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Friday, April 1, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
TazriaShabbat HaChodesh
Rosh Chodesh Nisan
April 2, 20221 Nisan 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 Shabbat or during the week.
Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:01 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema9:05 AM
Latest Shacharit10:23 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law6:05 PM
Mincha6:55 PM
Havdalah8:02 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We hope you and your families are well.

This Shabbat is both Rosh Chodesh Nisan and Shabbat Parshat Hachodesh. Please note Mincha on Fridays will be held at 7 PM, continuing through the Summer. As Shabbat begins to start later, we will schedule an additional mincha service. We will read from three Torahs on Shabbat morning.

As we prepare for the upcoming holiday, we are excited to launch our annual Pesach Website. Agudath Sholom is committed to helping you get ready for the holiday. This site will provide you with answers to many of the questions we have every year before Pesach. Check out the site - which includes Shmurah Matzah Info, Chametz Sale, Classes and much more.

To join the Pesach Q and A Whatsapp group, click here.

To give Maot Chitim, click here. We are working with Schoke Jewish Family Service to provide food and emergency assistance. Tzedakah can be donated online to our CAS Passover Fund. We are also sending funds to assist Ukrainian refugees. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please reach out discreetly to me via if you know a family in need.

We will host a pilot program with The Tikvah Fund for public school 6th, 7th and 8th graders this spring. We will host a Zoom information session on Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00 AM. Our Summer Israel trip is filling up. We will host a Zoom Information session this Sunday, April 3rd at 10:30 AM. For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen.

Also, please join the Federation on Thursday night at 7:30 PM on Zoom for an update from UJF CEO Diane Sloyer and Board member Kerrin Behrend who will be returning from a trip to the Ukrainian border. Join us at the CAS at 8 PM for a very important program "Standing with Israel in CT" in partnership with Stand with Us.

Finally, this Shabbat, we are partnering with Yesh Tikvah, an organization to support men and women experiencing infertility. Visit for more information. Leave a candle unlit this Friday night to raise awareness about fertility struggles in the Jewish community click here We will also be reciting a special Tefillah Shabbat morning.

Wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Rosh Chodesh and may we share good news in the days ahead,

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 Tazria with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • Second Torah reads from (Numbers 28:9-15)
  • Third Torah (Maftir) reads (Exodus 12:1-20)
  • The Haftorah for Parshas HaChodesh is read from Ezekiel 45:16-46:18.
  • Haftarah for HaChodesh - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for HaChodesh - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Shabbos Rosh Chodesh: Insert Yaale V'Yavo, Half Hallel, Three Sifrei Torah, No Av HaRachamim or Kel Malei prayers throughout the month of Nisan, Special Mussaf Amida, Barchi Nafshi
  • Post 7am Shiur - Dr. Mark Wagshul - Sefer Shmuel
  • Post 8am Shiur - R. Yosie Friedman - Deserting Egypt: Israel's Exodus into the Wilderness.
  • Code of Jewish Law - Rabbi Yossi Kamman 50 min before Mincha
  • Seudat Shlishit Shiur - Dr. Mark Wagshul - The Sources for the Age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Upcoming Special Kiddush Shabbat, April 9th - Baal Koreh Appreciation Kiddush. For sponsorship information, contact Ben Folkinshteyn or Rabbi Cohen.

Thanks to our CAS CSS Volunteers
Steven A.
Marilyn A.
David A.
Evan B.
David B.
Adam B.
Benjamin F.
Ari G.
Howland G.
Jeremy H.
Yoav H.
Rob H.
Scott K.
Jeff L.
Seth M.
Omer N.
Yossi N.
Yoni R.
Toby S.
Eytan S.
Josh S.
Phil S.
Evan S.
Simeon W.
Howard W.
David Z.
Cecile M.
Paul S.
Jeremy W.
Yaakov H.
Daniel A.
Alan S.
Josh Y.

CAS Honored to Welcome the Millstone Scholars Program this Spring!

The Millstone Scholars program is an in-person selective new educational and leadership initiative of the Tikvah Fund for public school and private school 7th and 8th grade students. A pilot cohort will launch this Spring at Agudath Sholom which includes a group of 6th grade students for a 7th grade cohort next Fall.

Millstone Scholars is an Honors Program in which participants meet locally in their communities and participate in seminars with significant thinkers and leaders around topics such as Zionism and Israel, Jewish thought, and the nexus between those ideas and American democracy. The purpose of the program is to forge the next generation of American Jews who will step into High School and onto College campuses as young people confident in their identities and in the robustness of their heritage.

While we are not driven by anti-Semitism, it is worthwhile to take pause and note that within the last year, nearly one-third of Jewish students personally experienced antisemitism directed at them on campus or by a member of the campus community. 79 percent reported that it happened to them more than once. This is a staggering statistic. Much of that anti-Semitism is couched in anti-Zionist and anti-Israel rhetoric. Our children must have a deepened sense of their Jewish heritage and history.

In addition, Millstone Scholars is an entryway to a series of High School and College programs for students, such as a High School summer residency at Yale, as well as internships and fellowships through college and beyond.

We are seeking student nominations to become Millstone Scholars. For nominations or referrals to prospective families, and any other questions, please contact Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, Director of Regional Education, at or Rabbi Daniel Cohen The program is free and open to the entire community. Join a Zoom information session on Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00 AM EST.

  • We mourn the murder of Amir Khoury, 32, Ya'akov Shalom, 36, Rabbi Avishai Yehezkel, 29, Victor Sorokopot, 38, and Dimitri Mitrik, 23. These victims join six other Israelis who were killed in terror attacks in the last week. We extend our condolences to the bereaved families and support the government's efforts to protect the security of its citizens. We pray for the peace and safety of Israel and her people. click here
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 Ivy and Marvin Schildkraut on the birth of a granddaughter, Yael Esther
  • to Rachel Feit and Elie Weiner on the birth of a baby girl, Naava Bracha
  • to Kim & John Mahoney on the engagement of their son John to Kylie Levitan
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: Rhoda & Avram Freedberg

Seudah Shlishit: sponsored by Mark and Audrey Wagshul in memory of the yahrzeit of Mark's father, Mel Wagshul ( Menachem Mendel ben Lipa)

Library Kiddush: sponsored by Pam & Alan Shanker in appreciation of Mark Wagshul's continuous contribution.

Chapel Kiddush: sponsored by Lynn & Harvey Berman in memory of the yahrzeits' of Lynn's father, Al Golden, and Harvey's father, Abe Berman, and in honor of their new Grandson, Mordechai Binyamin, who will be 1 month old

Sanctuary Kiddush: sponsored anonymously in honor of those families struggling with infertility and in honor of our CSS security volunteers by Rhonda and Jeff Maron, Jennie and Ben Folkinshteyn, Diane and Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Kate and Peretz Cik, Judy and Dr. Jeff Cahn, Marina and Alex Podelko.
CAS Announcements
  • PLEASE JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION, The Stamford Board of Rabbis, Kerrin Behrend and Diane Sloyer for a community gathering and an eyewitness update from the Ukrainian border. Thursday, April 7th at 7:30pm, via Zoom. Thanks to the outpouring of generosity from our community, over $150,000 has already been raised to support the ongoing efforts to help Ukrainian refugees! Our community has also purchased enough health care items to fill six large duffel bags that Diane Sloyer and Kerrin Behrend will take on their journey to the Ukrainian border this weekend. Register at to receive the zoom link.
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ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
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Community Announcements
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND IS COMING TO BCHA FOR THIS YEAR'S PLAY Almost 50 students, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, have come together to bring to life this fun adventure for both children and adults. Audiences will be wowed by the fantastic scenes and original take of a well-known, beloved story. Performances are Thursday March 31st at 7pm, Friday April 1st at 1:45, and Sunday April 3rd at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are just $10. For best seats, order advanced tickets online below. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
  • SUMMER JOBS AVAILABLE AT THE J The Stamford JCC Inclusion Department is currently recruiting senior high school and college students for summer job employment in our Hand in Hand program. Hand in Hand provides children grades Pre-K - 8 the opportunity to participate in a typical summer camp environment in a supportive setting. We work with children of all abilities to reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally. We are looking for students who have had experience working or volunteering with children who have special needs and who genuinely enjoy working with diverse children in a recreational setting. For more information, please contact Hannah Goldstone .
  • 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
  • YOU'RE INVITED TO UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S PROGRAM, MAIMONIDES: THE PHYSICIAN'S APPROACH TO MODERN MEDICAL ETHICS, ON SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD AT 6PM. Enjoy dinner from 613 (individually bagged), drinks, mingling and networking, and keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Eisenberg of the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. This in person program will be held at the JCC. Learn how the ideas of a 12th century physician, Maimonides, shaped the way we look at modern medical ethics, including preventative medicine, immunization, alternative medicine, the pandemic, and more. Sign up at For more information contact Sharon Franklin at ext. 109. Deadline to RSVP is Saturday, April 2nd at 9pm.
  • ON MONDAY, APRIL 4TH, AT 2:00PM, JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S CHAPTER TWO FOR A PASSOVER COOKING DEMO AND SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT. Cookbook author Ronnie Fein will demonstrate Ashkenazi and Sephardic dishes, followed by a toiletry packing party in support of the holocaust survivors of the SJFS Anachnu program. Guests are encouraged to bring items to pack. The program will take place in person on the patio of the J. Sign up at For more information contact Sharon Franklin at ext. 109.
  • JOIN UJF'S PJ LIBRARY FOR A PRE-PASSOVER SUPPER & SONG ON THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH, FROM 5:15PM-6:45PM. Enjoy a pizza dinner (veggies and dessert, too), music with Jonathan Cahr, crafts, and more. This in person event will be held in the auditorium at 1035 Newfield Ave (the J). Registration required (Walk-ins cannot be accommodated), sign up at For more information contact Sharon Franklin at ext. 109
  • CALLING ALL 7-12-YEAR-OLDS! ZOOM WITH UJF'S PJ OUR WAY FOR MATZAH FACE-OFF WARS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH FROM 3:00PM TO 4:00PM. See who can make the best matzah pizza face and the funniest matzah dessert design- prizes to the winners! Virtual program, Suggested shopping list provided on sign up page. Meet kids from Rochester New York as we partner with another PJ Our Way community!Sign up at For more information contact Sharon Franklin at ext. 109.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars for Monday, May 23rd at 6:30pm for the annual Chevra Kadisha dinner - an evening to celebrate the important role of the Chevra Kadisha in our community. Please reach out to Jessie Katz at with questions or to get involved. Stay tuned for more details.
  • 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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