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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
לדור ודור

BUCKS COUNTY USY AWARD

We are pleased to inform you that the Bucks County USY has been awarded $1950 from the USY Chapter Innovation and Engagement Grant, funded by USCJ. For more than 70 years, USY programs around North America have sought to engage Jewish teens in an authentic and dynamic Jewish life. Please help support these programs with participation in USY events.

 

Bucks County Youth/Teens

 

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We are once again thrilled to announce that participants in EPIC Israel programs will be eligible for a RootOne Voucher (R1V) subsidy in the amount of $3,000 to ensure greater participation in our programs! We hope these vouchers allow even more teens to have an EPIC Israel Summer with USY. More information regarding R1Vs is forthcoming. RootOne is seeded through the generosity of The Marcus Foundation, and is powered by The Jewish Education Project. For more information, please visit  RootOne.org .

CLICK HERE to read about our programs

SCHEDULE a one on one call CLICK HERE

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Bucks County Jewish Youth

Congregation Brothers of Israel is proud to participate with four other area synagogues in social activities for Jewish youth from 3rd grade through High School.  

 

 
 

Chaverim

For 3rd & 4th graders

Our Chaverim group holds one event each month. Activities focus on social and Jewish holiday events. This program provides a wonderful atmosphere where friendships develop.      

Kadima

For 5th, 6th & 7th graders

Our Kadima group participates in one or two events a month. Kadimaniks also enjoy a variety of activities that promote socialization, Jewish culture and pre-teen interests.

BUSY Chapter of HaGesher USY

 

Our BUSY Chapter (Bucks County United Synagogue Youth) offers participants a wonderful opportunity to explore their Jewish identity through social, cultural, educational, and social action programming while connecting with Jewish teens.

  

 

USY’s summer trips are winding down. The photos and stories our youth participants have posted and shared illustrate the memories they’ve already made that will stay with them long after the trips are over.

From the USY on Wheels: East trip to Jacksonville, FL where our teens volunteered at Hunger Fight, putting together meals for kids who experience daily food insecurity to EPIC Israel PLUS where participating teens are immersed in Israeli society and culture through living and exploring with local teens, USY’s programming is central to USCJ’s mission.

We know you will want to continue to support USY. Please donate today to enable USY’s staff to begin planning our next cohorts. Your generous support means the continuation of a summer of Jewish education, community-building and enriching experiences for our youth.

Support USY Here!
 
EPIC Eastern Europe & Israel

After arriving in Israel from Poland, we began our experience at the Kotel. As we enjoyed some bittersweet chocolate to taste where we’ve come from and where we were at that moment, I could feel the excitement in each of your teens. We had come from learning about our past in Eastern Europe and were now surrounded by the vibrant culture of Israel.

While in Israel, our learning will be guided by three main themes: the past, the land, and the society and culture. Throughout this week, not only did we learn about the land of Israel and its rich history with our amazing tour guide Talia, but we also experienced it first hand. We hiked the Sataf trail, walked the Old City of Jerusalem streets, volunteered to package fresh fruits and vegetables for those in need, and crawled through the Ir David (City of David) tunnels. Additionally, your teens dug through archaeological sites to find many artifacts, climbed Masada at 4:30 in the morning (and were the first group to arrive!), and floated on the Dead Sea.

 

Learn about EPIC Eastern Europe Here!
EPIC Israel PLUS

One of our themes of the day, “Mifgashim” (meeting’s or encounters) is in honor of welcoming two NOAM Israeli teens to our Kvutza (group), who will be with us for a full week of our journey. Our hope is for our teens to really be immersed in Israeli society and culture through living and exploring with these teens. 

 First, we will sleep in our home base of Agron in Jerusalem. Then, we will be sleeping in the desert, before heading to Kibbutz Ketura in the South for a few days.

Learn about EPIC Israel PLUS Here!
USY on Wheels: Classic

We are often told to count our blessings. In Judaism this reigns true in that we are told to bless almost everything. Food, before and after we eat it. When we hear good news. When we hear bad news. When we see someone for the first time in a long time. It seems as though for every possible event or action, a blessing goes along with it. 

Aside from the standard blessings we say at meals and as part of our services, one blessing has been said by Bus C quite a few times already this summer – the blessing above. This blessing is traditionally said when seeing major feats of nature – vast valleys, high mountain peaks, thunder and lighting, and so on. Much of Bus C might argue that Wyoming is the state that epitomizes this blessing the most. From the striking colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring of Yellowstone to the peaks of the Great Teton mountains, the state of Wyoming served as a source of blessing for Bus C during the week as we basked in the glory that the natural wonders of creation can hold.

Learn about USY on Wheels: Classic Here!
USY on Wheels: East

We started off our week driving down to Jacksonville, FL where our teens were amazed by Tiny Bridges Park, a tribute to those fighting cancer and incredible tiny, walkable replica bridges of the bridges that can be found throughout Jacksonville. In Jacksonville, our teens volunteered at Hunger Fight, where they put together meals for kids who do not have reliable access to food. After all that volunteering, our kids were thirsty, and cooled off with a free slurpee from 7-11.

Learn about USY on Wheels: East Here!
Support USY Here!
 
 

 

 

 

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Jewish Peer Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

Princeton, NJ, March 2021 — Gesher LeKesher, a program of JFCS, partially funded by the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, is currently accepting 11th and 12th grade teens (as of the 2022-2023 school year) to participate in Gesher LeKesher, a Jewish peer leadership program.

As Gesher "Madrichim" (Peer Leaders), teens lead a group of 7th - 9th grade
"Talmidim" (Learners) in outreaches addressing trending topics from a Jewish perspective includ- ing friendships, the impact of social media, peer pressure, healthy dating relationships and ad- dressing anti-Semitism on campus.

This is a great opportunity to develop leader- ship skills which can be used in college and beyond while meeting and working with other Jewish 11th and 12th graders in the Greater Princeton Mercer Bucks area. Last year's Peer Leaders represented 7 area high schools.

Gesher LeKesher meets 6 hours each month-2 Monday Night Trainings from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and an additional Outreach time either Monday/Wednesday Night or Sunday Morning.

For more information, please visit
www.jfcsonline.org/gesher-lekesher/ or con- tact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100 x210

 

ATTENTION COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

Two college scholarship opportunities are available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students. Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are award- ed based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester.

Application Deadline: June 2023

The Dr. Esther Wollin Memorial Scholarship Fund offers monies from Dr. Wollin’s estate which were designated to grant a college schol- arship. Eligibility is limited to Jewish female full-time students who will be, or are already at- tending Rutgers University and raised by their Jewish mother in a single-parent household in the Princeton Mercer Bucks Community. Eligibility is based on financial need.

Submission Deadline: June 2023

For more information, visit https:// www.jfcsonline.org/scholarships-internships/ or contact Joyce at 609-987-8100 or JoyceW@JFCSonline.org.

 

CBOI Scholarship Information Kessel-Young Memorial Scholarship

The Kessel-Young Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in June 1976 by Ida Kessel and the late Joseph Kes- sel in memory of their parents, Lena and Louis Kessel and Do- ra and Louis Young.

A scholarship will be awarded to a member of our Congregation graduating from high school, on the basis of need, to further the student’s education.

Applicants must be “hard workers” who will benefit from this assistance. The intent is to encourage students to continue their education. Academic excellence is not a criteria for this award.

In establishing this special Fund, the Kessel Family has recognized that awards are usually made to outstanding stu- dents in either sports or academic work. All too often, many students who show promise and are willing to work are denied assistance. To receive an application for the Kessel-Young Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact the Synagogue.

 

George S. Weiner Religious School Scholarship Fund
The George S. Weiner Religious School Scholarship Fund has been established to aid youngsters from Congregation

Brothers of Israel to attend the Rabbi Howard Hersch Religious School. Scholarships will be given out based on need. Contact the CBOI office for information.

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