ALUMNI HUB

Since our founding in 1924, the Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) have served as the preeminent leadership programs for Jewish teens from all walks of life. Through our safe, inclusive, and dynamic platform, generations of young Jews have developed their leadership skills, strengthened their Jewish identities, and formed lasting relationships. Beyond their time in BBYO, our alumni have proven through the ages that they continue to be at the forefront of society in building themselves as global citizens, community members, and influential leaders worldwide. Once an Aleph or BBG, always a part of our movement.

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THE FAN CLUB

Support your local BBYO region and strengthen the next generation of Jewish teen leaders with a gift to the BBYO FAN Club. In addition to powering our new virtual platform, BBYO On Demand, and helping BBYO to continue to provide over 50,000 teens worldwide with social connection and a welcoming community, FAN Club members gain access to a menu of perks offered “by alumni, for alumni”— including product discounts, raffle giveaways, and exclusive online events.

Our alumni know better than anyone the power and impact of our movement. Your support empowers the next generation of Jewish teen leaders to experience the same sense of belonging, support, and Jewish community that you discovered in BBYO.

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BBYO ALUMNI OF THE YEAR

The BBYO International Alumni of the Year Award recognizes an Aleph and a BBG who embody the Menorah Pledge and Cardinal Principles of our movements and show commitment to the Jewish community throughout their lives. For BBG alumnae, the principles of Jewish Heritage, Interfaith Relations, Philanthropy, Tradition, Citizenship, Community Service, World Jewry, and Good Sisterhood. For AZA alumni, the principles of Patriotism, Judaism, Filial Love, Charity, Conduct, Purity, and Fraternity.

Pictured are Courtney Mizel of V’Ruach BBG #201 in Rocky Mountain Region, 2019 BBG Alumna of the Year Award Winner; and Michael Staenberg of Mother Chapter AZA #1 in Mid America Region: Omaha Council, 2020 AZA Alumnus of the Year Award Winner.

 

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

BBYO Alumni can enjoy lots of exclusive perks from our friends and partners.  In addition to showing chapter or regional pride and supporting many of the programs that make BBYO great, alumni can save money and get exclusive access to programs and services. Check out some of the great opportunities open to our alumni below. Do you have an opportunity you’d like to share? Let us know here.


Your leadership development will always be important to us. Join upcoming conversations with leading professionals and BBYO alumni from around the world on BBYO On Demand or watch one of the videos below from past programs. Check back regularly for new videos and trainings each month!

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ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT

"I am incredibly honored to be a part of this awesome organization…I firmly believe that every single moment of our lives is riddled with opportunities to make a decision or take an action, no matter how small, that may affect and impact others for a long period of time. My career as a BBYO advisor has been over 30 years of these ‘seemingly insignificant’ interactions and decisions that I have come to find out again and again were never so insignificant.”

– Randy Levinson, Chapter Advisor of House of David AZA #1488 & alumnus of Peninsula AZA #545, Central Region West

If you’re ready to impact the next generation of Jewish leaders, click here to learn about becoming an advisor!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Miss BBYO and want to reconnect and engage virtually? We’ve got you covered! We’re now offering programming you can access right from your home that not only engages BBYO teens, but also alumni.

The BBYO On Demand platform provides an opportunity to engage with exciting content, featured guests, incredible speakers and entertainers, and most importantly, your BBYO family. New content is being added all the time, so check back often. Click an episode (row) below to learn more.
 

OUR FOUNDER’S LEGACY

"My grandmother was a huge role model for me in how to be in the world as somebody with opportunity. Even when she didn’t have the resources monetarily to contribute philanthropically, she always gave of herself in ways that she could; in leading organizations and volunteering her time and energy...Our whole family [is] so fortunate to be of service with our talents, not just with the resources we can offer. It’s been a privilege to carry her legacy forward."  

—Ruth Perlman, BBYO International Board of Directors and granddaughter of Anita M. Perlman

 

ANITA M. PERLMAN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

For over 75 years, the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls has been a sisterhood for young Jewish women committed to their heritage, their faith, their collective power, and their desire to make a difference in the world. Anita, an epic feminist, visionary, leader, and philanthropist, saw the most in young people. Her vision was to grow young women into confident, passionate, and wonderful leaders through all the avenues that BBYO now provides and her legacy instills this sense of zeal in all of us.

The Anita M. Perlman Women’s Leadership Initiative is specially designed to provide personal and professional growth opportunities, scholarship, and mentorship to current BBGs and BBG alumnae as a part of one of the largest sisterhoods of Jewish women in the world.

 

THE ANITA M. PERLMAN FELLOWSHIP

The Anita M. Perlman Fellowship celebrates 14 BBG alumnae between the ages of 22 and 26 seeking personal and professional development as they advance in their careers. In this one-of-a-kind experience, fellows are mentored by leading women in their fields, participate in monthly workshops led by highly accomplished professional Jewish women, and join in-person retreats on women’s empowerment and leadership.

JUDE COHEN

Social Strategist, Ogilvy

I spend my days looking for insights from research that I can turn into stories I tell on behalf of brands. I spend my energy on work, and then I leave to spend time with my people all over New York. I spend my favorite moments with my family and friends discovering new food, art, books, or parks. I spend the money I earn mostly on rent and food, and then I spend what's left over on travel. I spend my could-be-savings on travel to expand that at home discovery to reach into other cultures, languages, and people. I spend so that I can avoid being spent. My spending makes me richer.

SHAY FRIEDMAN

Student, Marymount University

I grew up in Cary, North Carolina, where I was a member of Shaina BBG. My time in BBYO helped me discover my passion for leadership and feminism - which would carry into my future values and aspirations. As I have moved through college and graduate school, I’ve further tailored a passion for social activism, women's rights, equality, diversity and inclusivity.

I am a graduate of Elon University (‘19) with a B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Criminal Justice Studies. Throughout my time at Elon, I remained dedicated to the multi-dimensional well-being of my peers, serving as a Wellness Peer Leader and Educator. Through this position, I created numerous campus wide programs and events, including ""Consent Week,"" ""Take Back the Night"" and ""Thanks Birth Control Day.” At Elon, I became certified in suicide prevention via Counseling Services and sexual violence prevention via Title IX training.

I currently live in Arlington, Virginia. I am an M.A. candidate in Marymount University's Forensic and Legal Psychology Program (‘21). I have a spirited interest in the criminal justice system, and the intersection between sexual violence and psychopathology.

I currently advise Lahat BBG in Northern Region East.

ELIANNA GERB

Field Enumerator, U.S. Census Bureau Student, Virginia Tech

I am currently a senior studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Throughout my time in college I have had several internships in engineering, research, and finance. I am also involved in a variety of organizations at Virginia Tech. I am active in Hillel at Virginia Tech, I am an analyst in Bond And Securities Investing by Students, and I served as the Conference Coordinator for the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers. Upon graduation in May, I will be joining Citigroup as a Markets Analyst in their Securities Division. In my free time, I am an avid traveler and part-time woodworker.

LINDSAY GOODMAN

Consultant, Guidehouse

My name is Lindsay, and I'm currently a healthcare management consultant in Washington, DC. I'm a proud double alumna of The George Washington University where I earned a masters of public health degree in 2018. Before moving to DC, I grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island and loved the time I spent as a part of BBYO's New England Region. Outside of work, I'm a member of GW's Young Alumni Network and the Jewish Women International's Young Leadership Network DC chapter. In my free time, I enjoy attending theater performances at the Kennedy Center, exploring DC, and making it my mission to taste the ice cream in every city I visit.

ARIEL KRAVITZ

Social Strategist, Ogilvy

I spend my days looking for insights from research that I can turn into stories I tell on behalf of brands. I spend my energy on work, and then I leave to spend time with my people all over New York. I spend my favorite moments with my family and friends discovering new food, art, books, or parks. I spend the money I earn mostly on rent and food, and then I spend what's left over on travel. I spend my could-be-savings on travel to expand that at home discovery to reach into other cultures, languages, and people. I spend so that I can avoid being spent. My spending makes me richer.

RENEE LEWIS

Courier Growth Associate, DoorDash

My name is Renee—I am originally from Atlanta, went to college in Nashville, and moved to NYC almost 3 years ago to start my career! My first job out of school was at Morgan Stanley in HR, and about 4 months ago I switched roles to work in strategy & ops at DoorDash (quite a big change going from a bank to tech). Outside of work, I love to travel, work out (huge ClassPass fan), spend time with friends/family, and try new NYC restaurants.
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BBYO has made such an impact of my personal and professional life, and I am thrilled to be able to continue learning and growing with the organization.

LARA RODIN

Student, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies/Hebrew College

I'm currently a student at Pardes Institute of Jewish studies, where I learn Talmud and Torah by morning, and study for my Masters in Jewish Education through Hebrew College by evening. I've just completed the application process for rabbinical school, and plan to begin in Fall 2020.

JULIA RUBENSTEIN

Tax Accountant, Ernst and Young

I am originally from Indianapolis and currently live in Chicago. I attended Indiana University where I studied Accounting and Operations Management. I graduated in May 2018 and am in my first year at EY as a tax accountant. I spent part of last year living in Jerusalem and studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. I continue to apply what I learned at Pardes through being involved in the Jewish community in Chicago. I love to meet new people, listen to podcasts, travel, and hang out with my dogs. I am excited to be a part of the fellowship to grow my professional skill set and network.

REBECCA SHAFRON

Program Associate, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

I am currently a Program Associate for US Jewish Grantmaking at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, where I provides support and technical assistance to a portfolio of grants shaping diverse, inclusive Jewish communities, deeply connected to Israel and committed to making the world a better place.

Prior to joining the Foundation, I supported development activities and corporate sponsorship acquisition at Ochsner Health System, and worked at other organizations in the Greater New Orleans area in tech, economic development and Jewish community.

I graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Communications and Jewish Studies and a minor in Management. I am planning to begin an MBA part-time in the DC area this fall, and in my spare time, you can find me traveling, trying new restaurants, going to concerts and exploring DC.

HANNAH STULBERG

Product Manager, Google

Originally from Seattle, I attended the University of Pennsylvania where I earned an undergraduate degree in Business from The Wharton School and a Masters of Computer and Information Technology from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. I currently live in San Francisco, where I work as an Associate Product Manager at Google.

ALYSE WEINSTEIN

Risk Advisory Staff, Ernst and Young

My name is Alyse Weinstein, and I'm 22 years old originally from Cleveland, OH and now living and working in Cincinnati. I work in Risk Advisory at EY, consulting in technology risk for financial services organizations. I love spending as much time outdoors as possible (mountains over the beach always), went on a solo cross-country road trip this past summer, and can eat ice cream every day and never get tired of it. I was active in BBYO across the board in high school, and got involved post-grad as an advisor just about as soon as I could. While I'm happy with my job and the company, I don't really know where I want to be and how I can best utilize my skills and passions, and hope this experience can help me uncover a bit of those insights. I know I'm not the only person going through these feelings, so I'm excited to meet others who are currently and have been in similar positions and find myself a little.

MOLLY WERTHEIMER

Merchandise Analyst, Kohl's Corporate

Hello! My name is Molly Wertheimer and I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I studied Retail Merchandising and Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and now I work at Kohl's Corporate as a merchandise analyst in Women's Activewear. I'm passionate about retail and all the things that come with it: consumer behavior, visual merchandising, supply chain, sustainability, etc. In my free time I love to read, try new restaurants, go to concerts, and travel.

MICHELLE WILDMAN

Services Market Leader, IBM

I joined IBM from Ernst & Young in 2016 in Denver, Colorado. I am a Services Financing Leader for IBM Global Financing, responsible for growing services financing revenues for the US geography for Telecommunications, Cloud Managed Service Providers, Media & Entertainment and Utilities. I’m currently responsible for building key relationships with both internal key stakeholders and clients, while strategically designing deal structures to meet client requirements.

I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Colorado and received my Master’s Degree in Accounting from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado and Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. I currently live in Denver, Colorado and enjoy skiing, traveling and volunteering.

SOPHIA ZISOOK

Partner Success Manager, Kiva

I am a Licensed Social Worker and the Midwest Regional Manager of Kiva, a nonprofit that works to create a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives. In my role at Kiva, I provide support in setting up, maintaining, and building off of local partnerships around the US with like-minded organizations that want to bring financial inclusion to their communities.

I am the chairwoman of the board of directors for Everybody Dance Now (EDN), a nonprofit organization that provides free dance classes to underserved youth. Previously, I was the Founding Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of EDN, becoming the fastest growing chapter in the organization's history.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master's in Social Work at the University of Chicago. I am an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow at the University of Cambridge, an Accenture Innovate for Good Finalist, a recipient of DePaul University's James R. Doyle Outstanding Leadership and Women of Spirit and Action student awards and DePaul University's Women of Substance alumni award. Through each of my ventures, I works to dismantle the systems that disenfranchise communities.
 

Anita M. Perlman Women’s Leadership Advisory Council

The Women’s Leadership Advisory Council is an elite collective of women at various stages of their lives and careers who work actively to support BBYO’s efforts to empower women’s leadership worldwide. Advisory Council membership is a highly prestigious opportunity extended to individuals, including some alumni, who share the core BBG values of inclusivity, sisterhood, and leadership. Below are a few of the members of our Advisory Council. For more information about getting involved, please contact Carly Zimmerman, Senior Relationship Director at [email protected].

KAREN KATZ

Former CEO, Neiman Marcus Group

Katz, who is a graduate of the University of Texas, is the former chief executive, president and director of the Neiman Marcus Group. She stepped down from the role in January 2019. Since 2014 she has also been on the board of directors at Under Armour.

Katz has worked in a number of key executive and leadership roles at Neiman Marcus since joining the group as a merchandise manager in 1985. Most recently she has leveraged Neiman Marcus’ brick and mortar assets to launch an omni-channel strategy that includes merging planning and buying teams for all departments and integrating customers’ online and in-store experiences with in-store apps and personalised web dashboards.

Under Katz, Neiman Marcus acquired luxury e-commerce site MyTheresa.com, the Munich-based luxury e-tailer. She also expanded MyTheresa’s e-commerce offerings to bolster the Neiman Marcus omni-channel strategy and oversaw the opening of the retailer’s first New York City flagship in 2018, a seven-story retail project situated in the Hudson Yards in Manhattan’s far West Side.

MEREDITH KOPIT LEVIEN

Chief Operating Officer, Incoming President & Chief Executive Officer, The New York Times

Meredith was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company in June 2017. Ms. Kopit Levien oversees the teams responsible for digital product, design, audience and brand, consumer revenue, advertising, live events and new product development.

Immediately prior, she was executive vice president and chief revenue officer, a position she held since April 2015. In that role, Ms. Kopit Levien was responsible for the generation of all advertising and subscription revenue from The Times’s products and services and for leadership of the advertising, marketing, video and live event teams. Ms. Kopit Levien joined The Times Company in August 2013 as head of advertising.

She previously served as chief revenue officer at Forbes Media, where she led the North American and European revenue operations for Forbes.com, the Forbes Magazine Group and Forbes Conferences since 2011.

Ms. Kopit Levien began her professional career in 1993 at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC., did a two-year stint at digital ad agency and website development firm i33 Communications, and worked in various sales and marketing roles at Atlantic Media Company from 2001 to 2008.

Ms. Kopit Levien is a graduate of the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, an executive committee member of the board of the Ad Council and a co-chair of the Lincoln Center Media and Entertainment Council.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1993. She is a passionate advocate of sustaining the independence of high-quality original journalism, a fan and follower of great literary fiction and has been the executive sponsor of The New York Times Women’s Network since January 2014.

JENNIFER MILLER

General Counsel, Loon

I spend my days looking for insights from research that I can turn into stories I tell on behalf of brands. I spend my energy on work, and then I leave to spend time with my people all over New York. I spend my favorite moments with my family and friends discovering new food, art, books, or parks. I spend the money I earn mostly on rent and food, and then I spend what's left over on travel. I spend my could-be-savings on travel to expand that at home discovery to reach into other cultures, languages, and people. I spend so that I can avoid being spent. My spending makes me richer.