Evergreen Region BBYO

March 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In this issue:

Evergreen Regional News




International BBYO


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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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Evergreen Regional News


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This year Evergreen Region sent 29 teens in our delegation to International Convention in Los Angeles, California.  Teens participated in leadership programming, State of the Order Addresses, an International Day of Service and Shabbat with hundreds of BBYO teens from 8 different countries.  

“The day of service we participated in was extremely rewarding. I was assigned to work with an organization called Tree People, and we spent the day planting trees and weeding. Because I live in the Pacific Northwest, I sometimes take trees for granted, but in California trees are very much needed. It was a really fun day to make new friends and give back to the LA community.”

-Arielle Berne

Summer Experiences

Hey EGR!  Looking for a fun, exciting, and interesting way to spend a few weeks this summer?  BBYO Summer Experiences are the way to go!   Registration is now open for CLTC, ILTC, Kallah, IMPACT:  Boston, IMPACT:  DC, and Passport 2 the World.
For more information, click here.

New Evergreen Region CLTC Raffle

Register for any CLTC session by March 31st and you will automatically be entered into the raffle to win $200 towards CLTC.  There will be 1 winner from Eugene (announced on April 3rd), 2 winners from Seattle (announced on April 4th), and 2 winners from Portland (announced on April 5th).  


Summer Experiences Information Session

Please join Seattle BBYO and Passport 2 the World for a Summer Experiences Meeting.  Learn all about CLTC, ILTC, Kallah, Impact Programs and International Travel to Israel, Europe, Costa Rica, and so much more…

Sunday March 13th
11:00 AM at the Stroum JCC

Please RSVP to Lauren if you are planning on attending


Rainier AZA #1550











Everything happens for a reason. Nations rise, businesses are started, organizations are created. However, sometimes we lose touch with the true purpose that our beloved institutions serve. Enter Rainier AZA #1550. A chapter that has long been synonymous with taking, not giving, has finally stepped up to the plate. As part of a multi-faceted charity effort, which includes but is not limited to hundreds of dollars for tzedaka and hundreds of cans of food, Rainier #1550 decided to sponsor an African Child. Led by Godol Robbie Ellenhorn, these remarkable young men have taken some of the world's problems into their own hands and adopted Ivan Komakech, a needy 16 year old Ugandan student. Shaliach Uriel Cohen, who initiated this act of loving kindness, says "We need to put the Z back in AZA. Tzedaka is something we as a species can never give enough of and it is key to use our short lifetimes to truly make a difference." The boys are very enthusiastic about their new undertaking and hopeful for the future. To make a donation to the Ivan Komakech fund, which provides for the boy's education, food, and shelter for one month, send a check for $27.00 made out to "Outreach Uganda" to 2424 S.E. 73rd Ave Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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



Join Portland Community JServe

Portland Community Jewish teens are coming together for JServe, Sunday April 17th.  All Jewsih teens are encouraged to join in a day of Community service, social action, and advocacy for the Portland Community.  Questions?  Talk to Lauren.


Improv Theater with Ian Rocker

Are you fond of improv, acting, or stand-up comedy?  BBYO and the MJCC are hosting Ian Rocker who will be speaking on improving your public speaking, thinking on your feet, and problem solving with others.  

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Tuesday May 3rd, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Meetings continue from 7:30 to 8:00 pm.




Welcome New Advisors

Welcome new advisors,  Abra Lowe-Cowan and Aaron Poplack!  Abra is advising for Malachim BBG #2443 and Aaron is advising for Chaim Hazaz AZA #2463.   Eugene BBYO is thrilled to have these new volunteers on board.

Eugene BBYO is a beneficiary agency of Lane County Jewish Federation

International BBYO


New Scholarship Fund for BBYO Passport Israel Travel to Distribute $100,000!





BBYO is proud to announce the establishment of the Milk & Honey Israel Fund.

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, we will be offering 100 need-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this summer. Submissions are due no later than March 20th, 2011.

This scholarship is only guaranteed for one-year. Act now!

Learn More

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Click here to watch our new Passport 2 Israel Commercials!



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!



XX teens from Evergreen Region attended International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Los Angeles, Calif. 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 Live Blog!



Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that Evergreen Region BBYO has more than 25 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!



J-Serve 2011 is Right Around the Corner!


-    J-Serve is April 17, 2011, however your community may be hosting it earlier or later to accommodate your community’s needs
-    Registration is on www.jserve.org
-    Keep up with J-Serve news on Facebook and on Twitter @J_Serve



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!