Fifty TJJ-ers, several handpicked student leaders, and an all-star team of New York NCSY advisors came together in the Five Towns for an inspiring Shabbaton, organized by summer-program coordinator Deeni Adler, along with Rabbi Shmuel Iann, director of development.
TJJ, the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey, is NCSY’s premier Israel experience for public school and unaffiliated teens. The four-week trip to Israel prides itself on its educational programming, quality of staff, and individual attention for each participant.
The Shabbos kicked off with a lively Carlebach minyan at Young Israel of Lawrence/Cedarhurst, followed by meals at host homes throughout the neighborhood. The evening was capped with a lavish oneg hosted by Naomi and Josh Abhesera and their friends, where the teens ate, schmoozed, sang, and danced, and heard divrei Torah from Rabbi Trump from YILC.
Shabbos morning, the teens had the option of joining the YILC minyanim or adviser-led learning sessions, while Rabbi Iann delivered the shiur following the hashkamahminyan. The teens shared Kiddush with the YILC community, and then were off to lunch, held at Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence.
Shalosh Seudos and Havdallah were hosted in Far Rockaway, by a group of individuals including Shlomo Reich, Heshy Freidman, and JJ Milstein, at the beautiful home of R’ Tzvi Bloom. They were joined by Rabbi Jon Green, director of Camp Sports, who led Ebbing, as well as the Traveling Chassidim, who helped enhance the singing. Shabbos closed on the (heated) back porch of the Blooms’ home, watching the sun descend, with a musical Havdallah that ended with wild dancing circles, bringing together host couples, TJJ-ers, advisers, and the Traveling Chassidim.
The program concluded with a beautiful melavah malkah hosted by Chani and David Scharf in Lawrence. The evening was filled with lots of laughing with great friends and mentors, music, song, and dance. As they left, the teens were already asking about the next program, and recruitment began for Winter Regional, Yarchei Kallah, and beyond.
For more information about NY NCSY and NCSY summer programs, please contact 516-569-6279.