GREENWICH, Conn. – Teenagers from Greenwich's Temple Sholom’s Judah BBYO chapter, Temple Sholom’s teen choir, and JTeen of Westchester completed a community service initiative after volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester in New Rochelle, N.Y.
The teens were assigned to work on renovating a furniture recycling center, which currently is in the process of being demolished to make way for a new one. The teens ripped up, tore down and dug out the dilapidated building and surrounding grounds.
When completed, the furniture recycling plant will be operated by Habitat for Humanity and it will provide essential furniture to those in need. Temple Sholom’s Assistant Rabbi David Saiger and Cantor Asa Fradkin led the group.
“The idea actually came from one of our own BBYO teens, Brandon Levine,” Saiger said. “I’m proud of his work and of all the teens that showed up and got their hands dirty for an excellent cause.”
Jim Killoran, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester’s Director, guided the volunteers through their objectives.
Jason Schoen, a 16-year-old member of Temple Sholom’s Judah Chapter of BBYO, who attends Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook helped paint the outside of the building.
“The Judah Chapter of BBYO helps raise money for important causes throughout the year,” said Schoen. “We volunteer to help with everything from cancer to bullying.” The Judah BBYO Chapter at Temple Sholom in Greenwich was founded in 2012, and is comprised of Jewish teens in grades 8-12. It’s part of an international Jewish youth movement. Under the guidance of Assistant Rabbi Saiger, the group elects their own officials and plans community service projects and social programs throughout the year.
“Regardless of a teen’s Synagogue affiliation, they are welcome to join and attend the bi-weekly meetings held every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Temple Sholom,” said Saiger.
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