More than 250 Teens Attend Midwest NCSY Spring Regional

June 7, 2011

MORE THAN 250 TEENS ATTEND MIDWEST NCSY SPRING REGIONAL

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Teens enjoying Midwest NCSY’s end of the year formal banquet with Regional Director, Rabbi Micha Greenland.

Midwest NCSY held its annual Spring Regional Convention from Thursday, May 26 – Monday, May 30. More than 250 teens boarded the buses to Camp Chi located in Lake Delton, WI for a weekend focused on Israel.

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NCSY Shabbatons inspire and educate teens in an atmosphere conducive to religious pride and growth. They provide opportunities for public school students and yeshiva day school students to interact together in a traditional Shabbat environment. “The mission in NCSY is for teens to be inspired and feel connected to their Judaism. Spring Regional is the culmination of NCSY’s year, a time for the entire region to come together,” says Rabbi Micha Greenland, Regional Director of Midwest NCSY.

For many of these teens, this is their first Shabbat experience.

Teens from Memphis to Winnipeg and Kansas to Indianapolis were engaged in group discussions, skits, and one-on-one learning on Israel. In addition, they visited Wisconsin dells, had a huge bar-b-q and bonfire, played sports and attended a formal banquet to culminate the weekend.

“The success behind all NCSY events, programming, and Shabbatons stems from NCSY’s teen leaders,” says Rabbi Greenland. Wrapping up this year’s Spring Regional Convention, graduating seniors in NCSY, as well as select staff members, were recognized at Sunday night’s formal banquet for their outstanding leadership and accomplishments in Midwest NCSY.

Graduating NCSYer Naomi Samberg, from Memphis, said, “NCSY has become such an integral part of my life. The thousands of lives [NCSY] has changed is overwhelming. NCSY lets me use my leadership skills and inspires me day in and day out.”

Yair Elovic, from Chicago, describes NCSY as “straight up the best part of my life.”

To get involved with Midwest NCSY or sponsor an event, contact Rabbi Micha Greenland at 847-677-6279 or go to www.midwestncsy.org.

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