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BBYO Invites Every Jewish Teen in the World to Global Shabbat

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As the world’s leading Jewish youth movement, the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) always has something going on. Summer programs stretch from June to August, regions hold multiple conventions throughout the year, and chapters all over the international order are conducting their weekly meetings on any given day.

The world participates in BBYO on countless schedules and with unique regularity. One day each year, however, is designated as a time for all Jewish teens to join in the same special event. That day is Global Shabbat.

Global Shabbat is all about the unity of the organization, and to further promote this unity, the event is given a theme relating to our lives and our identities as Jewish high school students. These themes are chosen at the start of the programming year by vote, and the polls are open to all members of BBYO.

Members this year have chosen, for girls, “Omdim B’yachad, Am Echad, Bayit Echad” — “We Stand Together, One Nation, One Home.” For boys, the theme is “Im Tirzu Ein Zoh Agadah” – “If You Will It, It Is No Dream.” Chapters around the world will coordinate events based on these themes to celebrate Global Shabbat and the community BBYO has given us.

This year’s Global Shabbat falls on November 8-9. In past years, the Evergreen Region BBYO, which covers Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and now Kitsap, have held individual Global Shabbat events.

However, 5774 is going to be different. Each Evergreen regional center will hold its own citywide Shabbat event, complete with original programming, engaging services, and valuable opportunities for sisterhood or fraternity, all planned and fueled by high school students. Throughout the evening, participants will be able to share their experiences with BBYO members celebrating around the world and hear about others’ Global Shabbat events.

Global Shabbat is open to all Jewish teens, and we want the entire Jewish high school community of the Pacific Northwest present. Anyone who is interested, Jewish, and in grades 8-12 is encouraged to attend.

Madee Ehrenberg is BBYO’s regional board officer in charge of Judaic programming. For more information about Global Shabbat, contact her at egrdoverit@gmail.com, or BBYO regional director Ben Starsky at bstarsky@bbyo.org.

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