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.
When 2,200 BBYO teens joined forces with 1,000 members of NFTY — the North American Federation of Temple Youth represents the younger cohort of the Reform movement — for a day of joint learning sessions in Atlanta on Feb. 14, Christiansen found that the teens had more in common than he realized.
From Bulgaria to Canada, Argentina to Macedonia, there is an unbelievably diverse Jewish population out there that, despite centuries of assimilation threats and persecution, has formed strong communities that are deeply committed to sustaining Jewish life.