Be a Thermostat

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A short anecdote for the beginning of the school year by Koby Lerner, CTeen S. Diego. According to,  a thermometer is an instrument for measuring temperature, while a thermostat is a device that functions to establish and maintain a desired temperature. Basically, a thermometer tells the temperature in a room while a thermostat controls Read More

From CTeen to Jerusalem

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By Netanel Ashkenazi, S. Antonio, TX Waking up every  morning for the past four years to get ready for school was a heavy burden. Every day that I knew I was not attending a Jewish high school, but rather the secular high school in San Antonio, Texas where I was a student, made me feel Read More

My Journey to Judaism

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Olivia Rubinsky, Palm Springs, California This article is an excerpt of a speech that I wrote for the JLI Retreat in Palm Springs. My name is Olivia Rubinsky; I’m 15 years old. I am part of an organization called CTeen which stands for Chabad Teen Network. Since I joined, I feel that my Jewish life Read More


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Ashley Brauning, CTeen of Solano County, CA When I joined Heritage Quest this summer, I thought I had Judaism figured out. I already kept some of the mitzvot, like Shabbat, Kosher, and Tzniut, which were all decisions that I made on my own at various parts of my life. My mom is not observant and my dad Read More

Reflections on Poland

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Yesterday, (July 5th) began as a regular day in Poland. My roommate and I woke up, talked, and got ready for the day. Our day began with breakfast, davening, and hanging out with one another. We headed to the bus and I knew once we arrived to our destination, that this “normal day” wasn’t going Read More

Leadership Retreat Recap 5777/2017

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By Carly Tamer, West Suffolk County, NY CTeen is truly a sensational, powerful community. Just over a year ago, I had never heard of tefillin, the megillah, or the shema. Now, I say the shema every night. Not only has CTeen introduced me to my Jewish neshama, but it has enabled me to build new Read More

My Experience at the CTeen Leadership Retreat

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Aaron Cohen, Mequon, WI When I found out in May that I was going to be a leader for my CTeen chapter next year, I was so excited and quickly began brainstorming ideas. But as I was thinking of how to make my chapter bigger and better than ever before, I got stuck. I called Read More

The Story of My Hebrew Name

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By Olivia Rubinsky, Palm Springs, California Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to attend the CTeen Leadership Retreat. At first I was skeptical of going but I decided to make the best out of it. One thing that stands out to me happened on Shabbat. While we were going around saying our Hebrew names it Read More

Leadership and Beyond

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By Rachel Wilkes This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity to attend CTeen Leadership Retreat as an alumni. Being that I have spent my last five years looking up to CTeen leaders, officials, and staff, it was a remarkable chance to come back as an alumni; someone for the teens to look up to.  Read More

My Leadership Retreat Experience

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By Hank Loeb, Cincinnati, OH While I was apprehensive as the CTeen Leadership Retreat began, I was also excited because I had been to a regional and international Shabbatons. I knew that Chabad would deliver. I was looking forward to seeing friends I had made and making new friends. What I hadn’t anticipated was the Read More
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