Global Leaders Gather in Baltimore to Inspire Jewish Teens to Change the World


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Global Leaders Gather in Baltimore to Inspire Jewish Teens to Change the World
BBYO hosts International Convention (IC) 2016 Feb 11-15, Gathers largest ever Shabbat Dinner

More than 4,000 teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from across the world will gather in Baltimore this February 11-15 to hear from distinguished change makers and to take part in the unique experience of breaking a Guinness World Record by joining together for the largest Shabbat dinner ever at BBYO International Convention (IC) 2016. Speakers include Cornell Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP; Casey Neistat, Film Director and popular YouTube Creative; Meighan Stone, President of The Malala Fund; and Dr. Einat Wilf, Israel’s Roving Ambassador.

The event will be a dynamic meeting place and real-world classroom for Jewish teen community leaders. The convention will focus on how various communities, organizations and individuals are coming together to provide teen leaders with insights gained from their own experiences and share leadership resources and skills they will use to change the world.

In addition to benefitting from this exceptional group of speakers and guests, IC 2016 participants will practice peer leadership and experiential democracy, immerse in and serve the local Baltimore host community, celebrate Shabbat with teen-led services and have access to exclusive music performances, all while doing their part to further a strong Jewish future.

In conjunction with the start of the teen experience at IC 2016, philanthropists, supporters and friends of the Jewish community will attend the Summit on Jewish Teens for the second consecutive year. Hosted by The Jim Joseph Foundation, The Marcus Foundation, the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds and The Schusterman Family Foundation, it is the premier opportunity for the Jewish community’s most influential leaders to converse with each other and teens themselves about engaging the teen audience in Jewish life. This year’s featured speaker is New York Times Commentator David Brooks.

WHAT: BBYO International Convention (IC) 2016;
Full overview of events available upon request

WHO: More than 4,000 stakeholders including:

  • TEEN PARTICIPANTS: 2,400 teens expected (182% increase from 2012)
    Representation from:
    • 700 communities worldwide
    • 402 North American chapters
    • 48 North American states/districts/provinces
    • 27 countries
    Up to 200 additional Baltimore Jewish teen leaders
  • ADULT PARTICIPANTS: More than 2,000 adults
    • More than 100 featured speakers, guests and popular music performers
    • Alumni, philanthropists, friends, business and thought leaders
    • Program educators
    • Over 100 partners and sponsors
    • Professional BBYO International staff
    • Local volunteers and parents

WHEN: February 11 -15, 2016; Pre-IC summits begin February 10

WHERE: Multiple locations in Baltimore, Maryland

Please Note: Schedule and speakers are subject to change.
Contact Elyse Goldberg, [email protected], for confirmation and to attend any portion of IC.

About BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 90 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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