Calling All Teens
The anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on our college campuses scares me. For the sake of our children, we must ensure that they are well-educated and properly prepared before we send them off to school.
The Jewish community and individual parents must partner together. The community must provide opportunities–both educational and social–for our teens. Parents need to help encourage, find time for, and likely transport their teens to those programs.
First and foremost, now is the time to start looking at spending a summer in Israel or at a sleep-away camp for your teen. Every denomination offers a national program, and there are many other wonderful opportunities. Please call us or speak with your synagogue for assistance. Please read this article for savings opportunities. Additionally, Federation offers need-based scholarships to help defray costs.
Federation is also very pleased to offer the following programs over the next month:
- On Monday, December 15, in partnership with Hadassah, we will host a simulcast led by Jasmine Patihi, Program Director of Stand With Us: Supporting Israel Throughout the World. This program is open and free to all who are interested.
- Between December 19 and December 28, our community has the pleasure of hosting 17 high school students from the Eshkol region of Israel. These teens are among the group of kids who hosted our 29 kids on the February Teen Mission. We have several opportunities for all teens from our community to mingle and interact with their Israeli counterparts. More detailed information will be available on Federation’s website. Please check back for registration information and updates.
- Shabbat, December 20 – Afternoon at the Albany JCC – Swim/Gym/Games, culminating with Havdalah and Chanukah candle lighting
- Monday, December 22 – UAlbany basketball at the SEFCU arena
- Wednesday, December 24 – Tubing, tour of the Niskayuna fire station, Chinese food and movie night at Temple Israel
- Sunday, December 28 – Day in New York City
- On Sunday, January 4, 12:00-4:30p.m. at the Federation, we are pleased to be sponsoring ADL’s very effective Words to Action workshop for high school and college students. We specifically chose the date because many of our college kids will be home on break. This is a very powerful program, and I hope that everyone takes advantage.
- On Sunday, January 11, 7:15 p.m. at Temple Israel, Linda Scherzer, director of “Write on for Israel,” will present at our next Joint Society Event on Winning the Battle for Israel on College Campuses. This event is open to the public, and I encourage our teens as well as their parents to attend. Please click here to register.
I understand that our kids are busy with many other important activities. This is also important.