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BBYO introduces “Jewish Netflix” for live-streamed teen programs

BBYO On Demand is recently a launched and rapidly expanding hub that gives teens throughout the world access to an innovative digital space filled with activities, speakers, hangouts and events they can tune into from anywhere, anytime. 

The unique new platform offers its young Jewish audience an opportunity to connect, learn, have fun, and be inspired, virtually. It will serve as a teen-curated global engagement platform featuring activities, speakers, and hangouts that are limited only by the imagination of teens themselves. 

An open platform that is offered free to any Jewish teen, BBYO On Demand is akin to an interactive “Jewish Netflix,” giving Jewish youth access to a variety of online programs and experience options – including art classes, video game tournaments, book clubs, chapter meetings, coffee house/open mic performances, cooking demonstrations, community service projects, prayer services, Esports match-ups, TikTok challenges, voter registration drives, and much more.

The platform’s launch comes just in time, given the “social distancing” necessitated by the current COVID-19 health crisis.

“We’re navigating a very different reality than we anticipated just a few weeks ago,” said Jill Hulnick, BBYO’s chief impact officer. “As we ride out the local and global developments impacting school schedules, extracurricular activities, and regular routines, we’re committed to our mission of helping Jewish teens and young adults around the world stay connected to one another by sharing ideas, learning together, making the world a better place, and having a fun time while doing it.”

Like BBYO itself,  BBYO On Demand is both for and by Jewish youth, who are invited to build, submit, and host their own episodes, mini-series, classes, tournaments, hangouts, or special events.

BBYO partners with like-minded organizations who are also invited to offer content on the platform. The for BBYO On Demand partners is expanding daily, Currently, it includes J-Serve, Jewish United Fund, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Women’s Archive, jewishLive, JumpSpark, Lost Tribe eSports, Moving Traditions, NCSY, NFTY, Our Common Destiny, Repair the World, Springboard, TED, When We All Vote, and Zikaron BaSalon. 

Teens who use BBYO On Demand say the new platform has arrived just in time.

“More than anything, teens need social connections to thrive– and BBYO On Demand provides that for us,” said BBYO member Yael Schuller of North Texas Oklahoma Region. 

Joseph Rasamat of BBYO New England Region, added, “Before my school was even able to set up online classes, BBYO already had programs up and running to keep me engaged. As always, BBYO is at the forefront of bringing people together and making teens feel like they’re a part of something bigger.” 

For a schedule and additional information about BBYO On Demand, visit bbyo.org/ondemand.

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