New England Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Winter Convention with CVR

Cradles to Crayons Drive

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website




Quick Links:

Donate to BBYO

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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NER to join CVR for Winter Convention

New England and Connecticut Valley Region Partner up for an Epic Weekend in Springfield, MA

Get your favorite play list ready because ...NER Winter Convention 2011 will take place Friday January 28th - Sunday January 30th at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield Massachusetts.

We will be joining forces with the Connecticut Valley Region (CVR) of BBYO, Rebecca Ungerman, the ADL and more! The Steering Committee for Winter Convention has come up with some amazing programs within our theme of Music.

Teens can look forward to BBYO! True Hollywood Story: Matisyahu, creating their own version of Woodstock, and a chance to win iTunes music gift cards.

The price before January 13th is $235. After January 13th the price is $275. Limited scholarship is available. Buses will be provided from Rhode Island and the Greater Boston Area. Get ready for a battle of the bands, an NER Palooza, the greatest Winter Convention FEST to ever hit BBYO's radar!

Make sure to check your email for up to date information about the weekend.

For questions please email Casey Topol at

NER Teens Pledge to Help Homeless Children


Over the past few weeks New England Region teens have pledged to hold a toy and clothing drive for a local organization called Cradles to Crayons.

"Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. In other words, we provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, we make children feel valued." C2C Website.

Each BBYO community will collect the most needed items over the holiday season and the week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  These drives are open to anyone who would like to participate.

On MLK Day we will meet in Massachusetts and sort all the items before bring them to the new location Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Allston, MA.  If you would like to participate in this national day of service please be in touch with the regional office.  The exact  time and location of the Community Sort is to be determined.

Visit our Facebook event for more information. Click Here


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 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.