Marla Schlessel, chapter adviser of Beresheit B’Nai Birth Girls, received the David Bittker BBG Advisor of the Year award during the BBYO International Convention from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C. She is the first adviser from the Ohio Northern region BBYO to receive this award.
“I was absolutely shocked,” said Schlessel, 54. “I didn’t even know they had this award. It was really nice of the region to think of me for it.”
For anyone considering becoming an adviser, “it would be nice if more people would step up and do it, she said. “It’s not just babysitting kids … you can make it what you want.”
For Schlessel, it’s important to “develop youths of today” and help them “find their Jewishness.”
Schlessel has been a BBYO volunteer for 23 years. She advised Star of David BBG for 18 years and spent the last five with Beresheit BBG.
“I couldn’t think of a better honor, especially for doing something you love,” she said.
Schlessel, who libes with her husband, Lane, in Lyndhurst, attends Chabad Jewish Center of Solon.
2012 BBYO Ohio Northern Region Advisers
Achot BBG, Hannah Weisberg; At large, Seth Cutler; Beresheit BBG, Marla Schlessel; B’not Shalom BBG, Sara Federman; Brown Smullin Neufeld AZA, Adam Goldberg; Chaia BBG, Ashley Rabin, Rebecca Ress; David Ben Gurion AZA, Linda Poole; David Berger AZA, David Eskenazi, Matthew Waxman; Dodi Li BBG, Jordan Hirschhaut; Exodus AZA, Mitch Seifert, Adam Shane; Genesis AZA, Ben Becker, Sam Friedman; Gideon AZA, Matthew Cohen; Hatikvah BBG, Alissa Adler; Hillel BBG, Rebecca Rubenstein, Dana Schwieger; Portage Trail AZA, Brian Sugerman; Samson AZA, Andrew Grover, Joel Klein; Sigmund Nisenson AZA, Adam Hirsh; Star of David BBG, Samantha Miller, Jessica Schuman; Vivian Brown BBG, Linda Poole.
To become an adviser, call 216-360-0075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.