Monday, October 31, 2011

Wordless Whenever: Snow Snow GO AWAY(now please)

Trees should NEVER look like this!!!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, life kind of got in the way. Between APUSH work and holidays something had to give, and the blog did. Also there has been a SNOWSTORM in OCTOBER!!! In OCTOBER!! Not OK!! Now we have two snow days so far and it isn't even my birthday yet! November 4th, We are not supposed to have snow days before than! Also if there is one more(which at this rate there will be) we can say good bye to April break(and I can say good bye to March of the Living).

Grand Total of snow days last year-6

Current total of snow(and hurricane days) so far this year- 7 (after tomorrow)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Region: Hanefesh
Type: Shirt
Words Written: Hanefesh <3's Israel
When Purchased:  Fall Convention '10
Status: Soldout 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Sukkot!!

Happy Sukkot Everyone!!

Hopefully the three day Yom Tovs aren't driving you quite as crazy as they are driving me. I think they make people rather crazy, at least we don't have them again next year. They have also thrown off my whole blogging schedule. It is rather frustrating. A 4year old I know came up to me Friday night after a Shabbat Sukkot dinner at my Shul if it was time for Havdalah yet, and this boy usually HATES Havdalah.  So since I am to out of whack to feel like writing I am going to post some visual things.

Funny How I Wrote a Similar Thing About Rosh Hashanah

This isn't about Sukkot but it is very funny and I know two of the people in it(the "interviewer" and the Shlomo sitting in the front center)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Icebreaker: Human Bingo

Yesterday was Hanefesh's Regional Kick-off, which was skating this year. I am going to write about that tomorrow though, when I have some pictures hopefully. Tonight I will write about the icebreaker we played.

Human Bingo Instructions


Make cards with different descriptions of people on it. Make sure the items on the card match the people you are expecting.

I made them using a bingo card generator, or if you e-mail me I could send you mine. I have 45 different cards with about 18 different things out of which 12 appeared per card.

At Event

As everyone arrives hand out bingo cards with pens or pencils.

Explain to people that the need to get signature of people who fit the description on the card to sign the box they fit, and they should try to fill up the card.

Why I Like It 

First reason I like it is that you don't need to take a set time to do it, so at the beginning of an event people can catch up with old friends or start making new ones. I also like that since you have the course of a few hours to do it you can really have a conversation with the people you meet.

Sample Bingo Card from the Internet

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wordless Whenever: Tzafon Mug

Region: Tzafon
Type: Mug
Words Written: Tzafon Region, Caution: Contents Extremely Hot
When Purchased:  Quad-Regional Encampment
Status: Unsure

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wordless Whenever: Colored Water

So yesterday I walked into my kitchen and saw my sister with a bunch of food coloring, a measuring cup filled with water, and a camera.

My Personal Favorite, Yes She Did Stick Her Camera in the Water

Testing 123 Testing

So I am attempting to use a new feature called blog this where I post web pages directly as I am on them. I figured this was a good way to test it, also please click the link and help Hanefesh win the international contest to see which regional website can get the most page views:)
Welcome to the Hanefesh Region - Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Region of United Synagogue Youth (USY):

'via Blog this'

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Actual Information!!

Yay so lots of things I probably should of posted earlier.


Time is really running out to sign up!! Tomorrow it the last day to sign up, so fax in you forms in NOW!!

It will be a ton of fun and better yet you will get a chance to see me attempt to skate. I will also be handing out candy to all those who applied to mem/kad RGB as promised.


While you can not actually sign up yet, PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!!! If you are on RGB or chapter board this may be the most important event you attend all year. I know this was very helpful for me when I attended it last year as a regional president.


Inter-national Convention is in Philadelphia this year and it is going to be amazing. Hanefesh is having pre-convention with EPA. Registration has started so make sure you register NOW! (If you did not get the e-mail about IC, first sign up for the regional listserv, and then send me your e-mail and I will send you the info and application)

IC song as song by the regional presidents and international board members.

How Elmo High Jacked My Work Time

I spend many Sunday Mornings at my Shul during Hebrew School, I find that I get a lot of work done there. But today I did not.

As usual I get to Shul at about 9:30 just as the Hebrew School kids are arriving, but since it is the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur its Sukkah Building Sunday. The parking lot looked like a lumber truck had lost a few pieces of wood in a very orderly fashion. As I make my way to the office where I usually work I pass the chapel, where the men who had come for Sukkah building are in Minyan.

I soon spot two boys I babysit for, Joel and Eli, 3 1/2 and 2, respectively. Eli comes running up to me and gave me a big hug. He then proceeded to show me HIS Kipah (the day before it had been left at home and he refused to wear any other Kipah). Joel and I then pounded it.

I went to the office and set up my laptop and made a human bingo game for the Hanefesh Kick Off(which you are all coming to, RIGHT?). By the time I had finished I figured I would check on the boys, who were now by the Sukkah building with their dad.

I asked Eli and Joel if they wanted to come in with me. Joel was very happy being a go-for for the adults but Eli wanted Airplane(when I pick him up and hold him out like an airplane while running). So I brought him inside like an airplane.

I brought him to the office with me and he was content on my lap while I attempted to get a program from another region to help with a new program we are trying to create for Hanefesh. By the time I finished typing my message Eli is pointing to the computer shouting "ELMO! ELMO!"

So soon I found my self on the Sesame Street website making a custom playlist of Elmo and Big Bird. I just want to add here that I usually object to having little kids watch TV and I this is like the third time I have let someone under the age of 5 watch TV while I was watching them. Eventually Joel comes in and joins our 'Street Fest'. Both seemed completely mezmorized  by Elmo and friends. I have to say the worst part though was that I was singing along (I also happen to spend a lot of time with a boy age 4 who has known the words to Elmo's World since he was one and has kindly taken the time to teach me all the sesame street songs).

Eli Mesmerized by Elmo 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rosh Hashanah-The Beginnings of a War

I hope everyone had a good Rosh Hashanah.

Wednesday night I went with my family to my Aunt Lisa's house. Stuck in traffic we called my Aunt's house to let her know we would be late, to our shock my Aunt Renee answered the phone. This was impossible to fathom, Aunt Renee has been known to show up to places upwards of six hours late. We frequently take bets on when my Aunt Renee and Uncle Scott will show up. Well it turned out Aunt Lisa told them to show up an hour earlier than everyone else, and for once they were actually on time.

 As usual we ate in her dinning room which is downstairs(her kitchen is upstairs). Oh and by the way Aunt Renee is very opinionated. Someone at the table starts with politics, setting off what probably could have been confused with World War III. By the time we were through gefiltah fish  and soup everyone who wasn't fighting had started to take refuge upstairs in the kitchen in between courses. The fight was getting louder and louder.

 In the kitchen my Aunt Lisa turned to my brother Max and said "What is going on down there?"

Max replied "We all try not to say anything but Aunt Renee will say something so incorrect that my father just has to correct it."

This encounter pretty much some sup all family event I go to.