At the beginning of the 2015 school year, Seth Goodman, then 16, was sitting around with a group of friends from the Randy Reisbord chapter of the Jewish youth group AZA. The conversation turned to the topic of Shabbat and Goodman’s reminiscences of Friday nights spent with family and with the local Chabad house at his former Fort Lauderdale home.
Jews around the world will commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on May 5th. At a time when the number of Holocaust survivors is dwindling, we listen to one survivor, Lola Byron, who shares her story with teenaged Jewish girls at a Sabbath dinner aimed at encouraging future generations to know their history and be proud of the Jewish faith.
When the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization cut the cord with its parent group nearly 15 years ago, there was some separation anxiety. Could the child flourish on her own, even as she kept something of the brand intact by adopting the acronym, BBYO? After all, the parent and the child had been a family, so to speak, for 75 years, with the youth group having a permanent line item in the parent group’s budget.