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BBYO Stands Up

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Members of the Simon Wiesenthal (SiWi) chapter of BBYO in the Palo Alto/Mountain View area did such a great job fundraising for their “Stand Up” cause, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, that in November the group was treated to a visit by Israeli soldier Nuriya Neumann. About 35 teens from local AZA and BBG chapters heard Neumann describe her experiences with the IDF canine unit she was a part of, said Mack Radin of Los Altos Hills, who was godol, or president, at the time. The visit inspired the group, he said. “It was a great honor for our chapter and for me. It felt like our efforts had made a difference. Our chapter had reached a higher purpose, not only fulfilling lives of our own members but also those outside the chapter.”

Supporting Stand Up causes that help to heal the world is important in the international order of BBYO, Radin explained. “We’re a strong chapter with the potential to do something really great in the community,” he noted. The group chose the FIDF for its efforts because of SiWi’s solid support of Israel and the belief that “the soldiers are deserving of any help we can give them.” The chapter raised $2,000 in a mostly letter-writing campaign led by Stand Up chair Ron Miasnik of Mountain View.

And in other SiWi news … recently installed godol Josh Kaplan of Palo Alto, a junior at Gunn High School, was among a handful of high school students selected to attend the college-focused AIPAC Saban Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C., last month.

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