There’s a difference between hearing someone’s story and having a brief desire to make an impact, and waking up the next day and putting in the effort to make that impact. This was only one of the realizations I gained this past July when I chose to spend 10 days before my senior year of high school in Washington, D.C., as part of a BBYO community service program focused on homelessness.
This past July, I visited Israel for three weeks with my youth group, B’nai Brith Youth Organization, more commonly known as “BBYO.” The trip is called BBYO’s international Leadership Seminar in Israel. During these three weeks we traveled to eight cities, saw Israel’s borders, swam in the Dead Sea, visited the Golan, prayed at the Kotel, and saw and did so much more. I gained a wealth of knowledge and information during these many unique experiences, as if Israel was a classroom in itself.
I recently returned from my first trip on the March of the Living. It is something I’d thought about doing for some time, but wasn’t sure such a deep immersion in the Holocaust was right for me. However when presented with the opportunity to join the BBYO North America delegation comprised of 120 Jewish teens and 20 adults, I elected to participate. It was a great decision.
This summer was a special one for members of South Jersey Region BBYO, as many attended programs held in various parts of the country. From leadership training conventions to community service projects, teens came home wanting to make a difference in BBYO and beyond.
On the heels of a successful collaboration with two prominent Jewish camps in Montreal, BBYO is seeking to significantly expand its year-round AZA and BBG programs, while preparing for the launch of its leadership training program at Camp B’nai B’rith of Montreal in the summer of 2018.
Max Alter, from Beachwood High School, and Marni Cantor, from Solon High School, were elected presidents at the Ohio Northern Region BBYO regional conference May 18-22 at Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora.
May was a big month for South Jersey Region BBYO, as the programming year started to wind down. The region held its annual “State of the Region” at the JCC on Sunday, May 7. The 56th Regional Board delivered speeches summarizing the year, highlighting the successes and shortcomings of each position. Many awards were given out throughout the course of the night, and many Alephs and BBGs took one home.