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Parents were selected at random from the group of parents whose child attended 2005 BBYO summer camp programs.
The sample was split into three groups of "camping programs," which consisted of general sleep-away camps (15 percent), BBYO Leadership Camp (49 percent), and trip to Israel (36 percent).
Special thanks to Matt Grossman, Executive Director of BBYO, Inc.
"He was a zealot for Jewish learning and ideas, the arts, and Jewish peoplehood," said Stark's cousin, Scott Lasensky, also a former BBYO camper who now works for the United States mission to the United Nations.
He became a staff member in the 1970s while pursuing his doctorate in biblical texts and ancient Semitic languages at Brandeis University and eventually became director of the BBYO summer youth programs, from 1984 to 1989, while teaching during the year at Schechter.
“The first Cedar Brook Financial Partners BBYO Leadership Program successfully provided 110 local teens with a hands-on, religious, and emotional experience that they'll never forget.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences.
The participants on BBYO Beyond will spend part of the two months helping these remaining Ethiopian Jews acclimate to life in Israel, and the remainder of the time will be spent in Gondar working on various projects.
“An important Jewish value that we are trying to impart to our BBYO Beyond participants, is the idea of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
Beyond is BBYO's first gap year offering amongst its fast growing menu of Israel experiences offered under its Passport brand.
“Knowing the impact of a gap year experience in Israel, we feel compelled to leverage our expertise and experience in providing powerful Israel experiences to increase the number of young Jews engaging in long-term study in Israel,” says BBYO Executive Director, Matthew Grossman.
“We know that teens who participate in BBYO programs are much more likely than their peers to seek out positions of leadership and contribute to the world around them.