What’s Up?

XTreme Summer Adventures

 

CTeen Xtreme, CTeen’s original extreme sports and travel camp, recently concluded its fourth annual trip, serving up another month of exciting adventures and specialized sports for over 100 teens from around the world. This year’s trip, offered a taste of some of the West Coast’s most famous destinations, including Colorado National Monument, Zion National Park, and Las Vegas. This year’s camp once again offered teens the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones—in a physical and spiritual sense.

 

Camp kicked off into high gear for both sessions in Denver, Colorado—with the assistance of Rabbi Yisroel Engel—where teens were treated to white water rafting. The extreme sports continued in the days that followed, with mountain biking, rappelling, grand hikes, and more. In addition to the sports and adventures, teens were also given a chance to give back along the way by volunteering at organizations such as Utah State food bank and Clean the World.

 

For many of the teens—including seven of whom traveled in from Santiago, Chile to participate—CTeen Xtreme was their first taste of just what Judaism has to offer.

 

As one of the participants from Chile, Daniel Diez Solowiejczyk, shared: “Judaism isn’t a religion; it’s a lifestyle. I never imagined that we’d all be so united. We’ve become like a family. This trip taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to.”

 

“Before this trip, I never imagined that I’d find joy in being Jewish,” Shared Ryan Pearlman, from Washingtonville, NY. “

 

Valentine Zinchenko, from Los Angeles, CA shared that his favorite moment—aside from camping in the desert—was farbrengening on Shabbat until the early hours of morning.

 

For many of the campers, it was the connections made with other participants, as well as with the counselors and staff, that made their summer.

The boys’ trip was led by Rabbi Moshe Gourarie of Chabad Toms River, New Jersey, while the girls’ division was led by Mrs. Manya Lazaroff of Chabad at Texas A&M University.

 

“Manya was the absolute best!” shared camper Emily Glazer from Cincinnati, Ohio. My favorite part of each day was our morning lesson with her. The ideas and discussions we shared will stay with me forever.”

 

“We had an awesome time with Rabbi Gourarie,” shared Jace Rikelman, from Mission Viejo, California. “He’s one of the coolest Rabbi’s I’ve ever met!”

 

Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, vice chairman of CTeen shared: “The incredible growth and strength that the teens gained this summer will surely impact their year to come, both in CTeen and out. We cannot wait to see what the teens do with the power they gained at CTeen Xtreme.”

 

Rabbi Nachman Rivkin, Camp director shared: “The remarkable effects of this trip are thanks to the dedicated staff members, who connected very well and invested so much into each teen.”

 

CTeen is very grateful to Rabbi Mendel Mintz of Chabad Aspen, CO as well as Rabbi Yisroel  Schanowitz and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Metal of Chabad Summerlin for hosting the Girls Camp Shabbosim and to Rabbi Shea Harlig of Chabad Southern Nevada and Rabbi Mendel Spalter of Yeshiva Or Elchonon Chabad for hosting the Boys Camp Shabbosim.

 

  • CTeens of the Tri-State go Paintball Shooting!

    Seventy five teens from the Tri-State came together for a day of fun with great Jewish Spirit! After a heated game of Paintball, they had a barbecue and made s’mores…

  • Teens Vow to Unite with Light

    Over 2,000 participants from around the world united in Brooklyn for a weekend of inspiration at the largest and most impressive CTeen International Shabbaton to date. The shabbaton—world famous for…

  • CTeen Shabbat Programs in honor of Terror Victims

    11/17/15 Leigh Hershkovich CTeen Upcoming Shabbat Program Dedicated to Those Affected by Terrora With ongoing terror attacks in Israel and now France on everyone’s mind, CTeen chapters in the United States will…

  • Jewish Heritage Night @ the Islanders

    12/13/15 CTEEN The final night of Chanukah was celebrated with the lighting of an ice Menorah and performances by Gad Elbaz and Levi Robin at an Islanders Hockey game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Thousands…

  • Jewish Heritage Night @ the Nets

    12/10/15 CTEEN Thousands of Jewish fans filled Barclays Stadium in Brooklyn Thursday for Jewish Heritage Night with lighting of a Basketball Menorah and performance byYoni Z. Chanukah, the festival of…

  • We’re Accredited!

    11/4/15 It was a successful and fruitful summer at the CTeen network. The American Camp Association® (ACA) announced last week that CTeen Xtreme, CTeen’s travel and extreme sports camp, has…

  • CTeen Mitzvah Challenge Takes to the Streets

    10/15/15 In true Hakhel spirit, CTeen chapters worldwide united via the Mitzvah Challenge, a takeoff the famed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Initiated by CTeen of Manchester, UK who blew the…

  • CTeen XTreme Camp

    8/17/15 CTeen’s travel camp, CTeen Xtreme, held its third annual summer trip this year, offering another month of unbelievable trips and extreme sports for Jewish teens from across the country….

  • CTeen Leadership Retreat 5775

    7/7/15 At the Second Annual CTeen Leadership Retreat, over forty teen leaders came together from around the world to learn the secrets behind what it takes to be a powerful…

  • CTeen Kinus 5775

    7/7/15 The Second Annual CTeen Kinus recently took place in Bushkill, PA. For the thirty-six couples in attendance from around the world, the Kinus was a chance for them to…

  • 56 Cities Participate in International TGIS

    4/30/15 56 cities around the world hosted jam packed, inspiration filled regional Shabbatons last Shabbat. The Shabbatons, which were hosted in the Tristate, Delaware Valley, and even in France, gave…

  • CTeen Newton donates to Food Pantry

    3/25/15 Newton, MA “Representatives from CTeen Newton brought donated food cans that they collected to the Family Table Kosher Food Pantry. The teens learned about Family Table’s mission and how…

  • CTeen Time Square Takeover!

    3/4/15 Times Square; the luminous crossroads of the world. The brightly lit up corner of the city is a universally known landmark. This year, at the 7th Annual CTeen International…

  • CTeen of Dix Hills, NY give back to the IDF

    CTeen of Dix Hills, NY give back to the IDF

  • Chanukah at the Nets

    12/23/14  20,000 fans hear the Rebbe’s message at CTeen Menorah Lighting “Look at that Basketball Menorah! That is very cool, very special,” remarked the commentators of MSG TV viewing the…

  • Northwestern Regional Shabbaton

    12/10/14 This past weekend in Bellevue, WA teens came together for an inspirational and fun-filled Shabbaton. The Shabbat program included relevant discussions and delicious food and was followed by a…

  • Southern California Regional Shabbaton

    12/10/14 Los Angeles was booming with CTeen spirit this past weekend! CTeen chapters from all around Southern California gathered together for a incredible Shabbaton. From caricature artists, to ice skating…

  • CTeen Texas Shabbaton

    11/10/14 Inspiration, and high energy were tangible in Texas this past Shabbos, as over thirty teens gathered together for the first ever CTeen Texas Regional Shabbaton. Teens from three cities…

  • Paintball Shooting in the Midwest

    CTeens of Milwaukee, Mequon, and Waukesha had an awesome trip to Siege Paintball! It was a day filled with great friends, lots of fun, and delicious sandwiches!

  • CTeen Sukkah Parties Worldwide

    CTeen chapters around the world gather in the “hut” for some partying!

  • CTeen Leaders Take Time to Recharge Their Batteries on Summer Retreat

    Summary: Together with Chabad families, the group spends a Shabbaton prepping for their work and learning about themselves.   By CTeen Staff Like anyone, teenagers need to recharge their batteries from…

  • Teens Make Life Changing Decisions During Xtreme Camp

    By Merkos 302 news blog   Boys Photos by Mendy Goorevitch Girls Photos by Chaya B Photography   One month of extreme sports, extreme learning and extreme fun came together…

  • CTeen Wows at Maccabi Games

    3,000 Wrap Tefillin at Maccabi Games It’s a first for the JCC as CTeen mans Mitzvah Booth at all 3 Maccabi locations! Jewish Pride was high and alive at this…

  • Shabbat Across Europe

    How do you run a shabbaton for 150 teens from twelve cities without a common language? “Shabbat Across Europe”, CTeen’s second annual European shabbaton, proved that friendship run much deeper…

  • Shabbat Across Europe

    How do you run a shabbaton for 150 teens from twelve cities without a common language? “Shabbat Across Europe”, CTeen’s second annual European shabbaton, proved that friendship run much deeper…

  • CTeens in the Southeast camp out for Shabbat!

    5/15/14 Orlando, FL Tamir Galili “The CTeen Shabbaton in Lake Worth was amazing! It was just awesome to meet new friends and to create better relationships with the ones I…

  • Virginia and Maryland teens join for regional Shabbaton!

    5/4/14 Maryland and Virginia CTeens were treated to an awesome Shabbaton in Fairfax, VA. The weekend was jam-packed from start to finish with activities, games, discussions, and LOTS of food!…

  • CTeen Bakes Matzah with Seniors!

    4/10/14 CTeen of Newton, Massachusetts gave seniors a memorable afternoon with a Model Matzah Bakery. The teens showed them the process of making the Matzah, from the wheat stalk on…

  • CTeen groups join on a nice Sunday for some fun!

    3/23/14 What could be better than spending your Sunday paintball shooting with friends? CTeens from all over South Florida did just that, joining together for an action-packed day of fun, food, new…

  • CTeen fills Time Square with Jewish pride!

    3/1/14 Wide-eyed strangers passed by the American Eagle sign in Time Square and couldn’t help but stop to see an unbelievable sight. One thousand Jewish teenagers standing together singing Jewish…

  • CTeen celebrating Purim world wide!

    CTeens of Brookline & Newton Massachusets join for Purim Party! CTeen groups in Massachusetts hired a Party trolley bus and picked up a bunch of excited teenagers! Each of them…

  • Expresso yourself at CTeen!

    3/26/14 Grand Rapids, MI     Sarah Burke “At CTeen in Grand Rapids we celebrated Purim by making trays of food for the needy. We cooked chicken and cut up…

  • CTeen feeds the homeless

    3/23/14 Denver, CO      By: Leah Rotenbakh “Hundreds of hopeful faces looking curiously in your direction, the smell of hot coffee wafting through the air, and grateful smiles slowly…

  • CTeens of Teaneck & Brighton Beach have clothing drive

    1/25/14 Teaneck, NJ   By: Corine Dahan Yesterday, a group of girls from Cteen of Teaneck, NJ got together to separate and pack the clothes we received from a clothing…

  • CTeen sends gifts to children of Jewish inmates…

    2/26/14 Montreal Quebec By: Dody Zennou On Tuesday, February 11th, CTeen of TMR organized a community service program that was done to give to the children of inmates. Although this…

  • CTeen gives warmth to orphaned children

    This Month at CTeen, chapters all over the world stopped midterm studying to give time to shed some warmth to orphaned children. While some chapters made hats and shirts for…

  • CTeen N. Orlando camps out for the night!

    1/30/14 Maitland, FL By Reizl Halikman: “CTeen of Maitland enjoyed an eyeopening camping trip. We immersed ourselves in the extraordinary beauty of natural Florida, as we connected to both our…

  • CTeen Celebrates Tu B’shvat

    CTeen Grand Rapids, MI CTeen Skokie, IL CTeen Lille, France

  • CTeen Supports Terror victims and their families

    11/30/13 At CTeen we spoke about Defiance, of being strong and facing all odds despite the challenges that may arise in our lives. Many CTeen chapters made pillow cases with…

  • Central Florida on ice!

    2/22/13 Central Florida on Ice! In the words of Anna Lazimi: “With chills running through our spines and music blasting, CTeen chapters of Central Florida took over the rink! For…

  • CTeen groups support IDF soldiers

    CTeen groups support IDF soldiers 12/3/2013 CTeens in Short Hills, New Jersey got to meet Israeli soldiers and hear how today’s youth can be involved in protecting the Holy Land…

  • CTeen Visits Old Age Homes

    12/30/13   At CTeen we spoke about appreciation, focusing on the goodness that we have been blessed with instead of looking at the undesired elements of our lives. Many CTeens…

  • CTeen of Roslyn, NY go snow tubing!

    12/30/13 “CTeen of Roslyn, New York experienced a most incredible two-day trip this winter. The first day of the trip saw the teens exploring the local mall, climbing a four-story…

  • Teens Unite for Chicago Chanukah Bash

    Chicago, Illinois 12/2/13   By Alyse Lichtenfeld With gratitude to Hashem, CTeen of the Chicagoland area held a wonderful Chanukah bash at Chabad of Highland Park, Illinois. Teens from all over…

  • CTeen & Dallas Mavericks

    CTeen & Dallas Mavericks 11/30/13 Dallas Texas By Arielle Kaim On December 3rd, the seventh night of Chanukah, the Dallas Mavericks welcomed the Jewish community of Dallas with open arms. Chabad…

  • Banishing Darkness in Vienna’s Square

    12/1/13 Vienna, Austria Sixty two teens converged in the streets of Vienna, Austria in five limousines, their final destination the very square where the infamous Hitler, may his name be…

  • Chanukah Blast at Washington’s CTeen

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 12/1/13 By Arielle Menn   On December 1st, CTeen members from the Seattle and Bellevue chapters came together and had a blast–literally–at our Chanukah event! Teens worked together in a…

  • Chanukah Event Kicks Off International What’sApp

    11/30/12 Metz France   Luxembourg’s CTeen chapter crossed the border to join CTeen of Metz, France for an incredible Chanukah experience. Jumping from one awesome activity to the next, the…

  • Fun and Friendships at Regional Chanukah Party

    12/3/13  Philadelphia, PA   By Mara Tazartus   Family, friends and food; these essential traditions create a joyful Hanukkah celebration. When thinking about the holidays, reconnecting with old friends immediately…

  • A Truly Inspirational Chanukah!

    A Truly Inspirational Chanukah! 12/1/13  Ben Brusk Manchester, England CTeen Manchester only truly started last February, when a number of Jewish teens participated in the annual CTeen Shabbaton. Each teen…

  • Teens Rally for Religious Freedom

    Montreal, Canada 12/3/13 By Leah Bessner On Monday, December 2, 2013, the 6th night of Chanukah, fifty members of Cote S. Luc’s CTeen chapter lit up the lives of others and…

  • CTeen of Toronto unites to share the light

    TORONTO, CANADA 11/30/13   By Dory Abelman   Four neighboring CTeen chapters in the Greater Toronto area held an amazing and inspiring joint Chanukah event. The program was such fun because…

  • Slam Dunk for CTeen at Barclays Center

    Jubilant faces are a rare sight after a devastating loss by the home team, yet it was all smiles for the thousands of Jews who participated in CTeen’s Jewish Heritage…

  • Love Shines Through at Milwaukee Chanukah Parade

    12/1/13 Milwaukee, Wisconsin By Mikah Semon Happy Hanukkah! I wanna give a gift to you! Light up the nights, my love shine through! Blaring from the back of the most flamboyant pickup…

  • 8 weeks 8 tickets – Jewish Teen Network Shabbaton

    A generous donor who greatly appreciates the power of a CTeen shabbaton has stepped forward to help create awareness for it. As a motivation for teens to spread the word…