Evergreen BBYO

November 2010/Kislev 5771 Edition

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Evergreen Regional News




International BBYO

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Evergreen Regional News

Ruach Convention:  The Social Network

Ruach2010Registration is now open for our biggest convention of the year.  Chapter contests, AZAA Basketball tournament, BBG Broomball, 4 days and 3 nights in a hotel with all your friends from EGR.  Early Bird registration by 11/26 - $295, Final registration 12/9/10 - $330.  You don’t want to miss out on Ruach 2010!!!  (Formerly known as JLC) Sign up on www.blinked.org today!

Stand Up!

Evergreen Region’s Stand Up! cause this year is for Education and Literacy.  Stand Up! is BBYO’s International initiative to raise awareness and funds for an organization.  All of the chapters in Evergreen Region are already busy formulating fundraising plans, advocacy programs, and community service projects.  Look forward to upcoming featured chapter Stand Up! programs.

Both Portland and Seattle BBYO Friends and Alumni Networks Launch 180@$180 Campaigns!

180at180In an effort sustain BBYO in the Northwest,Seattle and Portland FAN networks are working to attract 180 donors to give at the $180+ level in each city.  BBYO has a strong history in the Northwest and the future of BBYO depends on increased community support.  Do your part and make an online donation in Seattle or Portland.


Chapter Programming

BBG chapters are busy recruiting and welcoming new members by hosting “kidnaps.”  Both Achayot and Halom are planning to host these chapter programs where future BBGs can hang out, get to know older members, and participate in sisterhood activities.

An Evening with Former International BBYO Presidents Dan and Elana

Dan SeptimusDaniel Septimus, former Grand Aleph Godol 1997-98, Associate Rabbi at Temple DeHirsch Sinai and Elana Zana, former International N'siah 1999-00, healthcare attorney with Ogden, Murphy, and Wallace joined Monday night BBYO meetings on November 1st at the SJCC to share their experiences. This event was open to all Seattle area Jewish teens. Dan and Elana's engaging and informative talk was definitely a highlight for Seattle teens and will be an event to be remembered.

An Introduction to Musical Theater:  A Special workshop for teens

Seattle Jewish Community Center and 5th Avenue Theater present:  An Introduction to Musical Theater:  A Special workshop for teens.  Tuesday November 30th, at 7 pm.  This workshop is for teens who want to learn basic singing and acting concepts.  Join us as we create our own “Glee” style performances.  Register at www.sjcc.org.

Seattle BBYO is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle


Jeremy Sherman visit

Jeremy's Portland VisitJeremy Sherman, BBYO’s 2010-2011 Grand Aleph Godol visited Portland chapters and community leaders in late October.  He had the opportunity to sit down with Marc Blattner, also a past Grand Alpeh Godol and Michelle Caplan past International N’siah.  Jeremy gave an update on International initiatives and EGR’s current Judaic, Social Action, and Community Service programming.

College Night

Portland BBYO teamed up with the University of Oregon Hillel at the Mittleman JCC Tuesday, November 2nd for a College Night.  Parents and teens had the opportunity to learn about Jewish student life on campus, several Jewish organizations, and ask questions to current students about their studies.  Around 40 teens and parents attended the event.

Blazers game

BlazersTeen Connection and BBYO are hosting a night at the Blazer’s Game for any Jewish 6th-12th grader Tuesday evening, December 7th.  This annual event is always fun and exciting.  Sign up now on www.blinked.org.



Portland Friends and Alumni Winter Banquet






Save the Date for Portland’s Winter Banquet and Cocktail Hour – December 21, 2010 at the Portland Airport Sheraton, details to come soon.


Eugene BBYO Meetings

Eugene BBYO is in full swing with chapter meetings every Sunday evening, from 7 to 8 pm, at the University of Oregon Hillel.  Planning is already underway for a fun-filled semester.  Any Jewish 9th-12th grader is welcome to check out what's going on at meetings.  Questions?  Contact Chelsea Landman (541) 514-3006.

Michaela Gilmer named International PR Chair

The 86th and 66th Grand and International Boards announced the 2010-2011 International Chair positions.  Eugene's very own Michaela Gilmer was chosen to work on the PR Team with several other teens from around the United States.  Michaela will also serve as this year's BBG Ruach 2010 Coordinator.

Eugene BBYO helps with Hannukah Fair

Eugene BBYO will be volunteering in the annual Hannukah Fair at Temple Beth Israel, Sunday November 21st.  Each year Temple Beth Israel collects donations of toys and other goods to donate to families in need.

Eugene BBYO is a beneficiary agency of the Lane County Jewish Federation

International BBYO

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BBYO Summer Experiences Registration Now Open!

Last year, more than 1,500 teens took part in BBYO Summer Experiences. They developed their leadership skills, served new communities, made friendships that will last for years to come and traveled the world. What program will you  attend this summer? With dozens of program options, mix and match your summer to create your own adventure. Choose from:

  • 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 different 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.


Don't miss out on several of BBYO's year-round International Programs currently open for registration:

  • 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!
  • ID: A Jewish Teen Summit on Immigration:   Travel to Phoenix, AZ this December and take part in a seminar designed to highlight the issues around the immigration debate and how political activism relates to the core concepts of Jewish values. Walk away confident to speak informatively on the subject in your community.
  • International Convention: Join hundreds of BBYO leaders in Los Angeles, CA February 17-21 to experience AZA & BBG at the highest level. Check out the IC 2011 Blog!
  • 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.
  • Double Impact Scholarship: Earn a 50% scholarship towards the tuition of a domestic Summer of Impact experience and 25% towards Impact: Israel by performing 60 hours of community service during the school year!

Click here to check out BBYO's Full Brochure of Summer Experience 2011 Offerings featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information and more!

BBYO Helps Teens Prepare for College and Beyond

With exceptional leadership programs and identity-enrichment experiences, BBYO has shaped the lives of its 250,000 alumni, including prominent business leaders, Congressional representatives and entrepreneurs. Many of them claim it is BBYO to which they “owe it all.”

BBYO provides programs and resources to help teens prepare for high school, college and their professional lives. In addition, BBYO annually contacts college admissions officers to let them know why teens with BBYO on their applications make stellar students on campus. >>Click here to view our letter to admissions officers at 50 of the most popular colleges and universities that Jewish teens attend.

And now, BBYO also brings value to the entire family by  offering discounts through a partnership with Kaplan Test Prep. These discounts include:

  • 10% off undergraduate test prep with the promotion code BBYO10. Learn more.
  • 10% off graduate test prep for Friends & Alumni Network members with the promotion code BBYO10. Learn more.
  • 10% off Kaplan Tutoring, offering private or semi-private tutoring for K-8th grades with the promotion code BBYO10. Learn more.

Hanukkah Silly Bands are Coming!

Hanukkah Silly Bands






Happy Hanukkah from BBYO! We are excited to announce that neon, glow in the dark BBYO Silly Bands are on their way to help us celebrate the holiday season! Quantities are limited so stay tuned for more updated information on how to get this special Hanukkah gift!