May 2016 Youth Group News

April was a great month at H2I! We started the month off with our H2I Shabbat Havdalah Swim & Gym at Hillcrest on April 2, at which everyone had a great time welcoming a new week with some fun athletic activities! The next day, on April 3, our Kadima and USY groups joined middle and high schoolers from across NYC at Sutton Place Synagogue in Manhattan for a Social Actions Day, while our younger groups Beat the Clock in some fun competitions. On April 10, our younger groups participated in Cupcake Wars, while our high schoolers competed for the “Israel Cup,” participating in fun activities like a blind taste test of Israeli food items.  From April 15-17, many of our 7-12 graders attended METNY Regional Convention at Hudson Valley Resort, spending Shabbat with hundreds of their peers from across New York, and on April 17, all of our groups participated in an Ice Cream Seder, a twist on our usual Chocolate Seder.

It’s hard to believe it is already May and our programming year is wrapping up. On May 15, our Kadimaniks will participate in a METNY Kadima Program, while our youngest groups will take part in Israel Sand Art. That evening, our USYers will host Chapter Elections and their annual Final Dinner, in which we discharge and install our chapter officers, and bid farewell to our graduating seniors. May 21 is our final H2I Shabbat, a morning service at ICCJ. Then, our final day of programming is May 22, when our three younger groups have our annual year-end picnic, while our USYers join METNY for a trip to Six Flags!