New youth group chapter open to Glen Ridge, Montclair teens
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A group of parents and teens in Glen Ridge is helping to start a local chapter of a Jewish youth group.
BBYO, which is short for B'Nai B'rith Youth Organization, is a cultural and service group for teens interested in becoming more involved in Jewish culture and service activities. The organization has chapters across the United States and around the world; the new chapter will be open to teens from Glen Ridge and Montclair.
The Glen Ridge residents getting involved with the new chapter are Glen Ridge High School students Jessica Muney and Isabella Rossi, and their mothers Roslyn Muney and Julie Rossi.
The North Jersey chapters are affiliated with BBYO's Greater Jersey Hudson River Region, which includes upstate New York and part of the Jersey Shore as well.
The Muney family recently hosted a get-together for interested teens and their families in Glen Ridge.
"At the introductory meeting last Thursday, we had six Glen Ridge teens in attendance along with their parents, and a few teens and parents from Montclair as well," Julie Rossi said. "Several other teens expressed interested but were unable to attend the meeting."
It had been Roslyn Muney's idea to start a local chapter, she said, since the nearest chapters were located in Wayne and Livingston. She had fond memories of being involved with BBYO when she was younger, and her daughter was interested in becoming involved as well.
"I grew up watching my older sister become a leader, forming friendships and making memories. Both my younger sister and I followed in her footsteps, as well as my niece and nephew taking leadership roles," Roslyn Muney said. "BBYO gave me the forum outside of school to be part of an organization that was teen-run. I look forward to watching my daughters thrive in the same organization that made me who I am today."
Amanda Minkoff, the regional director for the Greater Jersey Hudson River Region, said that the chapter concept has been receiving a great deal of interest, including at the first parent/teen meeting in Glen Ridge: "About a dozen people were in attendance from the Montclair/Glen Ridge area and everyone was excited to learn more about BBYO and how it would grow in the area."