2019-01-02 / Columns

South Jersey Region set to start the new year at Winter Kickoff 2019

BBYO BLOCK
By OWEN SOLER & CHLOE CASTRO
Regional Mazkirim


Lauren Petrone and Jordan Wathstein enjoying last year’s Winter Kickoff. Lauren Petrone and Jordan Wathstein enjoying last year’s Winter Kickoff. As the new year rolls in, the teens of South Jersey Region plan to spend the first Saturday of 2019 with their closest friends as SJR’s Winter Kickoff at Dave and Buster’s. This is a time not only for members to get back together after their winter breaks and confirmation trips to Israel, but is also for teens new to BBYO to try us out. Being a part of South Jersey Region and joining us at Winter Kickoff 2019 is the perfect way to start the new year off right.

This year’s Winter Kickoff will take place on Saturday, Jan. 5, and there will be transportation to and from the Katz JCC. For a great price, teens will receive a $20 game card, food, unlimited soda, and unlimited video gameplay! This event is open to all Jewish teens in 8th grade through 12th grade, and it truly will be a night that nobody wants to miss.

For more information as well as a sign-up link for Winter Kickoff 2019, visit www.bit.ly/sjrwinterkickoff2019

As the new year approaches, chapter fall executive board terms for the chapters of South Jersey Region unfortunately come to an end. However, as one board finishes its term, another set of dedicated members will take the responsibility and privilege to help lead their respective chapters. We are all so proud of all of the hard work that board members put into their chapters and making them the best that they can be. South Jersey Region would not be the way it is if it wasn’t for the dedicated chapter members who love BBYO.

Josh Boro, president of Chapel AZA, said, “Being the president has given me the opportunity to inspire the members in my chapter to strive for greatness. I love being a role model for our younger members and having the ability to be someone they look up to. I look forward to being able to facilitate meaningful experiences that shape the high school years for these teens. I thoroughly enjoy being president, and I can’t wait for what the future holds!”

In the upcoming month, we can’t wait to see members take the initiative and the next steps in growing as a leader not only in the Jewish community, but in their lives as well. Running for a chapter executive board position is a big moment, and we are all so proud of everyone who runs no matter the outcome. We wish luck to everyone, and the Region is excited to see new ideas with old traditions come to the table.

For the year just ended, we would like to thank all of the advisors for being so generous and donating their time to being mentors to the teens of South Jersey Region. All of the teens look up to their advisors when they are in need of help or want to talk. We also want to thank our staff for helping out when planning events and making sure that everything runs smoothly in the region. The members of SJR are really thankful for everything that the adults do for them, especially in the year of 2018. It is incredible how much this region grew this past year, and the journey will only get more impressive and remarkable in 2019! 

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