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Going Home

Posted on 02/23/2011 @ 01:55 PM

Today we reviewed the opportunities to explore and learn about the historical sights and museums. The best part of the trip has been the interviews with the homeless and unfortunate.

Joshua Richards, UJCVP

Today we learned about different views of different types of education we learned about how the different ideas impact society and our fellow peers.

Matthew Sarfan, UJCVP

P – People on this trip have made a difference A – Activism and bringing it back home N – No one leaving Washington unchanged I – I’m definitely not Adam M – Many many panda masks floating around Group B

Dean Granot, East Brunswick Jewish Center

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Looking at the Issues

Posted on 02/22/2011 @ 12:17 PM

This has been an amazing opportunity to meet new people and learn new things about controversial topics. I am enjoying my time here and am happy that I came.

Denis Krasilnikov, JCH of Bensonhurst

Today, as a member of the group paying special attention to immigration, I had an awesome time! This morning we listened to two panelists discuss the social issue that is immigration. We had a group discussion with them, learned a lot, and discussed as a group after.

This afternoon we had D.C. free time, and I chose to go to the Holocaust Museum. It was not my first trip to a Holocaust museum, but of course it was still touching and I learned a lot. Surprisingly, I found that some of the Nazi propaganda and ignorant attitudes toward the Jews and all others affected were easily relatable to the immigration issue we had been discussing.

Later we heard and learned from a representative from AIPAC. Next was dinner, and after dinner we watched “9500 Liberty.” This documentary was an emotional one about the immigration issue we had heard about all day. It was a great conclusion and we ended in a discussion on the movie, the topic, and the day.

Julian Michaels, Congregation Ansche Chesed

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Making an Impact

Posted on 02/22/2011 @ 12:10 PM

When I had initially signed up for this trip all I had anticipated was three-days off of school with friends. After yesterday's service at the Ronald McDonald House I truly feel that this whole experience has made a lasting impact. Maybe it was the beautiful weather or maybe I had gotten extra hours of sleep, but something hit home after working in that Ronald McDonald House and I truly felt as though I had made an impact in someone’s life. I felt proud of what I had done and was inspired to do more to help the community. Thankfully, that opportunity came in the form of the Street Torah exercise. After helping those who were homeless I again felt inspired to go out and do more to help those in need. While this experience had started as a fun get together, I feel as though it has already given me knowledge and experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Ross Teicher, East Brunswick Jewish Center

Today was a most glorious day. After eating a healthy breakfast, Group A embarked on a marvelous day filled with meaningful community service. I had the privilege of traveling to the Ronald McDonald House, where we baked delectable treats for the guests. I am really looking forward to the days to come.

Ryan Kalt, East Brunswick Jewish Center

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Witnessing Change

Posted on 02/21/2011 @ 11:26 AM

Although the icebreaker activities and the trip to the White House was a very proficient introduction to D.C., the speeches of the former homeless people overpowered the introductory activities in terms of impact on the teens. These speeches were tremendous because they reflected change through people’s eyes. Change is an extremely essential aspect of life and the clear, reflecting tears dripping down the eyes of the young lady next to me depicted a sense of inspiration and change. Inspiration is when one comes in the door with a certain enclosed perspective on a topic and comes out the door with a different, more expandable perspective. The homeless speeches were a perfect example of change and inspiration in young person’s eyes and that’s the purpose of this seminar.

Shawn Master, Kings Bay

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Arriving in DC

Posted on 02/21/2011 @ 11:25 AM

Today has been a very long, action packed day. After our seven hour bus ride, we took a nice stroll through D.C., making sure to stop at Starbucks. We met all of the other participants and listened to two unbelievable speakers discuss their encounters with homelessness. During a moving speech, we got to hear about their struggles and how they picked themselves back up. After the session, we split into groups for a brisk walk to the White House. If today was any indication of how the rest of the seminar will be, then we’re all in for an educational, interesting treat.

Kari Semel, Akiva

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