Call it "scared straight," parents' version, but it worked. The police officer scared the hell out of us. This was a few years back. Parents of seventh-graders have a special "family life" program at my synagogue's religious school. Makes sense, considering it is the height of the b'nai mitzvah frenzy. Once a month, parents are students gather together for a program about how life connects to Judaism; we split into separate groups and discuss the issues among our peers. Topics ranged from the Torah to video gaming. This particular Sunday, it was drugs.
by Lauren Margolin. BBYO holds a special place in my heart. My parents met through a BBYO programming event when they were 13 and 14 years old and this June they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I'm thankful BBYO existed back then and that it still runs strong today.
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Travel restrictions imposed by the FAA on U.S. airlines servicing Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport are now in their second day with no indication when they will be lifted. Of course, that is causing all kinds of trouble for people trying to get to Israel or fly back home.