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Jan 9

AJT Conference Showcases Surging Jewish Teen Life in FSU

Today's teens often spend their time navigating the world of adulthood, learning about the world, and themselves, through fast-paced information channels, and ultimately establishing their own unique identity. To support this journey on a global scale, JDC has prioritized supporting Jewish teen life around the world, largely through our global partnership with BBYO, the largest Jewish pluralistic teen movement.

Jan 4

Exciting Jewish Heritage Night at the Sixers an event to remember

On Dec. 18, South Jersey Region BBYO had the opportunity to attend the Philadelphia 76ers game for their Jewish Heritage Night.

Dec 22

Ariel Wexler says trip to Holy Land “was life-changing experience”

My trip to Israel was a life-changing experience that connected me to my sense of spirituality and Judaism, and also allowed me to from friendships that will last a lifetime. My trip was through BBYO, and it was called ILSI (International Leadership Seminar in Israel).

Dec 13

Eric and Happie’s Debut Album Takes You to Jewish Summer Camp

We sat down with Eric and Happie to discuss Jewish song-leading, and making a folk record with the person you fell in love with in Jewish summer camp.

Dec 8

Talking with… A school leader who leans green

Oakland school leader shares her Jewish story, says BBYO made her a fan of programs that empower young people.

Dec 7

South Jersey Region extends a welcome to teens of all abilities

South Jersey Region BBYO is a special place. We are a close-knit community of Jewish teens inclusive to all regardless of backgrounds and abilities. Furthermore, we are one of only a few regions to have a special needs inclusion chapter (Dubrow BBYO) in which teens with special needs and typical peers bond, participate in Jewish teen programs and enjoy each other’s company.

Nov 25

Teens plunge into politics at JTEN's 'Decision 2016'

More than 40 Central Florida teens, 16 educators and youth directors, and five Jewish community leaders gathered at Central Florida Hillel on election eve for "Decision 2016: Your Voice, Your Vote, Making a Difference."

Nov 24

Adath Israel hosts “Voice Your Vote”

Adath Israel Congregation hosted an initiative on Tuesday, November 8, to get Jewish teens together from all groups and areas of the city to watch the election results, have meaningful political discussions and spend time with one another.

Nov 22

BBYO teens celebrate the spirit of giving

One weekend earlier this month, 250 BBYO teens from the group’s Connecticut Region gathered at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks for their Fall Convention.

Nov 21

3rd Annual Mitzvah Day shows off Tidewater Jewish community’s can-do attitude

Participants at the Tidewater Jewish community’s 3rd Annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday, Oct. 30 demonstrated the benefits of a can-do attitude, working together to strengthen Jewish identity and improve life for those less fortunate.

Nov 15

BBYO hosts 'Voice Your Vote' parties

B'nai B'rith Youth Organization chapters in South Florida hosted two "Voice Your Vote" election night parties on Nov. 8 to emphasize the importance of being "game changers," as BBYO teens call themselves, who are teens who are committed to community service.

Nov 10

Program gives voice to those who can’t vote

Amidst the blaring chimes, dings and electronic noise of a popular arcade, kids managed to give voice to a process in which they are notably silent. For the 130 Jewish children gathered at Dave & Busters, a restaurant and entertainment center located in Homestead, the chance to observe televised results of the presidential election among their peers amounted to an endorsement of a democratic process they hope to join in the near future.

Nov 10

BBYO election night program gets thumbs up

More than 750 of the world's leading Jewish communal thinkers – all 18 years of age or younger – gathered in Long Branch, New Jersey from Feb. 12-16 for BBYO's largest International Convention (IC) in its 85-year history. IC set the course for the upcoming year, determining strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connecting teens to the Jewish community at large.

Oct 28

Teens gather to watch Clinton-Trump debate and glimpse the future

On October 11, more than 150 BBYO alumni and entertainment industry professionals joined together at BBYO's first annual Los Angeles Gala where the Inspiration Award was presented by Garry Marshall to Henry Winkler for his dedication to the Jewish community throughout his more than 30-year career in the entertainment industry.

Oct 19

BBYO Panim Institute Named One of North America’s Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits by Slingshot Guide

According to Slingshot, Panim was selected for this list because “after last year’s merger (2009) with the powerful BBYO, the BBYO Panim Institute is in a unique position to engage a generation of Jewish teens with community service opportunities focused on social change and rooted in Jewish values.”

Sep 20

BBYO Unveils New Brand As Launch of Five-Year Strategic Plan

After a year of extensive research with teens, parents, alumni, and supporters, BBYO will debut a new brand identity on September 20 as part of a recently launched five-year strategic plan. The new brand captures the diverse, pluralistic spirit of the BBYO movement while capturing the wide range of compelling experiences that the organization offers the Jewish teen audience. It also provides definition around core communities and offerings including BBYO FAN (BBYO’s friends and alumni network), the BBYO Panim Institute (service and advocacy) and BBYO Passport (travel). A new offering, BBYO Connect offers Bar/Bat Mitzvah age teens a fun, experiential gateway into a teen-focused Jewish community. At BBYO’s core remains AZA and BBG, the 88 year-old chapter leadership experiences that exist in more than 100 communities throughout the world, touching the lives of 250,000 alumni.

Sep 6

Action Alert: Help Free Alan Gross

The BBYO International Executives Body passed a motion to encourage the U.S. government to intensify diplomatic efforts to secure the release of Alan Gross from Cuba.

Jul 15

Teens Travel to Washington, DC, to Take on Human Rights and Genocide

On Sunday, June 26, 61 teens from across the United States, Canada and Bulgaria will come together in Washington, DC, for a unique summit called "Human Rights and Genocide Summit " (HRGS) focused on exploring the Jewish values related to standing up for groups in need. The HRGS, sponsored by the PANIM Institute of BBYO, asks participants to answer the following questions: What is Genocide? Where are Human Rights being challenged? What's the Jewish response to genocide?

Jun 1

BBYO Impact Study Highlights Lasting Effects of BBYO Experience

BBYO's recently released Impact Study takes a look at the impact of participation in the short, medium and long term. Overall, BBYO is having a remarkably positive impact. The BBYO experience results in young adults who are more inclined to have Jewish friends, believe that being Jewish plays an important role in their lives, hold leadership roles in their community and are committed to having Jewish families.

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