The Torah portions toward the end of Genesis that we read this month talk about Joseph and his siblings. Their relationship isn’t the best, given that Joseph is sold into slavery and his father Jacob thinks he is dead. However, the brothers end up reconciling their relationship years later when Joseph is in Egypt and the Israelites need help during the famine. Nu? The bonds created by our teen leaders and our younger students would fill Jacob with nachas. Our young students look up to our teens for advice, encouragement, and inspiration. With that, here is a recap of the last few months of youth group here at Solel.

Imagine kids having a great time eating ice cream, watching a movie in their pajamas, being with friends. Where are they? If you guessed right here at Solel, you guessed correctly! These first few months of youth group have been so much fun, I wish we could do movie nights every weekend.

Our November event was one of our most popular in the three years I have been leading our youth groups. We had an inflatable gaga pit right in our social hall! Gaga, sometimes described as ‘Israeli dodgeball’, is a popular game at Jewish camps around the world. Other games we played that night included air hockey and hide and seek.

This month we have two youth group events for all ages. On the 9th, we are taking a bus to Funtopia in Glenview, where we will take on the rock climbing wall and ropes course. On the 15th, which is the fourth night of Hanukkah, we are having a mystery gift exchange – each youth group participant is tasked with bringing a new or gently used gift for the ‘white elephant’ swap. Afterwards, we will enjoy the warm community of Solel during Shabbat services.

And we still have January, February, March, April, May, and June! This year has been, and will continue to be engaging and meaningful for all of Solel’s youth. Now where can I find the perfect gift for our mystery gift exchange…

Happy Hanukkah,

Michael Schneider
Assistant Director of Education, Youth, & Engagement

“Some friends pretend to be friends, but a true friend sticks together closer than a brother or sister.”
Proverbs, 18:24

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