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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Passover/Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Pesach/Shabbat Bulletin
Pesach VII/VIIIOmer: 6/7April 22/23, 202221/22 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.
Candle Lighting7:22 PM
Mincha7:27 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM/8:45 AM
Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:23 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/7:45 AM/8:45 AM
Latest Shema8:43 AM
Latest Shacharit10:06 AM
Yizkor in the Sanctuary (approximately)10:15 AM
Code of Jewish Law6:30 PM
Mincha7:20 PM
Neilat HaChag7:45 PM
Havdalah8:25 PM
Earliest time to eat Chametz if sold through CAS8:50 PM
Shabbat Shalom

I hope you and your families are enjoying a wonderful Pesach.

As we approach the end of the holiday, take a moment to reflect on one inspiring seder insight to carry forward beyond Pesach. God willing, we forged meaningful memories as well. More than any other holiday, the counting of the omer - which bridges Pesach and Shavuot - affirms our aspiration to harness the days ahead for personal growth and a deeper commitment to making God and Torah the center of our lives. In this spirit, sign up for my Living the Torah Moment or Rabbi Kurtz's Daily Halacha for daily Torah inspiration and learning. Join My Omer to make the days count.

We are grateful to everyone who signed up for Life and Legacy. Our Year 2 commitment ends May 31st. To learn more, contact Dan Faizakoff or Rabbi Cohen. This is an easy way to invest in the future of Agudath Sholom!

Yasher Koach to Howard & Gayle Rothman, Rich & Pamela Vogel and all of the Agudath Sholom donors for sponsoring the planes for Ukrainian Jewish refugees making aliyah in partnership with our UJF and the Jewish Agency. Howard recently returned from Poland and Israel and will share his reflections on Shabbat morning in the main sanctuary prior to Yizkor.

This week is Yom Hashoah. Join us on Tuesday at noon for "The World That Was: A Virtual Tour of Jewish Krakow" with Dr. David Bernstein. Join the United Jewish Federation for an in person and virtual community program on Wednesday evening, April 27th at 7:00 PM. For more info, contact Sharon Lewis, JCRC Director, at

Please note that mincha will be at 7 PM on Friday night. Minyanim on Friday morning are 8 AM and 8:45 AM and on Shabbat morning at 7, 7:45 and 8:45 AM. We read Shir Hashirim on Shabbat morning as well as recite Yizkor. We will also host seudah shlishit in shul on Shabbat following mincha.

Finally, we look forward to God willing, a joyous celebration of Elisheva's marriage in Israel to Yaakov Moshe Shmidman on May 1st. We hope you will join us virtually and in Stamford for Shabbat Sheva Brachot on May 7th.

Wishing and your families a Chag Sameach and 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.

Yom Tov / Shabbat Information 
  • Thursday Afternoon: Remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin. We recite "lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov" on the candles without the blessing of Shehechiyanu.
  • Friday Morning (7th Day of Pesach) : We take out two Sifrei Torah; in the first we have five Aliyahs in Parshas Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-15:26); Half-Kaddish; Maftir reads in the second Sefer Torah from Parshas Pinchas (Numbers 28:19-25)
  • The Haftorah for Friday is read from Samuel II 22:1-51.
  • Friday Evening (8th Day of Pesach): Blessing on candles "lehadlik ner shel Shabbos v'Yom Tov" without a Shehechiyanu.
  • Shabbos Morning: we take out two Sifrei Torah; in the first we have seven Aliyahs in Parshas R'ei (Deut. 14:22-16:17); Maftir reads in the second Sefer Torah from Parshas Pinchas: (Numbers 28:19-25)
  • The Haftorah for Shabbos is read from Isaiah 10:32-12:6.
  • We recite Yizkor.
  • Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Pesach.
  • Haftarah for 7th Day - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for 8th Day - summary by - click here

Divrei Torah on Holiday 
  • Thursday Night - Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Friday Minyanim - Rabbi Moshe Kurtz
  • Friday Night - Yaakov Moshe Shmidman
  • Shabbat Morning - Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Howard Rothman
  • Post 7am Shiur - Dr. Mark Wagshul - Sefer Shmuel
  • Seudah Shlishit - R. Moshe Kurtz - "Coming of Age During Sefira: A Mesmerizing Minchas Chinuch"

Halacha Notes:  
  • Please note that the last days of Pesach are a continuation of the holiday and we do not recite Shehecheyanu at Kiddush on Thursday night or Friday night.
  • Remember to light a Yahrzeit candle on Thursday before lighting Yom Tov candles in order to have a pre-existing flame from which to light Friday night candles and also a Yahrzeit candle. We also make an Eruv Tavshilin on Thursday before Yom Tov. This allows us to prepare on Yom Tov for Shabbat.
  • Please remember to wait until 8:50 PM on Saturday night before removing your Chametz that was sold in your homes. Also, Bevmax, a Jewish owned business, as well as the Stamford JCC participated in the Chametz sale and all food sold or served there may be eaten post Pesach.

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.

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
Mark & Nofie Rosovsky
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!
Thank You
  • to Matt Greenberg and Mark Wagshul for reading Shir Hashirim
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Sanctuary Kiddush (Friday): Hannah & Michael Lefkovich in honor of the birth of their daughter Dahlia

Sanctuary Kiddush (Saturday): Gayle & Howard Rothman in memory of Howard's mother, Lillian Rothman
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Upcoming Events
CAS And Bar-Ilan University Virtual Speakers Series 
Sunday, June 12 - 11:00 AM
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.
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:35 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:30 PM
SundayOmer: 8
MondayOmer: 9
TuesdayOmer: 10
WednesdayOmer: 11
ThursdayYom HaShoah/Omer: 12
FridayOmer: 13
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Community Announcements
  • UJF YOM HA SHOAH PROGRAM Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00pm, Temple Sholom. United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan & Darien and UJA-JCC Greenwich will gather to commemorate Yom HaShoah. The evening will feature survivor Endre Sarkany. Register: Rabbis and Cantors from Stamford and Greenwich will participate in the program.
  • YOM HA'ATZMAUT COMMUNITY CELEBRATION Thursday, May 5th, 5pm-7pm at the JCC. Join this county-wide celebration of Israel @ 74 as the three Fairfield County Federations unite to celebrate Israel's independence. Music, Fun, Crafts and more. $5 per person/$15 per family in advance; $10 per person/$30 per family at the door. Food available for purchase.
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S NEXTGEN INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE YOM HA'ATZMAUT - ISRAEL'S 74TH INDEPENDENCE DAY Saturday May 7th, from 9:00pm -12:00am, at a private home in Stamford.BBQ, drinks, bonfire, and mountains of hummus! $12 per person, Blue and white attire encouraged, but not required, RSVP by May 1st at Contact Mel Vorm at for more information.
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S ROTHSCHILD SOCIETY INVITES YOU TO "CONNECTED CAPITALISM: HOW JEWISH WISDOM CAN TRANSFORM WORK," WITH AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR DAVID WEITZNER Monday , May 9th at 6:00pm light fare, drinks & mingling at 6pm, 7:00pm program with speaker. What should our post Covid work world look like? Drawing from the classic teachings of Judaism, how to positively transform our workplaces and working lives. Questions? Please email Sharon Franklin Sign up at
  • 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 .
  • AN EVENING WITH SCHOKE JFS Sunday, May 22nd, 5:30 PM. Schoke Jewish Family Service will hold its annual gala, An Evening with Schoke JFS, Sunday, May 22nd at 5:30 pm al fresco at the Italian Center of Stamford, 1620 Newfield Avenue, in an outdoor tented pavilion. The Jewish Sportsmen's League (Bruce Blasnik, Gary Bloom, Henry Bubel, David S. Cohen z"l, Marty Donner, Bob Dorf, Paul Gordon, Ed Kweskin, David Lewis, Carl Rosen, Paul Sabbah, David Swerdloff) will be the recipients of the 42nd Annual Mitzvah Award, and Stacy Kamisar, Julia Marx, and Sheri Warshaw will receive the 3rd Annual Volunteer of the Year Award honoring their dedication to the community. The evening's events will be hosted by the Mayor of Stamford, Caroline Simmons. The event will be co-chaired by Liz Kitay and Meryl Japha with Jeri Appel as auction chair. General tickets include dinner and dessert for $180. Visit for more information or to RSVP.
  • 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.
  • UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S PJ LIBRARY INVITES YOU TO "BUBBLE MANIA" WITH SCOTTY KAZEN Thursday, May 26th 4:45pm-6:00pm, in partnership with BCHA. A light kosher dinner will be provided for the kids (mini bagels and ice cream). For ages 6 & under (siblings welcome!). 1035 Newfield Ave (outdoors near the courts). Contact Sharon Franklin at for more information. Sign up at
  • BI-CULTURAL HEBREW ACADEMY OF CONNECTICUT CELEBRATION DINNER 2022 Monday, May 30, 2022 at 5:30 pm. At the Italian Center of Stamford - Al Fresco Pavilion Proudly honoring:Guest of Honor: Gladys & Greg Teitel, Walter Shuchatowitz Award for Excellence in Education: Rachel Haron,Alumni Award: Jake Sherman,Community Service Award: Glenn Karow, Adam Rafalowicz, and Six Thirteen Restaurant.RSVP to
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday June 12th from 9am-5:00pm and Sunday June 26th from 9am-5:00 pm (June 26th session might be via zoom).Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • 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.
  • SCHOKE JFS IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU - LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ONGOING SUPPORT GROUPS Schoke Jewish Family Service offers a wide range of support groups to meet the various needs of the community and to help families and individuals with the transitions and challenges of life. Currently, all support groups meet on Zoom. The Divorce Support Group - Mondays, 1:00 PM; Bereavement Support Group - Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Caregiver Support Groups - Every other Sunday, 11:15 AM and every other Wednesday, 7:30 PM; COVID Support - Thursdays, 4:00 PM, 1st and 3rd Thursdays; Brain Fitness Group - Mondays, 10:30 AM and Wednesdays, 10:30 AM; Healing Chair Yoga - Class schedule to be announced on the website. To join the support groups, please fill out the form at: or contact Brooke Davidson, Director of Clinical and Family Life Services at or 203-921-4161.

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