The ToaSTer Blog is a tool to share the thoughts of Director of Youth Programs Brad Zicholtz on a variety of issues facing our children. The ToaSTer will also be an outlet and add a voice for our teens to share their thoughts on world events, teen issues, Shaaray Tefila events, and Judaism through their eyes.
on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
We human beings have a collective responsibility to engage in altruistic activities. Whether it be helping a friend up after he has fallen, feeding the homeless, or signing a check, to disregard this responsibility is to neglect the principle that humans need to support one another.
My name is Eric Doppelt. I am a fourteen year old freshman at Horace Greeley High School, and for the past four months I have been enrolled in the Mitzvah Corps program. I have been designing a website in which I will raise money for Pancreatic Cancers, and in addition, I will attend walks throughout the country in order to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. This opportunity to support people who are diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer is quite meaningful to me, for my aunt was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer two years ago. Fortunately, my aunt survived her terrible ordeal. However, I can’t neglect the millions of other cancer patients who aren’t so lucky. Hence, I feel as though it is my duty to support those who aren’t as fortunate.
I feel as though my character has grown immeasurably since the beginning of this program. I have met unbelievable people, who have literally dedicated their lives to helping others. In addition, I have gained a new view of the world: I now realize that there are many who aren’t as fortunate as me. I am so happy that I decided to enroll in this program, for I feel that I have become a better person due to it.
Hello, I am Noah Goldstein, a ninth grader from Horace Greeley high School. When looking for a program to volunteer at I narrowed it down to something with a person on person relationship. While at the activity fair at my school I heard about the program, Casa De Lengua, at Greeley. I went a few times and really grew a liking to the program. Casa De Lengua is a program in which students go to Neighbors Link and teach Hispanics how to speak English. The majority of these people are from Guatemala and don’t know much, if any English. Our job as the volunteers is to be their teachers and teach them English. At times this can be difficult because of the lack of Spanish knowledge I have. However, it is a rewarding experience when your ‘learner’ passes a level of English and the whole group claps for them, or when your learner asks to be with you again next week. This is why I enjoy volunteering at Neighbors Link, http://neighborslink.org.
My name is Kenny Rubin, and I am 14 years old, a freshman at Horace Greeley High School. I am very out-going and love to give people a helping hand. I am involved in an organization called Neighbors Link. This is a non-profit organization that helps out the Latino immigrant community around Mount Kisco, New York. I am an English Tutor for the Latinos at Neighbors Link in a Tuesday night program called, Casa de Lingua. I found out about Casa de Lingua through my brothers and my school.
If you attend to Horace Greeley High School, one can easily get involved by simply joining the club called S.H.A.R.E and grabbing a registration form for the Casa de Lingua program. If you do not attend to the high school, one could just go to Neighbors Link and get a registration from there. Here is a link to the Neighbors Link site for any further information: http://neighborslink.org/
My favorite part of tutoring a Neighbors Link is realizing how much of an impact I am having on these peoples lives. After every session, the person I am helping asks whether I am coming back next week, or when the next session is. One time the woman I was helping out almost cried when I told her that the holidays were coming up, and next week was cancelled. She then even brought a tear to my eye, making me feel even more attached to this program.
Neighbors Link is something that brightens up my week.
Hi I’m matt Silverman I am in 9th grade I go to Horace Greely high school and I can do a 360 spin on skies. I do a program called VIP soccer and VIP basketball and help kids with disability play sports. http://www.ayso.org/For_Families/AYSO_Soccer_Programs/VIP.htm#.VLWt4WTF9uk. During my time at TST community my mom and my good friend’s dad made a type of Hebrew school where you do community service once a week and meet once a month and discuss your time. My friends and I find this more fun than regular Hebrew school and more educational.
Hello, my name is Adam Evans. I am in 9th grade in Fox Lane High School and I love helping other people. The organization that I volunteer at is called The Armstrong House. At the Armstrong house I help clean up and preserve the nature by cleaning trash and protecting the nature. I chose it because not only is it fun, but I also enjoy working outside and trying to help our world for the new generations to come. Others can get involved by working at the Armstrong house, but if you do not want to work at one specific place, cleaning anywhere in the community and preserving the nature anywhere is just as good.
on Tuesday, 13 November 2012.
In the wake of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, I saw this video shared on Facebook and was reminded that racism and hatred are not innate. As someone who is in their late-thirties born of parents raised in the '30's and 40's and who heard the word schvartze as much as I heard the word kugel, I immediately "got it." The kids reactions to this video are genuine and show me that while we still have a long way to go, so much has changed. "Love your neighbor as yourself." As one child states, "It's just the color of their skin, what matters is if they're nice or mean."
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