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Friday, July 15, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BalakJuly 16, 202217 Tamuz 5782
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:12 PM
Candle Lighting8:07 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:25 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit9:57 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Code of Jewish Law7:10 PM
Mincha8:00 PM
Havdalah9:06 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Thank God, we had a very meaningful Agudath Sholom Journey of Body and Soul in Israel. We look forward to returning to Stamford, God willing, on July 25th.

This Sunday begins the three weeks of mourning in the Jewish calendar with the fast of the 17th of Tamuz. The actual date of the 17th of Tamuz is on Shabbat, but since we cannot fast on Shabbat due to the celebratory nature of the day, we fast on Sunday. The season marks not only the tragedy of the destruction of the Batei Mikdashot, the Temples in Jerusalem, but numerous tragedies in Jewish history.

There are numerous laws designed to evoke the sadness of this time such as not listening to live music, no weddings or haircuts. Yet, the laws alone are not the end goal of this period. The goal is to evoke within each of us self reflection and recommitment to forging a world through our actions that is worthy of the rebuilding of the Temple and redemption.

Do the words that we speak hurt or heal? Do we seize opportunities to elevate ourselves and our community? If you are not yet on our Making Mitzvah Moments WhatsApp group, please join here. Maimonides teaches that every day the world is in balance and one mitzvah can elevate the entire world.

God willing, through the mourning of the three weeks, we will merit to witness peace, the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash, and a world in which everyone sees the Divine in every human being. May we witness this era speedily and in our days.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshat Balak with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah for Balak is read from Micah 5:6-6:8
  • Haftarah for Balak - summary by - click here
  • Haftarah for Balak - summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • The Fast of the 17th of Tamuz is observed from 4:24 AM - 8:58 PM. This marks the beginning of the Three Weeks of Mourning for the loss of our Holy Temples.
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftarah for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!

Three Weeks and 17th of Tamuz 
  • Fast Begins: Sunday at 4:24 AM
  • Fast Ends Sunday at 8:58 PM
Quick Insights

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

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

Making Mitzvah Moments Opportunity  Last week, John Fang - chef and co-owner of Kam Pei 2 - passed away unexpectedly. Kam Pei 2 is located right next to Beldotti Bakery. For years, John and his wife Vanessa have worked hard to build their business. The restaurant has now been closed for 3 weeks. Read more about it here. This is a great opportunity to reach out to the greater local community and support this family. If you would like to make a donation to help, you can donate on the CAS website. We wish comfort to Fang Family on the passing of John.If you are not yet on our Making Mitzvah Moments WhatsApp group, please join here.
  • to Julie Daniel on the passing of her mother, Norine Krasnogor
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To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Alison & Nate Pava on the birth of a baby boy! Mazal Tov to big sister Leah!
  • to Annie & Jeremy Watman on the birth of a baby girl, Selah Zohar Leviya/Selah Porter! Mazal Tov to big brothers Judah and Ezra!
  • to Lynn & Harvey Berman on the arrival of a grandson!
  • to Dinah Miller & Seth Marlowe on Noah's appointment as incoming Orthodox Rabbi at Harvard Hillel!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Thank You
  • to Yonnie Rubenfeld, Benjamin Folkinshteyn, Elana Barer, and Rina Miller for organizing a very successful Adult Carnival! Click here for photos of the event.
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 ShiurRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn: "The Original Three Weeks"
Code of Jewish LawRabbi Yossi Kamman
Seudat Shlishit ShiurRabbi Dr. Jeff Cahn: "Siyum on Mesechet Yevamot"
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Marjory & Bob Abrams in honor of Marjory's mother, Rita Edelston's 90th birthday

Chapel Kiddush: The Karsch Family

Sanctuary Kiddush: Harvey & Helene Kaminski in honor of the birth of their granddaughter
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CAS Announcements
  • NEW TO STAMFORD? SHABBAT SHMOOZE on Shabbat afternoon August 13th, 4-6 PM at the home of Meg and Yoav Haron. More info forthcoming on the CAS website. For more info, contact membership chair, Hilary Goldstein 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
Shabbat Shalom
Michael Feldstein's latest column  click here
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday 8:00 PM, Monday-Thursday 8:10 PM, Friday 7:00 PM/8:07 PM
Candles Friday8:02 PM
SundayTzom Tammuz
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  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Chana
  • Freidel bat Esther
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamar
  • Mayeerah Brondel bat Fayga Mahtell
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • 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.
  • 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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