By Leah Kay, Liberty Region Alumna, IC Press Corps 2017
International Convention is kicking off with five incredible Pre-IC summits this February! The second annual Canadian National Summit where teens across all four Canadian BBYO regions come together to set priorities and goals. Throughout the program, ensuring they are growing the movement and strengthening their Canadian network. The February Executive Meetings are a strong 24 hours of planning, and goal setting, while also reflecting on the past successful semester. Alephs and BBGs come together to network, connect about their regions, and get to know each other further. Continuing a recent addition to the Pre-IC summit schedule, GPS, Global Partners Summit, exploring pressing global issues and their connections to Jewish communities around the world. Jonathan Orenstein, the Executive Director of JCC Krakow spoke to share his personal experiences of finding his Jewish home in a foreign land.
At the Membership Growth Summer, or MGS, Alpehs and BBGs come together to share their strengths in amplifying and growing the our Movement. Teens from across the International Order plan and execute effective methods focusing on recruitment and retention in their chapters, councils, regions, and countries. Finally, the Jewish Enrichment Institute is featuring three unique tracks: BBYO Sings, Community, and Spiritual. BBYO Sings brings together teens to learn about mishpacha (family), through breakouts and song. The Community track’s theme of “Tzedakah: Why, Where, and When” is teaching teens how to focus on what their communities need and how to support them properly through giving back. Finally the Spirituality track focuses on gratitude and meditation through personal reflection.
As teens begin to funnel into IC through their various Pre-IC summit tracks and leadership positions, AZA BBG International Convention is in full swing! Energy is high, and motivation is strong for the best International Convention yet. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week as we continue to immerse ourselves in stronger programming.