Forty-six Georgia teens, including some from the Atlanta area, were among the 2,500 National Conference of Synagogue Youth summer participants in a Yom NCSY celebration at the Latrun Tank Museum outside of Jerusalem July 25.
The Atlanta-area teens were from Atlanta, Dunwoody, Marietta, Roswell, Alpharetta and Johns Creek. They joined NCSY teenagers from 32 U.S. states, Canada, United Kingdom and Israel and represented the Jewish religious spectrum. NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union.
The annual Yom NCSY summer event in Israel included musical performances, American barbecue and greetings from special guests such as newly installed Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog. New York-based DJZJ, singers Eitan and Shlomo Katz, and Israeli singers performed.
In addition to the festivities, the event honored the 20th anniversary of The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey, NCSY’s touring program for public school students, and its recent expansion.
NCSY is dedicated to connecting, inspiring and empowering Jewish teens and encouraging passionate Judaism through Torah and tradition. NCSY provides innovative, informal Jewish education, leadership training, retreats and summer programs that foster positive Jewish identity and connection to Israel, preparing the next generation of committed Jewish communal leaders.
The Orthodox Union oversees more than 400 congregations. As the umbrella of American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY and Birthright Israel/Israel Free Spirit trip organizer, and Yachad, the National Council for Jewish Disabilities, among others.