From the outside looking in, you can’t see it; from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it. BBYO as a whole changed my life. I've never felt more connected to my Judaism until I joined BBYO. From sharing special Shabbat moments at ILTC to feeling more and more connected to my region and chapter, I have been strongly connected to my Judaism. For the people just starting out in BBYO, make the most of every single moment in this organization because it goes so fast. Too fast.
When I started out as an 8th grader, I didn't think entering an organization like this would be the best decision I would make. As I started to find myself in the organization, I realized that I could be myself and no one would judge me for who I am. Being able to meet new people from across the world is amazing. As I went on ILTC (the International Leadership Training Conference) over the summer, I met a few of my best friends. I’ve created bonds with people from all over the world and I thank BBYO for that. For me, BBYO is a home away from home. It’s a place where I go to get away from school struggles and just enjoy what BBYO has to offer. Now here are some questions for you: what does BBYO mean to you? How has it helped you in hard times? How has it made you laugh, and made you feel something real?
When I went to my first regional event, I didn’t know anyone there. I was a little, shy 8th grader standing there and didn’t know what to do. One girl approached me and introduced herself. Just like that, I had made my first friend in BBYO. She then introduced me to her chapter, and they were all so sweet, making me feel like I belonged. Going into my first meeting, I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone was so welcoming and I will never forget that moment because that was the first time I really felt a part of something. It was the first time, in a long time, that I had true friendships and people who wanted to be a part of my life.
Lexi Herz is a BBG from Big Apple Region and has been a dancer for ten years.
All views expressed on content written for The Shofar represent the opinions and thoughts of the individual authors. The author biography represents the author at the time in which they were in BBYO.
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