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Fall 2010 SHAFTY Scribbler Editor: Emily Shain Bake Sale plan laid out in August can still be By Sydney Denmark completed. A grave of Private Harry Potter from Just a few short weeks ago on a 1939 is drawing tourists to the town of Sunday morning on October 17th, SHAFTY Ramle in Israel. Tourists began asking about held a very successful bake sale! We had it five years ago, and it is now listed as one many volunteers, baked goods, and many of the town’s main tourist attractions. people come to just help out with selling Visitors come to the small town just to take baked goods! As our first fundraiser, I pictures of the grave, but people also come believe it started us on a great note! We to the town because of its convenient raised more than one hundred and fifty location and archeological ruins. There is no dollars, and had tons of assorted goodies. connection to Harry Potter the wizard. Our next fundraiser will be in February so, please be sure to keep your eyes out for flyers! We could always use help so feel free A Taste of SHAFTY to contact me! By Louis Markowitz A Taste of SHAFTY was co-chaired by Membership Vice President Louis Markowitz and Social Action Vice President Becca Benoff on Saturday night October 9th. The theme of the night was not only “getting to know you,” but also overconsumption and recycling. To illustrate this Louis and Becca lead the participants through an awesome set Israel News of food games, including such highlights as By Jaclyn Bernstein an Apple Jack Toss and a Grilled Cheese Relay. After some more eating, there was a Negotiations over building on Gaza's recycling activity which used the recyclables West Bank seem to have halted, but the U.S. obtained from the recycling drive to make is working to move them again. Details on cool objects. A band was even formed using the issues have not been released, but recyclables as instruments! Overall it was a sources say the pauses in talks are due to great night during which many new Palestinian objections. Israeli Prime members got their first taste of SHAFTY! Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes there was progress in the talks. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes the 12 month Fall 2010 SHAFTY Goes to Ocean City! Mitzvah Mania By Carly Harris By Rebecca Benoff Back on September 26th, when the The month of November’s Mitzvah weather wasn't freezing, SHAFTY went to Mania was a Thanksgiving food drive which Ocean City, NJ for some beach and will benefit the Shir Ami Food Pantry. There boardwalk fun. We started the day off with are large wire bins around the synagogue some mixers on the beach, including which are there year round and any numerous rounds of everyone's favorite nonperishable food item or personal need game, Ninja. Then, we split up for lunch and item would be greatly appreciated. The Shir boardwalk time. Some of us hit the stores, Ami Food Pantry is very new and brings aid while others hit the beach. Check out the to those less fortunate in our own youth lounge bulletin board for some great community. As the holiday season pictures! Overall, it was still a great way to approaches there will be a gift drive so keep start off the 2010-2011 SHAFTY year! up to date on more information so you can be a part of the Mitzvah Mania! WINSTY By Emily Shain SHAFTY Takes NYC By Josh Dienstman WINSTY is a fun-filled social action weekend when other Temple youth groups On November 21, Sr. SHAFTY hopped a come together for a lot of fun! This year, train bound for the Big Apple. On arrival at WINSTY will be taking place January 14th- Penn Station SHAFTYites began to navigate 16th,Martin Luther King weekend. Each the busy city streets and tried their hardest year a different synagogue in the NFTY not to look like tourists. The first stop of the PAR region hosts this event. This year, day was Ben’s Kosher Deli for lunch. After Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh is host crunching on some pickles and devouring synagogue. During this weekend everyone is hot pastrami on rye, everyone made their housed by host families in the area. way to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Throughout this entire weekend, social Museum. Immediately upon our entry, we action projects are done to help our were hassled by one of the museum workers community. The event also includes for proudly wearing Eagles green. Shabbat dinner and services as well as social SHAFTY made quick work of this enemy events. Registration is currently open so, be though by standing tall and unleashing a sure to register and join in all the fun! very loud Eagles chant. The museum itself was very interesting to say the least. Some of the exhibits included medieval torture devices, shrunken human heads, and a two- headed goat (yes, a two-headed goat – believe it or not). Once we finished admiring all of the oddities, everyone headed over to Times Square for some shopping in Toys “R” Us, and then to Rockefeller Center. Everybody had a great time. Fall 2010 NFTY Dallas Convention mixed with all this program was tons of free By Emily Shain time and hanging with our friends as well as a costume party since it was Halloween NFTY will be hosting a National weekend. All in all Fall Kallah 2010 was a Convention taking place in Dallas, Texas great event in all aspects that an event can from February 18th-22nd. The National be great. Convention is an event when all of the regions from throughout the country come Upcoming Events together and meet. There is going to be an estimated 500 teenagers attending this December: amazing event. Dan Nichols, a well-known Jewish singer, will be at this convention as 12/1-12/8- Chanukah! well. It will be a lot of fun so, make sure 12/3- Blue Jeans Service you register for this long weekend of fun! 12/12- Jr. SHAFTY Roller skating and Chickie and Pete’s Fall Kallah Dinner By Jason Shavel 12/18- Sr. SHAFTY Comedy and Chinese Fall Kallah is the fall event for NFTY PAR. January: As it is every year, this year it was at Camp Harlam. The weekend began with some ice breakers and get-to-know-each-other 1/8- Jr. SHAFTY Ultrazone Lock- activities. Soon the theme for the weekend, in Communication, was revealed to us and then 1/9- Chalutzim Bounce U the program became more centered around 1/14-1/16 WINSTY the theme. The programs led us to question 1/22- Sr. SHAFTY Rock climbing how efficient our communication methods 1/23- Bonim Ice Skating were nowadays. We were asked to think about the difference between Facebook February: chatting and real face-to-face conversations. Also we were asked to think about more intimate forms of communication as well. 2/6- Pretzel Sale We were in programs that allowed us to 2/13- Sr. and Jr. SHAFTY Ski communicate more freely with the people Trip around us. This theme was very appropriate 2/18-2/22- NFTY Convention for a NFTY PAR event because everyone at these events is usually so open and friendly anyway, through these programs we were able to open up to each other even further. Some of the time was spent discussing these ideas in a light hearted manner and sometimes we were forced to think at a much deeper level, but all in all the program was amazing. It really got me thinking about how I communicate with others. Of course Fall 2010 Words from the President By Chad Nobel For 10 years, I’ve been a member of SHAFTY, and I’ve loved every second. Each month, I look forward to spending time with friends that I’ve known for a large majority of my life, as well as meeting new SHAFTYites for the first time. For long-time members and me, SHAFTY holds hours upon hours of wonderful Sr. SHAFTY attempts to make a human memories and unforgettable pyramid on the beach in Ocean City. experiences, but SHAFTY offers a vast array of different opportunities for different people. In addition to the SHAFTY regulars, many non- members attend our events, and whether they came with a SHAFTY friend or just to steal a glimpse of our friendly community, they always return home with countless stories and new friendships. So, whether you are a weathered SHAFTY diehard or a curious newcomer, we urge you to join us in a future event, where, I can assure you, you’ll be welcomed with open arms and smiles. NIIIIIIIIIINJA! Fall 2010 Fall Fun Frenzy! Ultrazone was the setting for Bonim & Chaluztim Chalutzim’s November event. Steven Kravitz and Miles Brorowsky showed off 3rd through 6th grade their laser tag skills with might. A big two By Mindy Smoot thumbs up Roxy Ilescu for representing the girls and showing that the gals have Point Pleasant, Pumpkin Picking at got the goods, too! Noah Mandel and Active Acres Farm, Ultrazone, Matthew Hirsh definitely represented for Brunswick Zone, Hibachi and their teams! On one fine Saturday night “Megamind”, Oh, how much Bonim and in November, Bonim headed out for a Chalutzim have done in just three delicious Hibachi dinner – what a show! months! This fall has been filled with so Who knew Noah Gordon and Joey Axler many exciting events. Check out what were so talented that they could catch we’ve been up to! shrimp with their mouths! And the fun Lauren Silverstein, Ian and Greg continued in the 3D teachers at Oxford Salisbury, Mason Gross, and Reece Valley where Bonim saw “Megamind Coren joined the rest of the crew on the 3D.” What a fun Saturday night! caravan to Point Pleasant, NJ. We This fall has been fantastic. All of enjoyed beautiful weather on the beach our SHAFTYites bring bright smiles and for some group games to get to know energetic enthusiasm to everything. the whole SHAFTY crew! Jen Ross and Look forward to many more fun times Kaitlyn Lane braved some wild rides on with friends. December 1st is our annual the boardwalk, while Henry Bear and Hanukkah Hop, and you know what that Colby Schnell strolled the boardwalk means….. FUN! See you soon! and surfed the shops. In October, our 3rd and 4th graders of Chalutzim meet some friendly animals at the entrance to Active Acres Farm before heading on the hayride to the Pumpkin Patch. Evan and Harrison Black found two really neat green pumpkins! Tori Dorfman and Rachel Nemez did a fantastic job decorating their pumpkins, as did Daniel Rosenthal and Julia Silver. Thanks to Active Acres Farm (where Sleepy Hollow hayride is held) for welcoming SHAFTY and providing a friendly and accommodating event. Our 5th and 6th graders went to Horrorfest at Shadybrook Farm in October, and what a scary time it was! Estelle Nemtsov and Jacob Diefes made it out alive from the very haunted hayride. And Isaac Kravatz, Jacob Pumpkins + karaoke = tons of fun! Shain, and Alec Rubin showed their talents at “Scary-okee.” Fall 2010 Jr. Shafty November was our dinner and a movie event. Although turnout was low, we still By Leslie Leibowitz had a great time! Aaron Schnitzer, Jake Sandman, Ian Siderits, and Steven Miller chowed down in the food court. Jake, I Our Jr. Shafty year has started up with a didn’t know monster drinks came in bang!! Our ice cream social was a hit with enormous size! Then it was off to wait in kids and parents. It gave us a chance to line for Harry Potter and the Deathly mingle and reconnect with our Shafty Hallows Part 1 in IMAX. Being the true friends after the summer break. Since I Potter freak and bit of a nerd, I brought my never want summer to end, we delayed its stuffed Hedwig to the movies with us. The passing by having our first event of the year movie didn’t let me down and I can’t wait going to Ocean City N.J. The day was great till the summer for part 2. and we even managed to plan our event when the corvette show was there. Jr. Shafty…don’t miss out on the last event Hundreds of cars were on the boardwalk and of the year! We will be going to Palace Aaron Schnitzer and Ian Siderits really Roller Rink for skating and then off to enjoyed the sharp cars. Just a few more Chickie & Pete’s for dinner. I can already years till you can drive one guys! Hannah smell the crab fries. Then is the first event of Kravitz, Ashley Levy and Rachel Freeman the New Year…the one you are all waiting loved trying on the cool hats at Cloud 9 and for…The Ultrazone lock in on January 8th we took a great group shot of all wearing hip into the 9th. So grab your Jewish friends and head wear. Grant Denmark, Cassey Levitt join the fun with Jr. Shafty!! and Brian Goldstein were working hard on the scavenger hunt that was planned on the boardwalk. They figured out which cookie you can get fried and how many pirates are on the wall of castaway cove. Finally we all ran around on the beach and were chased by seagulls. I will never bring French fries on the beach again!! Our October event was cancelled due to low turnout. Hey, Jr. Shafty…where were you??? We did have a great first FLASH meeting with our 8th graders. Thanks to Steven Miller, Josh Hinton, Ashley Necowitz, Jake Sandman, Hannah Kravatz, Aaron Schnitzer, Josh King, Devon Bialow, and Emma Sapperstein for attending. We assigned FLASH team job positions, talked about running canteen, and had everyone give their ideas for new events. We are lucky to have such an awesome group of 8th graders!!
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