BBYO's Centennial year has been—and will continue to be—a historic, meaningful, and fun celebration for all members of the BBYO family. See what's been happening around the world so far in honor of the Centennial.
Want to reconnect with BBYO this year? Explore ways to get involved and upcoming events.
In preparation for an incredible program year, BBYO communities around the world received an exclusive Centennial Brand Kit to start using ahead of Kickoff events and Conventions that highlight the vibrant new logo and colors for the 100th year.
August Executives Conference is an annual gathering of BBYO Regional Presidents from around the world. This year, BBYO started the year where it all began—Omaha, Nebraska, the birthplace of the Aleph Zadik Aleph.
In addition to the incredible training and democratic moments that happen during this conference, AZA and BBG participated in a special visit to Central High School where the first chapter of AZA was born and the alma mater of Sam Beber. The Regional Presidents participated in a once-in-a-lifetime experience witnessing the origins of the BBYO Movement.
On the opening night of August Executives Conference, the 99th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and 79th International Board of the B'nai B'rith Girls were installed. TJ Katz and Courtney Saxe, the current Grand Aleph Godol and Anita M. Perlman International N'siah, who will lead BBYO into its Centennial year, delivered a powerful inaugural address speech setting the tone for AZA and BBG's best year yet. The presidents were joined by Omaha chapter members, alumni, and community supporters. Watch the live event in the video above.
Alephs from the Greater Jersey Hudson River Region met and interviewed William (Bill) Schrimmer, a 100-year-old AZA alum and Holocaust survivor from Germany, to learn about his story and history with BBYO. Bill still remembered and fondly spoke about many of the AZA traditions and rituals from when he was a teenager.
BBYO regions and chapters worldwide are welcoming the Centennial Class of new members to AZA and BBG through epic Kickoff events. Thousands of teens are joining these events and 'kicking off' the Centennial year in style.
BBYO proudly opened its first online store for members, alumni, parents, advisors, and supporters to purchase BBYO merchandise year-round. The BBYO Shop launched with a limited-edition line of BBYO Centennial swag. Proceeds support the International Service Fund (ISF), AZA & BBG’s treasury.
Jonathan Morris, BBYO Board of Directors member and Chair of the BBYO United Kingdom Board, took a leap of faith by skydiving into our Centennial Year in a breathtaking fundraiser for BBYO United Kingdom.
One of the most powerful and enduring parts of BBYO is the traditions of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and B'nai B'rith Girls. In an effort to preserve and pass these traditions down, the Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls at International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC) filmed videos to ensure members can learn the words and tunes to AZA and BBG's oldest and most treasured songs and rituals.
Moishe House and OneTable are two of the Jewish community's best platforms for young adult engagement. BBYO is eager to work with these two organizations to provide resources for BBYO alumni to plan events and Shabbat dinners, and reconnect with their friends and the BBYO community in honor of the Centennial.
The Centennial International Convention will welcome 3,700 teens from around the world to Orlando making this the largest IC to date. BBYO opens registration for the alumni and adult community to join an expanded homecoming-style weekend for this community unlike anything before.
TJ Katz, the 99th Grand Aleph Godol, and Courtney Saxe, the 79th Anita M. Perlman International N'siah are in full swing on their Road to 100 Tour. On this year's Godol and N'siah Travels, TJ and Courtney have elevated their visits inspired by the Centennial. In each community, they are hosting AZA and BBG ritual and tradition nights for new members, meeting with civic leaders, connecting with BBYO alumni, and facilitating strategic conversations with local teen leaders.
Get a taste of their travels by listening to an episode of their Road to 100 podcast.
BBYO is honoring 100 years since the founding of the first chapter of the Aleph Zadik Aleph through The Deli Project. The Jewish deli is a vibrant, living archive of the American Jewish experience and the perfect place for creating intergenerational conversations between Alephs and members around the impact of AZA and BBYO. The Deli Project kicked off in Phoenix, Arizona at BBYO's Board of Directors Meeting and may be coming to a city near you soon!
Sarah Miller McCune, 15th International N’siah, met with Rebecca Sereboff, 73rd International N’siah, Read through Shofar BBG President Updates from 1959 and 1960 when she served, learned about how BBYO started her activism journey and love of writing which lead her to found her publishing company.
Chapters are celebrating the Centennial with fun, new chapter programs from the Program Bank. From trivia nights to alumni dinners to a special AZA 'Friday Night Lights' Shabbat experience, chapters can mark this moment in dozens of meaningful ways.