IN THEIR WORDS
We are Emma Zentner and Jared Wilen, BBYO’s International N’siah and Godol (presidents). We’ve had an amazing year leading the International Board, supporting initiatives across the organization, and traveling to communities across 60 countries to meet the teens in our Order.
As we approach the end of our term, we feel honored to have served the Movement. BBYO’s mission to create more Jewish experiences for more Jewish teens remains as prevalent today as ever and this year has been one of incredible strides. The two of us have been particularly passionate about growing smaller communities, starting chapters in remote or isolated areas, increasing Aleph engagement, and focusing on teen mental health.
We’ve seen new chapters launch from Morocco to Madrid to Boulder, Colorado. We’ve watched proudly as regions hosted their first in-person conventions in two years and brought back traditions that make this organization so special. From summer programs to J-Serve, to Global Shabbat and everything in between, we are proud to say that AZA, BBG, and BBYO are thriving.
As the end of the school year approaches, we’re eager to see the outcomes from our new peer-to-peer mental health initiative, excited for communities to hit their end-of-year membership goals, and thrilled to watch as the next teen boards are elected to serve their communities through another stellar year. On top of that, we know our summer programs are going to provide an incredible experience for thousands of teens, whether it be at our home in Perlman Camp, in Israel, or anywhere in between. This. Summer. Is. It.
Throughout the past five years, but especially during these last twelve months, we’ve been fortunate to call this Movement a home. It’s hard to believe our time is coming to an end but we are confident that the next generation of leaders will continue to grow BBYO like no other. Thank you for putting your trust in us, and don’t worry, we’re not going too far just yet! If there’s anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Jared Wilen & Emma Zentner
97th Grand Aleph Godol | 77th Anita M Perlman International N’siah