BBYO | AZA & BBG | International Convention | Summer



FEBRUARY 13-14, 2020

Why Should Teens Have All the Fun?

Join hundreds of “grown-ups” and thousands of teens from across the globe for an unforgettable celebration of Jewish life at BBYO’s International Convention this coming February 13-14. BBYO invites you to join thinkers and doers, practitioners and philanthropists, the young and young at heart from across the globe as we all join together in Dallas for a remarkable weekend of learning, leadership, and community building.

Stakeholder sessions with BBYO teen and executive leadership will be embedded in the International Convention teen experience. You will have an opportunity to participate in everything IC has to offer including the astounding and inspiring Opening Ceremonies, a reunion of incredible women celebrating B’nai B’rith Girls' (BBG) 75th Anniversary, and so much more.

Registration for our Stakeholders program is now open. If you have questions in the meantime, please email

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The Experience

We're so excited to convene this community at another historic International Convention. We're currently building out our full schedule but wanted to give you a sneak peek of what you can expect when you join us!

Thursday, February 13

9:30AM | The Power of Global Connectivity
Powerful things happen when young people come together as part of a movement.  Join BBYO participants from across the globe for a discussion about the power of connectivity.  

11:00 AM
| Site Tour
Join the IC Leadership team for a behind the scenes site tour.  Explore the way in which environment and programming can serve as an engagement tool, leadership development experience, and Jewish learning opportunity.  The team will share the artistry and strategy necessary to bring to life a Jewish festival that can inspire 3,000 teens from around the world. 

1:30 PM
| Dialogue: The Role of Youth Serving Organizations in Adolescent Wellness
In partnership with Nationwide Children's On Our Sleeves Campaign; Michelle Rodgers, Therapist at Dallas Children's Advocacy Center; author Julie Hersh, Founder and President of The Hersh Foundation and Dr. Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H, at UT Southwestern

Facilitated by Dr. Jay Bernhardt, Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin 

Youth groups and summer camps are places where adolescents are made to feel physically and emotionally "safe” as they are encouraged to pursue the bounds of their comfort zones and explore the power of community.  This dynamic can foster inclusion, comfort and intimacy, while at the same time leading teens to share the challenges they face in their lives with their peers and the adults who care for them.  This session will focus on the latest trends in adolescent mental health awareness, and advocacy while providing a forum for teens, professionals, advocates, and supporters to work together on their respective roles in addressing the unique challenges facing today's teens.

3:30 PM | Dialogue: Israel Through the Eyes of Young People
Facilitated by Barry Finestone, President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation joined by teen leaders.

Discuss with teenagers and young adults various perceptions about Israel in their social circles and how we might better understand those narratives. A portion of this session will focus on “truth telling” from the experiences of high school and college students which will be followed by opportunities to discuss ways in which these audiences might engage with Israel differently.  This is not a session about specific policies and politics; rather, we will explore how young people might form powerful emotional connections to the Jewish homeland.

5:30 PM | Dinner
6:45 PM | Reception With the Dallas Jewish Community
Join us as we thank our incredible Dallas BBYO community and celebrate the 75th anniversary of BBG this year.

8:00 PM | IC Opening Ceremonies 

Friday, February 14

7:30 AM | Breakfast: A Generational Perspective on Israel’s Relationship with World Jewry
Facilitated by Lisa Eisen, Co-President of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and featuring Dr. Arnie Eisen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York; Sarah Tuttle Singer, Social Media Editor of the Times of Israel; and Sam Shane, NTO alumnus.  

The ways in which Jews outside of Israel relate to the Jewish homeland have changed over time. The connections and feelings of one generation are likely different than those of another. How have they evolved and how do they differ?  And, in the coming years, how likely is Israel to serve as a unifying force for Jewish communities across the globe? 

8:45 AM | The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation LEADS Day Plenary 
Join 3,000 Jewish teens as they explore the theme of “Tomorrow Happens Here” as it relates to some of the key social issues of their time including the environment, anti-Semitism, civic engagement, and immigration.  Provocative voices, music and video will engage the audience in celebration of, and call to action for, a new generation of leaders.    

11:00 AM | The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation LEADS Day    
Thousands of teens will head out to more than 50 “Leadership Labs” across Dallas.  Recommended labs for stakeholders include:

Never Again: It's On Us to Build a Better Future: Through the lessons of the Holocaust, we can address worldwide anti-Semitism and racism to combat hatred and genocide today. Visit the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for a conversation with New York Times editor Bari Weiss, former NAACP President Cornell Brooks, teen Holocaust education advocate Claire Sarnowski, survivors, and many more. You'll leave ready to combat today's rising tide of anti-Semitism and build a better future for all.

Inside Israel’s Silicon Valley:  Take a trip to Silicon Wadi (Israel's high-tech capital) for an afternoon with Israel's hottest start-ups, entrepreneurs, and products. Learn from The Times of Israel editor Sarah Tuttle Singer and get to play with fun technology, like a 3D fashion pen. Learn how to take your start-up idea from dream to reality.

Life, Liberty and the Right to Safe Schools:  Whether or not you are of age to vote, there are many ways you can take action to support other voters, educate peers on issues, and support your community in this historic moment. Join us at the Dallas Public Library in conversation with experts and activists like Michael Skolnik and Ziad Ahmed to learn about the work that has been done in the wake of mass shootings across the United States and understand what can be done to prevent future tragedies. With our generation showing up to the polls in record numbers this year, you'll be able to make a commitment to voice your vote or help others voice theirs!

S.P.A. Day: Service, Philanthropy, Advocacy:  Take a trip to the SPA—learn from experts like blogger Amy Yontef-McGrath as you explore a new way to look at the three big ways we make change in the world—service, philanthropy, and advocacy.