BBYO’s 2017 IC: 1st Look

Teens celebrate opening ceremonies at IC 2017; photo by Jason Dixson Photography.

DALLAS, TX – At a time when many young people are feeling disconnected from institutional life, thousands of Jewish teens have converged in Dallas this weekend for the 2017 International Convention (IC) featuring figures from the worlds of politics, activism, entertainment and business who have aimed to “change the game.”

Emotional teens greet each other as they arrive at IC; photo by Jason Dixson Photography.

The convention drew nearly 4,800 Jewish teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from 48 North American states, districts and provinces, and 30 countries, making it one of the largest Jewish communal leadership events in North America and the largest gathering of Jewish teen leaders worldwide.

A regional delegation gets ready for spirit night at opening ceremonies; photo by Jason Dixson Photography.

At IC 2017, teens participate in an experience that challenges them spiritually, personally and intellectually. The convention will focus on how various communities, organizations and individuals are coming together to provide teen leaders with insights gained from their own experiences and share leadership resources and skills they will use to “change the game,” the theme of this year’s event.

Teens celebrate Israel pride on Shabbat; photo by Jason Dixson Photography.

In addition to benefiting from a remarkable group of speakers and guests, IC 2017 participants will practice peer leadership and experiential democracy, immerse in and serve the local Dallas host community, celebrate Shabbat with teen-led services and have access to exclusive music performances, all while doing their part to further a strong Jewish future. As the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish teen movement, BBYO serves more than 83,000 teens across 700 communities in 42 countries around the world.