Central Region West BBYO

January 2012/Tevet 5772 Issue

In This Issue:

Regional News

Kallah Registration Deadline


Regional Business Meeting

Black Jew Dialogues

Summer Program for 7th and 8th Graders

Israel Education Opportunity for Sophs, Jrs, and Srs.

Silent Auction


Local News

San Francisco

East Bay

International News

BBYO Connect Opportunities

Teen Presidents Return from Abroad

Summer Recruitment Off to a Record Breaking Start

Oratory Winners to be Published in JTA

Southern Alum Reunion at IC

Torah Portions on Facebook





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Regional News

Last Chance for Kallah Registration

CRW Kallah is coming up in just 2 short weeks, and tomorrow, January 20th is the last day to sign up!

This year’s theme is “Our Values are Made for Living” and this year Kallah will be a time to explore yourself and have some fun.  While there are principles to live by in BBYO, there are also Jewish values to live by every day.

Registration is OPEN NOW and Kallah is $85 through midnight TOMORROW.

Register on B-linked here!

When: February 3-4 (One night only!)
Where: APJCC, Los Gatos, CA

Cost: $85

CRW Goes to International Convention

International Convention (IC) is upon us! IC is the annual gathering of Jewish Teens in BBYO from all over the world including Canada, England, Bulgaria, Turkey. This incredible experience takes place every year in in a different part of the United States over Presidents Day Weekend in February. This year it will take place  from February 16th-20th in Atlanta Georgia. International Convention provides an incredible opportunity for Jewish Teens from around the entire world to meet,connect, and collaborate with one another. However, IC is not just about meeting people from around the world, it also includes the Elections of the International Board of BBYO, special award presentation,guest speakers, and a Day of Service. The Day of Service is an event in which teens sign up for a community service project within the local community and then, with other teens and staff, go out and complete the project. Overall it is a very fun and enriching experience.

As a region, we are sending a delegation of over thirty-five members to represent us in front of the International BBYO Body. We conducted our first IC preparation meeting on January 8th where we discussed how we plan to present ourselves to the International BBYO body. We brainstormed different cheers,apparel ideas, banners, and more that we will use to promote ourselves to the International Body as the fun, exciting, and leadership filled region that we are!

Save the Date – Regional Business Meeting

Sunday, February 26, 2012
Oshman Family JCC (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto)
Other details TBA
Watch for information from Kelly and Alex about motion submissions, etc.  Make sure your chapter is represented!

Check it Out – The Black Jew Dialogues

Want to experience a piece of Kallah even though you can’t go?  This is going to be an amazing show that all of our participants are going to get to experience, and you’re invited too.  Check out this flyer for more info.
APJCC (14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos)
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Tickets: $15.00 general admission, $10.00 for students
Contact Jill if you want tickets!

Summer Program Opportunity for current 7th and 8th graders: Trek West

2-week Jewish travel experience in the American West (July 4-18, 2012)
Travel through California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona
Find out more: passport.bbyo.org/destination/trek_west_usa_connect/

Speak UP for Israel Educational Opportunity for juniors and seniors and now sophomores too!

Want to build professional skills, create useful connections for college, and get money to run an Israel-related program in BBYO?

We’re looking for fifteen seniors, juniors, and sophomores to take part in an exciting new pilot program with the Israel on Campus Coalition and Moishe House. Participants will be responsible for attending semester-long themed activities (both educational and social), be mentored by a local college student and young professional, and receive grant money and resources to create an Israel-related activity for CRW.
Participants will meet 8 times between February and May at different location around the Bay – including several college campus visits. 

Apply here today: israelcc.wufoo.com/forms/m7p6p7/ Contact Leeba with any questions.   Apply soon!  Registration closes the 26th of January.

CRWlympics Silent Auction

CRWlympics is CRW’s AZAA/BBGG regional event taking place on March 4th organized by Molly Zeiger and Sagee Moyal.  To raise money for original apparel, snacks, and venue money Sagee and Molly are organizing a CRW Teen Silent Auction!

Do you take singing lessons or sing in a choir?  Do you play a musical instrument or know how to dougie?  Wouldn't you love to teach fellow CRW teens your special talent?  Now you can at CRW’s first ever Silent Auction! What is a silent auction you might ask? Anyone in Central Region West #45 has the chance to sell a service like dancing lessons, cooking lessons, being a sports trainer, doing a photo shoot, etc. to fellow CRW teens.  Be creative with your talent, and think outside the box! CRWlympics is all about spirit after all!  The actual auction and bidding itself will all be done online.  For now, we’re asking for anyone interested in bidding a talent to contact Sagee and Molly with their name, talent, and short description of what the winning bidder will receive.  Example:  Bob BBYO, making latkes, bid on this prize and learn how to make organic, locally grown latkes that taste like heaven!

The money we raise during the Silent Auction, will all go toward funding an amazing CRWlympics with fantastic unique apparel.

If you are interested in participating in this, contact:
Molly Zeiger- (925) 708-1335- molly.zeiger@yahoo.com
Sagee Moyal- (408)-603-7996 - bullfrog33@gmail.com

Local News

San Francisco News

Parenting Your Teen

Presented by the Bureau of Jewish Education and Jewish Community High School of the Bay

How can BJE help you, and your child, navigate the teen years?
We’ve assembled educators, rabbis, therapists, coaches and other experts whose focus is on healthy boundaries, healthy relationships and communication.
Our experts will teach, lead workshops, offer take-home tools and answer questions, all framed within the context of Jewish learning and Jewish values.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Denise Pope, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Challenge Success · Senior Lecturer, Stanford University School of Education

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2012 · 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
$18 includes kosher lunch - no one turned away for lack of funds

Register Now: parentingyourteen.eventbrite.com

East Bay News

Community Service Opportunity

6-12th graders, parents invited too!  Join Temple Beth Abraham for Wetlands Restoration Day with Save the Bay.
When: January 29th
Where: Arrowhead Marsh, in the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline Park Oakland
Time: 10am-1pm
Up to 50 people, RSVP required. RSVP to TBA’s president: Bryan Schwartz, bryanschwartzesq@gmail.com

International News

BBYO Connect for Middle School Students




BBYO Connect is a division of BBYO aiming to create a community of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders through social and meaningful experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life.

Eighth Graders are Now Eligible for AZA and BBG Membership!

Do you have an 8th grader in your life who wants to become involved with AZA and BBG? Beginning January 1, all current 8th graders are eligible for full AZA or BBG membership, including opportunities to attend conventions and chapter meetings. Don’t miss out on the fun and meaningful opportunities that await, buy a membership today!


International Teen Presidents Return from BBYO's Canadian Regions and Global Affiliates









(BBYO's International Teen Presidents outside Buckingham Palace in London)

Grand Aleph Godol Oz Fishman and International N'siah Samantha Levinson just returned from visiting over 10 communities as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents! Starting with Canada, Sam and Oz spent the first half of December touring BBYO regions in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Then they crossed the Atlantic, visiting BBYO partner affiliates and BBYO/JDC service communities across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Israel. Their work as BBYO ambassadors helps unite Jewish teens across the world, building the BBYO movement and delivering on the teen-led agenda and priorities for 2011-2012.  (You can watch a video detailing these priorities here.)

Learn more about Oz's discussion with Bulgarian teens on community service as a Jewish value, Samantha's excitement at Canada sending more than 40 teens to IC, and more reflections on their trip on Keeping PACE, the International Teen Presidents travel blog, chronicling their gap year with BBYO.

BBYO's 2012 Summer Experience Registration Is Breaking Records!

Do you want to spend your summer making a difference, traveling the world and building lifelong friendships?   Registration for BBYO domestic Summer Experiences and BBYO Passport travel are up more than 400 percent over last year! Don't miss the opportunity to attend the program of your choice, as this unprecedented spike in early registration has left many experiences close to selling out.

The final early-bird discount of $75 ends Feb. 28th, so take advantage of the savings and make sure you are guaranteed a spot in what is sure to be a meaningful and memorable summer! Click above on the interactive brochure or visit BBYO.ORG/SUMMER for more information and scholarship details on BBYO's broadest and most affordable menu of offerings ever.

Oratory Contest Winners to be Published in JTA - February 1 Deadline!



AZA and BBG is now accepting submissions for this year’s Oratory and Storytelling Contests! "Am I a Jewish American or American Jew? Jewish Canadian or Canadian Jew? Wherever you live, does your Judaism come before your nationality?"  and “What makes Judaism unique and why is it important to me?” are the AZA and BBG themes for this year’s competition. If you’re creative, writing a fictional, funny story related to your BBYO experience and Jewish identity could win you the Storytelling Contest. More serious reflections on your personal experiences, the state of BBYO and the future of the Jewish people make up the Oratory Contest, with the JTA (the global news service of the Jewish People) providing special recognition to this winner by publishing their full submission to their audience of 200,000 monthly readers.

Visit the Storytelling and Oratory page on bbyo.org to watch videos and learn more about the details of this year's competitions. The deadline for entering is February 1, 2012! Winners will be announced at BBYO’s International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from February 16 - 20.

Do You Know an Alum from the South?





BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) is hosting the first-ever Southern Regions/Districts Alumni Reunion at International Convention 2012. Register or learn more at bbyo.org/reunion2012

The Southern Regions/Districts Alumni Reunion is on Saturday, February 18 at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  International Convention (IC) is the largest annual gathering of BBYO participants from across the world.  This year BBYO is expecting a record breaking 850 teens to join together at IC in Atlanta.  Join us at the IC Reunion to reconnect with fellow AZA and BBG alumni and friends while enjoying a dessert reception.  Space is limited so sign up today!

BBYO Teens Discuss Weekly Torah Portions on Facebook

Join the more than 650 people on Facebook every week that receive video D'var Torah updates from BBYO teen leaders! Through this new Facebook group led by Benji Fages (Lake Ontario Region); Emily Nassir (Big Apple Region); Ben Nach (Mountain Region); and Amy Restan (United Kingdom), engage in conversations about the weekly Torah portion with fellow BBYO teens from around the world!

Click here to join the group.