Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Look

I have been slacking off lately. I find it harder to blog now that it is summer. I had gotten into the routine of blogging when I came home from school, but now I no longer have a routine I never remember to blog. Also I would like to get some guest bloggers if anyone is interested.

I am sure you have all noticed the new appearance of the blog, I am still messing around with it. I am not sure if I like it though its very different and I will probably have to get used to it but I think that it represents the blog better. I would really appreciate some user input.

Lastly thing I want to but in this post is about USY Facts. There is currently a goal of 1,000 fans before IC. This is only possible with your help, so if you haven't become a fan yet go do it and everyone should get there friends to become fans. Also today is day 181 of USY Facts, there is a video contest for the 200th day. Please submit videos, they should be around 30 seconds and could be about just about anything USY. There will be a prize.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Flashback: Assassin Game

Congratulations to NoriAnna on getting engage. Nori was A USYer in Hagesher and was an adviser for BEKI-BJ. She continues to staff Hanefesh regional events and is an amazing person.
Nori in Harry Potter World at IC '10
The story I am going to tell today has Nori in it.

One of the things I want to do now that I am on REB is try to go to other chapters' events. The first chapter event from a different chapter than mine was BEKI-BJ's Shabbaton. 

On Saturday afternoon I was with a few people when my friend Aaron suggested we play a game of assassin. We soon started to get other people involved. Someone who was not playing set the game up for us. During sudat shlishit we were assigned targets. 

Right before people started to get names I went back to my bunk to get a sweater. On my way back someone named Jake asked me is I was Joan. I said yes. He said that he had something really important to tell me. 

He quickly whispered in my ear "Bang bang, you're dead."

I looked up at him and replied "you know the game hasn't actually started yet, right?"

I soon received my target. After Havdalah the game began. I was practically untouchable because I knew who had me, but I couldn't figure out how to get my target out. After breakfast Sunday morning the opportunity presented itself, we were walking back to the bunk more than 10 feet from anyone else.

I whispered in to my target's ear "Bang bang, you're dead." I than found out my new target was Aaron, not hard, I already had a plan. 

Then Jake left early, which I figured that meant I would automatically be the winner as long as I killed everyone else off. So when Nori asked me to stay with her because Aaron had her as a target and I didn't have a problem staying with her because I knew she didn't have me. I told her about how I was Jake's target and he had left early.

Nori turned to me and said "Jake was my target so if he left you are my target now. Bang bang, you're dead." Though I was dead I did not want to see Aaron win as he had said he was going to win. 

Nori and I started thinking. While we went through a list of different plans. In the end another staffer asked to talk to Aaron about what he thought of the event. After they were done Nori came from behind Aaron and "killed" him, and one the game.

Nori than came up to me and said "Thank you for helping me relive my childhood"

Friday, July 8, 2011


Today was my first day volunteering at my little sister's  day camp. I was a junior counselor for a group of seven girls ages 4 and 5. Very exhausting.

I really just wanted to give a quick update on some things. First if you haven't yet sign up for encampment you can get the application from the Hanefesh facebook page or if you are from a different region check out your region's website.  Next thing is you can start registering for IC, right now you can put down a $300 deposit to reserve a spot and if you do it before September 10th you can get $50 off, find out more about that at Last thing is everyone should sign up for Kesher, you can do that at