Nashville teens were among 4,000 at BBYO International Convention

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by tgregory

Cousins Lauren Rosen (left center) and Matthew Schwarcz (center right) get ready for Havdalah with other teens from the Cotton States Region at the BBYO International Convention in Baltimore. Matthew is president of Athens of the South AZA in Nashville and Lauren is president of Music City BBG.

Twelve BBYO teen leaders from Nashville were among the 4,000 Jewish youth who attended the recent BBYO International Convention in Baltimore, where they shared insights, met important Jewish thought leaders and philanthropists and helped break the Guiness World Record for the largest Shabbat dinner. 

“IC is one of the most amazing experiences that a Jewish teen can have,” said Boaz Kelner, 17, a student Montgomery Bell Academy. “At IC you will learn from your peers as well as alumni of BBYO who are working in all sorts of fields. The opportunities here are endless and the memories magnificent.”      

For the second consecutive year, The Jim Joseph Foundation, Maimonides Fund, The Marcus Foundation, the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds and The Schusterman Family Foundation hosted the Summit on Jewish Teens during the first 24 hours of convention. This year’s featured speaker was New York Times Commentator David Brooks. •