Jewish Enrichment

Building Jewish identities since 1924

Everything that we do in AZA and BBG is inherently Jewish. By creating a space for Jewish teens to hang out and be themselves, we are building Jewish identities. By actively participating in ongoing community service efforts, we are instilling Jewish values. By using our Movement to be inclusive and lead, we are ensuring a vibrant Jewish future. At the end of the day, this is why we do what we do.

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Our experiences have meaning and depth because they are rooted in Jewish values. More than carrying on the tradition of Alephs and BBGs before us, by participating in BBYO, we are carrying on the legacy of the Jewish people. AZA and BBG are a platform to learn about Jewish history, ask why, participate in Jewish traditions, and celebrate our People.

To guide our experiences we use Kivun, our educational framework designed around three main outcomes. We hope that members are able to identify a stronger Jewish identity, connect to their Jewish community, and want to improve the world. If you feel these ideas taking root within you, we know we're doing our job. These outcomes are important to think about when creating experiences in AZA and BBG.

Strengthen Jewish Identity

  • We feel confident questioning and integrating Jewish principles about G-d, Torah, history, traditions, and culture into our lives.

  • We respect diversity within the Jewish community and in the world
  • We use leadership skills to help others develop their own Jewish pride, connections and commitment

Create Jewish Community

  • We have caring and respectful relationships with our Jewish peers

  • We understand the role that Israel plays for the Jewish people around the world
  • We promote the inclusion of all Jews into a pluralistic Jewish community

Change the World

  • We understand current social issues

  • We use Jewish values to guide involvement in our community service efforts
  • We use leadership skills to mobilize around social issues

Pluralism

AZA and BBG are a place for every Jewish teen regardless of background, denominational affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, or socioeconomic status. It doesn't matter who you are, you can build and strengthen your Jewish identity here through meaningful relationships and programs. Remember, this is a safe space to be curious about all things Jewish. Challenge yourself to see outside of the lens of Judaism you grew up in at programming—that practice of understanding will help make the world a better place.

Song Leading

Talented Alephs and BBGs from around the world share their musical abilities and apply them to Jewish ritual moments throughout the year and summer. Two common prayer moments that you'll see at conventions and International programs are Friday night Shabbat Ritual prayers and Havdallah on Saturday night. Check out these two videos from some of our favorite song leaders on how the prayers typically sound at our events. If you're ambitious, learn the chords to these prayers and start song leading in your community.

Plan Ahead

There are important dates to keep in mind when prioritizing Jewish Enrichment. These dates include hands-on training opportunities, Movement mobilization moments, registration dates, and Jewish holidays. Throughout the year, the Judaics priority hub (right here!) is where we will host resources and information about Jewish holidays including ideas for how to celebrate or honor these important moments in your chapter. Please note that all holidays begin and end at sundown.

Fall Semester 2018

Rosh Hashanah

September 9-11
1st of Tishrei, 5779

The Jewish New Year

Yom Kippur

September 18-19
10th of Tishrei, 5779

The Day of Atonement

Sukkot

September 23-30
15th-22nd of Tishrei, 5779

Harvest Festival

Shmini Atzeret

September 30-October 2
22nd of Tishrei, 5779

Celebrating the conclusion of Sukkot

Simchat Torah

October 1-2
23rd of Tishrei, 5779

Celebrating the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah reading

IC and Summit Registration Opens

October 4

Experience Judaism like you've never seen it before

AIPAC HS Summit

October 29-31

Learn about politics and current issues facing Israel.

Summer Registration Opens

November 1

Jewish enrichment is a component of all summer experiences.

Ambassadors to Ukraine

November

Attend Active Jewish Teens' International Conference in Ukraine, and learn about the history of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union.

Hanukkah

December 2-10
25th of Kislev-1st of Tevet, 5779

Commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem

Global Shabbat

December 8-9

Celebrate the magic of Shabbat alongside thousands of teens worldwide.

ISF Hanukkah Campaign

December

Learn about Hanukkah while raising money for ISF.

Spring Semester 2019

Tu B'shvat

January 20-21
15th of Sh'vat, 5779

The new year of the trees

IC and Summit

February 13-18

Experience Judaism like you've never seen it before.

Purim

March 20-21
14th of Adar II, 5779

Commemorating the saving of the Jewish people from Haman

J-Serve

April 7

Plan or be a part of your community's largest service moment.

Passover

April 19-27
15th-22nd of Nisan, 5779

Commemorating the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt

March of the Living

April 29-May 13

A journey through Poland and Israel exploring our dark past and celebrating Jewish vitality.

Yom HaShoah

May 1-2
27th of Nisan, 5779

Holocaust Memorial Day

Yom Hazikaron

May 7-8
3rd of Iyyar, 5779

Israeli Memorial Day

Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 8-9
4th of Iyyar, 5779

Israeli Independence Day

Lag Ba'Omer

May 22-23
18th of Iyyar, 5779

The 33rd day of the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot

Shavuot

June 8-10
6th of Sivan, 5779

Commemorates the giving of the Torah

Toolbox

Want to keep learning? Explore more Jewish enrichment tools below!

BBYO Sings Songbook

Explore songs from around the world that celebrate our rich tradition and history, learn the words to prayers and how to play them on guitar, and discover the best practices for leading and facilitating services and song session moments.

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Blessing Cards

Find printable cards with some common prayers we say at BBYO programs.

Birkat HaMazonFriday Night Shabbat BlessingsHavdallah

Chapter Initiatives

All of our Chapter Initiatives connect to our Jewish values. Pick up one of these programs to run in your chapter to give members a meaningful experience and connect them to the Movement at large.

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Hanukkah Resources

Get ready for Hanukkah with these helpful resources!

Chapter ResourceBlessings and Prayers

High Holidays Resources

All of our Chapter Initiatives connect to our Jewish values. Pick up one of these programs to run in your chapter to give members a meaningful experience and connect them to the Movement at large.

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Movement Initiatives Cheat Sheet

Understand why we run Movement Initiatives and how it ties to our year round MRIHA strategy.

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J-Serve

Stay up to date with all major J-Serve news and resources.

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Jewish Enrichment Guide for Shabbat

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

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Service Page Number Charts

Find the Siddurim page numbers for all types of services in this handy chart. Siddurim include ArtScroll, Koren Sacks, Sim Shalom, Mishkan Tefillah, and Kol HaNeshema.

Weekday ShacharitWeekday Mincha/Ma'arivKabbalat ShabbatSaturday Morning

Values Dictionary

We do what we do because of our values—our Jewish values. Use these terms to guide conversations, create convention themes, and integrate into programming in any service moment.

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Text Studies

Check out these powerful text studies built for BBYO's Safe Schools Initiative. Utilize these texts to enhance your programming, leadership trainings, services, and more.

On Taking ActionOn ViolenceOn Young People

Travelers' Prayer Cards

This prayer is recited when we travel, by air, sea, and even on long car trips. Print and cut out these cards to give to your board, your chapter, or any of your brothers and sisters. It's always a beautiful gift.

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You've Worked Hard. Let's Celebrate. 🎉

For helping shape others Jewish identities—we want to celebrate you. By enriching our Movement with the beauty and richness of our Jewish traditions, you may be eligible for a number of highly esteemed AZA and BBG International Awards including the Henry Monsky Chapter Excellence, Miriam Albert Chapter Excellence, and Maurice Bisgyer Chapter Excellence Awards. If you know an Aleph or BBG who deserves to be recognized for their work strengthening our priorities, consider nominating them for the Menorah Pledge and Cardinal Principles Awards.

Learn more about your eligibility by exploring these awards below:

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