Although it is hard to believe, yet another year of H2I Youth Group has come to a close! We’ve had a great year with some exciting programs – from our Social Actions Shul-In focused on the environment, to awesome Chapter Shabbatons, and from Paint Night to Nerf Night!
Our incredible year would not have been possible without the efforts of so many individuals. First and foremost, I want to thank our USY Chapter Board members, who planned and executed almost all of our USY programs as well as a number of our programs for Nitzanim, Chalutzim, and Kadima. Yasher Koach to Brianna Manginelli (President), Raya Kazdan (Executive VP), Sam Katzap (Israel Affairs VP), Ilan Kogan (Religion/Education VP), Melissa Rothstein (Social Actions/Tikun Olam VP), David Landau (Membership/Kadima VP), and Melissa Amster (Communications VP). I also owe my sincerest gratitude to our professional staff—Seth Berkowitz and Ricki Zimmerman—for all of their work to make H2I the best it can be!
Last but not least, a huge thank you to Nancy and Lou Ann for all of their help this past year, and to Tony and Richie for always making sure our programs were set up perfectly! In addition, special thanks to Rabbi Wise and Youth Committee member Jenny Teplitskiy for their support and guidance!
We would like to wish a hearty Mazal Tov to the H2I members elected to Sababa Divisional Board for the 2017-2018 year, on which they will plan programs for teens across New York City: David Glickman, Elie Wise, and Eliana Schulman! By the time you’re reading this, there’s a good chance one or two of our USYers have also been elected to METNY Regional Board, planning programs for teens across NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island, so if that’s the case, Yasher Koach to them as well!
Finally, Mazal Tov our seniors who are graduating and heading off to bigger and better things—Melissa Amster, Raya Kazdan, Ilan Kogan, Danielle Kraes, Nuriel Leve, Brianna Manginelli, Melissa Rothstein, and Julia Schwartz!
We look forward to seeing the rest of you when we start up again on September 10!
Wishing all of you a fun-filled and safe summer,