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AZA and BBG Shabbat

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AZA and BBG Global Shabbat is an international initiative that will take place this year on November 8 - 9. This date 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 or Saturday morning experience, Havdallah or all of the above as a powerful Shabbaton. The initiative is fully adaptable for each community's participation.


The AZA and BBG Global Shabbat themes for 2013, selected by more than 1,000 teen votes, are:

AZA Shabbat Theme

Im Tirzu Ein Zoh Agadah – If you will it, it is no dream







BBG Shabbat Theme

Omdim B’yachad, Am Echad, Bayit Echad - We Stand Together, One Nation, One Home







It’s Time to Plan Your AZA and BBG Global Shabbat Programs, and our new resources are here!

The AZA and BBG Global Shabbat Programmatic Resources are filled with Shabbat stories, a service planning guide, discussion questions, stories about the AZA and BBG themes, information about Israeli heroes, food recipes, and much more. Use them to help make your programs and services meaningful, interactive, and fun. Have questions about planning your programs? Get in touch with someone on our AZA and BBG Global Shabbat Outreach Committee.

If you’re just beginning to plan, check out the first set of Global Shabbat 2013 resources, created to help you plan for the overall structure of your community’s program. With this resource, you can decide when your program will take place, who will be included and what budget you’ll need.

AZA and BBG Global Shabbat Steering Committees

Congratulations to all of the teens who were selected to participate in our planning committees. In 2013, we will have two separate committees: The Programmatic Materials and Resources Committee and The Outreach and Program Committee. The Programmatic Materials and Resources Committee will be responsible for creating and distributing meaningful resources for chapters and regions to use in their Global Shabbat programs. The Outreach and Program Committee will be responsible for working with teens throughout our order to help them plan their Shabbat programming and best utilize the resources that will be distributed.

The 2013 AZA and BBG Global Shabbat Programmatic Materials and Resources Committee
Jordan Kotler, Northern Region East: DC Council
Sam Saper, Mid-America Region, Kansas City Council
Claire Goldstein, Rocky Mountain Region
Melissa Kurtzman, North Texas Oklahoma Region
Emily Messana, Gold Coast Region
Yosi Vogel, Northern Region East: DC Council
Jake Stein, Wisconsin Region
Max Meyer, Cotton States Region
Jackson Cacioppo, North Florida Region
Daniel Toland, Liberty Region

The 2013 AZA and BBG Global Shabbat Outreach and Program Committee
Alex Schwartz, Liberty Region
Maxine Gross, Big Apple Region
Abby Siegal, Michigan Region
Sarah Schecker, Northern Region East: DC Council
Erica Emert, Mid-America Region: Kansas City Council
Samantha Harris, Lonestar Region
Josie Roth, Gold Coast Region
Elizabeth Bodker, Mid-America Region: Kansas City Council
Emma Peters, Southern Region: Atlanta Council
Claire Akers, Keystone Mountain Region
Ellie Fromstein, Mid America Region: Northstar Council
Daniel Brillant, Northern Region East: DC Council
Daniel Roth, Pacific Western Region
Sam Dolen, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region
Colin Silverman, Great Midwest Region
Liam Bronstein, Mid-America Region: Northstar Council

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