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CTeens and seniors find common ground


The teenagers of CTeen, a Chabad teen club, visit with the seniors of Kinneret Apartments.

Teenagers and seniors of today are probably farther apart than any other time throughout history. Ask a teenager what game he prefers to play, and he will most likely give you an answer of something that includes a tablet, smart phone, or other technological device. Ask a senior and you will likely hear Scrabble, cards, or another traditional game. Yet, despite these differences, the senior residents at Kinneret Apartments, and teenagers of CTeen from North and South Orlando, got together for an evening of fun on Dec. 14 to bring in the spirit of Chanukah.

After a light supper prepared by Chabad, and once some individual table games were finished, the seniors and teens teamed up and competed in some Dreidel tournaments, and Chanukah trivia. 

Mattan Asulin, from South Orlando was surprised by how much he enjoyed the evening. "I met someone with a cool life, she knew a lot and had some interesting facts about some states and people she has seen... I think the games brought us closer because we had to talk to one another to discuss the answers. They are nice people and I really enjoyed it."

Throughout the night, teens could be seen talking with the seniors and asking them questions about their life and experiences.

"The teens and adults were friendly and were interested in each of us personally, I hope they come back soon," said Kinneret resident Fran Polin.

The beautiful evening came to a close as Rabbi Yanky Majesky of CTeen's North Orlando chapter, and Rabbi Nissan, of the South Orlando CTeen chapter, lit the Menorah and led the crowd in singing some traditional Chanukah songs.

Teenagers and seniors alike joined in the singing, bringing in the spirit of Chanukah together. Just as the teens were leaving, Sheryl Bech, another resident at the Kinneret Apartments, stopped Rabbi Nissan to thank him for the event. "I appreciate the youthful energy you brought here tonight. Delicious food, and lovely people. Thank you so much," she said.

The teenagers left feeling fulfilled and happy, and perhaps even with a new type of favorite game. The next CTeen event will be on Dec. 28. The teens will be getting together for Jewish Heritage night and will be attending the Orlando Magic basketball game. For more information, contact Cteen@jewishorlando.com.


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