Regional Convention 2011: A Great Success!
This past weekend, Miami Region BBYO held its annual Regional Convention (RC). This year’s convention, titled “A Very Potter Convention,” was Miami’s largest in 4 years and was an incredible time. Friday night, the convention began with ice breakers followed by dinner and moving Shabbat services led by our songleader Danielle Rodnizki who is from St. Louis and one of Rick Recht’s mentees. After services, everyone participated in a Harry Potter themed obstacle course and had a program thinking about and discussing gender roles.
Saturday kicked off with another great service led by our talented songleader. This was followed by hearing from speakers from the Miami Coalition for the Homeless and a text study about what the Jewish tradition has to say about the concept of our responsibility to each other. Later in the day, our presidents were able to give the State of the Region addresses and teens were able to have time at the beach and the pool.
Saturday night kicked off with some extremely meaningful and moving programming where the guys and girls were able to separate into their own groups and open up to each other. Havdallah on the pool deck followed and then the teens had a huge outdoor dance and pool party.
Sunday we elected our new Regional Boards and had our spirit competition. Although all chapters had an impressive showing, N’shamah ended up victorious.
Regional Convention was a true success and a wonderful way to cap our off our year!
International President (Grand Aleph Godol) Visits Miami Region
Jeremy Sherman, the International President (Grand Aleph Godol) of BBYO, visited the Miami Jewish community this week. Sherman, of West Bloomfield, MI, was elected by 700 of BBYO’s top teen leaders to serve at the helm of the organization and travel around the world, motivating Jewish teens to grow their local BBYO programs, strengthen their Jewish communities and make a difference in the world. Sherman takes the reins at a monumental time for the organization – BBYO has doubled its size to a growing network of 28,000 teens in the last five years, and is celebrating its 86th year in existence.
“I am very excited to visit the Miami Jewish community,” said Sherman. “There is significant potential to increase Jewish teen involvement in this region and it has such a rich BBYO history; I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with local BBYO teens and professionals to develop a plan for growth and greater program excellence.”
Jeremy was a featured guest at BBYO’s Regional Convention where he spoke with teens about developing their BBYO chapters and region. Jeremy was also a featured guest at a meeting of women philanthropists at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He spoke about the importance of reaching out to teens as well as BBYO’s central role in this work.
Teen Connection Program a Great Success!
On Sunday May 1st, BBYO sponsored its first ever Teen Connection event in Miami-Dade County. Teen connection is a program that specifically targets middle schoolers in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This year’s program involved renting a number of limousines to transport middle schoolers around Miami. The participants were able to take solve a number of clever riddles and take pictures of various sites throughout the city to prove that they were there.
A great time was had by all. BBYO Miami anticipates many such programs in the future beginning in early fall. For information about Teen Connection, please contact Ben Rancman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience the March of the Living
Check out the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Delegation Blog Chronicling the Experience
Nearly 150 representatives from BBYO took the journey from darkness to light and history to destiny as a part of the 2011 BBYO March of the LIving delegation. The March is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.
The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again.
Click here to read the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Blog with photos and testimonials of the experience.
Genocide and Human Rights Summit in DC
On June 26-28, 2011, teens from across North America are invited to Washington, DC, to take part in an extraordinary experience – a Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide.
For three days, a diverse group of Jewish teens will come together in the nation’s capitol to learn about Genocide and how they can stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities. They will hear from activists, meet with their Members of Congress, and most importantly, they will walk away from this PANIM Institute summit armed with increased knowledge about human rights and genocide, enhanced skills as a community leader, and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility.
Learn more or register here!