State of the Order 2017: How Could We Get Better?

By Leah Kay, Liberty Region Alumna, Elon University 2019, IC 2017 Press Corps

Tonight, the Grand and International Boards spoke to the order about the past year and their many accomplishments. Seeing BBYO flourish in Jewish teens around the world in the last year, Aaron Cooper, 92nd Grand Aleph Godol, and Ellie Bodker, 72nd International N’siah kicked off the evening with an empowering speech. Following, we celebrated the achievements of our movement presented by the rest of the Grand and International boards. AZA and BBG are stronger than ever, and that could not have been any clearer on a night like tonight. 

Main guest speakers included:
Anthony Ervin: 2016 Rio Olympics Medalist, US Olympic Swimming Team
Joshua Malina: Actor, Scandal & The West Wing
Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan: Act, Hamilton
Congressman Pete Sessions: 32nd District of Texas, Republican Party
Milana Vayntrub, Actress and Refugee Activist 

These speakers ensured teens would stay active in their communities through motivating speeches connecting them to the teens. All reflecting on the past day or two about the activities the teens have participated in, showing how much of an impact they are already making.