South Jersey Region BBYO

April 2011/Nissan 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table

Spring Thing 2011 Survey

SJR's 51st Regional Board

SJR's 50th Anniversary Celebration

SJR Seeking Advisors


Upcoming Events

Spotlight on Adi Shmuel, Advisor of Ohev BBG

BBYO Summer Filling Up - Don't Miss Out!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO

J-Serve: SJR Teens Walk 4 Cancer!

Videographers Needed for World Travel

Survey On Family Camp

Get Involved with BBYO



Saturday, May 7, 2011


Katz JCC

50 Years: Strong as Ever!

A special 50th Anniversary Celebration to benefit South Jersey Region BBYO.
Honoring former SJR BBYO Regional Directors John Matz (1969-1975), Alan Goldberg (1977-1980), and Aaron Greenberg (1989-1993).

Click Here for more information!

Torah Thought

At BBYO's International Convention this year, about 50 teens (some from SJR!) went to Beit T'Shuva (literally the House of Repentance), an addiction rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.  Some current residents and former residents of Beit T'Shuva created a musical called "Freedom Song" that compares addiction to slavery and treatment programs and support groups as pathways to freedom.  It juxtaposes a 12-step meeting with a Passover sedar.

In the month of Nissan, the month of freedom, let's ask ourselves and each other some difficult questions besides the 4 questions that we will recite at our Passover Sedars: What sorts of slavery still exist today and what can we do to abolish slavery once and for all?

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Passover!

Staff Contact Information

Ira Dounn, SJR Program Director

(856) 424-4444 ext. 1285


Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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Happy Passover! Let a Teen Lead the Passover Seder








After a year of traveling the country and the world as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents, we are so excited to go home and spend Passover with our families! During our travels, we witnessed how BBYO serves as a “home away from home” for tens thousands of teens.  At BBYO programs, we make great friends and connect with Judaism on our terms.

Just as BBYO has been a home for so many teens, we’d like to bring a meaningful BBYO experience into your home this Passover.  Check out BBYO’s Passover Discussion Guide, which focuses on an important Passover tradition and the how it relates to teens today.  Join 30,000 families across the country in trying out this additional set of four questions at your Seder table.  Let a teen at your Seder guide your family in gaining a better understanding of our traditions.

On behalf of BBYO teens everywhere, chag pesach sameach (Happy Passover) to you and your family.

Arielle Braude and Jeremy Sherman
BBYO International Teen Presidents

Thank you for coming to Spring Thing 2011!

Thank you to everybody who attended Spring Thing 2011 and we hope that you had an extraordinary and meaningful experience!   Together we shared Shabbat meals, Pixar and Lion King Themed Musical Shabbat Services with Eric Hunker, Moving State of the Region Addresses by the 50th Regional Board, SJR's J-Serve Project - Walk 4 Family and Friends with Cancer, Shabbat electives, the Coco Keys Water Resort, the Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Havdalah and Song Session, Separates and Inductions, Life Ceremonies, and Elections for the 51s Regional Board.

Your feedback is extremely important to us and will be used to plan Spring Thing 2012 and future SJR conventions!  Please fill out this survey by Sunday, April 24th. Thank you in advance!

Congratulations to SJR BBYO's 51st Regional Board!

Congratulations to your 51st Regional BBG Board:

  • Sarah Minion - Regional N'siah
  • Sydney Dinetz - Regional S'ganit
  • Emily Kahn - Regional Mitmom
  • Samara Levin - Regional Sh'licha
  • Alexa Vecchio - Regional Mazkirah

Congratulations to your 51st Regional AZA Board:

  • Brett Sklar - Regional Aleph Godol
  • Perry Feinstein - Regional Aleph S'gan
  • Josh Wynne - Regional Aleph Moreh
  • Ryan Nordeen - Regional Aleph Mazkir
  • Alex Siegel - Regional Aleph Shaliach


Join us for SJR BBYO's 50th Anniversary Celebration!

On Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:30pm at the Katz JCC, SJR BBYO will be celebrating it's 50th year in South Jersey.  Alumni, parents, and supporters are invited to attend this important event that will honor three influential and beloved former regional directors: John Matz (1969-1975), Alan Goldberg (1977-1980), and Aaron Greenberg (1989-1993).  We will be looking back at five decades of life-changing experiences and relationships to ensure that BBYO has a bright future in South Jersey.

As BBYO continues to take strides toward meeting the challenges facing Jewish teens today, community support and resources are increasingly needed to continue delivering the type of quality programming for which BBYO is renowned.  In 2008, one of BBYO’s largest sources of income, B’nai B’rith International, ended its financial support of the organization after 75 years.   This has left the organization with a serious financial challenge.  To replace the $1,000,000 that B’nai B’rith has cut over the last two years, BBYO is asking parents, alumni and those who understand the importance of providing Jewish teens with meaningful Jewish experiences to support BBYO in Southern New Jersey.

For more information about this important and exciting event, please click here.

Please contact Ira Dounn at (856) 424-4444 ext. 1285 or with any questions about this event.


SJR BBYO Seeking Advisors

SJR BBYO is SEEKING ADVISORS to help SJR BBYO chapters.  Advisors must be 21 years old and committed to the mission of BBYO.  This is an extraordinarily meaningful opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of Jewish teens!

For more information about joining BBYO or applying to become a BBYO advisor, please contact Ira at


Interested in joining an SJR BBYO chapter and you are in 8th-12th grade?  There are currently 3 AZA (only male) chapters -Chapel AZA, Marlcrest AZA, and Woodcrest AZA, and 4 BBG (only female) chapters: Chevrah BBG, Dafna BBG, Neshef BBG, and Ohev BBG.  There is one coed chapter based in Washington Township called Re'ut BBYO.  And SJR has a chapter for special needs and typical teens to interact together called Dubrow BBYO.

For more information about joining BBYO, please contact Ira at


Upcoming SJR BBYO Events on Dashboard

  • April 16-17: Wild Wacky Wonderful Woodcrest Warriors Weekend.
  • April 17: Neshef's Stand Up! Chocolate Passover Sedar.
  • April 30-May 1: Woodcrest Brotherhood.
  • May 7: SJR BBYO's 50th Anniversary Celebration (for alumni, parents, and community leaders only)
  • June 11-12: Crestfest (Woodcrest AZA)

Spotlight on Adi Shmuel, Advisor of Ohev BBGAdi Shmuel

My name is Adi Shmuel and I am the advisor for Ohev BBG #2453. As a teenager growing up in Cherry Hill I was a member of Neshef BBG #2083 from March 2000 through my graduation from Cherry Hill H.S. East in 2004. BBYO changed my life and helped shape me into the person I am now. I was a very active BBG in my chapter, SJR and on an international level. I served on my chapter board as the Shlicha, Aym ha Chaverot, and S’ganit, in addition to being regional Shlicha during the 2002-2003 programming year. Internationally, I attended three summer programs and served on the International Convention steering committee in 2003.  BBYO taught me that being a leader means listening to the opinions and ideas of your peers and actively working make those ideas a reality. The leadership experiences I had in BBYO helped me to take on many leadership opportunities at Brandeis University as a Student Union Senator and president of several clubs. I graduated  from Brandeis in 2008 with a degree in Biology, Anthropology, and Hebrew Language and Literature and am currently pursuing a masters degree at Temple University in Speech Language Pathology. I love being an advisor for the amazing girls in Ohev BBG who inspire me every day with their enthusiasm. I strive  to be a resource to them as they develop their own leadership skills.  BBYO is so much more than a youth group because it gives teens a voice and a platform to inspire and lead one another and I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to watch these exceptional teens grow into amazing leaders that have a positive impact on our world!


Last Chance for a BBYO Summer! Wondering Where Spots are Still Open?







Summer is just around the corner! It isn't too late to spend it with BBYO, but programs are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on the BBYO programs below that do not currently have a waitlist:

There are currently waitlists for ILTC, Kallah and CLTC (for females). Impact: Boston is currently full.

Click here to learn more about having a BBYO Summer!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO









(BBYO's International Delegation at IC 2011)

Committed to supporting Jewish youth all over the world, BBYO had one of its most successful global representations at its International Convention this year with Jewish teens from eight countries attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel. This highlight comes after an exciting school-year filled with initiatives meant to engage BBYO teens to recognize the power they have to stand united as one movement of Jewish youth.

Earlier this year, BBYO partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on an overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. The fellowship sent four BBYO alumni to join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to helpTurkey; Israel; Argentina; and Serbia with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network.

In addition to this partnership, BBYO’s teen leadership established a Global Ambassadors Network with 19 North American teens working directly with affiliates on projects such as AZA and BBG Shabbats and expanding J-Serve, currently the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Through these combined efforts, BBYO regions raised more than $25,000 through the International Service Fund (ISF) to help bring  the international delegation to IC 2011.

Stay tuned for more updates on BBYO’s globalization initiative including a live blog complete with updates with Overseas delegations coming soon!

SJR Teens Walk 4 Cancer as our J-Serve 2011 Project!

Walk 4 Family-Friends with CancerOver 150 BBYO teens and advisors joined hundreds of community members at the Walk 4 Family and Friends with Cancer at Connolly Park in Voorhees last weekend.  SJR BBYO donated $1570 to the walk, which benefits the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Financial Assistance for Cancer Patient’s Program which provides financial assistance for local families affected by cancer.  This fund was established by Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey (JFCS) to benefit cancer patients of all religious and ethnic denominations.  Special thanks to Lisa Forman, a BBYO parent, for all of her hard work and dedication to make this walk happen each year and for her willingness to collaborate with BBYO on this admirable project.  Another special thanks to Woodcrest AZA, who  was on the steering committee to plan this event and who was an event sponsor.  You can still register for J-Serve projects at and keep up with J-Serve news on Facebook and on Twitter @J_Serve.


Videographer Needed

BBYO’s Passport to the World is looking for experienced videographers to travel with teen tour groups to Europe, Costa Rica, the Western USA and Israel filming videos of the programs in exchange for free travel including airfare, group transportation and lodging.  Places for video shoots include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Rome and more. Ideal candidates are college or immediately post-college videographers with a sense of adventure and an eye for the best shot.

Trip lengths will vary, but will range from 2 to 4 weeks from late June through July. Interested candidates should email a resume, dates of availability and three video samples to The deadline to apply is April 28.

What makes a Perfect Family Camp Experience?

BBYO is currently researching this question and wants to hear from BBYO teens, Teen Connection tweens, alumni, and their families. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the brief survey using the links below. 
Your answers will help us create the most impactful summer camp experience for you and your family.

Adult Survey Link
Teen Survey Link

Get Involved with BBYO!

There are lots of ways to continue involvement with BBYO after high school. Here are some great ways: