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Teen Priority: BBYO Stands with Israel

Posted on 08/12/2011 @ 03:51 PM

The next item of business at August Execs was to focus on the teen priority of building a stronger commitment to Israel.

"During this seesion, AZA & BBG committed to rallying the world around supporting Israel and made it clear that wherever the organization stands, it stands with Israel," said Oz Fishman, Grand Aleph Godol. " Will be launching a signature campaign to gain first 5,000, then 10,000 then 18,000 signatures from people around the world and then take it to local representatives that our communities to show that teens care about Israel."

Read the official motion that just passed below:

Israel Advocacy Platform and Plan for 2011-2012

Maker: 87th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph & 67th International Board of the B’nai B’rith Girls Second: Jacob Levy (Eastern: Virginia), Kelly Szteinbaum (Central Region West), Emma Paikowsky , (Mountain), Zach Rosen (Wisconsin)

Whereas BBYO is the world’s leading pluralistic, Jewish youth movement; and

Whereas at all levels of our movement, BBYO has a commitment to supporting Israel and the global Jewish community’s relationship with Israel; and

Whereas BBYO saw a surge in popularity and implementation of the global pro-Israel advocacy campaign ‘Speak Up! for Israel’ in its inaugural program year (2010-2011); and

Whereas ‘Speak Up! for Israel’ will continue to grow in participation and significant impact as the program year begins; and

Whereas BBYO has had historic successes in supporting the State of Israel and the U.S./Canada-Israel relationship through advocacy efforts, fundraising campaigns and lobbying efforts including a 10,000+ signature petition delivered to the White House in 2006 requesting sanctions against Iran’s nuclear proliferation program; and

Whereas AZA’s and BBG’s Orders have matured significantly over the last five years allowing for an opportunity to further our advocacy efforts on behalf of the State of Israel;

Whereas Jewish teens – both those involved with BBYO as well as those involved across the entire community – have a voice;

Be it resolved that AZA and BBG are in support of the State of Israel:

Target Audiences

  1. As many teens (and those that support teen-led pro-Israel advocacy efforts) as possible with benchmark goals of 5,000, 10,000, and 18,000 signatures through online and in-person collection by January 1st, 2012.
  2. A minimum of 36 high school (public, private or Jewish) student body presidents displaying support for the U.S./Canada-Israel relationship.
  3. The petition will be organized by residential location of each signature and editions will be sent to elected representatives correlating with impressive digests expressing support for this key issue and will be submitted for print in community newspapers/news outlets.

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