BBYO Lake Ontario Region (Toronto, Thornhill & Vaughan)

October 2013/Cheshvan 5774 Issue

In this Issue

Regional Website

Director's Note

Upcoming Events

Register for BBYO Summer 2014

Global Shabbat

Speak UP Week

B-Fit Teen Fitness returns November 6

Advisor Leadership Training Conference


Thank You

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Kevin Goodman
Executive Director
416.398.2004 ext 1

To learn more about the information in this newsletter, visit our regional website.

Director's Note

Hello and welcome to the October edition of our monthly eNews, filled with exciting updates from across Toronto, Thornhill and Vaughan.

The next month is full of exciting opportunities both locally and Internationally. Locally, we are looking forward to AZA/BBG Family Shabbat on November 8 as well as the start of our weekly B-Fit Teen Fitness classes at the Prosserman JCC on November 6.

There are also several International initiatives coming up that we will celebrate in our community like Speak UP Week. As a movement, BBYO is focusing on raising awareness about hunger through Hunger is Not a Game: A Teen Issue Summit on Hunger Awareness and Advocacy.

***Save the date for BBYO Summer 2014 registration - November 7, 2013!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch with me at 416.398.2004 ext. 1 or


Kevin Goodman, Executive Director, BBYO Lake Ontario Region


Share the AZA and BBG experience with a high school teen you know!

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Upcoming Events

Chapter Meetings (Grades 8-12)

  • *Local chapters meet every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at locations across the city. Click for Details.
  • Parents are invited to the first hour of chapter meetings on the following dates to learn about BBYO Summer Experiences across North America, Israel and Europe:
    • Nov. 13 at Prosserman JCC (Chapters L'Chaim & Magen)
    • Nov. 20 at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Chapters Chaverot & Exodus)
    • Nov. 27 at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre (Chapters Achim & Ahava)

Regional Programs (Grades 8-12)

  • November 6 - B-Fit Teen Fitness starts (every Wednesday). Click for Details.
  • November 8 - AZA/BBG Family Shabbat
  • *November 10 - AZAA/BBGG Chapter Basketball Tournament. Click for Details.

Volunteer Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

BBYO Connect Events (Grades 6-8)

  • October 20 - Snakes & Shakes. Click for Details.
  • November 10 - Sporting event. Save the Date!

General Dates

* Membership is required for events marked with an asterisk. Click here for membership options. No membership required for all other events.

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Register for BBYO 2014 Summer Experiences on November 7!

It may only be October, but it's already time to start thinking about summer! BBYO Summer 2014 is going to be even more epic than last summer, and registering early will guarantee that you will be a part of it. Highlights of our Summer Experiences menu include:

BBYO Member-Only Programs

BBYO on Campus Programs

BBYO Passport Programs

Mark your calendars for November 7 to register at!

Summer Experiences Information Nights:

All parents and teens are invited to join us for a Summer Experiences Information Night to learn about program options across North America, Israel and Europe.

  • Wed. Nov. 13 (6-7pm) at the Prosserman JCC (Room 123). 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
  • Wed. Nov. 20 (6-7pm) at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Room 6). 1441 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill.
  • Wed. Nov. 27 (6-7pm) at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre (Room 2123). 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan.

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AZA and BBG Global Shabbat

On November 8, 2013, join us for AZA and BBG Global Shabbat as teens from all over the world celebrate Judaism's most holy tradition simultaneously worldwide. All AZA and BBG Global Shabbat celebrations will be centered on the same theme; for boys in AZA chapters, the theme is "If you will it, it is no dream" and for girls in BBG chapters, the theme is "We Stand Together, One Nation, One Home."

Locally, teens are planning an AZA/BBG Family Shabbat program for BBYO members and their families (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.). Please save the date so you can join us: Friday, November 8 from 6pm to 9pm at the Goldhar Conference & Celebration Centre on Lebovic Campus (9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan).

Registration will open shortly at

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Speak UP Week

Speak UP Week is almost here! Between November 4-8, take part in this International initiative that explores Israel education, awareness and advocacy through formal, informal, experiential and advocacy lenses. Together, we will celebrate and learn about the rich history and diverse culture of the Jewish homeland. Join the Facebook group to stay up to date with Speak UP Week and be on the lookout for resources to help participate!

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B-Fit Teen Fitness returns November 6

B-Fit Teen Fitness is a new weekly exercise class for teens in grades 8-12. This high energy workout is designed to introduce teens to group fitness and promote the development of positive exercise habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

B-Fit Teen Fitness is offered every Wednesday (starting November 6, 2013), 5:00 - 5:45 pm at the Prosserman JCC (4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto) in Room 114. The cost to participate is $5/class (Prosserman JCC members receive a 20% discount).

Stay up-to-date by joining the B-Fit Teen Fitness Facebook group - click here!

For more information please visit or contact Elaine at 416.638.1881 X4367 or

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Save the Date: Advisor Leadership Training Conference

Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12, 2014

Advisor Leadership Training Conference (ALTC) will be held this year in January. Marking our 90th Anniversary, we look forward to building upon our success and providing the best 'hands on' training for our advisors. ALTC will provide a valuable opportunity for dedicated BBYO volunteers to participate in training and professional development sessions that will directly benefit your work with your teens and chapter, enrich your professional skill set and give you a chance to network with other BBYO volunteers, alumni and stakeholders.

ALTC is open to ALL BBYO advisors. ALTC alumni are welcome to apply.

Click here for the application.
For questions, contact Stacy Friduss at

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BBYO in the News

BBYO Careers

BBYO offers exciting opportunities across North America that will challenge your abilities, expand your skill set and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth. For a list of current openings, click here!

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Thank You

BBYO Lake Ontario Region is grateful to the many parents, friends and alumni who support BBYO. Special thanks to our Board of Directors and our wonderful Chapter Advisors and Madrichim. Thank you for making BBYO possible in our community.

If you would like more information or to get involved in BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) in Toronto, please contact Kevin Goodman at

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