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.

Upcoming Youth Events!

We are happy to announce the creation of a new group called "Little Lights" for kids age 2 years old. This group will take place in the social hall from 10:00-10:45am. One parent is required to stay with the child throughout the duration of groups. Masks are encouraged for the kids and required for the parent.

Tot Shabbat, which is now for ages 3 and 4 will be drop off and will be located in the hallway between the main sanctuary and Social Hall from 10:00-10:45am. Please note that you must pick your child up at 10:45am when groups are over. Masks are required for each child.

There are no changes to Junior Congregation, Bnai Mitzvah Club or Teen Minyan. 
Junior Congregation is located in the shul lobby and runs from 10:00-11:00am. 
An email will go out when we will be having Bnai Mitzvah Club or Teen Minyan.

Please note that we are no longer requiring sign ups!


Parsha Story by Nesanel Safran

Everyone wants friends, but not everyone knows that one of the best ways to make friends is by giving to people. Aaron, the High Priest, was always helping and giving to others. We learn in this week's Torah portion that because of this, when Aaron passed away, the entire Jewish nation wept and mourned as if they had just lost a good friend. Giving is the secret to friendship.

In our story, a kid is at his wit's end trying to make friends until he discovers the secret of giving.

Barry slammed the door closed behind him, took off his bicycle helmet and plopped down on the sofa.

"Barry is that you?" called his mom from her office.

"Yeah, Mom," he sighed.

"Home, already?" she said greeting him. "After spending all morning tinkering with your bike and getting it into tip-top shape, I figured you'd be out riding and playing for hours."

Barry shrugged his shoulders. "Play with who? Ever since we moved into this dumb new neighborhood, I've been bored stiff. Nobody ever calls or comes by, and when I ride my bike around, all the kids treat me like I'm the invisible man."

His mother nodded her head, put down the work she was holding and sat down next to him. "Sounds like a serious problem."

"Yeah, a big one," Barry said glumly. "I think I'm going to just give up on making friends around here."

"Instead of giving up, how about giving instead?" she asked.


"I've always found that one of the best ways to make friends is to give to people. Then they just naturally come close."

"Give what though?" he asked. "I hardly have any money - unless maybe you want to double my allowance?"

"I don't mean money," his mom smiled. "Think of a way to give of yourself and share your special talents in order to help people. I bet you'll soon have more friends than you know what to do with." With that, Barry's mom went back into her office to finish her work.

Give of myself? thought Barry. What do I have to give? About all I really know how to do is ride and fix bikes. He sat a while longer on the couch, but feeling bored, he decided to go back outside and ride some more -- even if it would be by himself.

He didn't get far when he saw a kid sitting on the sidewalk next to his bike. It looked like the kid's chain had come off its gears and he was struggling unsuccessfully to get it back on.

He's doing it all wrong, Barry thought to himself. He was about to just ride past him when he remembered his mom's words - give of yourself, share your special talents to help people - and he pulled over next to the kid.

"Um, excuse me. Do you need some help?"

The kid looked up. "Oh, yeah, I guess I do. Do you know how to fix bike chains?"

"Sure," Barry replied. "Let's take a look. By the way, my name is Barry."

"I'm Greg. Nice to meet you."

As Barry worked on Greg's bike, the two of them started talking and discovered that they have a lot of in common. A few minutes later, Barry finished the job.

"Wow, thanks Barry."

"No problem, Greg. My pleasure," Barry smiled back. That's when he noticed that a couple of kids had pulled up next to them.

"Um, hi. My name is Steve," one of the kids said in a quiet voice. "You're new here, right? I see you can fix bikes. My chain also keeps coming off its gears. Do you think you could look at it?"

Several hours of fun and about five bike repairs later, it was already getting dark when Barry heard his mom calling him home from their porch. He grabbed his own bike and said, "Gotta go guys."

"Thanks for the help, Barry. And remember buddy, we're all riding out to the pond tomorrow morning at 9:00. Don't forget your bathing suit!" his new friend, Steve, called out to him as he left.

When Barry got home his mother asked, "Who are all those boys outside?"

"Just some new friends. We're going to the pond tomorrow."


"And thanks Mom. You were right about the giving idea."


Parsha Projects 

Coloring Page: devora parashot
Paper Plate Spiral Snake: Parsha Craft
Rock & Sticks Treat: Torah Treats: Chukat 


Youth Group Protocols

In order to keep everyone safe, we will need you to abide by the following protocols:


1.  There must be social distancing at all times. 

2.  One parent must be present with their child at all times in our Little Lights group. 

4.  Children aged 2 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. 

5.  All children 3 years of age and over MUST wear a mask while on the premises of the shul property.

6.  All adults MUST wear a mask when at groups with their child.

7.  If your child's group is drop-off we ask that you come promptly at 10:45 to pick up your child.


If you can agree to follow all these guidelines we are so excited for you to join us and continue to recreate a fun and meaningful Shabbat experience for your kids!  However, safety is of utmost importance and if rules are not being upheld and safety becomes a concern because of certain behaviors, one’s ability to participate in groups will have to be reconsidered and re-evaluated. 


Spring 2021


  • Tot Shabbat
  • Mini Minyan
  • Little Lights
  • Junior Congregation
  • Bnai Mitzvah Club

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