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Friday, March 11, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
VayikraShabbat ZachorMarch 12, 20229 Adar II 5782
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Candle Lighting5:38 PM
Mincha5:43 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:27 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:39 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law4:45 PM
Mincha5:35 PM
Havdalah6:40 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We look forward to a joyous celebration of Purim in the week ahead.

Every year prior to Purim, we have an obligation of Zachor. We read Zachor to not only remember but refortify ourselves to our historic mission to fight against the theology of Amalek and redouble our efforts to stand proudly as Jews, advocate for Israel, and stand resolute against the forces of evil in the world.

In his vein, we urge everyone to add extra prayers for Ukraine and offer support via numerous ways. Click here, here and click here for a valuable dispatch from the Ukraine.

May we lead lives publicly and privately that hasten the redemption of the world and the coming of the Messiah.

Zachor will be read during and at the end of all minyanim and at 5:30 PM prior to Mincha.

It is not too early to make a contribution for Matanot L'evyonim, Purim charity, that will be distributed directly on Purim to families locally in need via JFS and in Jerusalem via Od Yosef Chai. To make a contribution, click here. Thank you!

Please join us this Sunday for three worthwhile programs: Virtual Tour of Israel at 10:00 AM, Halacha and Cosmetics at 4:30 PM and Rabbi Yitzchak Blau at 8:00 PM.

This Shabbat, join us for Shabbat morning minyanim at 7, 8 and 9 AM, and a full array of youth programming. We will also have seudah shlishit this week and every week, God willing, moving forward. I will be presenting a mini shiur on the mitzvah of mishloach manot at seduah shlishit this week.

Wishing you and your families an Adar filled with much simcha and good news and 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:
  • 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 Parshat Vayikra with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The maftir will be Parshas Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19)
  • The Haftorah for Zachor is read from (Samuel I 15:2-34)
  • Haftarah for Zachor - summary by click here
  • Haftarah for Zachor - summary by Haftarah Helper click here
  • Taanis Esther is on Wednesday. It begins at 5:52 AM and ends at 7:32 PM. Please see the Purim schedule for Megillah reading times.
  • Post 7am Shiur - Mark Wagshul
  • Post 8am Shiur - Rabbi Moshe Kurtz
  • Code of Jewish Law - Rabbi Yossi Kamman
  • Seudah Shlishit - Rabbi Daniel Cohen on the Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot
  • 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)
  • 8:00 AM - Women Megillah Reading at YIS Stamford
  • 9:00 AM (following 8:30 AM minyan), 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • Atria Nursing Home
  • Join us at 2:30 PM on Purim day to share the spirit of Purim with the Atria residents.
  • 4:45 PM - Shul Purim Seudah
  • 6:50 PM - Mincha and Maariv

Some Highlights of Rabbi Cohen and Diane's recent visit to CAS Snowbirds in Florida   click here

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 & Mitchell Bell
Michael & Debra Berg
Rabbi Tzvi & Darona Bernstein
Rabbi Daniel & Diane Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Dan & Debra Faizakoff
Sharon & Michael Feldstein
Jason & Robin Fischel
Howard & Stephanie Fogel
Meryl & David Gordon
Shira & Ethan Green
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Jeannie & Brian Kriftcher
David & Lorraine Kweskin
J & R Licht
Susan Mark
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Nancy Zinbarg Mimoun
Bob & Stephanie Sherman
Ronnie & Steven Sichel
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Ellen & Richard Weber
Neda Khaghan & Robert Yaghoubian
Joe & Lauren 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!
New Class Starting this Sunday  Sefer HaChinuch: The 613 Commandments from the Beginning - Sundays from 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Join Rabbi Moshe Kurtz as his class embarks on a journey through the 613 commandments of the Torah! Classes are open and geared to all skill levels. Each class will aim to give a basic understanding of the laws and philosophy behind each mitzvah, followed by a deep-dive into the more thought-provoking ideas that emerge from the material. Classes will be held in-person at Agudath Sholom with a Zoom option. Please contact with any questions.
  • to David Hochman on the passing of his mother, Linda Hochman (Leah Fayga bat Yehuda)
  • to Michelle Gordon on the passing of her mother, Sandra Horowitz
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 Elana and Brian Tepper on the birth of a baby girl, Chloe (Kayla Lee'el)! Mazal Tov to big sister Hayden, aunt and uncle Stephanie and David Tepper and cousins Hailey and Mason!
  • to Ellen and Richard Weber on the arrival of a granddaughter!
  • to Lynn and Harvey Berman on the arrival of a grandson!
  • to Adina and Steven Adelman on the birth of a baby boy! Mazal Tov to big brother Eli and grandmother Shery Hertzberg! There will be a Shalom Zachar tonight at the home of Ari and Devorah Hertzberg - 460 Newfield Ave. at 9pm.
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 the chairs of the Purim Speakeasy event: Miriam "Unflappable" Sperber, Yonnie "Ice Man" Rubinfeld, Rina "Ma" Miller and Ben "Booksy" Folkinshteyn
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Rhoda & Avram Freedberg

Chapel Kiddush: Hilary & Alan Rifkin

Sanctuary Kiddush: Ivy and Marvin Schildkraut in commemoration of the yahrzeits of Marvin's father - Samuel Schildkraut/Shaul ben Yitzchak (8 Adar II) - and mother - Mabel Schildkraut/Chana bat Pinchas (9 Adar II)

Seudat Shlishit: Tali & Jesse Salver in blessed memory of Jesse's grandmother Chana bas Pinchas and great-grandmother Tova bas Yitzchok, whose yahrzeits are on the 12th of Adar
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Upcoming Events
CAS Mens Chabura 
Tuesday, March 15 - 8:15 PM
The next CAS Men's Chabura will be held Tuesday night, March 15, 8:15 - 9:15 PM by Rabbi Yaakov Faratci on the topic of Purim: Finding a Moment of Clarity. The chabura will be at the home of Shaya Speter, 18 Holbrook Drive. Please email Sam Sroka, by Monday night to RSVP.

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 And Bar-Ilan University Virtual Speakers Series 
Wednesday, April 6 - 8:00 PM
Congregation Agudath Sholom and American Friends of Bar-Ilan University present a speakers series that will feature professors and alumni on a variety of subjects. After the completion of the course, you will receive a certificate.Free for CAS Members. Non-Members: $72.For more info, contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at rabbicohen@cas-stamford.orgFor the full schedule and to register, visit the CAS website.
Shabbat Shalom
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Tuesday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Thursday 6:30 AM/8:30 AM, Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Tuesday 6:50 PM, Wednesday 6:40 PM, Thursday 6:50 PM, Friday 6:51 PM
Candles Friday6:46 PM
SundayDaylight Savings Begins
WednesdayTa'anit Esther
FridayShushan Purim
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  • UJF'S PJ LIBRARY & BCHA INVITE YOU TO A PURIM CARNIVAL & CELEBRATION Sunday, March 13th from 2:00-4:00pm, with carnival games, crafts, snacks, selfie station, bouncy house, and more! In-person in the gym at BCHA, 2186 High Ridge Road. For kids 2 to 6, siblings are welcome. Free program. Sign up at For more information contact or
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION JCRC AND STAMFORD JCC FOR A BOOK AND AUTHOR EVENT FEATURING JANICE KAPLAN, AUTHOR OF THE GENIUS OF WOMEN Tuesday, March 15th 7:30pm. This is a free event via Zoom, link upon registration. Sign up at For questions, email Sharon Lewis 203-321-1373, ext104.
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  • INTERESTED IN AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO EAT DELICIOUS, LOCALLY GROWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THIS SUMMER? Join over a hundred families by investing in a share of the Stoneledge Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Pick up your organic produce, dried coffee, mushrooms, dried beans, and more each week from June 8 - November 2 near Barrett Park. Questions, please contact Jessie Katz at
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION INVITES YOU TO "MAIMONIDES: THE PHYSICIAN'S APPROACH TO MODERN MEDICAL ETHICS" WITH DR. DANIEL EISENBERG OF THE ALBERT EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA Learn how the ideas of 12th century physician Maimonides shaped the way we look at modern medical ethics, including preventative medicine, immunization, alternative medicine & more. This outdoor, in person program will be held at 1035 Newfield Ave. (JCC) on Sunday April 3rd, 6:00pm. Dinner (individually packaged) and drinks will be served. Sign up at Brought to you by UJF's Maimonides Medical Society. For more information email Sharon Franklin
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  • SURVEY OPPORTUNITY Will you help us advance a national research study on American Jewish political preferences? Ohad Klopman, a 4th-year student at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary is conducting a research study on Jewish political preferences in the US. The goal of the study is to learn how Jewish Americans think about politics and voting. In this study, you take the role of a voter and have to choose between hypothetical political candidates. The study takes 10 minutes and is completely anonymous and confidential. Please help Ohad succeed in his research by participating! All it takes is filling out this short survey:Link to participate in the survey If you have any questions about the survey or Ohad's research, you can contact him at or on the phone at 508-733-7997.
  • 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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