Welcome to the AJP’s Teen Zine page. In this issue, we’re introducing
I’m Anna Schwarz, adult director of TMTY, and I hope to have a chance to get to know many of you this year. If you are a member of
If you weren’t able to attend our ice cream social and informational meeting on Sept. 10 at the JCC, I hope to meet you at our next event on Sunday, Sept. 24. We will be doing something that involves ice, tennis shoes, and hockey sticks. Look for more information to come in your mailboxes and inboxes.
— Anna Schwartz
For more information on TMTY, email Anna Schwartz at Anna1@email.arizona.edu, or contact any of the three congregations’ education directors.
United Synagogue Youth
A roomful of hushed teenagers, awaiting those few words that hold the power to excite: “turn to page 88!” An explosion of cheers and excitement follow as the scramble to stand on chairs begins. As the Ruach (spirit) leader starts the song, a shouted version of that song drowns out the leader.
This scenario is seen at every USY event. USY, short for United Synagogue Youth, is a national youth group for Jewish teenagers in high school. Although USY is a Conservative youth group, it is accepting of all levels of Judaism. USY is divided into regions;
USY is not only a place to have fun, but also a place where Jewish teenagers have the opportunity to learn about things ranging from religion to
— Sarah Kats
For more information on USY, contact Linda Roy at 745-5550 or email@example.com.
This July, with 39 other teens from around the country, I embarked on my first visit to
— Avi DuBois
B’nai B’rith Youth Organization
At first BBYO was just something to do on Monday nights. I still remember my first meeting, over a year ago; I was so nervous and excited. I met other eighth graders in addition to numerous high schoolers, all of whom seemed so happy to meet me. Only now do I understand why. When I see new girls come to meetings I see so much of myself in them. Like them, I was confused and shy at first, but opened up more with each meeting. I made new friends and participated in activities such as bracelet making and Jewish education nights. BBYO changed from being something to do, to something I loved doing. I was able to meet Jewish teens from all around
— Laura Drapkin
For more information on BBYO, contact Sami Berkson at 299-3000, ext. 175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition
When I showed up to the first meeting I didn’t know what to expect. I knew no one, and very little of what was to come. Little did I know that this would be one of the greatest experiences of my life, and that I would gain so much from it. In the months to follow I got to know new people from different backgrounds, ideals and cultures. As I became close friends with all, I learned a lot about my culture as well as the Latino culture. I learned about discrimination, community service, and much about governmental systems. To top it off, my first trip to
— Sam Gallen
The Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition is now accepting applications, due Oct. 6, for the 2006-2007 Coalition and trip to
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