Kiev, Ukraine, November 11, 2017 - For thousands of Jewish teens and young adult leaders in the former Soviet Union, building Jewish life, connecting with one another, and serving their communities have become central tenants to their Jewish identity. That miraculous achievement - a generation after the fall of Communism, upending a legacy of Soviet oppression of Judaism and volunteersim - is being celebrated as more than 400 Jewish teens gather … [Read more...] about At Largest Jewish Teen Gathering in the Former Soviet Union, a New Generation Leads and Creates Community
On the heels of an exceptional year of “firsts,” BBYO is proudly celebrating its growth in membership and successful teen programming in Canada during the 2017-2018 school year. Home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, BBYO achieved a variety of milestones across Canada this year, including: Surpassing BBYO Canada membership goals beyond 1,000 teens, reflecting a 20% year-over-year growth rate; Launching a new … [Read more...] about BBYO’s Canadian Growth Heralds Renaissance of Jewish Teen Life Across Canada
By Arielle Handel and Dan Alpert Throughout the month of February, communities around the world recognized and participated in JDAIM, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, with the goal of raising awareness and championing the rights of those with differing abilities, as well as creating more inclusive Jewish communities where everyone feels valued and dignified, no matter their identification. As a leading pluralistic Jewish … [Read more...] about When Big Feels Small: Creating Inclusive Communities at Large-Scale Events
By Sam Aboudara February 14th was one of those typically busy days at work where I barely had a second to think. It wasn’t until I got home and hung up the phone that I even learned about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. My wife shared with me the news and my reaction was surprising. I didn’t rush to turn on the news, or ask questions, or even recommence the ongoing conversation we often have about this subject and the changes needed. … [Read more...] about Will the Rising Voices of Teens Spur Change?
In order to strengthen BBYO’s ability to deliver meaningful Jewish experiences to Jewish teens, the Maimonides Fund has awarded the organization a grant of $3.9 million. This is the fourth multi-year, multi-million-dollar grant BBYO has received toward a capacity building plan designed to expand the organization’s reach and impact across the globe. A primary focus of this new grant will be felt at the more than 100 teen-led weekend retreats … [Read more...] about With New Multi-million Grant, BBYO will Expand Jewish Learning at Events and Experiences