Studies suggest that the adolescent years are extremely formative, and religion is a powerful influence in value and identity development. However, Jewish youth are not finding in Judaism the meaning for which they are searching. In fact, research shows that the post-bar/bat mitzvah years are ones in which young Jews turn away from involvement in Jewish experiences. Teens or their parents who can’t afford to participate in Jewish programs are not making them financial priorities. With fewer teens staying engaged in Jewish activities following their b'nai mitzvah, Jewish continuity is at risk.
However, BBYO has committed to reversing this trend of disaffiliation. BBYO’s menu of leadership training, summer experiences, Israel travel, and service and advocacy campaigns is rich in leadership, empowerment, meaning and fun. It helps strengthen teens’ character and affinity to the Jewish community. Therefore, it is imperative that the post bar/bat mitzvah teen audience from all points on the Jewish engagement and affiliation spectrums have access to BBYO’s menu of experiences.
With a committed board of directors, a thriving Friends and Alumni Network and enthusiastic funders excited about a new five-year plan, BBYO is ready to launch an array of innovative strategies that offer a fun, affordable and meaningful menu of experiences that foster a love for, and connection with, Jewish life. Any size gift that you make to BBYO will make a difference in our efforts to reach Jewish teens. If you are interested in contributing to BBYO on any level, please contact Elisa Schwarz, Friends & Alumni Network Associate, or GIVE NOW.