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Share Your Connection to Israel During Speak UP Week

October 28, 2013

Washington, DC – On November 4-8, 2013, BBYO teens will lead peers worldwide in Speak UP Week, an International initiative that explores Israel education, awareness and advocacy through formal, informal and experiential lenses.

Leading up to Speak UP Week, BBYO invites the Jewish community to share their personal connections to Israel through an exciting video storytelling contest: “I Find MY Israel When.” Video submissions will be accepted online through Friday, November 1 and will be voted for the following week at The winner will receive Israel swag from BBYO’s partner, StandWithUs, which they can proudly use to show their support for Israel.

Themed “Find Your Israel,” each day of Speak UP Week features a prompt that encourages teens to think about the different ways they connect with Israel and share them through social media platforms. Programming also offers information about Israeli history, culture, various Israel advocacy organizations and ways to support the Jewish Homeland.

“There are myriad opportunities for teens and young adults to connect with Israel, but it can be hard to know where and how to start,” said Joey Eisman, BBYO’s Associate for Israel and Global Jewish Peoplehood. “Speak UP Week is designed to offer an accessible way for them to support and advocate for our Homeland.”

Throughout Speak UP Week, BBYO invites the Jewish community to get involved and share how they connect to Israel by joining the online conversation using the hashtag #SpeakUPWeek.

For information on BBYO’s commitment to Israel, please visit the website. For more information on Speak UP Week 2013, please contact Joey Eisman, BBYO’s Associate for Israel and Global Jewish Peoplehood, at or 202-507-7303.

About BBYO

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.”

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