Sukkot and the Unfinished World

2 weeks ago Hannah Butcher 0
On Thursday night, the second day of Sukkot, my family and I gathered under the roof of our rabbi’s holy sukkah. When we walked inside, however, plump water droplets plopped from the palms. We looked down at the table cloths, napkins, cups, and plates; they were all soaked by the Floridian rain. Astonished, people shuffled Read More

Memories of Sukkot in Israel

3 weeks ago Leighest 0
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

Rosh Hashana #Goals

1 month ago Madison Gold 0
With Rosh Hashanah coming up this week, it is common for one to set new year resolutions or goals. However, it is very common to set goals that are unreachable or too extreme. Here are five tips on how to set reachable S.M.A.R.T. goals:       Specific: Set goals that are very clear and precise. Don’t Read More

I Tried It: Wearing a Kippa

1 month ago Hank Loeb 0
Everyone has their own path in Judaism, and each person has their own way of discovering their path. Personally, my path is ever changing. My great grandparents were Orthodox, my grandparents were Conservative, my parents were raised Reform, and I have always been affiliated with Chabad. We go to Chabad services but our observance ebbs Read More

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

2 months ago Leighest 0
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

Turning Darkness Into a Mitzvah: CTeen Connection’s Mitzvah Challenge

2 months ago hkaplun 0
On Monday, August 14th, the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston was vandalized by a seventeen year old boy. He “hurled” rocks through a glass panel inscribed with numbers representing those tattooed on the arms of the Jews in concentration camps. This came just days after the two day White Nationalist and Neo-Nazi protest Read More

Be a Thermostat

2 months ago Leighest 0
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
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