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Friday, July 8, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
ChukatJuly 9, 202210 Tamuz 5782
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:15 PM
Candle Lighting8:10 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:21 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:54 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Pre-Mincha Shiur7:15 PM
Mincha8:05 PM
Havdalah9:10 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We welcome our Scholar in Residence this Shabbat, Yisroel Ben-Porat, M.Phil, who will speak three times at 10:30 AM, 7:15 PM and during seudah shlishit.

We will be having two Friday night minyanim and minyanim at 7, 8 and 9 AM. Thank you in advance to Yonnie Rubinfeld, Elana Barer, Ben Folkinshteyn, and Rina Miller for chairing the carnival this Sunday.

This Shabbat we read Parshat Chukat. One of the most mysterious episodes in the Torah portion of Chukat is healing procured by the Jewish people gazing at a snake on a staff. This may be the source for Caduceus, the medical symbol. However, the Mishna clarifies that it is not the snake that cures but a person gazing above to God in prayer that arouses God's mercy for healing. While in Tzfat this week, I spotted a sticker which captures this idea and serves as a reminder of the power of prayer. It stated, "God gazes from Heaven on humanity to see whether humanity gazes towards him in prayer." As the Baal Shem Tov explains the words in Psalm 23, "God is my shadow", like a shadow, God's providence of us mirrors our relationship with Him.

We will be launching Kiddush Ambassadors in August which will be a group of children committed to serving seniors during kiddush, wishing adults Shabbat Shalom and much more and will receive special prizes for their participation. If your child would like to be a part of this special group, please email me at

We look forward to welcoming guests Rav Boaz Mori on July 30th and Mark Trencher on August 13th. There will be a summer series with Rabbi Kurtz on Torah and the Twilight Zone beginning this week on July 11 and a Mikvah educational event on July 18th "Girl Talk but Make it Torah". We will host Dr. David Bernstein virtually on Tisha B'Av. More info on all events at in the weeks ahead.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshat Chukat with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah for Chukat is read from Judges 11:1-33
  • Haftarah for Chukat - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Chukat - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The final time for the sanctification of the New Moon of Tamuz is the night following Wednesday, July 13 until 1:10 a.m. (15 Tamuz)
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftarah for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

CAS is our Sanctuary  Click here to read Rabbi Cohen's message

In Memory of Judith Jelen - Sign Up to Learn in Her Memory  Please take a moment to sign up and share a Tanach learning opportunity in memory of Judith Jelen. May her memory be for a blessing always. Judith loved learning Tanach with her children and family. She often had pieces of Parsha trivia and other insights to share at the Shabbat table. We therefore find it fitting to make a Siyum Tanach for her Shloshim. Please feel free to sign up for one or more sections. We also encourage families to learn together in honor of Judith's deep love of family and teaching. Please note, there are multiple tabs, one each for Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim. If you have technical difficulties or problems signing up, please WhatsApp or text Emily Jelen at 203-559-0940.

Pictures from the CAS Journey of Body and Soul to Israel  Click here

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 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
Paul & Dina Berger
Rabbi Tzvi & Darona Bernstein
Drs. Jeff & Judy Cahn
Peretz & Kate Cik
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
Jeremy Hager
Helene & Harvey Kaminski
Elissa & Philip Klapper
Jeannie & Brian Kriftcher
David & Lorraine Kweskin
Hannah & Ilan Lastoff
J & R Licht
Susan Mark
Rhonda Schaffer-Maron & Jeffrey Maron
Jake & Janice Meyer
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!
  • to Steven Cohen on the passing of his father, Arnold Cohen
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 Helene & Harvey Kaminski on the arrival of a granddaughter, Edan Rose/Esther Davi!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Please Keep In Your Prayers
  • The Rabbi of Anshei Shalom in West Hempstead - Rabbi Soniker, and his wife - had a Baby Boy several weeks ago. The child went through severe trauma at birth, and is in the NICU on a Ventilator. His situation is very precarious. Uriel ben Chaya Esther. Wishing a Refuah sheleima and may we share good news.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shmuel ClassMark Wagshul
10:30 AM ShiurSIR Yisroel Ben-Porat, M.Phil - "The Wayward Wife: Adultery in Jewish and Puritan Thought"
7:15 PM Pre-Mincha ShiurSIR Yisroel Ben-Porat, M.Phil - "The Hebraic Origins of America"
Seudat Shlishit ShiurSIR Yisroel Ben-Porat, M.Phil - "The Jewish View of History"
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Marjory & Bob Abrams in honor of Marjory's mother, Rita Edelston's 90th birthday

7AM Kiddush: The Jasper kids - Ezra & Or Ya, Tzvi, Tehilla, Temima & Yinon, Nili, Yitzchak, Hodaya and Yaffa - in honor of their Saba, David Bessaleli, who inspires all of them!

Chapel Kiddush: Co-sponsored by Fred Baer and Howard Weiss in commemoration of the remembrance of their day of birth

Sanctuary Kiddush: Lawrence & Paulette Hutzler in honor of the engagement of their daughter Lorraine Hutzler to James Marcus
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Upcoming Events
Literature Meets Torah Roundtable Led By Rabbi Moshe Kurtz And Dr. Richard Schwartz 
Wednesday, July 13 - 10:00 AM
Join Rabbi Moshe Kurtz and Dr. Richard Schwartz as they discuss Guy de Maupassant's masterpiece short story "The Piece of String," which explores the ramifications of defamation and improper speech. Please contact Rabbi Kurtz with any questions:
CAS Announcements
  • VOLUNTEER FOR A COMMITTEE Planning is underway for next year with our new slate of committee chairs. This week, we highlight the youth committee under the leadership of new chair, Judith Bernstein. The executive liaison to youth is Jessica Sosnovich. The youth committee partners with our staff to plan Shabbat and Holidays social and educational programming for youth of all ages. We have an exciting year in the works. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Judith at
  • HEBREW READING CRASH COURSE LEVEL ONE CAS joins with the National Jewish Outreach Program for a Virtual Crash Course in Hebrew. Begins Monday, July 11th, at 7:00pm EDT on Zoom. Designed for Jews who have little or no background in Hebrew, this class focuses on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and basic reading skills. Five weekly 60 minute sessions with an additional (optional) Q & A session at the end of each class. click here to register. You will receive required course materials and the class link the day before the class.
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Kurtz or
  • HEALING VISITS UPDATE : Every week, we include a note about our healing visits group. As a reminder, the group consists of volunteers who give of their time to call, email or visit people in our community who are in the hospital or in recuperation. If you like to join this Mitzvah mission, please contact Rabbi Cohen at
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:15 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:12 PM
Candles Friday8:07 PM
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We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Avraham ben Sussa
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Freidel bat Esther
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamar
  • Mayeerah Brondel bat Fayga Mahtell
  • Mordechai ben Ina
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Nessa bat Miriam
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Rachel bat Gitel
  • Raizel bat Liba Golde
  • Sheina bat Ester
  • Shimshon ben Breva
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Yaakov Eli ben Sara Fruma
  • Yehudit bat Chaya Rochel
Community Announcements
  • JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S BEN GROUP FOR A "BACKYARD SUMMER SOCIAL," Thursday, July 21st (rain date July 28th), 6:45pm to 8:45pm, outdoors at a private home in Stamford, CT.Enjoy drinks, lawn games, light refreshments, and plenty of schmoozing! It is a great chance to meet new people, make friends, and network. $18, sign up at more information contact Sharon Franklin at 203-321-1373 ext. 1004 or email at BEN = Boomer Engagement Network and is for Jewish singles in their 40's, 50's & 60's.
  • PLEASE JOIN UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION'S CHAPTER TWO on July 12th at 2pm for an informative and meditative program on "Wellness." The program will feature Dr. Joe Feuerstein, who will discuss his book The Cannabinoid Cookbook, which provides information and recipes on how using healing herbs and spices can improve your overall heath. And- Jackie Tepper of Neshama Yoga, will do a gentle meditative yoga practice (in chairs, or bring a mat to do floor yoga) perfect for middle agers as well as seniors. Sign up at Please consider bringing new school supplies for UJF's 3SQUARE children- suggested items are spiral notebooks, pens, crayons, pens, and markers). Light refreshments will be served. Chapter Two is for women in the empty nest stage of life and offers a great chance to meet new people in the community. Contact Sharon Franklin at for more information.
  • 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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