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Friday, May 27, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BechukotaiOmer: 42May 28, 202227 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/8:03 PM
Candle Lighting7:58 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:17 AM
Latest Shacharit9:48 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law7:05 PM
Mincha7:55 PM
Havdalah8:59 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We warmly welcome the Norwegian Jewish students from the Shivilim program to Agudath Sholom this weekend. Special welcome to counselor Amit Grosman and a heartfelt thank you to David Ariyeh for organizing the Shabbaton! Thank you to the host family and presenters E Bernstein of CSS and Annie Watman of AIPAC. To learn more about Shvilim, visit

This Saturday night and Sunday is Yom Yerushalayim, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 and the miracle of the Six Day War. Join us on Sunday morning at the minyan for Hallel with a bracha.

Thank you to the donors thus far for our annual dinner on June 12th! We are honoring Rachel Dayan and Barry Sternlicht & Family and offering a special tribute to Matt Feinberg. To sign up, see the dinner section below.

We are excited to announce the recipients of this year's awards at our annual meeting on Wednesday evening, June 22nd. Suzannah Coll will receive the George and Ziporah Freedberg Hineni Award and Yolly & Yaakov Faratci will receive the George and Ziporah Freedberg Excellence in Spirit Award. Mazal Tov to all of them and thank you to Rhoda and Avi Freedberg for endowing these annual awards.

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 Bechukotai with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftorah for Bechukotai is read from Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
  • Haftarah for Bechukotai - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Bechukotai - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • Shabbat Mevarchim: We bless the month of Sivan; we do say אב הרחמי (because of Sefira)
  • Molad for Sivan is May 30th, 6:04pm and 2 chalokim.
  • Rosh Chodesh is observed Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon.
  • 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.

Click here to sign up

Thank you to all the participants in the CAS Annual Dinner (As of morning May 27th):

Mariya Feldman & Alex Abramov
Johanna & Selim Akyuz
Barbara & Ron Ashkenas
Sharyn & Fred Baer
Gayle & Mitchell Bell
Michael & Debra Berg
Dina & Paul Berger
Karen & Ira Berk
Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz & Parry Berkowitz
Lynn & Harvey Berman
H & E Bernstein
Stephanie & Joshua Bilenker
Jessie & David Brand
Phyllis Brodsky
Drs. Judy & Jeff Cahn
Emily & Harvey Caney
Diane & Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Elise & Steven Cohen
Meredith & David Cohen
Rachel & Ephraim Cohen
Sheila Cohen
Stella & Isaac Cohen
Construction Solutions Group
Arline Gewanter & Lloyd Contract
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan
Rose Dayan
Anne & Juda Epstein
Arlene Ettinger
Debra & Daniel Faizakoff
Karen Feinberg
Lisa & Seth Feinberg
Tamara Feurstein
Stephanie & Howard Fogel
Rhoda & Avram Freedberg
Janet Fried
Susan B. Fried
Jessica & Adam Furmansky
Miriam & Joseph Gelb
Judy & Howard Goldstein
Zipporah L. Fried Goodman
Meryl & David Gordon
Gloria Green
Jill & Arthur Green
Rachel & Jeremy Hager
The Haimovsky Family
Kayla & Leon Hanna
Alissa Fried Harbater
Kamal Haron
Meg & Yoav Haron
Rachel & Dan Haron
Beth & David Held
Tricia & Robert Hoff
Dr. Shara & Rabbi David Israel
Monica & Eric Jankelovits
Sandra & Michael Kamen
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Flora & Carl Kaufman
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Miriam & Aaron Klein
Tamar & Daniel Kraus
Rebecca & Emilio Krausz
Jeannie & Brian Kriftcher
Lorraine & David Kweskin
Hannah & Ilan Lastoff
David Levine
Shari & Ari Levine
Marla & Jason Lewis
Rachel & Joshua Licht
Vered & Mark Links
Nicole & Jonathan Makovsky
Roselyn Mangot
Susan & Leonard Mark
Dinah Miller & Seth Marlowe
Noah Marlowe
Rina Marlowe
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Deborah & Neil Metviner
Janice & Jacob Meyer
Kori & Bill Meyers
Leah & Gregory Miller
Michael G. Miller
Nancy & Gadi Mimoun
Stacey Mintz and Family
Shira & Marc Nerenberg
Bruce Newman
Irwin Niedober
Tina & Yossi Notik
Doreen & Howard Nusbaum
Cindy & David Pitkoff
Marina Sapir & Alex Podelko
Jane Pollack
Sylvia Posner
Anne & Neil Raff
Judy & Bob Raymond
Veronica Reich
Maria & Glenn Reicin
Hilary & Alan Rifkin
Sherri & Allen Rosenthal
Gayle & Howard Rothman
Sara & Yonnie Rubinfeld
Shira Marder & Jason Saibel
Toby Schaffer
Aviva & Paul Schieber
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut
Ilyse & Dean Schuckman
Heather Schwartz & Soul Study Group
Rochelle & Edward Senker
Helen & Sheldron Seplowitz
Pam & Alan Shanker
Leah & Rabbi Moshe Shemtov
Rosalyn Sherman
Ronnie & Steve Sichel
Judith & David Singer
Ilene & David Siscovick
Talia & Jonathan Siscovick
Shirley & William Sklar
Diane & Elliot Sloyer
Arielle Snow
Sarah Marlowe Snow
Kathy & Gary Sosnovich
Jessica & Eytan Sosnovich
Miriam & Joshua Sperber
Dena & Gregg Stein
Eve & Phil Steinmetz
Liba & Steven Steinmetz
Danielle & Steven Thau
Pam & Rich Vogel
Audrey Waldstreicher
Rachel & Greg Waldstreicher
Sandi & Stuart Waldstreicher
Rachel Posner & Lionel Warshauer
Annie & Jeremy Watman
Alisa & Jeremy Weisser
Sharon & Simeon Wohlberg
Shushannah & Ari Yasgur
Hillary & Robert Zitter
Navah & David Zizmor

Shavuot At CAS  Click here to view the full schedule
  • to Sheryl Schwartz on the passing of her father, Robert Cohen
  • Our hearts are broken following the tragic murder and mass shooting of 19 students and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas. We pray for God's strength and comfort in the days ahead and a time very soon when we never again experience such tragedies.
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 and David Hochman on Yakira's Bat Mitzvah!
  • to Naomi Michelson and the entire family on the arrival of a great-grandson!
  • to David Bessaleli on the recent marriage of his granddaughter Temima Jasper to Yinon Segev!
  • to Sharon and Jeff Lewis on the forthcoming marriage of their son Peter to Deborah Guterman!
  • to Rachel Haron, Glenn Karow, Adam Rafalowicz and Jake Sherman who are being honored at the BCHA Gala Dinner this Monday!
  • to Eric Sigman for receiving the designation of Stamford Public Schools Spotlight Award winner at the Excellence in Education awards!
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
ShiurMichael Feldstein - "Judah Elfenbein: The Anti-Semitic Rabbi Who Became a Priest"
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Seudah ShlishitRabbi Moshe Kurtz - "Pirkei Avos Ch. 5: The Power and Legal Status of Our Words"
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Marjory & Bob Abrams in memory of Bob's father, Harold Abrams' (Chaim Ben Yitzchak) yahrzeit

Chapel Kiddush: Co-sponsored by Irwin Niedober in commemoration of the 26th yahrzeit of his father, Murray Niedober; and Debbie Berg in commemoration of the 15th yahrzeit of her mother, Marlene Lilienfeld

Sanctuary Kiddush: Sarah & David Hochman in celebration of Yakira's Bat Mitzvah

Seudat Shlishit: Rabbi Mendy Baitz in memory of his parents Yehudis Chava and Aron Yoel
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Upcoming Events
Literature Meets Torah Roundtable Led By Rabbi Moshe Kurtz And Dr. Richard Schwartz 
Wednesday, June 8 - 10:00 AM
LITERATURE MEETS TORAH ROUND TABLE is back by popular demand. This month Rabbi Moshe Kurtz and Dr. Richard Schwartz will present "The Israeli Flag: Zionism and the Status of the Synagogue" through the prism' of Johnnie Cash's classic "Ragged Old Flag" and Israel's national anthem, HaTikva. Please join us for a lively discussion in person and by Zoom. For questions, 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.
CAS Announcements
  • AGUDATH SHOLOM HONORED TO WELCOME THE MILLSTONE SCHOLARS PROGRAM NEXT FALL! Orientation Breakfast on Sunday, June 12th at 9:15 AMThe 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, June 12th 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
CAS Youth News
Attention all CAS Youth 4th grade and up:  Have you ever wanted to see your artwork come to life? Submit a photo of your design for the mezuzah for Yolly and Yaakov to Jessica Sosnovich ( and please deliver the actual artwork to the CAS Office by 5pm, Tuesday, May 31st. Don't forget to put your name on the back of your artwork!

You will all get to vote and the top 3 designs will win the following prizes:
  • 1st Place: the winning artist's work will be made into a ceramic mezuzah for Yolly and Yaakov's new home in Israel
  • 2nd Place: a pair of Apple air pods
  • 3rd Place: a gift certificate to 613 Restaurant

Attention All CAS Youth: We are also making a book of thank you cards. Please have your child(ren) make a card for Yolly and Yaakov. These cards will be bound into a book. Cards should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (any color) and can be dropped off at the shul office until Tuesday, May 31st.
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Tuesday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Wednesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:08 PM
Candles Friday8:03 PM
SundayYom Yerushalayim/Omer: 43
MondayOmer: 44/Memorial Day
TuesdayRosh Chodesh Sivan/Omer: 45
WednesdayOmer: 46
ThursdayOmer: 47
FridayOmer: 48
CAS Adult Education

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We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham ben Sussa
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Chanah
  • Ephraim Simcha ben Yehudit Liba
  • Mayeerah Brondel bat Fayga Mahtell
  • Mordechai ben Ina
  • Nechama Bina bat Chana Leah
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Raizel bat Liba Golde
  • Sheina bat Ester
  • Yaakov Eli ben Sara Fruma
Community Announcements
  • 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
  • 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
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION FOR A SPECIAL CARDOZO PROGRAM Wednesday, June 1st, with dinner (613) and drinks, mingling and networking, and keynote speaker Suzanne Nossel. The program is entitled Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All. Moderated by Jennie Woltz. Co-chairs: Adam Furmansky, Daniel Faizakoff, and Shari Goodstein. Lawyers get 1 CLE credit sponsored by Wiggin & Dana. For more information contact Sharon Franklin at, 203-321-1373 ext. 109 Sign up at
  • SUNDAY SOCIAL STROLLS - A SOCIAL GROUP FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS Beginning Sunday, June 12th at 11:00 AM. Initiating plans can seem daunting for a grieving widow or widower which is why Schoke Jewish Family Service is introducing a new social group - Sunday Social Strolls beginning on Sunday, June 12th. The new group will bring together people who are grieving the loss of their spouse and trying to build the next chapter of their life. Each week the group will meet at 11:00 AM on Sundays for either a lovely walk through one of Connecticut's many parks or for a fun activity like a picnic, art class, and bowling.
  • SAR AND ATMOSPHERE ACADEMIES PROUDLY PRESENT A SCREENING OF A DOCUMENTARY FILM, NAMES NOT NUMBERS , featuring the stories of 8 survivors, presented by 8th grade students. Screening will take place on Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 8:15 PM at the SAR Academy Field ( 655 West 254th Street). Please bring your own chairs and blankets. "Names Not Numbers" is a copyrighted Holocaust Oral History film documentary project created by educator Tova Fish- Rosenberg,
  • 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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