Getting the Facts Straight

1 month ago Julia Rozenfeld 0
With many opposing views and false news circulating the media, it is difficult to find the facts on what truly happened in history or a current event–especially with the Arab-Israeli conflict. With this situation containing heavily biased and strong views on both sides, it is hard to research the history of the conflict without inaccurate Read More

An Open Letter to my CTeen Best Friends

2 months ago hkaplun 0
Dear CTeen friends,  Wow. Somehow I blinked, and my five years of CTeen have flown by. As graduation rapidly approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the factors that have brought me to this point in my life. A big part of my identity is CTeen and you, fellow CTeeners, have influenced my life a great deal. Read More

Are Tattoos Taboo? (The Torah’s Take)

2 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
In December, after I turned 18, the first thing my friends asked me was if I was going to get a tattoo. Something inside me held me back from jumping head-first into a tattoo parlor, however.  At the International Shabbaton I realized why, exactly, I hesitated to get inked. Like me, many Jewish teens stand Read More

Israel in my soul

2 months ago sfranco 0
Israel has been a huge part of my life my whole life. I am often asked why. Why do you care so much about Israel? What makes it so important? These questions forced me to think. The fact that I had to think says something in itself. I never had to think about why Israel Read More

Why I’m Skipping Prom–Again

2 months ago csegal 0
Yes, it’s finally officially spring. Bring on the flowers, bring on the allergies, and bring on the final exams.   But wait–it’s spring. That means it’s…   Prom season.   But, I’m not going to prom. Again.   Yeah, I know: you probably think that I’m crazy. Especially because I’m ditching it for–get this–Shabbat.   Read More

My Florida Shabbaton Experience

3 months ago ssalles 0
This weekend I had an amazing, spiritual experience with my Florida Mishpacha at the 1st annual Florida shabbaton. I was thrilled my region came together for this spectacular shabbaton. This CTeen Shabbaton was very laid back and relaxed.. This gave me a chance to learn so much about myself, and enabled all of us to Read More

Rewind: Tri-State Regional Shabbaton in DC!

3 months ago Leighest 0
By Sarah Strent // West Suffolk, NY If I was to choose two words to sum up this past weekend at the D.C Shabbaton, I would choose the words inspiring and incredible. We began the weekend by visiting the Holocaust museum. Most of us were in denial because we couldn’t even begin to imagine what Read More

Let’s Celebrate Jewish Pride

3 months ago Leighest 0
By Sara Serfaty//M. Viejo, CA When it comes to Israel, from the war back in 2014—Operation Protective Edge—to the riots in Gaza now, the presence of media hypnotizes readers into believing lies. Today, I did a presentation at my CTeen chapter, CTeen Mission Viejo, about why it is important to support Israel. During the beginning Read More

Silence in Public School: Will It Work?

3 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
My high school is forty minutes away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the tragedy, my school’s administration hastily reacted by enacting a confusing string of new rules: our IDs are required to be visible, the front doors to all buildings are locked, teachers are doubly employed as hall monitors, and cameras are mantled to the Read More

The Power of Youth during the Holocaust

3 months ago Noah Roffe 0
Youth organizations have had an integral role in the preservation of Jewish beliefs throughout the years. Through physical action, and educational programming, youth organizations have helped  teens make a difference in the world.   While Jewish youth organizations of any type have a tremendous impact on the community and on individuals, youth groups, and in Read More
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