Ambassadors to Argentina – Update #2

Hi Family & Friends,

Please enjoy the following update from teens from our trip!

“El viernes nos despertamos temprano y visitamos un food bank, ahí nos enseñaron a armar cajas para donar teniendo en cuenta la fecha de vencimiento de los alimentos y que había que llegar a un peso específico. Luego, almorzamos en un comedor (sub kitchen) al cual suelen recurrir más de 200 personas por día. Después de almorzar, compartimos juegos precisamente pensados, canciones, risas y abrazos con los chicos del comedor.
A la tarde, fuimos a Hebraica, un jcc argentino, donde celebramos un Shabat dirigido por Enrique Grimberg Hazán de la Comunidad local.
Antes de ir a dormir, armamos un fogón para cerrar el día todos juntos.
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On Friday we woke up very early in order to visit a food bank, where we learned how to pack the food boxes to donate, having in mind the expiration date of the edibles and a specific weight we had to reach.
Later, we had lunch in a sub kitchen were more than 200 people go to eat every day. After eating, we shared games, songs, laughs, and hugs with the kids from the sub kitchen.
In the afternoon we went to Hebraica, an Argentinian JCC where we celebrated Shabbat directed by Enrique Grimberg Hazán from the local community. Before going to sleep, we made a fire in order to close the day all together.”

– NICOLE REIMAN, Buenos Aires

“On Friday, we all took a trip to a major food bank in Buenos Aires – Banco de Alimentos. We assisted the volunteers there in sending off food and cleaning supplies to those in need. They told us these bare essentials were going to be thrown away. Thoughtlessly, every day we through away bare essentials that can be used. Helping out in this project brought us a step closer to living a more thoughtful life.

After packing 1,500 kilos we made our way to a communal soup kitchen. Kids began to flood in and one by one, we got to know them. I was amazed by the kids who crawled into my lap as we played “Pato Pato Ñato” (“Duck Duck Goose”). They reminded me so much of the kids I babysit back home. This thought became bittersweet to me. How is it fair that these kids, just because of what they were born into, ended up with so much less? But I realized that it also shows our connectedness. Even though the kids (the ones I babysit and the ones coming to the soup kitchen) are separated by about 5,000 miles, they are joined by the love they have to give. This trip has opened my eyes and I will think about our experience every time the kids I babysit ask to play ‘Duck Duck Goose’!”

– IDA NARLI, Philadelphia (PA)

“[Saturday] night was, without exaggeration, the reason that I wanted to come to this country. After a Shabbat full of sports, friendship, and community, everyone split up towards their host families. When most of us met up later that night we hung out and talked late into the night, making new memories, in new places with one another. I also was given the chance to speak Spanish in a manner impossible at home, conversing about difficult topics with non-English speakers. But, regardless of language, the bonds formed last night and over the breadth of this trip have created deep and powerful connections that will last beyond this week. May this continue as we travel to Iguazu and into the week ahead.”

– ZACHARY BAHAR, Evanston (IL)

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