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Ten Outstanding Teens Elected to International Board of AZA BBG

March 29, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Over Presidents’ Day weekend, BBYO, Inc. held its largest International Convention in almost 90 years of history. One highlight of the convention was the election of the next International Executive Board (I-Board): ten teens who will serve as the leaders of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), BBYO’s renowned leadership program and high school fraternity and sorority, during 2013-2014.

“These ten teens are dedicated, driven and committed to BBYO’s mission of providing more Jewish teens with more Jewish experiences,” said Matthew Grossman, Executive Director of BBYO. “We cannot wait to see how the next year unfolds under their leadership.”

Members of the I-Board help chart the organization’s vision for the coming year and provide leadership and support to teen leaders in local communities throughout the BBYO network. They work to strengthen regions and chapters by enhancing Judaic, social, educational and community service programming. Teens are elected to the same positions for both AZA and BBG, with male and female counterparts working together to fulfill their responsibilities.

The new international leaders of AZA include: President, Mikael Stein of Dallas, TX; VP of Programming, Ryan Dishell of Palisades, CA; VP of Membership and Education, Jake Cook of Marietta, GA; VP of Communications, Fundraising and Globalization, Daniel Widawsky of Bayside, NY; and VP of Judaism, Communication and Israel Education, Gary Levine of Dallas, TX.

The new international leaders of BBG include: President, Michaela Brown of Sterling, VA; VP of Programming, Maya Guthman of Bethesda, MD; VP of Membership and Education, Kate Reinertson of Mercer Island, WA; VP of Communications, Fundraising and Globalization, Sofie Jacobs of Rockville, MD; and VP of Judaism, Communication and Israel Education, Tracey Katz of Scotch Plains, NJ.

About BBYO BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For almost 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.

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

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