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BBYO Community Engagement Fellowships Awarded

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BBYO, Inc., the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish teen movement, is thrilled to name nine recipients of the BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship. Community Engagement Fellows (CEF) will organize BBYO alumni events and initiate projects with partner organizations to maintain a thriving BBYO alumni community and enhance Jewish life on campus. This fellowship was made possible in part through a generous grant from The Morningstar Foundation of Bethesda, Maryland.

“I wanted to be a CEF because, as a recent alumna of the Movement, I recognize the skills I learned in BBYO and how they have helped me in college,” says Emily Trotz of Memphis. “This Fellowship allows me to connect alumni and to help them utilize BBYO in future endeavors.”

As a teen, BBYO was an integral part of Emily’s high school experience. As a young adult, she has remained close friends with many people whom she met in the Movement and, even now, BBYO continues to provide her with meaningful experiences.

As a CEF, in addition to engaging BBYO alumni and supporting Jewish campus life, Emily will be afforded professional development opportunities through participation in community-wide events such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly. She will also participate in an alumni mentorship program and staff BBYO’s Summer Experiences in the United States, Israel and all over the world.

“The Fellowship program engages BBYO’s most talented young alumni in creating networks of their peers that will both participate in and initiate Jewish activities on campus,” said Matthew Grossman, BBYO’s Executive Director. “We are confident that Emily will help leverage the BBYO alumni community to strengthen Jewish life at the University of Georgia.”

The investment in this post-high school age group is a key component of BBYO’s 2011-2016 five-year strategic plan. Successful implementation of this plan relies on seven key tactics, one of which is “Strengthen BBYO entry and transition points.” As a “transition point,” this Fellowship positions BBYO to focus on the continuum of lifelong Jewish engagement.

At the University of Georgia, Emily is excited to reconnect with, and connect other BBYO alumni on campus. She hopes that, throughout various events and development opportunities, these individuals will see the positive opportunities that exist because of their involvement in the Movement.

Individuals interested in connecting with Emily can reach her at etrotz@bbyo.org.

Adam Bloom, from Wilmington, DE, student at University of Delaware “I strongly believe that if two individuals were in BBYO during their high school years, it will automatically give them more in common compared to another student on campus who was not involved in the Movement. Through this Fellowship, I hope to be able to introduce all alumni on my campus to each other and develop a relationship with each one of them.”

Callie Rosenfeld, from King of Prussia, PA, student at University of Pittsburgh “I love what BBYO did for me. After working at ILTC (International Leadership Training Conference) and Kallah (a BBYO program featuring seminars with prominent Jewish leaders to help youth find their Jewish identities) this past summer, I knew that there was still more I could do for BBYO and more that it could do for me. This Fellowship is the perfect way to continue this relationship.”

Alyssa Baron, from Boca Raton, FL, student at University of Florida, Gainesville “I wanted to be a CEF to remind alumni that BBYO does not end when high school is over. Those four years serve to build a foundation for what is to come. I now feel that it is time to put the skills I learned in BBYO to work and be a proactive member of my Jewish community and the BBYO alumni network.”

Ira Rickman, from Rockville, MD, student at University of Maryland, College Park “With this Fellowship, I can be a leader of belonging to the Jewish community in a meaningful way by providing a crucial pipeline in the transition to Jewish adulthood.”

Emily Trotz, from Memphis, TN, student at University of Georgia “I wanted to be a CEF because, as a recent alumna of the Movement, I recognize the skills I learned in BBYO and how they have helped me in college. This Fellowship allows me to connect alumni and to help them utilize BBYO in future endeavors.”

Lindsey Perreault, from Gaithersburg, MD, student at Boston University “Last year, when I arrived at Boston University as a freshman, I wished I had a smaller group of people to surround myself with. I want to help incoming freshmen meet new people with whom they already have an instant connection. Through this Fellowship, I hope to give back to an organization that has already given me so much.”

Lauren Simon, from Monroe, CT, student at University of Connecticut “I want to be able to use the leadership skills that I learned in BBYO again, not only with the organization I love so much, but also on campus. I know that some BBYO alumni, including myself, have trouble getting involved with the Jewish community in college or figuring out how to be a leader on campus. I want to be able to help alumni going through that transition.”

Beth Holtzman, from Palo Alto, CA, student at University of CA at Berkeley “As a young adult, engaging with my local campus Jewish community and gaining professional experience is important to me. I am excited to show BBYO alumni how BBYO can continue to be a part of their lives through continuing mentorship, programs and connections.”

Morgan Wittenberg “BBYO not only realizes that students can, and should, be leaders in their communities, but the Movement is also making unparalleled strides in the overarching Jewish community. I want to continue to be a part of that.”

About BBYO BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For almost 90 years, AZA and BBG chapters in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring worldwide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org

BBYO Community Engagement Fellows.

Adam Bloom, from Wilmington, DE, student at University of Delaware

Callie Rosenfeld, from King of Prussia, PA, student at University of Pittsburgh

Morgan Wittenberg, from Raleigh (Cary), NC, student at Tulane University

Alyssa Baron, from Boca Raton, FL, student at University of Florida, Gainesville

Ira Rickman, from Rockville, MD, student at University of Maryland, College Park

Emily Trotz, from Memphis, TN, student at University of Georgia

Lindsey Perreault, from Gaithersburg, MD, student at Boston University

Lauren Simon, from Monroe, CT, student at University of Connecticut

Beth Holtzman, from Palo Alto, CA, student at University of CA at Berkeley

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