The NSCY Build Together Greater MetroWest NJ cohort is off to a wonderful start. The cohort consists of 12 teen/parent pairs who have dedicated their time to engage with the Jewish community through volunteer work and learning opportunities, while bonding as a family.
In January the Build Together cohort launched with a five day humanitarian service trip to New Orleans. While in NOLA, the cohort volunteered with numerous organizations: painting and building houses with Youth Rebuilding NOLA, gutting damaged houses with Nechama Jewish Disaster Relief, distributing food with Burnel Food Market, and planting trees with NOLA Tree Project. Every activity was eye-opening, exciting, and meaningful. The participants built meaningful relationships with the people of New Orleans, appreciating our ability to be a “light onto the Nations”. The participants also built meaningful relationships with their families, with many participants commenting how meaningful the parent-child bonding experience was. And finally, the trip – in particular Shabbat – provided the participants and opportunity to build a connection to their Jewish identity. While the trip is over, this is really just the start of an incredible cohort. Back in New Jersey, the cohort will continue to learn, volunteer, and, of course, build together.
In addition to the Build Together cohort, the Build Together initiative has been offering programming for Jewish Student Union (JSU) families and families with teens. Looking ahead they are planning exciting programming around the different upcoming holidays including Purim eve, pre-Passover and Israel programming in advance of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Each program is designed to involve parents and their teens together in a fun and meaningful social action activity including clothing drives, meal packing and home building, while learning about the holiday ahead.
To get involved or for more information about a specific event please reach out to Bracha Kahane, Build Together Director at email@example.com