International Teen Leaders Come Together at Pre-IC Summit

Posted on 02/12/2015 @ 05:52 PM


The Execs body heard inspiring words from Jonathan Greenblatt, Former Special Assistant to the President of the United States and National Director Designate of the Anti-Defamation League.

For the past 24 hours, the council, regional, and international leaders of the order have gathered at AZA BBG February Executive Conference (Execs).  The Execs body meets twice a year – once in August, and again before IC – to reaffirm their commitment to our movement priorities and to brainstorm and plan for the future.

Execs began with breakout sessions to brainstorm ways to implement our movement’s spring initiatives.  Over the next few months, BBYO communities around the globe will host events such as Marathon Madness, J-Serve, and Founder’s Day celebrations.

Marathon Madness, BBYO’s newest initiative was inspired by a BBG from Connecticut Valley Region, Zoe Butchen.  This event will bring Jewish teens from around the world to support causes they care about and have a lot of fun dancing!  For more information and to see if a Marathon Madness event is happening in your community visit

In addition to planning and brainstorming, the Execs body practiced BBYO’s democratic processes during a business meeting.  Prior to the meeting, teens were able to draft motions and resolutions for the Execs body to vote on. The following resolutions/motions were passed at Execs:

Resolution, Membership Planning
To continue to utilize BBYO’s Relationship Driven Recruitment strategy, and to incentive chapters, councils, regions, and countries to hold membership focused programming this spring.

Resolution, Expressing Our Solidarity with France, Ukraine, and Israel
Too reaffirm that BBYO supports the global Jewish community and stands up to Anti-Semitism worldwide.

Resolution, Redefining How BBYO Addresses Globalization
To launch BBYO’s new definition of globalization, and encourage chapters, councils, regions, and countries to hold globalization programming throughout the year.              

Resolution, Welcome Home Alan Gross
To welcome home Alan Gross to the United States of America, as well as the brotherhood of the Aleph Zadik Aleph.

Motion, Recognizing the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
To encourage all chapters, councils, regions, and countries to take time to remember the millions of people, Jewish and non-Jewish that perished through the Holocaust and all Nazi atrocities.

Motion, BBYO Stands UP Against Hunger
To educate all Alephs and BBGs about world hunger, and to discourage all chapters, councils, regions, and countries to stop wasting food during programs.

Motion, Change AZAA BBGG at IC
To change the schedule of AZA BBG IC 2016 so that Alephs and BBGs can take part in both international elections and AZAA/BBGG sporting events.

The Execs body had two inspiring days of working together and is ready for BBYO IC 2015 to begin! They will be introduced during BBYO Celebrates: Opening Ceremonies tonight, and will lead their councils, regions, and countries to vie for the Anita Perlman Spirit Cup and Max F. Baer Spirit Gavel.

Keep following us on Twitter, reading the blog, and watching the IC Live Stream for more reports from the IC 2015 Press Corps!

-Nolan Hausler, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Central Council, IC 2015 Press Corps