Mothers, Naomi Chudowksy, Rachel Lemas and Kimberly Rafilson are creating a Jewish teen social action group. Our goal is to get our kids to build a stronger Jewish identity through tikkun olam. Repairing the world is the responsibility of every Jew and begins at home through modeling and encouraging empathy and action in our children. Community service for teens is a requirement for graduation and it’s a great way for them to build their resumes and skill sets. Volunteering can be a life-changing experience, one that allows teens to expand their horizons and foster meaningful relationships.
Our first activity will entail preparing and serving dinner to residents of Bethlehem Inn on Tuesday, November 3rd. During food prep we will discuss other organizations that could use help from our youth and let them decide what is meaningful to them. Initial ideas we will share with the group include FAN (Family Access Network), Sparrow Club, Camp Courage, Habitat for Humanity and/or adopting a family in need; fundraising ideas also include creating a PPP team. Our thought is that if kids are helping other kids it may be more meaningful to them. These are merely suggestions and we hope our kids will bring other ideas and will choose what organization(s) they want to help in the coming year. The goal is to participate in at least 4 community service activities during the year and Rabbis Hershenson and Shupack will sign off on community service hours for school credit.
Please share the attached flyer with your children and encourage them to join Sophie Chudowsky, Abi Hershenson, Zi Lemas and Sid Rafilson on the 3rd and for future community service activities. Please also forward this to any Jewish families in central Oregon who you think would be interested in participating.