2012 - 2013 International Teen Presidents Attend White House Reception
June 5, 2012
BBYO's new 2012 - 2013 International Teen Presidents Sarah Minion and Logan Miller represented some of the Jewish community’s top leaders this month at the Jewish American Heritage Month reception at the White House.
“We were so honored to be considered not just as leaders of tomorrow’s Jewish community, but leaders of today,” said Logan Miller, Grand Aleph Godol. “Having the opportunity to speak to members of Congress and tell them about what BBYO was accomplishing was inspiring for us as we kick off our year of work together.”
The reception marked the third year that President Obama has honored JAHM at the White House. During his remarks, the president acknowledged the United States’ “unwavering” support for Israel and its security, and also praised the contributions that American Jews have made throughout history.
“Like so many groups, Jews had to fight for their piece of the American dream. But this country holds a special promise that if we stand up for the traditions we believe in, and for the values we share, then our wrongs can be made right, our union can be made more perfect and our world can be repaired,” said President Obama. “Today, we don’t just celebrate all that American Jews have done for our country, we also look toward the future.”
The reception was attended by approximately 400 guests including rabbis, members of Congress, and leaders in the business, arts, education, and public and community service fields. Rak Shalom, a University of Maryland group of a cappella singers, also performed.
“One of the highlights for me was speaking with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and having her thank us for all of BBYO’s contributions on her work with breast cancer awareness,” said Sarah Minion, International N’siah. “She made a point to note her great admiration for all BBYO stands for, and it hit home that BBYO is making a true impact on the Jewish community and the world around us.”
A number of Jewish members of Congress were present at the reception, including Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Also, Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Shelley Berkley (D-N.V.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).