You Can Change the World
Do you have a knack for motivating and inspiring others? There are more than 250,000 alumni around the world – including politicians, corporate CEOs, movie directors, college professors, rabbis and entrepreneurs – who all got their start in BBYO's renowned Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG) leadership development programs. In AZA and BBG, you are in charge. YOU – not your parents or other adults – plan local, national and even international programs. With more than 600 chapters worldwide, BBYO provides a place for you to meet people and learn important skills such as public speaking, event planning, and time, project and budget management. BBYO also provides leadership development programs throughout the year and major leadership training conferences during the summer to help you develop important skills for leadership within BBYO and beyond.
Atlanta Council BBYO Chapters are geographically based in three areas of Atlanta: Dunwoody/Sandy Springs/Intown, East Cobb, and North Metro. The chapters are separated by gender. Atlanta has six boys' (AZA) and five girls' (BBG) chapters. Each chapter has a teen leadership board that creates the programs. Chapter programs occur 3-5 times a month and are staffed by volunteer adult advisors. Below you can read about AZA, BBG, and the chapters.
Aleph Zadik Aleph
The Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) is the fraternity component of BBYO. Since its establishment in 1924, AZA has provided Jewish and personal enrichment to hundreds of thousands of young men throughout the world. It's Hebrew letters - Aleph, Zadik, Aleph - stand for Ahava, Tzedakah, Ahdoot, which symbolize fraternal love, benevolence, and harmony.
With emphasis on the importance of the well-rounded individual, AZA's unique programming includes social programming, community service projects, athletic tournaments, and Judaic enrichment. The diversity of programming, coupled with the sense of camaraderie and leadership training provided by AZA simply cannot be paralleled by any other youth organization. Often, AZA chapters plan events jointly with local BBG (B'nai B'rith Girls) chapters.
Dunwoody/Sandy Springs/Intown AZA Chapters
- Avitz AZA: The largest chapter in Atlanta Council that thrives on their spirit was founded in 2006. The boys are always well represented at council conventions and international summer experiences.
- Frank Fierman AZA: Started over 30 years ago in the late 70s is the oldest chapter in Atlanta Council. The members are proud of their heritage and tradition that they’re keeping alive each and every year.
East Cobb AZA Chapters
- Hazakah AZA: The oldest chapter in East Cobb that still stands strong today. The boys are deep in their chapter traditions and have dedicated AZA members.
- Palmach AZA: Was founded in 2005 and is a strong chapter in Atlanta Council. The boys are committed to having fun and meaningful programs for their members.
North Metro AZA Chapter
- Abraham Zelmanowitz AZA: Begun in 2007 as the first AZA chapter in the North Metro area, Zelman is growing each year. The chapter leaders continue to work hard to increase their membership in Zelman.
B’nai B’rith Girls
For more than 60 years, the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), the sorority component of BBYO, has helped teenage girls build leadership potential and self-improvement, develop a positive Jewish identity and form friendships that last a lifetime.
Like AZA, BBG offers young women the opportunity to enjoy social, athletic, community service and Judaic programming. BBG is a place where all Jewish teenage girls can have fun, develop relationships, embrace tradition and community, and find something inside themselves that only the B'nai B'rith Girls can bring out. It is no wonder why so many BBG members say they feel at home in BBG. Often, BBG chapters plan events jointly with local AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph) chapters.
Dunwoody/Sandy Springs/Intown BBG Chapters
- B’yachad BBG: Home to "Tigger" and their chapter colors of orange and blue, B’yachad began in 2004. The girls are known for their annual “B-night” program and are always full of energy.
- Lehavah BBG: Was founded in 2006 as the 3rd chapter in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs/Intown area. They are full of spirit and enthusiasm; the girls love their mascot "Snoopy" and the colors purple and yellow.
- Shorashim BBG: Began in 2003 and quickly took off as a booming chapter. Today the girls are keeping the spirit alive and are home to "Betty Boop" and their colors red, black, and silver.
East Cobb BBG Chapter
- Lev Hadarom BBG: Recently formed in 2011 when Metukah BBG and Achayot BBG combined, Lev Hadarom is made up of BBGs in East Cobb and they’re proud to represent their mascot "Simba" and the colors turquoise and silver.
North Metro BBG Chapters
- Shamayim BBG: Began in 2005 with a few girls and has now grown to be a strong chapter in Atlanta Council. Shamayim is home to "Wonder Woman" and the colors red, yellow, and blue.