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Region Kicks Off International Convention Registration with a Party

Read this in the Jewish Community Voice

Thousands of Jewish teens from across the globe will gather together in Atlanta, GA from Feb. 12-16 for BBYO’s International Convention (IC). The South Jersey Region kicked off registration for AZA/BBG IC 2015 with a party on Sept. 30. This convention represents the power that the Jewish youth movement holds not only in BBYO, but also throughout all Jewish teens in youth groups all over the world.

Last year, over 2,000 Jewish teens attended International Convention in Dallas, TX. With 30 different countries, 40 regions and over 600 chapters represented, the movement collected as one, exemplifying world Jewry and how much power there is in coming together. A large majority of teens are attracted to International Convention after spending BBYO summers with their friends in different regions because it is a great chance to meet back up and spend time together. This year, international S’ganim Rachel Cohen and Skylar Morley, along with the BBYO staff, plan to bring a whole new meaning to the Jewish youth movement and the identification of one’s Judaism at IC. Of course, South Jersey BBYO will be making an appearance.

On Sept. 30, BBYO South Jersey Region held a registration party to gather teens together to register and inform parents about the details of the convention and what it entails. A large number of teens within the region came out to Pancheros to eat a burrito and register for IC. Registration parties are common throughout the International Order and attract many teens and parents. The teens can be with their region as they register and parents can receive first-hand information about the convention before they commit to placing a deposit.

Before IC, there are many different summits held for those to wish to start the convention early. There is the February Executives Conference for all International Board, Regional and Council presidents, and international chairpersons to attend; the Global Partner’s Summit; the Coalition of Jewish Teens Summit; Recruitment Summit; and a Jewish Enrichment Summit. With the exception of the February Executives Conference, these summits are available to all teens in BBYO as a great resource and experience.

All IC participants will engage in meaningful programming, hear from and meet influential speakers, strengthen leadership skills, participate in community service around Atlanta, celebrate Shabbat, and learn more about the Jewish community across the world. All it takes is a large coalition of Jewish teens to create an impact on a single Jewish teen’s life. BBYO consistently stresses how individuals create the group and not vice versa, meaning that each and every teen is different and a critical part to the Jewish youth movement. This is why IC will be centered on the theme that we are “Stronger Together.”

International Convention 2015 will host an estimated 3,000 teens from over 40 countries. It is expected to be the biggest and best IC that BBYO has seen thus far. This year, South Jersey Region hopes to have at least 54 members attend IC 2015 because it is SJR’s 54th year as a region. Teens in South Jersey are part of something much bigger than themselves, and that is the power of the Jewish movement on the international scale. International Convention is a prime way to give teens the experiences they need to comprehend this power and why it is so critical for the Jewish people as a whole.

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