How One Weekend Changed My Life

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By Sarelle Franco/Los Alamitos, CA How one weekend changed my life The CTeen International Shabbaton is one of the most astonishing things I’ve ever seen in my entire 16 years of living. To watch more than 2,500 high school students share their Jewish pride out loud is something empowering and amazing to witness. Judaism is Read More


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By, Zachary Schulman/Philadelphia, PA/11th Grade The AIPAC Conference is something that I look forward to every year. For those who do not know, AIPAC is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Founded in 1951, it has continued grown since, to the point of 18,000 strong this year. Jews and non-Jews from all over the world Read More

Teen Talk: Adina Samloff

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Hi everyone! My name is Adina Samloff and I’m a senior at Bader Hillel High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As you’ve heard about the age old “three second rule” for first impressions, I’m sure you’ve already observed my skirt that covers my knees, my high neckline, and elbow length sleeves. You’re probably assuming I grew Read More

Things that could only happen at the NYC Shabbaton!

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By Carly Tamer/West Suffolk County, NY With the 10th Annual NYC Shabbaton coming up, let’s take a look back at the awesome things that could only happen when you get 2,500 CTeeners in one city!   Hundreds of Jewish teens on one subway   Every year, we travel around the city to explore by subway! Read More

The Mitzvah of Tzniut

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Sarelle Franco/ Los Alamitos, California I definitely stand out in a crowd. As the representative of the Jewish nation in my school, I dress modestly, wearing skirts and shirts past my elbow. It’s a challenge, but it’s one that I enjoy doing. You may ask, how did I, a student in public school, make the Read More

Memories of Sukkot in Israel

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Sarah Serfaty, Mission Viejo, CA The Chagim, holidays, are right around the corner again. Pretty crazy how fast time goes by, right?! The High Holidays are a very special time and though we celebrate them all over the world, my favorite memories are of spending Sukkot in Israel, where I lived for four years. Just like Read More

Help Is On The Way! Five Ways to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Julia Rozenfeld, Bucks County, PA   1. Donating Money and Food There are many organizations that are currently accepting money that will be used for necessities such as food, water, and shelter, such as the Chabad and CTeen of Houston. They set up an Amazon wishlist with a list of needed supplies which anyone can Read More

My Experience at the Kotel

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Natalie Sharbin, Fairfield, CT   This summer, I had the amazing privilege to go on CTeen Heritage Quest, a three week trip to Poland and Israel. While there were many inspiring and eye opening experiences, one stands out to me in particular: Friday night at the Kotel. While I have attended Friday night services at Read More

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
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