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Friday, April 29, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Acharei Mot
Shabbat Mevarchim
Omer: 14April 30, 202229 Nisan 5782
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Mincha7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:30 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:36 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit10:02 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law6:35 PM
Mincha7:25 PM
Havdalah8:32 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We are looking forward to celebrating virtually with everyone this Sunday at 11:00 AM EST at Elisheva and Yaakov Moshe's wedding and God willing next Shabbat in person. The link for the live stream is

This Shabbat we read Achrei Mot outside of Israel and Kedoshim in Israel. The lack of alignment in Torah portions is due to the last day of Pesach in the Diaspora being a regular Shabbat in Israel. However, the two parshiyot are always juxtaposed and capture a timeless message. We mourn the tragedies in life, but must never lose faith in the eternality of the Jewish people. Moving on is not leaving loved ones behind and forgetting, but living lives dedicated to infusing the world with their values and vision.

The transition between Yom Hazikaron - Israel Memorial Day - and Yom Haatzmaut - Israel Independence Day - symbolizes the triumph of hope over fear and light over darkness. Join us this Wednesday evening as we host a community event to commemorate and celebrate. We are excited to be joined by students of BCHA who will lead a song for Israel Memorial Day and Daglanut for Yom Haatzmaut. We are also honored to host Professor Yaakov Ariel who will speak on the topic: After Half a Century - An Israeli Soldier in Combat and Captivity. We will also welcome JCC Tzahal Shalom soldiers Captain Danielle Regev, Captain Eitan Levanon and First Lieutenant Etay Tsafrir.

Join us on Wednesday evening for a celebratory Maariv following the program and Hallel on Thursday morning in honor of Yom Haaztmaut.

We are looking forward to our annual dinner in June. Please take a moment to sign up and join in the celebration. Also, save the date of May 13-14 for our Scholars in Residence from Israel, Rabbi Ben-Tzion and Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz. Join us for a Friday night dinner with them - sign up in the Events section.

We welcome NCSY advisors - Ezra Emerson, Melitta Oppenheim, Moshe Kaplan, and Rosie Maimon - for the NCSY Road Show for our teens.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,

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 Acharei Mos with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftorah for Machar Chodesh is read from Samuel I 20:18-42
  • Haftarah for Machar Chodesh - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Machar Chodesh - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Shabbos Mevarchim: We bless the month of Iyar. Rosh Chodesh is observed from Saturday night through Monday afternoon.
  • Molad for Iyar: Sunday, May 1st, 5:20 AM and 1 Chelek
  • Halachic Note: Despite Shabbos Mevarchim / Nisan we still recite Av HaRachamim, a prayer that was composed for the martyrs of the Crusade period most of whom were slain during the period of Sefiras HaOmer
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftarah for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Commemorate Yom Hazikaron and Celebrate Yom Haatzmaut 
Wednesday, May 4th at 7 PM - 8 PM
Hosted by Congregation Agudath Sholom

Featured Speaker - Professor Yaakov Ariel: After Half a Century: An Israeli Soldier in Combat and Captivity.Professor Ariel serves in the Religious Studies Dept at UNC Chapel HIll and is currently at Harvard University.

Presentation In memory of Marilyn Spirt by Biana and Ben Lanson

Commemorate Israel's Fallen Heroes in War and Terror and Celebrate the transition to Yom Haatzmaut with a Song and Daglanut Flag Dance by the Students of BCHA.

Light refreshments and a celebratory Maariv service following the program

In Partnership with BiCultural Hebrew Academy, JCC Tzahal Shalom, Mizrachi RZA, United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien and Young Israel of Stamford
  • to Lorraine Bauman and Risa Goldblum on the passing of Morton Bauman
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 Shushannah and Ari Yasgur on being honored at the Chabad Gala Dinner with the Gan Family Award!
  • to the awardees from BCHA in the American Mathematics Competition!
  • to Diane and Rabbi Daniel Cohen on the upcoming marriage of Elisheva Cohen to Moshe Yaakov Shmidman!
  • to Shery Hertzberg on the arrival of a granddaughter, Shira Batya!
  • to Shira and Mitchell Zucker on the engagement of their daughter Ellie to Nick Morales of Bronx, NY!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shmuel ClassMark Wagshul
ShiurRabbi Josh Rosenfeld
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Moshe Kurtz - Coming of Age During Sefira: A Mesmerizing Minchas Chinuch [Part 2]
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Chapel Kiddush: Co-sponsored by Howard Weiss in commemoration of the yahrzeit of his father, Herbert Weiss; and Dr. Murray Engel in commemoration of the yahrzeit of his father, Abraham Engel

Sanctuary Kiddush: The Haron Family in commoration of the yahrzeit of Nancy Haron
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Upcoming Events
Literature Meets Torah Roundtable Led By Rabbi Moshe Kurtz And Dr. Richard Schwartz 
Wednesday, May 18 - 10:00 AM
Please join Rabbi Moshe Kurtz and Dr. Richard Schwartz as they celebrate National Poetry Month. We will be discussing Johnny Cash's Hurt, Leonard Cohen's Dance Me to the End of Love and Bob Dylan's Not Dark Yet.Join on Zoom and in person at CAS. To join us, please contact Rabbi Kurtz:

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.
Shabbat Shalom
In case you missed it  Dr. Michelle Levine: "Desert Narratives: The Golden Calf" - click here

Michael Feldstein's latest article  click here
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:40 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:38 PM
SundayRosh Chodesh Iyyar/Omer: 15
MondayRosh Chodesh Iyyar/Omer: 16
TuesdayOmer: 17
WednesdayYom HaZikaron/Omer: 18
ThursdayYom HaAtzma'ut/Omer: 19
FridayOmer: 20
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Community Announcements
  • 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 .
  • SAR ACADEMY IS HIRING! Available positions include: Early Learning Teachers, General and Judaic Studies Head and Assistant Teachers, Executive Assistant, Specialty Staff and more! Apply at
  • WALK WITH YOUR FEET AND HELP WITH YOUR HEART! Please donate & participate in The Friendship Day & Walk on May 15. Come for a free family fun day as we walk hand in hand in support of families of individuals with special needs. There will be entertainment, a carnival, show, delicious food, and more. Go to to sign up!
  • 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.
  • REGISTER TODAY FOR THE ANNUAL CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER Monday, May 23rd at 6:30pm. Celebrate the Chevra Kadisha volunteers and learn about the important role of the Chevra Kadisha in our community. Hear an inspiring conversation with Morah Vivi Deren, Dr. Leah Miller, and Schoke Jewish Family Service's Leah Schechter on "Living through Loss" PLUS enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat dinner and drinks catered by Greenwich & Delancey. Please reach out to Jessie Katz at with questions or to get involved. -
  • 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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