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Friday, July 29, 2022

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
Matot-MaseiJuly 30, 20222 Av 5782
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Mincha7:00 PM/8:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:55 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Latest Shema8:35 AM
Shmuel Class9:00 AM
Latest Shacharit10:03 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Pre-Mincha Shiur6:50 PM
Daf Yomi7:00 PM
Mincha7:50 PM
Havdalah8:55 PM
Shabbat Shalom

We are pleased to welcome Rav Boaz Mori as our Scholar in Residence this Shabbat. We welcome his wife Liora and their children - Shira, Tiferet, Aviel and Yedidya. Rav Boaz serves as the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Lev Hatorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh. He will speak Friday night after Kabbalat Shabbat, teach at the 10:30 AM shiur and for a brief 20 minute shiur 30 minutes after the 9 AM kiddush, pre-mincha and during seudah shlishit.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Speter family. There are more details below and we hope that God willing, Carmiya has a full and speedy recovery.

More than almost any Parsha in the Torah, Matot speaks to the relationship between Jews living in the Diaspora and in Israel. Moshe sets the tone for all generations by demanding of the tribes who will live outside of Israel, Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe that they become pioneers, chalutzim for Israel. The tribes respond by committing that they will not rest until their brothers and sisters in Israel are secure and settled.

If we choose to live outside of Israel, we must still join in the destiny of the Jewish people in Israel. We are obligated to muster our resources to offer support in any way we can. Last week, while in Israel, I had the opportunity to visit the Michael Levin Base for Lone Soldiers and Bnot Sherut. It was very moving and a meaningful way to express solidarity with some of our members who have chosen to serve in the IDF and thousands others. To learn more, click here. Our shul is a beacon for the the bonds between Diaspora and Israel and God willing, we will deepen our commitment in many ways in the years ahead.

This Shabbat, we wish tzetchem leshalom to Edmundo and Beth Munguia and their family who are making aliyah. We are proud of them and wish them and their children many blessings on their move and in their new home.

Finally, we began the Nine Days of mourning on Thursday night. As a reminder, restrictions include, most notably, no consumption of meat and wine (with the exception of on Shabbat and at a siyum) and no live music, nail cutting and haircuts. We also refrain from recreational swimming. You are invited to join me on Wednesday at 613 at 5:45 PM for a siyum I will be leading on the Tractate of Megillah.

God willing, as we mourn the loss of the Beit Hamikdash - the Temple in Jerusalem - we will merit to see a time of joy, rebuilding and peace very soon.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Prayer and Support for one of our Youngest Members  

We believe in the power of prayer and community. Unfortunately, one of our youngest members - Carmiya Speter, daughter of Shaya and Jennie Speter - was diagnosed with throat cancer and is at Yale hospital. She is five years old.

First, please keep her in your prayers - Carmiya Chaya Hadas, Bas Tziporah Miriam. We will be reciting Psalm 121 for her at the morning and evening services. There is a Tehililm group set up as well for recitation of Psalms.

If you would like to be added to the Tehillim group, here is the WhatsApp link. Please keep Carmiya in your prayers each day. God willing, she will have a full and speedy recovery.

Second, there is a community WhatsApp group "Speter Friends" set up to assist Shaya and Jennie during the months ahead. If you would like to be added to the Speter group, email or Yonnie Rubenfeld at

Finally, the Speter Family will need extra financial support during the months ahead. If you are interested in assisting, please be in touch directly with Rabbi Cohen.

When we pray for healing, it is both the body and the soul. Our prayers and community support truly make a difference for Carmiya and her family. God willing, we will share happy occasions with their family in the future.

Shabbat Information 
  • Learn about the Shabbat Torah Reading for Parshat Matot-Masei with the insights of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l - click here
  • The Haftarah is read from Jeremiah 2:4-28 and 3:4. (Second of the Shalosh D'Paranusa)
  • Haftarah summary by - click here
  • Haftarah summary by Haftarah Helper - click here
  • At the Departure of Shabbos we make the usual Havdalah using wine. (If there is a child who has reached the age of chinuch, we give him the wine to drink, since it is generally forbidden to consume wine and meat during the Nine Days. If there is no child, the one who makes Havdalah may drink the wine himself.)
  • See here for more information about the Nine Days.
  • Would you like to read the Torah or Haftarah for your bar mitzvah parsha? Let us know by clicking here!
Mazal Tov
  • to Rena Gelb & Tzvi Schwartz on Joshua's Bar Mitzvah!
  • to Amy and Jim Benjamin on the engagement of their daughter Sarah Hope Benjamin to Brian Teitel, son of Diana and Jeff Teitel of Woodcliff, NJ!
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
  • new members Michal and Jacob Lincoff and their daughter Ava!
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shmuel ClassMark Wagshul
Post-8am Kiddush and Post-9am Kiddush ShiurR. Boaz Mori: "Reuven, Gad and Expanding Israel's Borders of Holiness"
Pre-Mincha ShiurR. Boaz Mori: "Communal Teshuva and Reverse Engineering the Bein Ha-Metzarim"
Seudat Shlishit ShiurR. Boaz Mori: "Dreaming with Your Eyes Open"
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Senior Challah Deliveries: Helene Zimmerman in memory of her husband Leo Garfinkel on the yahrtzeit of his passing in July 2021

7AM Kiddush: David Wolfsohn and Deborah Wolfsohn in memory of their mother and father - Royce and Alfred Wolfsohn

Chapel Kiddush: The Hertzberg and Adelman family in memory of their father, Barry Hertzberg z"l and grandmother, Alice Hertzberg's z"l upcoming yartzeits

Sanctuary Kiddush: Rena Gelb and Tzvi Schwartz in celebration of Joshua's Bar Mitzvah

Seudat Shlishit: Anonymously in memory of Ruth Chaya Bas Abraham
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CAS Announcements
  • 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
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MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 8:00 PM, Friday 7:52 PM
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We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Carmiya Chaya Hadas bat Tziporah Miriam
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer ben Chana
  • Emunah Malka bat Fayga Bryna
  • Freidel bat Esther
  • Gitel Batya bat Tamar
  • Mayeerah Brondel bat Fayga Mahtell
  • Mordechi Dov ben Yospa Yehudit Danya
  • Nechama Miriam bat Devorah
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Perel bat Chava
  • Rachel bat Gitel
  • Raizel bat Liba Golde
  • Sheina bat Ester
  • Shimshon ben Breva
  • Shoshana bat Mazal
  • Udel bat Valentina Vitza
  • Yaakov Eli ben Sara Fruma
  • Yehudit bat Chaya Rochel
Community Announcements
  • 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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