Please Meet: the 94th and 74th International Teen Board
We are so proud to be a part of the 94th and 74th Grand and International Boards—and this year, for the first time in 27 years, the Board grew by two, making us 12 members. We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to each member of the Board so you can learn a bit more about them. Below is a quick note from every I-Board member about what's inspiring and driving them this year.
Aidan Jacoby, AZA Vice President of Programming (Plano, TX): Being a S’gan in BBYO has been a huge part of my time in high school. I fell in love with programming at CLTC 3, 2015 and ever since then I have worked to elevate programming in my community, and this year, around the world! I am so excited to help our members create and experience high-quality programs that they will forever cherish.
Emily Kolodney, BBG Vice President of Programming (Austin, TX): I hope to leave a legacy that inspires Alephs and BBGs to uphold the moral values of our Movement through adulthood and, more specifically, to embrace the details in planning and programming—thereby pass on the gift of Jewish livelihood to other Jewish teens.
Jed Friedman, AZA Vice President of Membership (Voorhees, NJ): The past few months truly were a “BBYO summer.” Traveling from International Board Retreat to Ambassadors to Bulgaria, International Leadership Seminar in Israel, and August Executives Conference made me energized and prepared for the year ahead. I’m looking forward to inviting more brothers and sisters into our Movement than ever before and elevating the experiences of young leaders via CLTC. It’s going to be a fruitful year for AZA and BBG!
Marissa Aaronson, BBG Vice President of Membership (Jacksonville, FL): I am so excited to make this year one for the books. Between an enhanced CLTC curriculum and Rosh Chodesh-inspired sisterhood initiative celebrating BBG’s 75th anniversary, there is so much to look forward to in the upcoming months.
Miles Bader, AZA Vice President of Communication (Palo Alto, CA): Nothing quite compares to the feeling you get when you visit BBYO in a community far away. It’s when you’re in a place so foreign to you, even around the world confronted by language barriers, you feel right at home— that’s the power of the Jewish community and that’s the feeling we work to maintain.
Eva Hayman, BBG Vice President of Communication (Vienna, VA): I absolutely cannot wait to get this term started and to work with all my brothers and sisters from across the globe. My main priorities for the year include ensuring that each community has an updated constitution and that we elevate communication with our Movement through the Shofar—the official AZA & BBG Newsletter!
Liam McClean, AZA Vice President of Jewish Enrichment (Fox Point, WI): I believe that young people can conquer the social issues that have challenged society for years, and I’m excited to help lead the BBYO Movement to be at the forefront of social change.
Emma Herman, BBG Vice President of Jewish Enrichment (Chevy Chase, MD): I could not be more excited for the year ahead! I’m thrilled that many projects are underway like AZA & BBG Global Shabbat, the brand new Oneday campaign, and implementing strong Stand UP and Israel programming in communities around the world.
Ethan Golde, AZA Treasurer (Okemos, MI): As the first Gizbor in the history of AZA and BBG’s International Boards, there is so much that I want to accomplish as we pave the way for future Gizborim. I have already begun creating new resources, training sessions, and legislation to shape the teen treasury—the International Service Fund (ISF). We plan on raising $75,000 for the ISF by BBG Founder’s Day on April 22, and even more importantly, we plan to ensure that our membership knows how to leverage the Fund to create change!
Blair Wales, BBG Treasurer (Fox Point, WI): Because of my family’s generational BBG involvement, hearing how much my mother and grandmother love this organization, I was so excited to join and become a leader. BBYO, but especially BBG, has made me the strong Jewish woman that I am today.
Check out pictures of the I-Board from IC 2018 here. Excited for IC 2019? Registration for teens and adults opens October 4!