Big Apple Adventure

Explore. Give. Connect.

Join Midwest NCSY for 5 days of fun and inspiration on its "Big Apple Adventure" for teens on President's Day Weekend 2018. Take in the sights and shopping that only the Big Apple has to offer. Discover Jewish New York by visiting Brooklyn's diverse Jewish community, and by volunteering at some of its most inspiring social services organizations. And celebrate Shabbat with new friends from across the Chicagoland area. Here's your chance to discover New York - and get inspired.

Program Highlights

  • Visit New York's top tourist attractions, including Times Square and the Statue of Liberty
  • Tour Brooklyn's famous Jewish community
  • Volunteer at some of New York's most inspiring social services organizations
  • Celebrate Shabbat with new friends from across the Chicagoland area
New York, NY
President’s Day Weekend, Thursday, February 15 - Monday, February 19, 2018
$275 for first time participants; $400 for teens that have previously participated in a Springboard School Break Program
Travel, Jewish Identity, Volunteering, Shabbat


Q: How will participants travel to New York?
A: The teens will travel via airplane as a group.

Q: Where will the teens be staying?
A: At a hotel in or near New York City.

Q: How will the teens be supervised?
A: The teens will be supervised at all times by Midwest NCSY staff. The trip will be led by North Shore City Director Yaakov Cohen with support from several experienced, volunteer advisors.

Q: What kind of food will be served?
A: All meals and snacks will be fully kosher, under the certification of the Orthodox Union (OU). Participants will also have a chance to sample some of New York's best kosher pizza! We can also accommodate teens with allergies and other special dietary needs, including vegetarians.

Q: How will you accommodate those who have never experienced Shabbat before?
A: We will offer a traditional Shabbat experience to all participants and work to ensure that the atmosphere is sensitive to everyone. With the exception of Kabbalat Shabbat, all prayer services will be optional. In an effort to create a sense of community, teens will be asked to limit their public use of technological devices on Shabbat.

Midwest NCSY runs weekend conventions throughout the year that are attended by teens of diverse backgrounds who celebrate Shabbat in different ways, or who don't celebrate Shabbat at all. On this program, as on all our conventions, we will ensure that participants at all levels of observance are not only comfortable, but feel included in all aspects of the program.