HOW OUR MOVEMENT WORKS
In AZA and BBG, we want you to take the reins and lead. As a member-led organization, we have teens at the front of the room and behind the scenes taking on leadership roles—from committees to elected positions—to support their chapter, council, region, country, and the entire International Order. From coordinating a BBYO Summer Experience, supporting a campaign or initiative, running fundraisers for the International Service Fund (ISF) or steering at International Convention, you can find the right way to use your strengths to make AZA and BBG stronger.
AZA and BBG are strengthened by the active participation of all Alephs and BBGs. It is every member’s right to utilize AZA and BBG to their full capacity, whether by attending programs, assisting in event planning, inviting other Jewish teens to get involved, or by serving as active members of the Jewish community.
Since the founding of AZA, Alephs have congregated in chapters. As AZA and BBG expanded, chapters organized geographically into councils and regions, or countries, broadening their community, deepening their connection, and strengthening their programming, athletic leagues, and conventions.
The following structure has been developed over time to maximize each Aleph’s and BBG's opportunity for involvement.
The smallest, most personal, and most important group within AZA and BBG is the chapter. Every member of AZA and BBG belongs to a chapter and each chapter functions much like a large family. Chapters plan programs geared toward the interests of their current and prospective members and train new members in the traditions of AZA and BBG. A chapter’s small size allows for the development of strong bonds between its members.
In large geographical areas, several chapters may be grouped into a council (and multiple councils within one region) to allow for greater interaction between members. Councils provide additional leadership opportunities and make communities of chapters more manageable.
Councils may elect AZA and BBG council boards instead of a regional board. This structure, known as council predominance, may occur for a variety of reasons, such as large geographic distance between councils, very large regional membership, or if the councils vary in strength to the point where each council is better served by independent leadership.
Regions and Countries
AZA and BBG chapters and councils in the same geographical area are organized into regions. Regions vary in size from one large city to several states, provinces, or entire/multiple countries. Regions serve to bring chapters together so that they can exchange ideas, socialize, compete, and work together on larger projects. Regions, with professional staffing, also exist to serve the chapters and to help them in any way possible.
The International Order includes all levels of AZA and BBG. On the International Level, every council, region, and country are represented by the AZA and BBG International Board, a body of twelve elected teens supporting and training their local counterparts. Additional opportunities exist for Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls to serve the International Order via the International Leadership Network (ILN). Alephs and BBGs can do anything from planning International Convention, coordinating a summer experience, supporting specific causes, and more.
At the chapter, council, regional, and International level, Alephs and BBGs are represented by elected board members who serve a six-month or one-year term. All of these elected positions roll up into a counterpart network, a group of Alephs and BBGs that share the same responsibilities to their communities in terms of projects. The twelve Alephs and BBGs elected to International Board manage a counterpart network that they get to know and support throughout the year.
Click on each position to learn about these roles and access network specific resources.
AZA: Godol | BBG: N'siah
The Executive Network supports the International Board and all community presidents to mobilize the International Order, identifies where support and strategy are needed via training and consultation to further grow and enrich the Movement.
AZA: S'gan | BBG: S'ganit
The S’ganim Network focuses on excellence in programming on the chapter, regional, and International level, supporting teens in planning programs for each other based on shared interests.
AZA: Shaliach | BBG: Sh'licha
The Sh'lichim Network focuses on elevating, celebrating, and leading Judaic content, social action, and community service work as well as any programming or messaging related to Israel.
AZA: Mazkir | BBG: Mazkirah
The Mazkirim Network focuses on communication, running meetings, social media, newsletters, promotion, and connecting communities around the world.
Many chapters, councils, and regions have additional leadership positions on their executive boards to fit their needs. Click on each position to learn about these roles.
Aleph Zadik Aleph
B'nai B'rith Girls