To the best of our knowledge, AZA began in Wisconsin in 1926 with Sheboygan AZA #15. BBG started in Wisconsin in 1933. In the beginning, BBYO was much more scattered throughout the state, with a large membership in the Fox River Valley. Eventually, Wisconsin Region became more concentrated in Milwaukee.
At the end of each year, Wisconsin usually has around 500 members. This number includes BBYO and BBYO Connect, which is the middle school feeder program for BBYO. Of these members, about half are boys and half are girls.
Wisconsin Region BBYO is unique in its geography. Although it encompasses the entire state, over 90% of the membership live within 20 minutes of our Regional Offices. It is believed that 45-50% of the Jewish teens in Milwaukee are in BBYO.
Wisconsin Region currently has 8 chapters, all located in Milwaukee. Of these, 4 are BBG and 4 are AZA. We are constantly working on expanding our reach, both geographically and in the number of teens involved.
For more information about Wisconsin Region, please contact the Regional offices at (414)326-2808.
At the beginning of the 2015 school year, Seth Goodman, then 16, was sitting around with a group of friends from the Randy Reisbord chapter of the Jewish youth group AZA. The conversation turned to the topic of Shabbat and Goodman’s reminiscences of Friday nights spent with family and with the local Chabad house at his former Fort Lauderdale home.