Our Brother Alephs, Sister B’nai B’rith Girls, and BBYO teens in all chapters worldwide,
We’re thrilled to share a new way to elevate your chapter’s programming and impact throughout the program year ahead. BBYO has teamed up with Our Common Destiny to provide grants, and program support, for innovative teen-led chapter events that connect current members with Jewish teens, as well as non-Jewish teens, in fun, meaningful, and powerful experiences with new teens to explore our differences and shared values. Events can be online or in-person.
The #CommonGroundChallenge has been made possible by Our Common Destiny in memory of Ilia Salita, a long time Jewish communal leader, and his friendship with the Marcus Foundation. You can follow Our Common Destiny’s activities at @OurCommonDestiny1 on Facebook and Our.Common.Destiny on Instagram. Inspired by the roots of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, and Ilia Salita’s career, the #CommonGroundChallenge encourages ‘harmony’ and ‘unity’ amongst the Jewish People led by those that will soon lead global Jewry.
Our Common Destiny is working to unite the global Jewish community around these inspiring shared values:
Ensuring the well-being and security of Israel and Jews worldwide
Taking responsibility for each other
Strengthening Jewish Identity
Serving as a "Light Unto the Nations" by acting ethically and morally
Working towards world development and improvement
Through these chapter activities, we’ll explore these values first-hand, and strengthen the fabric of our local and global Jewish community through new relationships and broader understanding of the Jewish teen world.
Any BBYO teen representing a chapter worldwide is eligible to apply. At this time of global unrest and divisiveness across society, these experienceswill deepen relationships across our generation.
Once all applications are received, thirty chapters will be selected for the first challenge round. Following implementation, ten chapters - decided by a digital voting campaign and evaluation scoring - will earn a second round of increased funding. Following the second round of implementation, public voting and program evaluation will determine which three chapters earn a third round of increased funding.
First Round Prizes:
$500 per Grant Recipient (30 Chapters Selected)
Second Round Prizes:
$1,250 per Grant Recipient (10 Chapters Selected)
Third Round Prizes:
$3,000 per Grant Recipient (3 Chapters Selected)
Community examples that chapters can, but are not limited to, focus on include: under engaged Jewish teens, Israeli Jewish teens, Russian-speaking Jewish teens, Spanish-speaking Jewish teens, Jewish teens who may only participate in Jewish communal life seasonally (i.e., summer camp or the local JCC Maccabi team), teens that participate in other youth movements, teens with varying abilities, teens who practice unique or distinct Jewish practices, and more.
Grants can be used to support entirely original experiences dreamt up by teens, or support initiatives like Voice Your Vote or BBYO Global Shabbat, which naturally bring together Jewish teens representing diverse perspectives and unique narratives. Events must include a mosaic of Jewish teen participants, but can also include teens representing other religions, cultures, or neighboring communities.
Events must engage Jewish teens representing a diverse Jewish landscape
Events may engage with teens from across the broader secular community (i.e., interfaith, mutli-cultural, cross-communal, etc.)
Events must be imaginative and display creativity, ingenuity, be meaningful, and be fun
All experiences should reinforce the values of the Our Common Destiny program, including: forging strong bonds, embracing the diversity of the Jewish people, deepening our understanding of one another and committing to the greater cause of unity, social justice, Tikkun Olam and the safety of Jews worldwide
All experiences must be implementable in a virtual or face-to-face environment
challenge-related activities should serve as a template for replication across the Movement
The #CommonGroundChallenge is managed by the BBYO International Board and grant recipients will be voted upon by the BBYO membership, the global Jewish teen community, and our partners at Our Common Destiny at the conclusion of each round.
Key Dates for 2020-2021 Program Year
October 8, 2020
October 23, 2020
October 26 - 30, 2020
First Round Winners Announced:
November 6, 2020
Second Round Winners Announced:
February 11, 2021
Third Round Winners Announced:
April 11, 2021
We wish you luck in your endeavors and cannot wait to see the inspiring programs that you plan around this exciting new initiative!
Fraternally and Respectfully Submitted,
The 96th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph
76th International Board of the B’nai B’rith Girls