This week, one of highlights was The Amazing Race. Each apartment had the chance to compete in the race. There were many tasks and challenges, both inside and outside of the apartment. After a long day of competition, the boys of Mizrachi won first place!
Another highlight of this week was My Jewish Pride Museum. The Madrichim and Madrichot set up a Museum at our gathering area. It was full of references to anything that could be a part of one’s Jewish identity, including history, religion, modern day achievements, Jewish celebrities, values, and so much more. The museum had texts, pictures, videos made especially by the Jerusalem staff etc. After walking through the museum, students delved into a discussion about what Jewish Pride means to them, each sharing their perspective.
Lauren Breakstone wrote about her exeprience in the museum:
“On Tuesday, we went to the office for an activity called, “My Jewish Pride Museum.” I didn’t really know what to expect. I walked into the room and found myself staring at walls covered in pictures. Pictures from the Holocaust, pictures from Israeli history, and pictures of Jewish celebrities. At first I didn’t really understand the correlation between all the sections. I walked around the room, glanced over each photo, read each text, and remembered this is where our history comes from. Honestly, with COVID I don’t know the last time I was in a museum, so being in a room that felt like a museum was an amazing feeling of nostalgia, so props to our counselors for that. I’ve always appreciated museums, whether it is an art museum or history museum, I believe you can always walk away having learned one or two small things. My group dove into an interesting discussion about where and how we feel the most Jewish, and we also touched on how interesting it is that so many Jewish musuems focus on the Holocaust. It was refreshing to see this “museum” had different sections, as it encouraged us to talk about and think about many different topics. As we all know, the Holocaust was part of history, and as Holocaust Rememberance Day just passed, we shall continue to share stories and ensure history doesn’t repeat itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this educational activity.”
Internship In The Spotlight
Avi Shapiro – King Geroge Lamps
“Hi all! My name is Avi Shapiro and for this semester, my internship is at a small company called King George Lamps. Every day, I join Choni at his studio, and together we work on building the company. We just had our lamps displayed on a TV show and now everyday we’re building custom lamps for customers around the world. Just yesterday we had two orders, one from the US and one from the UK! I love my internship because I get to work in person every day with Choni, building the lamps, working on the website, and the best part, playing with his super cute dog! I get to help with every step of the process! If you want to purchase a lamp, which I absolutely recommend, you can find them at www.thestreetlamp.com!