After a recent restart in Sydney, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) NSW is moving in the right direction and is “up and coming”, according to co-chair Ruby Borer.
BBYO, an international pluralistic Jewish youth organization, serves nearly 80,000 young people in more than 55 countries.
Borer said it’s “run by the young for the young.”
“It is a place where we are encouraged to have fun, connect with other Jewish youth in our community and around the world, and develop leadership skills and Jewish Identities,” he said.
“We are inspired to learn, grow, give to our community, and most importantly, be ourselves. BBYO NSW gives us the chance to host the events we want and achieve amazing things.”
BBYO’s board members, consisting of Borer, Amy Forman, Devan Bloch, Meital Gertel, Sam Raichman and Caitlin Gordon, are all 13-15 years old.
Weeks before the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine, BBYO held in-person and online events.
When permitted, in-person events include Havdallah and Shabbat services, visits to Adamama Urban Farm and Laser Tag games.
Game nights, cakes, and most recently online programs with an escape room and overseas sections via Zoom.
“We’re also very honored to be able to come together in Melbourne, in South Africa, New York, Russia and closer to home, to run incredible programs with young people around the world,” Borer said.
BBYO NSW said it wouldn’t be possible without its parent company, B’nai B’rith.
“B’nai B’rith not only gave us a home here in Sydney and allowed us to run the B’nai B’rith holiday kids club, but also gave us our advisors,” he said.
“Vivienne Radomsky, project manager for B’nai B’rith NSW, has been our incredible mentor from the start and has guided us through everything we do. It never fails to inspire, help and support us.
“We are so grateful for everything he has done and continues to do for us, and we couldn’t imagine BBYO without him.”
Borer said that BBYO NSW has “changed the lives of the people who have ever had the opportunity to sit on the board of directors and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow as individuals and as a division, further developing bonds with one another.” and learning new leadership skills.”
He said the members also look forward to taking part in the international opportunities offered by BBYO, including the International Leadership Network.
“I hope in a post-COVID world, he travels to America to attend the International Convention or the incredible summer deals,” he said.
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