Following NOLA

Following NOLA

Jewish teens from Greater Boston, ages 15+, tackled rebuilding projects on homes damaged by natural disasters and explored one of a kind New Orleans:

Day 1 included checking into Camp Hope NOLA, touring the WWII museum, dinner in the French Quarter, river walks and lots of group bonding! We’re ready to begin our service work starting bright and early this morning! #jewishbostonteens #tikkunolam #nola

Day 2 working in New Orleans with St. Bernard’s Project, helping to rebuild the 9th ward and working with some incredible people. Our group was smiling even at 6:30am for breakfast and worked straight through an amazing, rewarding and challenging day. Worked all day, and now wrapping things up listening to Charmaine Neville at the Snug Harbor jazz club … where one of our teens was invited onto stage to perform a song with the band!!

Days 3 & 4 Our incredible group of volunteers continues to inspire and impress us, as they battle the weather (what’s a tropical storm and hurricane watch anyway) to finish up our interior work on “Ms. Cece’s house”. Minor flooding and driving rain wasn’t going to stop the crew from getting some late night beignets, doing some design work for “Stars of Hope” and then heading downtown to learn how Madri Gras floats are made.

Days 5 & 6 Wrapping up an absolutely amazing week of work, experiential learning, connection and community building. This group of volunteer’s commitment, flexibility, creativity and insightfulness exemplifies the BEST of what Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston is all about. Thank you to our teens, staff and ALL who help support us and allow programs like this to happen … engaging teens in the work of repairing our world!