Just before the lights dimmed at an exclusive showing of the newest Hunger Games movie the night before its mass release, Evan Finkelstein and Leah Kay led a theater filled with about 200 of their teenage peers in a pledge to fight world hunger.
Leading up to BBYO International Convention (IC) 2015, Jewish teens around the world are invited to share their innovative ideas for how to engage more Jewish teens in Jewish life by submitting a video application.
J-SERVE, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, held in Pittsburgh each spring and attended by more than 200 teens annually, will be planned together this year by BBYO, the Agency for Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center and Repair the World.
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.”