March 11, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2021
Debbie Shemony, BBYO
202.857.6691 | [email protected]
Lauren Silverman, West End Strategy Team
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Joint commitment blends interdependent approaches towards a common purpose
WASHINGTON, DC—With collaboration continuing to play a critical role in delivering impact across synergistic organizations, BBYO and Moishe House are partnering to learn from and leverage their similar operating models to better reach and inspire young Jews.
The critical decades of a young person’s life following the bar/bat mitzvah age are defined by many transitions, explorations, and relationships. Research has shown that one of the defining threads throughout these years are meaningful connections between peers and mentors as they share common experiences and engage collaboratively in building community. BBYO and Moishe House share an approach centered on empowering audiences to create experiences for their peers and a direct service business model dependent on centralized operations supporting experiences in local communities across the globe.
Through their joint commitment, BBYO and Moishe House will be partnering to reinforce their efforts in a number of focus areas, including:
- Developing talented young leaders to fill key organizational roles in the Jewish community, including Moishe House residents and BBYO volunteer advisors
- Training and supporting early career managers, and collaborating on cross-audience initiatives and content
- Strengthening operations and sharing information on systems, processes, and practices, including policies to promote the wellness, safety, and protection of adolescents and young professionals
“The development of effective leadership skills among adolescents and teens is a vital mission for BBYO and certainly for the Jewish community at large,” said Matthew Grossman, chief executive officer of BBYO. “Our alliance with Moishe House utilizes the rich human resources of our collective community, builds a foundation of future leaders, and provides new and innovative experiences for applying those skills in a Jewish communal context.”
“Moishe House is committed to creating strong and healthy Jewish communities for young people around the world,” said David Cygielman, founder and CEO of Moishe House. “Through our partnership with BBYO, we’re excited to empower the next generation of Jewish leaders, cultivate their leadership skills, and equip them with the tools to carve their own path in Jewish communal engagement. Our global models have so many synergies that will allow us to learn from one another while each strengthening the impact of our organizations and teams.”
BBYO and Moishe House remain independent organizations committed to collaborating with institutions and initiatives that share common values and advance the missions of all organizations.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 95 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts, and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers, and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful, and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education, and Jewish values.
Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”
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About Moishe House
Moishe House is the global leader in engaging Jewish young adults in peer-led programming. In 2019, through multiple programming initiatives, including Moishe Houses and Pods, Moishe House Without Walls and Jewish Learning Retreats, 68,000+ young adults around the world participated in more than 12,000+ programs. Moishe House programs are open to people from all Jewish backgrounds and are supported by generous funders in communities across the globe. To find out more about Moishe House, visit www.moishehouse.org.