Weekly Youth Blast


It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for infants through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.


Parsha Pointers

  • When Yaakov is running away he stops to rest.

  • He takes stones and puts them in a semi-circle around his head  and goes to sleep. 

  • He dreams of a ladder on which he sees angels going up and other angels going down, these were the angels which Hashem sent to protect him on his trip. 

  • Hashem reveals Himself to Yaakov and promises him that the land on which he is resting will be given to his descendants, his children and grandchildren and their grandchildren. 

  • When Yaakov wakes up he sees that the stones had become one, he takes the stone and makes it into an altar as a sign that that place is a holy place.

  • Yaakov arrives in Charan where he meets his cousin Rachel at a well.

  • Rachel runs home to tell her father Lavan that Yaakov is here.

  • Yaakov is welcomed by his uncle and begins to work for him as a shepherd. 

  • After a month Lavan offers to pay him and Yaakov says that all he wants is to marry Rachel.

  •  Lavan says he can marry Rachel after working for him for seven years. 

  • When the wedding day finally comes, Lavan deceives Yaakov, and gives him his older daughter Leah in marriage. 

  • Yaakov doesn’t realize this until the morning after the wedding, and is very angry at Lavan.

  • Lavan says that in his country one doesn’t marry off the younger sister before the older one.

  • Yaakov agrees to work another seven years for Lavan in order to marry Rachel.

  • Leah gives birth to seven children, Reuven, Shimon, Levi, Yehudah, Yissachar, Zevulun and Dina, a daughter.

  •  Rachel did not have children and was very sad because of that. 

  • She gave her maid Bilhah as a wife to Yaakov so that she should have children instead of her. 

  • Bilhah has two sons, Dan and Naphtali.

  •  Leah also gives her maid Zilpah as a wife to Yaakov and she too has two sons, Gad and Asher

  • Finally Rachel gets pregnant and has a son, Yosef.

  • Fourteen years have passed since Yaakov left his parents’ home and he wants to return to Beer Sheva. 

  • Lavan convinces him to stay, he offers to pay him by giving him sheep so that Yaakov can have a flock of his own. 

  • Hashem blesses Yaakov with his work, his flock becomes bigger and bigger, and Lavan keeps on trying to cheat him out of his property. 

  • Another six years pass, when Lavan goes away for a few days Yaakov packs up his bags and together with his wives and children leaves Charan.

  • When Lavan finds out that Yaakov left he runs after him, but Hashem warns Lavan not to hurt Yaakov and so they make a peace pact at a place called Mount Gal-Ed 

  •  Yaakov and his family travel back to Israel and angels of Hashem meet him there to accompany him back into the land.

Parsha Projects 

  • Ladder Up to Heaven @ http://www.challahcrumbs.com/parsha-craft-vayetze-ladder-up-to-heaven/
  • Coloring Pages @ http://www.challahcrumbs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/veyetze.pdf
  • Rock Candy @ https://www.kosher.com/recipe/rock-candy-5024

Fall 2018


  • Tot Shabbat
  • Mini Minyan
  • Junior Congregation 
  • Bnai Mitzvah Club
  • Teen Minyan

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush," please email Yolly at ydratch@gmail.com or Yaakov at yfaratci@gmail.com

If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit http://youth.cas-stamford.org/giving for all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Shabbat Shalom! 

Yolly and Yaakov Faratci