To: Our Readers
From: Our Leaders
APRIL IN ISRAEL WITH BBYO
Saying THANK YOU
April was certainly the month to be in
Israel with BBYO. Not only did 10
Michigan BBYOers participate in the March
of the Living from April 14-28 but 15
Michigan BBYO Advisors and Staff were
part of the Jewish Federation's Miracle
Mission IV to Israel on April 18-28. In fact,
our paths finally crossed at Ben Gurion
Airport in the wee hours of the last night,
and it was a joy to see the MOL kids, each
expressing how much their journey to
Poland and Israel meant to them.
No one needs to tell me how much being in Israel means at this
time. It is so important that Diaspora Jews do something now to
support our brothers and sisters in the Jewish State. Everyone
whom we met in Israel expressed delight that our almost 600-per-
son-strong Mission had come. It wasn't just the economy we were
there to boost. It was a way to demonstrate to Israelis that they are
not alone. It was a way for each of us to show that something can
be done by each one of us, even if we don't have the opportunity
to be heroes.
The BBYO Advisor/Staff Mission allowed many of the volunteers
and professionals who work with our teens to experience Israel
today - the land, the people, the promise, the opportunity, the hope
- and be able to bring this information back home to the teens with
whom they work. Our goal is evident: we need to re-establish the
teen link to the Israel experience. Without it, the future relationship
of North American Jewry to the State of Israel is in jeopardy.
So the challenge is indeed set. How can we turn these positive
youth and adult Israel experiences into motivation for more par-
ents to reinsert a summer Israel program into the educational plan
for their child? BBYO will be offering excellent opportunities next
year for any teen who wants to go. Any one of our staff, advisors,
or youth who have gone and returned this April would be happy
to talk to interested parents. Please call us at the BBYO CSC at
248-788-0700. We look forward to connecting with you.
Few things have had more impact on who
I am today than BBYO.
I was fortunate enough to have great
mentors in AZA. My first chapter Aleph Godol
(Akiba AZA, 1964) was Judge Barry Howard, for
whom I learned great respect long before he
became a judge. My advisor was Mickey
Shanker - and I have shared my fond memories
about Mickey's influence in this column before.
I would go on and on, but the list would be
too long! So let me just say a THANK YOU to
you all...past and present, as I still keep getting back from BBYO.
I was fortunate enough to take part in several of the OUTSTANDING
summer programs that BBYO has to offer. I believe that my summer
(1968) at Camp B'nai B'rith in Starlight, PA, had more impact on me
than my four years at U of M.
Because of the influence BBYO had on me, I became a committed
volunteer for the organization. I became an advisor for ten years and
have been on the Board of Directors for ten. I have seen this
organization do wonderful things for a number of our youth, and I
have been around long enough to enjoy seeing some of our BBYOers
become community leaders. In fact, it was Steve Schanes, a past Aleph
Godol of Goode AZA, a chapter that I advised, who asked me to sit on
the Board of Directors shortly after he was the Chair.
I doubt that I am much different than many of you about my
feelings toward BBYO. I have been fortunate enough to be able to
repay a debt of gratitude by giving of my time. Now we need another
type of repayment. We have entered into a "Friends" Campaign in an
effort to secure the future of Michigan Region BBYO. In these times,
with money being tight from most of our funding sources, our Board
wants to insure that dollars will not be the reason that our kids cannot
have the wonderful experiences that we had.
The minimum gift to the "Friends" Campaign is $2,500, paid over five
years. There are naming opportunities available for larger gifts. You can
contact the BBYO Chapter Service Center at 248-788-0700, or I would
welcome your call (248-324-9331) or email (RMSegal@aol.com ). It
would be a very nice way to say THANK YOU to BBYO!
Arnold J. Weiner, MSW
Senior Executive Regional Director
Chairperson, BBYO Board of Directors
Elections Training Conclave -
Camp Maas, Ortonville
Greenberg AZA Battle of the Bands -
Akiva Hebrew Day School
Herzl AZA 75th Anniversary Brunch -
Windsor JCC - 11:00 a.m.
BBYO/BBGLR Picnic/Field Day -
Heritage Park - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Teen Connection at
C.J. Barrymore's, Clinton Township
Board of Directors Annual Meeting -
Beth Ahm - 7:30 p.m.
AZA/BBG Regional Life Ceremonies -
WBJCC - 4:00, 7:00 p.m.
AZA/BBG Council Installations & Awards
Night - B'nai Moshe - 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Teen Connection at
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
CLTC #3 - Beber Camp, Mukwonago, WI
CLTC #6 - Perlman Camp, Starlight, PA
CLTC #7 - University of Judaism,
Los Angeles, CA
JUNE 27-JULY 11
Nitzotz Midwest - Chicago, IL
JUNE 28-JULY 11
CLTC #4 - Beber Camp, Mukwonago, WI
JUNE 29-JULY 11
ILTC - Perlman Camp. Starlight, PA
CLTC #1 - Beber Camp, Mukwonago, WI
Exec Weekend - Milan Conference Centre,
Belle River, Ontario
Nitzotz East - Baltimore/Washington D.C.
Kesher L'Yisrael - Perlman Camp, Starlight,
CLTC #2 - Beber Camp, Mukwonago, WI
JUNE 29-JULY 11
CLTC #5 - Perlman Camp, Starlight, PA
Kallah West - University of Judaism,
Los Angeles, CA
Derech Eretz West - High Sierra
Mountain and River Adventure
JULY 20-AUG. 3
JULY 28-AUG. 9
JULY 29-AUG. 15
Derech Eretz East - New England
International Convention - Perlman
Camp, Starlight, PA
VIP Leadership Camp - Milan Conference
Centre, Belle River, Ontario
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