With Oct. 7 on their minds, Jewish teens head to gathering of thousands with renewed sense of priorities


February 9, 2024

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Teens from South Florida's Gold Coast Region enter the open ceremony at BBYO's 2023 International Convention in Dallas, February 2023.

When 18-year-old TJ Katz was elected last February to be international president of BBYO after four years of deep involvement with the Jewish youth organization, the New Jersey teen was exceedingly excited.

Serving as the face of a movement that reaches over 70,000 teens in 62 countries, Katz told an interviewer, put him in a unique position "to tangibly impact the lives of thousands of people."

After graduating high school, Katz deferred admission by a year to the University of Florida to focus on his role as BBYO's so-called Grand Aleph Godol - top leader - just as the organization was on...

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