On Friday night, Dec. 12, over 130 members of South Jersey Region journeyed to the Jewish Federation Annex building in Cherry Hill for the region’s first-ever Winter Retreat, themed “We are Mispacha” (family).
Nine young women gathered together on the front porch of a cabin during a fall afternoon's downpour at Camp Matollonequay in Medford, where not far away, deer could be seen jumping throughout the wooded setting. After viewing a video centered upon the empowerment of women, the girls' conversations could have been lifted from a corporate boardroom.
Teenagers from Greenwich's Temple Sholom’s Judah BBYO chapter, Temple Sholom’s teen choir, and JTeen of Westchester completed a community service initiative after volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester in New Rochelle, N.Y.
You wouldn't think that I, a father of an 11-year old and 8-year old, would have much in common with a couple of 17 year-old girls. A couple of years ago, I wouldn't have thought so either, but the second I mentioned to my kids’ babysitters that I was in BBYO in high school, that all changed.
When 2,200 BBYO teens joined forces with 1,000 members of NFTY — the North American Federation of Temple Youth represents the younger cohort of the Reform movement — for a day of joint learning sessions in Atlanta on Feb. 14, Christiansen found that the teens had more in common than he realized.
From Bulgaria to Canada, Argentina to Macedonia, there is an unbelievably diverse Jewish population out there that, despite centuries of assimilation threats and persecution, has formed strong communities that are deeply committed to sustaining Jewish life.