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This World is an Incredible Place

Posted on 10/24/2014 @ 10:00 AM

This world is a pretty incredible place filled with unique and interesting people. In my travels up to now, I have been able to experience and see this incredible world. I have been able to see how Judaism is practiced all across America. (I’ve also been able to eat a lot of great food that is unique to the places I have been!)

Most importantly, I have seen what AZA means to Alephs nation wide. Two of my favorite parts of AZA are separates and passionate cheer sessions. There is something special about being with your brother Alephs and diving deep into meaningful discussions and programs. Yet, there is nothing like the feeling with your hand on the shoulders of your brother Alephs and their hands on yours cheering about AZA until you can’t anymore. In my travels so far, I have been able to experience unique separates and crazy cheer sessions where I come out looking like I took a dip in a pool.

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Sam at ATL LTI

In Atlanta Council, I was part of the most unique cheer session I’ve ever been a part of. It was awesome to see nearly every Aleph in the circle with a red mark on his left chest from the AZA heartbeat. With Lake Ontario Region and Eastern Canada Region, I saw the Alephs of two regions come together as one as blood brothers and unite. It was powerful to see each Aleph in the room look at themselves and reflect. In South Jersey Region, I attended one of the most powerful and meaningful separates I have ever been apart of. I was able to walk around a museum set up by the regional board about what it would be like in about 80 years if the Jewish people were no more. The members took this program very seriously and they got a lot out of it. This was followed by an awesome cheer session where you could tell every member was really into it.

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Sam at SJR RLTI

In the 10 regions or councils I have been to, I can tell how much AZA means to all of the communities. In Atlanta, I was able to see what a crazy and unique cheer session can be like. In DC, I saw the excitement for the year. In Omaha, I was able to see the roots of this order. In Kansas City, I saw excitement and passion cheering for their hometown Royals who are now in the World Series. I saw a new chapter in St. Louis put all they could into being successful as well as a fun time at a Cardinals game. In GMR, I saw an excitement around IC and their chapters that inspired me. In South Jersey Region, I saw the Alephs stand up to anti-Semitism and learn about what could be.

Now in Denver, I am excited to be a part of the community here for the weekend at Rocky Mountain Region’s Fall Convention. It will be an incredible weekend where the members of RMR support Breast Cancer Awareness as well as Cancer Awareness as a whole with a pink Shabbat this Friday night. This is a cause dear to my heart, and it is incredible to hear that Alephs and BBGs Stand UP for this great cause.

My travels have been inspiring so far, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has to come.

Fraternally submitted with an undying love for

Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 5 2011, CLTC 7 2014, RMR Fall Convention this weekend, Walking Dead with Rosie, Baseball games with BBYO, Peach tea at conventions, Rusty Smith, IC kick off with GMR, Israel, Keeping PACE, Omaha, Nebraska, the Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands,

I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen

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