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Banning 'bossy' is theme at Regional Kallah Convention

Read this story in The Jewish Herald-Voice

On March 28-30, more than 190 Jewish teens participated in BBYO Lonestar Region’s Kallah, a convention focused on Judaism and social action. The teens participated in Shabbat services and programs that ranged from Globalization to Israel Advocacy. During Kallah, the BBGs (female members of BBYO’s high school sorority, B’nai B’rith Girls) had a program inspired by the resources of the Ban Bossy Campaign and led by their board members.

BBYO is a proud partner in the Ban Bossy Campaign, led, also, by BBG alumna and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and the Girl Scouts. The campaign reacts to staggering statistics regarding female leadership in the United States by offering videos, leadership tips and resources that encourage girls to lead.

The campaign resonated with the LSR BBG board members, who, as strong female leaders, each admitted to having been called “bossy” over the years. Inspired by the campaign and, with the hope of motivating fellow BBGs to take charge, the program included videos from the Ban Bossy website that showcased celebrities, statistics about women as leaders and customized group discussions themes that ranged from the Bechdel Test to having a voice in the classroom.

The BBG-led program inspired the young women to become better leaders in the community and overcome stereotypes and hesitations due to the use of the word “bossy.” Participants responded well to the programming. Sarah Levinson of Tikvah BBG said, “The Ban Bossy program was a very inspirational way for the girls in Lonestar to understand what made them special and how they could be a leader in their community.” Jordana Kutnick of Ra’naan BBG said that “it taught me that it’s ok to take over and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” Oliva Dadoun of BBG #63 said that the “Ban Bossy program inspired me to stand up for things I believe in and to never let anyone bring me down.”

Once all videos, rotations and discussions were completed, a group picture with the #BanBossy signs that had been made during a rotation was taken, followed by a traditional BBG cheer session.

Lonestar’s #BanBossy program, compiled and written by the region’s 30th Regional BBG board and program director, Gillian Lindenberg, since has been shared with the BBYO’s International Order as well as partners at Lean In, Sandberg’s nonprofit organization, in efforts to encourage all girls to lead. Lonestar region appreciates the Jerry and Gloria Ribnick Regional Kallah Fund’s generous contribution to Regional Kallah 2014 and its programs. For more information on the Ban Bossy campaign, visit For more on BBYO Lonestar Region, contact Josh Sandler at or 832-618-7872.

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