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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-11-25

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Fall Conclave

BBYO experience yields
meaningful, fun programs.

Eric Adelman
Special to the Jewish News


ore than 180 Jewish teens from
Metro Detroit traveled through
the decades during BBYO's Fall
Conclave 2010.
This year's Fall Conclave (FC) at
Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, led by
teen coordinators Rachel Klein and
Michael Monteleone, was a sold-out
success. The pair, aided by more than
50 teen committee members, planned
programs that took participants from
the 1920s to the 2010s.
FC is one of Michigan Region BBYO's
two weekend-long annual conclaves (the
other occurs in May). Teen coordinators,
elected by their peers, work with BBYO
program directors to plan fun and

meaningful programs at each weekend.
Following BBYO's model — a plu-
ralistic environment where teen-led
programs range from Judaic and social
justice to social and athletic — FC is a
highlight of the year.
"Fall Conclave is an amazing time
to get together with friends:' said Josh
Morof, AZA Regional Godol (boys'
president). "The program is so flexible;
and we can do anything at FC."
The fare included "stops" in the
1940s, with a "secret" Shabbat service,
recollecting secret services during the
Holocaust; in the 1950s, with a pro-
gram about Israel's founding; and in the
1980s, featuring an '80s dance.
First-time BBYO Conclave participant
Jessica Sherbin from Kulanu BBG said,
"I thought the weekend was great. The


Center of the action: LiIli Malach of West Bloomfield, Josh Breuer of
Farmington Hills, Rachel Salle and Josh Morof, both of West Bloomfield.

Friday night service showed us what
Holocaust survivors went through!"
Other programs included advocacy
training by five BBYOers who attended
AIPAC's High School Summit in
October, an awareness program about
childhood cancers called "Stand UP!"
(part of BBYO's year-long campaign
to educate about and raise money
for childhood cancer research) and a
Friendship Circle to close the program.
Rachel Salle, Regional BBG Shlicha


(girls' advocacy vice president) from
Ruach BBG, said she attended her fourth
and final FC because she enjoys being
with her friends, having a good time
and enjoying meaningful programs.
"Being with the whole region and
spending time with younger members is
always fun," she said. ❑

Eric Adelman is director of West Bloomfield-
based Michigan Region BBYO.

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