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BBYO Nights at the JCC combine fun & planning

Read this story in Jewish Community Voice

Sunday nights at the JCC are typically quiet and slow. However, it’s quite the opposite when BBYO Nights go into full effect. Once a month, South Jersey Region (SJR) BBYO gathers at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill for “BBYO Night”— a laid-back evening where the teens of SJR delve into an exciting experience with both their chapter and region. Each BBYO Night is different, but has the same backbone: One hour dedicated solely for the individual chapters, and one hour for the region to plan. BBYO Nights have been a success in SJR with over 100 teens at both of the occasions this year (September and November).

Around 150 Jewish teens attended the first BBYO Night in September. Every chapter had a meeting where they went over old and new business and passed motions that pertained to each of their respective needs. In the latter hour, the guys and girls separated into SJR AZA and SJR BBG. The girls played “The Mostest Game,” where each of the eight groups would send up a representative to tell “the most embarrassing story,” “funniest joke,” or “best impression of an aleph (male BBYO member).” With 95 girls, this game was a huge success. Each girl was bonding over funny stories with other girls they had just met, and having a great time doing so. The guys rotated throughout different stations of Brain Games, Four Square and Gaga. These games were recreational fun for the Alephs of SJR after a long week of school.

At the latest BBYO Night, Nov. 16, members of South Jersey Region were notified of the region’s new global partnership with BBYO United Kingdom and Ireland (UKI). A regional partnership is a relationship between two regions in different countries to proliferate BBYO’s core initiative of globalization. Teens were exposed to information about BBYO UKI and how they operate—extremely similar to the way SJR operates. After this, teens rotated throughout a multitude of stations, such as United Kingdom trivia, a more indepth informational session, the BBYO cheers that the teens in the United Kingdom use, and a recreational activity in which two teams had to use limited resources to transport their group to the other side of a room, signifying the bombings on the United Kingdom in World War II.

All in all, BBYO nights are a fantastic way for the Jewish teens of the greater South Jersey area to blow off steam after a long week and spend their nights with fellow brother Alephs and sister B’nai B’rith Girls. South Jersey Region is looking forward to giving more teens throughout South Jersey more meaningful Jewish experiences for the remainder of the year. Our next convention is Winter Retreat, which is based around Kallah and identifying with one’s individual Jewish self. That is followed by Brotherhood and Sisterhood, which is based around bonding with one’s brother Alephs or sister B’nai B’rith Girls. .

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