Posted on 02/28/2013 @ 09:30 AM
Welcoming our Brothers and Sisters from Nation to Nation, Generation after Generation
International Inductions at AZA/BBG International Convention in Washington DC on Saturday, February 16, 2013
Nervous, excited, scared and spirited – just a few of the feelings that rushed through the minds of the 70-person International Delegation as they made their way to center stage to be inducted into the BBYO family in front of the largest gathering of Alephs and BBGs in BBYO’s history.
Watching the International Delegates faces light up as they received their small pins was an experience all in its own. Ruach and pride spread throughout the entire room while everyone began chanting “INT-ER-NATIONAL, INT-ER-NATIONAL”. This gave us a small glimpse into the bright future for the globalization of our movement.
Cian Milofsky, BBYO UK/Irealand:
For me personally, it was so touching to have the honor of inducting these fine young men and women from all over the world into the International Order. The fact that they travelled from far and wide to join the largest Jewish youth organization at IC showed their passion and dedication to the future of our movement, religion and people. I am confident that every one of these teens is worthy and deserving of their AZA or BBG pin. As excited as I was to formally welcome the International Delegates into the Order, it also saddened me because it meant that I am one step closer to graduating BBYO.
“I didn't know what was going on until I looked down the stage and saw Renee (JDC Staff from Argentina) crying. That was when I realized what the induction really meant. I was excited to get my first pin. I really enjoyed the ceremony and I'm so glad that I had the chance to experience it.” – Melu Faez, Argentina.
Sam Dolen, BBYO KIO:
I can't believe it's close to a year since I was inducted into the International Order. At CLTC 7, 2012, I, along with around 60 other Alephs, took part in a moving separates. We were united. We became brothers. After the coordinator of our CLTC inducted us, we ran outside to engage in what would be the most memorable spirit circle of our lives. After the circle had ended, we all lay down in the grass and looked up at the night sky.
We looked up, and at that moment, a shooting star graced the sky in a luminous blaze. It burnt out and deteriorated in the atmosphere above us. It was an emotionally rich experience as we all saw witnessed that rare spectacle. We all knew that it was meant to be.
After this, inductions have become incredibly important to me. It is the time when girls and boys from all over become part of the most supreme brotherhood and sisterhood that exists. It was very meaningful to me to be able to induct the international teens - to see them experiencing the same feeling that I did is the next best thing to actually experiencing it.
Having brothers and sisters around the world is something that few others can say they have, and we are proud to know that we are some of the few.
Sam Dolen, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region
Cian Milofsky, BBYO UK & Ireland