“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
Globalizing our movement and working with communities beyond North America has been a priority of our organization since 1936, when our first intercontinental BBYO chapter was established in Bulgaria. Over the course of our 89-year history, chapters have flourished in more than 40 countries. Since independence in 2002, our global network has been restored through our partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), new partnerships with like-minded pluralistic youth agencies, and renewed relationships with BBYO affiliates worldwide. We currently have nearly 50 chapters and partners in Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Curacao, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, New Zealand, Israel, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. We regularly receive e-mails from teens in even more places seeking a way to bring BBYO to their teen community.
With the limitless reach of technology and our teens’ growing desire to engage with Jewish teens around the world, BBYO has created many opportunities and initiatives to promote our Jewish value of K’lal Yisrael, the Global Jewish Community.
- Create a Stand UP campaign for the International Service Fund (Learn more here) and Global Jewry
- Apply to be a member of a the Global Networking Committee (GNC) or the Global Fundraising Committee (GFC) through the International Leadership Network
- Attend Passport immersive experiences
- Become a chapter partner with a chapter abroad
- Join our semi-weekly GNC international conversations on varying Jewish topics with teens from all over, such as Serbia, Albania, France, UK, Ireland, USA & Canada
- Connect with a ‘pen-pal’ from our global network of teen
- Program share with staff and teens from partner communities
- Hold a joint/simultaneous program with international teens
- Go on Beyond Gap Year before going to college
- After college become a BBYO-JDC Global Service Fellow and serve abroad
- And so much more…
Looking for help in creating global Jewry programming, building ISF fundraisers or if you’re interested in having chapters or your council/region establish a long-term partnership with a designated community? Be in touch with your local Mazkirim, Gizborim, the international Mazkirim or Joey Eisman at JEisman@BBYO.org.