Our BBYO year is winding down and it feels...different. No in-person programs, no in-person Spring Convention with elections and last but definitely not least, no in-person life and goodbye to our seniors. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that BBYO has put the world in awe, showing that a global pandemic will not stop us from making meaningful connections with each other and continuing the traditions and unforgettable moments we hold so close to our hearts. We have been inspired by BBYO On Demand programs (I mean, who didn’t watch and love Mark Cuban?), had opportunities to catch up with international friends, and I myself just participated in Lake Ontario Region’s very first Spring Virtual Retreat complete with virtual elections. Rapping my gavel on a table in my living room was definitely different, but special. There have been endless opportunities our movement has presented us and doing things like singing with Happie and Eric week after week at Havdalah has grounded me and given me the motivation to stay positive, which is what we all need right now.
Regions around the world have been looking for ways to send their seniors off into the next chapter of their life and empower the next generation in the best way possible. After all, life is one of the most important and memorable traditions in our movement. Eastern Region put together a website filled with their senior’s life speeches - and it is AWESOME. As I was reading the speeches, one particularly caught my eye. His made me reflect, opened my eyes to how I will spend the rest of my BBYO journey, made me tear up and truly just wowed me. I knew I needed to share it with you. I won’t say anything more other than... introducing Sam Rappaport (see his story below):
BBYO is quite possibly the greatest organization I will ever be a part of. While I write this, I feel a sense of disappointment. I always pictured giving council life in front of a room full of half-interested teenagers and seeing Sydney Fishman burst into tears. But here we are. My five years have culminated into what is essentially a glorified essay. But honestly, maybe it’s fitting. BBYO has never given me what I expected and this is no different. When I began, I told myself I’ll never get involved. I did it because it was what my brother was doing and it felt like something I should do too.
Fraternally submitted with an undying love for Saul Nahum AZA #1709, Shaina BBG #1618, Eastern Region #6, NCC, pizza delivery men, MITCHELL, the Undertaker, CLTC 2 2017, MIT/AIT 2019, Jew-ba Divers, bath robes, and the international order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, I forever remain Aleph Samson Jordan Rappaport. And with that, I accept life membership into North Carolina Council.
חנה אלפר היא BBG מאזור אגם אונטריו ומאז גיל תשע פעיל וסופר.
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