Cherry Hill’s Sarah Minion to Lead International BBG
By DAVID PORTNOE Voice staff
Sarah Minion has a big year ahead of her. The 18-year-old Cherry Hill East senior was just elected International N’siah for B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG). Chosen by her peers at the recent BBYO International Convention in Atlanta, Minion will take over the worldwide leadership of the girls’ portion of BBYO in August. She will defer college for a year and travel around the world on behalf of BBYO. She will be joined by Logan Miller of New York City, who was elected the next Grand Aleph Godol, president of Aleph Zaddik Aleph (AZA), the boys’ portion of the international teen organization.
"It’s very exciting. It has not really hit me yet, but I’m thrilled and honored," said Minion, the daughter of Steven and Shelley Minion. Sarah currently serves as president of BBYO’s 415-member South Jersey Region. She was among the 37 teens from South Jersey who travelled to Atlanta for the Feb. 16-20 International Convention. Over 900 teens from 13 countries participated.
The fourth South Jersey resident to be elected as one of the international BBYO leaders, Minion is looking forward to visiting different BBYO regions and helping their presidents strengthen those communities. She said that she wants to continue BBYO’s success and build upon its mission of community service, social action, and Israel advocacy.
"BBYO has kept me connected to Judaism," said Minion of the pluralistic teen movement. A member of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, she said that BBYO has helped her create her own Jewish identity. "BBYO sees itself as the future of the Jewish people. We are engaging teens from ages 13-18 and developing future Jewish leaders," said Minion, an outgoing, energetic young woman who played field hockey at East for three years and is the current editor-in-chief of "Eastside," the school newspaper.
Minion, who has been involved in BBYO for the past four years, said that she has met some of her best friends through the organization and its array of social and service programs. "It’s a lot of fun," she said.