Southern California Jewish Student Services is proud to announce the launching of the Southern California BBYO & Hillel Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to record the history of BBYO and Hillel primarily in the Orange County, Inland Empire, and Long Beach areas.
The need: there is a dearth of a good sense of history in these areas amongst participants and members of these groups.
Why: It would be helpful for those involved in these organizations in both a general sense of understanding what has come before as well as helping to not reinvent the wheel. Also, there there are many people around who still remember the histories, but they won’t always be around. Moreover, many of them would love to share their stories from their time involved in these organizations and groups with those who are not only in them presently, but for those involved in the future, as well.
The plan: To gather people’s stories, whether through being written them up or through interviews (and transcriptions thereof), throughout the fall and early winter of 2011 and to put them together in the late winter and early spring of 2012 into a book.