As June arrives, so does the travel season. The school year comes to an end and many families leave for vacations and children head to camps and summer programs. As we travel, there is a Jewish custom to say t’fillat haderech, the traveler’s prayer. I want to share with you a short, additional English prayer that you may want to add to your repertoire, from Naomi Levy’s incredible book, Talking to God.
“Bless my journey, God. Keep me safe from all harm. Open my eyes to the majesty of your world. Be with me, God, wherever the road may lead. Show me Your wonders; quiet my fears. And when my journey comes to an end, bless my return. Amen.”
A few words of business to Youth Community Families:
Don’t forget to fill out the Summer 2013 survey so we can be in touch with your children over the summer!
Everyone who fills out the form will get a handwritten note from us or an in-person visit!
If you have moved, changed schools, or have a new e-mail address, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call so we can update your information.
Youth Community Update
With summer approaching quickly, we bring our exciting Youth Community year to a close. It was such a fantastic year of programming, thanks to our advisors - Jackie Grosser, Carly Shapiro, Bekkah Gold, and Jessie Lipsitt - as well as our basketball coaches and our many parent volunteers. Highlights for our year included the Youth Community Sukkah Decorating and Field Day, the Purim Carnival, Ruach’s Volcano Making, Nitzanim’s Pirate Scavenger Hunt, Chaverim’s Cupcake Wars, Kadima’s Iron Chef, and, of course, hosting Koach USY Spring Kinnus.
We wish all of our youth a safe, fun, and meaningful summer. For those Beth El USYers who are spending their summers on programs in the United States, Europe, and Israel, don’t forget to complete our online survey so we can be in touch with you over the summer! The Beth El Youth Community looks forward to an even bigger and better year ahead!