In addition to all of the activities and programs in AZA and BBG, every teen across the world involved in BBYO takes part in the various teen-lead and driven initiatives and campaigns. These initiatives and campaigns act as driving forces behind our movement that motivate each and every Aleph and BBG to make a positive impact both in their local community and around the world. With the support of the leaders of AZA and BBG, every teen is able to take part in our initiatives and campaigns.
Explore Our Current Initiatives and Campaigns
BBYO Stand UP
BBYO’s Stand UP initiative empowers teens to identify a cause that inspires them, and develop their own campaign to affect positive change in their local and global community. It is a grassroots movement of Jewish teens across the globe to take action and tackle the issues and causes they care about most. It empowers a generation of young Jewish leaders who are self-aware and motivated to become agents of change within and beyond the Jewish community.
Rooted in Jewish obligation and BBYO tradition, Stand UP is a new understanding of the old practice of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world around us. By implementing their own campaigns at the local, regional and international level, teens gain invaluable experiences in the areas of community service, philanthropy, and advocacy, cultivating important skills to become effective change makers and contributing members of the greater Jewish community. Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls have united to combat issues and causes such as hunger, cancer, homelessness, genocide, human rights, bullying and harassment, while rallying to support global Jewry, charitable foundations, public services and community agencies amidst a multitude of other communal priorities.
Stand UP is your opportunity to voice your passions and make a real difference in your community and the world around you. BBYO participants from around the globe are constantly launching new campaigns, creating new resources, and finding new opportunities to be a part of. Learn more about BBYO Stand UP by visiting the Stand UP website at standup.bbyo.org.
Speak UP for Israel: A Campaign for International Israel Advocacy and Education
AZA & BBG have been a part of the State of Israel’s story even before the existence of a modern state. In fact, in February 1948 - months before Israel was born - the 23rd Grand Aleph Godol, Orrin Kabaker, led International Convention in passing a motion recognizing the new Jewish State. The Speak UP for Israel campaign was established by the International AZA & BBG Executives Body in 2010 to amplify Israel awareness, education and advocacy at all levels of our Order. As the future leaders of the global Jewish community, it is our responsibility to learn about, appreciate and advocate for Israel. Speak UP has two primary objectives. The first objective is to utilize programming, travel experiences and other platforms to offer opportunities for teens to explore all facets of Israel – historical, cultural, spiritual, societal and more. The second objective is to empower teens to take political action and engage with elected leaders, dialogue with local, national and international governmental representatives, plan rallies, write petitions, create information campaigns and utilize media outlets to advocate and educate their communities about Israel. Learn more about Speak Up by exploring one of our five teen priorities, Our Commitment to Israel.
Globalizing our Movement
Since 1936 with our first chapter beyond North America located in Bulgaria, BBYO has been a global organization. While the AZA, BBG and BBYO model has existed in many different variations, for most of our Order’s history, we have existed in countries all over the world, building Jewish identity, providing meaningful connections, guaranteeing critical humanitarian aid and communal protection when needed, while training generations of thousands of young Jewish leaders regardless of their geography. Since BBYO’s independence in 2002, AZA & BBG have brought about a renaissance of global activity by working to strengthen historic relationships with BBYO communities across the globe and establishing new BBYO affiliate communities through our close partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (the JDC). As of today, BBYO has established communities in North America (the United States and Canada) as well as Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Curacao, France, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, and the BBYO global community continues to grow rapidly. With the limitless reach of technology and a growing desire by Jewish teens around the world to connect with their peers, Jewish teens from additional global communities are increasingly participating in local and international experiences. In 2010, BBYO and the JDC established a new, annual alumni fellowship program offering recent college graduates the opportunity to live and work abroad in a global BBYO/JDC partnership community. Learn more about globalizing our movement by exploring one of our five teen priorities, Act Globally, Impact Locally.
J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America's Global Youth Service Day weekend. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place. Learn more about J-Serve by visiting the J-Serve website.
AZAA- AZA sponsors athletic leagues. Chapters put together teams and compete in flag football, basketball or Frisbee. The league is coordinated by the Council/Regional S’gan. AZAA programming also exists on the International level at various Summer Immersive Experiences and International Convention.
MBA- MBA (Mind, Body, Attitude) is a sub-fold of recreation and addresses many issues relevant to our lives as teenage girls such as body image, self-esteem, and eating disorders.
BBGG- The B’nai B’rith Girls Games serves as BBG’s athletics and recreational league. BBGG will have intra and inter regional/council games and inter-hub tournaments (eventually) that coincide with the globalization of AZAA. BBGG will motivate girls who are committed to recreation or would view positively upon this new outlet to connect to other Jewish teen girls to get involved in our Order.
AZA & BBG Shabbat
AZA and BBG Shabbat (also know as, BBYO Global Shabbat) are international initiatives that will take place in the month of November. This date, which will be announced shortly, offers our Order an opportunity to celebrate Judaism's most holy tradition simultaneously worldwide.
While these Shabbat experiences will be on the same date, AZA and BBG will be able to decide on a local level what their experience will look like whether it is partnering with each other, holding chapter specific programming, organizing a community-wide event with BBYO stakeholders or community members, or any combination.
Programming can include a Friday night experience, Saturday morning, Havdallah or all of the above as a powerful Shabbaton. The initiative is fully adaptable for each community's participation. Click here to learn more about AZA BBG Shabbat 2014!