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.
As summer begins to wrap up, BBYO North Florida Region is gearing up for its best year yet! Several teens from this region and the Central Florida community have recently returned from life changing experiences at BBYO Summer Programs.
South Jersey Region BBYO closed out the month of September with its first BBYO night of the year. After a successful regional kickoff at Sahara Sam’s and multiple chapter kickoffs, members of South Jersey Region came together to continue the great beginning of the year.