18 teenagers and 4 staff members, stuck with each other for 48 hours in a snow storm in the dead of October. That right there, would mark the start of a wonderful Diller year. I want to write about all the amazing things that have happened with Diller so far, but it would take me awhile…and I probably wouldn’t have enough space. But, I remember the first meeting, meeting everyone was so awkward. I didn’t know many people, but was eager to know everyone soon. After a few meetings, the retreat was finally around the corner, and personally, I was excited. I would tell my school friends, but they didn’t really get it so I just couldn’t wait to board the bus at the JCC on Friday October 28th for a fun-filled weekend with 17 other teenagers my age. Before the retreat, we all picked “committees” that were assigned an important task on the retreat, and every committee carried out their job amazingly, especially the food committee, as they had the huge job of filling 18 teenagers, and 4 staff’s hungry bellies. At first, our group was “segregated” at first with boys in the back of the bus, and girls in the front. But after a short while, we were all talking and having fun with each other, IN ONE AREA OF THE BUS, and this was a big step for us. When we got to Friendly Crossways, we were greeted by Mrs. Turner, the owner of Friendly Crossways who provided us with warm blankets, pillow cases and sheets, Bryan, one of the amazing 4 staff members, and Talia and Andrew, 2 people part of the Boston Diller Cohort this year, who were already there. Everyone got settled into their rooms and got dressed for Shabbat, and the retreat had finally begun. Soon enough, we were all bonding with each other, laughing, and playing ice breakers. We had an amazing Maagal Lila both nights, all thanks to
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-Emily Feil J