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Introduction to the Globalization Blog

Posted on 02/07/2013 @ 11:00 AM

23 teens, 13 countries

22 chapters, 4 countries

1,500 teens, 18 countries

These numbers alone give us a glimpse of the connections our Movement has created between Jewish communities all over the world, but what deeper meaning do these numbers hold?

These numbers demonstrate the potential that BBYO has to unite the Global Jewish peoplehood: the impact a Jewish community in Ukraine can have on a BBG chapter in Chicago; the knowledge shared between a network of 23 teens from 13 countries; the programs experienced through chapter partnerships between 22 chapters from 4 different nations; the impact created from an international convention of 1,500 Jewish teens from 18 different countries.

Welcome to BBYO’s first ever Globalization Blog, brought to you by the BBYO Global Networking Committee (GNC). My name is Jessie Gordon and I am serving as the Chair to the Global Networking Committee. This blog was created to take you beyond the numbers - to bring you deeper into the connections in our International Order.

The GNC is currently a network of 23 teens from 13 different countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Ireland, Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America. As a group, the committee has worked together to engage in bi-weekly group discussions on topics ranging from Israel, Jewish identity and even programming in our chapters. The GNC is excited to be creating accessible globalization resources for all of you, which will be shared through this blog upon their completion.

The Global Fundraising Committee (GFC) will contribute to this blog, as well. The GFC is a committee of five BBYO teens working to ensure that the International Service Fund (ISF) becomes a valued entity of our International Order. The ISF provides Jewish teens from around the world with incredible leadership development and Judaic enrichment opportunities that they would unavailable to them otherwise.

Every Thursday, this blog will be updated with a post from a member of the GNC or GFC. Stories covered will range from small-scale community events to large-scale initiatives, committee work, community partnerships and more.

We can’t wait to spend the rest of the year keeping you involved with our successes as a global Jewish Movement! Any comments, suggestions or points of discussion can be brought up in the comment thread below and, if you ever want to more information about the content, you’re always welcome to connect with a member of the GNC or GFC. Share this blog with your chapters, staff, advisors and community members, and remember to check back every Thursday for another blog post!

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