BBYO B'Yachad 2013
Posted on 07/12/2013 @ 04:00 PM
Yesterday evening, over 350 teens on BBYO Passport experiences in Israel convened to celebrate their being together in the Jewish Homeland this summer. True to form, the event drew together an international community of Jewish teens from the USA, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Our ILSI participants, Ryan Dishell and Maya Guthman, gave the following speech at the event, and we wanted to share it with everyone who wasn't there .
Maya - B'ychad. A word meaning together. Describing our ability to convene as one unified body of many trips, here, in Israel
Ryan - Hi! My name is Ryan Dishell, and this year I will be serving as BBYO's Grand Aleph S'gan, the Vice President of programming for the Aleph Zadik Aleph. I come from Los Angles, California, thanks to BBYO, I have the opportunity to spend my summer here.
Maya - Hi! My name is Maya Guthman, and this year I will be serving as BBYO's International S'ganit, Vice President of programming for the B'nai B'nai b'rith Girls. For me, this is my second time traveling to Israel with BBYO passport. The first being March of the Living 2012 And this summer I could not be more excited to be back here, with all of you as a member of ILSI.
Ryan - It is a pleasure to be with all of you tonight. And moreover, it is a pleasure to visibly see each of you, unified with care for exploring Israel for you yourselves.
Maya - B'ychad brought us all here
Ryan - From the west coast
Maya - To the east coast
Ryan - And all the world surrounding
Maya - With each of us here, we commit ourselves to strengthening our movement, bringing the present and future of the Jewish people from all over the world, back to the homeland, as we collectively secure a strong Jewish future for our tomorrow.
Ryan - So tonight, come together, mingle, have fun, don't be shy, meet new people, because these are the people just like you, that want to explore all that Israel has to offer.
Maya - Once our trips come to a close, each and every one of us has the responsibility to bringing the knowledge that we have gained from our individual experiences back to our respective communities. After tonight however, your opportunity to come together with one another does not come to an end, as we hope to see each and everyone of you at BBYO's International Convention 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Whether you are a member of BBYO or not, this is your opportunity to come together once again, create your atmosphere, and have an unforgettable time, B'ychad.
Ryan - Post about your time here in Israel. Tweet it. Instagram it. Whatever it may be, our individual experiences as well as our collective experience here is truly a special one. Don't be afraid to let the world see the moments that capture the momentum of our movement.
Maya - and with that, have fun tonight, tomorrow night, and every other night you have left. Take it all in.
Ryan - We hope you truly enjoy all that Israel has to offer you, that is of course, until next time.
We have posted many more pictures from the event in the Summer 2013 Gallery. Enjoy!