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BBYO Great Midwest's Advisor Receives Leadership Award

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Chicago, Ill. – BBYO Great Midwest Region is thrilled to announce that Kevin Friduss of Highland Park, and Shabak AZA advisor, was recently awarded the International BBYO David Bittker AZA Advisor of the Year, for his work with the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), BBYO’s renowned leadership development program and high school fraternity, the brother program to the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG). Also receiving an Advisor of the Year Award for her work with BBG chapters in BBYO North Texas Oklahoma is Stephanie Berlin Loovis.

“I credit Kevin Friduss for both Shabak AZA’s successful development,” said Daniel Way, a Shabak AZA member. “and just as importantly, my personal development and success as a member of BBYO.”

Over the past four years, Kevin Friduss has played an integral role in furthering BBYO’s mission of providing more Jewish teens with more meaningful Jewish experiences. Specifically, he has served as positive Jewish role model by sharing observations with the youth, exploring challenges and seeking solutions with (not for) the teens, and encouraging BBYO members to strive for excellence

“When I heard my name called, I was very surprised and felt so honored and overwhelmed with emotion,” said Kevin Friduss. “I knew that I was making a difference in my Jewish community, but I didn’t realize how big of an impact I made.”

Kevin Friduss and Stephanie Berlin Loovis are two of BBYO’s more than 700 lay volunteer advisors, devoting their precious spare time to guiding BBYO’s teen chapters across North America. They serve as mentors to our teen members and are supported by the newly established International Advisor Network. Kevin is a graduate of Highland Park High School, 2001.

The David Bittker Advisor of the Year Award is presented each year at BBYO’s AZA BBG International Convention (IC) to an outstanding advisor who embodies the qualities that David L. Bittker portrayed. Bittker long served as a member of BBYO’s lay leadership, putting BBYO first and taking on a variety of roles and responsibilities to meet the needs of the organization – an approach that he took in all of his volunteer endeavors. His desire to selflessly give his time, energy and resources toward strengthening the Jewish community is the very model of leadership BBYO seeks to model for its teens through the volunteer work of BBYO advisors.

For more information on BBYO Great Midwest Region, please contact Celia Bernstein,, 224-406-9259.

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