Michael and Mitchell when to Camp Harlam as CIT this summer. The CIT program focuses on leadership training and transitioning from a camper into a counselor in the Harlam community. “We had a ton of training sessions during first session about how to work better with kids and as a community to achieve both small and big goals,” Mitchell says about what he learned. Both got to try different specialties at camp. “I spent my time in various specialties, including Drama, playing piano for both sessions’ musicals, and J-Life, effectively serving as a songleader, as well as in various age groups.” This teaches CIT participants how to adapt to the ever-changing environment of camp, where rain and unexpected situations keep you on your toes.
“This was the best summer of my entire life, and I’m so glad I made the decision to return to Harlam after my two summer hiatus.” -Michael
Caroline and Barb went to Urban Mitzvah Corp in New Brunswick, NJ. “I had the wonderful opportunity to return to UMC serving as Student Coordinator, spending July with 27 other teens helping to make a difference in NFTY-GER’s own backyard. I worked at Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing Home bringing the residents joy every day,” Barbara reminisces. Caroline worked at the other two work sites at UMC. “I worked at P.L.A.Y Safe, a camp for underprivileged youth, and Elijah’s Promise, at their gardens and in the soup kitchen. It was challenging work, but a life changing opportunity.”
Other board members had jobs and other activities this summer. Zack had two jobs this summer doing yard work for the senior citizens of Westfield and a graphic design internship making clothing designs for T-shirt’s and other things like onesies. Ethan had an internship working in developmental psychology labs at Rutgers and Princeton University. He also spent a week at the George N Parks Drum Major Academy learning how to make his peers work together to achieve a common goal. Amy prepared for the year ahead, worked as a babysitter, went on college tours, and got applications ready.
We’re all looking forward to a GER8 year ahead. Our Regional Event Calendar is full of exciting things we can’t wait for you to experience.
Do you want to help make it an incredible year? Not sure you have the time to be a Cabinet member? Still want to make our region amazing? Join a committee! We have four new committees this year:
Taste of NFTY Committee– Create and attend NFTY-GER’s weekend event for middle schoolers
Urban Mitzvah Corps Committee– Help UMC Student Coordinator with Auction and recruitment
Pop Up Committee– Plan our Pop Up Shabbats and other local gatherings
Welcoming Committee– Help new members acclimate to NFTY-GER community
Before you apply, download the NFTY-GER Committee Consent Form to get your parent’s and rabbi or advisor’s signature.