2,000 Jewish Leaders and Community Members from 18 Countries Arrive in DC for BBYO International Convention
February 14, 2013
BBYO, Inc., the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement, will host more than 2,000 Jewish teen leaders of AZA and BBG, BBYO’s renowned leadership platform and high school fraternity and sorority, educators, thought leaders, volunteers and philanthropists from 18 countries on February 14 – 18 for its annual International Convention (IC) in Washington, DC.
One affecting highlight of the week is the BBYO Stand UP Plenary where BBYO teens will award the annual BBYO Stand UP Award to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. That morning, a roster of inspirational community, national and global leaders will address the delegates, including a presentation from Judy Feld Carr, a fundraiser who rescued thousands of Syrian Jews in the 1970s; a “Power of a Youth Movement” presentation from Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children; and a Call to Action from Ambassador Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations.
“BBYO’s International Convention is bringing together an amazing community of partners, guests, alumni, speakers and performers,” said Logan Miller, International Teen President (Grand Aleph Godol) of BBYO. “The magnitude and stature of our guests is a testament to the work of Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls across the world this year, doing everything bigger and better on behalf of the Jewish future.”
Other features of IC 2013 include:
- A Day of Service throughout which delegates travel the DC metro area to meet with and learn about service and advocacy organizations addressing local and national issues.
- A Day of Learning where teens will choose from over 30 learning sessions from tracks including Israel, Global Jewish Peoplehood, Jewish Continuity, Media and Entrepreneurialism.
- Attendance and presentations by the 70 international teens in attendance from Albania, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, France, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and from across the United States.
- 24 unique, teen-led, Shabbat services that celebrate the pluralism of BBYO.
- The presentation of BBYO’s Alumni of the Year Awards to Ben Stein, an AZA alumnus of BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council of political and Hollywood fame, and Laurie Moskowitz, a BBG alumna of BBYO Central Region West, a DC resident and Senior Director for US Campaigns at The ONE Campaign.
- Teens, Texting and Torah, a panel featuring experts in the fields of religion, education and the teen psyche to discuss teens, their connection to faith and the opportunities for engagement in the Jewish teen experience and communal life.
- A concert headlined by a musical performance by Top-40 artists Hoodie Allen and Timeflies.
- The election of the 2013-2014 Grand Board and International Board of AZA and BBG, the top teen leaders of the BBYO movement.
For nearly 90 years, this convention has served to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG, to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community.