BBYO | AZA & BBG | International Convention | Summer

Our Brother and Sibling Alephs
and Sister and Sibling B'nai B'rith Girls,

Congratulations! By reviewing this Online Declaration Packet, you are taking the first step to explore serving on the 100th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 80th International Board of the B’nai B’rith Girls.

We are honored that you are inspired to further our Order’s legacy. For 99 years, BBYO has built the leadership of our global Jewish communities. Serving as a member of the Grand and International Boards is only one of the many experiences we offer that will propel you toward a life of Jewish communal influence and impact.

Our Movement has grown rapidly over the last few years, engaging more than 70,000 teens in 62 countries. Just as we always have, we encourage and welcome candidates from all of our Movement's countries. This is everyone's Movement.

We have no doubt that you will grow personally from serving on the Grand or International Board. The highest of distinctions is service to others. This platform will empower you to do just that. For more than twelve months, you will serve the International Order, strengthen our Movement and support each and every Aleph and BBG worldwide. This is an incredibly fun opportunity—to vision, dream, create, and inspire the next generation of Jewish teens around the world. Every position is hard work, but deeply rewarding and inspiring along the way.

Serving on the Grand and International Boards is not for everyone. The candidacy process is intentionally challenging with strict deadlines. Serving requires you to devote a lot of time and energy to your responsibilities, which will be unlike any position you have held in the past. Those considering holding office should have a strong work ethic, be able to balance multiple avenues of work, be a self-motivator and self-starter, be detail oriented, be proactive, be a team player and have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders (teens, parents, members, donors, alumni, Board of Directors, professionals, partners, etc.).

It is crucial that you put time and thought into this decision, and that you include your family, mentors, advisors, and local staff in the process.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us; we want you to be as informed as possible. We will be your biggest advocates, strongest supporters, and we’re committed to ensuring that each candidate understands the responsibility to the fullest.

We promise to be honest with you throughout, even if that means sharing what you may not want to hear. Ultimately, we want to make sure every step of your BBYO experience is fun and meaningful—and serving on International Board is just one of those ways.

We thank you for taking this first step in exploring your candidacy. We wish you the best of luck in embarking on what we can ensure will be an unparalleled journey in your life. We’re inspired by your desire to serve.

Respectfully submitted with undying love, dedicated to the 99th and 79th years of AZA and BBG, we remain,

Courtney Saxe | 79th Anita M. Perlman International N'siah
Aleph TJ Katz | 99th Grand Aleph Godol
Morgan Wittenberg | Senior Director, Teen Leadership
Ian Kandel | Vice President, Movement Strategy

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