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Much to be Proud of and Thankful For

AZA and BBG Teens,

We hope that you're looking forward to the holiday (you Americans, anyway!). As family and friends gather around the world, for Thanksgiving or Shabbat this week, we have much to celebrate, much to be thankful for and much to reflect on.

We want this note to mean so many things to you. We want to congratulate you – enthusiastically and powerfully congratulate you – on what has been an unprecedented year thus far in every possible way.

We have more than 50 new chapters launched, growing or chartering. New global partners will be joining us at IC and affiliating with the BBYO family because of the environment you've created. IC has taken a giant step forward, and summer experiences are filling faster than ever (some approaching a 'sold-out' status very quickly!). Your conventions are larger. Your ISF contributions are 'up'. You've responded with deep support for one another following Hurricane Sandy. And the way that you came together to celebrate AZA and BBG Global Shabbat and the rallying that you've done on behalf of Israel through Speak UP Week has been an inspiration for all BBYO generations.

You should be so proud. You're working across your chapters and across your regions as one interdependent, interconnected Movement. You're building one another. You're growing one another. And you're making a difference in the world side-by-side with one another. All said, AZA and BBG are healthy. AZA and BBG are strong. As a result, we're optimistic about AZA and BBG's future like we haven't been in years.

AZA and BBG are positioned to reach (and exceed) the Membership goals YOU set for the first time since our independence. Your class could set AZA and BBG up for not only a fifth year of consecutive growth, but position your Order in a place that will fundamentally impact the Jewish future for the better.

This is about making sure we have that many more teens advocating for Israel at this important time. That many more teens raising funds for ISF to build the Jewish community around the world. That many more teens to rally support for those communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. That many more teens bringing Jewish identity to that many more teens for the rest of their lives.

We look forward to coming together at International Convention in Washington, DC with the Jewish world's eyes on us waiting to see what we do next.

Let's make history. We're all in this together.

With much to the proud of and even more to be thankful for,

Your AZA and BBG Staff Team

BBYO International Office
800 Eighth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
P: 202.857.6633 / F: 202.857.6568

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