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.
After a summer apart, the 12 chapters of SJR have respectively kicked off their 2015-2016 year. There was much excitement; it is rough every year to switch from seeing your friends and chapter members every weekend to not seeing them for three months. With everyone scattered at sleepaway camps, BBYO summer programs, or busy with summer jobs, chapter kickoffs couldn’t come soon enough.
Glen Ridge High School freshmen Jessica Muney and Isabella Rossi, in consultation with Judi Youngman, senior executive regional director of the BBYO Greater Jersey Hudson River Region, will open a local coed chapter of the teen-led organization
Youth and teenagers representing local Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Unitarian Universalist congregations participated on August 22 in the building of a wheelchair ramp on Walnut Street in Binghamton, the home of a wheelchair-bound person in need of a ramp.