New England Region BBYO

January 2011/shevat 5771 Edition

New England Region is one of the longest-running regions in BBYO history. It has 11 chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is hoping to expand into New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

In This Issue:

Get Excited for Winter Convention

Jewish Value of the Month

Homelessness Gets SERVED

RI's First Mitzvah Day

Jewish Teens Rally to End Bullying

BBYO President Visits Global BBYO

Travel to Washington, DC and Lobby Congress

Jewish Value of the Month:

Lo Ta’amod Al Dam Rei’echa – לא ַּתֲעמֹוד ַעל ָדם ֵרֶעָך

Do not stand by the blood of your neighbour – The prohibition against passivity in the face of violence to others (Leviticus 19:16; T.B. Sanhedrin 73a).





Temple Sinai's Annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah Expo


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BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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Get Excited for Winter Convention with Connecticut Valley Region

New England Region's AZA/BBG Winter Convention with Connecticut Valley Region is January 28th-30th, and will be a weekend to remember!  There will be incredible programs based on the convention theme of music and amazing speakers, like the former Neo-Nazi who will share his story. There will also be great prizes and contests such as NER BBYO's exciting new one:


The first two current BBYO members who recruit five BRAND NEW teens to sign up for AZA or BBG membership before January 25th will be upgraded to a suite at the hotel during Winter Convention!!!!! Make sure to email Casey when one of your prospects signs up for a BBYO membership!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Jewish Value of the Month

In each monthly e-news, NER BBYO will present the "Jewish Value of the Month" and highlight a regional or local chapter event that shows the teens living that value.

This month's Jewish value is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.-

Lo Ta’amod Al Dam Rei’echa – לא ַּתֲעמֹוד ַעל ָדם ֵרֶעָך – do not stand by the blood of your neighbor – The prohibition against passivity in the face of violence to others (Leviticus 19:16; T.B. Sanhedrin 73a).

The Jewish Value of the Month will be posted in the Side Bar in each e-news issue from now on.

Homelessness Gets SERVED!

NER Teens gear up for JServe 2011 on MLK Day

All of the teens who participated in the Cradles to Crayons clothing and toy drive  showed that they are living this month's Jewish Value.

Since early December, New England Region AZAs and BBGs held clothing and toy drives for Cradles to Crayons, a non profit organization serving homeless children in the Boston area.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day our teens came together to go through all the chapter collections. They sorted through bags and boxes of clothing, art supplies and numerous other items. They also made cards for the homeless children who are receiving these donations.

With the help of Codie Magier, the NER BBYO Sh'licha, the teens also had a program that illustrated the centrality of Jewish values in BBYO. Many of the teens discovered that their personal values are the same as the Jewish values they learned about in the program.

Thanks to all of the teens and community members that dedicated their time and energy towards this wonderful cause.

To learn more about Cradles to Crayons CLICK HERE.




"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."-Martin Luther King, Jr.

NER BBYO Gives Back on Mitzvah Day

New England Region BBYO will be participating in Rhode Island's First Annual Mitzvah Day

On Sunday, March 13, 2011, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, together with local agencies, will be conducting it's First Annual Rhode Island Mitzvah Day.

On Mitzvah Day, volunteers will be working together to make the world a better place by:

• holding a food drive at The Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry;
• making sandwiches for Mobile Loaves and Fishes;
• conducting a bone marrow drive with 30K Friends Foundation at the Alliance;
• baking hamentaschen cookies at the Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Center;
• designing shoes to help those in need through Gotta Have Sole Foundation
• and performing many other meaningful projects.

For more information CLICK HERE!

BBYO Teens Lead Campaign to End Bullying

Three Major International Jewish Youth Movements Join Forces to End Bullying and Support for LGBTQ Teens

Jewish teenagers from the major International Jewish Youth Movements are taking on bullying and standing up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peers. In addition to publicly committing to end bullying and creating an inclusive environment in their own movements, the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, (the presidents of the International Jewish Youth Movements) has set a goal of getting 18,000 Jews to sign Keshet’s “Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives”. This goal has been echoed by the executive leadership of the movements and their staff.


International President Jeremy in LondonTravels to UK, Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia

Where in the world is Jeremy Sherman? BBYO's International Teen President has been travelling abroad representing BBYO around the world. Follow his travels including photos and videos on our interactive blog, Keeping PACE! Check out some highlights:

  • Listen to Jeremy's thoughts as if you were sitting with him on the plane ride to Bulgaria.
  • View pictures of Jeremy's visit to Tzamaret, BBYO's partner in Israel.
  • Hear a special Shabbat Shalom message from Jeremy during his visit in Jerusalem!

Visit Keeping PACE Now!

Washington, DC Wants You!

Join Jewish teens from around the country in a city that has it all for a teen leader – Washington, D.C..  At Panim el Panim seminars teens will see all of the city’s most famous tourist sites while gaining insider access to locations like the U.S. Capitol!   Teens have the opportunity to meet and lobby members of Congress, learn from advocacy experts on Israel, healthcare, the environment and today’s hottest topics, and do service projects that provide direct aid to those in need in the city.  Teens participating in Panim el Panim seminars walk away with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of civic engagement.  In addition, these skills will help strengthen your individual or regional Stand UP campaigns!

Find out available dates for individual registrations from now through March!