Meet Itamar Bliman – Young Judaea South Florida Shaliach

My name is Itamar Bliman and I am 24 years old.  I was an active participant and then leader in the Israel Scouts in Haifa. The youth movement is something that is so connected to who I am as a person. It has influenced every step of my life; socially, educationally and personally. It was because of the movement that …


Meet Gonni Kern – Young Judaea Shlicha for DC/MD/VA

Hi everyone, my name is Gonni Kern and I will be joining Young Judaea as the DC/MD/VA Shlicha at the end of August. I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Tel Aviv and I have two sisters. I am a sandwich girl. My mother was born on kibbutz and my father was born in the city. …


YJ Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Shabbaton: A Great Success!

We had an incredibly successful Shabbaton in Pittsburgh March 3-4, 2017. Themed around “Rites of Passage” the Bogrim led 3 exceptional peulot that had children engaged physically and mentally. The Bogrim also spent time reflecting on how to make T’fila more engaging and had a wonderful Saturday morning service where the children spent an equal amount of time praying and …


Blast From the Past – AWB 2009 – David Smith

They say it’s a small world and it truly is.  Who would have guessed that we would have had the chance to hear a Holocaust survivor’s story at the Hebrew Home after two hours of mingling with the residents this Christmas?!  We spent our day spreading cheery optimism at Hebrew Home with upbeat conversation and even some dancing.  We then …


Fifth Time Around: Staff Reflection – Hillary Borker

Yesterday, my group of 7 participants and I worked on finishing Cathy’s house. This included tediously scrubbing the windows with toothbrushes in order to make sure they’d pass the lead inspection as well as laying mulch around the yard and paths to the house. Finishing up the house really put into perspective how much time and effort really goes into …


Appreciate Appreciate Appreciate – David Ioffe

Yesterday we volunteered at the St. Bernard project. We were divided into two groups, and mine helped build a house from scratch. There used to be a house there but when the hurricane hit, it was completely destroyed. Then the project began. What they do is that they buy houses for the low and sell it for the amount of …


I Am a Witness – Sarah Tessler

Today we got to witness the liveliness of the amazing city of New Orleans. We went from seeing homes that were destroyed by hurricane Katrina to seeing a beautifully restored city. From walking from our hotel to the French quarter we got to see why everyone loves this city so much. No matter how bad the storm got everyone managed …


Rewards (and I don’t mean the Beignets) – Ari Gilboa

Today we worked with the St. Bernard Project, by helping with the finishing touches on two different houses that had been destroyed in the hurricane. I worked in the house of someone who bought it as their dream home two years before Katrina hit, and who has been waiting 11 years to get it back. I really enjoyed this and had …


AWB 2016 Pics and Articles

  Since landing in NOLA and Los Angeles, our teens have been working, learning and playing hard.  Check out the daily updates for both trips… New Orleans Day 1 Pictures Los Angeles Day 1 Pictures New Orleans Day 2 Pictures Los Angeles Day 2 Pictures New Orleans Day 3 Pictures Los Angeles Day 3 Pictures New Orleans Day 4 Pictures …


Blast from the Past – Naomi Solkowitz – AWB New Orleans 2013

My name is Naomi Solkowitz, I’m from Maryland and I’m National Mazkira (President) of Young Judaea. This was my third year on Alternative Winter Break New Orleans, and what a trip it has been. From helping out Ms. Debra in a community Garden to installing energy efficient light bulbs, I know we might not have changed the whole world, but …





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