Local Teen Reflects on Meeting at White House
June 16, 2010
When we were elected as International Presidents of BBYO, Inc., never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be invited to the White House. But there we were, attending the first-ever White House reception marking Jewish Heritage Month. We began to realize how much our role does not exist in a vacuum, and that although we are teens, we, too, are important Jewish leaders.
Our adventure started when we gathered with the U.S. presidents of several other Jewish teen movements. Danielle Borrin, the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, helped show us the ropes and introduce us around— and we were so excited to learn that she herself is a proud BBYO alumna. The White House was incredible, and we saw the places we read about in our history books…the Red Room, the Green Room…and then came the biggest moment of all. We were given the chance to meet President and Mrs. Obama in the Blue Room. It was truly the moment of a lifetime for us.