Meeting Alephs & BBGs in 10 Countries in 30 Days
This winter, we were excited and eager to explore 10 of the European communities that contribute significantly to our Order. Throughout our travels we explored what it means to be Jewish with our peers in the European diaspora and gained a greater understanding of how they play an active role as BBYO members. Over four weeks we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with BBYO Hungary and a meaningful Shabbat with fellow Alephs and BBGs in Riga, Latvia; we visited one of the largest synagogues in Europe with BBYO members from Sofia, Bulgaria; and we learned about the Jewish renaissance in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland.
We had conversations with teens in every community we visited about the aspects of Judaism that they value most. Our shared understanding, values, and traditions, were our strongest commonalities. While we come from different backgrounds and cultures, throughout our travels we’ve come to understand that these differences don’t divide us, but rather offer us the opportunity to unite behind our common principles. Together, as a Movement, we are working towards building a more globally connected and stronger Jewish community.
You can read more about our travels around the world and follow along every day on Twitter, @BBGNsiah and @GrandAlephGodol.