Frank was one of about 45 BBYO alumni who came together at the U Street bar Hawthorne on Jan. 11 to reminisce and mingle.
From the opportunities for teens to bond with their regional brothers and sisters to the exciting competitions between the chapters, it is a week filled with memories, fun and spirit that can only be found in Michigan.
The youth group is the seventh sector in the Keystone Mountain Region, which spans across Southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“Together We Will” was the theme of the BBYO Connecticut Valley Region Fall Convention, which brought together more than 250 teens at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danbury for a weekend focusing on Jewish values and Jewish identity.
As I began to unravel the scroll and learn about the history of my ancestors, I was fascinated by just how many of my family members came from the former Soviet Union.
Two weeks ago, I traveled, with 13 other BBYO members from across the United States, to Ukraine. We joined Active Jewish Teens (AJT), BBYO's partner in the former Soviet Union, at its fourth international conference.
Today, a resurgance of Jewish life is taking place in the land of our heritage. After centuries of destruction and hatred for Jews in Europe, we have a glimmer of hope.
Pitching the idea of going back to the country they desperately tried to leave in order to attend a conference with Jewish teens sounded crazy to them at first.
Thousands of Jewish teens from around the world celebrated Global Shabbat on Dec. 8, with Bay Area residents joining the worldwide movement from the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos.