For the last few months, I’ve been joining my non Jewish friends in their countdown to December 25th. As the date came closer, our collective excitement grew. They were looking forward to a break from school, to presents and family trips out of town, but I was counting down to something even more special – the life changing, incredibly inspiring 5 day learning program that is NCSY’s National Yarchei Kallah. As the weeks grew shorter, my Facebook wall began filling up with messages from friends about packing and rooming and the small number of days left. But why am I so excited? What’s so awesome about this program? Well, Yarchei Kallah 2011 changed my life so much, it inspired me to become more religious, to begin davening and keeping shabbos, to learn more Torah, and to just become a better person. It was, hands down, the most incredible week of my life. I can’t wait to see what this year will bring.
Regional Historian, Upstate New York NCSY
Junior, Vestal High School