Boston, MA – On November 4-8, 2013, Teens from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont will join peers around the world for Speak UP Week 2013, a BBYO International initiative that explores Israel education, awareness and advocacy through formal, informal and experiential lenses.

Themed “Find Your Israel,” each day of the week features a prompt that encourages teens to think about the different ways they connect with Israel and share them through social media platforms. Speak UP Week programming also offers information about Israeli history, culture, various Israel advocacy organizations and ways to support the Jewish Homeland.

Speak UP Week 2013 includes an exciting video storytelling contest, “I Find My Israel when…,” where people can share their personal connection to Israel.  Video submissions will be voted for online at and the winner will receive Israel swag from BBYO’s Speak UP Week partner, StandWithUs, which they can proudly use to show their support for Israel.

BBYO New England invites the entire community to get involved and share how they identify with, support and advocate for Israel socially by joining the online conversation using the hashtag  #SpeakUPWeek.

For more information about Speak UP Week 2013 or to get involved with BBYO New England, please contact Casey Topol Pressberg, Regional Director, at or 617.299.1925.

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