On October 2, 60 teens gathered at Valley Chabad for this year’s Woodcliff Lake CTeen kickoff, launching a year of social and community service activities by the teen-led organization. As the teen board met to plan the event, Hurricane Ian was bearing down on Florida’s West Coast, so the chapter pledged support for hurricaine relief and collected supplies and donations for the community of Cape Coral, FL. Participants donated money and supplies for the cause, raising $974. The teens also wrote cards of support to be distributed in Cape Coral.
Jared Kisch, the CTeen leader in the Chabad Cape Coral chapter, told the Woodcliff Lake group on a WhatsApp video message that “many in our community lost their homes and everything they’ve saved. We have a family staying with us and our Chabad is helping others in need. It means to much to us to know teens across the county are here supporting us.”
Gari Lenkowsky, a Valley Chabad CTeen leader and a junior at Northern Highland High School, said, “our group was so happy and to know we can do our small part to help those so far away.” Ethan Bibi, another Valley CTeen leader and a junior at Pascack Hills High School, said “my friends loved participating and making a difference.”
Valley Chabad CTeen is the largest Jewish teen group in the Pascack Valley and Saddle River communities .It is part of the Valley Chabad Teen Leadership Initiative, providing social, educational, and community service opportunities to local Jewish teens. Rabbi Yosef and Estie Orenstein co-direct the group, which is open to all Jewish teens regardless of affiliation. For information, go to valleychabadteens.com or call (201) 476-0157.