Report From BBYO B'Yachad 2013
Posted on 07/12/2013 @ 03:37 PM
Yesterday evening, approximate 350 teens on BBYO Passport experiences in Israel convened to celebrate their being together in the Jewish Homeland this summer. The name of the event, "BBYO B'Yachad", is Hebrew for the word "together".
BBYO B'Yachad began with a carnival-style atmosphere where teens enjoyed decorating ancient pottery shards, getting their hands painted by professional henna artists, writing postcards home to friends and family (check your mailboxes soon!), doing a scavenger hunt around the park, taking photos for keep-sake gifts, dinner and dessert, and plenty of music.
Among the speakers at the ceremony were two BBYO teens on International Board, Ryan Dishell and Maya Guthman, who welcomed their peers to the event. They spoke about securing a strong Jewish future, embracing our summer journeys, and making new friends within the Jewish teen community.
We concluded the evening by singing HaTikvah, Israel's national anthem, followed by a popular song called "Yachad". Watching a sea of 350 teens holding each other arm-and-arm while singing was truly a moving experience. The night ended with a dance party under the stars, which exuded energy, camaraderie, and the notion of togetherness.
Ultimately, the purpose of BBYO B'Yachad was to celebrate the teens’ choice to spend a summer in Israel. With the myriad of choices available today, we are so proud that they chose to come to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel. Traveling to Israel is a dream shared with our ancestors for nearly 4,000 years, and that is a dream fulfilled anew each summer on BBYO Passport since 1957. These teens are now part of an important legacy, and on behalf of everyone at BBYO Passport, we are honored to help start those journeys.
We have posted many more pictures from the event in the B'Yachad 2013 Gallery. Enjoy!