Their childhoods were stripped from them. Seventy years later, we—teens who are enjoying what they couldn’t when they were our age—are part of the last generation with the opportunity to hear firsthand from those who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust.
The local teens of South Jersey Region make up just a small part of the global youth movement that is BBYO. We love and enjoy all of our own special events and traditions, but participating in initiatives set forth by the international order is always great. On Nov. 6, over 500 BBYO communities gathered to participate in a Global Shabbat.
BBYO teens from North Florida Region, the BBYO region serving Jewish teens in Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Jacksonville, hosted over 50 members at Regional Kallah, which coincided with BBYO's Global Shabbat, themed A Shabbat to Remember, held Nov. 6-7. Among the participants was Gene Klein, a Holocaust survivor who shared his story of struggle and perseverance, just days before the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht as the teens in attendance embraced the great responsibility of passing down these personal accounts.
Michele Rodri was 7 years old when a pair of Nazi storm troopers plucked her out of a game of hopscotch outside her Paris home. Telling her story to a group of Southern California teens at Shabbat dinner on the evening of Nov. 6, Rodri lifted her plastic plate to demonstrate the ease with which they hoisted her into the back of a truck.