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BBYO Celebrates Israel at 60

May 1, 2008

As the State of Israel prepares for its 60th anniversary, BBYO teens from around the world are celebrating its history and working to make its future bright. From teens marching in a Houston Israel-Day parade to attending the Israel at 60 rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC, teens from coast to coast are showing their pride for Israel during its important milestone.

In addition to U.S. celebrations, 165 North American teens representing BBYO's delegation on the March of the Living will have the privilege of celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, on May 8 in Israel. The day before on Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Day of Memorial, those same teens will participate in discussions about the State's history, as well as current life in Israel, with teens who are part of Tzamaret, BBYO's partner youth movement in Israel.

"It is important for teens today to take an active role in Israel's future," said Renee Sharon, BBYO's International Teen President (N'siah). "Spending Yom Ha'atzmaut in Israel with 165 of my peers is awe-inspiring. I know that the celebration of Israel will exist in the hearts of all the participants even after they return home. "

Additionally, Sharon will spend the next week visiting Tzamaret chapters in Israel along with her counterpart, Jason Wachs. The pair will play an active role in Tzamaret programming aimed at "Improving Israel's Image in the World," the theme of a joint campaign between BBYO and Tzamaret that was launched in February at BBYO's International Convention.

"The partnership between BBYO and Tzamaret provides a special opportunity for North American and Israeli teens to work towards the same goal," said Rabbi Stacey Blank, Coordinator of BBYO-Tzameret Relations in Jerusalem. "Since BBYO and Tzamaret collaborate on annual social justice projects, our teens thought that Israel's 60th anniversary was an excellent time to focus on the relationship between Israel and the rest of the world."

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