Shabbaton 2022: A Weekend of Unparalleled Pride

10 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

The Shabbat Solution: Why the seventh day can change your life

1 year ago The Connections Staff 0
Kinneret Birwadkar// Mumbai, India “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest.” After six long days of hard work God gave us this seventh day to rejuvenate and recharge ourselves for the next coming week. Does this mean we spend more time with our family?  Yes, the idea of a Read More

Reflecting on this year’s Yom Kippur

1 year ago The Connections Staff 0
Kinneret Birwadkar// Mumbai, India This year I spent the holiest day of the Jewish year in Mumbai, India. Despite not being able to spend Yom Kippur in synagogue, did I let the experience crush me down? Certainly not. In fact, it did quite the opposite.  Let’s run through what a typical Yom Kippur looks like. Read More

A 2021 Summer to Remember (Pt. 2)

1 year ago The Connections Staff 0
A Truly ‘XTreme’ Experience Kalae Abrams// Princeville, Hawaii Read Part 1 of our CTeen Summer recap on the Heritage Quest here: https://www.cteenconnection.com/uncategorized/a-2021-summer-to-remeber-pt-1/ Have you ever seen a jam-packed bus full of 30 energetic teens? Ever been in one yourself? Well, I was on that bus this summer during my CTeen XTreme trip journeying through the Read More

A 2021 Summer to Remember (Pt. 1)

1 year ago The Connections Staff 0
Homecoming 2021/5781 Stella Washington// CTeen North Fulton, Georgia Read Part 2 of our CTeen Summer recap on the XTreme trip here: https://www.cteenconnection.com/uncategorized/a-2021-summer-to-remember-pt-2/ This article is dedicated to counselors Sarah Sherman, Pessi Naparstek, Mushkie Rapoport, Gitty Friedman, Gili Houpt, and every single girl that was a part of this group. I cannot begin to express my Read More

Is There Balance Between Judaism and Being an Average Teen?

4 years 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

Are Tattoos Taboo? (The Torah’s Take)

5 years 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

“I Tried It!” – Modeh Ani

5 years ago Hannah Butcher 0
For two weeks, I said Modeh Ani, one of the most important Jewish prayers, before I began each day. And G-d proved to me, yet again, that everything happens for reason. I began my goal with the intent that, by thanking G-d as soon as I woke up, I would train myself into appreciating each Read More

Sukkot and the Unfinished World

5 years 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

Back to School: Maintaining Your Jewish Identity

5 years ago Hannah Butcher 0
It’s that time of the year again; new schedules are placed in our hands, our backpacks are strapped on tight, and our pencils are freshly sharpened. That’s right: it’s time to go back to school. As with any time of the year, Jewish identity is of utmost importance. “I’m a Jew and I’m proud / Read More
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