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Friday, May 6, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
KedoshimOmer: 21May 7, 20226 of Iyyar 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 Lighting7:38 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:30 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:57 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Mincha5:40 PM/7:20 PM
Code of Jewish Law6:45 PM
Havdalah8:39 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Thank you very much for all of the warm wishes on behalf of the marriage of Elisheva to Yaakov Moshe Shmidman. It is wonderful to welcome Yaakov Moshe's parents and grandparents - Rabbi Avraham & Adina Shmidman and Rabbi Shimon & Hennie Wolf - this Shabbat as well. If you missed the wedding, you can see the livestream here and we look forward to sharing the simcha at seudah shlishit. There will be an early mincha at 5:40 PM and regular one is at 7:20 PM.

We are looking forward to another segment of Dr. Michelle Levine's series this Wed night and are excited to welcome next Shabbat, Rabbi Ben-Tzion and Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz for our Israel Shabbat in partnership with Mizrahi. Please sign up for the Friday night dinner with the Spitz's (sign up below in the Events section). We are also hosting a Sephardic minyan next Shabbat at 9 AM in addition to our regular minyanim.

We wish the BCHA 8th grade students Tzetzchem Leshalom during the prayer for the state of Israel in shul as they leave this week for their trip to Israel. In celebration of Yom Haatzmaut, all teens are invited this Shabbat at 9:45 AM to a unique Israel themed teen minyan for the entire teen community in the Manger Beit Midrash.

Finally, we wish a happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers in our community. We will offer a prayer on Shabbat morning for all those who are praying for the opportunity to be blessed with a child. The text is here. To learn more, visit Yesh Tikva's website.

May we continue to share many joyous occasions together in the days ahead.

Wishing you and your families 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 Kedoshim with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftorah for Kedoshim is read from Amos 9:7-15
  • Haftarah for Kedoshim - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Kedoshim - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Halachic Note: We recite Av HaRachamim throughout Sefira, since it was composed for the martyrs of the Crusade period most of whom were slain during this time.
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftarah for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

CAS Annual Dinner

June 12, 5pm

And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them

Guests of Honor

Barry Sternlicht and Family


Rachel Dayan

for their dedication and commitment to the redevelopment, restoration and refurbishment of our beloved building.

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  • to the family of Dr. Dale Pianko Z"L, wife of Dr. Leonard Pianko. He can be reached at 305-801-5589 or
  • We wish comfort and strength to the families of three people were murdered and four wounded in a terror attack Elad in central Israel on Thursday.
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 Sarah & Justin Breiner and Mona & Mark Breiner on their daughter and granddaughter, Olivia's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen on the recent marriage of their daughter Elisheva to Yaakov Moshe Shmidman!
  • to Henry Feuerstein and Elise Meyer on the arrival of a granddaughter, Sidney Ava Bushell!
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
ShiurR. Moshe Kurtz - "Are We Obligated to Make Aliyah?"
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Seudah ShlishitSheva Brachot for Elisheva and Yaakov Moshe Shmidman
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov in memory of Mel Aminoff

Chapel Kiddush: Glenn Karow in commemoration of the yahrzeit of his mother, Sybel Karow

Sanctuary Kiddush: Sarah & Justin Breiner in celebration of Olivia's Bat Mitzvah
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CAS Announcements
  • AGUDATH SHOLOM HONORED TO WELCOME THE MILLSTONE SCHOLARS PROGRAM NEXT FALL! 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 next Fall at Agudath Sholom. 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. Orientation Breakfast on Sunday, May 22nd at 9:15 AM at CAS with Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Ungar from Tikvah.We are seeking student nominations to become Millstone Scholars. For student 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
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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 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:50 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Candles Friday7:45 PM
SundayOmer: 22/Mother's Day
MondayOmer: 23
TuesdayOmer: 24
WednesdayOmer: 25
ThursdayOmer: 26
FridayOmer: 27
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  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Shaindel bat Pesya
  • Shlomo ben Sara
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Community Announcements
  • 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.
  • UJF'S ROTHSCHILD SOCIETY INVITES YOU TO HEAR A GREAT SPEAKER, MINGLE, DRINKS, AND DELICIOUS LIGHT FARE FROM 613 Monday, May 9th. "Connected Capitalism- How Jewish Wisdom Can Transform Work" with author and professor David Weitzner- 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. At Waterstone on High Ridge at 215 High Ridge Rd. Co-chairs: Nate Pava, Lauri Vorm, and Greg Waldstreicher. Sign up at For more info contact Sharon Franklin 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!
  • YOU ARE INVITED TO UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION WOMEN'S PHILANTHROPY SPRING DINNER Wednesday, May 18th at Temple Beth El at 6:30pm - Dinner, raffle baskets, and silent auction and more, followed by a 7:30pm program with guest speaker and author, Corie Adjmi. Co-chairs Heidi Ganz and Caroline Marciano, $95 through May 6th, $125 after, $360 Event Sponsor. For more info contact Diane Sloyer at Sign up at
  • 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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