8.22.14 Issue

by Rachel Martin, BBYO/Teen Director

Hello. My name is Rachel Martin, and I am the new BBYO/teen director. I grew up in Omaha, was a member of BBG Ediar, and am passionate about providing exceptional experiences to Jewish teens in Omaha. My involvements with the JCC, Temple Israel, Camp Sabra, BBYO, Hillel, and Birthright Israel have provided me with a multitude of meaningful Jewish experiences throughout my life.

I am very excited to hold this position and I look forward to working with BBYO parents and teens. Our first event, held Sunday, Aug 10., was a trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. We took 23 teens, and it was a blast! Stay tuned for more upcoming events, including the Fall Regional Convention, held this year in Kansas City. At this convention, Omaha teens will connect with other BBYO members in the Mid America Region from St. Louis, Kansas City and Minnesota.

BBYO is the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. It is the largest Jewish youth group in the world, with the first chapter originating in Omaha in 1924. Omaha hosts two AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph) chapters for guys, and two BBG (B’nai B’rith girls) chapters for girls. All four chapters meet every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the JCC youth lounge.

Through several programming initiatives called “folds,” BBYO members are able to learn invaluable leadership skills, participate in community service activities, travel, and meet friends locally, regionally, and nationally.

BBYO brings Jewish teens extraordinary chapter programs that promote brotherhood and sisterhood, Judaism, creativity, social awareness, and, of course, fun!

Programs include themed dances; regional conventions with Jewish teens from St. Louis, Kansas City and Minnesota, overnight Shabbat programs, the opportunity to hold board positions, implement change and develop leadership skills. Each chapter has at least one adult volunteer advisor to help teens exercise their leadership abilities and to encourage meaningful and fun Jewish experiences.

BBYO welcomes all Jewish teens entering grades 9-12, and enrollment is open year-round.

A one year membership is available for $75, and a four year membership is available for $150.

For more information, contact Rachel Martin, BBYO/Teen Director, at 402.334.6404 or by email at rmartin@jccomaha.org.