Max and Ethan Connect Through Love of Rubik’s Cube

March 23, 2021

Max and Ethan Connect Through Love of Rubik’s Cube

Connections don’t always happen right away, and it can take time for people to click. However, the bond between two people immediately solidifies once they find something they have in common. Luckily, for Max and Ethan, members of The PAL Program, Atlanta's only Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program, they found a commonality early in their first conversation that will no doubt lead to a wonderful friendship.

In January, Sarah Bernstein, PAL Program Manager, held a virtual match party for a new PAL match. Both Little PAL Ethan (age 10) and Big PAL Max (age 23) were nervous about meeting each other, but both took turns introducing themselves. While Ethan was talking, he stated that he really enjoys working on the Rubik's Cube. Max suddenly stopped Ethan and excitedly pulled out his own Rubik’s Cube while saying, “I love the Rubik’s Cube too!”

Everyone on the call laughed together, the conversation relaxed, and those on the call even got a bit teary-eyed. Bernstein shared, “Ethan had a huge smile on his face after that, and I knew right there just how special this program (PAL) is.” Both Max and Ethan were so thrilled with the connection they had made, they stayed on the Zoom call for an hour! Directly after that first conversation, Ethan’s mother told Bernstein, “I think the PAL Program is going to be life-changing for my son.”

Support this PAL match and so many others in the PAL program by joining us for our first ever walk on Sunday, April 18, called Havinawalk! Gather in-person at The Weber School for a COVID-safe fun-filled day of activities like life sized Jenga and Connect Four, a roaming photo booth by Button It Up, chalk art, and complimentary falafel and french fries from the Adama Street Food truck! There is also a virtual option for those who prefer to stay closer to home. Register here!