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.
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).
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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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What Alumni are Saying
"BBYO was in my community for my parents, me and my children, and I took for granted that it would be here forever. I volunteer for FAN because I now realize I am responsible to ensure it will be here for my children."
Shelley Robbins, Chair, Memphis FAN
"BBYO was an integral part of my high school experience. As a young adult, I continue to use the skills I learned in my everyday life. I have remained close with many people I met in BBYO and even as an adult, BBYO continues to provide me with meaningful experiences."
past International N'siah
"Getting involved with BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network was a 'no brainer.' Having been involved as a teen, I know how important it is that this new generation experience all that BBYO has to offer. I am honored to help make this happen."
Alex Goldman, Greater Jersey FAN
"At BBYO they don't tell you how to be Jewish, they teach you how to have Judaism be part of your life."