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Dallas Teens Become International Leaders

September 18, 2013

Washington, DC – In August, two young men from Dallas, TX officially became members of the 89th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), BBYO’s high school leadership program. Mika Stein and Gary Levine, both students of the Yavneh Academy of Dallas, were installed as the Grand Aleph Godol (President) and the Grand Aleph Shaliach (Vice President of Jewish Heritage) respectively.

“These young men have shown exemplary leadership in their community during their time in BBYO,” said Ian Kandel, BBYO’s Director of AZA, BBG & the Teen Movement. “As we enter our 90th year, I am confident that Mika and Gary will continue to model what the future of Jewish communal leadership should aspire to be like, and set an inspiring example for other Jewish teens to take active roles in the Jewish community.”

A 90 year-old, teen-led, staff-supported, worldwide Jewish youth movement, BBYO is led by the International Board – five young men elected by their peers to the Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and five young women elected by their peers to the International Board of the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, AZA’s sister program).

As Grand Aleph Godol, Stein will travel to more than 50 U.S. cities and at least six countries to promote BBYO’s international initiatives, support teen-led service and advocacy efforts, consult with international teen leaders and staff, meet with community partners and spread awareness about BBYO’s menu of summer travel and service learning opportunities. He will also oversee the work of the rest of the International Board members and serve as a voting member of BBYO’s Board of Directors.

As Grand Aleph Shaliach, Levine will serve as a resource, advisor and sounding board for his peers in BBYO’s regions across North America. He will specifically focus on enhancing the Judaic content in programs in every community by overseeing initiatives that highlight Jewish values and themes. Next summer, he will also co-coordinate Kallah, BBYO’s summer experience for Jewish learning, spirituality and self-discovery.

On February 13-17, 2014, be on the lookout for Stein and Levine in Dallas for BBYO’s International Convention (IC). Each year, IC represents one of the largest annual gatherings of Jewish teens worldwide. IC 2014 will be the most extraordinary convention to date with thousands of AZA and BBG teens, alumni, advisors, professionals and friends of BBYO from around the world expected to attend. 2014 will be the second time that Dallas hosts IC. Texas is home to one of BBYO's largest communities worldwide, engaging approximately 3,000 Jewish teens in grades 6 - 12.

For more information or to get involved with IC, visit

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 by its acronym “BBYO.”

For more information on BBYO, please visit

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