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CTEEN Tie-Dye Event Fosters Community Rebecca Kanfer '21

As the world begins to open and adapt to our "new normal" again, trends that had infiltrated our quarantine newsfeeds have begun to carry over. Tie-dye was one of the majorly popular trends during quarantine that has carried over this fall season. Miri Kantor, leader of the Westport CTEEN club through the Chabad Lubavitch of Westport, used this creative project to bring together junior and senior Jewish teens of Westport while still partaking in COVID-safe regulations.

Photo by Rebecca Kanfer '21

"CTEEN is a club for Jewish girls to get together comfortably to talk and hangout." Miri Kantor said. "I know tie-dye blew up in COVID, and I thought what a better way to bring people out and be together. I definitely thought I should take advantage of that."

Photo by Rebecca Kanfer '21

The teens were able to choose anything they wanted to tie-dye. From masks to t-shirts, everything was laid out directly on the table for their use.

Photos by Rebecca Kanfer '21

The teens then got to work right away with their projects. The tables were socially distant and regulated to just two participants per table. Many teens still felt the CTEEN event was engaging and uniting despite the separation. " I love these CTEEN events because they always bring together a bunch of Jewish girls who just want to have a connection to their Jewish roots in a fun way." Remi Levitt '21 said. "This event I especially like because tie-dying is a creative outlet for me. It fuels my creativity and incorporates a mixture of art and fun."

Photos by Rebecca Kanfer '21

The event offered bagged and individual foods such as granola bars, fruit roll-ups and water bottles for the teens to snack on. The event also had placemats, zip-lock bags, and gloves ready for use. "Miri always takes such good care of us." Harley Bonn '21 said. "She has everything we could ever need ready for these events, just makes me want to come back again and again."

Photo by Rebecca Kanfer '21

The event ended with another circle of conversation between Miri and the teens explaining and connecting the event to their Jewish heritage. Miri ended the event with a message to the participants and a bunch of socially-distant air hugs.