What Makes a Jew a Jew

4 weeks ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
I want to begin this post with a story that a good friend of mine shared with me:  One day a guy wanted to convert from Judaism to Christianity. He went to the Priest who said ‘okay, on the following conditions:  ‘You’re not allowed to keep Shabbat anymore.’ The guy was like, ‘Shabbos I don’t Read More

I Tried It- Cholov Yisroel

2 months ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
So, Kosher. We know about keeping meat and milk separate, about Kosher symbols, Kosher wine. But, did you know that there are different ways of keeping Kosher? Wild, right! When it comes to dairy food, there are two types of Kosher: OU-D, and Cholov Yisroel. Let’s make one thing very clear, OU-D is kosher, Cheez-Its- Read More

Kickoff Events Kickoff Around the World

2 months ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
The CTeen year has officially begun! With kickoff events happening from Israel to Knoxville, TN,  and even a regional shabbaton already, this is a promising start for the rest of the year. With many more events in the planning process, the kickoff season is just kicking off. Getting to know you games, and various activities like Read More

Connections Are Essential in Life

5 months ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
This ‘Ted Talk’ was delivered at my Chabad house for Shavout all night learning, enjoy 🙂 Hey everyone! If you don’t already know me, my name is Shayna, and I’m finishing up my sophomore year in high school. What I’m going to be talking about encompasses a lot of different aspects, and here at Valley Read More

My First (Chassidic) Wedding

8 months ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
It’s crazy to think that I haven’t even know Chaya for a full six months. It’s even crazier to think that I only met her once in person before attending her wedding. On Sunday night, I attended my first wedding of my CTeen Torah Buddy, Chaya. Tuesdays are my favorite days because we learn together. Read More

The Shocking Lessons I Learned at the CTeen International Shabbaton

9 months ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
I was asked to write about one aspect of the International Shabbaton that affected me the most. The only problem was, how could I choose just one?! I don’t think I’m like most teens. One of the main reasons I love the Shabbaton is the workshops. Obviously my #1 reason for attending is seeing my Read More

Is There Balance Between Judaism and Being an Average Teen?

9 months ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
Do you ever feel like you’re living a double life? I do, sometimes. How do you find the balance being a regular teenager and maintaining  a Jewish lifestyle with Jewish traditions? The truth is, I personally do think I’m living a double life…I also don’t think it’s possible to live an equally balanced life. At Read More

Understanding the Touchy Topic of Shomer Negiah

1 year ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
“I’m sorry but I can’t shake your hand for religious reasons.” This is what a lot of people who are Shomer Negiah say. Shomer Negiah translates to ‘Observant of touch.’ My best friend is intrigued by this concept and wanted to learn more, so I told her I’d study up on it and get back Read More

Seminary? Shluchim? The Powers of a Farbrengen

1 year ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
What… a… weekend. This weekend I went to the CTeen 5th annual leadership retreat for the first time. We had so many inspiring workshops and speakers, but my favorite part included staying up until 3 am to talk and hang out with my new friends. My favorite part was farbrengening on Friday night. Throughout the Read More
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