Seven New Orleans Jewish youth groups are planning two city-wide programs open to all area Jewish high school students on Oct. 21 and 22.

B’nai Brith Youth Organization, Gates of Prayer Temple Youth, Sinai Federation of Temple Youth, Touro Synagogue Temple Youth, United Synagogue Youth and Young Judea representatives came together to devise a strategy to unite New Orleans Jewish youth. Northshore Temple Youth will also be included in the program.

“All our groups have diminished in size significantly since Hurricane Katrina, which has adversely affected our programs,” meeting organizer Lynn Loewy, GoPTY adviser, said. “Sally Bronston, GoPTY Programming VP, returned from the summer national NFTY leadership camp with the idea of starting off the year with a city-wide program. When I contacted all the other youth group advisers, they were enthusiastic and eager to meet and get the program off the ground.”

A strictly social event will kick off the program on Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Metairie Jewish Community Center. The program will begin with Havdallah, followed by mixers, dinner, scavenger hunt and inflatables. There is no cost for the program.

Social action will be the goal on Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m. when all Jewish high school students are invited to Woldenberg Village, the Jewish home for the elderly, to participate in activities with the residents. “We will play games like UNO, Bingo and Mah Jongg,” city-wide program chair and SNFTY President Mike Bronfin said. “It’s important that we take time out to give back to the Jewish community.”

All Jewish 9th to 12th graders are welcome to attend either or both of the events. No synagogue or youth group affiliation is required.

More information: Mike Bronfin at:

MEB11389 {AT} cox [dot] net -- or (504) 228-6880.


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