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 the past two 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 Tomczyk 
Hi, my name is Danielle Tomczyk.  I am a Tot Shabbat Morah as well as a Gan Morah. I am happy to be returning for my third 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! 

Morah Simone Nachman
 Hi! My name is Simone Nachman and I am a sophomore at Heschel High school in New York. I previously went to Gan and Bi-cultural Day School. This will be my third year helping out at Tot Shabbat and I could not be more excited to be apart of such a wonderful shabbat program, with such wonderful kids! In Tot Shabbat we sing, dance, and do LOTS of playing! I can’t wait to see all of the adorable faces that came to Tot Shabbat last year, and meet even more new faces this year! There you all there! 

Mini Minyan 

Morah Debbie Berger  Hi, I'm Morah Debbie and I’m so excited to run the Mini Minyan class. I have watched your children grow, play, sing, and daven. What a wonderful time we have. I have lived in Stamford for the past 25 years, and am lucky to be raising two teenage boys. I am a teacher at a nursery school in Greenwich during the week, working with 4-5 year old children. I also teach Jewish Studies at another temple in Mt. Kisco. As well, I help my husband at Kids Home Furnishings, a childrens' furniture store. Remember Sol's! When I do have a quiet moment, I enjoy taking walks with my dog. 

Morah Rivka Kanefsky Hi my name is Morah Rivkah (Rebekah Kanefsky) and I'm excited to be helping to run the Mini Minyan group this year. I have a professional background in elementary school counseling, as well as assisting in dayschool preschool classrooms. Since moving to CT in 2011 I have been blessed to join the JFS family, first in development and, since May 2014, as the Case Manager and Jewish Family Life Educator. I have always loved working with children and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to play, sing, dance and daven with your children every Shabbat. I truly look forward to watching all your little ones spirituality and joy for Judaism and Shabbat grow in leaps and bounds this year.

Jr Cong. 

Morah Tamar Cohen -Hi! My name is Tamar Cohen. I graduated from Bi-Cultural Day School and now am in eleventh grade at Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School. This will be my first year helping out with Jr. Cong and am so excited to be apart of it. See you all on Shabbas! 

Morah Jennifer Steinmetz -Hi my name is Jennifer Steinmetz. I am currently in Westchester Hebrew High School and previously went to Gan and Westchester Day 
School. This is my second year doing Jr. Congregation. I can't wait to daven and play games with everyone joining us this year. I am so excited for the upcoming year ahead of us!

Bnai Mitzvah Club 

Morah Elana Trombka - Hi  -my name is Elana Trombka and I am so excited to be a part of CAS groups this year! I am currently a teacher at Bi-Cultural in the Judaic studies department. I am a graduate of Stern and am completing my Masters in Tanach from Revel. I am a big sports fan, I follow most sports closely and also love playing sports, especially soccer. 

              Teen Program
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, attended school there 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.  I have been involved with NCSY for 6 years and currently work as an ambassador to inspire college students to assume NCSY leadership positions. This past summer I worked as a division head for teens at camp Nesher.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a wonderful year! Thank you for the opportunity and have a great Shabbos!