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SJR kicks off the year after an amazing summer

Summer in BBYO is always accompanied by life changing experiences and great trips for members all over the world. Teens in South Jersey Region are no exception. With so many great summer program options, such as Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC), Impact, and Kallah, members of SJR spent their summer learning and growing as Jewish leaders. Every member who went on one of these summer experiences had an unforgettable time, made lifelong friends, and learned invaluable lessons.

"ILTC was easily the most amazing experience of my life," said Re'ut BBYO member Andrew Quigley about his time at International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC). "I met friends from all over the world that I will talk to for the rest of my life."

Jared Gans, another member of South Jersey Region who accompanied Andrew to ILTC, had this to say about his experience, "It was an unforgettable experience that built on my leadership skills in BBYO and in my life."

Isaac Sklar, one of the many members of South Jersey Region who attended one of the eight Chapter Leadership Training Conference sessions, also described his time on a BBYO summer program. "Amazing! Unbelievable! An experience I will never forget!" BBYO summer programs have long-lasting, positive effects on all of their attendees, and those who went on one this past summer found their lives forever changed for the better.

As the summer came to a close, it was finally time for South Jersey Region's programming year to begin, and it did with Fall Kickoff. On the night of Aug. 30, teens from SJR gathered together at the JCC Camps in Medford for a fantastic night. There, they were met with an awesome event filled with fun and activities.

Members who attended were able to participate in a plethora of sports. They played things like ultimate Frisbee, gaga, volleyball, and many more. Anyone who brought a plain white shirt was able to tie-dye it and create special memorabilia from the event that they could take home. Members could also get cool temporary henna tattoos. All in all, Fall Kickoff this year was exceptionally incredible. Every teen who went had an amazing time and it really set the pace for the year!

So, with the programming year officially underway, the members of South Jersey Region have a lot they can look forward to. Arriving shortly is the start of this year's AZAA flag football season, where the brother Alephs fight on the field for pride and glory while having fun with friends. As well, Regional Leadership Training Institute is right around the corner. This year's first regional convention is definitely not one to miss as the teens get together to learn how to develop and advance in our constantly growing region.

This year has started with a bang and is primed and ready to keep going at the same pace. Members of South Jersey Region can expect powerful programming, fun activities, and great times making memories with friends as this year progresses. It has only just begun and is already off to a great start. There are plenty more exciting and impactful programs, events, and conventions yet to come as the 20152016 programming year blasts off!

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