Rabbi Yaron Kapitulnik (NY’ 10, NYSOE ’10), Rabbi and Educator at Temple Judea of Palm Beach County, travelled to New York with his confirmation class on March 11-13, 2011. With 13 students, he visited HUC-JIR/New York, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, B’nei Jeshurun, Central Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Heritage Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Rabbi Kapitulnik explained, “It was an amazing trip in which we could see how, in three days, our students grew and transformed, deepening their understanding of what being Jewish means to them.”
Student Taylor Gish stated, “This trip allowed me to see just how much I didn’t know. Jewish immigration and assimilation in North America, specifically New York, was something I never even thought about before. I guess when one just practices a religion out of habit, the history of how it came to shape and form for where you are now becomes forgotten. Wanting to be Jewish now means something to me.”