April 2016 Youth Group News

March was a fun-filled month at H2I! Our March programming started off with Couch Potato, a television and movie clip trivia challenge for our younger groups, while our USYers met at Key Food for a “Supermarket Sweep” competition. USYers participated in a scavenger hunt in the supermarket, and purchased all of the items on their lists to be donated to a food drive! The next week, our younger groups took part in a Laser Tag night at Hollis Hills, while our USYers prepared for Purim Carnival! On March 18, we had our first H2I Shabbat program, Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner, and on March 20, we had a fun afternoon of games, prizes, and friends at our annual Purim Carnival. And finally, the next weekend, our USYers had their chapter Shabbaton, spending Shabbat together and participating in some fun and meaningful programs.

April looks to be just as great. We’ll start off with our next H2I Shabbat program – Havdalah and Swim & Gym from 8-9:30 PM on April 2 at Hillcrest Jewish Center, and that Sunday, our younger groups will be participating in a “Beat the Clock” night, taking part in a number of mental and physical competitions, all of which will be against another team, and against a timer. That day, our Kadima and USY groups will be joining with middle and high schoolers from across NYC for a Social Actions day at Sutton Place Synagogue. On April 10, our younger groups will participate in Cupcake Wars, while our USYers will compete for the “Israel Cup,” taking part in some awesome Israel activities to see who can win our competition, including blind Israeli v. American food taste tests. Finally, on April 17, all of our groups will have an Ice Cream Passover Seder, a new twist on the classic Chocolate Seder. We’re off the remainder of the month, but are looking forward to our annual end of year programs coming up in May!