Bored At The Bungalow Colony? NCSY Summer Programs Come To The Rescue
Ahhh, warm summer nights upstate; no noisy traffic, no civilization for miles, just folks alone in nature. One word to describe this experience may be "relaxing," but another word may be "boring." For teenagers, a night sitting in a rocking chair on the porch may not be the ideal activity. Therefore, New York NCSY has taken over with exciting new programming close to a bungalow colony near you!
This past week, more than 50 teens enjoyed a night of bowling at Kiamesha Lanes, in Kiamesha Lake, NY, while other teens enjoyed their requested, "Torah Unleashed" session with Rabbi Moshe Zucker, New York NCSY Director of Outreach, at the Moonlight bungalow colony in Monticello.
"Woodbourne n' Learn" premieres this week and will be held Thursday nights at the local Dougie's in Woodbourne throughout the summer. Not only have upstate teens been excited about New York NCSY's new programming, but their counterparts from Queens and Brooklyn have been pleased as well. Shuie Septimus from Kew Gardens Hills, NY was intrigued by the upstate events and decided to attend one. "It was a new experience for me. I've been involved in NCSY for a long time, but going upstate was something fun and different. I also got to meet great people I hadn't met before," he said.
New York NCSY plans to continue with even more events upstate this summer and wants to cater to any teens interested in learning sessions as well. Rabbi Nahum Zak, Director of the Upstate Learning Initiative and NCSY'S New York Region explains, "With the abundance of free time the summer brings, our teen leaders expressed a desire to continue the dynamic and exciting programs that NCSY creates during the year into their summers as well. We were happy to oblige."
NCSY, a program of the Orthodox Union, is a multi-faceted Jewish youth group offering social and educational programming in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and Canada for Jewish teenagers, NCSY is a relaxed, fun environment for teens to learn about their own heritage.
For more information, contact the New York NCSY office at 718-461-1200 or by email at NYregion@ncsy.org.