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Madison's Newest Jewish Youth Group - Heifetz BBYO

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For the first time in almost a decade, BBYO is back in Madison. Named after the late Jake Heifetz, Heifetz BBYO is a great place for all Jewish Madison teens in grades 8-12 to have tons of fun, meet amazing people, and have life changing experiences. Why does Madison need a BBYO chapter? First of all, it is pluralistic, meaning that anyone Jewish can join, regardless of synagogue affiliation or background. Secondly, the chapters are completely youth run. Outside of an advisor for adult presence, the chapter’s events, membership, and structure are created and run by the teens. This provides a unique and fun experience for everyone involved that is truly incredible and unforgettable.

Since our first program in November of 2012, Heifetz BBYO has had six events that have attracted over 20 different teens from the Madison area. The events have included things such as laser tag, bowling, and mini-golf at Vitense, all of which have been fun and successful. All of these events have also had members of the Wisconsin BBYO regional board present. Wisconsin Region BBYO has eight chapters outside of Madison, each being in Milwaukee. This has opened up Jewish teens in Madison to other Jewish teens in the state, and many new friendships have been made.

If you are interested in being a part of Heifetz BBYO, attending one of our events, or just finding out a little more about this great opportunity, email either Rachael Badt at or me at You can also follow us on twitter at @HeifetzBBYO. All teens in grades 8-12 can join and come to events. Sixth and seventh graders are also welcome to attend our events, they just can’t be official members until eighth grade. This is an incredibly fun and rewarding opportunity and I urge teens to become part of the BBYO family in Madison!

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