THIS SPRING, WE REMEMBER AND HONOR THE ORIGINAL GAMECHANGERS OF BBYO, CELEBRATING 94 YEARS OF HISTORY AND GROWTH IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR MOVEMENT.

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OUR BROTHER ALEPHS AND SISTER BNAI BRITH GIRLS,

As it is 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 interconnected, fun experiences customized by our chapters all over the world!

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 a member of the International Board directly (emails linked below), 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 600+ chapters in 40+ countries.

THIS SPRING, #BBYOCELEBRATES TOGETHER. WILL YOU JOIN US?

Fraternally and respectfully submitted, we remain,
The 93rd Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and 73rd International Board of the B'nai B'rith Girls

Rebecca Sereboff, International N'siah | Reisterstown, MD
Julia Paul, International S'ganit | Leawood, KS
Allie Kalik, International Aym Ha-Chaverot | Bethesda, MD
Caroline Shrock, International Mazkirah | Plantation, FL
Noga Hurwitz, International Shlicha | Palo Alto, CA

Ron Hasson, Grand Aleph Godol | Sunnyvale, CA
Jacob Lewis, Grand Aleph S'gam | Sandy Springs, GA
Dylan Meehan, Grand Aleph Moreh | East Meadow, NY
Jake Busch, Grand Aleph Mazkir | Atlanta, GA
Jack Rosenblum, Grand Aleph Shaliach | Virginia Beach, VA


NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. MAKE YOUR MARK THIS FOUNDERS’ DAY IN THREE EASY STEPS:

STEP 1: PLAN

Whether big or small, in-person or virtual, work together with your chapter to plan a program honoring Founders’ Day.

Learn more and access program ideas →

STEP 2: SHARE

Got plans? Let us know so we can share and celebrate the scope and reach of Founders’ Day events across the movement.

Share what you have planned →

STEP 3: REP

Showcase your AZA, BBG, & BBYO pride on social media via shareable graphics and hashtags. Be sure to rock your letters on the 4th International Letters Day on April 25th.

Learn more and access social graphics →


Step 1: Plan

New to Founders’ Day and/or looking for inspiration to help plan something special with your chapter this Spring? With endless program possibilities for you to explore, here are just a few of our favorites. Check out these suggested idea starters–or ‘Program Sparks’–to help your celebration take shape!

#BBYOCELEBRATES BIRTHDAY & HISTORY

PROGRAM SPARKS

+ BBYO’s 94th Birthday Party (AZA’s 94th, BBG’s 74th)

The best kind of birthday party is one where everyone’s the guest of honor. Throw a party to celebrate BBYO’s history – build trivia games using the Red and Blue Books, print off old photos, invite alumni to speak (and maybe donate!), and get the community involved. It’s a great way to get everyone together for an (almost) end of year bash!

+ Celebrate New Chapter Charters

The fastest way to grow the Movement and share the gift of AZA & BBG is by starting new chapters. Get your Chapter Charter printed off big at FedEx, have everyone sign it, do a big reveal, print off mini copies for everyone in the chapter – the opportunities to have fun with this are endless. Make it a habit that every chapter celebrates when they get a new charter, and on their charter-aversaries!

Want to charter a chapter? Learn more below.

Temporary Chapter Charter: We have the required number of teens (12), we’ve chosen a name for our chapter, and we are ready to formally begin to build toward our Permanent Charter. Please contact Morgan Wittenberg if you have any questions..

Permanent Chapter Charter: We have met the benchmarks set by our chapter advisor(s) and regional staff members. Our chapter is in good standing, we’ve grown since our Temporary Charter and we’re ready to be a Permanent Chapter (and receive our chapter number!). Please contact Morgan Wittenberg if you have any questions.

Global Network Chapter Charter We have demonstrated commitment to BBYO, the Jewish people, maintained consistent levels of programming and membership and having been a credit to our community, do hereby petition BBYO for a permanent charter (and receive our chapter number!). Please contact Joey Eisman or Morgan Wittenberg if you have any questions.

+ Shared Global Celebration

Celebrate Founders’ Day with a shared program over Zoom or Google Hangout with a chapter from one of our communities around the world. If you would like to arrange this and need help doing so, contact AZABBG@BBYO.org.

+ Chapter Time Capsule

If you opened a box containing items from your chapter’s history from 50 years ago, what would you want to see? Assemble a time capsule full of notes and chapter memorabilia. Remember to leave artifacts that you would be proud for your children to hold in their hands in the future. Store your time capsule in your regional office with a designated open date for future Alephs and BBGs. Consider making it digital for future generations to explore!

#BBYOCELEBRATES ALUMNI & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

PROGRAM SPARKS

+ ALUMNI BBQ and FLAG FOOTBALL

Invite BBYO alumni to share their stories of BBYO and beyond. Use events such as Shabbat programs or athletic tournaments to engage alumni of all ages. Reach out to alumni who have been gamechangers in their communities.

+ Chapter Formal Banquet

Consider having a chapter formal dinner, either at a local restaurant or at a chapter member’s house. Invite members to come in formal attire. You can even extend the invitation so that everyone is invited with a plus one! Spend the evening with your Brother Alephs and Sister BBGs reflecting on BBYO’s past, celebrating the present, and getting everyone excited for the future of our Orders.

+ Parent Engagement Events

Our parents are important members of our BBYO family. Host a brunch, Shabbat dinner or even a Havdallah ceremony and invite them to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year with you. Encourage parents who are alumni to bring their BBYO memorabilia and enjoy a walk down memory lane! Most importantly, remember to thank your parents for supporting your BBYO journeys throughout your high school experience.

#BBYOCELEBRATES RITUAL & TRADITION

PROGRAM SPARKS

+ State of the Chapter

The wins and successes of your chapter from this past year should not go unnoticed. The State of the Chapter address gives your chapter an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the past year. Consider incorporating your State of the Chapter Address within a larger program to elevate the experience.

+ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Separates

Our strength comes from the brotherhood and sisterhood that have endured with each generation of Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls. Consider holding a brotherhood/sisterhood program during Founders’ Day. These can be traditional experiences like Good and Welfares, a chapter outing to a local restaurant, distributing a new line of chapter swag or engaging in a community service project that your chapter is committed to every year.

+ Big/Little Ritual Moment

Special pairings between upperclassmen and underclassmen are a long-standing tradition amidst fraternities and sororities. These relationships offer mentorship, friendship and guidance helping to anchor both experienced and younger members in the chapter through graduation and beyond. This is also a great opportunity to engage 8th graders in the Big/Little tradition. If your chapter doesn’t yet have a Big/Little network, consider launching one this Founders’ Day. Visit Big/Little resources here.

+ Inductions

Celebrate Founders’ Day by inducting your newest class of AITs and MITs into our Orders. The induction ceremony is a time of celebration and can be a powerful moment that will stay with a Jewish teen for the rest of their lives. Use the AZA Induction Script or the BBG Induction Script for the ceremony.

HAVE OTHER GREAT FOUNDERS’ DAY IDEAS NOT OUTLINES ABOVE? CONTACT AZABBG@BBYO.ORG WITH YOUR PROGRAM SPARK SO WE CAN ADD IT TO THE LIST!


Step 2: Share

Let us know how your chapter or community is honoring #AZAFoundersDay and/or #BBGFoundersDay by completing this short form, so we can all celebrate the amazing celebrations happening around the world this spring. Game on!


Step 3: Rep

Every Aleph and BBG plays an important role in elevating AZA, BBG, and BBYO this Founder’s Day.  Do your part to proudly rep (represent) our movement before, during, and after the big day(s)!

FOUNDERS DAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Let your friends know that AZA & BBG are celebrating a big occasion:

  • Change your cover photo to a picture of you with your Brother Alephs and Sister BBGs (or use the Founders’ Day AZABBG, or BBYO banners)
  • Download and share AZA, BBG, or BBYO social media graphics
  • Post all your favorite #tbt and Founders’ Day program pics using hashtag #AZAFoundersDay, #BBGFoundersDay, and/or #BBYOCelebrates!
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AZA Founders' Day | Share Square

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AZA Founders' Day | Cover Photo

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BBG Founders' Day | Share Square

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BBG Founders' Day | Cover Photo

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BBYO Founders' Day | Share Square

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BBYO Founders' Day | Cover Photo

SHOW YOUR PRIDE WORLDWIDE: INTERNATIONAL AZA & BBG LETTERS DAY (4/25/18)

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Show your AZA & BBG spirit on Wednesday, April 25 by wearing your favorite AZA, BBG, or BBYO shirt as part of the fourth 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 FOR AZA & BBG INTERNATIONAL LETTERS DAY


NEW CHAPTERS FOUNDED FEBRUARY 2017-FEBRUARY 2018

UPDATED AS OF 02/19/18

Mellech BBYO, Big Apple
Nadav BBYO #5231, Connecticut Valley
Sababa BBYO, Eastern: North Carolina
Herzl BBG #1393, Evergreen
Derech AZA #2543, Gold Coast
Ha'ela BBG, Gold Coast
Anachnu AZA #19, Great Midwest
Moreshet Ma'arav BBYO #5032, Great Midwest
Amir BBYO #5008, GJHRR
Koach BBG #932, GJHRR
Shore BBYO #5028, GJHRR
Yachad BBG #41, GJHRR
Ligdol BBYO, Hebraica: Argentina

Harrison BBYO, Hudson Valley
Lizrom BBYO, Hudson Valley
Lokhem BBYO, Hudson Valley
Tikvah AZA, Hudson Valley
Gesherim BBYO #5015, Keystone Mountain
Kavod V'Kehillah BBYO #5003, Lake Ontario
L'chaim BBYO, Liberty
Vered Hazakah BBG, Miami
Zion AZA, Miami
Hatmadah BBYO #126, Michigan
Tzavah AZA #309, Michigan
Ya'ad BBYO #5027, Mid-America: St. Louis
Legacy AZA #1545, Nassau Suffolk

Unity BBYO #5031, Nassau Suffolk
Berry AZA, New England
Mayim Chayim BBG, New England
Or Shemesh BBYO, North Florida
Space Coast BBYO, North Florida
Galim BBG, Northern Region East: DC
Yachad BBG, Northern Region East: DC
Madlik AZA #1690, Northern Region East: Northern Virginia
Gal Chadash AZA, Pacific Western
Masada AZA, South Jersey
Shemesh BBG #18, South Jersey


TOGETHER WE WILL CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY

Join the conversation by sharing photos with the hashtags: #AZAFoundersDay, #BBGFoundersDay, #BBYOCelebrates!