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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 BBYO teens attend first Florida tri-regional convention 00ti0n nevertasted s0g00d. This year, let Too Jay's do the holiday preparation. Bring family and friends and break the fast with us, or take out our deluxe smoked fish platter to celebrate in the comfort of your own home. Either way, it will be a meal worth waiting for! i  i i Orlando Colonial MarketPlaza (407) 894-1718 East Orlando Waterford Lakes Town Center (407) 249-9475 Southwest Orlando The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips (407) 355-0340 0oee Shoppes of Ocoee (407) 798- 2000 Altamonte Springs Palm Springs Shopping Center (407) 830-1770 Lake Mary Lake Mary Centre (407) 833-0848 www.toojays.com Nearly 300 teens participated in the first Florida Tri-Regional BBYO Convention. We're in your corner. Information 866.742.6655 www.comtmeho,IJice.org wwwwrimtsillness.org/cornerstone MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND MOST COMMERCIAL INSURANCES ACCEPTED 5019096 The teen regional leadership of BBYO North Florida Region is comprised of (l-r), Zach Wieselthier, liana Loory, Samara Halperin, Jonah Goldberg, Haley Gaeser, Hannah Wio eselthier, Austin Kansol, Ari Kenney and Sara Hoffen. (Not pictured: Taylor Bollt.) On Sept. 12-14, over 60 Or- lando teens attended BBYO's All-Florida Convention in Palm Beach Gardens. Themed "Leave Your Mark," the con- vention brought together nearly 300 teens plus advi- sors, staff, guest educators and alumni for a historic weekend of local Jewish teen engagement. "I couldn't have imagined a more amazing experience, learning from some of the community's most influ- ential leaders and change agents. Now, back in Orlando, I am more inspired than ever to lead my chapter and give back to my community," said Sarah Michel, senior at Winter Park High School and one of the teen leaders of the weekend. The Florida Convention began on Friday afternoon with Opening Conference Ceremonies. Three different conferences were offered throughout the weekend where teens could choose the programs that they were interested in. One conference was the Jewish Enrichment Institute (JEI) that offered programs around how to lead services, Israel advocacy, Jewish identity discussions, among others. There was a song leading track built into JEI led by song leaders Josh Cohen and Debra Winter. Another conference offered was themed "Grow the Move- ment" where teens learned about different ways to lead community-wide campaigns and to strengthen their lo- cal Jewish communities. The final conference offered throughout the weekend was "Executives and Leadership" for teens currently holding leadership positions within their chapters. On Saturday evening, the convention body joined more Jewish teens throughout the Palm Beach Gardens com- munity for a Dance Marathon at the Mandel Palm Beach Gardens Jewish Community Center. The teens raised over $1,000 for Children's Miracle Network while dancing and standing for four hours. The convention body closed out an incredible weekend of fun and learning with Regional Business Meetings on Sunday. Teen leaders pro- posed motions and changes that would help chart their BBYO region's vision for the upcoming year. For more information about BBYO and upcoming events, contact Lory Conte, regional director at LConte@ BBYO.org or 407-621-4032.