Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois


Yom Chamishi, 26 Kislev 5778


Submitted by: Ben Kopnick, Co-President



Wow, what an exciting month GRTY has had this Octo-ber. We kicked off the month on the 1st of October with an incredible team building ses-sion at Camp Winnebago. There our kids learned the important values of cooperation and communication.

These important lessons we learned segued into one of our busiest events of the year, apple picking and apple pie baking! On the 15th of October, our kids met at Curran’s Apple Orchard and proceeded to pick apples by the basketful. With the help of parents, our teens picked apples and enjoyed cider and donuts on a brisk but beautiful Autumn day.

A week later on the 22nd, our teens gathered at the home of our wonderful advisor’s, Nanci’s, house and set to work creating apple pies. With the foresight of past years, hard work, and a very sup-portive team of parents, our youth group was able to make 54 apple pies in less than an hour and a half, an all-time GRTY record! We were able to enjoy the fruits of our labors, quite literally, when we all relaxed to eat our delicious apple pies and taffy apples after the job was done.

To close out the month, on October 29th, our teens along with our en-tire Jewish community, gathered to enjoy The Ben Hecht Show per-formed by playwright and actor, Jim Sherman. After the per-formance, Jim led an enlightening discussion about the creation and background of the play.

After his wonderful show had con-cluded, Nanci presented the members of the youth group with the Peace Builder Youth Award on behalf of the Peace Coalition of Rock River Valley. The award recognition was presented to our teens for our community service and youth involvement with our work in last year’s Rock Valley Refugee Project. After an exciting month of October our teens are looking forward to what November has in store.

On November 5, our teens are hitting Forest Hills Lanes for some afternoon bowling and pizza! Then in December, we will get to enjoy one of our favorite times together when we hang out at Laser Quest and Sho Gun where we will celebrate our annual Chanukah party and gift ex-change! Best wishes to all for a wonderful November, and you can look forward to hearing more from GRTY soon!



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