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Friday, December 17, 2021

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayechiDecember 18, 202114 Tevet 5782
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REMINDER: We ask that if you have symptoms of illness, including fever, coughing, runny nose, stomach bug or any other sickness, please DO NOT come to CAS on Shabbos or during the week.
Candle Lighting4:09 PM
Mincha4:14 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:48 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shacharit9:49 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:15 PM
Mincha4:05 PM
Havdalah5:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We are gratified to host a NCSY Road Show this Shabbat and thank our Teen advisor Moshe Kaplan for his stellar leadership. We will be hosting minyanim on Shabbat morning at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 am, a teen minyan at 10:00 am and a full array of youth groups. Seudah Shlishit will not be held at the shul this week but God willing will resume on a weekly basis in January. If you are interested in sponsoring it or a kiddush, please click here.

We are honored to be hosting a Chevra Kadisha Shabbat. Jason Levine, a chevra volunteer, will be speaking at all the Shabbat morning minyanim.

We are thankful to Yaakov and Yolly for leading an outstanding Parent Children learning last Saturday night and we will host our next one this Saturday night at 5:45 PM. We welcome NCSY advisors Racheli Gottesman and Ezra Ameson for the roadshow this Shabbat.

Thank God, our attendance at shul is growing every week. However, we pray for continued health and 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 thrilled to officially announce a summer journey to Israel with Agudath Sholom. God willing, Israel will open up more fully in the season ahead. Any reservation now is fully refundable. If you have an interest, see the link below in the Events section.

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.

Parents: Please be mindful not to serve children food or drinks in the Sanctuary during davening and to ensure they do not enter the shul unsupervised following davening. Thank you in advance.

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshas Vayechi with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from I Kings: 2:1-12
  • Haftarah for Vayechi - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Vayechi - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Mark Wagshul will give the post 7:00AM shiur on Sefer Shmuel
  • Rabbi David Held will give the 10:30AM shiur titled "Did Yaakov Avinu Really Die?"
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead the Code of Jewish Law
  • Rabbi Moshe Kurtz will speak between Mincha and Maariv - "Is There a Mitzvah to be Masculine?"
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!
  • to the Samson Family on the passing of Renee Samson
  • We wish strength and comfort to the family of Yehudah Dimentman, 25, who was murdered in Israel.
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 Meredith & David Cohen on Eden's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Doreen & Howard Nusbaum on Emil's aufruf!
  • to Katie & Jesse Lifshitz to the birth of their son, Ari (Aryeh Ezra)!
  • to Aviva & Paul Scheiber on the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Marlena Shamah!
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 Andrea, Ari, Benjamin and David Lefkovits for sponsoring mens' and womens' sleepwear for families at Inspirica - - on behalf of our shul. Yasher Koach to them for the mitzvah and kiddush Hashem!
  • to Tamar Levine, Kate Cik and Shira Marder for chairing Sunday's Backyard Bond-fire
  • to Mitchell Bell for preparing a scrumptious meal for our shul's siyum on Meseches Makkos. A reminder that we just began Megillah at 7PM on Thursday evenings - it's not too late to join!
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Aviva & Paul Schieber in honor of their grandaughter Marlena Shamah's Bat Mitzvah

7AM Kiddush: Gayle & Mitchell Bell in honor of the 7am Minyan's Kavunah!

Chapel Kiddush: Doreen & Howard Nusbaum in celebration of Emil's aufruf

Sanctuary Kiddush: Meredith & David Cohen in celebration of Eden's Bat Mitzvah
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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 4:20 PM, Friday 4:17 PM
Candles Friday4:12 PM
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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  • Dov ben Pnina
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  • Ephraim Aron ben Rochelle
  • Miriam Rivka bat Carol
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Rivka bat Alka
  • Yofia Batya bat Sara
Community Announcements
  • CHEVRA KADISHA AWARENESS SHABBAT is December 18 ( iy"H), Parashat Vayechi. Jason Levine will share his personal thoughts about his involvement with this holy organization.
  • 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.
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
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