TEEN TOPICS: November 20, 2015

BBYO Shabbat to Remember
Louisville BBYO hosted 40 members of the local Jewish community at BBYO’s Global Shabbat, themed A Shabbat to Remember, this November 6-7. Among the participants was Fred Gross, who shared his story of struggle and perseverance, just days before the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht as the teens in attendance embraced the great responsibility of passing down these personal accounts.

This event not only happened on the local level in Louisville, but also on the global level across 15 countries: Argentina, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay and the Unites States.

Gross was inducted into BBYO as an honorary member of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) symbolically giving him the opportunity to relive his childhood stolen by the Nazis.

In statement issued in advance of Global Shabbat, Colin Silverman, 91st Grand Aleph Godol (International President) of AZA, and Lauren Keats, 71st International N’siah (International President) of BBG, shared, “With A Shabbat to Remember, we aim to create celebratory and open spaces so that survivors can share their stories. As the last generation to have the opportunity to hear from these survivors firsthand, it is up to us to make the most of this gift so that we will never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust or the lessons of strength and perseverance of the Jewish people,”

A Shabbat to Remember was first introduced in July at BBYO’s International Kallah where eight Holocaust survivors joined an international community of hundreds of teens in learning, singing and dancing.

Teen Connection House of Boom
On Sunday November 8, 15 middle school teens had fun jumping at House of Boom.

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