2016-06-08 / Columns

The torch is passed to next year’s SJR BBYO leadership

BBYO BLOCK
By JESSICA BARR &
NOAH NADELBACH
SJR Region Mazkirim


SJR BBYO’s newly elected 56th Regional Board (from left), Danielle Lev, Jared Gans, Trudi Fleishman, Isaac Rudofker, Dara Molotsky, Andrew Quigley, Zoe Arking, Noah Nadelbach and Jessica Barr. SJR BBYO’s newly elected 56th Regional Board (from left), Danielle Lev, Jared Gans, Trudi Fleishman, Isaac Rudofker, Dara Molotsky, Andrew Quigley, Zoe Arking, Noah Nadelbach and Jessica Barr. As the 2015-2016 programming year comes to a close, SJR says farewell to its beloved seniors and welcomes a plethora of new members. SJR recently held its last convention, “Spring Thing.” Here, seniors said their goodbyes, the 56th Regional Board was elected, and new members were inducted.

This year, chapters in SJR nominated young leaders to be a part of a leadership course called “J-Lead.” During this eight-session class, teens from SJR BBYO and leaders from the JCC Camps learned about all things leadership and collaboration. Because some of these teens are members of SJR BBYO, they successfully planned and executed a program at the beginning of the convention. The program was an “Apache Relay” filled with obstacles, stations around the camp, and team-building activities. This program allowed these new leaders a chance to do something new and exciting, and gave them new skills that are sure to last.

Even though there was exciting programming and a lot of laughs, this convention is also the home for the graduating seniors to tell their life stories in BBYO. Throughout the night, seniors share their experiences from eighth grade to 12th grade at SJR events, or International events.

One senior, Alec Garber, said, “It’s very surreal. Up until now BBYO was a large part of my life.”

Another senior, Marlena Penn, shared with us, “I can say that because of BBYO, I am prouder and more confident of my Jewish identity and I can only hope the other members feel the same way.”

As they told their stories, they gave away their apparel, sentimental pins, and even more meaningful Life candles. This night is filled with tears and laughter, and it is what this convention is famous for.

After the seniors gave Life, SJR moved into the elections of the 56th Regional Board. Candidates read their speeches and the region voted on its top leaders for the upcoming year. This new board consists of Godol/N’siah (Presidents) Andrew Quigley and Dara Molotsky; S’ganim (Vice Presidents) Isaac Rudofker and Trudi Fleishman; Aym Ha- Chaverot (Membership), Zoë Arking; Sh’lichim (Judaism) Jared Gans and Danielle Lev; and Mazkirim (Communications) Noah Nadelbach and Jess Barr. Everyone is so excited to see what will be accomplished over the course of this next year.

We asked the newly elected presidents how they feel about being elected as the new faces of SJR.

“It’s finally happening. My dream of becoming regional Godol has finally come true. Together we can make this year one for the history books,” said Andrew Quigley.

“Being elected N’siah is seriously a dream come true. After dreaming of this since, seriously, eighth grade, I feel like I’ve accomplished so much. Being in BBYO means more to me than the friendships; it’s about the Jewish community and its growth. After I was elected N’siah, I finally feel like I can truly make a difference in our community, other teens, and inspire others like my role models have done for me,” said Dara Molotsky.

After seeing the seniors give life, and the 56th board be elected, everyone is so excited to see what the 56th year and beyond will bring for SJR. We had an amazing Spring Thing and an overall successful year; with this the seniors can leave knowing SJR is in good hands. s

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