Wednesday, February 20th | 15 Adar I 5779

July 3, 2018 9:54 am

Teens Lend a Hand in Home Repair in Puerto Rico

avatar by

Email a copy of "Teens Lend a Hand in Home Repair in Puerto Rico" to a friend

NJ NCSY teens in Puerto Rico. Photo: NJ NCSY via Facebook. – Twenty teens from New Jersey are currently building temporary homes and repairing roofs in storm-damaged Puerto Rico with the NJ NCSY’s Fred and Rose Distenfeld Chesed Mission.

NCSY is an Orthodox Jewish youth group under the auspices of the Orthodox Union.

The 2018 Distenfeld Chesed Missions support rebuilding efforts in Houston; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Charleston, S.C.; and Puerto Rico. The groups partner with Jewish day schools for the working trips, including the Jewish Education Center (Elizabeth, N.J.), Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls (Teaneck, N.J.), the Frisch School (Paramus, N.J.) and the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (Ridgewood, N.J.). Other participants come from public schools across the state.

“This trip taught me that even a little smile can change a person’s day,” said Alex, a volunteer. “I hope our work changes the lives of many people for years to come.”

Related coverage

February 19, 2019 5:24 pm

Columbia Grad Union Reps to Call for BDS in Negotiations With Administration

As Columbia University prepares to negotiate with its graduate student union on Monday, members of the union's bargaining committee are...

NJ NCSY has earned accolades for running disaster-relief missions throughout the country for the past 11 years. The organization has sent teen groups to Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Georgia and Puerto Rico. While volunteering, they work hands-on with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, South East Recovery, Hike for Katrina, Nechama and Green Light, working to construct and repair buildings and homes to improve the lives of their inhabitants.

The program teaches leadership training to the teens, who take their experiences back home with the expectation that they become motivated to participate in additional social-justice programs.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner