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The Story of Lag B’Omer, in Verse

2 days ago The Connections Staff 0
Ethan Benenson// Hunterdon County, NJ Graphic by Walder Education Pavilion, which reads “Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai” Many years ago there was a man named Rabbi Akiva who tried to help his students connect, But instead they did the opposite, so they began dying from plague due to their disrespect.   Until the 33rd day of Read More

How to maintain our Jewish identity: Learn from CTeen Skokie!

4 days ago The Connections Staff 0
Yair Shpiler// Toronto, Canada Featured image caption: Student Ori Hoch-Stein with her kosher meal. As I was anxiously deciding which university to enroll in next year, I stumbled across a Chabad article that relieved a lot of the stress associated with maintaining my Jewish identity and pride in an overwhelmingly non-Jewish environment. The article was Read More

How to be Successful: The Jewish Way

4 weeks ago The Connections Staff 0
Ethan Benenson// Hunterdon County, NJ One of the things that made the CTeen INTL Shabbaton so incredible was getting a chance to meet so many inspiring Jewish people. On Friday, which was the first full day of the program, my chapter of CTeen Hunterdon County took the day to meet three successful Jewish professionals my Rabbi Read More

Escaping our own Egypt

1 month ago The Connections Staff 0
Benjamin Rosen// Apex, NC Featured image by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta The Jewish people celebrate the Exodus from Egypt on the yearly holiday of Pesach, the day we became free after hundreds of years of slavery. We remember the hardships we have been through and reflect on the freedom we enjoy today. Importantly, it Read More

The Seder Plate: A symbolism to my life

1 month ago The Connections Staff 0
Chloe Baker// Fairfax, VA Ever since I was young, my favorite holiday has been Passover. Although eight days of matzo is not to my liking, I have always found the holiday to be fascinating and enjoyable. Plenty of work goes into the Seder meals that happen on the first two nights of the eight-day holiday. Read More

28 years after his death, the Rebbe’s impact lives on

1 month ago The Connections Staff 0
Today, April 12th, or the 11th day of Nissan, is the birthday of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe. 28 years after his passing, CTeen Connections wanted to do something special to honor and commemorate his birthday and his legacy. Many members of our team contributed to this unique piece, one Read More

Meet a Crown Heights Host for the Shabbaton

2 months ago The Connections Staff 0
Alfie Joseph// Manchester, UK When 2,300 plus teens rock up to Crown Heights in New York for the CTeen INTL Shabbaton, they all need somewhere to stay. Thankfully, Crown Heights is said to be the hosting capital of the world. Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, a host for nine teens at this year’s Shabbaton, takes it as Read More

Eight Takeaways from Berel Solomon, 2022 INTL Shabbaton Speaker

2 months ago The Connections Staff 0
Ethan Benenson// Hunterdon County, NJ Berel Solomon was born and raised in Montreal, Canada in a secular home. In school, he got involved with drugs and eventually started dealing them. After getting jumped and violently beat up, he turned to the nightclub business. Although Solomon found a great deal of success organizing parties, he felt Read More

CTeen Female Leader of the Year: Meet Levana

2 months ago The Connections Staff 0
Chloe Baker// Fairfax, VA At last, the highly anticipated 14th annual CTeen International Shabbaton opened its doors to 2,000 plus teens from all around the globe. The weekend was enjoyed by all, but it was especially enjoyed by the winner of CTeen’s Female Leader of the Year: Levana Calvo from CTeen Massy, France.  Levana has Read More

Shabbaton 2022: A Weekend of Unparalleled Pride

2 months ago The Connections Staff 0
Ethan Benenson// Hunterdon County, NJ The weekend of February 25 to 27 marked a yearly occasion for Jewish teens all around the world. Starting from Thursday night and continuing through Friday morning, Jewish highschoolers from Argentina to Panama to California to Texas to New Hampshire to France to the UK to Italy (the list goes Read More
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