Meet the CAS Youth Department

Tot Shabbat 

Morah Irene Okun   Hi my name is Irene Okun and I'm happy to say that I will leading tot Shabbat this year. For many years I have been leading this group. We have a great time singing,dancing and celebrating Shabbat together with making all the blessings and drinking grape juice and eating challah rolls. I look forward to seeing everyone on Shabbat.

Morah Danielle Schrag 
Hi, my name is Danielle Schrag.  I am a Tot Shabbat Morah as well as a Gan Morah. I am happy to be returning for my sixth year assisting with Tot Shabbat.  Every week I look forward to playing, singing and dancing with all my special friends at shul! I hope to meet even more new friends this year! 


Mini Minyan 

Morah Debbie Berger 
 My name is Debbie Berger. I have lived in Stamford for the past 27 years with my husband. I have two grown boys, Andrew and Daniel. I work in Greenwich as a nursery school teacher for Pre-K and love it. I have been there for 10 years. I have a Masters in Business and am continuing towards an education degree. I also work in Mt. Kisco, NY as a Hebrew school teacher. When not teaching I enjoy long walks and I just became a health coach, paying the gift of a healthy life forward. I’ve had the privilege of working at Agudath Shalom for the past seven years. I have watched your children grow and learn over the years. I am thrilled to continue and have the opportunity to get to know everyone. 

Morah Rivka Kanefsky 
Morah Rivkah (Rebekah Kanefsky) has lived in Stamford since 2011 and joined CAS first as a member, volunteered in the mini minyan group between 2012 - 2016 and was brought on board as a staff member in 2017. Morah Rivkah works at Schoke JFS full-time and has a part-time therapy private practice in Norwalk. She is known for giving lots of hugs, singing fun Shabbat songs and genuinely enjoying life with her husband and three lovely daughters. She is grateful for having had the opportunity to work with CAS youth over the past 6 years and looks forward to many more! 

Morah Emily Seligson I’m Emily Seligson and I will be a freshman at BCHA this year. I am a competitive synchro skater and love to paint in my free time. I am very excited to join groups this year and can’t wait to spend time with all the amazing kids!

Junior Congregation


Morah Yolly Faratci  Hi everyone! I feel very blessed and privileged to be part of a great team and work with so many special children. This will my tenth year working with children in different capacities and I love doing it! I graduated from Stern College with a degree in psychology and am pursuing a graduate degree in social work from Wurzweiler Graduate School. Hoping to see you on Shabbos and help make it a fun and meaningful experience for all of our youth!

Morah Shira Haron
Hi I’m Shira Haron and I’m 13 years old. I’m really excited to be working with JC this year and to get to know all the kids. It’s going to be a great experience helping them with their tefilot and making it a great time. I’m really looking forward to bringing 

Morah Julianne Katz Hey I’m Julianne! I’m so excited to do Junior Cong this year and get to hang out with the kids and help them learn more about their Jewish background. I loved Junior Cong as a kid and I’ve always wanted to be one of the leaders and I know this year is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait! 

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Yaakov Faratci - Hi my name is Yaakov Faratci and I am excited to work together with you to continue to make this shul a place of comfort, inspiration, meaning, purpose, fun, and pure joy for your children, our current and future leaders. 
I was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois and after high school, I learned in Yeshivat Orayta in the Old City of Jerusalem for two years. I currently study psychology at Yeshiva University and will be teaching Judaics at Bicultural Day School in the coming fall. I have been involved with NCSY for 6 years and currently work as the city director of Stamford NCSY, a huge blessing in my life. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a wonderful year, giving everything I have for the Jewish people! Thank you for the opportunity and have a great Shabbos!