Woodcliff Lake police officers join teens for program
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Woodcliff Lake police officers join teens for program

Police officer Matthew Sabbagh and Rabbi Yosef Orenstein (Valley Chabad CTeen)
Police officer Matthew Sabbagh and Rabbi Yosef Orenstein (Valley Chabad CTeen)

Woodcliff Lake Police officers Ryan Hansen, Daniel Munoz, Matthew Sabbagh, and Simon Sherfer went to “Coffee with Cops,” a CTeen event at Valley Chabad in the township. The program was planned to unite the teens and police and for the teens to show appreciation for the officers community dedication.

A panel of officers introduced themselves to the teens, who asked questions about their choice of profession, their challenges as officers, and the sense of purpose and mission they feel in what they do.

After the program, there were donuts and coffee and a series of competitions, including arm wrestling, cup stacking, and simulated axe throwing. The teens also gave the police decorated mugs and letters of appreciation.

Officer Simon Sherfer, a 12-year veteran of the Woodcliff Lake force, said, “This is a great opportunity for us to interact and engage with the teens in a fun and relaxed environment. To see a teen group together here, when they could be anywhere else, is impressive and important for our community.”

Rabbi Yosef and Estie Orenstein, the group’s co-directors, extended the invitation to the police through Officer Sherfer.

CTeen, part of the Valley Chabad Teen Leadership Initiative, engages Jewish teens with fun interactive events and programs throughout the year. CTeen is the fastest growing Jewish youth group, has chapters in more than 600 locations worldwide. For more than 15 years, the Woodcliff Lake Teen Leadership Initiative has brought teens together in the community for social, community service, and educational activities through CTeen, Linking Hearts, Eternal Flame, and Friendship Circle, with more 160 teens participating throughout the year.

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