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L’Chayim BBYO names Shriners Hospital its “Stand-Up” cause for the 2014-15 year

(Submitted by members of L’Chayim BBYO)

LONGMEADOW – This past year, L’Chayim BBYO made blankets and cards for the patients at Shriners Hospital to be delivered by the members of the chapter. Julia Barron, community service chair of L’Chayim and a sophomore at Longmeadow High School said, “I think it is very important to help out an organization like Shriners because it helps us appreciate our health while also assisting those in need.” L’Chayim has also raised funds for Shriners, selling shirts designed by one of the teens.

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Teens learned about and experienced Israeli foods at L’Chayim’s “Israeli cooking” program.

The BBYO members held fundraisers on multiple occasions, including a bake sale next to Big Y, and they sold apparel at BBYO regional conventions. In mid-June, a few chapter board members used the money raised to collect the toys for donation.

L’Chayim BBYO is part of BBYO Connecticut Valley Region. The chapter meets at the Springfield JCC and engages over 50 Jewish high school teens a year. The chapter participates in all BBYO regional events including Regional and International Conventions, summer enrichment programs and social and education programming.

L’Chayim reinforces Jewish culture and tradition with fun and educational programs. L’Chayim’s “Israeli cooking” program was an interactive way to educate members about traditional foods such as latkes, Israeli salad, and tahini cookies. Members worked in groups with the Israel Emissaries to prepare the foods for everyone in the chapter to enjoy.

“Our chapter was able to bond, learn, and enjoy a delicious meal. The program was Israel-oriented and everyone had a great time,” said Adam Acker, L’Chayim’s vice-president of Jewish heritage, community service and social action, and a senior at Longmeadow High School.

L’Chayim’s philanthropic efforts are not limited to the community service at BBYO programs. Inspired teens such as Katie Most, freshman at The Williston Northampton School and secretary of L’Chayim said, “BBYO has taught me to seize my identity and to fulfill my responsibility to help others everyday.”

For more information about L’Chayim BBYO, visit http://standup.bbyo.org/campaigns/lchayim_standup.

For more information about BBYO in Greater Springfield please contact Josh Cohen, Northeast Area Field Director at JCohen@bbyo.org.

CAP: A few of L’Chayim’s members with their blankets and cards for patients at Shriners.

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