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B'nai B'rith Youth Organization collection

Identifier: umja0194

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of scrapbooks that are filled with newspaper clippings, photographs, fliers, and ephemera.


  • 1963-1971

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) are a member led high school fraternity and sorority, founded in 1924 and 1944, respectively. They are part of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO). The first chapter of the Aleph Zadik Aleph was formed in 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska. With guidance from advisor Sam Beber, AZA was declared an international organization on May 3, 1924. As chapters began to form throughout the United States and in Canada, International Conventions were held and International Officers elected. In 1925, AZA was adopted by B’nai B’rith International as its official youth program. The first Minneapolis chapter of AZA was the eighth chapter developed nationally, and the st. Paul chapter was the tenth.

“BBYO's Narrative History: 1923-2018.” BBYO. Accessed November 22, 2022.


5.5 Cubic Feet (3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials partaining to B'nai B'rith Youth Organization's local chapters of Aleph Zadic Aleph (AZA) and B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), two Jewish youth leadership organizations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest by Gloria Cooper in September 2004 and Robert Marvy in 2003.


B'nai B'rith Youth Organization Collection, 1968-1971
Ashley Skwiera
November 2022
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Collecting Area Details

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