Big Apple Region

Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, New York

Big Apple Region (BAR) serves Jewish teens in grades 8-12 in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, New York with a diverse menu of programming. The 12 chapters across the region provide an outlet for teens to create and participate in experiences that develop leadership skills, a strong Jewish identity and build a community in which teens can explore social issues that are meaningful to their lives.

Events are planned by teens, for teens and programming ranges from fun activities like ice skating and camping overnights, to communal Shabbat celebrations and leadership trainings. A parent, advisor, or regional staff­ member is always on hand to ensure safety and health.

Fun Fact: We just celebrated our 40th birthday! Our colors are red and white and our mascots are Pebbles and Bamm Bamm.

Through youth-led and staff-supported programs, BBYO Big Apple Region gives our members opportunities to develop leadership skills and positively affect their communities, the world, and themselves. We constantly strive to provide more Jewish teens with more meaningful Jewish experiences each and every day, so that they may become the future Jewish leaders in their communities and in the Jewish world at large.

Did you hear the news? Big Apple Region is looking for advisors in Brooklyn! Advisors serve as positive role models working in partnership with staff to guide AZA and BBG chapters and faciliate opportunities for teens to grow into dynamic Jewish leaders. Reach out to us if you know someone who'd be interested! 



Brittany Kahn
Associate Regional Director

Robert Kappel
Regional Director


Programs & Events

Big Apple Region Chapters


Since 5/2/1950
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Since 9/17/1986
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Forest Hills/Rego Park

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Kings Bay

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Since 9/29/1997
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Since 3/6/1991
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Since 3/11/2019
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Park Slope

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Ruach AZA

Since 3/11/1987
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Ruach BBG

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Since 9/3/2019
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