More than 185 Teens Attend New England NCSY Spring Regional

07 Jun 2011


Regional Board 2010-2011. From left to right: Jenna Burstein, Ari “Bubba” Schaffel, Mimi Feigenbaum, Gavi Bohan, Jordy Meisler (Regional Board Coordinator), Tali Schwarzmer, and Essie Michel.

New England NCSY held its annual Spring Regional Convention from Thursday, May 26 – Monday, May 30. They boarded the buses to Greenville, NY from Boston, West Hartford and Stamford for a weekend focused on “Being a Jew in the Professional World.”

NCSY | Jewish Youth Leadership is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union.

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. “At Spring Regional, we celebrate a year of Jewish programming aimed to inform and inspire Jewish teens from all walks of life. Teens forge new and stronger friendships, a deeper understanding of their Judaism and a stronger connection with their communities. Spring Regional is the culmination of NCSY’s year, a time for the entire region to come together,” says Rabbi Shmuel Miller, Regional Director of New England NCSY.

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

Teens from Boston to Stamford, and Providence to West Hartford, were engaged in group discussions, skits, and one-on-one learning focusing on “Being a Jew in the Professional World.” In addition, they participated in a late night bon-fire and an Awards Banquet recognizing the Jewish growth of both individuals and communities. More than $95,000 in scholarships was awarded to teens in order to further their Jewish education in Israel and at Jewish universities.

“The success behind all NCSY events, programming, and Shabbatons stems from NCSY’s teen leaders,” says Rabbi Miller. Wrapping up this year’s Spring Regional Convention, Gavi Bohan from Gann Academy in Boston, and Jenna Burstein from Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, were recognized for their outstanding leadership in NCSY.