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BBYO and JCC Manhattan Partner to Launch BBYO Manhattan Region

December 2, 2014

BBYO – the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement – is deepening its impact in Manhattan, furthering its mission of involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences.

In partnership with JCC Manhattan, BBYO has assigned full-time staffing, scholarship funds and programmatic resources to charter an affiliate of its leadership programs – the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, BBYO’s high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, BBYO’s high school sorority) – to serve the Manhattan Jewish teen community. With JCC Manhattan serving as a dynamic home base on the Upper West Side, the two organizations are identifying Jewish teens who will serve as the architects of BBYO's Manhattan region. Surrounding BBYO regions in Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island and northern New Jersey currently reach over 5,600 teens annually.

"We at JCC Manhattan are thrilled to be the New York City partner of BBYO, and proud of this pioneering effort to bring Jewish teen organizing to an urban environment. We are confident in our community of teens to change the world, and look forward to this partnership," said JCC in Manhattan CEO Rabbi Joy Levitt.

Like all BBYO programs, the Manhattan Region's programming will be teen-led so that it most accurately reflects the interests of the teens involved. Diverse local school-year programs and summer experiences at camp, on campus, in Israel and around the world offer teens opportunities to gain the confidence and character they need to be successful in life as they form lasting relationships with each other.

BBYO Manhattan Region's launch event, a pre-screening of The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 as part of BBYO's Movement-wide hunger awareness and advocacy campaign "Can-Tribute," brought together 175 youth in the area who collected approximately 800 pounds of food to donate to local food banks. The region is well on its way to engaging Jewish youth and making an impact in the Manhattan community.

"This partnership is a win-win for all involved," said Matthew Grossman, BBYO Chief Executive Officer. "JCC Manhattan is a programmatic juggernaut with an outstanding reputation across all age groups. We believe they provided us with the best opportunity to ramp up quickly and leverage resources."

"We've already seen great interest from more than 100 Manhattan teens and their families, across denomination," added Andrew Paull, BBYO Manhattan Region Senior Regional Director. "This proves that we are meeting a need for the Manhattan Jewish community."

BBYO Manhattan Region's next event is "Wrap It Up" on Sunday, December 7. This will be a community service event at JCC Manhattan during which teens will spend the afternoon wrapping and decorating donated presents which will then be distributed by City Santa, a local nonprofit, to children in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

For more information on this event and about BBYO Manhattan Region, please contact Andrew Paull, Senior Regional Director, at 646.505.4413 or apaull@bbyo.org.

About BBYO
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the 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 world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”

For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org.

About JCC Manhattan
Located on 76th Street and Amsterdam, the JCC is a vibrant non-profit community center on the Upper West Side. The cornerstone of progressive programming in Manhattan, the JCC serves over 55,000 people annually through 1,200 programs each season that educate, inspire, and transform participants' minds, bodies, and spirits. Since its inception, the JCC has been committed to serving the community by offering programs and services that reach beyond neighborhood boundaries. Programs at the JCC reach people at all stages of their lives, and serve the entire family and community.

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