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Joyful Shabbat at August Execs

Posted on 08/13/2011 @ 09:00 PM

We hope that everyone had a restful and meaningful Shabbat! The Execs body enjoyed our time together in this special community and we are looking forward to closing out the program with as much enthusism as it started with!

Yesterday, after wrapping up a lot of AZA and BBG business, the Execs body prepared for Shabbat with a little Chofesh (free time) followed by Shabbat dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat services. After services, teens participated in a discussion on the important tradition of democracy in Judaism. As a full group, teens discussed four Judaic texts and grappled with how to interpret them in the modern world and as they relate to their roles as leaders.

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Here are the four texts:

It was clear that participants had strong feelings on these texts bringing up issues such how to define a "worthy person" and is it only "people of learning" who have responsibility to create change? Looking at all four texts together, a clear theme emerged that participatory democracy is encouraged in Judaism and the BBYO leaders have the ability to create real and lasting change around their issues of choice.

After the discussion, participants had a choice of a song session with musician Eric Hunker or a tish filled with singing and story telling with past Grand Aleph Godol, Jason Benkendorf.

Saturday was filled with services and additional business items such as launching BBYO Connect (BBYO's new, enhanced program for middle school students), developing additional program standards for chapters and passing a motion that amends the chapter charter system. All business items will be shared with the entire Order shortly.

As we speak, we are preparing to head to the National Mall for special AZA and BBG separates and a snack at the Lincoln Memorial. Stay tuned!

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