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Friendship and relationships are core to our experience in AZA and BBG. Read stories about friendships spanning across borders, Jewish geography, alumni connections, and more.

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June 4, 2024

Chabad Rabbi Dedicated to His Community

Avery Fox

Ashton, Maryland, United States

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June 3, 2024

Friendships My Jewish Sleepaway Camp Has Brought Me

Ashley Feder

Torrance, California, United States

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May 30, 2024

Passover Traditions in BBYO Members’ Families

Sam Toledano

Oceanside, New York, United States

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May 28, 2024

My Jewish Friends Are Just Better

Alyssa Rossen

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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May 14, 2024

Keeping Pace: Celebrating and Remembering

TJ Katz

Greater Jersey Hudson River Region

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May 14, 2024

Why Do I Feel Connected?

Lea Mordkovich

Berlin, Germany

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May 13, 2024

Top 5 Reasons to Sign Up for CLTC

Zach Miller

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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May 6, 2024

Yom HaShoah

Emma Gornstein

Ardsley, New York, USA

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May 6, 2024

BBG’s Impact

Maddie Kates

West Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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April 22, 2024

What Even Is BBG?

Emma Gornstein

Ardsley, New York, USA

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April 18, 2024

Embracing Our Global Connections

Ashley Marcus

Austin, Texas, United States

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April 17, 2024

How Two Weeks Abroad Changed My Jewish Identity

Leah Berger

Calabasas, California, United States

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April 1, 2024

Maestro Of Many

Samuel Mishkin

Montevideo, Uruguay

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March 22, 2024

Parshat Vayikra: Making Amends

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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March 21, 2024

How Perlman Summer Became My College Essay

Alyssa Rossen

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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March 15, 2024

Parsha Pekudei: Building Together

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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March 13, 2024

The Power of Jewish Connection

Shayna Horwitz

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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March 13, 2024

Jew Years Eve

Gabby Hasko

Wayzata, Minnesota, United States

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March 12, 2024

My Experience at the National Holocaust Museum

Audrey Bowman

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

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March 7, 2024

5 Tips For Your First Regional Convention

Lilly Horowitz

Jericho, New York, United States

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March 7, 2024

Dear Savannah

Ashley Feder

Torrance, California, United States

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March 5, 2024

The Class of 2024’s Final Term: What I'm Looking Forward To

Leah Berger

Calabasas, California, United States

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March 4, 2024

My CLTC Reunion

Becky Machlovitz

Boca Raton, Florida, United States

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March 4, 2024

The Ginger Experience At IC: How Small Connections Can Have Big Impacts

Liv Kronenfeld

Newton, Massachusetts, United States

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March 4, 2024

Reuniting with BBYO Passport Friends at IC

Shayna Horwitz

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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March 1, 2024

Reuniting With My Best International Friend

Emily Schenkel

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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February 27, 2024

2,210.8 Miles

Megan Bowen

Marietta, Georgia, United States

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February 7, 2024

How To Keep Up With #AZABBGIC2024 From Home

Rex Popick & Caro Orbuch

International Mazkirim

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February 6, 2024

A Light During Dark Times

Camelia Schwartz

Alameda, California, United States

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February 2, 2024

Parshat Yitro: Change is a Constant

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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February 2, 2024

Familiar Faces Around the Globe: The Power of Long Distance Friendship

Danielle Kerstein

Englewood, Colorado, United States

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January 30, 2024

Why Am I So Scared To Tell People I’m Jewish?

Hanna Lichtenthal

Boca Raton, Florida, United States

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January 29, 2024

The History Of Founders' Day

Daniel Ovadia

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States

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January 19, 2024

Parshat Bo: Let My People Go

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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January 18, 2024

Sports and Judaism: A Unique Mix

Sam O'Dowd

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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January 17, 2024

How being a part of an LGBTQ+ BBYO chapter has changed my life and the others in the GTA

Elliot Kritzer

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

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January 10, 2024

Community: The Meaning of Sports

Jonathan Mintz

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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December 20, 2023

Parashat Vayigash: United as One

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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December 18, 2023

Smiling Around The World

Danielle Kirschner

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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December 15, 2023

Parshat Miketz: At the End

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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December 15, 2023

What is Family?

Rebecca Perlman

Glen Head, New York, United States

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December 14, 2023

Dream Team Found

Gal Rubel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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December 14, 2023

The Power of Hanukkah

Sophie Schwarz

Los Angeles, California, United States

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December 14, 2023

Lighting Up Together: The Power of Togetherness in Hanukkah

Joaquin Salomon

Montevideo, Uruguay

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December 8, 2023

The Power of BBG

Lindsay Altman

Long Island, New York, United States

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December 1, 2023

Parshat Vayishlach: Lesson on Forgiveness

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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November 30, 2023

Enough is Enough

Emma Gornstein

Ardsley, New York, USA

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November 29, 2023

Send This To Your Non-Jewish Friends

Lara Weinstein

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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November 21, 2023

What do Jews Do On Christmas?

Charlie Bern

Tampa, Florida, United States

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November 17, 2023

Current Antisemitism In The World: A Jewish Teen's Perspective

Camelia Schwartz

Alameda, California, United States

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November 16, 2023

Parshat Toldot: The Meaning of Siblinghood

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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November 16, 2023

A Fundamental Truth

Samuel Mishkin

Montevideo, Uruguay

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November 14, 2023

BBYO Burnouts: How To Relight The Spark

Hanna Lichtenthal

Boca Raton, Florida, United States

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November 13, 2023

South Africa Takes the Victory

Rachel Kaplan

Johannesburg, South Africa

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November 10, 2023

Sweeties, Beaus, and Moteks: A Brief Exploration

Ali Jacob

Houston, Texas, United States

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November 10, 2023

Parshat Chayei Sarah: Perseverance in the Face of Grief

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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November 8, 2023

Same Place, Different People, Different Time, Same Brotherhood

Isaac Barker

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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November 7, 2023

A Constant in My Life: Weekly Chapter Meetings

Sophie Schwarz

Los Angeles, California, United States

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November 7, 2023

Changing Last Names: A Jewish Tradition

Sam O'Dowd

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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November 6, 2023

How to Tell the Difference Between a Real Friend and a Fake Friend

Diana Noteva

Sofia, Bulgaria

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November 3, 2023

How-To Guide for Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

Rachel Hasko

Wayzata, Minnesota, United States

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November 3, 2023

COVID-19: The Beginning of My BBYO Career

Jared Haynes

Trumbull, Connecticut, United States

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November 3, 2023

The Innocence of Judaism

Chloe Beal

Rye Brook, New York, United States

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October 19, 2023

Parshat Noach: The Importance of Unity in Times of Trouble

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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October 16, 2023

The War in Israel While Traveling

Courtney Saxe

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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October 13, 2023

Parshat Bereishit: Let There Be Light

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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October 12, 2023

Healing as a Community

Diana Noteva

Sofia, Bulgaria

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October 12, 2023

What's Happening Right Now in Israel, and How is it Affecting all Jews Around the World?

Camelia Schwartz

Alameda, California, United States

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September 21, 2023

Parashat Ha'azinu: Violence as a Form of Protection

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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September 1, 2023

Parshat Ki Tavo: Gratitude Within Our Community

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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August 31, 2023

How BBYO Leadership Has Impacted Me

Justin Ferstein

Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States

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August 30, 2023

Getting Involved Beyond the Board Experience

Ali Jacob

Houston, Texas, United States

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August 24, 2023

Parsha Ki Teitzei: Defining Femininity and Masculinity in Judaism

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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July 31, 2023

What Judaism Means to Me

Rebecca Perlman

Glen Head, New York, United States

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July 26, 2023

Understanding Magic

Gal Rubel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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July 11, 2023

Wishing You Were Somewhere Else

Brenna Halper

District of Columbia, United States

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July 10, 2023

Antisemitism on College Campuses

Kylee Garfield

Redondo Beach, California, United States

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June 21, 2023

What is “Ambassadors”

Eliya Hajjaj

Be'er Sheva, Israel

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June 6, 2023

What is “Home” to the Jewish People?

Reid Kaplan

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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May 24, 2023

The Power of CLTC

Sophie Tiger

Springfield, NJ, United States

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May 23, 2023

Lasting Memories: A Goodbye to the Class of 2023

David Sternfeld

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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May 19, 2023

Parsha Bamidbar: Leadership in the Community

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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May 18, 2023

Why BBYO Has No Barriers

Gal Rubel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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May 18, 2023

The Red of BBG and the Blue of AZA

Emma Gornstein

Ardsley, New York, USA

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May 12, 2023

Parsha Behar-Bechukotai: Protection

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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May 5, 2023

Parsha Emor: Respect for Nature and Animals

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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May 5, 2023

Parsha Emor: Values of a Pure Leader

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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April 18, 2023

The Power of BBYO Connections

Reese Fishelman

Watchung, New Jersey, United States

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April 18, 2023

MIT: How a BBYO Tradition Impacted my Life

Sophie Schwarz

Los Angeles, California, United States

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April 4, 2023

The Importance and Impact of Elections

Ronit Hizgiaev

Eastampton, New Jersey, United States

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March 31, 2023

AZA Separates: A Life Altering Experience

David Sternfeld

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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March 24, 2023

Parsha Vayikra: Sacrificing Parts of Ourselves

BBYO Weekly Parsha

AZA & BBG

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March 7, 2023

How IC Was Able to Reunite Long Distance Friends

Neely Shemony

Rockville, Maryland, USA

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March 6, 2023

The Power of a Facetime Friendship

Julia Megibow

Commack, New York, United States

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February 27, 2023

The Power of Randomized Roommates

Lily Weinstock

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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February 21, 2023

Behind The Scenes of IC: Steering Shabbat Services

Rachel Wolf

Cleveland, OH, United States

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February 21, 2023

What's The Word Around The World?

Lily Weinstock

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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February 21, 2023

Shabbat Overview at IC 2023!

Leah Berger

Calabasas, California, United States

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February 21, 2023

Taking In The Small Moments

Harper Cohen

Denver, Colorado, United States

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February 18, 2023

BBG and BBYO Separates

Maren Hettler

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States