BBYO confab includes big award for Marin native
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Fifty-seven Bay Area teenagers represented BBYO’s Central Region West at the organization’s recent international convention outside Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama launched the gathering last month with a video greeting, urging the teenagers to “recommit yourselves to the enduring values this organization represents.”
Wasserman Schultz was presented with BBYO’s Stand Up Award.
“Like many of you, I was raised to believe that I could achieve anything I set my mind to,” she told the Jewish teen leaders representing 18 countries.
San Rafael native Laurie Moskowitz and comedian Ben Stein received BBYO’s 2013 alumni awards.
Moskowitz, a U.C. Berkeley graduate, lives in D.C. where she is the senior director for U.S. campaigns for the ONE Campaign, an advocacy group dedicated to extreme poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding partner of FieldWorks, a communications and field strategy firm. She received the Anita Perlman Distinguished Alumna Award for her contributions that empower girls and women.
Moskowitz attended Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael as a youth, and was active in B’nai B’rith Girls in Marin, once serving as president of her chapter, Hannah Sennesh.
During the Feb. 14 convention, the teens performed a collective 6,000 hours of community service and advocacy work at 34 service sites in the nation’s capital. — jta & j. staff
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