Local edition - Region

March 2011/adar 5771

In This Issue:

From the Director

Spotlight on Local Programs

Summer Experiences

Welcome Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate

Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

14 teens from Lake Ontario Region attend International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Special Thanks to BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Build a Prayer.org Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience




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Contact BBYO:

Kevin Goodman
Program Director
416.398.2004 ext 222

Jessie Greenspan
Program Associate
416.398.2004 ext 225

Kerry Bernknopf
Outreach Associate
416.398.2004 ext 223

Debbi Silver
416.398.2004 ext 221





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From the Director

Shalom and welcome to the March edition of our monthly e-news! This is an exciting time for BBYO as we prepare for J-Serve, The Global Day of Jewish Youth Service; get pumped for BBYO Summer Experiences (scholarships are available!) and welcome Jessie Greenspan as our new Program Associate.

If you have any questions about anything in this e-news or would just like to chat, please be in touch! I can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 ext 222 or kgoodman@bbyo.ca.


Kevin Goodman
Program Director

P.S. Did you know 8th grade recruitment began January 1st? That's right, 8th graders are now eligible to join an AZA/BBG chapter!

And for 6th and 7th graders there's Teen Connection, the BBYO pre-high school experience. Get into it!


Spotlight on Local Programs

Chapters continue to meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm in Toronto at the Prosserman JCC (Room 123) and in Vaughan at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Rooms 5/6).

Plans are also well underway for a wide range of regional programs, open to all teens in 8th to 12th grades:

  • Sun. April 10 - J-Serve: The Global Day of Jewish Youth Service. Join 500 Toronto-area teens as we participate in this simultaneous global day of community service. Click here for info or to register.
  • May 13-15 - Spring Regional Convention. Save the date for the most highly-anticipated convention of the year, featuring a meaningful teen-led Shabbat, Life Ceremonies, Regional Elections and more!
  • Sun. June 5 - Closing Banquet. Get pumped for our annual awards ceremony and executive installations. Family & friends welcome.

For more information about upcoming chapter and regional programs for 8th through 12th grade teens, click here.

Plus, there's something for younger teens too: Teen Connection is the BBYO pre-high school experience made just for 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Click here for details.


Make Your Summer Fun, Meaningful, AND Affordable

Scholarship deadline A pril 1st

All BBYO su mmer experiences (CLTC, ILT C, Kallah and Summer of IMPACT), as well as BBYO Passport Trips (Israel and World travel), are eligible for scholarship subsidy.

The deadline is April 1st, and all scholarship awards will be announced no later than May 1st.  Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted to the regional office (see application for details).  We also urge parents and teens to connect with local Federations, BJEs, synagogues and other community agencies for additional scholarship support.  Regional staff can provide template letters to send to these agencies to request summer program funding.

Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!

Click here for more information about BBYO Summer Experiences.


Welcome Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate

It is our pleasure to announce the hiring of Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate – Lake Ontario Region.

Jessie was involved as both a chapter and regional leader in her synagogue youth group, and joins BBYO after graduating from Seneca College with a degree in Esthetics and Spa Management. While she enjoyed both the technical and entrepreneurial aspects of her industry training, it was serving as President of Seneca Hillel for two years while in college that inspired Jessie to seek a career in Jewish communal service.

As Program Associate, Jessie will play an active role in the planning and implementation of chapter and regional programs and in the continued expansion of Teen Connection, BBYO’s middle school engagement program. Jessie can be reached at 416.398.2004 ext 225 or jgreenspan@bbyo.ca. You can also connect with Jessie on Facebook by adding ‘Jessie Bbyo Greenspan’ as a friend.

We would like to welcome Jessie to the BBYO family and we're thrilled at the skill set, passion and excitement she brings to our team!


Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

The 2011 Shofar: The Newsletter of AZA & BBG is here! Written by the BBYO Teen PR Team, the newsletter covers important happenings across the organization such as Speak Up, Build a Prayer and Panim el Panim. Also, don't miss the special interviews with Rebecca Ungerman, BBYO's favorite song leader and Jeremy Sherman and Arielle Braude, BBYO's International Teen Presidents. There's even a secret "confessions" page from the 2020K team about working in BBYO's International Office!

Read the Shofar Now!


14 teens from Lake Ontario Region attended International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Los Angeles, California hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eight countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th annual International Convention (IC). Highlights included a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBYO's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking participants out into the L.A. community; speakers such as Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl; and the election of the 2011-2012 AZA and BBG International Boards!

Click here to read more about what happened at IC 2011!

Click here to visit the IC 2011 Blog!


Special Thanks to BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that Lake Ontario Region BBYO has 4 volunteer chapter advisors who dedicate their time and energy to serving as mentors and role models to all of our AZA and BBG teens? This month is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are hoping that every teen and parent can take a moment to thank their Chapter Advisor -- they truly cannot be thanked enough!

If you aren't sure who your son or daughter's chapter advisor is, just ask your teen. They'll be able to tell you how impactful chapter advisors are to the success of AZA and BBG chapters. Our organization would not be what it is without them!

A huge thank you to:

  • Danielle Wronzberg, advisor of Chapter Chaverot BBG #2307 which meets at Dufferin Clark Community Centre in Thornhill.
  • Ryan Levey, advisor of Chapter Exodus AZA #1111 which meets at Dufferin Clark Community Centre in Thornhill.
  • Elaine Raifman, advisor of Chapter L'Chaim BBG #2444 which meets at the Prosserman JCC in Toronto.
  • Brandon Lablong, advisor of Chapter Magen AZA #2360 which meets at the Prosserman JCC in Toronto.


Build a Prayer.org Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a Prayer.org is a comprehensive liturgical website that allows users to make a traditional or pluralistic Shabbat service and add custom content to tailor it to individual preferences. Click to download sample services created on Build a Prayer.org  such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.

Here are a few things that people are saying about it:

“This is a most amazing site, thank you for conceiving of this and making it available! I will use them personally and professionally!" - Deborah Newbrun

“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.” - Howard Blas

“What a GREAT idea and site!!  I think it would be a wonderful project for our 6 - 7th grade classes who are learning the "geography" of the siddur and the structure of our services to "build" their own siddurim." - Shelley Kniaz

Visit Build a Prayer.org today!