Valley Chabad’s Teen Leadership Initiative will hold its annual Teen Gala on Monday, May 22, at the Ridgewood Women’s Club. The program, which celebrates teen leadership, will recognize more than 180 teen participants in Valley Chabad’s Teen Leadership Initiative programs from the Pascack Valley and Saddle River communities. Honoree teens, their parents and friends, community supporters, and elected officials will be at the gala. Rabbi Yosef and Estie Orenstein co-direct the Initiative.
The Teen Leadership Initiative includes the Friendship Circle, Valley Chabad’s original teen volunteer program, which pairs teens with special needs children and their families for mutually enriching and fulfilling relationships; Linking Hearts, which offers middle schoolers the opportunity to establish bonds with homebound seniors and nursing home residents; CTeen, which develops core values and volunteer leadership training for older teens through education and community service in a fun and social environment; CTeen U, a series of classes dealing with ethics, philosophy, faith, history, community service, and current events in relevant and interactive discussions; and Eternal Flame, which examines the history of the Holocaust through a variety of media and personal narratives and a trip to Washington, DC, with the goal of inspiring teens to work toward the prevention of genocide in all its locations and forms, with a focus on confronting antisemitism and anti-Israel bias.
Dinner tickets are $118, with a $54 price for siblings and alumni. There is no charge for the volunteers. Reservation and ad journal forms are available on Valley Chabad’s website. For information, go to valleychabad.org/teengala or call (201) 476-0157.