31 Red River teens joined thousands of other teens, educators, thought and business leaders, celebrities, political figures and philanthropists from around the world at BBYO International Convention 2021, one of the largest convenings of Jewish teen leaders worldwide. Held over Presidents’ Day weekend, February 11–15, 2021, this year IC was held as a hybrid festival with
digital and in-person experiences around the globe. The event offered countless opportunities for Jewish teens to connect with their peers, learn new skills, and commit themselves to projects and
initiatives they are passionate about.
For the Winnipeg community, Monday’s elections of the 2021-2022 AZA and BBG International Boards were a highlight.
Emma Zentner, 17, of Gray Academy of Jewish Education, was elected as 77th Anita M. Perlman International N’siah (International Teen President). In this role, Emma Zentner will be a part of a twelve-member international teen board that will help organize BBYO’s vision for the coming year and provide leadership and support to teen leaders in local communities throughout the BBYO system.
“I feel honoured and humbled to be a part of this Movement that strives to better the lives of the Jewish people of today and tomorrow. I am beyond excited to spend the next year focusing on the individual member experience our incredible organization offers, as well as prioritizing our global reach and ensuring that Jewish teens everywhere can find a home within BBYO.” said Emma Zentner. “I am blessed to have received so much support from my friends, family, staff and mentors who have guided me along the way.”
“Building strong Jewish teen leaders is a core foundation of what we do in BBYO. Each one of our teens takes such pride and an active role both in their chapters and on a regional level and it shows with their elections to BBYO’s International Board,” said Ian Baruch, Associate Regional Director, BBYO Red River Region. “We are so excited to see Emma Zentner carry out her vision for next year and continue to empower teens to leave their mark on Jewish history not only here in our area, but all over the world.”
BBYO Red River Region is a proud partner of the Rady Jewish Community Center.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.