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New York Teens Celebrate Their Post Bar Mitzvah Lives

August 7, 2008
In a day and age when many young Jewish men opt out of communal involvement after their bar mitzvahs, the teenagers at Chabad-Lubavitch of Orange County could be something of an anomaly. But there’s no mystery, says 16-year-old Alec DeRoss, who with his other friends celebrated the close of a successful year with a summer barbeque and pool party. “It’s awesome to have a rabbi who is outgoing and loves to have fun,” DeRoss says of Rabbi Pesach Burston, director of the Goshen, N.Y., center. “He understands the way we think and can relate to us. He will teach us about being kosher, and then take us on a kosher hunt” in a grocery story.
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The members of Chabad’s Boys Teen Club in Goshen, N.Y., gather at Chabad-Lubavitch of Orange County every week. In addition, they sometimes bake at Rabbi Pesach Burston’s home. “I really look forward to Monday afternoons,” said Lee Stanton, 13. “Being with the guys, having the rabbi teach us new subjects of Judaism, and doing fun things has been really great.”
The members of Chabad’s Boys Teen Club in Goshen, N.Y., gather at Chabad-Lubavitch of Orange County every week. In addition, they sometimes bake at Rabbi Pesach Burston’s home. “I really look forward to Monday afternoons,” said Lee Stanton, 13. “Being with the guys, having the rabbi teach us new subjects of Judaism, and doing fun things has been really great.”

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