I experienced the unbelievable power we all have to find meaning and create connection in our lives. Instead of sitting on the beach this winter break, I, along with 380 other public-school teens from all over America, Canada, Chile, and Argentina, came together to expand our understanding of Judaism and learn Torah for five days at NCSY’s yarchei kallah.
No matter what background you come from, NCSY gives every Jewish teen the opportunity to explore their heritage. Whether you grew up in an observant household or know absolutely nothing about Judaism, NCSY college-age role models and staff members are there to sit and learn with you and help you on your spiritual journey.
While it is hard to sum up the incredible five-day experience in a short article, I will share with you some of the inspiring highlights from this amazing retreat. On the first day, everyone was welcomed into the beit midrash for orientation. Once we were all in one room, it was astounding to realize how many of us there are in the world. The sound of teens cheering for their region filled the air with excitement and anticipation for the amazing program that would follow. Everyone began this journey one way and came out as well-rounded Jewish individuals.
Read the full article at the 5 Towns Jewish Times
The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.