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Friday, January 28, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
MishpatimShabbat Mevarchin Adar I - Blessing of New Month of Adar IJanuary 29, 202227 Sh'vat 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 Lighting4:48 PM
Mincha4:53 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:55 AM
Latest Shacharit9:59 AM
Code of Jewish Law3:55 PM
Mincha4:45 PM
Havdalah5:49 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Cancellation Due to Weather:  There will be no 7 am or teen minyan. Youth groups will meet however the Youth Havdalah has been postponed.

We missed everyone in Stamford and thank everyone for their warm wishes on Adina's wedding to Moshe and Elisheva's engagement to Yaakov Moshe Shmidman. In case you missed the wedding, click here.

We will be hosting minyanim on Shabbat morning at 8:00 and 9:00 am as well as youth groups.

Purim is around the corner! We invite you to support our annual CAS Youth Department Fundraiser by making a donation to directly benefit CAS Youth programming! Each participant will receive a beautiful Mishloach Manot from CAS and be included on a scroll of sponsors. Please help to ensure the continued success of our incredible CAS Youth Department! For more info, see the Events section.

Consider joining Diane and me on our Agudath Sholom Journey to Israel from July 3rd to July 14th. 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:
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask. Masks with filters are not acceptable.
  • During kiddushim, masks must be worn unless you are eating.
  • We will continue to have a separate dessert table for children. Children are not permitted to serve themselves from the food table.
  • For more information from the Stamford Dept of Health, click here.

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 Mishpatim with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Jeremiah 34:8-22 and 33:25-26
  • Haftarah for Mishpatim - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Mishpatim - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon will take place Monday evening through Wednesday morning. The Molad will be Tuesday, Feb. 1st at 3:07 pm and 16 chalokim.
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead the Code of Jewish Law
  • Rabbi Moshe Kurtz will give shiur between mincha and maariv on "Does Amalek Exist Today? Part 3"
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Class Note:  Rabbi Cohen's Tuesday classes will begin at 8:30 AM and 9:10 AM respectively due to Rosh Chodesh davening on Tuesday morning
Mazal Tov
  • to Emily and Michael Wirgin on the B'not MItzvah of their daughters Zoe and Molly!
  • to Diane and Rabbi Daniel Cohen on the engagement of their daughter Elisheva to Yaakov Moshe Shmidman!
  • to Susan and Len Mark on the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter, Hailey FioRito this weekend!
  • to Joyce and Barry Chavkin on the arrival of a granddaughter! Mazal Tov to aunt and uncle Anat and Marc Chavkin!
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: Drs. Judy and Jeff Cahn

Chapel Kiddush: The Michelson Family in memory of Stanley Michelson's 10th yahrzeit and in memory of David Michelson

Sanctuary Kiddush: Emily & Michael Wirgin in celebration of Zoe and Molly's B'not Mitzvah
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Shabbat Shalom
Halacha Corner: Yahrzeit Date in a Leap Year

Rabbi Cohen,
I am perplexed. My father died in Adar during the regular year. When would I observe his Yaarzeit when there is Adar 1 and Adar 2?
Many thanks,
A devoted Agudath Sholom member

Dear friend,
The halacha states that if someone passed away in a non leap year, as is the case with your father, you observe the yahrzeit on Adar 1 in a leap year. Unlike with Purim, which is celebrated on Adar 2 due to the concept of connecting redemption of Purim to Passover, the custom is to observe yahrzeit on the first Adar as it is the first opportunity to do the mitzvah. This is the "real' yahrzeit. For this reason, the shul sends notices to people to observe the yahrzeit in Adar 1. However, some people choose to observe both Yaarzeits (Adar 1 and Adar 2) as a stringency but the main yahrzeit in Adar 1. May your father's memory be for a blessing and may we share semachot together soon.
Rabbi Cohen

PS - The leap year occurs 7 times every 19 years
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 5:00 PM, Friday 5:01 PM
Candles Friday4:56 PM
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Adar I
WednesdayRosh Chodesh Adar I
CAS Announcements
  • FYI: COVID TESTING For those in need of a PCR test, ACCU Reference has lots of availablitity at the former Fairway Market space - 689 Canal Street. Click here to sign up.
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB NEEDS YOU! We are looking for some volunteers to help out Elliot Sloyer with his charitable organization, Wheel it Forward.They recycle medical items (where practical) such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc. and donate (lend) them out to others while always on the look out to replenish older stock. For more information contact Mitchell Bell ( or Elliot Sloyer.
  • JEWISH NATIONAL FUND-USA PRESENTS LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND: A SPECIAL EVENING IN HONOR OF JEWISH DISABILITIES AWARENESS, ACCEPTANCE, AND INCLUSION MONTH Join us and JNF-USA for an inside look at how people with disabilities and special needs are integrated into all aspects of daily life and tightly woven into the fabric of Israeli culture. Featuring Marlee Matlin, Academy Award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author. Monday, January 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm EST via Zoom. Register at
  • SAVE THE DATE! ERUV AWARENESS SHABBAT February 26, 2022. A representative from the Stamford Eruv group will speak after services about the importance of our community eruv, and recognize the volunteers who check our eruv weekly to make sure that it's operational.
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Community Announcements
  • REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022 JEWISH BASEBALL LEAGUE SEASON IS OPEN! OPENING DAY IS 3/27 Register by 2/1 and receive a league water bottle. Deadline to register by is 2/15. Sign up on and email Ari Goldstein at with any questions.
  • ANNOUNCING THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE EDUCATIONAL INCLUSION EVENT FOR ELEMENTARY AGED KIDS (GRADES 1-6) AND THEIR PARENTS Feb 6th from 10-11:30 at BCHA. Through fun and interactive booths, the Inclusion Fair will give children a better understanding of the world of special needs; what it is, and how they can be more inclusive. The second half of the event we will have a Dr. Shnitzel Show for the kids, and Dr. Barbara Lithaus will speak to the parents and raising children with soul, kindness and inclusivity. For more information, or to sign up please visit
  • APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE JOAN AND BEN ZINBARG - SCHOKE JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Deadline for applications is Friday, April 15, 2022. As COVID-19 continues to put a financial strain on families, Schoke Jewish Family Service understands that many households have limited funds to send their children to Jewish summer camp. Schoke JFS is excited to announce that applications for camp scholarships for summer 2022 are now available at The application must be filled out completely and returned to the Schoke Jewish Family Service office by mail or email to Maria McNulty at along with the required attachments. All information is kept strictly confidential.
  • STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA SPONSORED SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT GROUPS Schoke JFS with a grant provided by the Stamford Chevra Kadisha has expanded the Kuriansky Family Counseling support programming for those who might need assistance before, during, or after the loss of a loved one. The Caregiver Support Group and Bereavement Support Group meet on Zoom. To join either group, please fill out the form at or call at 203-921-4161.

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