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Feb 2, 2011

Hundreds of Teen Leaders Gather in LA for 2011 International Convention

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.

Dec 8, 2010

BBYO Statement on Fires in Northern Israel

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.

Nov 10, 2010

BBYO Summer Experiences Registration Now Open!

Last year, more than 1,500 teens took part in BBYO Summer Experiences. They developed their leadership skills, served new communities, made friendships that will last for years to come and traveled the world. What program will you attend this summer?

Oct 18, 2010

BBYO Teens Join Hundreds of Teen Activists in Nation's Capital in Support of Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship

More than 125 teens representing BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic teen movement, traveled from across the United States to Washington, DC, from October 3-5, to participate in the sixth annual Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit. More than 500 students from 28 states and 131 high schools attended the Israel advocacy and activism seminar.

Sep 22, 2010

Four BBYO Alumni Selected as JDC Jewish Service Corp Fellows

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and BBYO, Inc., the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, announce the selection of four inaugural fellows to serve in a new overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. This fall Ben Becker, Laura Himmelstein, Ariana Neustein and Paulina Zaharieva will join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to help communities with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network. The JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship is receiving initial support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Jun 10, 2010

Estee Portnoy Elected Chair of BBYO International Board of Directors

BBYO, Inc. is proud to announce that Estee Portnoy of Bethesda, MD has been elected Chair of BBYO’s International Board of Directors. A sports executive and Jewish philanthropist, Portnoy succeeds Howard Wohl of Mill Neck, NY.

Jun 2, 2010

BBYO Teens Attend White House Jewish Heritage Month Event

When we were elected as International Presidents of BBYO, Inc., never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be invited to the White House. But there we were today, attending the first-ever White House reception marking Jewish Heritage Month. We began to realize how much our role does not exist in a vacuum, and that although we are teens, we, too, are important Jewish leaders.

Apr 28, 2010

PANIM Institute Seminars Bring 600 Teens to Washington, DC

This academic year, more than 600 teens from around the country came to Washington, DC to explore public policy and social activism through a Jewish lens as a part of Panim el Panim (PeP), a program with a 20+ year history that is now a part of the PANIM Institute of BBYO. During a total of eight seminars, high school delegations had the opportunity to meet with over fifty Congressional Offices, including special meetings with civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis (D-IL) and Early Act champion and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Apr 26, 2010

J-Serve 2010 Makes an Impact on the World

BBYO teens joined nearly 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel for J-Serve, a National Day of Jewish Youth Service on Sunday, April 25.

Feb 19, 2010

International Convention 2010: Dream Big, Act Bigger

More than a foot of snow couldn’t stop over 750 of the world’s leading Jewish communal thinkers – all 18 years of age or younger –from gathering in Dallas, TX Feb. 11-15 for BBYO’s largest International Convention (IC) in its 85-year history. BBYO has been hosting International Conventions since 1924, setting the course for the upcoming year, determining strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connecting teens to the Jewish community at large. This was BBYO’s most “international” convention in years, bringing together Jewish teens from North America, Bulgaria, Serbia, France, the United Kingdom, Israel and more.

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