Credit: Itzik Roytman
Between February 23rd and 26th, more than 3,000 young Jews from 30 countries gathered in New York to participate in the CTeen International Summit. The event is organized by Chabad to promote a sense of belonging among Jewish youth.
Each year the event has a different theme. This year's was “Meant2B”, whose aim is to encourage young people to find the positive side even in life's challenging situations. For this, speakers told moments of their personal lives that involved challenges and overcoming - strengthening the debate on mental health.
The teens also visited Jewish attractions in Brooklyn such as synagogues, matzah factory, mikvah and the headquarters of the Chabad movement. After Shabbat, they participated in a show in Times Square.
“This Shabbaton is a vital opportunity for Jewish teenagers to connect to their Jewish identity with pride and unity, realizing they are part of the global Jewish community,” said Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, and Chairman of CTeen International. “The Rebbe always emphasized the power of the youth to transform the world. We hope this Shabbaton will be the catalyst for positive transformation across the globe.”
Watch the video of the event: