Earlier this month, 15 high school students from northern New Jersey traveled to Puerto Rico on a two-day NCSY relief mission to help with cleanup for flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona in September and to distribute supplies to local schools.

Participants came from Tenafly High, East Brunswick High, Bergen Academies, Ridgewood High, Glen Rock High, Fair Lawn High and Livingston High. 

NCSY, part of the Orthodox Union, is a youth group that provides Jewish teens with innovative social and recreational programs so they develop a positive Jewish identity. The NCSY Relief Missions division sends Jewish teens across America and internationally to help with damage after a natural disaster strikes.

Since 2005, NCSY has sent more than 2,000 student volunteers to disaster-stricken areas in Puerto Rico, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, and other locations. NCSY runs an average of 45-50 relief missions per year, totaling 190 missions in the past 17 years. The Puerto Rico visit took place Nov 10-11.

Urban Edge Properties, a New York-based real estate investment firm, partnered with NCSY as part of its ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing division. ESG is the practice of donating to and otherwise supporting environmental and social causes.

In addition to employees from Urban Edge’s New York office helping with the cleanup, the company used two of the shopping malls it owns in Puerto Rico as base camps to collect and distribute supplies for local schools. 

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Orthodox Union
Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union (OU), or Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs.
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NCSY is a world-recognized organization that has played a pivotal role in the lives of Jewish teens across the globe. With the vision of Harold and Enid Boxer, the Orthodox Union founded NCSY in 1954 to provide Jewish teens with an opportunity to build a strong connection to their Jewish roots through inspiration and leadership skills. NCSY connects with Jewish teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to develop a positive Jewish identity. For more information, visit www.ncsy.org.
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