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

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; and Julie Hersh, Founder and President of The Hersh Foundation and Author

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, featuring high school and college students

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.

5:15 PM | Stakeholder Dinner
6:30 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 | Stakeholder Breakfast
Start the day off with breakfast and a discussion about the Israel and Diaspora relationship as it takes shape through a multi-generational framework.

9:00 AM | The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation LEADS Day Plenary 
The morning continues with the Leads Day plenary, attended by leaders in society, teens, celebrities, influencers, and exemplars of Jewish life.

11:00 AM | The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation LEADS Day    
Stakeholders are invited to attend Leads Day Labs, choosing from select projects and workshops that provide teens with skill-based training, issue seminars with industry experts, and direct service opportunities.