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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.

Feb 17, 2010

New Website Allows Jewish Teens to Customize Shabbat Services Online

For anyone who has spent hours photo copying prayers out of the siddur (Jewish prayer book) and pasting them onto sheets to make custom services for a youth group or camp setting, a new tool has arrived. BBYO, Inc., the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement, has recently launched Build a Prayer, an online space where Jews of all backgrounds can connect on a deeply personal level with prayer and Shabbat.

Feb 3, 2010

BBYO's 2009 Annual Report

In 2009, BBYO took pride in offering tens of thousands of Jewish families a place where their teens could find joyful Jewish experiences and a reprieve from the stresses so many families faced as a result of the economy. As we celebrate our 85th year, know that BBYO is a greater force than ever in enriching the lives of young people and making the Jewish community more vibrant. Please click to read our 2009 Annual Report.

Jan 26, 2010

BBYO Global Action Alert: Haiti Earthquake Response

BBYO members, alumni, parents, family and friends – We write you with an urgent message regarding the devastation across Haiti following the Caribbean’s worst earthquake in more than 200 years. The basic infrastructure of the country has been shattered. The community is left without schools, hospitals and thousands of homes leaving an estimated 3,000,000 Haitians in need of life essentials like food, shelter and healthcare. The death toll is presumably in the hundreds of thousands, and the need is increasing each day.

Dec 23, 2009

Message from the Executive Director on PANIM programs

As many of you know, BBYO recently became the home for PANIM: The Institute of Jewish Leadership and Values. In bringing on PANIM, it was our expectation that PANIM’s expertise in civics and values programming would provide new opportunities for the Jewish community to engage Jewish teens interested in service, advocacy, philanthropy and grappling with social issues. Last month, I had an opportunity to visit with 80 teens from four Jewish Day Schools - The Abraham Joshua Heschel School (New York, NY), Chicagoland Jewish High School (Deerfield, IL), Herzl/RHMA (Denver, CO) and Milken Community High School (Los Angeles, CA) - participating in the first Panim el Panim seminar of the year. Since 1988, Panim el Panim has been the cornerstone of PANIM programming, welcoming to DC diverse groups of 10th to 12th grade students from around the country. I had been to Panim el Panim seminars in the past and have always been moved by the ways in which teens feel empowered by their newfound understanding of the political process and the Jewish values entwined in one’s commitment to social action after the program.

Dec 16, 2009

BBYO Summer Registration Now Open

Summer 2010 will be a one of a kind experience! With a menu of more than 20 programs designed for all Jewish teens regardless of BBYO membership, BBYO Summer Experiences allows teens to build a dream summer trip to best suit their interests. Teens interested in travel, community service, Judaism, outdoor adventure, college prep or leadership will find a multitude of options to develop leadership skills within a community of Jewish teens who will become lifelong friends.

Dec 9, 2009

Reflections from BBYO Teen at AIPAC High School Summit

On November 8th-10th, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee held their annual High School Summit. AIPAC is the largest and most powerful political lobby supporting Israel in the United States. The summit was designed to educate high school students on issues involving the Jewish homeland and on how to get involved in politics while still in high school. Hundreds of students attended the summit, and BBYO send the largest delegation, with over eighty students.

Dec 7, 2009

Teens Meet with Members of Congress in Washington, DC

Seventy –eight high school students from around the country came to Washington, DC, for Panim el Panim a four day seminar by PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values of BBYO, to meet participate in service, advocacy and meet with members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.

Nov 30, 2009

BBYO Wins “Best Large Nonprofit” in Jewish Choice Awards

BBYO is excited to announce that it has won the “Best Large Nonprofit Award” in the South category as part of the inaugural Jewish Choice Awards.

Nov 12, 2009

BBYO Teen Reporters Interview Jewish Leaders at the GA

More than 3,000 Jewish communal leaders gathered in Washington, DC November 8 – 10 for the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the annual conference of the Jewish federation system. BBYO teens from the DC area were given the unprecedented opportunity of serving as Teen Digital Reporters, asking GA participants the question do you remember when you thought anything was possible (the GA theme)?

Oct 9, 2009

BBYO Teens Stand Up For Those In Need

In an effort to engage youth in service, social justice and philanthropy efforts that are meaningful to them, BBYO has launched a campaign called Stand Up: BBYO’s Campaign For Those in Need, aimed at getting teens involved locally with partner organizations that support causes that matter most to their communities.

Sep 21, 2009

Panim founder reflects on the integration with BBYO

Panim founder reflects on the integration with BBYO

Sep 9, 2009

Estee Portnoy Chosen as one of JWI’s 10 Women to Watch

Every year, Jewish Women International honors extraordinary women whose achievements are inspiring change, and this year BBYO alumna and current Vice Chair of BBYO’s Board of Directors, Estee Portnoy, was named as one of its 10 Women to Watch.

Aug 28, 2009

Philanthropists Pledge $3.5 million for BBYO, Inc and PANIM to Combine and Establish PANIM Institute of Jewish Leadership and Values as Division of BBYO

Recognizing that the future of our Jewish Community depends on the extent to which young people are inspired to explore Jewish values and traditions, two of the Jewish Community’s premier organizations focused on Jewish teens – BBYO and PANIM – are joining forces.

Jun 19, 2009

BBYO Teens Call March of the Living a "Life-Changing Experience"

From April 19 – May 2, 56 BBYO teens participated in the March of the Living, an international, educational program that brings Jewish youth from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

Jun 11, 2009

BBYO Represents Largest Teen Delegation at AIPAC Policy Conference

Nearly 50 teens representing BBYO traveled from across the country to the nation’s capital on May 3-5 to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, which brings together more than 6,500 activists annually to hear from top Israeli and American policy leaders. The conference is the pro-Israel community’s pre-eminent event, and BBYO teens played an active role this year as the largest high school delegation out of the nearly 200 high school students in attendance.

Jun 11, 2009

BBYO Teens Volunteer Nationwide for J-Serve 2009

Thousands of BBYO teens made up the approximately 10,000 teens that spent April 26, 2009 as a united movement committed to making a difference in more than 70 communities across the country as a part of J-Serve 2009: a national day of Jewish youth service.

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