• AJT, a JDC program in affiliation with BBYO      
  • Russian

Gathering after a long separation

AJT is a huge youth movement where teenagers from all over the world can exchange experiences and make new friends from other countries and cities. Seminars, Shabbatons, festivals, conferences - all this helps teenagers feel drive, positive emotions and sparkling joy.

There they can receive support or be such a support for others, they can create their own projects, making their childhood and sometimes seemingly impossible dreams come true. It is teenagers who create the atmosphere of a constant holiday during our events!

But sometimes the unforeseen situations arise that do not depend on people, and such rousing and noisy meetings become prohibited. The global pandemic has hit absolutely every sphere of our life and AJT is no exception. The inability to organize seminars and outdoor events forced us to look for a way out. Due to these circumstances, AJT has started a new format for online seminars, song sessions and even for Shabbats. This made a significant contribution to the development of the youth movement and opened up new opportunities. However, everyone started missing the old and familiar format of loud and warm events, and the technologies of the Internet-almighty, unfortunately, could not satisfy hunger and thirst for emotions.

And now, a year later, the long-awaited AJT – BBYO Festivals took place in several Russian cities! One of these lucky cities was Kazan and the club "Among Their Own", that welcomed the guests. On Shabbaton there were representatives from 13 cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tula, Bryansk, Orel, Penza, Samara, Saratov, Kazan, Izhevsk, Murmansk, Voronezh and Tver. The clubs from some of these cities got acquainted with the AJT movement only during the pandemic, and this event was their first and one of the most important. For 3 days, the participants had been experiencing positive emotions and a pleasant feeling of déjà vu. The organizers tried to make a rousing program to tell everyone that AJT was back, that we had left the screens of smartphones, tablets and computers, that we are ready to party as we did before! And I just want to say one thing: we are back and ready to have fun! Are you ready? ...