With young adults off to war, Israeli teens are stepping up in their communities


November 10, 2023

Mechinah students replace farm worker in the Jordan Valley on this date farm. Civilians are volunteering throughout the country while farmers serve in the reserves

This story was produced as part of the JTA Teen Journalism Fellowship program.

(JTA) - After her husband left abruptly to join his army unit, Meytal Blumenthal Gordon realized she still hadn't disassembled her sukkah, the temporary structure the family put up during the Sukkot holiday at their home in Jerusalem. She wasn't physically capable of doing so alone.

"Two sweet boys, teenagers, came and they took down the sukkah and helped me organize it," Blumenthal Gordon said. "We actually had a siren in the middle. We all ran to the shelter, and then they continued helping."

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