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Jewish High School Travel

Friday, February 17, 2023 26 Sh'vat 5783

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Jewish High School Travel for Teens in the Western Suburbs

400 Years of Jews in New York:
What’s Changed, and What Does it Mean to Us?

Application below


Dates: February 17-20, 2023
Cost: $900 (Early bird = $850)
> Aire and all ground transportation
> 3 nights’ accommodation
> All activities and meals (Friday lunch through Monday lunch)

• Additional scholarships are available. (See FAQ below.)

* Statue of Liberty
* Ellis Island
* Tenement Museum
* Broadway show
* Famous restaurants
* Historic synagogues
* 9/11 Memorial
* Times Square
* Chinatown
* Borough Park, Brooklyn

Organizing Internship
• Interns will learn the principles of community organizing and
apply strategies to connect with peers about this trip.

Early bird deposit: $50 due Nov. 18 (refundable through Dec. 16)
Standard deposit: $100 due Dec. 16 (refundable through Dec. 16)
Total balance due: $800 due Jan. 17


Who is running this trip?
• Oak Park Temple’s associate rabbi, Daniel Kirzane, is organizing
and running the trip. The Jewish United Fund’s Springboard
program is providing financial and logistical support.

Why does it only cost $900?
• The Jewish United Fund’s Springboard program aims to support
innovative and engaging initiatives designed to help teens connect
to one another and to their Jewish heritage.
• Please note that the final cost of the trip may vary slightly
depending on the total number of participants.

And did you say something about additional scholarships?
• If this is your first overnight program with Oak Park Temple, you
may be eligible for a Springboard Access Grant of $300 off the
program tuition. Learn more at
• Also, if finances are a significant barrier, please reach out.

This is for teens in the western suburbs?
• That’s right! We want to create a special opportunity for teens in
Chicago’s western suburbs to build community together.

Who is eligible for the trip?
• Priority will be given to juniors and seniors, though all high school
students are eligible to apply.

• Priority will also be given to students in the western suburbs,
though teens from other areas may apply.

How will Shabbat and kashrut be observed?
• We will celebrate Shabbat but will not observe Shabbat according
to traditional halakhah. For instance, we will ride the subway to
and from Shabbat services.
• Meals eaten as a group will be kosher style (no pork or shellfish,
no mixing of milk and meat) but will not be at kosher restaurants.
Some meals will be arranged by giving students money to buy
their own food, and they will be free to eat what they wish.
• The bottom line: If you observe Shabbat or kashrut in a traditional
way, this trip probably isn’t for you.

I have a few more questions.
• Please contact Rabbi Kirzane at

I’m ready to apply!
• Great! Scroll down to apply.
• You can submit a deposit now, though final approval will be communicated
through email.



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