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SJR Region caps off exciting year, as new leaders look forward

This story was published in Jewish Community Voice

By Drew Hoffman & Morgan Fisher, 57th Regional Mazkirim

May was a big month for South Jersey Region BBYO, as the programming year started to wind down. The region held its annual “State of the Region” at the JCC on Sunday, May 7. The 56th Regional Board delivered speeches summarizing the year, highlighting the successes and shortcomings of each position. Many awards were given out throughout the course of the night, and many Alephs and BBGs took one home.

In addition to individuals being given awards for their dedication and success at different board positions, chapters across the region were celebrated for their work during the year. Neshef BBG was awarded BBG Chapter of the Year and Most Improved BBG Chapter, and Chapel AZA was awarded Most Improved AZA Chapter. And SJR BBYO was very proud to name Remi Wiseblatt, of Princeton BBYO, BBG of the Year, and Noah Vermes, of Marlcrest AZA, Aleph (AZA) of the Year.

On the weekend of May 12- 14, 150 Alephs and BBGs convened for the region’s annual “Spring Thing.” Held at Camp Saginaw in Pennsylvania, the weekend entailed many popular traditions. Friday night featured a meaningful service as well as a social, where members got their groove on and played Boardwalk Games in our convention theme of “Sweet Home South Jersey.”

Saturday included three service options in the morning, almost 20 electives to choose from throughout the day, and concluded with the seniors giving “Life.” This is when the seniors tell their story of BBYO and give out meaningful items they have acquired over their time.

The convention concluded on Sunday, when elections of the 57th Regional Board took place. Brett Eisenberg and Trudi Fleishman were elected as the Regional presidents, succeeding Andrew Quigley and Dara Molotsky from the 56th Regional Board.

South Jersey Region BBYO, overall, brought forth an extremely successful year. Ranging from recruitment to fundraising, each chapter had reached their end-of-year goals. Following these accomplishments, a strong framework was set for the upcoming year.

Following the election of the 57th Regional Board, each position is collaborating in preparation for the upcoming year to ensure its success.

On being elected Regional N’siah, Trudi Fleishman said, “Being elected as South Jersey Region’s 57th N’siah is such an honor. I am so excited to begin working alongside an amazing board and see our region grow more than ever. Brett and I are working hard to increase the individual experience of each member as well as the region’s Jewish pride over the upcoming year.”

Currently, the main goal for the entirety of the board, more specifically the Vice Presidents of Recruitment (Jed Friedman and Chelsea Stern), is to acquire a certain amount of prospects in order to reach SJR BBYO’s stretch goal of 603 members in our region. This number signifies a growth of 100 members within the past two years.

Our presidents are also beginning to formulate ideas for the first convention of the programming year, RLTI. Standing for Regional Leadership Training Institute, RLTI aims to teach members throughout the region essential leadership skills that can be utilized in the future, outside BBYO. Occurring in October, this convention is one of the first steps to a productive year.

All in all, South Jersey Region BBYO is anticipating a strong, beneficial year and looks forward to all that is to come.

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