At a time when many young people are feeling disconnected from institutional life, thousands of Jewish teens will converge in Dallas on Presidents’ Day weekend for a conference featuring figures from the worlds of politics, activism, entertainment and business who have aimed to “change the game.”
We are inspired to assemble as NFTY, USY, NCSY, BBYO, and Young Judaea, united under the shared goal of providing teens with meaningful Jewish experiences. We, the peer-elected leadership of national and global Jewish youth movements, representing tens of thousands of Jewish teens, are observing the traditions and evolution of American democracy closely.
From the United States to the Balkans to Argentina and everywhere in between, more than 500 local BBYO chapters in hundreds of communities across 20 countries will take part in BBYO’s Global Shabbat 2016, an annual highlight in which Jewish teen leaders host simultaneous Friday night, Saturday morning and Havdalah services and/or accompanying programs, uniting as a movement in a truly international celebration of the joy of Shabbat.
“As enormous changes unfold around us and throughout the world, BBYO’s leadership, both teen and adult, realize that the future of the Jewish community is brighter when we all come together,” said Matthew Grossman, BBYO Chief Executive Officer. “With 2,400 teens joining together at IC 2016, this event truly offers a unique opportunity for them to see how the BBYO local experience translates into being part of something bigger than themselves – the global Jewish people.”
More than 4,000 teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from across the world will gather in Baltimore this February 11-15 to hear from distinguished change makers and to take part in the unique experience of breaking a Guinness World Record by joining together for the largest Shabbat dinner ever at BBYO International Convention (IC) 2016.
On Friday, August 14, 2015, the Executive Leaders of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), the high school leadership fraternity and sorority of BBYO, passed a motion to ensure BBYO continues to be fully gender inclusive and pluralistic.
This summer, BBYO’s International Kallah is celebrating its 50th Anniversary: 50 years of fostering Jewish education and identity, building experiences in a safe and fun environment where teens develop a personal connection to Judaism.
Discovery Communications selected BBYO to participate in Creating Change 2014. BBYO, the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement with 100 staff members and more than 600 volunteers, used the partnership with Discovery to produce a talent recruitment video, “Find Yourself Here.”
Pascack Valley BBG and AZA of BBYO Greater Jersey Hudson River Region presented a check for nearly $15,000 to Play for P.I.N.K., a nonprofit breast cancer research organization and their BBYO Stand UP cause.
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Bloomingdale's Roosevelt Field partnered with BBYO Big Apple Region (BAR), the regional BBYO program serving areas from Great Neck to Staten Island, to raise awareness and break the cycle of violence against women.
BBYO is proud to announce the recipient of the 2015 BBYO Alumnus of the Year Award. Eitan Milgram, a current Chestnut Hill, MA resident, native of San Jose, CA and alum of BBYO Central Region West, received the AZA Alumnus of the Year Award.
BBYO International Convention (IC) 2015 is an annual event that began 90 years ago as a way for BBYO members to connect once a year, but has now grown to be a setting for individuals across the Jewish community to learn, lead and work together toward ensuring a strong Jewish future, spearheaded by the next generation.
BBYO International Convention (IC) 2015 will be a meeting place and classroom for thousands of the Jewish community’s top teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from across the world in Atlanta.