Youth Tefillah

Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom’s Youth Tefillah page!

Below you can find our upcoming Youth Tefillah events, including our weekly service on Friday evening. 

We are also working on providing recordings of favorite songs and services for you to enjoy!

Upcoming Events

08/14/2020: Shababababa

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Shabbat Mini-Minyan

We’re so grateful for this recording of Mini-Minyan for all to enjoy! You can watch it here or you can click into the video on Youtube, to find your favorite parts!

Shababababa Songs

Read the latest updates on our Youth Tefillah Blog!

This blog is going to be a weekly exploration of what is happening in the Torah. In particular, it will be kid-friendly and oriented toward having a conversation as a family! We hope you enjoy!

Emor 5780 – Youth Tefillah Blog

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This week’s Torah portion is Emor. In this portion, we learn all about the holidays! What is a holiday? Well, there are places and things that are special to us. Special places, like our houses or special things like teddy bears or blankets. In fact, last week, we talked about a special place called the Mishkan. We also have special people in our lives!

Who is someone that is special to you?

We also have times that special to us. One time that might be special to you is your birthday! You might celebrate it with cake and singing. Each special time has certain activities. In this Torah portion, we learn about the special times that all of us as Jews share.

We learn about seven holidays. Can you guess what they are? There is one coming in a few weeks, do you know what it is?

They are Yom Kippur, Shabbat, Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, and Shemini Atzeret. (Did you guess them all right?) It is a bit of a tricky list. You might notice that two holidays, Purim and Hanukkah are missing! That is because when we look at the Torah, Purim and Hanukkah happen way after the story of the Torah. They haven’t happened yet!

On each of these holidays, we have special activities we do. We cook special foods, we celebrate them with special people, and we use some of our special things.

Can you find some of those special items in your house? Can you remember any of those special foods?

In Parashat Emor, we are reminded how lucky we are to have all of these special times to spend with each other.

Read more on our Youth Tefillah page.

Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780 – Youth Tefillah Blog

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This week’s Torah portion is Aharei MotKedoshim. Another double portion! In our portion, we learn about a special place called the Mishkan. (Can you say Mishkan?) This place was kind of like a synagogue, but it was a big tent that could move from place to place. In the Mishkan there was a big box called the Aron (can you say Aron?) which is also called an Ark. In this box was something really special.

What is something special that you would put into a box?

In this box were the Ten Commandments. These commandments were really important rules for all of us. Rules are really important because they help us be happy and healthy. They help us learn what are good things to do and what bad things we shouldn’t do.

What are a few rules you have at home? What are some good things we should do? What are some bad things we shouldn’t do?

One of the reasons they put the 10 Commandments inside the box is so that the rules would be saved for a long time. These rules have been passed from parent to child for a really, really, really long time. It is amazing to be following the same rules for so long. 

In Aharei Mot-Kedoshim, we are reminded that rules help us live better with our friends and family. We read this part of the Torah so that we can have these special rules just like our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

Read more on our Youth Tefillah page.

Tazria-Metzora 5780 – Youth Tefillah Blog


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This week’s Torah portion is a double portion! It is a combination of both portions Tazria and Metzora. In them, we learn about what happens when people are sick. First, we learn that God wants us to do things that keep us healthy. When we’re healthy we can spend more time with family and play longer!

Can you come up with some ideas about how to keep people healthy at home?

Eating good foods, getting plenty of sleep, and doing exercise are some good places to start, but we can always come up with more ideas.

When people are sick, they can sometimes feel afraid. It can be scary to be alone and far away from the people you love. In the Torah, Aaron and his family, who were not doctors, taught us a really important idea to help those people. It is called, ביקור חולים, bikur holim, visiting the sick. In normal times, when someone is sick, we can go visit them, bring them flowers or presents. Today, it isn’t safe to do that, but we can think of new ways to help people know that we care about them.

What are some ways we can tell the people we love we care about them?

Drawing and sending them pictures, sending them letters, and calling them are all easy ways to share love with someone you care about.

In Tazria-Metzora, we are reminded that even though we aren’t doctors, there is still a lot we can do for people who are sick. We also learn how important it is to take care of ourselves and the people around us.

Read more on our Youth Tefillah page.