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BBYO’s new Jewish educator wants teens to embrace history

View this story in Cleveland Jewish News

NOELLE BYE | SPECIAL TO THE CJN

Helping Jewish teenagers connect with their heritage is a personal passion for Devorah Shiffman. And in her new position as the regional director of Jewish enrichment for the BBYO, helping them embrace and understand their legacy is a large part of her job.

“Being Jewish is what really connects the teens in our program,” Shiffman said.

Shiffman, 24, has been in her new position for about a month, but she’s no newcomer to BBYO. She was an active teen participant in high school, and was a volunteer advisor for three years.

“This position has been a long time coming,” she said.

The role is funded by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, which have been very supportive of the position, Shiffman said.

“We’re very fortunate to have connections and we hope to continue building within the Jewish community,” she said.

The former Beachwood resident received her degree in early childhood education and teaching from Ohio University in Athens in 2013, and taught kindergarten at the Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike for two years.

BBYO is a national Jewish youth movement, representing all sects of Judaism. For more than 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph, a high school fraternity and the B’nai B’rith Girls, a high school sorority provide leadership programs.

Noelle Bye is a freelance writer from Strongsville.

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