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Friday, February 4, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
TerumahFebruary 5, 20224 Adar I 5782
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Candle Lighting4:56 PM
Mincha5:01 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:53 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:58 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law4:05 PM
Mincha4:55 PM
Havdalah5:58 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Join us tonight for a ruach filled Kabbalat Shabbat in honor of the joy of Adar. We will be hosting minyanim this Shabbat morning at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 am as well as youth groups. We are also honored to have Dr. Bruce Newman who will be speaking this Shabbat afternoon following mincha.

We look forward to many wonderful events in the weeks ahead. This Wednesday, join us for our next presentation in our series with Bar Ilan University.

We are grateful to close friends, Debbie and Jimmy Lustig, who will be commissioning a new Torah for Agudath Sholom in honor of their granddaughter's Bat Mitzvah. The "birth" of the Torah will be in Los Angeles this Sunday and God willing, we will host a writing event for our community before Shavuot and welcoming celebration of the new Torah in Elul, this coming September.

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 Terumah with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Kings I 5:26-6:13
  • Haftarah for Terumah - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Terumah - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Mark Wagshul will lead the 9:00 am Shmuel class
  • David Held will give the 10:30am shiur titled "Kiddush haChodesh and the Resumption of Semicha for the Beis Yosef"
  • Rabbi Yossi Kamman will lead the Code of Jewish Law
  • Dr. Bruce Newman will give shiur between mincha and maariv in honor of and as a memorial to his wife, Rose Newman z"l titled "Digging Ourselves Out and Climbing the Mountain"
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Save the Date of our Annual Dinner!  Mark your calendars for June 12th!

Did you study with us?  The Sunday morning Walking through the Bible study group will soon be completing the final aliyah after 21 years. We are celebrating and would like to have anyone who studied with us at any time join in the celebration. Please email Rabbi Kurtz ( so we can include you at our siyum.

Agudath Sholom and the Life & Legacy Initiative

Agudath Sholom is proud to be one of more than 680 Jewish organizations across North America that have secured over 1 billion dollars in legacy commitments to ensure a bright Jewish future.

To date, our collaboration with 10 other Stamford organizations, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's LIFE & LEGACY initiative, has led 97 donors just like you to commit gifts of over 4 million dollars to local organizational endowments.

Without writing a check today, you too can do your part to help the Agudath Sholom build our endowment and help build the endowments of the other Jewish organizations in our community you value, so we can weather turbulent times like these and adapt to meet evolving community needs.

This is a very simple process, and when Agudath Sholom reaches our first goal of 18 -25 Letters of Intent, we will receive a financial incentive grant that can be used immediately for any synagogue need.

Join our members who have already signed letters of intent. We are deeply appreciative of their commitment to Agudath Sholom!

Gayle and Mitchell Bell
Debra and Michael Berg
Darona and Rabbi Harold Bernstein
Diane and Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rachel and Ephraim Cohen
Tracy and Nahum Daniels
Debra and Dan Faizakoff
Sharon and Michael Feldstein
Robin and Jason Fischel
Stephanie and Howard Fogel
Meryl and David Gordon
Helene and Harvey Kaminski
Elissa and Philip Klapper
Jean and Brian Kriftcher
Lorraine and David Kweskin
Rachel and Joshua Licht
Susan Mark
Nancy Zinbarg Mimoun
Cindy and David Pitkoff
Sara and Yonni Rubinfeld
Stephanie and Bob Sherman
Ronnie and Steven Sichel
Diane and Elliot Sloyer
Neda Khaghan and Robert Yaghoubian
Lauren and Joe Zalis

Please reach out to Rabbi Cohen or Dan Faizakoff ( to learn more about the program, and how you can have a tremendous impact on Agudath Sholom's present and future, without needing to donate today. Thank you!
  • to Audrey Waldstreicher and Dr. Stuart Waldstreicher on the passing of brother and uncle, Stanley Mittman
  • to Brett Olsson on the recent passing of his grandfathers Mark Sytner and Carl Olsson
  • The community is invited to the Shloshim siyum in memory of Stanley Lastoff, father of Ilan Lastoff at 8:50 AM this Sunday at YIS. Join on Zoom with Meeting ID: 862 1925 8916 and Passcode: 08Tpy7
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 Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov on Bella's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Rachel and Harold Terk on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Isaac Jablonka!
  • Congratulations to Steven Labkoff for winning two blue ribbons in a local photography contest. The community is invited to the Art Opening at the GR Gallery, 1086 Long Ridge Rd, with his and other award winning astro photographs this Saturday night from 6 PM - 7:30 PM.
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
  • new member Joey Ellis!
  • new member Elise Lerner!
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Rachel and Harold Terk in honor of their grandson, Isaac Jablonka's, Bar Mitzvah

Chapel Kiddush: Adrienne and Michael Alexander in honor of their son Daniel's 10th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah

Sanctuary Kiddush: Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov in celebration of Bella's Bat Mitzvah
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Upcoming Events
Literature Meets Torah Roundtable Led By Rabbi Moshe Kurtz And Dr. Richard Schwartz 
Wednesday, February 16 - 10:00 AM
We will be completing our discussion of Margaret Atwood's "Bread" and then we will be interpreting Simon and Garfunkel's megahit "Sound of Silence" along with a poem by Langston Hughes. Join on Zoom and in person at CAS. To join us, please contact Rabbi Kurtz:

CAS Young Couples Roaring 20s Purim 
Shabbat, March 12
Save the date! Transport yourself back in time to the roaring 20's and get in the SPIRIT of Purim hosted by the CAS Young Couples committee.
Shabbat Shalom
Michael Feldstein's latest column  click here

Halacha Corner from Rabbi Cohen  What is more important - Mishloach Manot or Matanot Matanot L'evyonim - Gifts to the Poor for Purim?

Answer: The Rambam teaches that we should allocate an equal amount if not more funds to gifts to the poor as we allocate for Mishlaoch Manot. Giving to the poor is a mitzvah all year round. However, the mitzvah to do so on Purim is separate even from the general mitzvah of tzedakah (charity). Matanot L'evyonim should be given early enough so that the poor can benefit on the holiday. Checks can be made out to CAS for this purpose or make your donation on-line at Funds will be distributed on Purim day. The funds raised for this mitzvah will be locally distributed via Jewish Family Service and in Jerusalem.
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 5:10 PM
Candles Friday5:05 PM
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.
  • 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
  • PJ LIBRARY REFER-A-FRIEND IS BACK! Look for a special sign-up link in your email, then share it with a friend (or 5, or 10!), and for every qualified sign-up, PJ Library will send you a $5 gift card to say thank you- it's that easy! For more details contact Sharon Franklin at or go to
  • DON'T GET PJ BOOKS? Sign up for these amazing free monthly Jewish books! For ages birth to 8, go to For a free monthly chapter book for ages, 9-12 go to Books are sponsored by United Jewish Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
  • 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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