North Texas - Oklahoma BBYO

April 2011/nisan 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table

Advisor Spotlight: Jennie Kunofsky

Leadership Training Institute Weekend Re-Cap

Young Leadership Program

Dates to Calendar

BBYO Summer Filling Up - Don't Miss Out!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO

J-Serve On Sunday

Videographers Needed for World Travel

Survey On Family Camp

Kaplan Test Prep for $45

Get Involved with BBYO


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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

Advisor Spotlight: Jennie Kunofsky

Jennie Advisor

Jennie Kunofsky is the advisor for Judy Kravitz BBG. She has been an advisor for 3 years. She was an active member in Jennie Zesmer BBG and held numerous positions on executive board. Being in BBYO taught her how to be a leader and a team player.

After high school Jennie attended the University of Kansas and then graduated from North Texas Job Corps. At North Texas Job Corps Jennie was greatly involved with dorm leadership and other leadership programs on campus. Jennie now works in construction. She does interior and exterior residential painting and HVAC work as well.

Jennie has worked really hard with the girls of Judy Kravitz BBG as a whole and individually to help them get to where they want to be on a chapter level as well as an individual level. "BBYO was the best part of high school, so I want to give back to what made such a huge impact on my life."

Leadership Training Institute Weekend Re-Cap


Regional LTI (The Leonard Fruhman Leadership Training Institute) recently hosted 80 teens from Dallas, Ft. Worth and Tulsa.

The diverse programs were structured to develop in every teen an awareness of his or her own leadership potential, preparing them how to act responsibly in all aspects of their lives, and to expand their leadership abilities to meet present and future challenges in the global society.

Some of the highlights of the weekend were the attendance of BBYO’s Grand Aleph Godol, Jeremy Sherman.  As the international AZA President, Jeremy challenged our teens to go beyond their traditional programs, to work within their communities and to reach out to people globally.

There were workshops on problem solving, chapter assessment, purposeful goal setting, inspirational programs with our BBG and AZA regional boards, and meaningful Shabbat observances.

Young Leadership Program










The BBYO Young Leadership program was held recently in Dallas throughout the month of March, with fourteen teens learning organizational skills to use in BBYO and in their everyday lives.  Through a hands-on, interactive and experiential approach, the teens focused on their strengths and set standards for themselves for their time in BBYO and in their future years as adults. As a continuation of the program, these teens will serve as mentors for the next Young Leadership group in the fall.

Pictured in the front row are Rebekah Luttinger, Rebecca Sontheimer, Sami Dworkin, Delaney Becker, and Dianna Downs.  In the back row are Gabe Grinffiel, Dan Rosenfield, Remy Leibow, John San Soucie, Jonathan Zeevi, Phillip Cramer, Noah Yonack and Justin Katz.  Not pictured is Kianna Shore.

Dates to Calendar

April 17th - J-Serve 2011 (see below for more info)

May 1st - 8th grade Intake Parent Meeting @ the JCC (3:00 pm); Teen Connection event (3:00 - 5:00 pm)

May 10th - Israeli Independence Day Celebration @ the JCC (4:30 - 8:30 pm)

May 22nd - Zweig Family End of School Year Bowl-a-Thon benefiting the Special Needs Initative @ 300 Dallas (1:30 - 3:30 pm)

June 5th - Intake Pool Party Luau @ the JCC outdoor pool - for incoming 9th graders (6:30 - 8:00 pm)

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 progams 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; srael; 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!

J-Serve 2011 is around the corner - April 17th!

J-Serve is the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America's Global Youth Service Day weekend; in April    2011, more than 10,000 Jewish teens from around the world will come together to to make a difference in their cities. J-Serve is a great chance to meet other teens in the Dallas area, and impact our community. 

In Dallas, teens will come together to serve the community at several service sites including Jewish Family Services, Echad, Legacy @ Preston Hollow, Sunrise Assisted Living, Gleaning Network of Texas, Head Start of Texas, Rainbow Days Inc, The Bridge, Texas Trees, and Family Gateway.

Please register online or we will take walk-in volunteers to be a part of this amazing opportunity!

MEET AT THE JCC on Sunday, April 17th from 1:30pm to 5pm. All Jewish teens in grades 7th - 12th  are invited to volunteer (bus transportation to service locations).

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

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