B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO)

306 Flora Drive
Columbia, SC 29223

Jerry Emanuel
P: 803.787.2023

B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) is a youth-led, adult-supervised, worldwide organization which provides opportunities for Jewish youth to develop their leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity, and commitment to their personal development.  The youth participate in democratically functioning small groups under the guidance of adult advisors and professional staff.

The objectives of BBYO are:

  • to help Jewish youth enhance their knowledge and appreciation of Jewish religion and culture by discovering those aspects which are meaningful to them.
  • to provide Jewish youth with the opportunities to learn leadership skills and develop their leadership potential to their fullest capabilities.
  • to help Jewish youth recognize opportunities for service and encourage involvement in the Jewish and general community.
  • to develop in Jewish youth an appreciation of the meaning and practice of T'zedakah both in the Jewish and general community.
  • to help Jewish youth develop a commitment to the State of Israel.
  • to help Jewish youth develop a positive self-image.
  • to encourage the development of friendships with other Jewish youth.

The boys' chapter (The Paul Schwartz chapter, Aleph Zadik Aleph - AZA #254) and the girls' chapter (The Lena Karesh chapter, B'nai B'rith Girls - BBG #277) are part of Dixie Council which includes other chapters in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia and Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. These chapters and all the chapters in Atlanta comprise Southern Region.

The chapters program in many different areas, called folds. BBG programs include recreation, sisterhood, creativity, citizenship, Jewish heritage and community service.  AZA programs in five folds: athletic, community service/social action, education, Judaic and social.

BBYO members get together a number of times each year at conventions, kallahs, dances and other inter-city activities.

Membership in BBYO is open to rising ninth graders through high school seniors.

AZA meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center.


Jerry Emanuel or David Greenhouse