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AZA & BBG FOUNDERS’ DAY

CELEBRATING OUR HISTORY:
TOGETHER AS ONE, FOREVER UNITED AS ONE CREW

This Spring, we honor the original gamechangers of BBYO as we celebrate 95 years of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and 75 years of the B'nai B'rith Girls.

As is true every year, BBG Founders’ Day is April 22nd and AZA Founders’ Day (effectively, BBYO’s birthday) is May 3rd. We will celebrate exactly how Sam Beber and Anita Perlman would have wanted—as a movement, through experiences built by our chapters all over the world.

Save the DatesFounders' Day Spotify Playlist

We honor those who came before us through our values and actions.

Our Founders of both our Movement and chapters have built a platform for us to have a voice and make a real difference in the world. On Founders' Day this year, let's build the celebration they deserve.

Founders’ Day marks a critical and exciting time for our Movement to mobilize in honor of our history, shared successes, and future. If you would like additional consultation on building your Founders' Day celebration, we are here to help—reach out to our Grand Aleph S'gan (Aidan Jacoby), International S'ganit (Emily Kolodney), or e-mail azabbg@bbyo.org anytime.

We encourage you to learn more about the rich history of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and B’nai B’rith Girls—from 14 boys in Omaha, Nebraska to a growing global movement of 650+ chapters in 50 countries.

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the B'nai B'rith Girls

For 75 years, the B'nai B'rith Girls has been a place for young women to have a voice, develop their leadership skills, make a difference in the world, and be a part of something bigger. BBG, in many ways, paved the path for women to have the same opportunities as men, and more importantly, gave them the confidence to reach higher. In the coming weeks, we'll be launching more opportunities to honor the B'nai B'rith Girls over this historic year of celebrating women's leadership.

Share Your Plans

We want to know how your community is going big for Founders' Day. Be a part of the worldwide celebration by filling out the form below.

Explore Events

Founders' Day events are popping up all over the world. Search MyBBYO to see what's happening in your community or look out on your local social media for details about your Founders' Day programming.

International Letters Day

Show your AZA & BBG spirit on Wednesday, May 1 by wearing your favorite AZA, BBG, or BBYO swag as part of the fifth AZA & BBG International Letters Day. (If your school has a uniform, wear your letters after school!) Be sure to use the Founders’ Day hashtags when posting your pics on social; we may be sending prizes to those with the best shots!

Save the Date

#BBYOFoundersDay | #AZAFoundersDay | #BBGFoundersDay | #BBG75

Planning

There are endless ways you can join us in the global celebration of Founders' Day this Spring by celebrating our Movement, engaging our community, and honoring our tradition.
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If you're new to Founders' Day, be sure to read over this Founders' Day one-pager, which will provide context about the purpose of the initiative and some program inspiration to help get you started.

Below are a variety of program ideas that you can easily implement for your local Founders' Day celebration. Feel free to contact your International S'ganim for additional planning support. Don't worry, we've got your back.

Gamechanger Grants

If you need a little money to add a boost to your Founders' Day celebration, we want to help. Fill out a Gamechanger Grant application today if you're ready to go big →

Birthday and History

Founders' Day is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate BBYO's birthday through parties and chapter gatherings. Explore ways you can celebrate with your community.

AZA's 95th Birthday / BBG's 75th Birthday

Throw a BBYO birthday bash to celebrate our history – featuring trivia using the Red/Blue Books, historic photos, alumni speakers, and more

Sample Programs

Celebrate Your Chapter

Celebrate new chapters and/or ‘charter-versaries’ by printing an enlarged copy of your charter and inviting all members to sign (#picsoritdidnthappen)

Shared Global Celebration

Co-host a shared virtual program over Zoom (or another video chat platform) with another chapter from one of our global communities around the world.

Chapter Time Capsule

Assemble a BBYO time capsule full of notes and other chapter memorabilia (whether tangible or digital), marked with a designated open date for future Alephs and BBGs

Alumni and Community Engagement

Founders' Day is an incredible opportunity to bring together alumni, parents, friends, and supporters of BBYO. There are hundreds of thousands of BBYO alumni out there and this is a great way to engage them.

Alumni BBQ and Flag Football

Plan an alumni barbecue and/or flag football game, using these fun and interactive events to engage all ages; invite former members (especially those now doing big things in the world) to share their stories of BBYO and beyond.

Chapter Formal Banquet

Host a formal chapter banquet (complete with dressy attire and maybe a +1 guest invite) to include a nice dinner plus ample time to reflect on BBYO’s past, celebrate the present, and get excited for the future.

Parent Engagement Events

Offer a mother/daughter or father/son experience (brunch, Shabbat dinner, Havdallah program, etc.) to celebrate your chapter’s accomplishments together across generations.

Sample Program

Ritual and Tradition

Founders' Day offers a special opportunity to align an upcoming AZA or BBG ritual or tradition moment with the Founders' Day initiative.

State of the Chapter

Deliver a State of the Chapter address to give your fellow Alephs/BBGs an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the wins and successes of the past year

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Separates

Run a brother/sisterhood program to honor the foundation of our movement; whether something traditional like Good and Welfare or a Big/Little ritual moment, or something different like a nice chapter dinner outing or community service project (w/ new swag!)

AZA SeparatesBBG Separates

Inductions Ceremony

Host a special induction ceremony to officially welcome your newest class of AITs and MITs into AZA and BBG, offering a powerful moment for celebration and connection to the full global history of our movement

Branding and Promotion

Pre-Event Marketing

You know an event is going to be successful when you see it everywhere. Utilize these tools and templates to get the word out about your event.

Share Square

Blast this image on all of your social media channels and be sure your friends share it on their personal accounts. Add your event information in the caption of the image.

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Cover Photo

Make your Facebook event and social media profile look sharp with this event cover photo.

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Customizable Flyer

Share the details about your event with this customizable flyer template. Hang these flyers at all of your local hang out spots.
Size: 8.5'x11''

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Customizable Promotion Slips

Customize them, cut them up, and hand them out to all of your friends at school, practice, clubs, and more to make sure everyone knows they're invited to your Founders' Day celebration.
Size: 8.5'x11''

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Poster

Hang the official Founders' Day posters all over your city to create buzz and excitement. This poster is also available in a customizable version to add your basic event details.
Size: 11''x17''

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Photo Watermark

Drop this watermark on your photos to promote your event on social media!

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Letterhead and Header/Footer

Utilize this letterhead when making formal asks to community partners or guests to join your event. If you're an overachiever, you can put all of your official Founders' Day program outlines in this document.

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BBG 75th Anniversary Logo

Utilize the BBG at 75 logo on special swag or promotion items as we celebrate this historic year for the B'nai B'rith Girls.

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Event Environment Enhancements

Go all out to make your Founders' Day celebration special and memorable. Be sure to order these items at least two weeks before your event to avoid any rush fees.

Welcome Board

Place this board outside of your event entrance so everyone knows they're in the right place.

Suggested vendor: Vistaprint
Instructions: Order from Vistaprint (or any local print shop) a 22”x28” full-color
foam core board.
Ballpark price: $40

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Vinyl Banner

Place this banner at the heart of your event. Be sure it's visible for any special photo moments.

Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select vinyl banners > 13 oz. vinyl banner > 4’Hx8’W. Depending on your space add grommets or pockets for hanging. Grommets are recommended every two feet and work with command hooks. Pockets are great if you already have a banner stand. Upload artwork after you order and be sure to get a proof.
Ballpark price: $50

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Step and Repeat

Order a step and repeat to make everyone feel like a VIP. Bring additional props and throw a red carpet in front of the step and repeat to really go big.

Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select vinyl banners > 13 oz. vinyl banner > 8’Hx10’W > select grommets or pockets depending on how you are hanging. Grommets work with command hooks and pockets work with a banner stand. If you need a banner stand, you can purchase one here.
Ballpark price: $100

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Poster

Plaster every wall of your event with one of the Founders' Day posters. If a step and repeat is not in your budget, print out a few dozen of these posters to make a photo wall.

Suggested Vendor: Order from Vistaprint (or similar printing company) a 11’’x17” full-color print on card stock paper or print at local office.
Ballpark price: $1/print

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Snapchat Filter

When everyone is posting with this filter, the FOMO will be real.

Instructions:
Submit on Snapchat at least 24 hours before your event.
Ballpark price:
$5

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AZA & BBG Slogan Posters

Instructions: Print on 11"x17" paper at a local print shop or in your community office to decorate your space.

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AZA & BBG Flags

Suggested Vendor: Best Flag
Instructions: Order a 2'x3' single-sided flag and upload your artwork.
Ballpark price: $50

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AZA & BBG Hats

Suggested Vendor: Rush Order Tees
Instructions: Email alex@printfly.com asking for AZA and BBG hats with quantity, shipping address, and shipping timeline.
Ballpark price: $11/item

Table Runner

Suggested Vendor: Totally Promotional
Instructions: Select one of the 'best sellers' and find a size that works for your budget. Upload the AZA and BBG seal or BBYO logo for the front.
Ballpark price: $30/item

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AZA & BBG Letter Sweatshirts

Suggested Vendor: Rush Order Tees
Instructions: Use these designs to order a t-shirt, long sleeve, or embroidered crew neck as a swag give-a-way at your celebration.
Ballpark price: $10-20/item

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Alive and Well Shirts

Suggested Vendor: Rush Order Tees
Instructions: Use these designs to print t-shirts and celebrate our Founders.
Ballpark price: $7/item

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Table Confetti

Spice up table with some branded confetti!

Suggested Vendor:
Zazzle
Instructions: Select a size, upload artwork, and place your order.
Ballpark price: $10/pack

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Balloons

Suggested Vendor: Promotion Choice
Instructions: Select 1 color print, quantity, balloon color, production notes, and upload the art. Get ready to 'wow' your participants with this one.
Ballpark price: $0.54/balloon

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Party Hats

Suggested Vendor: Zazzle
Instructions: Select "customize," upload and size your art, select the color of your hat, and finalize your order.
Ballpark price: $2/hat

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Fanny Packs

Suggested Vendor: With Logos
Instructions: Select your colors and quantities and upload the BBYO logo.
Ballpark price: $3/item

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Custom Foam Letters

Explore options for doing small to large scale AZA, BBG, or BBYO foam letters to enhance your environment.

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Post-Event Follow-Up

Thank the people who made your event happen and invite everyone to come back for your next community event!

Thank You Notes

Don't forget to thank all of the people, partners and planners who helped make your event possible. A handwritten note means the world.

Instructions: Order from FedEx (or similar
printing company) a 7’’x10” full-color print
on card stock paper.
Ballpark price: $2/print

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See You Next Time Cards

Hand these out at the end of your event to invite your friends to the next big program. These are customizable for you to share information about your next event.

Instructions: Order from Vistaprint (or similar
printing company) a 3.5"x2" full-color business card.
Ballpark price: $10 for set

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The Red Book

This is the BBG membership manual. Every member receives one when they are inducted into our Order. The book includes our rituals, history, and how we run the Movement. →

The Blue Book

This is the AZA membership manual. Every member receives one when they are inducted into our Order. The book includes our rituals, history, and how we run the Movement.→

#BBYOFoundersDay | #AZAFoundersDay | #BBGFoundersDay | #BBG75

Share all of your Kickoff posts with the hashtags #BBYOFoundersDay, #AZAFoundersDay, #BBGFoundersDay, and #BBG75 to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a shout out from @BBYOInsider.