In Judaism, the number 18 symbolizes life. As a People, we cheer ‘L’chaim’ — to life, with hope and anticipation of good things to come. Given the situation in Ukraine, and growing across Eastern Europe, it is our responsibility as Jews to support our family across the world. Politics aside, BBYO stands for peace, safety, and human rights. The BBYO International Board, working with our peers across the Movement, is announcing this new fundraiser, aligned with our International Service Fund’s tzedakah values, and we need your help to raise funds to support Jews in need because of the current crisis.
Step 1: Raise $180 with your chapter for the JDC Emergency Campaign
We're directing all funds to our trusted partners at the JDC. Make a donation on their site in whole or incrementally with the link below.Donate
Step 2: Let us know you donated
Because all gifts are being given to the JDC directly, we’re asking chapter leaders to help track their contributions (screenshots of donations, emails, or text messages to confirm gifts) so that we can highlight all participating communities and chapters. When you hit your goal of $180, fill out the form below or email HelpUkraine@bbyo.org. Make sure your chapter is represented!
Host a fundraiser in your community. Explore BBYO's fundraising tools to get started.
Plan a J-Serve project to support relief for Ukraine.
For just $18, you can purchase a Mishloach Manot to be delivered locally to those in need on the day of Purim, Thursday March 17th.
Build an experience on BBYO On Demand to stay connected with our friends in JDC's Active Jewish Teens in Ukraine and across the Former Soviet Union
Record and share a song for Ukrainian teens to listen who may not have access to the Internet. Share your contribution to the music library with Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman.
Consider donating to the JDC, who is providing humanitarian support for the Jews enduring war in Ukraine and assisting refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
If you are a member of BBYO in Europe, we're working with our communities on a local level for supply collection and refugee support specifically throughout the Baltics, Germany, Hungary, and Poland. Be in touch with your local staff if you'd like to learn more.
If you have an idea or suggestion for how we can expand our impact, please be in touch!
If there is anything we can do to support you and your loved ones, please never hesitate to reach out. We will continue to be in touch until the violence ends, which we hope will be soon.
For the past few years, BBYO Eastern Region has been working closely with their sister city in JDC's Active Jewish Teens: Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia. Before the Pandemic, these communities had participated in global exchanges both in-person and virtually. Here's how Eastern: North Carolina has immediately taken action to support this community they've grown close with.
Every North Carolina chapter is working to raise the minimum $180 through special events and letter templates to community members
North Carolina teens are compiling a video to send to the AJT teens in Ukraine to share support, love, and encourage strength
Purim will be used as an opportunity to raise funds for the JDC through a Hamantaschen bake sale at the community’s Purim events
Connecticut Valley: Added Penny Wars as a part of their spirit convention where every chapter is competing to fill up a jar with as much change as possible, reaching out to CVR alumni to ask them to give, and activating a central @cvrbbyo Venmo to easily collect donations
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