Netanyahu, Sheryl Sandberg and Aloe Blacc Headlined Opening Night of 90th BBYO International Convention
February 14, 2014
Dallas – BBYO’s biggest International Convention (IC) to date set the tone for a historic weekend with a surprise opening video address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a warm welcome video prepared by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and an energetic surprise performance by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc. Top Jewish communal leaders and funders, together with nearly 2,000 Jewish teens from across the country and around the world, gathered in Dallas to kick off the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth convention.
In his video, Prime Minister Netanyahu lauded the 90-year history of BBYO, saying, “I join you all in celebrating BBYO’s 90th anniversary…BBYO encourages young Jews of all backgrounds to be proud of their heritage… you're helping to create a human bridge to connect the young generation of American Jews with the young generation of Israeli Jews… and I want to encourage you, for the next 90 years, to continue doing exactly that.”
Sheryl Sandberg, in her video message, spoke of her own upbringing in BBYO and encouraged the teens to set goals without consideration of any limitations that may hold them back.
The room really came alive when Aloe Blacc appeared for a surprise performance of his hit single “Wake Me Up,” the unofficial theme song of IC.
On Friday, for BBYO Stand UP Day, the nearly 2,000 Jewish teens will participate in a large-scale service and advocacy project where the teens will be trained in Hands-Only CPR. Shortly after, they will be joined by hundreds of local middle school students who the teens will, in turn, train in the technique. The event is being organized in collaboration with the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association and it begins at 11 a.m.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 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.
Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”
For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org