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December 4, 2020

Regional YJ Update

What's Up in YJ Around the Country?
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Atlanta: 

Atlanta Young Judaea recently held its first event under new leadership and was a great success. The event went off without a hitch, it was great to see all the first time Young Judaea participants. We will be having upcoming events monthly for anyone to join. The mazkirut has recently been joined by a new advisor and Assistant Director of Camp Judaea, Elana Pollack Halfaker, and will soon be collaborating with the Atlanta Jewish Federation and JumpSpark on upcoming projects. To get notice of our upcoming events and join in on the action follow @youngjudaeaatl on Instagram.

Empire: 

Empire has had an awesome year so far! It’s a little weird to plan exclusively online events, but we’re still having a great time. Online events are an easy way to connect with your friends because you don’t even have to leave your house (or bed)! We ran our kickoff on October 25th and it was super cool! We did Buzzfeed quizzes and we made some personal zines. At our next event we talked about some famous Jews and played Jeopardy (RIP Alex Trebek). Don’t miss our upcoming program on December 9th to learn more about food insecurity, YJ’s social action initiative, and make a difference in our community! Empire has some exciting things in the works, so be sure to stay tuned. Follow us on Instagram @empireyoungjudaea 

LINYC:

So far it’s been a great year at Long Island New York City (LINYC)! We have had three events so far: Kickoff, Magic Movie Night, and Jews in the News. At our Kickoff, attendees competed in two groups to escape the room activity. Teams had to work together to complete a series of puzzles in order to “escape the breakout room.” During our Magic Movie Night participants experienced a relaxed event with a focus on strengthening our region's community. The “Jews in the News”event was focused on antisemitism in the media. Participants were asked to analyze and discuss different social media posts and decide whether or not they were antisemitic. The future of LINYC is very exciting, December 6th we are having an event discussing the connection between Judaism and nature. Attendees will learn how to plant, how to propagate, how to take care of plants, all while discussing our Jewish identity. Overall, LINYC had already had three amazing events--looking forward to the rest of the year! Follow us on Instagram @linycyoungjudaea 

Midwest: 

The Midwest region had a successful kickoff in early November. Over twenty people showed up via Zoom to make sugar cookies, discuss Jewish traditions, and play classic Young Judaea games with their Mazkirut leaders. Midwest’s Winter Convention is going to be held virtually from December 17th-20th. The theme of this convention is unity. There will be three main discussions: one on Social Action, one Israel update, and one about Judaism and current events. Registration is now live! Sign up today at tinyurl.com/midwestwinter and follow us on Instagram for live updates at @midwestyoungjudaea

New Jersey:  

So far this year, the minds of the Young Judaea New Jersey Mazkirut have been firing on all cylinders to create events that are educational yet accessible to everyone. Our first event was Game Night where we introduced New Jersey’s signature quirk and charm to Judaeans from all over the nation. Our second event was a baking event centered around the importance of Jewish culture and tradition through cooking what are perceived to be timeless sweets, cookies. In addition, we are working on some events that are almost completely outside of the box and we hope to see you all there! Follow us on Instagram @newjerseyyoungjudaea 

Pittsburgh:  

Hi, I’m Noa Shimshi and I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m in 9th grade and I’ve been going to Camp Young Judaea Midwest since I was 11 years old. In 2017, I began to join Pittsburgh Young Judaea and made some of the best friends I have ever had! Around two years ago, I started helping Pittsburgh Young Judaea coordinate year-round events and I just recently got assigned the Pirsum role! 

This year we are planning so many enjoyable events and can’t wait to see the turnout! Our kickoff event was to build your own edible sukkah (blindfolded) and we all had a blast. Over zoom, we all had seven minutes to make a candy sukkah while we were blindfolded. After the time was up, we gave a mini-tour of our sukkah and chose a winner! We then had a virtual Shabbat dinner where we sang some prayers, shared some Shabbat stories, and enjoyed Shabbat with our families. Next up is our Chanukah-palooza party on December 13th, see you there! Follow us on Instagram @pittsburghyoungjudaea 

South Florida: 

After a few challenging years, the South Florida region is happy to finally have our own Mazkirut! We are so excited to kickstart our region and hope to create a huge Young Judaea community in South Florida. On November 19th, we led our kickoff event and were so happy that we were able to see our friends, and meet a bunch of new faces too! We are hoping that after this year we will grow as a community, and also connect with the rest of the Young Judaea family in a way we never were able to before. Follow us on Instagram @yjsouthflorida 

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