in a three-part session with games, videos, discussions by specialists and therapists, and hands-on volunteering. January 9, 16, and 30 at 5:30-6:30 PM. For more information, email To register, visit
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR BUILDING BRIDGES WITH BOOKS, a community read that will take place on Tuesday, January 11th at 7:30pm, in-person with live-stream available. The book is The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. Sign up at www, Contact Sharon Lewis at for more information. This community program is in partnership with UJF's JCRC, the Mayors Multicultural Council, the Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut, and the Ferguson Library.
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