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BBG Girls Bond at Overnight Convention

Read this story in the Jewish Community Voice

To the Love That Unites Us: Lechai Ha’ahavah Ha’machdot. This was the theme of South Jersey Region’s (SJR) 2014 Sisterhood, an event aimed at creating lasting friendships and bonds between girls of all chapters. On Saturday, March 29th, the B’nai Brith Girls (BBGs) embarked to the JCC Camps at Medford for a night to remember. During this overnight convention, participants had the opportunity to meet other girls from SJR regardless of school, grade, town, or even chapter. It was a chance to make connections with girls from the entire region.

The night kicked off with girls getting grouped into “families.” Each group featured one Big Sister (either a junior or senior) with three to four Little Sisters, or underclassmen. This allowed girls to get to know each other in a more intimate setting. After a fun craft, everyone went outside for a meaningful Havdallah service that discussed the connection each one of us has with Israel. Although it was pouring rain, the sounds of the convention body singing the Havdallah prayers filled the air.

A group of five girls planned the convention, each representing a different chapter in SJR. On planning the convention, Dara Molotsky, a freshman at Lenape High School, says, “Sisterhood was really a great convention because I feel it truly bonded girls from different chapters and brought the whole region together, and it was an incredible opportunity to help plan it.”

“Getting to plan an event that brought SJR together was an incredible learning experience, not to mention a lot of fun. I saw girls who had never talked before become friends in one night,” adds Marlena Penn, a sophomore at Cherry Hill East.

Programming also included a discussion on true beauty and what it really means to be beautiful, featuring videos from the Dove True Beauty Campaign. In addition, the Seniors of South Jersey Region had an opportunity to create and lead a program themselves. This activity involved discussions about how fast time goes by, and how important it is to treasure each moment. At night, the girls participated in a discussion about the importance of sisterhood and the impact of BBG.

In the morning, participants listened to a special presentation given by Hilary Platt, a representative of the Jewish Children Family Services and Project Sara. In the presentation, girls were taught the importance of recognizing abusive relationships and how to safely help those involved in them.

The BBGs of South Jersey Region departed Sisterhood with new friends, new experiences and a new connection to each other. It was a memorable weekend that truly showed the Love That Unites Us.

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