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March 31, 1989 - Image 86

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-31

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Fun, Friends, Judaica
Highlight IRC Event


Special to The Jewish News


he Michigan Region,
Chicago Region and
St. Louis Council
Inter-Regional BBYO conven-
tion was filled with lots of
new friends and tons of fun,
not to mention the Jewish
heritage we all share.
During the weekend plann-
ed by BBG Third Vice Pre-
sient Liz Greenberg and AZA
Third Vice President Jon
Freed, the convention par-
ticipants got a small taste of
our community. They visited
the Holocaust Memorial
Center and talked to a sur-
vivor, went shopping in
downtown Birmingham,
visited the Cranbrook In-
stitute of Science to see the
Lasera show, participated in
the Machar BBG homeless
dance and attended services
at many temples and
synagogues. Many people
from out of town saw the
similarities between their
communities and the Detroit
Jewish community.
"This was my first IRC and
it's been such an experience,"
said Jennifer Margolius of

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see the shared values and
how we all have the same goal
— to make BBYO the best
that it can be. I will definite-
ly go on another one."
BBYO as the tie is what
made this weekend so special.
One discussion was set aside
to share ideas. This one pro-
gram gave all the par-
ticipants a sense of unity.
All 36 of the out-of-town
participants were housed by
the 33 Detroiters involved.
This gave everyone involved a
chance to talk to someone
from a different area about
BBYO, Judaism or anything
else they felt like discussing.
"Putting the young Jewish
communities of these three
major cities together is an in-
tegral part of the future of our
Jewish culture," said Lindsey
Dienstag of Chicago and Dan
Loiterstein of St. Louis.
Michigan Region is involv-
ed in one inter-regional con-
vention each year. This pro-
gram, which brings together
BBYOers from all over, is a
highlight for everyone involv-
ed. The region will par-
ticipate in another inter-
regional convention next year.
As one IRC participant put it,
the 1988-1989 inter-regional
convention "was the best
ever." ❑

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U.S. Jewish Teenagers


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que to bring us all together,


The American Teenager in
Paris program will take place
July 3-27 and its sister
hosting program will take
place July 31-Aug. 24.
Conceived by Shelly Komer
Jackier, a former French
teacher and executive direc-
tor of the American Israel
Chamber of Commerce of
Michigan,- and by Moshe
Avital, executive director of
B'nai B'rith Youth Organiza-
tion in France, the program
allows teens to learn about
Jewish life in France and the
United States via an ex-
change program. Sponsors
are BBYO in France and
Detroit's Jewish Community
In France, the students will
visit Jewish historical sites,
celebrate an Oneg Shabbat
with French Jewish teens, at-
tend Shabbat services and
participate in discussions on
topics of Jewish interest.
The students also will be
able to see the Eiffel Tower,
the Louvre, Versailles Palace,

Notre Dame Cathedral, Latin
Quarter, Quai D'Orsee
Museum, Montmartre,
Madame Tussaud's Wax
Museum, Pompidou Museum,
Hotel Des Invalides and the
New Museum of Science.
Other activities include

Paris programs are
being sponsored by
the Jewish Center
and B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization.

boating on the Seine, a picnic
at Vincennes Park, indoor ice
skating, bowling, swimming
and a trip to an amusement
The students will receive
daily French language in-
struction, participate in a
disco party and participate in
festivities for the 200th an-
niversary of the French
The program is supervised
in Paris by the BBYO. The

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