A Teen Perspective
Posted on 07/15/2010 @ 10:37 AM
Hi! I'm Jill Frey, I'm from Dallas, Texas and will be a Senior in the fall, over the course of the session different participants will have the opportunity to blog about our experiences here in DC:
What a crazy first three days we've had at DC JAM! When we first got here and after we got initially situated in the Hillel and Dorms we got to know each other with some great games taught by the staff and participants called "ship-pong" and "whiz-bang". They were a huge hit and had some great laughs. We had our first Beit Midrash session and took some text and studied what it meant to share among ourselves and the entire community.
The next day we woke up bright and early to head off to our two separate service sites, Bright Beginnings and CCnV. I attended Bright Beginnings where I got to be a teacher assistant for children who are 1-2 years of age. It was an incredibly rewarding experience that I cannot wait to continue throughout the rest of the session.
After our day's service we went to bike the sites or a staff led walking tour. I chose the walking tour where we went to the Old Post Office where the view of the entire mall and city was breath-taking. After that we walked over to the Washington Monument and the White House only to get glimpses of a mysterious press conference, it looked pretty important! We returned back to the dorms with an hour of free time before the next Beit Midrash. Later that evening we had a fantastic pluralistic program that gave everyone, regardless of personal preference, an outlook onto each different sect of Judaism.
Today, the group split into two different groups to learn about two different bills in discussed on the hill and are great pieces of legislature to lobby for next week. We learned about the affordable housing issue and childhood hunger issue which really makes an impact on our community of peers. Back at the Hillel, two members of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) came back to talk to us about becoming affective advocates back at home and when lobbying to our representatives.
So far, we have been super busy and learning a lot about the social justice issues around us. Everything will really help us prepare for our trip to Capitol Hill next week and in the future. Keep checking back for other kids' experiences on DC JAM!