Westchester BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Teens Excited for 2011 Programming

Looking for Advisors

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website


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BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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Westchester BBYO Enters 2011 in a Whirlwind of Excitement

Westchester BBYO just kicked off a lively semester with over 65 teens at our first ever Hanukkah Dance, and over 120 teens engaged in the Westchester BBYO program over the course of the year. Propelled by this strong momentum, Westchester teens are looking forward to start programming in the 2011 calendar year.

We are very excited to announce that BBYO has recently become the official teen youth group of the JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale. Beginning in January, the JCC and BBYO will work together to provide more meaningful and enjoyable Jewish experiences for teens around Westchester County.  Starting January 23, teens will meet almost every other Sunday from 5:00-6:30 pm at the JCC of Mid-Westchester  to work together to develop leadership skills, make a difference in the world, and have a great time with new friends.

Click here for the calendar for Spring 2011. Save the dates for our events next semester. Can't wait to see you there!

BBYO is looking for Advisors

Join our national network of over 600 volunteer advisors who make a real difference in the lives of Jewish teens! BBYO in Westchester is looking for those over 21 who want to join BBYO in providing teens with a truly rewarding experience.  Being an advisor allows you to make a positive impact on the future while  having a great time!

If you are interested, or know somebody who might be, please contact Rachel at rkrueger@bbyo.org.


BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

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Find Out What Wish Came True for an AZA Teen: Watch an interview with Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”

Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message reflected the focus of their television series which features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving back and helping to make dreams come true for the people they meet along the way.  Before wrapping up their remarks at Kallah, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 teens asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”

Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked onto to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home."Six months later, the cast from “The Buried Life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode on November 29. Immediately following the show BBYO aired a live webcast with Lucas, allowing BBYO teens from around the world to ask him questions and hear his reflections on the experience and what it has meant to his family.

Click here to learn more, including links to watch the Season Finale on MTV.com and the recorded interview with Lucas.

Take the BBYO Impact Survey!

Are you or your child a BBYO junior or senior? As part of our commitment to our members and supporters, we are conducting research to study the value of our programs. Your input will provide us with valuable understanding of what people enjoy about BBYO and where improvements can be made. Participate in our survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card!


Don't Miss Out!

Registration is open for dozens of BBYO International Experiences.

February 2011:

April - May 2011:

  • March of the Living: Experience a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland. Sophomores are eligible for $1,000 off!

Summer 2011:

  • AZA & BBG's Flagship Leadership Development and Judaic Identity programs: CLTC, ILTC and Kallah.
  • Summer of Impact experiences through the PANIM Institute of BBYO. Serve new communities and make a real difference in Boston, D.C., the Southwest and Israel!
  • Passport to the World, BBYO's global travel program, taking teens to more than 16 countries around the world.

Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and more!


  • Panim el Panim: Receive advocacy training, participate in service learning and have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill -- all in a few days!
  • Double Impact Scholarship: Earn a 50 percent scholarship towards the tuition of a domestic Summer of Impact experience and 25 percent towards Impact: Israel by performing 60 hours of community service during the school year!



New PANIM Website!






Check out the new site and learn about all of PANIM's premiere service learning experiences.