18 June 2015

Summer Closure

We’re off to BBYO summer experiences, Camp BB, and family fun. Our office will re-open on August 1st. Have a great summer, NWC!

12 March 2015

Snoboy & Mind, Body, Attitude 2015



Coordinated by Jessica Haines, Elyse Paulson, Billy Sky, and Sam Goldsand

Over the weekend, 75 teen leaders from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Jasper, and Texas came together for our annual Snoboy MBA conventions. We learned about the importance of Holocaust remembrance, celebrated Women’s Day by preparing care packages for a local shelter, played hockey, basketball, and football, belly danced, learned new a new meditative approach to Judaism and Shabbat, hosted guests from Champions Career Centre (inclusion of people with diverse needs), danced the night away at Sweetheart and Beau, and SO MUCH MORE. Thanks to everyone that came for making this weekend such a success! 

Special thanks to our guests: Amanda Freedman, Shalom Mayberg, Kevin Goodman, Debra Lipton, Champions, and the Calgary Jewish Federation. And of course, the Calgary JCC for hosting us!


03 October 2014

International Convention

IC Poster 2015

About IC

Over Family Day Weekend, thousands of the Jewish community’s top teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from across the world will come together in Atlanta for one of the largest Jewish communal events of the year. They’ll hear from and meet inspiring speakers, deepen leadership skills, serve the local community, celebrate Shabbat and learn together, have access to exclusive music performances and do their part to further a strong Jewish future.

This year’s IC will feature a dynamic, multifaceted experience unlike any we’ve offered ever before. With events taking place across the Atlanta metropolitan area beginning February 5, and IC hosting eight conferences and summits over the weekend, this year’s program will be elevate the scope of what IC has been in big ways.

In addition to IC, members, alumni and friends of BBYO will take part in:

  • (EXECS) February Executive Conference
  • (GPS) BBYO Global Partners Summit
  • (RDR) BBYO’s Relationship Driving Recruitment Summit
  • (JEI) Jewish Enrichment Institute and Song Leading Workshop
  • (CJT) The Coalition of Jewish Teens Summit
  • The Summit on Jewish Teens
  • BBYO International Friends and Alumni Network Summit
  • BBYO International Board of Directors February Meeting
  • A series of alumni, FAN, stakeholder and staff events throughout the week

IC is a gathering built by members from across the Order for members around the world. Every Jewish teen involved with BBYO is encouraged to attend – no leadership position or prior international participation is required. It’s an inspiring experience that brings every attendee face to face with the power of our Movement.

Go to bbyo.org/azabbgic to register! Use the Canadian registration portal.


02 October 2014



On September 19th, teens from Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver came together for MIT AIT and RLTC at the Calgary JCC.

Teens in grade 9 attended their first BBYO convention as MITs, or members in training (girls) and AITs, or Alephs in training (boys.) MIT AIT is a fun and exciting convention that allows our grade 9 teens to make friends,
learn about BBYO, and have meaningful Jewish experiences.

RLTC, or Regional Leadership Training Convention, is for chapter and regional board members. Our teen leaders gathered for a great weekend of training, leadership development, and of course, lots of fun!

Both conventions took place at the same time and shared a few guest speakers, programs, and community service.
We heard from Munich Olympics participant, Karen James. Karen shared her remarkable story and taught the teens about speaking up and changing the world. Hadar Epstein, the JNF National Education Emissary, also stopped by for a fun afternoon program and discussion. And finally the teens shared the experience of supporting the Calgary United Jewish Appeal, or UJA. Naomi Paulson, our Regional Aym HaChaverot said “The calls went really well. I learned that the UJA is such an important organization and they do so much!” Josh Harendorf, the Calgary Youth and Teen Coordinator at the JCC said that “making these phone calls is part of a broader organizational mission to instill the values of tikkun olam and involvement in the Jewish community.”

Kol haKavod to the convention coordinators, Rebecca, Noah, Naomi, and Tevyn!