By volunteering at a soup kitchen, I know I’m helping people’s lives.
Estelle Saad is a junior at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn.
A friendly neighborhood and enthusiastic volunteers made sick children smile wide during a Chai Lifeline Shabbaton.
Avi Lundner is a junior at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, N.J.
Last summer I challenged myself to participate in an event that would test me physically and psychologically. The road ahead was going to be long, the training would be difficult and the finish line seemed beyond the horizon.
Chloe Fein is a senior at The Ramaz Upper School and chair of the annual Ramaz/KJ Yachad Shabbaton, which took place in February.
I stood there feeling very awkward selling T-shirts and greeting cards at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, N.J. I found myself surrounded by a lot of children with bald heads or sitting in wheelchairs. After a short while I realized all of the people here and their families are just like me and my family. All of the families just want a normal afternoon where they can forget their struggles.
Standing around over an open patch of dirt, the junior boys are waiting to get instructions from Rob, the gardener. Fourteen white circles are drawn in the dirt, showing them where they are going to plant. Then one at a time the boys take a shovel and start to dig a hole large enough for a plant. Each person digs for a little bit and then someone else rotates in. Sweat drips down their foreheads as they dig these holes on a warm day in May. When all 14 holes were finally finished they placed the plants in the holes and filled in the remaining dirt.