NER Zoomvention

NER Spring Convention 2021

April 23 - 25, 2021

We are excited to invite you to our hybrid Spring Convention! We hope you will join us for programs designed to simply connect our members together for more of a social convention online and in-person. We have times for old traditions including our Spirit Competition, Regional Elections, and State of the Region (speech to share the accomplishes of the region this year). This year some new traditions will include a senior hangout on Sunday night and grade specific programming.

The convention will offer times for teens to be in-person and online, inclusive of all comfort levels.

On Saturday, April 24 at 7:15 pm of convention, we welcome all parents and friends to a special Havdallah and Pin Ceremony to honor Josh Erani. 



  • 5:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies (Virtual)
  • 5:30 - 6:00 PM: Travel Time
  • 6:00 PM: Shabbat Services and Programs (Hybrid)
    • Alan Soifert AZA: Landstein’s House
    • Ariel Ometz BBYO: Ellie’s House
    • ​Berry-Erani AZA: Virtual
    • Dave Hochman AZA: Virtual 
    • Judy Ann Leven BBG: Virtual 
    • Mayim Chayim BBG: Newton Centre Playground
    • Merrimack Valley BBYO: Mara’s House
    • Mishpucha BBG: Jordan’s House
    • North Shore BBYO: Stanley Elementary School
    • Sababa AZA: Virtual
    • Tikvah Marla Zeiff BBG: East Elementary School
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Travel Time
  • 8:15 PM: State of the Region (Virtual)
  • 9:30 PM: Separates and Inductions (Virtual)
  • 10:30 PM: Bunk Hangouts (Virtual)
  • Check out the zoom links here.

  • Check out the SPIRIT GUIDE here and be sure to help win the spirit cup for your chapter!!

  • Check out our SHUK SALE! Get some swag from your favorite chapters!

Life will be another weekend and in-person for seniors.

Senior Activity on Sunday night will be rescheduled due to inclement weather.
2021 - 2022 Regional Board Candidates
BBG Regional Board Candidates

N’siah Candidate

Milly Asherov
We are actively shaping the long-term future of NER without noticing it, so what may feel like only a year to some, determines a lot for the future of the region. It is essential that we proactively work to keep our region engaging and growing. To me, BBYO is all about cultivating a community that holds the same values for the organization and it starts with our future and current leaders. In order to achieve this, we need to give our members the skills and opportunities to lead by reimagining LTI, keeping communication consistent and holding more spaces to engage. By the end of my term, I hope to have built up NER’s participation and capacity, so we have more leaders to facilitate programs. Besides continuing to hold both in person and virtual events, we can make our region more accessible by starting a BBG rush week, and launch introductory 1:1s between prospects. We need to focus on bringing back old traditions while creating new ones because our current community is responsible for the future of this region.

S'ganit Candidate

Sharon Vered

Programming stands at the center of BBYO. Our values, folds, visions, and goals uphold it. Leadership, connection, growth, community, and sisterhood lie within it. As your 77th New England Region S’ganit, I intend to hear your goals, see your visions, value your priorities, and bring them all to reality. I envision NER’s chapter and regional programming bringing a sense of togetherness after a year of distance. With a strong transition to in-person programming, a powerful S’ganim network, and programming around the ideals of connection, growth, and sisterhood this region will reach new heights. Through every program planned, elevated, experienced, and led I will be dedicated to our goals, our visions, and our region.

Morah Candidate

Lauren Mularczyk
If elected to regional board, I plan to implement new ideas and strategies to emphasize the importance of recruitment, retention, and education which will improve the New England Region greatly in the present and for the future.

Sh’lichim Candidates

Lulu Caplan
If elected, I will make the region more active in fundraising for our stand-up cause, chapter Shlaliach/Sh’licha incorporate more Judaism or Israel education into their chapter programs, and make services interactive and entertaining.  I am not only focused on the big regional services and fundraising but also on making sure it is effective and consistent at a chapter level. 

Gabby Jacobs

If elected to regional board my goal is by my senior year I want to see each chapter involved with at least one local organization to help the lives of their local community members.   This would bring together chapter counterparts as well as incorporate local communities in order to broaden BBYO’s sense of home.

Mazkirim/Gizborim Candidates

Ellie Blumberg

As Maz/Giz I will utilize our social media for member input to enhance the BBYO experience, and drastically increase the amount of money raised for Giving BBYO Day.

Baya Ginsburg

By the end of next year, I want to have made BBYO a more comfortable, commutative place, where everyone feels welcome.

Ella Johnsen

My overall vision is to elevate regional merch, motivate chapters to create their own and bring chapter together through the NER Instagram.

2021 - 2022 Aleph Regional Board 

Godolim Candidates

Jack Elice

I want next year to be a fresh start for our region. Our region has had a solid year, but we have yet again failed to find the key to unlocking our potential as a region. I believe this year will be the time for us to start building back to where we were decades ago in the 1980’s, when we were one thousand members strong. Through increased leadership opportunities for general and chapter board members, use of increased help from our younger members to recruit their underclassmen connections, and many other new methods to restructure leadership opportunities within our region, I believe we can inspire the next generation to rise up and lead the region to grow for years to come. The region’s retention is extremely impressive, one of the best of any regions in the order. I want to stick with our strengths there, while growing the region by utilizing prospect mapping and connections we already have, as well as sharing with the community the work we do, such as with stand up. I believe that in a year, NER will have grown significantly, we will have inspired underclassmen who as of right now are not, or barely involved in BBYO to seek higher leadership positions. I believe the region will have become an international presence, with large numbers joining the International Leadership Network, attending IC, and having a blast at BBYO Summer Programs. But most importantly of all, I believe that NER AZA will have built the strongest brotherhood of ANY region in the order.

S’ganim Candidates

Josh Formaggio

This next year is going to be one of the most important years NER has seen,  as we transition from virtual to in person events  we need to make sure that we don't only retain our members but that we also Build and Grow this region bigger than it has been.  We can do this by making big WOW programs and taking  advantage of so many grants, and I think if we put enough time in we can make next year NER’s best year.

Sam Pollak

If elected, I will keep a very close eye on chapters and always be providing help when necessary. I will put together a group chat with my bbg counterpart and my chapter counterparts to chat, and plan network calls so that I can stay updated, provide advice, and offer to help chapters out by attending their board meetings and such.
This may come off as a bit corny, but I kind of see BBYO as a tree. When successful, BBYO is full of life, and it grows. It branches out to new people and with that it grows a stronger foundation. That's exactly what I hope to see next year, and I am willing to work my butt off to make that happen.

Moreh Candidate

Aaron Cashton

My vision for next year is to reignite the flame of recruitment and retention in BBYO from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I plan to double our member numbers and continue to help BBYO give teens the jewish brotherhood and sisterhood they deserve. Since I will be a Senior in high school, if elected for this position, I will also make one of my top priorities to educate and prepare my fellow AZA brothers to take leadership positions as well, and follow the footsteps of every other Moreh in NER.

Mazkir/Gizbor Candidate

Matt Cohen

I want to help put NER in a position where we no longer have to worry about filling a board in chapters or regionally. I want to make fundraising a more common, and natural occurrence in events. I believe that if all gizborim know how to properly utilize Game Changer Grants, and the ISF then we could have a truly prosperous region.


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Have any additional questions? Contact Samantha Walsh.