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AZA and BBG Commits to Raising $20,000 for Scholarships for Jewish Teen Leaders beyond North America

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 03:10 PM

Motion: INTERNATIONAL SERVICE FUND REDEFINED FOR GLOBALIZATION

This motion has just passed! BBYO will proudly be raising money to support BBYO around the world by raising money to have more international teens at International Convention and Summer Experiences. Please read below for the exact motion:

Makers: The 86th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph

The 66th International Board of B’nai B’rith Girls

Second: Julianne Simson, North Florida, Samantha Ulick, NRE: Baltimore, Lee Begelman, South Jersey, Josh Winik, New England

Background:

“Jews went global long before it was fashionable. That means we are perfectly positioned to take advantage of globalization, but only if we work hard to nurture our common heritage, honor our common ancestry and build a common future. Our young people are among the most mobile in the world, but there is a need to build connections that reach across borders and last a lifetime.” -(Sandy Cardin and Lynn Schusterman, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation)

“If connected to any Jewish community, young Jews … see themselves tied to a global Jewish community, when they feel broadly connected to an abstract feeling of a people more than a localized community or institutions.” (Anna Greenberg, 2006)

Whereas BBYO was founded to be an organization of Jewish fraternities (and later, sororities) that would stretch globally to encompass Jewish communities around the world; and,

Whereas BBYO has been an international organization since our first international chapter was established in 1926 with chapters existing throughout or at some point in time in more than 50 countries and six continents with Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas BBYO has long instilled a sense of community and responsibility in North American Jewish teens to engage with, support, learn from and align with Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas BBYO has long been a youth movement at the forefront of global Jewish communal issues including, but not limited to:

  • U.S. policy regarding Jewish immigration in the 1920’s/1930’s;
  • the war effort during World War II;
  • the establishment of the State of Israel;
  • the acquisition of Holocaust reparations for survivors;
  • the Free Soviet Jewry movement;
  • the renaissance of Jewish life across the Former Soviet Union;
  • JDC-led Aliyah efforts across North Africa, Ethiopia, Argentina and Russia;
  • support for Israel politically, culturally, and philanthropically throughout its entire history; and

Whereas BBYO has long championed advocacy and cultural efforts for Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas BBYO has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes throughout its nearly 9-decade history, with significant focus on building Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas the world has become increasingly small and teens have a higher interest in globalization and global citizenry, and this content would bolster programming and communal awareness while teaching key Jewish values (kol yisrael and arevim zeh l’zeh); and

Whereas with the steps recently taken on enhancing BBYO’s local, national and global impact through Stand Up!, our traditional philanthropic tool ISF (International Service Fund) has been updated to address pressing concerns beyond the important priorities championed by chapters, Councils and Regions; and

Whereas BBYO continues to grow stronger and larger each year since independence in 2002, and is currently revitalizing relationships with BBYO programs across Europe, Latin America, Israel, South Africa, Australia and beyond; and

Whereas BBYO leaders have been advocating for years to build stronger relationships with Jewish communities worldwide; and

Whereas BBYO has recently evolved its historic partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) – the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian organization – to systemically expand BBYO’s reach to more and more Jewish teen communities around the world; and

Be it resolved that BBYO will continue to evolve ISF and solidify the International Service Fund as the principal teen-led tool in supporting BBYO’s globalization efforts; and

that for the 2010 – 2011 program year, we – the International Executive Body – must lead our organization into a new era of spreading awareness and sharing the philanthropic support efforts to continue strengthening our relationships abroad; and

that for the 2010 – 2011 program year, after strategic planning with the International Office, the goal is to raise $20,000 to ensure that every country in the BBYO family is represented at International Convention 2011 and that our peers have the subsidy they need to make the long journey to BBYO summer programs; and

that BBYO Regions and Councils across North America – where possible – will commit to raising the $20,000 through a display of our Movement collaborating together to raise minimal sums to collectively achieve a great and important goal (this is beyond and not instead of current Stand Up! causes across the organization and does not include the $10,000 currently raised by Northern Region East & East Coast Kallah for Bulgaria and Serbia operating costs);

If agreed upon, to pass, pledges will be taken from the Executive Body, region by region, to build a united plan to achieve this goal. Pledges will be confirmed by September 1st once teen leaders can meet with Field Directors, and Regions and Councils will be paired with correlating BBYO communities throughout the world and in Israel, to establish community to community partnerships for the year ahead.

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