Teen Programs

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.

For more information, contact Adam at apolacek@bbyo.org, (614) 559-6218 office, or (321) 662-4693 cell. Become a member of Columbus BBYO at www.bbyo.org.

David & Janet W. Goldsmith
Kavod Gadol Teen Leadership Award

Apply here for the Goldsmith Kavod Award

The Goldsmith Kavod award was originally established by Janet Goldsmith to honor the memory of her late husband, David, and his active leadership in the Jewish Community. Having served as president of Tifereth Israel, Jewish Family Service and the JCC, David’s lifelong involvement in the community also included service as an AZA advisor, boy scout counselor and teacher at the Schoenthal Center, the precursor to our JCC. He lead by example and encouraged others to participate with the same passion and devotion in support of the needs of the Jewish communities, locally and beyond.

After her passing, the award’s name was updated to reflect Janet Goldsmith’s meaningful community contributions, as well. She taught citizenship to first generation immigrants, and was often the first face they associated with support and friendship. Throughout her life, people approached Janet and thanked her for all she did to ease their way as they became American citizens and learned new customs. She also served as president of Junior Hadassah. Through her strong convictions and quiet demeanor she led the charge of women who raised money in support of those in need beyond Columbus, not limited to but with a special interest in Hadasah Hospital in Israel.

Today this award recognizes the efforts of fine young leaders in the Columbus Jewish Community, who devote themselves to community service and leadership.