This newsletter is now in its fourth installment, and we’ve received much positive feedback about the role it has played in enhancing our communication and connection with a vital part of the BBYO family—you, our parents. During this time of uncertainty brought on by the spread of COVID-19, I’m grateful to have this platform through which to directly reaffirm the commitment we have—and have always had—to put the safety, health, and well-being of our teens above all else. We’ve set up a response page with information about local events, summer programs, and best practices and we invite you to take a look and reach out to us with any additional questions.
We’re also thinking more broadly about how we can partner with you to help support your teen through the worry that can be brought on by this climate. To that end, check out the Wellness Corner section below, where our wellness staff have shared valuable and practical tips for helping your teen (and you) cope emotionally, and even channel this challenge into a growth opportunity.
While some gatherings may not move forward as planned in the coming weeks, we can take comfort by looking back at the exciting few months we’ve just had, as well as what they mean for our bright future. I hope you had a chance to check out all the happenings at International Convention (IC) last month—over 3,000 Jewish teens gathered to learn, lead, and laugh with each other alongside a myriad exciting presenters and performers. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a beautiful video recap of our incredible weekend.
You may not know that each year at IC, the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG) elect new Grand and International Boards to lead our Movement forward. Congratulations to our incoming Anita M. Perlman International N'siah, Maya Zucker, from Greater Jersey Hudson River Region and Grand Aleph Godol, Ben Cohen, from Central Region West. As they take on this responsibility in August, Maya and Ben will defer college and lead the Movement’s 50+ countries forward while supporting more than 700 chapters to be the strongest homes they can be for Jewish teens worldwide.
While it may be (for the immediate future) through a screen, we are here for you and your teen, and the principles that we hold dear—Jewish teens leading, learning, growing, and connecting with one another—will guide our way forward as they have for nearly a century.
Senior Vice President, Community Impact