You wouldn't think that I, a father of an 11-year old and 8-year old, would have much in common with a couple of 17 year-old girls. A couple of years ago, I wouldn't have thought so either, but the second I mentioned to my kids’ babysitters that I was in BBYO in high school, that all changed.
BBYO, the worlds leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement and DoSomething.org, the largest not-for-profit for young people and social change, teamed up this fall to launch "Can-Tribute," a campaign that rallied young people across North America to fight hunger in their local community through a food collection drive.
What is BBYO? I probably hear this question at least two times every day from family, friends and teachers, Jewish and not. Here’s the simple answer: BBYO is a Jewish pluralistic youth movement for ninth- through 12-graders to have meaningful experiences and connect to their Judaism.
A fourth generation BBYO member from Memphis, who is the current president of Rose Belz Kriger BBG, has taken her love for the youth organization one step farther - joining BBYO's International Teen Board as new International Sh'licha (vice president of Jewish Heritage) for the 2015-16 programming year.
BBYO Community Engagement Fellow Ryan Ladd witnessed the Student Government Legislative Assembly at The University of Texas at Austin reject a bill calling for the university to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, as a part of the global BDS movement.
“Thank you for changing my life.” That’s what my new Ukrainian friend, Juli Kovaliova, said to me during our last embrace. In a moment filled with the purest sense of emotion, I did not know how to respond. All I could think to say was, “No, thank you. Thank you for changing my life.”