BBYO North Florida Region Experiences Record-Breaking Growth
True to its mission of involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences, BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth organization, is experiencing record-breaking growth and is increasing its membership in its North Florida Region division in Sarasota, Orlando, Tampa, and Naples.
BBYO North Florida Region began the programming year with a large membership increase within its leadership programs- the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, BBYO’s high school fraternity) and the B’Nai Brith Girls (BBG, BBYO’s high school sorority). Regions across North America are sharing this success; BBYO membership is up five percent this year.
BBYO North Florida Region’s programming is teen-led and designed to reflect the interests of the teens involved. Diverse chapter and regional school-year programs and summer experiences at camp, on campus, and around the world offer teens ways to meet peers, explore new ideas, connect with the Jewish heritage, and learn about Israel.
Recent Sarasota BBYO events have included scavenger hunts, chapter meetings, and cook-off competitions. An upcoming regional event is Kallah, a weekend-long retreat for Jewish teens in grades 9-12. Kallah will be hosted at Dayspring Camp, November 14016, and features teen-led programs, a Jewish song-leader, presentations from AEPi and StandWithUs, and meaningful Shabbat experiences. This exciting growth brings vitalized energy to the region and the surrounding Jewish community.
“I’m really excited about all of the upcoming BBYO programs this term,” said Lauren Wagner, teen chapter president. “The chapter leaders have worked really hard on making our events fun. BBYO is our home away from home and we can’t wait to share that experience with other.” Sarasota BBYO’s growth is due, in large part, to the development of the elected teen leaders. The current chapter board includes Lauren Wagner (President), Rachael Kramer (Vice President), Eric Brown (Membership), Rachelle Wetsman (Secretary), and Caroline Colburn (Jewish Programming).
For more information about BBYO North Florida Region, please contact Lory Conte, regional director, at 407.621.4032 or LConte@bbyo.org
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO has been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping their confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts, and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers, and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post-bar/bat mitzvah audience fun, meaningful, and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring worldwide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education, and Jewish Values. For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org.