Upstate NY NCSY Hosts Teen Leadership Training, 9/2-4 in Mt. Kisco

25 Aug 2011


Leadership Training Seminar (LTS) is a special opportunity to inspire and educate Jewish teen leaders of Upstate New York NCSY on how to build communities conducive to religious pride and growth. The Mount Kisco chapter, Upstate NCSY’s newest branch, will host 40 students from across the Empire State from Friday, September 2-Sunday, September 4 at the Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, in the kickoff LTS activity.

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Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider, Rabbi of the Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, declared, “We are very excited to be able to host this unique gathering at our synagogue. This is also a wonderful opportunity for our entire community to see the positive impact of NCSY on our teens, and how Upstate NCSY brings a unique spirit to our synagogue life.”

Participants at this year’s LTS are students from Albany High School; Brighton High School and Ora Academy of Rochester; Kenmore West High School and Williamsville North High School of Buffalo; Ma’ayanot High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ; The Harvey School of Mount Kisco; Horace Greeley High School of Chappaqua; and Vestal High School of Binghamton.

Marc Fein, Regional Director of Upstate New York NCSY, explained, “LTS is a chance for the teen leaders of Upstate New York NCSY to begin to work together as a team, and learn leadership skills such as goal setting and public speaking, as they bring their energy and excitement to the community as well as to each other. NCSY teaches teens the value of communal leadership – that they can assume leadership positions inside of their schools, synagogues, and communities. The success behind all NCSY events, programs, and Shabbat weekends stems from NCSY’s teen leaders.”

Jordyn Kaufman, Co-Chapter President of the Mount Kisco NCSY Chapter and student at Horace Greeley High School, noted, “There is such a committed core of teens in our community — I know that we can inspire even more teens to join Upstate New York NCSY and become closer to their Judaism. This is the first regional event of the year and it sets the tone for the rest of the year — excited chapter and regional boards lead to excited chapters and an excited region.”

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