LONG BRANCH, N.J. – For the first few days of 2020, the Ocean Place Resort and Spa on the Jersey shore became a center of Torah learning for more than 350 teens coming together from across the United States, Canada and South America.
Aspire: The NCSY Yarchei Kallah program, a signature annual event for almost 30 years, has capitalized on the public school winter vacation period to inject an authentic week of Torah learning and unity into the lives of teens. NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union (OU).
The Albany participants were: Aviva Schwartz, Elior Schwartz, Noah Graber, Shore Goldberg, Yael Gonzalez, Shira Levin and Hannah Greenblatt. They are affiliated with Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob (CBAJ).
Other upstate New Yorkers hailed from Pittsford, Victor and Rochester.
“Each year, hundreds of public school teens look forward to the annual Yarchei Kallah where they are able to delve deeper into their religious heritage, learn from staff and advisors and join a broader community of teens who come from similar backgrounds with similar aspirations of learning Torah,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “The eagerness of the program participants to actively search for religious meaning is an inspiration to us all.”