B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) is a worldwide Jewish Youth Movement dedicated to providing opportunities for Jewish teens in grades 9 through 12. As the first and the most dynamically inclusive organization of its kind, every Jewish teen, of all backgrounds, anywhere in the world, will find an experience that provides the foundation for a meaningful Jewish life.
In BBYO, youth leaders plan community service, Judaic, social action, brotherhood/sisterhood, athletic and social programs for their peers. Through their participation, BBYO members develop leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity, and commitment to their personal development.
Columbus BBYO currently hosts 3 chapters, two AZA (boys) and one BBG (girls): Heart of Ohio AZA, Pops Dworkin/Saul Kauffman AZA, and Aliah BBG. Each chapter meets once a week for teen-led meetings and programs. Columbus BBYO is part of the Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region of BBYO, and participates in many regional conventions throughout the year.
What is JET?Jewish Experiences for Teens (JET) is an outreach program that connects hundreds of Jewish teens through large social events and smaller programs in partnership with local Jewish youth groups. JET sponsors community wide social events around Columbus to give Jewish teens the chance to socialize.
JET hosts events for all Jewish Teens in the community, including the annual College Caravan to visit regional college campuses and Hillel Centers, an annual Teen Chanukah and Purim party, and an annual Teen Awards night honoring the achievements and accomplishments of all Columbus Jewish Teens.
JET also hosts and organizes a Jewish Culture Club at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Culture club participants meet once per month to eat, socialize, discuss Jewish holidays and festivals, participate in activities, and work on various mitzvah projects.
JET collaborates with Jewish Student Union for the Jewish Scholars Program, or JSP. Participants spend 8 sessions in small groups learning about vibrant Jewish topics led by Ohio State students. The program provides a scholarship for the participants to use towards another Jewish Youth Program in Columbus.