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Friday, February 25, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
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February 26, 202225 Adar I 5782
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Candle Lighting5:22 PM
Mincha5:27 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:39 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:49 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law4:30 PM
Mincha5:20 PM
Havdalah6:24 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We bless the new month of Adar this Shabbat and also begin the first of the Four Special Shabbatot prior to Pesach.

Join us on Friday night for a ruach filled Kabbalat Shabbat in honor of Shabbat Mevarchim and Adar. Rosh Chodesh this coming week will be on Thursday and Friday. We will host a Giveaway Hamantashen event next Friday, March 4th in partnership with Beldottis between 12 PM and 1 PM at the bakery.

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Kurtz and all of the participants in the siyum on the Torah this coming Sunday. Join us on Sunday at noon for a Zoom learning session with Simi Peters on Purim LeDorot: Why is Purim Forever?

This Shabbat morning and afternoon we are highlighting the importance of the Eruv in our community and expressing our gratitude to the Eruv Volunteers. We thank the eruv checkers and look forward to hearing from Elie Neidober at all of the Shabbat morning minyanim and Rabbi Kurtz between mincha and maariv.

Please take a moment to support two important Purim fundraisers: The Mikvah is promoting Purim Cards and Delivery (for more, info contact Nicole Makovsky at and the Youth Mishloach Manot fundraiser - sign up below. Of course, please take a moment to contribute to the Purim Charity Fund to fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L'evyonim.

As we enter Shabbat, please offer a prayer for the Ukrainians and peace in the region. You may contribute here via UJF. May God watch over them in the days ahead and may we share good news soon.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and Adar filled with much simcha,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Indoor Masking Update  In accordance with the policies of the City of Stamford, the following is now in effect at CAS:
  • Masks are optional in the CAS building, regardless of age or vaccination status.
  • While not required, we recommend those who are unvaccinated continue to wear a mask.
  • The first section of the Men's and Women's Balconies are reserved for Masks Only.
  • 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 Vayakhel with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Maftir reads Parshas Shekolim from Parshas Ki Sisah (Exodus 30:11-16)
  • The Haftorah for Parshas Shekolim is read from Kings II 12:1-17.
  • Haftarah for Shekolim - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Shekolim - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • We omit Av HaRachamim and no Kel Malei prayers are recited
  • Shabbos Mevarchim: This shabbos we bless the month of Adar Sheni
  • Molad: Thursday, March 3rd, 3:51AM, and 17 chalokim
  • Rosh Chodesh is observed from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon
  • Mark Wagshul will lead the 9:00 am Shmuel Class
  • Michael Feldstein will give the 10:30am shiur titled "Don't Snooze During This Shiur: The Halachot Relating to Sleep"
  • Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn will lead the Code of Jewish Law
  • Rabbi Kurtz will speak between mincha and maariv on the topic of "Eruv Down! What Can We Do? What Should We Do?"
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Purim Updates We are looking forward to a wonderful Purim Season together!

Upcoming Purim Events
  • A Night at the Speakeasy - Saturday Night, March 12th
  • Purim Night Carnival - Wednesday, March 16th
  • Hamentashen on the House - CAS and Beldotti's - Thursday, March 17th
  • Community Purim Seudah - Thursday, March 17th

Purim Megillah Times
Purim Night March 16th
  • 7:15 PM - Main Sanctuary
  • 7:15 PM - Women Megillah Reading in Chapel
  • 8:30 PM - Late Megillah Reading
  • 9:30 PM - Late Megillah Reading

Purim Day March 17th
  • 7:00 AM - (following 6:30 minyan)
  • 9:00 AM (following 8:30 AM minyan), 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • Atria Nursing Home
  • 4:45 PM - Shul Purim Seudah
  • 6:50 PM - Mincha and Maariv
Mazal Tov
  • to Sharon and Jeff Lewis on the engagement of their son, Peter to Deborah Guterman, daughter of Judith and Mark Guterman of White Plains!
  • to Audrey Waldstreicher on the Bat Mitzvah of her great-granddaughter, Kirvaya Zander!
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: Bruce Newman in honor of Agudath Sholom members that helped him in many ways during his mourning period

Chapel Kiddush: Howard Weiss in honor of Mitchell Bell and Irwin Niedober for all the kind deeds they do for Agudath Sholom

Sanctuary Kiddush: Sponsored in honor of the Eruv Volunteers - Steven Adelman, Darona Bernstein, Michael Feldstein, David Giver, Matt Greenberg, Bennett Kfare, obm, Mitchell Mailman, Elie Neidober, Laurie Rogoff, Rabbi Moshe Shemtov, Audrey Wagshul, Michael Warmflash, Rabbi Naftali Wolfe - by Gayle & Mitchell Bell, Judy & Rabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn, Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Meredith & David Cohen, Jennie & Ben Folkinshteyn, Lisa & Gadi Gavronsky, Charleen & David Herz, Bianna & Ben Lanson, Nicole & Jon Makovsky, Marina Sapir & Alex Podelko, Pam & Alan Shanker and Chani & Rabbi Oran Zweiter
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Upcoming Events
Literature Meets Torah Roundtable Led By Rabbi Moshe Kurtz And Dr. Richard Schwartz 
Wednesday, March 16 - 10:00 AM
We will be listening and discussing Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence and the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby.Join on Zoom and in person at CAS. To join us, please contact Rabbi Kurtz:
CAS Youth News
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!

Pickup yours at Megillah Reading or Support our community Mikvah and have your Mishloach Manot delivered to you by the Mikvah Committee (Stamford addresses only) for an additional $7 donation

Deadline to sign up is March 1.

Thank you so much to the following generous sponsors who have already contributed to show their support. (Participants as of February 11 - Morning):

Andrea & Dan Aaron
Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov
Marjory & Robert Abrams
Adrienne & Michael Alexander
Dina & Paul Berger
Dani & Chaim Bergman
Karen & Ira Berk
Harvey & Lynn Berman
Darona & Tzvi Bernstein
Heidi, Evan, Sadi & Elan Bernstein
Judith & Matthew Bernstein
Judy & Jeff Cahn
Kate & Peretz Cik
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Elise & Steven Cohen
Meredith & David Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Suzannah & Eytan Coll
Julie Daniel
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Emily & Zvi Dubitzky
Can Dyman
Debra & Daniel Faizakoff
Yolly & Yaakov Faratci
Lynne & Steven Frenkel
Cheryl Frydman
Jessica & Adam Furmansky
Shira & David Gilboa
Hilary & Ari Goldstein
Judy & Howard Goldstein
Jill & Arthur Green
Shira & Ethan Green
Meg & Yoav Haron
Beth & David Held
David Hochman
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Judith & David Jelen
Rachel & Gavin Kaimowitz
Rebekah & Brian Kanefsky
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Dani & Matt Kondub
Marisa & Moshe Kurtz
Lorraine & David Kweskin
Hannah & Michael Lefkovich
Tamar & Jason Levine
Sharon & Jeff Lewis
Rachel & Josh Licht
Rhonda & Judd Love
Susan & Len Mark
Rachel & Samuel Maryles
Kori & William Meyers
Leah & Gregory Miller
Rina & Yoni Miller
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
Marguerite & Ken Neuhaus
Bruce Newman
Jessica & Eliaz Niedober
Judy & Bob Raymond
Rachel & Sol Redlich
Veronica Reich
Chani & Josh Rosenfeld
Sherri &Allen Rosenthal
Shira Marder & Jason Saibel
Toby Schaffer
Rachel Seligson
Pam & Alan Shanker
Leah & Rabbi Moshe Shemtov
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Wendy & Jared Siegel
Rebecca & Eric Sigman
Talia & Jonathan Siscovick
Jessica & Eytan Sosnovich
Miriam & Josh Sperber
Amy & Samuel Sroka
Elana & Brian Tepper
Rachel & Harold Terk
Laura & Seth Tobin
Rachel & Gregory Waldstreicher
Sarah Bierman & Daniel Wallis
Annie & Jeremy Watman
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Howard Wolfe
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Navah & David Zizmor
Shira & Mitchell Zucker
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Wednesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday-Friday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 5:35 PM
Candles Friday5:30 PM
ThursdayRosh Chodesh Adar II
FridayRosh Chodesh Adar II
CAS Announcements
  • STAMFORD MIKVAH PURIM FUNDRAISER!! Purim is just around the corner and we are looking to you to help support our Stamford Mikvah!

    You do the packing and we do your deliveries!!! Donate to the Minnie Manger Marsha Lieberman Mikvah and we will deliver all your Mishloach Manot for you OR do no packing this year, donate to the Mikvah, and we will send Purim cards to your friends and family near and far!! Email Nicole Makovsky: for more information!!
  • CAS MEN'S CLUB NEEDS YOU! We are excited to announce we are working on hosting our Annual Passover Fair on Sunday, 3/27 from 9 - 3pm. We're planning on having wine tasting, projects for kids, Judaica, books, speakers and more. Anyone wanting to help out/plan or facilitate, please get in touch with Mitchell Bell,
  • 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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  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Hannah
  • Emunah Malka bat Fayga Bryna
  • Esther Rivka bat Masha Edit
  • Leibel ben Sonia
  • Malka Chaya bat Arona
  • May-eerah Brondel bat Fayga Mah-tell
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Nessa bat Miriam
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Sarit bat Yael
  • Shaindel bat Pesya
  • Shimshon ben Breva
  • Shlomo ben Sara
  • Tzvi ben Chana
  • Yehudit bat Chaya Rochel
Community Announcements
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S PJ LIBRARY INVITES YOU TO A SPECIAL VIRTUAL PROGRAM Sunday, February 27th at 3:30pm. Your children will hear stories and chat with Edith, 93, a Holocaust survivor and grandmother. In partnership with Schoke Jewish Family Service. To sign up go to or contact Sharon Franklin at
  • CALLING ALL MENSCHES OR ASPIRING MENSCHES: Please join United Jewish Federation as Elisa Udaskin discusses her book, Be a Mensch: Unleash Your Power to Be Kind and Help Others on Monday, February 28th at 7pm by ZOOM. This is the second of the three-part series Cultivating a Caring Soul. To register: . For more information: Sharon Lewis,
  • 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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