February is always one of the quietest months at H2I – because of the Super Bowl and President’s Week, but we still had some great programs last month. Our younger groups participated in a Krav Maga Night, our middle schoolers went ice skating with their peers from across NYC at Bryant Park, and our USYers had a special program to welcome our eighth graders into our USY group for the remainder of the year. We also planned our first H2I Family Shabbat program of the year – havdalah and a parents vs. kids competition night. This program, along with all of our H2I Family Shabbat programs, was made possible through a Microgrant from The Jewish Education Project, an agency committed to sparking and spreading innovations that expand the reach and increase the impact of Jewish education.
Looking forward, March is going to be a busy and exciting month for us. It begins with our Chapter USY Shabbaton from March 3-4, in which our 8-12 graders will have a relaxing Shabbat experience at Hillcrest JC with lots of food, learning, and fun. That weekend, our 5-7 graders will be joining their peers from across the NY metropolitan area for a Kadima Kinnus at Merrick Jewish Centre, and all of our families will be invited to join us for an H2I Family Shabbat program at morning services and lunch during our USY Chapter Shabbaton to get a taste of what our Shabbat programming is like.
While our Sunday night calendar is still under development at the time this article is being written (but will be on our website, www.h2iyouthgroup.org, by the time you read this), we’re busy planning for our PURIM CARNIVAL on March 12 from 12:30-3 PM at ICCJ! All families are invited to join us for this event full of games, prizes, food, and fun! As always, we have some great raffle prizes available, including 4 Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World, 4 tickets to AMC Fresh Meadows, vouchers for NY Water Taxi, a phone case from Otterbox, and items from local sports teams!
If you have any questions about our programming, the Purim Carnival, or our Carnival Raffle, please let me know!