By Emma Reed, Westchester Region, IC 2017 Press Corps
The Chapter Program Showcase displays the best of the best in chapter programming from around the Order. This year’s programs absolutely did not disappoint. Programs ranged from presentations from international delegations, to MBA programs like B’yachad BBG #2495 of Southern Region: Atlanta’s program “Inside and Out”, to StandUp programs like Chevrah BBG #2342 of South Jersey’s “Make Your Mark”, and so much more. One particular program that stood out was Chaverim BBYO #5371 of GJHRR’s “Up, Up, and Oy Vey: The History of Comic Book Superheroes and Judaism”. In the program, it was discussed how posture and tone of voice are used to convey character. There was also a conversation about the contrast between Hitler and Superman in that the Nazi party was all about those in power politically, socially, and economically dominating those of lesser status whereas Superman uses his power to help those who cannot help themselves. Another enriching program was Austria and Hungary’s showcase. I was able to learn so much about both countries’ respective histories and cultures. For example, I learned that the Danish King invited Jews into his country in the 1600’s because he had heard that Portuguese Jews had boosted the economy. Also, in modern-day Denmark, religion plays very little role in everyday life; most aspects of society, including government, education, etc. have no religious influence whatsoever. Overall, all programs were meaningful, educational, and fun, and all chapters did exceptionally in leading them!