L’Taken in Washington DC
Two weeks ago I went on the L’Taken weekend in Washington DC. I went with two girls and our Director of Youth Engagement, Lisa Isen Baumal. While we were there, we met up with about 400 other Jewish teens from congregations around the USA as well as 9 other Canadians from Oakville. As a part of our trip, we visited multiple museums and monuments, as well as attended services and elective programs within the hotel. I had an amazing time and made some awesome new friends. One of my favourite parts of the trip was when we were writing speeches for our meeting at the Canadian Embassy, and we were all laughing and eating. It was one of the best experiences that I have been on and I was so proud to represent my country at this event.
By: Adelaide Bertoia-Dixon
Every two years, Holy Blossom offers an incredible trip in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, to Washington. My name is Ellie Davidson and I am so grateful to have been able to attend this trip, along with two other teens from our congregation, Adelaide Bertoia-Dixon, and Lilah Petersiel. The L’taken Teen Social Justice Seminar is a chance for groups to come and visit Washington to connect Reform Judaism with social justice and try to make a change in the world. L’taken offers great educational opportunities from teaching young teens the first steps of lobbying, to enriching seminars, to new bonds and friendships. We are there with hundreds of other Jewish teens from all over the US, It is a truly unforgettable experience. We had the chance to take a tour of the Capitol. It’s where everything started, it is the centre of the city and the centre of American history. With 540 rooms and intricate architecture its very impressive. In addition, we visited the Holocaust Memorial, The Newseum, The Martin Luther King Memorial, and The Smithsonian, which I felt was both important and inspiring.
The US Capital Washington D.C. is a small city, fuelling energy into one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world. We as teens, as Jews and as Canadians, had the privilege to attend this highly influential country and voice our opinions, and practice our religion freely. I will never forget the Havdalah service on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial facing the Washington Monument. Thank you, Holy Blossom, for allowing me to take part in this once in a lifetime event and I know I can speak on behalf of Adelaide and Lilah, this will be one to remember.
By: Ellie Davidson