Aliya Droker, 16, of Bellevue, center, gets help cleaning whipped cream off her face by her laughing friends, from left, Sabrina Kavesh, Emma Graham, Alex Lowenson, and Whitley Pearson, right, after getting a pie in the face at the annual Purim Carnival at the Stroum Jewish Community Center Sunday March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people in 4th century Persia; it is custom to wear costumes, give gifts to the poor and feast. At the carnival, different Jewish organizations raise money by running booths like this with games and prizes. The girls belong to a BBYO Jewish all-girls youth group chapter called Halom #1240. Their mascot is a cow.
Hamantashen pastries are tradition at the annual Purim Carnival at the Stroum Jewish Community Center.
It’s not often that a group of teens will get together with the express purpose to talk about mental health. But that’s exactly what will happen on Saturday, Jan. 28, when BBYO Connecticut Valley Region chapter hosts “Stomp It Out!” as part of its annual winter conference at the Hartford Hilton.
Today's teens often spend their time navigating the world of adulthood, learning about the world, and themselves, through fast-paced information channels, and ultimately establishing their own unique identity. To support this journey on a global scale, JDC has prioritized supporting Jewish teen life around the world, largely through our global partnership with BBYO, the largest Jewish pluralistic teen movement.
My trip to Israel was a life-changing experience that connected me to my sense of spirituality and Judaism, and also allowed me to from friendships that will last a lifetime. My trip was through BBYO, and it was called ILSI (International Leadership Seminar in Israel).