BBYO Kicks Off Milestone 100th Anniversary Year in Omaha, Nebraska, the Birthplace of Where It All Began


Debbie Shemony, SVP, Marketing & Communications, BBYO | [email protected]

Jen Appel, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications, BBYO | [email protected]

OMAHA, Neb.—This week, teen leaders from every BBYO community around the world and across the Movement, will gather in Omaha, Nebraska—the birthplace of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA)—for the August Executives Conference, marking the start of BBYO’s Centennial anniversary year. Filled with energy and excitement, over one hundred Aleph and BBG community presidents are convening in Omaha to engage with their global counterparts, participate in special programming and events and set the vision for the upcoming centennial year.

Since BBYO’s founding in 1924, its mission and purpose remain unchanged—to unleash the power of youth. As the Movement embarks on its milestone centennial year, BBYO continues to be a place where Jewish teens form their fondest memories, develop leadership skills, establish lifelong friendships, advocate for causes they care about and find meaning in their Jewish heritage. Nowhere is this more evident than at August Execs, where teen leaders come together to vote on peer-led legislation impacting thousands of fellow members and build the time-tested AZA and BBG leadership skills and connections that will enhance their home communities around the world.

“As members of BBYO’s teen leadership body, we have the privilege of focusing on how to lead our communities, strengthen the impact of community programming, celebrate our chapters, and ensure that as many Jewish teens as possible have an opportunity to experience BBYO in all 725 of our chapters worldwide,” said Jordan Nogg and Adria Tipp, teen co-presidents of BBYO Mid-America Region: Omaha Council. “We look forward to the outcomes of this conference as well as the next 100 years as we continue the proud legacy and history of BBYO across the globe.”

As BBYO ushers in the next century of involving even more Jewish teens in more meaningful experiences, supporters and friends can look forward to experiencing an exciting year filled with laughter, memories, and celebrations, including:

  • Reunions around the world organized by alumni in honor of BBYO's 100th birthday
  • Large-scale centennial celebratory events for alumni and supporters in ten select cities
  • A once-in-a-lifetime centennial International Convention (IC) over Presidents Day weekend in Orlando, Florida, marking not only the largest gathering in the world for Jewish teens, but welcoming the largest alumni and adult community to IC in its history
  • The kickoff of BBYO’s Centennial Campaign, an opportunity for long-time supporters to make philanthropy-defining gifts that will lead BBYO into a new century of impact, with a goal of securing commitments of $200 million by June 2025

Teens, family members, alumni, and supporters are invited to tune in live to the Inaugural Address and Installations Ceremony at August Execs in Omaha on Wednesday, August 16 at 9:00PM ET / 8:00PM ET.  During the livestream, guests will hear the Inaugural address from BBYO’s 79th Anita M. Perlman International N'siah, Courtney Saxe, and 99th Grand Aleph Godol, TJ Katz, as well as watch the installations of the new Grand and International boards. Viewers can tune in via @BBYOInsider on Facebook or YouTube.


About BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, BBYO’s purpose has been to unleash the power of youth. 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 hundreds of thousands of alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts, and Jewish communal life. Together, AZA and BBG form a global Jewish teen movement in over 60 countries around the world that now approaches its Centennial anniversary. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities, a plethora of summer leadership programs, and inspiring worldwide travel experiences, BBYO’s programs enable teens to explore all facets of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education, and Jewish values. For more information on BBYO, please visit our website and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization but rather as “BBYO.”