Local NCSY teen volunteers help in Houston
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Local NCSY teen volunteers help in Houston

Volunteers from NCSY don protective gear at the United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston. (Photos provided)
Volunteers from NCSY don protective gear at the United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston. (Photos provided)

A team of young volunteers from the New Jersey area travelled to Houston on Sunday for a three-day mission to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. They are part of the New Jersey region of NCSY, the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. The teens brought supplies with them, and they helped salvage and clean up what they could.

Among the group of 10 were students from Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Meira Book, Malka Feldman, Shira Glicksman, and Amira Wittenberg, all from Teaneck, and Chana Kolber of Monsey; Bruriah High School student Danya Saperstein of Passaic; and the Frisch School’s Andrew Wolf and Torah Academy of Bergen County’s Jacob Tollinsky, both from Teaneck.

NCSY volunteers clean synagogue books damaged in the hurricane.
NCSY volunteers clean synagogue books damaged in the hurricane.

This will be the first of several volunteer missions to the devastated area that NCSY has planned. NCSY is a worldwide organization dedicated to preparing Jewish teens to become agents of positive change and renewal. So far, NCSY volunteers have participated in more than 50 similar missions to areas around the world.

“We are proud to send our volunteers from NJ NSCY,” Moishe Bane, the Orthodox Union’s president, said. “Our actions will show the people of Houston that not only are our hearts with them, but our hands as well. We will begin our efforts now and maintain them long after the flood waters recede.”

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