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We have had a rollercoaster of feelings the past two days. Our trip to Majdanek was when the reality of the Holocaust took on a new meaning for all of us. This extermination camp is right in the center of the town of Lublin and it was the one camp that was not hidden in secrecy or subterfuge. The fact that it is exactly as it was when liberated and can be up and running within 48 hours made the visit all the more horrific.

We began our day on Friday with a visit to the Okopowa Cemetery, the only Jewish cemetery in Warsaw and the largest in Poland. Established in 1806, the site contains 300,000 graves and burials are still held there. Teens saw how the stones were uniquely designed to represent various persons (tzedakah box for a charitable person, candlesticks for a woman). Two large stones are also there to represent BBYO's restoration and clean-up work at the cemetery.

International Convention has begun! BBYO's International Convention, a culmination of all regions and countries, uniting as one. It’s truly remarkable to see how much BBYO has grown internationally over the past 3 years. At International Convention 2013 in Washington, D.C., each international delegation only had a few representatives, but now at IC 2016, countries such as Argentina [...]

Last night BBYO set a Guinness World Record with over 2,400 teens gathering together for the world’s largest Shabbat dinner! Teens from 27 countries united and sang Shabbat prayers and ate Shabbat dinner together. Shabbat at International Convention is an experience like no other. It has a unique ability to showcase how many different ways [...]

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