2018-02-14 / Columns

Tournies and BBYO IC mean February is a busy month

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By MORGAN FISHER & DREW HOFFMAN Regional Mazkirim


Two members of SJR befriended two girls from Argentina at last year’s International Convention in Dallas. Enjoying the event were (from left), Trudi Fleishman (SJR), Shadia Matz (Argentina), Ilanit Jamilis (Argentina) and Anna Fleisher (SJR). Two members of SJR befriended two girls from Argentina at last year’s International Convention in Dallas. Enjoying the event were (from left), Trudi Fleishman (SJR), Shadia Matz (Argentina), Ilanit Jamilis (Argentina) and Anna Fleisher (SJR). The month of February is already halfway over and there is still a lot left. On February 3, South Jersey Region BBYO held its annual Tournies spirit competition at the Katz JCC. Chapters battled it out over the course of 12 hours to decide the winner of the Tower of Spam (best AZA chapter) and the Spirit Stick (best BBG chapter). They competed in thrilling sports and games, as well as the classic song and cheer. Two new competitions were also put into place this year; oratory and storytelling. In both competitions, chapters were given prompts to freely answer before three judges.

At the end of the night, Marlcrest AZA took home the Tower of Spam for the first time since 2015, and Dafna BBG took home the Spirit Stick for the first time since 2010.

After Tournies, the region took a 1 1/2 week break to prepare for International Convention, which takes place in Orlando, Florida from February 14-18. Poised to be the biggest IC yet, SJR is taking nearly 100 members, its largest delegation size ever. IC is an event that many members look forward to, and there is plenty of reason for that. With thousands of other Jewish teens, guest speakers and performers and an action-packed schedule, there is a lot to be excited about. This year, BBYO is taking everybody to Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure, a new addition to the docket.

“I’m excited for IC because I get to see some of my closest friends I made over the summer and I’ll be able to catch up on some things,” said Andrew Pollack of Woodcrest AZA. “Also, I’m very excited to go to Florida for a few days and go to Universal Studios.”

IC is also a time for summer program attendees to reunite after a long wait from the previous summer.

Jed Friedman of Otzma AZA said, “By the time IC comes, it has been nearly eight months since I last saw my friends from summer programs. IC gives us the opportunity to catch up and rekindle the bonds we had over the summer. Of course we keep in touch over the long eight months, but there is nothing like seeing them in person.”

IC begins with pre-summit conventions the day before the actual start, then launches at Opening Ceremonies on Thursday night. Friday is LEADs Day, where everyone is assigned a program to attend and learn about modern-day issues and fads. Some of them are on-site, and some are around the city. Saturday is Shabbat, which includes morning services, electives in the afternoon, and a beautiful Havdalah at night. On Sunday, members have the option of sightseeing around Orlando, AZAA and BBGG sports or the elections of the International Board. The convention culminates on Sunday night with a concert featuring three big performers.

For more information on what members can expect at IC, contact the BBYO office at sjr@bbyo.org 

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