Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Oorah Nachas Files-Learn n’ ChillZone Season Begin

For Zoniacs (those are campers at Oorah's TheZone camp, for anyone still unfamiliar with the term) across America, these past few weeks have been the start of something exciting: a new Learn n' ChillZone season. With 31 locations in the works, from Boston to Manalapan to Bensalem to Great Neck, hundreds of children and teens showed up for the opening week (and that's not including ChillZone Yerushalayim!)
 Word spreads quickly among children and their friends. Many locations that started with just a handful of attendees last year opened with dozens this year. ChillZone in Philadelphia began with eight girls last year; this year, 50 showed up the first week. It’s a movement that is quickly picking up steam, with more communities hosting ChillZone programs every year.


The ChillZone program is a vital way for Oorah to keep up its connection with children and their families throughout the year. Boys and girls alike look forward to ChillZone every week (in most locations, on Motzoei Shabbos; some have ChillZone on Thursday nights) for the opportunity to relax and learn with friends and Oorah volunteers. Besides the warm atmosphere and learning one-on-one or in small groups, there’s hot pizza and fries, exciting prizes and activities that make each week fun.


One Staten Island mother said that her daughter is so excited for ChillZone every week that she chooses her ChillZone outfit at the beginning of the week. She said, “Kids wake up, go to school, do homework and go to sleep. ChillZone is something exciting for them and an ‘out’ from school. It is a program that is entirely about the kids. I love that they are learning. There are fun projects, raffles, pizza, soda, candy… I know that they are in good hands and are being taken care of.”



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