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 and cool, everyone knew her,” Talia says, “but we weren’t friends and I was a little dorky.” After a day of laundry and lots of snacks from the vending machine, Talia and Heather became besties, and remain so today.
“It was the summer of 2005 and I was a chanicha on Machon. Machon 4 to be specific,” says our Northeast Field Representative, Ekka Adler,. “We were known as the Maz bus; we had the most members of the National and Regional Mazkiruyot on our bus. We spent nearly the entire summer planning maccabia and ended up taking first place in tug-o-war! We beat out three other Machon buses, 12 FZY Tour buses, and six Israel Discovery buses.”
Adopting a new hometeam
“Though the programming on WUJS was great, some of my favorite memories are of the things I got to do not necessarily through WUJS, but because I was on it,” says Digital Communications Associate Dafna Laskin,. “A few of us decided to go to a Hapoel Yerushalayim basketball game and couldn’t believe how crazily the crowd was cheering for the home team – just like the college basketball we both missed from home.”