BBYO holds largest Jewish gathering since the pandemic began
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Jewish Youth3,000 teenagers from 40 countries gather in Baltimore

BBYO holds largest Jewish gathering since the pandemic began

Pittsburgh Steeler Zach Banner was among the convention's speakers.

A panel at the BBYO convention in Baltimore included, from left, Eve Barlow, a freelance music journalist; Zach Banner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Josh Kraft, the resident of Kraft Family Philanthropies and Jadyn Davidson (R), the regional president from BBYO Keystone Mountain Region, Feb. 18, 2022. (Jason Dixson Photography)
A panel at the BBYO convention in Baltimore included, from left, Eve Barlow, a freelance music journalist; Zach Banner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Josh Kraft, the resident of Kraft Family Philanthropies and Jadyn Davidson (R), the regional president from BBYO Keystone Mountain Region, Feb. 18, 2022. (Jason Dixson Photography)

BALTIMORE (JTA) — More than 3,000 teenagers from 40 countries attended a BBYO convention in what is believed to be the largest Jewish gathering since the beginning of the pandemic.

A release from the organizations said the event at the Baltimore Convention Center running Feb. 17-21 focused on Jewish philanthropy and Jewish education.

Speakers included Mike Posner, a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter; Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of New York’s Central Synagogue, who fielded calls from the hostage-taker in last month’s assault on a Texas synagogue; A. J. Dillon, the Green Bay Packers running back, and Zach Banner, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive tackle; Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner who is running for governor; and Jurney Smollett, an Emmy-nominated actress.

Strict COVID protections, including proof of vaccination, testing and masking, were in place throughout.

BBYO, the former B’nai Birith Youth Organization, describes itself as “the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement.” PJC

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