2018-01-17 / Columns

Jam-packed month of January features many exciting activities


Chapel AZA and Neshef BBG had a “phantastic” time at Citizens Bank Park! Enjoying the day were Jenna Shmuckler, Alex Marks, and Julia Udell. Chapel AZA and Neshef BBG had a “phantastic” time at Citizens Bank Park! Enjoying the day were Jenna Shmuckler, Alex Marks, and Julia Udell. As the temperature drops, 2018 is off to a hot start for South Jersey Region BBYO. Already having its Winter Kickoff, the month of January is jam-packed for all members.

On January 9, SJR traveled to Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Phillies, where members were treated to a dance party in the Diamond Club and batting cage access. If someone was interested, they could go to the batting cage where the Phillies practice and hit balls off of a tee.

“Meeting a baseball legend at an awesome, action-packed BBYO event… what more could I ask for?” said Justen Joffe of Chapel AZA. “It was great to have access to the Diamond Club and be treated with so many cool guests.”

In addition, guest appearances were made by the Phillie Phanatic and alumnus Mickey Morandini, second baseman of the 1993 National League champion team. Morandini stuck around to take pictures and sign autographs for anyone interested.

SJR kept its momentum going by volunteering in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. On Monday, Jan. 15, members met at the JCC to perform community service acts in honor of the late social activist.

Two weeks later, the region has a jam-packed day on Sunday, Jan. 28. The regional board will be hosting its annual Board Training Institute, which all chapter board members will be required to attend. At the session, each regional board position will be teaching their chapter counterparts more about their position and helping to start their term on the right foot.

“BTI is extremely beneficial to start the new term for BBYO on a strong note. New board members will be given the opportunity to learn the ropes of what being a board member is like, and returning board members are able to elevate their knowledge as well as bring new ideas to the table,” said Trudi Fleishman, the Regional N’siah. “Each group and position-specific session will allow all chapter board members to think big and discover how they want to create a successful term for their respective chapters.”

After BTI, the region will keep the engine running and move directly into volunteering for Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation’s annual day where volunteers make calls to people in the community and ask for donations for JFund, the annual campaign. BBYO will have its teens assist in any way possible, whether it is through making calls or collecting the donation sheets from each table.

January is a very hectic month for South Jersey Region BBYO, and the region is looking to get off to a good start for the second half of the year. The month of February continues the busy schedule with the annual Tournies convention and International Convention, held in Orlando, Florida. For more information about BBYO or the upcoming events, contact Regional Director Barrie Mittica at bmittica@bbyo.org.

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