During my time in the Baltics, I worked with an incredible group of smart and talented Jewish teens. Fresh out of college, my brain was teeming with questions about Jewish identity that I had explored myself that I very much wanted to ask them.
Seth Friedman, 16, is at a computer screen in a BBYO-Wisconsin Region office, typing into the agenda for the night’s meeting.
“We try and make it a little fun,” said the Nicolet High School student, working on an agenda that includes, in large letters, “BEN’S FACT.”
Joey Eisman, 28, works at BBYO, where he manages the organization’s global network. He participated in the 2016 ConnectGens Fellowship from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for his project Evan Initiatives, which connects individuals to Jewish history.
Four teens were selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration, celebrate Shabbat with national Jewish leaders at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation Weekend of Hope, Healing and Service dinner, and attend the Women’s March on Washington.
As we wade into uncharted waters as a country, I want to try and step back just a bit to explore what I believe is an especially essential quality for organizations and organizational leaders within our field to exhibit at this moment: genuine leadership.
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.