FLEMINGTON, NJ – With the new scholastic year underway, Chabad of Hunterdon’s Teen Network’s (CTeen) extracurricular activities have also begun.
A kickoff event, an Ice Cream Social, will be held at the Youth Lounge on Sunday, Sept.17 from 2 to 4 p.m. As a part of the program, teens will be collecting much needed school supplies for Hurricane Harvey Relief and making Rosh Hashanah honey dishes for the elderly.
The event will be held at the Hunterdon Youth Lounged at 35 Fulper Rd. here.
"I love being a part of Cteen. My favorite part are events that give me a chance to lend a helping hand to those in need and give back to the community. It's both fun and rewarding.” says Cteen president Naomi Benenson, a Junior at Voorhees High School. “I cannot wait for another year full of amazing events and opportunities."
The Clinton Township Paternal Order of Police will be presenting its support and encouragement to Chabad Cteen along with safety tips for the upcoming school year.
This past year the CTeen leadership board organized an array of humanitarian programs and events, including volunteering to pack holiday food packages for those in need, performing for the patients at Hunterdon Care Center and Rolling Hills Care Center, creating “Emoji Pillows” and drawstrings bags for the patients at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, and Coat and Food Drives. CTeen puts an emphasis on extracurricular education and Jewish Heritage through interactive workshops.
Some of this year’s upcoming programs will include volunteer events throughout the county such as packing Thanksgiving meals, a Chanukah party with seniors, Grow-A-Row volunteering, and trips and outings such as snow-tubing and a Tri-State Leadership Weekend.
CTeen’s biggest event of the year will be the 14th Annual International Leadership Conference Weekend in New York City, from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25.
“Cteen provides a platform for teens to give back and make a difference in their community,” says Cteen Interim Director Rabbi Eli Kornfeld. “This year 12 local high school students from Voorhees, North, and Central have volunteered to be on the Cteen leadership board. Building leaders is one of Cteen’s primary goals.
“Having young adults choosing to use their spare time to feed the hungry and bring smiles to the less fortunate is right in sync with the Hunterdon County spirit of community mindedness,” the rabbi added.
For information on how to join Cteen, call Kornfeld at 908-238-9002.
Cteen welcomes its new leadership board:
President: Naomi Benenson (Voorhees)
Volunteer Coordinators: Jocelyn Pollack (Hunterdon Central), Leah Harms (Hunterdon Central)
Social Media Directors: Leah Berlinger (Hunterdon Central), Rachel Faucett (Hunterdon Central), Mikey Greenstein (Hunterdon Central)
Communications Directors: Zach Mraz (Hunterdon Central), Matt Reich (North Hunterdon), Max Esarco (Hunterdon Central), Darin Michaels (Hunterdon Central)
Administrators: Julia Silberman (Voorhees), Jared Kordonsky (Pingry)
Those wishing to RSVP or who are interested in learning more about CTeen and its affiliate programs can visit jewishhunterdon.com/CTeen, send them an e-mail or call 908-238- 9002 for more information.