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Friday, April 15, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat/Passover Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat and Passover Bulletin
Pesach I and IIApril 16/17, 202215/16 Nisan 5782
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Candle Lighting7:16 PM
Mincha7:21 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:50 AM
Latest Shacharit10:12 AM
Code of Jewish Law6:20 PM
Mincha7:10 PM
Candle Lighting - Not before8:18 PM
Earliest Time to Start Seder Preparation and Second Seder8:18 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Mincha7:25 PM
Havdalah8:19 PM
Shabbat Shalom

God willing, the upcoming holiday of Pesach will be one of joy, healing, growth and sweetness for everyone!

Thank you to everyone for joining our celebration this past Sunday in honor of Adina and Moshe. We wanted to celebrate in Stamford when they are both here for Pesach to say "Thank You!" for the role of our community in shaping who she is today. Although the wedding was in Israel in January, the proximity of the upcoming holiday of Pesach is the perfect expression of the reason that Diane and I felt it was so important to share the simcha of Adina and Moshe with each of you.

More than any other holiday, Pesach affords us the opportunity to explore and reconnect to our foundations as a nation. The prime mitzvah is to remember our roots and give gratitude to God and our ancestors without whom we would not be here today.

Adina's roots are in the Stamford Jewish community and most notably Agudath Sholom and Bi Cultural Hebrew Academy and we are eternally grateful of their impact on her. Take a moment this Pesach to remember the people, and communities that shaped you. To read my remarks from Sunday, click here.

Please note Friday night minyan this evening will be at 7:21 PM. The Seder should start after 8:16 PM. Special thank you to Rabbi Kurtz, Yaakov and Yolly, Matt, Kim and Chris for their partnership in supporting our community preparations for Pesach.

Thank you Elisheva Cohen for preparing this CAS Family Pesach guide.

In between mincha and maariv on Shabbat we will host stand up seder insights.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful, sweet and joyous Pesach, Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher V'Sameach,

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 
  • Pesach insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • First Torah reads from Parshas Bo (Exodus 12:21-51)
  • Second Torah (Maftir) reads Parshas Pinchas (Numbers 28:16-25)
  • The Haftorah for First Day of Pesach is read from Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-15, 6:1, and 6:27.
  • Haftarah for Pesach - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Pesach - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • One must complete all of the preparations for the Seder while it is still daytime. The Romaine lettuce must be thoroughly cleansed and then, carefully inspected for bugs. The horseradish must be grated. The salt water must be prepared.
  • Kiddush is not made in shul on Pesach.
  • Davening Notes: Please remember insertions for Shabbos and Pesach. Abridged Kabbalas Shabbos. Complete Hallel. Tefilas Tal; Chazzan marks the end of reciting Mashiv HaRuach in his repetition of Mussaf.
  • Please refer to our Pesach Schedule for more information
  • Code of Jewish Law - Rabbi Yossi Kamman
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftara for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Making Mitzvah Moments 
Challah Deliveries
For over 2 years, we have been delivering Challot on Fridays to Seniors in our community. Thank you to all of the volunteers! It is about not only the Challah but the friendship. If you would like to sponsor the effort weekly, click here and/or for a month or more please email Rabbi Cohen.

Ukraine Update
Yasher Koach to Sara Boxer, whose family are long time members of CAS, for her important work on this feature at CNN. Our Federation sends contributions to the Polish Jewish community as well. Click here to partner with us on supporting the Jewish communities in Ukraine and Poland and assisting in the refugees making aliyah to Israel.

Halacha Notes:  
  • Mashiv Haruach: During the chazzan's repetition on the first day of Pesach he will recite Tefilat Tal, the prayer for dew. The congregation still says mashiv haruach during the second blessing of the musaf amida. We only begin to omit mashiv haruach at mincha later the same day.
  • Sefira: The first day of sefira is counted on Saturday night (the second night of Pesach). Join My Omer for Meaningful Growth Tool during Sefirah.
  • to Maria Reicin on the passing of her mother, Barbara Jean King Meier
  • to the entire Ehrenkranz family on the passing of Judith Bragin - Yehudis Golda bas Avraham Yisroel
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To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
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Fast of the First Born: The Goldenberg Family in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Martin Goldenberg

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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.
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