NY NCSY Begins Torah with a Twist Leadership Training Program in Queens Cafe

08 Feb 2007


The Queens-based New York Region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) has inaugurated a new program, “Torah with a Twist,” at the popular Different Twist Café on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. Torah With a Twist provides Jewish teens with a forum to discuss topics such as leadership and personal goal setting, combined with a solid Torah perspective. New York NCSY sponsors refreshments for those attending, and the relaxed café atmosphere provides an environment conducive to fun discussions and debates on various topics.

“Everyone has had a great time so far,” added Jon Ackerman, Director of Programming for New York NCSY. “The buzz spreading throughout the community has been fantastic.”

Torah with a Twist is the latest step in an ongoing effort by the New York Region to identify and train the next generation of Jewish leaders. Each week, Rabbi Nahum Zak, Regional Director of New York NCSY, runs the program, often drawing on personal experiences to initiate conversation.

“It’s very important to provide teens with an opportunity to express what’s on their minds and to come up with creative solutions to life’s challenges,” said Rabbi Zak. “At Torah with a Twist, we have the ability to do that in a fun way among their friends.”

The program is held Tuesdays from 8:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. at the café on the corner of Main Street and 76th Avenue.

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, NCSY is a leader in bringing unaffiliated youth an awareness of what Judaism is all about. For Jewish teenagers, NCSY is a relaxed, fun environment to learn about their own heritage.

For more information, contact the New York NCSY office at 718-461-1200 or email it at NYregion@ncsy.org.