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Regularly Scheduled Programming
Chapter programming takes place nearly every Saturday night, usually from 7-9pm. Program topics and activities vary greatly from week to week, from playing sports, to learning about Jewish heroes, to making a chapter banner. Chapter leadership work alongside Advisors and Council professionals to ensure that all of the folds are represented in programming.
BBG is based on six folds of programming: Jewish Heritage, Community Service, Social Action, Recreation, Creativity and Sisterhood. Mind, Body, Attitude (MBA) is also an area of programming that is widely accepted as an unofficial seventh fold. Similarly, AZA is based on five folds: Athletics, Community Service/Social Action, Education, Judaic and Social. Weekly chapter programs are built and developed around these areas of programming. Other chapter programming can include bake sales and fundraisers at local restaurants, field trips to sites in Washington, DC and participation in council-wide events.
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Annual Calendar Highlights
Fall and Spring New Member Intake Night and Parent Information Session: (August/September and January/February) Open to all area teens, 8th-12th grade prospective members are able to participate in 5 minute long activities with each of the local chapters. It is the most efficient and fun way to get to know each of our chapters and jump into BBYO!
Fall and Spring Kickoff Dances: (August/September and January/February): Open to all area teens, dances are a great way to meet new people & show chapter spirit.
AZAA Athletics Football (Fall) and Basketball (Winter): Chapter teams play Football on Sunday mornings and Basketball on Sunday afternoons. For more information please contact Jonah Potasznik.
New Member Weekend & Regional Leadership Training Institute (October): NMW (9th graders) educates the region’s youngest members about the history, traditions and workings of AZA, BBG and BBYO. RLTI (10th-12th graders) is a leadership convention that provides educational and personalized information about leadership styles, creating strong programs, and how to bring different skill sets to BBYO. Please visit our convention page for more information.
Sweetheart Heartthrob Formal Dance (November – the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving)
Northern Region East Gala (December 5, 2013): The 9th Annual Gala celebrates NRE and supports programming, staff, and scholarships throughout the region. Parents, alums, community leaders, and teens (with at least 1 parent) are warmly invited to join us. Please visit our Gala website for more information
Regional Convention (January): A four-day spirit convention. Active, engaging, and impactful on the local community. Please visit our convention page for more information.
International Convention (February): An annual gathering of thousands of Alephs, B'nai B'rith Girls and Jewish teens from across the world along with alumni, advisors, professionals, friends of BBYO and leading philanthropists to celebrate the largest annual pluralistic gathering of Jewish teens working to strengthen the Jewish future. Attendees hear from prominent speakers, participate in community-wide service learning opportunities and celebrate an inspiring Shabbat. Delegates will take part in the democratic process of furthering our organization's business and elect AZA and BBG's next international executive teen leadership, all while showcasing spirit and community pride.
East Coast Kallah (March): An east coast convention with multiple regions, focusing on Judaic education and social action. Please visit our convention page for more information.
J-Serve (April): The annual national service day for Jewish youth. Service sites and information will be available in February.
Council Convention (May): The last convention of the year, where council elections and a State of the Council address take place.
Awards Night (May): Chapters apply and receive year-end programming awards. Individual merit scholarships for summer programs are also announced at this event. Please visit our convention page for more information.