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43 Signs You Were In A Jewish Youth Group

"Let's go for a walk during chofesh." ;) ;) ;)

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1. Jewish Geography is a sport.

my favorite thing to do is to find Jewish geography connections w/ my bbyo friend's camp friend's cousin's sister via social media stalking

2. Packing snacks for conventions was practically an art form.

3. Spooey was a necessity.

Pretzels + frosting = bliss

4. And Whales will always be better than Goldfish.

Even if you're not kosher.

5. The Birkat and all its hand motions will be forever ingrained in your brain.


6. Plus some really strange cheers.


7. And you would destroy lives to get these.

8. You probably grinded for the first time at the Kickoff Dance.

9. And your first kiss was during chofesh.

In bbyo "Let's go for a walk during chofesh" is equivalent to "Let's watch Netflix and chill"

And you immediately calculated how many "points" they were worth.

11. Like, a lot of t-shirts.

12. You're pretty much constantly homesick.

15. All of your girl friends dressed like this.

Norts and Chacos. Every. Damn. Day.

16. And the guys were close.

17. Like, attached-at-the-hip close.

18. This was your prized possession.

19. Your lanyard collection was a bit out of hand.

20. And you always decked them out in all your pins.

21. It was no wonder elections took hours.

Me: If elected will you serve? Brent: yes Me: if elected will you serve? Brent: yes Me: if elected will you serve? Brent: no (Takes seat)

Calling everyone to the floor, shoo bop da wadda wadda bop bop.


22. You've always got an icebreaker ready to go.

23. Puffy paint was worth its weight in gold.

24. You used it to decorate your board's water bottles.

26. And candles.

Candles, candles, and more candles. So many candles. Enough candles to burn the world down with.

27. Summer programs were some of the best times of your life.

28. But you were so happy to get home to your chapter when it was over.

29. It's hard to explain BBYO to someone who's not in it, so you adopted a bit of an elevator pitch.

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"It's this Jew thing I go to sometimes but it's fun. There's usually food. Oh, and the guys/girls are really cute."

32. Your parents couldn't understand why you had to sign up for IC as soon as registration opened.


33. But you had to get this photo op.

And if it sold out in three days again, there would be some serious BBYFOMO.

34. This was the pinnacle of your life.

View this video on YouTube

35. This was a close second.

36. Basically, your organization redefines #SquadGoals.

37. Going to school the Monday after a convention was the worst.


38. Mainly because your BBYO friends were so much better than your school friends.

School friends are an endangered species

Still are.

41. And as soon as you think it's all #BBYOver...

42. ...everyone you know enrolls in a Big Ten school and joins a Jewish sorority or fraternity.

Met 5 BBYO people on my college tour

And then you run into them all in Israel when you're on Birthright.

43. Because BBYO is forever.

And you can never escape.

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