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Standing Together To Unite As One

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Program HostInternational
Southern - Dixie Council
Program TypeAleph-in-Training (AIT)
Brotherhood
Convention
Separates
Time Required2-5 hours
Target Population(s)Boys (AZA)
People Participating60-100

Program Summary:

When one brick falls out, it all breaks. Cardboard Bricks are used in this program to show indestructibility and the endless opportunities when we work together as Brother Alephs.

Full Description:

Southeastern Convention 2010 AZA Separates
As Written By Sean Lynch (Dixie Godol), Brian Meyer (Atlanta Council Godol) and Joey Notowich (CSR Godol)

General Overview:
When they walk in there will be a house that is built from single column instead of bricks being linked together. And we will pull one out saying we weren't working together, when one things falls out it all breaks. Talk about team work. Bricks are then redone to a real house and its indestructible, opportunities are endless and we are as strong as anything when we work together. Everyone has their own brick and there are six sides and the possibilities are endless, you can put whatever you want on it.

Supplies:

   * Scripts
    * House with no roof
    * Cardboard bricks - enough for each member to have 1, and then some extra just in case.
    * Markers and sharpies - enough for people to share and write on each

Outline:

   * Kids arrive and sit down in a circle
    * We keep it quiet, in a dark room and in the middle of the circle is a tall house of single stacked cardboard bricks
    * Sean, Brian, and Joey walk up and pull out a brick. Show how the unity of a small group is necessary and how when one thing is taken apart from the group, it all falls and fails.
    * A few other board members (to be determined later) will then read the stories about team work starting with the failures of teamwork ending with the successes.
    * Sean, Brian, and Joey will then explain the importance of the cardboard bricks, speaking of unity, team work, and endless possibilities. Each brick represents one person of the convention, everyone has endless possibilities - but only with the unity and teamwork of others
    * All participants, including the leaders, are given some time to take the markers and write all over the brick that would describe you (appropriate things - qualities, goals, or friends)
    * We then take all of the bricks and make one big house - WITH NO ROOF - exemplifying that together we can have one unified house with no roof, signifying endless possibilities

If you can take away one thing from this program then hear this,

"If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't! If you want to win, but think you can't, It's almost a cinch you won't.   If you think you'll lose, you're lost; For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of the mind.   Life's battles don't always go To the stronger and faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can." -Walter D. Wintle

The possibilities are endless, when you leave this hotel - regardless of where you go - remember that if you put your mind to it and you ask for the help of your fellow Alephs, then you CAN do it. You will do it. "If you think you'll lose, you're lost". Don't think that way, know you'll win, know you'll succeed, know that when you put your mind to it, you're going to go for your endless possibilities

Script

(Brothers enter)
Brian: A quick story of four of my best friends who were on a team together, They had four members called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
Sean:There was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Joey:Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Brian:Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Sean:Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
Joey:It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Sean: My brother alephs, welcome to SEC AZA Separates. Tonight we are all gathered to talk about unity and the power we have when we unite as one. We are going to break apart into three rotations, then we will gather back as one for our main event.

Rotation 1: Life after AZA

For some of us, our time in AZA is running out. It sneaks up on you; you blink for one second and there you are giving your life to AZA at the end of your senior year. Gentleman dont let the rest of your time in AZA go to waste. Experience all this organization has to offer with the time you have left! Whether thats means planning a program of running for a board position, it doesnt matter what you do but know that your time in this organization is very precious. Life after AZA can go in many different directions:College fraternities, jewish student unions, chabads, hillels and alumni netwroks are available for you to join and AZA has prepared  We will now move into two discussions about your life in and after AZA.

Q1. How much time do you have left in AZA?  
Q2. Do you plan to join a fraternity/Hillel, Chabad when you are in college and if so which ones and why?
Q3. Does a jewish population in a school affect where you will choose and why?
Q4. How has AZA prepared you for the future?
Q5. What can we do as on organization to prepare the next generations for life after AZA?
Q6. Do you think your time has been well spent in AZA, Explain how and why?
Q7. Would you be content with your time in AZA if it where to stop right now? Why or why not?
Q8. What is your best memory of AZA so far?

If you take one thing away from this discussion, know that your time in AZA is and will always be incomparable to anything else you will ever experience in your life.  i can honestly say that AZA is a truly unique experience that we cant find anywhere else. Dont waste time while you are here.

-Joey

Rotation 2: Sports -Brian
-In life, people can accomplish great things through hard work, dedication, and passion. However, with the help of others and the unity of their friends and brother Alephs, a team can accomplish their goals and strive to reach their fullest potential. Throughout history, sports teams have united together to dream the impossible and achieve it but it's only possible if you can join together with one another. I don't know about you guys, but I've always learned more from watching people succeed then I have from hearing about it. How many have you have seen the movie "D2: The Mighty Ducks"? It's about an underage hockey team that must join together with kids from all across America to achieve the impossible and win the World Championship. To inspire the team to come together, one of the members of the team says the following... (read the script from D2). Do you think that these ducks could fly by themselves without dying. NO.  Now, do you think that these boys who are just as young as we are can come together and beat the others? Do you think they could achieve all odds? These ducks who fly together become united as one because DUCKS FLY TOGETHER.
Let me give you a quick scenario, Imagine, your football team in the Super bowl. They're down by 4 points. 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Fourth down and goal from the 16 yard line. The quarterback comes up to the huddle with a heart felt speech. "Guys, we've been through enough this game. We came back from a huge deficit, and I refuse to lose this game." All of the team yells out of excitement for the upcoming play and they break the huddle. The quarterback walks up to the line of scrimmage. Blue 62, Blue 62 -- Green, green, green. He changes the play once he sees a blitz. The quarterback takes a deep breath, "HIKE". He drops back, the left end comes straight off the line of scrimmage and breezes by the right tackle. The quarterback steps up in the pocket and avoids the hit. He gazes down the field and sees no man left open. He scrambles to the left, cuts back to the right. He decides that no receiver can still get open. He takes off down field, passes the line of scrimmage. SPIN - that's one defender. Stiff arm's the next, at the 10 yard line now. He sees an opening, takes it and takes off to the end zone. Now he's at the 5. He knows there's only one way of getting in, he hurdles over a defender and makes it across the goal line. The team starts celebrating, the crowd goes crazy. Its so loud that nobody can hear the referee's whistle blow. Next the crowd hears, "Holding, number 72, offense, 10 yard penalty. Repeat fourth down." One man's mistake ruined the play, the game, the Super bowl. This team was not on the same page, their communication was bad, and they couldn't achieve their goal. One tiny miscommunication and one player on the team not thinking ruined the season. However, one thing I feel compelled to add is that this team came back into the huddle, and nobody said a word to the player who committed the penalty. They called the next play and touchdown. The team won. They overcame the adversity and came together to achieve their one and only goal.
Sports are a tough topic when it comes to unity. People have overlapping personalities and egos that are bigger than myself, however, some teams end up being sucessful? Why is this? People who have team players truly end up winning the championships. Do team players really make the difference on a team? Can they help you win? Why are team players so essential to have on your team? Have you ever realized that team players are the most valuable to a team? Unity is important. You can accomplish great things when you put your mind to it, but you can accomplish even better things when you have your friends, your brothers, and your teammates supporting you along the way.

Rotation 3:Uniting against Anti Semitism
-Sean
-This session aint about life after BBYO and aint about Sports, its about something completely different, less fun, and more serious- Uniting against anti-Semetism
-What do you think is more powerful, the power of one, or the power of all?
-Have any of you experienced direct Anti-Semitism? If so, when? And what was your response?
-How many of you have heard of the Westboro Baptist Church
This coming week, the Westboro Baptist Church will be coming to Charleston to protest many organizations, including the Jewish Community Center, home of BBYO.
The WBC is a protest group of fringe religious fundamentalists that goes around picketing synagogues and Jewish organizations, gay bars, and funerals of American soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One thing WBC has to say to these Southern Jews, they sure are all about the appearances - you gotta give them ZERO credit for that! WBC will have signs of truth and warning for these rebels who enable sin all around the world! Zionist freaks: It's NOT your land! What did you steal that land for? Give it back! God Hates Thieves! Thou Shalt Not Steal! Thous Shalt Not Kill! Why you tell the fags they're all good? God Hates Fag Enablers. Notice that murders and thieves know they have no moral authority to tell fags they cannot do what they are doing. These modern Jews are like their spiritual forefathers who told the tribe of Benjamin to let Sodomites rule in their land. You need only read Judge 19 to see the natural end result of that theology/theocracy. Shame on you Ehud! God Hates You! Repent and turn from your false gods and false religious system! Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Praise God! AMEN!
-Take a few minutes to think about this passage? What would you do in response to this?
- My brother alephs, if you said that you would do something individually, you are wrong. But if you unite with your friends, your brother alephs, you can fight antisemitism.
-Think about it, to you, is it better to protest back? or is it better to unite and take the attention AWAY.

  • Instead of taking direct action yourself, have you ever worked with others to fight anti-semitism? If so, when, and what was the response?
  • Columbia's response to Iran
    -Uniting rather than protesting

Script when Everyone Re-unites:

You have just partaken in rotations about unity and team work, but how does that actually relate to us, as Alephs, as Men, as Southern gentlemen? We have built a wonderful structure in the middle of the floor. Each one of these bricks represent you as an Aleph.
(Brian pulls out one brick, structure topples)
Joey: As you can tell, we pulled out one brick and the entire structure fell. Do you know what this represents? We are all brother alephs who are here to show our passion, our loyalty, and our love of Our Order.
Brian: Each of us possess traits that make us who we are, each of us are good at many things, but sometimes we need help showing what we are good at and at other times we need help expressing our traits. When we have troubles, sometimes people do not know where to go, who to talk to, or even how to get through the adversity.
Sean: That's why we have AZA. AZA has seven cardinal principles that we all must live by. Some of us exemplify one principle more than another, and each principle alone is great, but the power of all principles together represents greatness. When we can put together the greatness with more greatness from our friends, even our foes, and most importantly, our brothers, we can accomplish ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.
Joey: Now, we are going to do a little activity. Each of you are going to receive a brick. The 9th graders are going to receive a large brick, representing that you have lots of time left in BBYO, the 10th graders have a smaller brick, and the juniors and seniors have small bricks, for they are almost done with their 4 years of AZA. Using a marker, write down an aspiration you have while you are in AZA. After you are done, pass it to the person to the right and they will help give you advice on how to achieve your goal. After that, pass it again to the right, then pass it back tot he original owner. You will repeat this process twice, until the brick is covered in advice and help for you to reach your potential point of you. They will write how you can accomplish you goals. So after the second pass is completed we will pas the bricks back twice so they get back to the same person who started with them. Please Please  BE SERIOUS!
(give them time, and then go around having people read what they wrote). While they are writing on the bricks, we are going to read the quotes on the bricks.
Brian:My Brother Alephs, look at this. We all as individuals have different things to say. We all have demonstrated the power of one, how strong we can be as individuals. And trust us, our strength as individuals is what sets us apart in this great organization and our daily life.
But, what happens when there are outside forces that are pressuring these bricks, the structure falls for the bricks are not interlocked. Each Aleph by himself represents the original house that was just columns of bricks, but was not unified. You saw what happened when one brick came apart. Each brick needs someone to lean on, someone to trust, and someone to love. The 7 cardinal principles exemplify this idea completely. If the principles are not all attached by AZA and the center of the menorah, what would our movement be? We all are individuals, but we NEED to work together to make a difference and stay unified.
Sean:When you are by yourself, you are limited, all sides of your brick are covered. If you were inside of your brick, you would be trapped. But look what happens when we work together, interlock, and make a house out of the bricks. We start the to make a difference (Council board brings up their brick).
Joey: Look, together we have created a giant structure where our success is great. And what is special about this? There is no roof. Do you know what this represents?
As briother alephs, we link together like the bricks to build a successful order and make a difference. There is no roof on this structure, just like there is no roof on our Order. When we work together, we can do ANYTHING. The possibilities are ENDLESS.
Brian: And also, because there is no roof, there is no limit to our growth. We can keep accepting alephs into our order, keep growing, keep getting stronger, and uniting. We can keep bringing in people to this great organization and help them find their true self and they can work together with us to accomplish our goals.
Although we are all individuals, although we all come from different, chapters, cities, councils, and regions, and although we have our differences, we are all Brother Alephs who can work together, build a strong wall, build a strong order, and make a difference.

If you can take away one thing from this program then hear this,

The possibilities are endless, when you leave this hotel - regardless of where you go - remember that if you put your mind to it and you ask for the help of your fellow Alephs, then you CAN do it. You will do it. "If you think you'll lose, you're lost". Don't think that way, know you'll win, know you'll succeed, know that when you put your mind to it, you're going to go for your endless possibilities

Stories for Program:

   * Football team: Imagine, your football team in the Super bowl. They're down by 4 points. 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Fourth down and goal from the 16 yard line. The quarterback comes up to the huddle with a heart felt speech. "Guys, we've been through enough this game. We came back from a huge deficit, and I refuse to lose this game." All of the team yells out of excitement for the upcoming play and they break the huddle. The quarterback walks up to the line of scrimmage. Blue 62, Blue 62 -- Green, green, green. He changes the play once he sees a blitz. The quarterback takes a deep breath, "HIKE". He drops back, the left end comes straight off the line of scrimmage and breezes by the right tackle. The quarterback steps up in the pocket and avoids the hit. He gazes down the field and sees no man left open. He scrambles to the left, cuts back to the right. He decides that no receiver can still get open. He takes off down field, passes the line of scrimmage. SPIN - that's one defender. Stiff arm's the next, at the 10 yard line now. He sees an opening, takes it and takes off to the end zone. Now he's at the 5. He knows there's only one way of getting in, he hurdles over a defender and makes it across the goal line. The team starts celebrating, the crowd goes crazy. Its so loud that nobody can hear the referee's whistle blow. Next the crowd hears, "Holding, number 72, offense, 10 yard penalty. Repeat fourth down." One man's mistake ruined the play, the game, the Super bowl.

   * How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity
    * Keep looking for niche in BBYO- Board, International Program, Make a difference. Personalizing the brick
    * Personality test and groups
    * Give survey and see what they say to 10 questions
    * group people depending on what class of leadership they are
    * each brick is recognized and they build a perfect house
    * everybody working together cohesively
    * what they want to accomplish in AZA
    * You will not find the perfect brick until you go out looking for others to complement yours
    * Never great at something the first time, recognize your talents
    *  Never have the right house until you have the right bricks
    * you get out of BBYO what you put into it
    * Relate idea that infinite possibilities
    * Uniting the SEC and working as one to accomplish anything ie. build a stronger house
    * We should be utilizing each other all the time
    * Each brick hi sean lynch
    * Help out others and in turn you are helping yourself. How are you going to help your brother aleph find his brick
    * Write aspirations and pass on and someone reads your brick and adds to it. Work together to achieve the goals
    * Brick helps other people and then becomes foundation of the house, because we are the foundation of BBYO.
    * Write message then throw in middle and get a response to the question or message that they wrote on the brick
    * keep writing aspiration on other peoples brick
    * words of inspiration in response to other bricks, write it on the back
    * keep it clean and bbyo

   * A quick story of four of my best friends who were on a team together, They had four members called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

   * Building blocks poem:
      There are only two kinds of people on earth today.
      Two kinds of people, no more I say.
      Not the rich and the poor, for to know a man's wealth
      You must first know the state of his conscience and health,
      Not the happy and sad, for in life's passing years,
      Each has his laughter and each has his tears.
      No, the two kinds of people on earth I mean
      Are the people who lift and the people who lean.
      In which class are you? Are you lifting the load
      Of some overtaxed lifter who's going down the road
      Or are you a leaner who lets others share
      Your portion of toil and labor and care?

   * Anything is possible:

      Hine(y) ma tov u'manayim. Shevet akh-im gam ya-khad. Translated, the hymn means, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity."

   There once was a girl who ran very slow,
    Her true potential she did not know.
    In every race she always placed last,
    Losing all hope as she got passed.

   Her coach encouraged her to just do her best,
    Although it hurt her that she couldn't run with the rest.
    She went to practice day after day,
    Praying to God "Just let me run away."

   She wanted to quit she hated the pain.
    She didn't know what she had to gain.
    One day while she sat at home all alone,
    She heard a ring and answered the phone.

   " Hello?" she asked in a sad voice.
    The caller told her she had but one choice;
    "You can cry in pity, you can hide in shame
    Or do what you must to get back in the game."

   "Excuse me.. but," she began to say.
    "No excuses" he replied, "Now be on your way."
    She didn't know how, she didn't know why.
    She just knew that she must try.

   Later that week she ran in a race,
    Starting off faster at a quicker pace.
    She knew that no one believed she could win;
    She was all on her own using strength from within.

   As the miles went on, she felt really strong,
    Chasing her goal as she went along.
    Suddenly the finish line was in her sight,
    She knew she could hang on for a finishing fight.

   She began to sprint and open her stride.
    The crowd cheered on and she filled with pride.
    At the finish she was leaning over the line,
    Winning as first with a record time.

   She looked at her coach, who smiled and said,
    "I knew you could do it! It was all in your head!"
    A reporter walked up and asked of her name,
    "How did you do it? Do you like the fame?"

   Questions were asked all and about,
    But there was only thing she wanted to shout:
    "Anything is possible when you believe
    You can attain whatever you set out to achieve."

   With that comment she turned with a smile for
    "One man's marathon... is another's mile."

   * Mighty Ducks:
          o "We're Team U.S.A., gathered from all across America. And we're gonna stick together. You know why?"
          o "Because we are the Ducks. And Ducks fly together."
          o "And just when you think they're about to break apart."
          o "Ducks fly together."
          o "And when the wind blows hard and the sky is black."
          o "Ducks fly together."
          o "And when the roosters are crowing and cows are spinning circles in the pastures."
          o "Ducks fly together."
          o "And when everyone says it can't be done. Ducks fly together."
          o "Now, new Ducks, and old Ducks, must unite under a new banner. And when we work together, we can win the gold"

Submitter's Suggestions:

-Make sure you have enough time for everything. Don't try to rush rotations because it wont work.
-Have the first structure built when people walk in. It needs to be unstable.
-Have people write name and regions on block so they can get it back and keep it.