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International Chair Network Update

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 04:00 PM

Apply for an International Chair Position this year? Check the handout below for the dates that the positions will be announced.

Click here to get the handout!


Resolution on Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 03:30 PM

You may remember that the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders began last year and is a unified alliance consisting of the international presidents of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, and USY. It started together to connect our teen movements and to establish natural communication between our leaders. Please read the following resolution below which continues to strengthen the Coalition:


Many teens in today’s generation belong to a youth movement. Youth movements are seen as a social outlet and each has its own identity, history and story. For teens heavily involved in a youth movement, a sense of pride is associated with membership. Each teen wants to see the movement they belong to flourish, succeed and grow. In Jewish youth movements, this is no different. These movements include, but are not limited to: BBYO, United Synagogue Youth (USY), North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), Young Judaea and Jewish Student Union (JSU). In recent years, tension between some Jewish youth movements has impeded partnership opportunities and a chance to make an even greater difference in the world.

The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders is a unified alliance consisting of the international presidents of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, and USY. We have joined together to connect our teen movements and to establish natural communication between our leaders. United as one force, we will stand behind causes we care about, voice our opinions about world issues, and leave an impact that no other Jewish teen movement has done so far. Our purpose in joining together is to unify an even greater teen movement in order to accomplish the one goal we truly have in common: tikkun olam, repairing the world.

The majority of programs and initiatives are done independently of one another, which is perfectly fine. However, for some areas, a greater impact can be achieved when working together. While each movement has it’s own rich identity and history, the work done by each movement would be more powerful and recognizable if the aforementioned movements worked closer together.

We are aiming to communicate through bi-monthly conference calls, face to face meetings, and when necessary, emergency conference calls.

Events such as the Haitian earthquake (January 2010) have illuminated the eyes of the current Presidents of major Jewish youth movements and inspired collaborative efforts to make a difference. Relief efforts are powerful in numbers and each Jewish youth movement can offer something.

The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders will be the premier unifying force among Jewish teens around the world.

Our Goals:

  • Work together to plan and promote J-Serve to all Jewish teens
  • Pass pieces of legislation on matters that all Jewish teens care about
  • Jointly support and fundraise for causes/issues that matter the members of every movement
  • Work together to support Israel through advocacy and education

Next Steps:

  • Spread the word to your members back at home, and share with them how exciting this is for Jewish teens everywhere
  • Become friends with members of other youth movements (NCSY, USY, NFTY, JSU, & Young Judaea)
  • Support and contribute to CJTL’s Fall 2010 Initiatives
  • We have a conference call with the CJTL this Monday, August 16th


AZA and BBG Commits to Raising $20,000 for Scholarships for Jewish Teen Leaders beyond North America

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 03:10 PM


This motion has just passed! BBYO will proudly be raising money to support BBYO around the world by raising money to have more international teens at International Convention and Summer Experiences. Please read below for the exact motion:

Makers: The 86th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph

The 66th International Board of B’nai B’rith Girls

Second: Julianne Simson, North Florida, Samantha Ulick, NRE: Baltimore, Lee Begelman, South Jersey, Josh Winik, New England


“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)

“If connected to any Jewish community, young Jews … see themselves tied to a global Jewish community, when they feel broadly connected to an abstract feeling of a people more than a localized community or institutions.” (Anna Greenberg, 2006)

Whereas BBYO was founded to be an organization of Jewish fraternities (and later, sororities) that would stretch globally to encompass Jewish communities around the world; and,

Whereas BBYO has been an international organization since our first international chapter was established in 1926 with chapters existing throughout or at some point in time in more than 50 countries and six continents with Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas BBYO has long instilled a sense of community and responsibility in North American Jewish teens to engage with, support, learn from and align with Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas BBYO has long been a youth movement at the forefront of global Jewish communal issues including, but not limited to:

  • U.S. policy regarding Jewish immigration in the 1920’s/1930’s;
  • the war effort during World War II;
  • the establishment of the State of Israel;
  • the acquisition of Holocaust reparations for survivors;
  • the Free Soviet Jewry movement;
  • the renaissance of Jewish life across the Former Soviet Union;
  • JDC-led Aliyah efforts across North Africa, Ethiopia, Argentina and Russia;
  • support for Israel politically, culturally, and philanthropically throughout its entire history; and

Whereas BBYO has long championed advocacy and cultural efforts for Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas BBYO has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes throughout its nearly 9-decade history, with significant focus on building Jewish communities around the world; and

Whereas the world has become increasingly small and teens have a higher interest in globalization and global citizenry, and this content would bolster programming and communal awareness while teaching key Jewish values (kol yisrael and arevim zeh l’zeh); and

Whereas with the steps recently taken on enhancing BBYO’s local, national and global impact through Stand Up!, our traditional philanthropic tool ISF (International Service Fund) has been updated to address pressing concerns beyond the important priorities championed by chapters, Councils and Regions; and

Whereas BBYO continues to grow stronger and larger each year since independence in 2002, and is currently revitalizing relationships with BBYO programs across Europe, Latin America, Israel, South Africa, Australia and beyond; and

Whereas BBYO leaders have been advocating for years to build stronger relationships with Jewish communities worldwide; and

Whereas BBYO has recently evolved its historic partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) – the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian organization – to systemically expand BBYO’s reach to more and more Jewish teen communities around the world; and

Be it resolved that BBYO will continue to evolve ISF and solidify the International Service Fund as the principal teen-led tool in supporting BBYO’s globalization efforts; and

that for the 2010 – 2011 program year, we – the International Executive Body – must lead our organization into a new era of spreading awareness and sharing the philanthropic support efforts to continue strengthening our relationships abroad; and

that for the 2010 – 2011 program year, after strategic planning with the International Office, the goal is to raise $20,000 to ensure that every country in the BBYO family is represented at International Convention 2011 and that our peers have the subsidy they need to make the long journey to BBYO summer programs; and

that BBYO Regions and Councils across North America – where possible – will commit to raising the $20,000 through a display of our Movement collaborating together to raise minimal sums to collectively achieve a great and important goal (this is beyond and not instead of current Stand Up! causes across the organization and does not include the $10,000 currently raised by Northern Region East & East Coast Kallah for Bulgaria and Serbia operating costs);

If agreed upon, to pass, pledges will be taken from the Executive Body, region by region, to build a united plan to achieve this goal. Pledges will be confirmed by September 1st once teen leaders can meet with Field Directors, and Regions and Councils will be paired with correlating BBYO communities throughout the world and in Israel, to establish community to community partnerships for the year ahead.


BBYO Takes Action for Gilad Shalit and Alan Gross

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 12:08 PM

The International Execs body passed two resolutions to support the immediate release of two imprisoned Jews in need: Gilad Schalit and Alan Gross. These resolutions will now now go to the other Youth Movement executive bodies for approval.

Schalit, the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped near the Gaza border, has been away from his home and family for more than 1,500 days. Gross, an alum of BBYO and a former DC Council AZA Advisor, has been held by Cuban authorities since December 3, 2009 while he was on assignment in Havana to provide communications equipment to the Cuban Jewish community to help with Internet access to connect with the global Jewish community. The BBYO community wishes to express its solidarity with the Gross family and the network of supporters who are working for Mr. Gross’ freedom.

Please click below for much more detailed information on the mentioned resolutions:

Gilad Schalit Resolution Alan Gross Resolution


Execs Stand Up Session Prepares for the Coming Year

Posted on 08/13/2010 @ 11:37 AM

This morning, the International Board led sessions on Stand Up that included hearing speakers from AIPAC, who discussed the importance of Israel advocacy, and Rock the Vote, who discussed civic engagement and voter registration. Every teen filled out a voter registration form, so even if they aren't 18 yet, they will receive a reminder on their birthday that they are now eligible.

The first session of the program focused on advocacy learning and training while the second part focused on how regional presidents can guide their peers to develop strong Stand Up campaigns on the local level.

Take a look at the resources below that were used at August Execs to get your Stand Up Campaign launched and planned for the year ahead:

Stand Up Breakdown: What is Stand Up? Who Does What? How to Create a Community Map Jewish Values Matrix to Support the Importance of Service Stand Up Planning Road Map


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