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DECEMBER 7-8 | 30 כסלו

This December, thousands of Jewish teens around the world celebrated Global Shabbat—BBYO’s biggest Shabbat experience yet.

Each year, Holocaust survivors, business professionals, faith leaders, cross-cultural activists, politicians, and entrepreneurs join with Alephs and BBGs worldwide to share inspiring stories and take part in a meaningful, teen-led Shabbat experience. This year’s Global Shabbat program theme, “Let There Be Light,” will be embraced and elevated around the world through a diverse array of thoughtful programming designed to bring the community together around the lights of Shabbat.

Featured Gamechanger Guests and Partners

Check out some of the amazing guests and partners who participated in BBYO's Global Shabbat 2018 worldwide.

Rabbi Jacob Blumental

Head Rabbi, Congregation Shaare Torah
Montgomery County, MD

Andrea Bolender

Treasurer, Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County
Great Neck, NY

Stephen Brickman

Songleader & Music Educator
Boston, MA

Nevida Butler

Former Executive Director, Ecumenical Hunger Program
Los Gatos, CA

Rabbi Micah Caplan

Spiritual Leader at Congregation Or Tzion
Scottsdale, AZ

Racquel Chariah

Exec. Coordinator, Beautiful Me
Great Neck, NY

Max Eisen

Holocaust Survivor, Author and Educator
Richmond Hill, ON

Rabbi Serena Eisenberg

Regional Director, American Jewish Committee of Northern California
Great Neck, NY

Paul Galan

Speaker & Holocaust Survivor
Chicago, IL

Carlos Galindo-Elvira

Arizona Regional Director for Anti-Defamation League
Scottsdale, AZ

Professor Marc Gopin

Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Marty Haberer

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix
Scottsdale, AZ

Kathleen St. Viller Hill

Director, Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel
Baltimore, MD

Azra Hussain

Co-Founder and President of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Mariela Icicson

Educational Councilor, Healthy Development Dept., Government of Buenos Aires City
Buenos Aries, Argentina

Husain Jaffer

InterfaithCouncil of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

Paula Joffe

Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey
Cherry Hill, NJ

Chris Katulka

Assistant Director of North American Ministries for The Friends of Israel
Cherry Hill, NJ

Luke Levine

Young Jewish Transgender Activist
London, United Kingdom

Kevin Levy

Director of Eastern Canada Corporate Sales, Global Business Payments at Scotiabank
Vaughan, ON

Wilek (Bill) Loew

Holocaust Survivor and Educator
Montgomery County, MD

Farshad Fani Marvasti

Physician Leader, Medical Educator, Health Coach and Author
Scottsdale, AZ

Phil Mastrocola

Grace Baptist Church Homeless Outreach Coordinator
Los Gatos, CA

Yoni Michanie

West Coast Campus Coordinator, CAMERA
Montgomery County, MD

Elizabeth Moore

Former Neo-Nazi, Speaker and Educator
Toronto, ON

Tom Myers

Executive Director, Community Services Agency ofMountain View and Los Altos
Los Gatos, CA

Rabbi Andrew Paley

Senior Rabbi, Temple Shalom
Dallas, TX

Jeremy Paris

Principal, The Raben Group
Cleveland, OH

Bill Peduto

Mayor of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Arleen Peltz

Holocaust Education Specialist
Milwaukee, WI

Courtney Pories

Account Executive, kglobal and Founding Member of Beyla BBG
Bethesda, MD

Estee Portnoy

SVP Marketing, Live Nation (JUMP.DC)
Montgomery County, MD

Jonathan Posner

Rabbinical Student, Jewish Theological Seminary
Cherry Hill, NJ

Jake Price

Senior Programming Associate, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity
Cleveland, OH

Reverend Carol Reynolds

United Church of Christ (Scottsdale Congregational UCC)
Scottsdale, AZ

Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein

Rabbi-in-Residence, Hazon and Beíchol Lashon
Danbury, CT

Pamela Schuller

Inclusion Advocate and Stand-up Comic
Denver, CO

Rabbi Daniel Septimus

CEO of Shalom Austin and Former Grand Aleph Godol
Austin, TX

Clare Stern

Executive Director of Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance and Faith Always Wins
Kansas City, MO

Josh Stevens

Senior Development Associate, Mid-Atlantic Region at Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Rockville, MD

Sara Strei

Student, American University Law School and Founding Member of Beyla BBG
Bethesda, MD

Laurie Strongin

CEO & Founder, Hope for Henry Foundation
Rockville, MD

Dr. Russell Taylor DMD

First Counselor, Paradise Valley Stake Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Scottsdale, AZ

David Williamson

Founder, Central Florida Freethought Community
Orlando, FL

BBYO Global Shabbat Highlights

Last year, we brought the community together like never before. More than 500 local BBYO chapters in 20 countries participated in Global Shabbat.

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Diana Wang, President of Generaciones de la Shoa

Richmond, VA | Featuring Dr. Timothy Snyder at the Virginia Holocaust Museum

London, England | Community Havdallah

Memphis, TN | With the Muslim Student Association, Facing History and Ourselves

Edmonton, AB | Featuring Interfaith Clergy Forum

St. Louis, MO | Featuring Storytelling from Local Holocaust Survivors

Orlando, FL | Featuring Representative Amy Mercado at Chocolate Kingdom

Winnipeg, MB | Coffee House Havdallah at Forth Café

Minsk, Belarus | Shabbaton Featuring Hillel and Netzer

Denver, CO | Featuring Habitat for Humanity at the University of Denver

Izmir, Turkey | Community Shabbat Dinner

Explore Events

Global Shabbat events popped up all over the world. Check out some of the incredible experiences from Global Shabbat 2018.

Atlanta 12/7/18 | Global Shabbat International Fair    
12/8/18 | Shining  Light on Jewish Life in Austin @ UT Hillel    
12/8/18 | Cross-cultural + Interfaith Havdallah w/ the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore and ECYP
12/15/18 | Community Global Shabbat Program
12/7/18 | Shabbat Service + Fundraiser for Kids4Peace
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat Potluck Dinner
12/7/18 | Shining Light on Gun Violence + Candle-Making Shabbat
Bethesda 12/7/18 | Alumni Engagement Shabbat w/ Founding Chapter Members Birmingham 12/8/18 | Hanukkah Closing Party, Gift Swap + Havdallah
Boca Raton
12/7/18 | Brotherhood Overnight Shabbat + Inductions
Boca Raton
12/7/18 | Shining Light on Gun Violence and Anti-Semitism Shabbat
Boca Raton
11/29/18 | Sisterhood Shabbat Under the Stars
12/8/18 | Havdallah @ the Boston Bruins Warrior Ice Arena    
Boynton Beach
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat Around the World
12/15/18 | Community Global Shabbat Program
12/7/18 | Let There Be Light Potluck + Survivor's Story Shabbat
Brooklyn 12/7/18 | Togetherness Shabbat Dinner
12/7/18 | The Underdog Story: Hanukkah Global Shabbat @ Temple Sholom of Flatbush
12/7/18 | Parent + Teen Community Oneg
Buenos Aires 12/7/18 | Women Wage Peace Shabbat, featuring Mariela Icicson

12/14/18 | Shining Light on Teen Activism Shabbat
12/8/18 | Global Shabbat and White Elephant Hanukkah Gift Exchange   Charlotte 12/7/18 | Acceptance Shabbat with Time Out Youth
Cherry Hill
11/30/18 | Interfaith Shabbat with local Christian Youth Group
Chevy Chase
12/7/18 | Disabilities Awareness Potluck Shabbat
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat Around the World Program
12/7/18 | Big-Little Sisterhood Shabbat
Dallas 12/8/18  Shining Light on Positivity Shabbat
12/8/18 | Community Havdallah + Hanukkah Candle Lighting Event
12/15/18 | Global  Shabbat Services + Limmud @ Winter Convention
12/15/18 | Global Shabbat Services + Limmud @ Winter Convention
12/7/18 | Community Shabbat Dinner + Services
12/7/18 | Zera Sisterhood Shabbat
Denver 12/7/18 | Shining Light on Mental Health with Pam Schuller
12/18/18 | Global Shabbat Havdallah   East Valley 12/8/18 | Havdallah  + Chapter Sleepover
12/7/18 | Remembrance Shabbat @ LTI Convention
12/8/18 | Empathy Havdallah
12/7/18 | Hanukkah Potluck + Anti-Semitism Discussion
Fort Myers
12/7/18 | Community Services + Hanukkah Dinner Cruise
12/7/18 | Father/Son Shabbat Dinner

Great Neck
11/30/18 | Let There Be Light in Our Future Shabbat Dinner
12/7/18 | Let There Be Light  Friday Night Services at New Member Weekend   Havana 12/7/18 | Community Shabbat Program
12/8/18 | Shining Light on Anti-Semitism Havdallah
12/7/18 | Let There Be Light Community Shabbat
Kansas City 
12/8/18 | Interfaith Celebration of Light w/ the Interfaith Youth Alliance   Lafayette Hill 11/30/18 | Women in Judaism
Shabbat Dinner + Sisterhood Program
Las Vegas 
12/8/18 | Havdallah + Silent Disco   Laurel 12/7/18 | Howard  County Global Shabbat @ Oseh Shalom Synagogue
12/8/18 | Rainbow Havdallah + Finding the Light Program
Los Angeles 12/7/18
| Community Global Shabbat @ Sinai Temple
Los Gatos
| 12/7/18 Shining Light on Homelessness in the Bay
Louisville 12/7/18 | 
Remembrance  Shabbat @ Winter Convention
Mexico City 12/7/18 | Let There Be Light Shabbat Video Montage
12/8/18 | Havdallah at FIU Hillel     Milwaukee 12/7/18 | Holocaust Survivor + Hanukkah Celebration
12/7/18 | Community Shabbat Program
Mitzpe Ramon
12/8/18 | Global Shabbat Hanukkah Torch Relay
12/10/18 | Shabbat Dinner in the Dark
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat Multi-Service Weekend
12/1/18 | Shabbat Sha-bonfire
New Haven
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat Hanukkah @ Congregation B'nai Jacob
New Hope
12/15/18 | Let There Be Light Hanukkah Program
New London
12/8/18 | Festival of Lights Community Hanukkah Dinner + Program
11/30/18 | Global Shabbat: A Survivor's Story
Novi Sad 
12/15/18 | Community Global Shabbat Program
Old Westbury
12/7/18 | Holocaust Remembrance + Survivor Shabbat
Omaha 12/4/18 | Festival of Lights Hanukkah Program
12/7/18 | Interfaith Shabbat Dinner + Light Up Holiday Carnival @ UCF Hillel
Palm Beach Gardens 
12/7/18 | Let There Be Light Friendship Shabbat
12/8/18 | Brotherhood Inductions Havdallah
12/7/18 | Glow White Shabbat + Hanukkah Celebration
11/3/18 | Interfaith Community Youth Havdallah
12/7/18 | Light in Our Lives Shabbat Dinner + Program
12/7/18 | Interfaith Shabbat w/ the Dharma Center and St. Luke's Lutheran Church
12/7/18 | Shining Light on Jewish Sisterhood Potluck    
12/7/18 | Parent/Teen  Hanukkah Shabbat Service
12/8/18 | Shine Bright Havdallah   Queens 12/8/18 | Sisterhood/Brotherhood Havdallah @ Bellerose Jewish Center
Queens 12/8/18 | Sharing the Light Shabbat Service @ Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center
Queens 12/7/18 | Exodus Global Shabbat Dinner
12/7/18 | Kabbalat Shabbat @ Temple Beth Or    

12/8/18 | Global Jewry Havdallah @ the Holocaust Museum
Richmond Hill
12/7/18 | Shining Light on Anti-Semitism + A Survivor's Story
12/7/18 | Perception of Jewish Community Shabbat
12/17/18 | Shining Light on Childhood Cancer Program
12/7/18 | Homelessness  Discussion Shabbat with A Wider Circle
12/7/18 | Mother/Daughter Hanukkah Shabbat
12/7/18 | Friends of the IDF Shabbat Dinner
12/8/18 | Shining Light on the IDF Experience Shabbat
12/7/18 | Global  Sha-hanukkah
12/7/18 | Interfaith Shabbat Dinner + Panel Discussion
12/7/18 | Interfaith Shabbat Workshop w/ Kids4Peace
12/14/18 | Community Shabbat with Jewish Official of the US Embassy
12/7/18 | AZA Brotherhood Shabbat   Sofia 12/7/18 | BBG Sisterhood Shabbat   Southbury 12/7/18 | Stronger Than Hate Shabbat @ B'nai Israel
12/8/18 | Hanukkah Havdallah + Potluck Dinner
St. Augustine
12/8/18 | Night of Lights Havdallah + Dessert Scavenger Hunt   Stamford 12/7/18 | Let Light Into Shabbat Candle-Making Program + Services
12/8/18 | Let There Be Light Community Havdallah
12/7/18 | Dessert Potluck + Community Simcha Baskets Program   Toronto 12/7/18 | Shining Light on Racist Extremism w/ Former neo-Nazi Elizabeth Moore
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat + Hanukkah Celebration @ Temple Emanuel
12/7/18 | Hanukkah Challah Bake Shabbat
Vaughan 12/7/18 | Brotherhood  Shabbat + Dreidel Showdown
12/7/18 | Jewish Identity-Building Shabbat + Discussion
12/7/18 | BYO-Chanukiah Shabbat + Finance Management Crash Course
12/7/18 | Sharing the Light of Good Sisterhood Shabbat
12/7/18 | Shining Light on Poverty and Homelessness Shabbat
12/7/18 | Kabbalat Shabbat at the Great Synagogue of Vienna
Virginia Beach 
12/8/18 | Interfaith Bring-a-friend Hanukkah Shabbat
Vrnjačka Banja
12/7/18 | Global Shabbat @ BBYO Balkans Limmud
West Bloomfield 12/7/18 | Jewish Immigrant Families Storytelling Shabbat
12/1/18 | Hanukkah Party + Havdallah @ Beth Israel Synagogue
West Hartford
12/8/18 | Community-wide Hanukkah Service Party
12/8/18 | Brotherhood  Shabbat Dinner + Services
12/7/18 | BBG Perseverance Shabbat
Wilkes Barre
11/30/18 | Shabbat Sleepover + Hebrew School Volunteering
1/11/19 | Community Shabbat Program
1/12/19 | Coffee House Event Focusing on Combatting Anti-Semitism   Winston-Salem 12/7/18 | Camp Shabbat Service + Program
12/1/18 | Havdallah in the Park + Light Bright Skating
12/7/18 | Kabbalat Shabbat @ Community Shabbaton


Making meaningful moments for Global Shabbat will require some planning. Take a look through the questions and resources listed below to spark ideas and ensure you didn't forget anything.
If you're new to Global Shabbat, be sure to read over this Global Shabbat one-pager, which will provide context about the purpose of the initiative and what events have looked like in the past.

If you still have questions after reading through the steps, that's totally cool. Feel free to contact your International Sh'lichim for planning support. Don't worry, we've got your back.

Step 0: Learn

Before you dive into the planning process, be sure to learn what's important to the success of your event. Review the goals and parameters of the initiative you're working toward, and understand key opportunities for innovation to elevate your experience from good to WOW.

Understand Event Goals, Parameters, and Opportunities

  • What is the purpose of this initiative?

  • How can you maximize creativity and innovation in working toward stated goals?

  • How can this effort be layered into your programming calendar to enhance your funnels?

Review Objectives and Define Success

  • What does success look like for this experience (including metrics tied to program engagement, quality, innovation/risk, etc.)?

  • How will achieve that success?

Step 1: Ideate

Once you clearly understand the task at hand, IDEATE together with teen and staff leadership to build a unique experience that will best serve your community's needs within the context of the initiative. Do a community mapping exercise, clarify key responsibilities, and establish ambitious (and attainable!) goals.

Map Your Assets

  • What are the unique opportunities (and challenges) afforded by your community - including people, places, experiences, etc. - and how can you take full advantage of them to elevate your event?

Define Leadership Roles

  • What responsibilities are key to the success of this experience, and how will you divide the work (among specific teens and staff) to define expectations and share the load, while also leveraging individual skills?

Set SMART Goals

  • What specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals will enable you achieve your stated objectives to maximize success?

Step 2: Strategize

With a clear vision to guide you, take time to STRATEGIZE everything you'll need to enable success. Solidify basic logistics, design your program budget, seek out partnerships, outline a clear marketing strategy and swag, designs, all while further elevating your program plan to produce a truly 'high res' experience.

Confirm the Basics

  • What are the key Who, What, When, Where and Why components of your event?

  • What program plan will you use to drive progress toward your desired outcomes?

Elevate Your Outline

  • How will you push your event concept beyond the status quo to build an experience that is as inclusive as possible and that will defy all expectations?

Create a Budget

  • How can you get creative to maximize your experience while minimizing dollars required?

  • Where might you apply for additional funding to go above and beyond for your program?

Identify and Engage Target Partners

  • Considering the nature of your event, what local/national organizations can you engage as community, program, and/or brand partners?

  • How can you leverage parents, alumni, and other stakeholders to help?

Develop an Action Plan

  • What steps are required to turn your program idea into a reality?

  • What tasks and support are needed to make that happen, and along what timeline?

Define Your Marketing and Social Media Strategies

  • How will you leverage your network using all available communication channels to promote your event far and wide?

  • Who will own each touchpoint, and along what timeline?

Determine Pre/During/Post Swag Offerings

  • What relevant, sophisticated, and desirable swag will you offer before/during/after your event to surprise and delight your guests?

  • Where are there opportunities to bulk order items to keep costs low?

Step 3: Hustle

Good things come to those who HUSTLE. Use branded templates and an all-in approach to promote your event early and often. Create smart online systems to stramline registration. Dig deeper to recruit more teens across all social circles, and make sure the press (and the Order!) hear about what you have planned.

Prep Marketing Materials

  • How can you leverage (and customize) available promotional items to build major buzz about your event through a variety of digital, print, and live sharing platforms?

Launch Online Registration

  • How will you use BBYO's online registration portal to promote your event and encourage pre-registration for planning purposes?

  • What other fun information could you collect to inform surprise-and-delight opportunities?

Deploy Your Marketing and Social Media Plan

  • How can you activate your recruitment plan in a way that builds real FOMO among your target audience, and what exciting incentives can you offer to encourage hustling toward pre-registration?

Engage the Press

  • How can you pitch the community impact of your event (to elevate BBYO's brand) in a way that will attract local/national media to take note and either attend or cover the experience?

Celebrate Internally

  • What information can you share about your event to help BBYO build a strong global narrative touting the reach and impact of our Movement's most influential programs?

Step 4: Execute

As you gear up for the big day, get ready to EXECUTE. Send out final reminders, walk through the event with your steering committee, prep supplies and swag for distribution, and BBYO-ify your venue. Steward prospects (and members) with intention, and surprise and delight your guests to leave a lasting impression.

Confirm Final Logistics

  • What unanswered questions remain, and how will you address them?

  • How can you use final pre-event reminders and confirmation messages to enhance overall buzz throughout your network?

Prepare the Leadership Team

  • What program moments should be scripted in advance (versus free form), and how should leadership team members plan to handle any issues as they arise?

Transform Your Space

  • How can you use branding and signage, as well as lighting, A/V, risers or other fun seating options, reserved VIP areas, and other venue elements to bring your space to life and enhance its fullness?

Steward Guests from Start to Finish

  • What expectations can you set and systems can you put in place to easily identify prospects (and under-active members) to ensure that all new attendees are well taken care of from the time they arrive to when they leave?

Leave a Lasting Impression

  • What fun surprises, snacks, and/or other program enhancements can you offer to ensure all attendees leave eager for more BBYO?

  • How will you share upcoming event information so everyone knows what's next?

Step 5: Retain

Take advantage of the shared energy and momentum from your event while it's fresh to make sure attendees keep coming back for more. Coordinate an individualized follow-up plan to gather input to inform future programs, say a heartfelt thanks to all involved, and close out the MRIHA model by making the Ask!

Collect Feedback

  • How can you use technology and/or individualized outreach to gather input from prospects and other attendees to help improve your community's WOW programs in the future?

Say Thank You

  • How can you customize available branded templates to personalize your follow-up outreach to all key guest segments (prospects, members, parents, partners, stakeholders, etc.)?

Make the Ask

  • How can you coordinate targeted 'Ask' outreach to invite all prospect attendees to join BBYO in a timely and effective manner?


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.


Profile Picture

Let your friends know you'll be at Global Shabbat with this awesome profile picture frame.

Update Yours

Customizable Flyer (w/ Guest)

Share the details about your event with this customizable flyer template. This flyer includes a space to upload a headshot for a special guest. Hang these flyers at all of your local hang out spots.
Size: 8.5'x11''


Customizable Flyer (w/o Guest)

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''



Hang the official Global Shabbat poster 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'' or 24''x36''



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 Global Shabbat program outlines in this document.


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 Global Shabbat.


Cover Photo

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


Header and Footer

When sending your targeting email blasts to your friends, parents, prospects, and community members pop-in these headers and footers.


Customizable Postcard Invite

Everyone loves getting something in the mail that feels personal. Reach out to your community with this customizable postcard.


Photo Watermark

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


Event Environment Enhancements

Go all out to make your Global Shabbat space feel 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


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


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 or 8'Hx8'W > 0 grommets, Pockets on top and bottom only (no hems). Upload artwork after you order and be sure to get a proof. Buy a stand for your step and repeat here.
Ballpark price: $100



Plaster every wall of your event with this poster. If a step and repeat is not in your budget, print out a few dozen of these posters to make a photo wall.

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


Hand Washing Station Sign

Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Order from Echod Graphics (or any local print shop) a 22”x24” full-color
foam core board.
Ballpark price: $40


Shabbat Shalom Sign

Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Order from Echod Graphics (or any local print shop) a 22”x24” full-color
foam core board.
Ballpark price: $40


Backup Sign-In Sheet

We recommend that your event sign-in be online through a form, but we know things happen. Maybe your venue doesn't have WiFi or the sign-in link isn't working. Whatever the case may be, print out a few dozen copies of this sign-in form to ensure you capture the information of everyone at your event.


Customizable Program Book

Build a beautiful program book to place on all of your guests seats featuring an evening schedule, special honors, and more.
Size: 8.5''x11''


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


Quotes & Values Signage

Bring this year’s theme, Let There Be Light, to life by decorating your event space with this collection of notable quotes from some of history’s greatest gamechangers.


Build Your Shabbat Box

Be sure you have all of the supplies you need to run a Shabbat. Many of these general Judaic pieces can be borrowed from family members or synagogues if you ask, but feel free to order a set for your chapter too! Be sure to order these items at least two weeks before your event to avoid any rush fees.

Challah Cover

Suggested vendor: Rush Order Tees
Instructions: Upload artwork and order a 14'x14' bandana. Try ordering an assortment of colors to enhance your space.
Ballpark price:


Custom Kippot

Suggested vendor: Skullcap Co.
Instructions: Add the AZA or BBYO seals or BBYO logo to some custom made kippot for the big weekend. Minimum order of 60. These take 2-4 weeks to produce.

Ballpark price: $2.50/item


Hand Washing Cup

Price: $24


Tzedakah Box

Price: $15


Kiddush Cup

Price: $15


Havdallah Kit

Price: $59


Tea Lights

Price: $15


Friday Night Shabbat Candles

Price: $12


Candle Holders

Price: $20


Program Resources

About Global Shabbat (One Sheet)

Learn the basics of Global Shabbat and how you can start planning an event to 'WOW' your community.


Program Framing Script

Global Shabbat makes us feel like a Movement because it's happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Use this script to open and close your events, so participants feel a part of something bigger.


Friday Night Shabbat Blessings and Prayers for Israel

Place this booklet on your Shabbat dinner tables to guests can follow along with the beautiful prayers of Shabbat.


Havdallah Blessing Cards

Use this Havdallah Card so everyone can participate in the prayers! Havdallah is best when you can hear everyone's voice.


Inviting and Hosting Gamechanger Guests In Your Community

Part of what makes Global Shabbat so special is the amazing guests brought in to enhance the evening. Learn how to invite a gamechanger guest to your event.


Interfaith and Cross-Cultural Shabbat Program Starters

We encourage chapters and communities to bring the theme of Global Shabbat to life by sharing experiences with interfaith, cross-cultural, and/or vulnerable populations in the community. Get some ideas for how to bridge communities together.


Inductions Certificate

If you are inducting any gamechangers (special guests) into AZA or BBG at your Global Shabbat experience, print out an official certificate to give them during or after the ceremony.


Inductions Script

Use this script for the honorary inductions ceremony for AZA and BBG.


Let There Be Light: Resource Guide

Get program ideas for how to bring to life this year's Global Shabbat theme: Let There Be Light.


Jewish Enrichment Guide for Shabbat

This guide is intended to serve as a resource to enrich Shabbat experiences with additional Jewish content and ideas.


Interfaith Prayer Service and Dialogue

This guide will provide a moving Global Shabbat service experience that creates a time and space for safe and productive dialogue with teens from other religious backgrounds.


Birkat HaMazon Cards

Print these cards for all tables so everyone is able to follow along and participate in the prayer after each meal.


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


See You Next Time Cards

Hand these out at the end of your event to invite your friends to the next big thing (hint: Spring Kickoff or Winter Convention). 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


Local Press Release Template

Want to share the news about your local or regional Global Shabbat event? Edit this customizable press release template to showcase your program and send out to local media contacts ASAP. Share the success of your Global Shabbat experience and make sure to tag @bbyoinsider on social, too, so we can help spread the word!



Share all of your Kickoff posts with the hashtag #BBYOKickoff to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a shout out from @BBYOInsider.