From the Regional Staff:
Shalom and welcome to the May edition of our monthly e-news.
A great group of teens just returned from Mansfield Outdoor Centre for our annual Spring Regional Convention where we wished farewell to our graduating seniors, heard the State of the Region address from our outgoing presidents and elected a new regional executive.
Mazel Tov to the convention coordinators Maya Feldberg & Shia Cooperman-Green and their entire steering committee, as well as the newly elected Regional Executives of AZA and BBG:
AZA - Godol (President) Shia Cooperman-Green, S'gan (VP Programming) Joey Harendorf, Moreh (VP Membership) Jesse Freedman, Mazkir (VP Communications/Fundraising) Morgan Benudiz.
BBG - N'siah (President) Stacey Ramelson, S'ganit (VP Programming) Melanie Levy-Hara, Aym Ha-Chaverot (VP Membership) Rachel Goldberg, Mazkirah (VP Communication/Fundraising) Tatum Shiff.
Chapter elections were also held across the city in recent weeks. Congratulations to all newly elected chapter board members!
We hope to see all teens and parents at our annual Awards & Installs on June 5th, and expect a large BBYO delegation at the upcoming Walk with Israel on May 29th. More on these programs throughout this e-news. And remember, weekly chapter meetings on Wednesday nights from 6pm-8pm in Toronto (at the Prosserman JCC) and in Vaughan (at Dufferin Clark Community Centre) end on Wednesday June 1st.
If you have any questions about anything in this e-news or would just like to chat, please be in touch! We can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Goodman, Program Director
Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate
Don't Miss Awards & Installs
All members, parents, friends & alumni are invited to join us on Sunday June 5th at 1pm at the Prosserman JCC (Room 211) for Awards & Installs and a dessert reception.
We'll be presenting our annual individual and chapter awards, announcing the new chapter executives and installing the new regional executive.
Teens - This is a great chance to say goodbye before your friends head off to camp and summer vacations.
Parents - You'll have the opportunity to shmooze with BBYO's professional staff, volunteer advisors, board of directors and other parents, while celebrating the successes and accomplishments of your teens.
Please RSVP (with the number of attendees from your family) to Kevin at email@example.com or 416.398.2004 ext 222.
BBYO @ UJA's Walk with Israel
Come walk as a group with BBYO at UJA's annual Walk with Israel this Sunday! All members, friends and parents are welcome to join our Walk team.
We'll be meeting outside the Prosserman JCC (4588 Bathurst Street) at 8am to take the free shuttle buses downtown.
To walk with BBYO, you need to do 2 things:
1) Register for the Walk with Israel: Click here and then click "Join Family" on the left hand side.
2) Register for the FREE shuttle bus from the Prosserman JCC: Click here and then register for the "Lipa Green" bus stop (that's the building connected to the Prosserman JCC).
Niagara Falls for Grades 6-8
Teen Connection is BBYO's pre-high school program designed for students in grades 6, 7 & 8.
All Jewish 6th, 7th & 8th grade students are invited to our annual Niagara Falls Day Trip on Sunday June 12th. Buses will leave from the BBYO Regional Office (4700 Bathurst Street 2nd Floor, Toronto) at 10:30am and return at about 8pm.
Get ready for the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, the "Legends & Daredevils" IMAX Experience & Gallery, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Louis Tussaud's Waxworks and the Great Canadian Midway Arcade!
For more information or to register online, click here.
Experience the March of the Living
Nearly 150 representatives from BBYO took the journey from darkness to light and history to destiny as a part of the 2011 BBYO March of the LIving delegation. The March is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.
The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again.
Click here to read the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Blog with photos and testimonials of the experience.
Genocide and Human Rights Summit in DC
On June 26-28, 2011, teens from across North America are invited to Washington, DC, to take part in an extraordinary experience – a Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide.
For three days, a diverse group of Jewish teens will come together in the nation’s capitol to learn about Genocide and how they can stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities. They will hear from activists, meet with their Members of Congress, and most importantly, they will walk away from this PANIM Institute summit armed with increased knowledge about human rights and genocide, enhanced skills as a community leader, and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility.
Learn more or Register here!
350 Toronto-area Teens Participated in J-Serve 2011!
About 350 Toronto-area teens participated, along with roughly 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel in a day of community service and improvement projects as part of J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service, on Sunday, April 10.
Presented by BBYO, J-Serve Toronto’s service options included cleaning for Passover at Ansei Minsk Synagogue, visiting with patients at Baycrest, taking part in youth-led environmental workshops hosted by Bayview Corridor Synagogues, selling pins for the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual daffodil month, volunteer on a political campaign through the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, assisting residents of Habayit Shelanu with gardening through Circle of Care, spearheading a transformative cleanup of Earl Bales Park for the City of Toronto, hosting a party for residents at Cummer Lodge, joining DANI participants for fun and treats, taking part in a series of workshops with Free the Children, canvassing to promote UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s annual Walk with Israel, assembling education kits with Ve’ahavta to be sent to Israeli families in need and working the phones at the Zareinu Educational Centre telethon to promote its 14th annual Moveathon, among others.
“J-Serve is great because it brings together such a diverse group of Jewish teens uniting for a common purpose. Collectively contributing 2500 hours to bettering our community and the world is a powerful and impactful experience for all of us,” said Toronto-area teen, Shia Cooperman-Green.
The Toronto initiative was one of over 100 events internationally, where teens participated in a variety of different projects as they explored the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world.
To view press coverage and photos of J-Serve Toronto 2011, click here.