Ambassadors to Ukraine 2017 - Teen Reflection By Jacob Ioffe When I first learned about Ambassadors to Ukraine, a unique opportunity for BBYO members from North America, Europe and Israel to join our brothers and sisters in Active Jewish Teens - the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s growing teen movement in the former Soviet Union and a BBYO partner through our global JDC partnership to engage Jewish teens worldwide - at their … [Read more...] about Thriving Jewish Life in Ukraine: Could I Ever Have Imagined It?
More than 350 Jewish teens and young adult leaders from the former Soviet Union are celebrating their role in strengthening Jewish life at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Active Jewish Teens (AJT) 4th annual conference in Kharkov, Ukraine this weekend. The gathering, created and run with the teens, includes participants from JDC and BBYO networks in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Estonia, and … [Read more...] about Largest FSU Jewish Teen Gathering Spotlights Emerging Leaders
By Arielle Handel and Arielle Katz In the week following the solemnity of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement and judgement, we experience a monumental emotional and spiritual shift. Sukkot arrives this week on Wednesday night, bringing its yearly dose of excitement, joy, and celebration. Jewish teens all over the world will take part in the traditions of the holiday, building the Sukkah - the titular hut constructed of natural … [Read more...] about Inclusion in the Sukkah: Opening Our Hearts, Minds, and Homes to All Who Wish to Celebrate
Our generation, with screens everywhere and friends at our fingertips, don’t need to be engaged. We need to be inspired. We need to be uplifted, and empowered, and given the space to build the communities we want to be a part of. By Samantha Levinson I’m a military brat. Before I was seven years old we’d lived in eight different houses, with the one constant being that no matter where we lived the Jewish community was our home. It … [Read more...] about From Virginia to Europe, My Jewish Journey Goes Full Circle
By Carly Shapiro It was Charles Bukowski, the American poet and novelist who once wrote, “You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time.” And that’s exactly what Ryan Woloshin, BBYO's Eastern Region Regional Director, did last month when he became a Gift of Life donor. The Gift of Life program matches bone barrow and stem cell donors with recipients using cheek swabs and further blood testing once a potential match is made. For … [Read more...] about Living out Jewish Values in Every Way: A Life-Saving Mitzvah