Traditions, Traditions! The Staff Edition

Laundry Day Talia Horan-Block, associate director of CYJ Sprout Lake, met her best friend thanks to one of CYJ Midwest’s most hallowed traditions: Laundry Day, when all campers dedicate an entire day to doing laundry at a local laundromat. Talia was eight years old at the time and paired up with Heather Ravvin. “I remember that she was really popular …


Siyur Series 5: The Jerusalem Corridor

by Eduardo “Lalo” Fainsod, Year Course Participant The name Shlomo Glenzer stuck with me all throughout our guided hike along Highway 1, the main road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  In 1934, Shlomo made Aliyah from Poland, a decision that likely saved his life from the Nazis, but he fell in battle during the War of Independence in 1948 at …


Diary from Rwanda

The following Journal entries from Sarah Braginsky and Bess Brown should give you an idea of some of the activities that the Year Course participants have been doing in Rwanda in the past week. From Sarah Braginsky Day 3: Today was our first day of service. In the morning we were split into four small groups to work on the …


A Woman, and a Judaean, at the Wall

 Women of the Wall is a Jewish organization seeking gender equality at the Western Wall that leads monthly Rosh Hodesh services for the new Jewish month in which women read from the Torah and lead prayers at the Western Wall.  The group is currently nearing a compromise deal with the Israeli government that will ensure an egalitarian space in the …


Snapshot from Year Course’s First Week in Rwanda

by Stephanie Blitzer, Year Course Participant   On Sunday, day one of our 3-week journey in Rwanda had finally arrived.  Our group of 11 left our apartments at 8p.m. and got to Ben Gurion airport ready and excited to board the first of two flights to take us to Rwanda. I had been waiting since March 2013 to go to …


The Jerusalem Post and I

In five months, I went from unemployed college graduate to Jerusalem Post reporter. Clutching my newly minted college degree in my hands, I nervously mulled over my future. All I knew was that I wanted to travel and I wanted to write. As a passionate Zionist, the idea of living in Israel enticed me. Finally, I enrolled in the World …


Leo the Lion Roars in Texas!

Neither sleet, nor snow, nor cancelled flights could keep nearly a hundred Young Judaeans from attending Lionfest at Camp Young Judaea Texas in Wimberley, TX this Presidents’ Weekend.  Formerly known as National Midwinter Convention, Lionfest gathers Young Judaeans from all over the country to meet, share ideas, learn critical leadership skills and elect a new National Mazkirut.


Mourning the loss of supporter and friend, Anne Heyman

Young Judaeans around the world were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and fellow alumna, Anne Heyman. Anne was a Young Judaean through and through, who met her husband, Seth Merrin, on Year Course and raised three children, all of whom have been active in the movement attending both Camp Tel Yehudah and Year Course. …