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Getting To Know You

Posted on 01/04/2013 @ 07:11 PM

This Shabbat we will read one of the most transformative lines in the whole Torah: “A new king arose over Egypt, and he did not know about Joseph.” (Exodus 1:8) That simple concept - knowing about someone - still has the power to alter our communities.

What does it mean to “know” our neighbor? Our colleagues? Our constituency of families and teens? As we press forward with our membership and recruitment of 8th graders, we should always remember that we must know our neighbors. Know what is going on in our community; know our families; know our teens. Investing the time to know this new group of potential leaders could yield dividends beyond your wildest dreams. That wide-eyed 8th grader that paid membership yesterday might just be your Regional Godol in a few years. That shy 8th grader who is afraid of high school may be our future International Mit-Mom.

The reality is that, as our numbers grow it is harder for us to maintain that personal relationship that goes so far with our teens and their families. We are here to provide an opportunity that few other organizations can tout - the ability to provide meaningful, enriching leadership and Judaic programming enhanced through simply getting to know each other.

As we welcome in 2013, we should remember that we count our members not in aggregate (XYZ region has 500 members), but rather one at a time (XYZ region has one member, and another, and another - 500 times).

This Shabbat Message was brought to you by Justin Pollack, Program Director, Gold Coast Region BBYO

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