It Has Begun! - IC 2016 Opens With A Bang

Opening Ceremonies is always a great time, a culmination of all regions and countries as the entire Order unites as one. It’s truly remarkable to see how much BBYO has grown internationally over the past 3 years. At International Convention 2013 in Washington, D.C., each international delegation only had a few representatives, but now at IC 2016, countries such as Argentina and Serbia have a thriving presence and group at convention.

Part of the crowd at opening ceremonies. Photo by Elias Kaerhoeg.

Tonight at opening ceremonies, we heard stories from past international board members, AZA and BBG honorees, the International Boards of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the B'nai B'rith Girls, as well as the Vice President and Designer Fashion Director of Nordstrom’s, Jeffrey Kalinsky. It was amazing to hear how much of an impact BBYO has on people, while providing them with perspective. Out of all the great speakers, the highlight of them all was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who directly addressed the IC body via a recorded video. He discussed how much of a difference BBYO teens can have on the world and our communities when we work together. All and all, it was a great night and there are plenty more in store for days to follow.

A surprise concert by pop-duo Timeflies kicked off International Convention 2016! Photo by Jason Dixson Photography.

Daniel Michaels, Michigan Region, IC 2016 Press Corps