Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois


Yom Rishon, 2 Heshvan 5778


Submitted by: Ben Kopnick, Co-President


Shalom Temple BethEl congregants, President Ben Kopnick here bringing you another update on all things GRTY. On the 17th of  September, all our GRTYites gathered for our annual kick off meeting. Sharing pizza and stories, our amazing youth group Exec. Board welcomed all the new and returning members for an incredible 2017-2018 year.

During our meeting, guest speaker Chris Bergsten spoke with us about this year's service  project, Project Undershare.  GRTY will be helping to collect packages of new underwear that will be distributed to children in need in many of the surrounding school districts. With much to look forward to in the coming year, all of our GRTY teens are excited to learn, bond, and give back to the community. 

Our first GRTY activity for the year is helping out within our Temple community by leading the children's services for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Then we are heading into October with much excitement. 

On October 1st, our teens will participate in team building exercises at Camp Winnebago to learn how to be leaders and  communicate well.  Following this highly anticipated event, on October 15th, GRTY will go to Curran's  Apple  Orchard to pick apples which will then be used for  our    annual taffy apple and apple pie baking session on the 22nd.

   GRTY has a lot to look forward to in this upcoming month; we hope everyone in the congregation has a great October and don’t forget to buy an apple pie!




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