Glen Ridge High School freshmen Jessica Muney and Isabella Rossi, in consultation with Judi Youngman, Senior Executive Regional Director, BBYO Greater Jersey Hudson River Region (GJHRR), will be opening a local co-ed chapter of the teen-led organization.
BBYO GJHRR is the local branch of BBYO International, the leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement. For more than 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life.
“It’s so important to open a co-ed chapter in the area to give teens from Montclair, Glen Ridge and neighboring towns the opportunity to come together and do great things,” said Muney.
“I believe it’s good to have boys and girls working together to connect to our Jewish heritage,” added Rossi.
Teens who join BBYO lead their chapter meetings, run educational programming, plan fundraisers and create the very events that will become part of their weekly calendar. New members will begin to attend Chapter Meetings, which convene every other week in their respective communities. Every 6-8 weeks, the region as a whole (consisting of two Councils) holds weekend events called Regional Conventions where teen members have the opportunity to meet and become friends with other Jewish teens in other local BBYO chapters. As a direct result of BBYO involvement, teens make lifelong friends, develop a passion for Judaism and the Jewish community and gain valuable leadership skills that will prepare them for a lifetime of success.
“BBYO is where teens make friends for a lifetime and stand together as Jews!!!!,” said Youngman.
An informational meeting for Jewish teens in grades 9-12 and their parent(s) will be held on Thursday, October 8, at the home of Roz and Jessica Muney, 14 Adams Place in Glen Ridge. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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