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Project Fun

An Amazingly Unique Experience

By Jessica Gindelsky of Marblehead

On September 18, I went to Project Adventure at Moraine Farm for an incredible day. Our group of twelve did all kinds of personally challenging things including playing team building games, grappling with a giant see-saw, climbing and get- ting passed through impossible holes in a spider’s web and even climbing a ten-foot wall, all while supporting each other both verbally and physically.

It was an amazingly unique experience that really let us show our leadership and trust skills.

I especially enjoyed the spider web and the wall-climbing course. Our whole group had so much fun lifting our teammates through the tiny spider holes and supporting and spotting one another as we climbed up and over the ten-foot wall.

The best moments were definitely all the laughs we shared together. I was excited the whole bus ride there, but I couldn’t have imagined the insane amount of fun we would have. The event definitely went above and beyond my expectations.

As this event was particularly close to the High Holidays, it was really cool to be together. I also really liked meeting other Jewish teens from different areas, and if this event will be offered again, I will definitely go!

bullet point  Jessica was a Project Adventure 2011 participant.

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Serve It Up

Mitzvah & Fun…Bam! What?

By Sophie Scott & Abby Price of Swampscott

On Sunday, November 6, we entered Shubie’s Marketplace in Marblehead not knowing what to expect. We thought there might be about 10, maybe 12 kids there. When we walked up the stairs, we saw the whole kitchen was filled to the brim with teens laughing and talking, in the process of making soup, lasagna and pies to donate to the hungry of the North Shore. We jumped right in without hesitation and started helping make lasagna.

At first we were really confused about the process, but with the assistance of some of our wonderful leaders — Maura Copeland, Lajla LeBlanc and Adam Smith — we quickly were set on the right track.

“I went in [to Soup-Er Sunday] trying to get my community service hours for Y2I, but it was so much more than that. It was a time to give back to the community, perform a mitzvah and even have some fun,” says Rashel Rabinovich, of the event.

This event, along with all of the other North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI) events we have been attending over the years, is an awesome place to get to know other Jewish teens, and really get to understand our Jewish identities and have fun in the process.

“It’s amazing to see so many people coming together and helping people in need,” was what Jessica Greenbaum thought of Soup-Er Sunday. As Jewish teens, doing events like this really connects us back to our Jewish values and culture. To us, being Jewish means we are there for others, no matter what religion, to help and assist to the best of our abilities.

We find that, along with our new friends, we enjoy doing things to better the community and, when volunteering our time for just a few hours, we can make an enormous difference.

bullet point  Sophie & Abby were Soup-er Sunday 2011 participants.

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Summer Better than Others

Best Internship Ever – at Summer Camp!

By Lior Shemesh of Danvers

This past summer, a group of Jewish teens volunteered for two (or more) weeks in an unbelievable leadership program and work experience internship at Camp Simchah On The Hill and Kinder Camp as part of The Jewish Teen Internship (JTI) program.

We rotated our schedules to have the chance to work with all different aged kids in a variety of dif- difin – dif ferent activities. The specialty camps were art, tennis and krav maga, which were followed by the volunteers taking charge of the entire camp to run programs and games for the kids on our own.

I learned so much about being a leader from this program, not only in the Jewish community, but anywhere I go. Each week, we took part in a service learning program that was sponsored by the North Shore Teen Initiative. During my first week, we went to lynn Woods l and spent two hours helping to clear an area which was to be later used for a children’s festival. We picked up trash and shattered glass and de-weeded areas of the park. While this might sound like a mundane task, the fact that I was doing it with 10 of my friends not only made the afternoon go faster, but also made it enjoyable.

One of my favorite memories from the summer was during Shabbat, when all of Kinder camp came together to sing songs, dance and perform the mitzvah of giving tzedakah. It was inspiring to watch kids under the age of six show selft – he self lessness by giving money to charity. By the end of the summer, the Kinder camp alone had raised over $50 which was donated to the food pantry. I guess it goes to show that even though we were there to help teach the kids, they were the ones who inspired us, because after that point, we gave tzedakah too.

I would re-live the summer again in a minute, because it was so much fun meeting new people, working at a camp and helping the kids and the community.

bullet point  Lior was a JTI 2010 participant.