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Shana Tova from NCSY GIVE!

Dear NCSY GIVE Parents,

 

As I reflect on this past year, I can’t help but reflect on my summer on NCSY GIVE. I feel so blessed to have been able to watch your beautiful girls experience an exciting, educational and emotional Jewish adventure in the Holy land of Israel along with their peers from across North America. Whether it was dancing with them at the Kotel, preparing lunch with them at a soup kitchen, or merely witnessing a spark of inspiration ignite their souls, I am endlessly grateful and inspired. Your children have given myself and the rest of the staff such hope for the future of Am Yisrael, allowing us the comfort of knowing that there are empowered and proud youth prepared to lead the Jewish people.

 

In the Shabbos tefillos, we read, “Torah scholars increase peace in the world, as it said: ‘And all your children (banayich) will be students of G-d, and your children (banayich) will have peace’- do not read this word as ‘(banayich) your children’ rather ‘(bonayich) your builders'”. The play on words here is that this word, “banayich“, depending on the vowels used, can be read as either “your children” or “your builders”. Every week when I recite this verse, I think of the campers on GIVE and all of their tremendous acts of chessed this summer. Watching as they reached out and impacted the lives of so many, gave me the awesome realization that the words “banayich– your children” and “bonayich– your builders” really are interchangeable; our children are our builders.

 

May we all merit to watch these wonderful young ladies continue to blossom as builders with excitement, commitment, and Jewish pride bursting from their every action.

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year and a year filled with blessing, joy and endless pride from your unbelievably special girls. As always, we welcome your feedback and would love to hear how your girls are doing. Feel free to be in touch!

 

Shana Tovah and Kesiva V’chasima Tova!

 

Erin and the NCSY GIVE Family

 

Erin Cooper Stiebel

NCSY GIVE, Director

stiebele@ncsy.org

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