CYJ Update: Robin Anderson, Director

CYJ Midwest is gearing up for the 2018 summer. Our final event this spring is the  annual camp picnic on Sunday, May 6th at Central Park in Skokie, IL. We hope some of our Midwest Bogrim will join us. Contact Rachel at office@cyjmid.org if you can join us to help CYJ’s first time campers excited for the summer! In 2018, …


Why Did I Start Phoenix YJ? Sarah Tessler

I have grown up with Young Judaea in my life but not the way all my friends did. They have clubs and year round programs with overnights and events, I had nothing but summer camp and an occasional convention all the way across the country. I had nothing I could drive down the street to participate in. Living through the …


From Midwest to Tel Yehudah: Tamar Lerner

Going to TY for the first time was extremely scary. I was one of probably 20 midwesties in a camp full of almost 500 people. It was hard at first. TY had new traditions, new types of people, a new atmosphere. While it took a while to get used to, I am now pleased to say that Tel Yehudah is …


Pittsburgh Young Judaea Update: Mira Morris

For Pittsburgh Young Judaea, the annual Shabbaton has become a place for kids from all over Pittsburgh to learn, have fun, find Jewish identities, and make new friends. This year’s shabbaton took place on March 2-3 and was the most exciting yet.  While last year Pittsburgh Young Judaea took a huge step and opened up our arms to three amazing …


Mollie Kramer: A Letter from Year Course in Israel

Hi Midwesties! I’m writing this from Ben Gurion International Airport waiting at the gate for my flight to Poland. I’m about to go on Kuma, the Year Course trip that takes a group all around Poland and teaches us about the Polish Jewish community before, during, and after the Holocaust. When I’m not sitting in airports, I live in Tel …


A Look Back: Midwest Winter Convention 2017

From November 30th – December 3rd, 40 teens from the Midwest, with a few guests from the Northeast and Texas, gathered together to have fun with their camp friends, make new memories, and learn more about others and themselves. We talked about communication and connection – the different ways language can be understood and influenced, and the affect it can …


Meet Midwest YJ’s Advisor – Rebecca Schwab

Rebecca is in her second stint (and fourth year) as the Senior Advisor to the Midwest Mazkirut.  Born and raised in Skokie, she was fortunate enough to attend Solomon Schecter where she gained the invaluable basis for her love of the Hebrew language and Jewish education. If that wasn’t enough, Rebecca was dedicated to Young Judaea as a child and …


Meet the 2017-2018 Midwest Young Judaea Mazkirut

Maya Garfinkel – Mazkira I have had a blast spending my third year on regional Mazkirut as Mazkira! I have been an active member of the Chicago Young Judaea club for the past three years in addition to being AVP of Finance and then AVP of Logistics the following year. Outside of YJ, I am very active in my school’s …


Dear Year Course 2017-18 Community: As part of our year-end educational programming, we will be holding intensive seminars meant to prepare current Year Course (YC) participants for life on campus and in Diaspora communities. We are pleased to share the goals and schedules with you. The purpose of these seminars is threefold: To help YC students formulate and articulate their …





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