The spring of 2002 marked the start of a defining decade for BBYO as it became independent of its parent organization of almost 80 years, B’nai B’rith International. We’ve been proud over the past decade to lead a thriving independent organization that today reaches over 35,000 teens annually throughout the world. To celebrate this ten year anniversary, teens, parents, advisors and alumni can own a part of BBYO’s history by submitting pictures, quotes, messages and names into a digital Time Capsule marking the years 2002 to 2012, BBYO’s first decade as an independent organization. This Time Capsule will serve as the inaugural volume of BBYO’s official online archive that will be compiled by members and friends in the years to come.
Upon the launch of a new strategic plan for BBYO, Inc., the largest pluralistic Jewish teen movement, the Jim Joseph Foundation of San Francisco announced that it will grant $1.9 million over three years to fund three new Jewish enrichment positions for the organization that currently reaches more than 31,000 teens annually. This partnership will enable BBYO to deepen the Jewish experiential learning offered to its teen-led community and prepare Jewish teens for a lifetime of Jewish involvement.
According to Slingshot, Panim was selected for this list because “after last year’s merger (2009) with the powerful BBYO, the BBYO Panim Institute is in a unique position to engage a generation of Jewish teens with community service opportunities focused on social change and rooted in Jewish values.”
After a year of extensive research with teens, parents, alumni, and supporters, BBYO will debut a new brand identity on September 20 as part of a recently launched five-year strategic plan. The new brand captures the diverse, pluralistic spirit of the BBYO movement while capturing the wide range of compelling experiences that the organization offers the Jewish teen audience. It also provides definition around core communities and offerings including BBYO FAN (BBYO’s friends and alumni network), the BBYO Panim Institute (service and advocacy) and BBYO Passport (travel). A new offering, BBYO Connect offers Bar/Bat Mitzvah age teens a fun, experiential gateway into a teen-focused Jewish community. At BBYO’s core remains AZA and BBG, the 88 year-old chapter leadership experiences that exist in more than 100 communities throughout the world, touching the lives of 250,000 alumni.
At the 2011 AZA and BBG August Executives Conference, a motion was passed by the BBYO International Executives Body to support Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) regarding their recent collaborative bipartisan legislative bill, `Holocaust Survivors Assistance Act of 2011', to support aid for Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
On Sunday, June 26, 61 teens from across the United States, Canada and Bulgaria will come together in Washington, DC, for a unique summit called "Human Rights and Genocide Summit " (HRGS) focused on exploring the Jewish values related to standing up for groups in need. The HRGS, sponsored by the PANIM Institute of BBYO, asks participants to answer the following questions: What is Genocide? Where are Human Rights being challenged? What's the Jewish response to genocide?
BBYO's recently released Impact Study takes a look at the impact of participation in the short, medium and long term. Overall, BBYO is having a remarkably positive impact. The BBYO experience results in young adults who are more inclined to have Jewish friends, believe that being Jewish plays an important role in their lives, hold leadership roles in their community and are committed to having Jewish families.
Each year BBYO strives to offer tens of thousands of Jewish teens character building and leadership development experiences that will enrich lives, create meaningful friendships, and instill the confidence one needs to succeed in life. Central to creating these experiences are hundreds of chapter advisors, constantly striving to share with your children some of life’s key lessons. In an effort to recognize these individuals and show our appreciation, BBYO is proud to dedicate the month of March as a time to honor our chapter advisors.
Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, this convention serves 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.
Due to extreme drought and fueled by strong winds, the worst wildfire in the Israel's history originated in the Carmel Forest and raged across Israel's northern communities to the edges of Haifa, the country's third largest city. More than 40 Israelis were killed in the fires, including a 16-year-old volunteer from the JDC's AMEN Volunteer Service Corps, a BBYO partner agency. Buildings were burned, homes were destroyed and thousands of families were displaced.
I recently returned from my first trip on the March of the Living. It is something I’d thought about doing for some time, but wasn’t sure such a deep immersion in the Holocaust was right for me. However when presented with the opportunity to join the BBYO North America delegation comprised of 120 Jewish teens and 20 adults, I elected to participate. It was a great decision.