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 Dictionary.com,  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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Netanel Ashkenazi, San 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 lost. Read More

My Journey to Judaism

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Olivia Rubinsky, Palm Springs, CA   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 Read More

Homecoming

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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
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