Great Midwest Region

Chicago and the surrounding Northern, Northwest, and Southern suburbs

About Great Midwest Region

Great Midwest Region is located in and around the Chicagoland area; including Chicago, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Naperville, Homewood, and Flossmoor. With more than 600 members, the Great Midwest Region is becoming a strong region within the international order. In the near future, we hope to see a strong and steady flow of leaders pour out of this region, spilling over into the international organization.

Great Midwest has something for every Jewish teen! 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: The Great Midwest Region’s mascot is Superman. Our colors are red, yellow & blue. Our region motto is: “Truth. Justice. & GMR”

Through youth-led and staff-supported programs, BBYO Great Midwest 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.

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Doug Winkelstein
Senior Regional Director

Brett Musick
Associate Regional Director

Alana Ben-Zeev
Associate Regional Director


Programs & Events

Great Midwest Region Chapters


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Barney Ross

Since 4/6/1970
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Camp Chi

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Chai Tov

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Etz Chaim

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Since 10/30/1986
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Hyde Park

Since 11/1/2018
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Jane Beber Abramson

Since 9/24/1945
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Since 5/25/1959
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Moreshet Ma'arav

Since 1/19/2018
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Next Event

  • Moreshet Ma'Arav: BBG 75th Birthday
    November, 23 2019 @ 7:00 PM EST


Since 3/6/2012
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Since 4/29/2014
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