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BBYO Youth Group

bbyo-youth-groupInvolving more Jewish teens in more meaningful experiences!

BBYO is a non-denominational, youth-led organization open to all Jewish teens. It helps Jewish youth develop their leadership potential, embrace a positive Jewish identity, and commit to their own personal development. Under the guidance of advisors and professional staff members, participants engage in democratically functioning small groups known as chapters. Each chapter participates in Jewish living and learning experiences, including community service programs and holiday celebrations. BBYO also offers extensive summer programs around the U.S. and internationally.

Each year, the BBYO program runs September through June. Meetings are held at both the JCC and at members’ homes.

“BBYO has made me who I am. It is where I made my closest friends and allowed me to connect with other Jewish teens who I could share memories and experiences with.” -Jacob Spiegel, Sycamore High School

“BBYO has given me the chance to make life long friends, gain invaluable leadership skills, and be more confident.” -Raquel Levitt, Sycamore High School

The J has two BBYO chapters:

  • AZA: Mishpocha Chapter – for all Jewish boys, grades 9 – 12
  • BBG: Ner Tamid Chapter – for all Jewish girls, grades 9 – 12

BBYO Membership:

  • $149/4 years

For more information, contact Philip Ganson, Teen and Tween Coordinator, at 513.761.7500.

Upcoming Events

BBYO: Mishpocha and Ner Tamid Chapter Meetings
Tuesday evenings at various locations;
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Current BBYO members only

Teen members plan exciting and innovative programs throughout the year with great opportunities to meet other Jewish teens from nearby cities!

BBYO AZAA Basketball/BBGG Weekend
March 11 – 12
Grades 8 – 12, current BBYO members only

At the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

Join teens from the KIO BBYO region for an exciting weekend of athletics and chapter fun! The AZA’s will compete in a basketball tournament while the BBG’s get a workout with fitness and wellness programming.

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BBYO Gives Back
April 4, 6:30 – 8pm | Open to teens of all abilities

Join us for this inclusive BBYO event! Teens will come together to create shabbat candles and package canned food items to benefit Jewish Family Service’s Food Pantry.


AIT/MIT Convention
April 28 – 30

BBYO Newbie? This convention is just for you. You’ll spend the weekend at Camp Campbell Gard where you’ll be immersed in BBYO culture as you learn the ins and outs of the organization, including traditions, leadership positions, how to program, the lingo, and more. AIT/MIT is open to paid members who have not yet attended this convention.

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BBYO J-Serve Initiative
May 7, 1 – 4pm

More than 500 Jewish teens will participate in an international day of community service. Join BBYO in helping make a difference.

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Chapter Convention at Camp Livingston
September 9 – 10

Open to all BBYO members, this will be a fun-filled weekend of camping planned by our chapter boards. Don’t miss out!

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