Atlanta Council BBYO

June 2011/Sivan 5771 Edition

Stay tuned in July for an International eNews featuring Summer Experiences!

In This Issue:

Become Part of Atlanta Council's Friends & Alumni Network

Schusterman Celebrates BBYO in the JTA and Impact Study Results

Teen Presidents at White House

What's New This Summer?

2011 Calendar:

August 14: BBYO Kickoff

August 26-28: Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

September 23-25: New Member Convention (NMC)

Quick Links:

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure

BBYO Office 678.812.3970


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Become Part of Atlanta Council's Friends & Alumni Network

It is never too late to support the teens of Atlanta Council BBYO.  Consider making a donation in honor of your teen’s birthday, to acknowledge a teen’s newly elected position or in memory of someone special. These are all great opportunities to support BBYO which allows us to reach more teens and provide them with more meaningful Jewish experiences. Thanks to the generosity of those who have already donated and become part of Atlanta Council's Friends & Alumni Network - with your support, Atlanta BBYO is flourishing.

This year we engaged over 1500 Jewish teens in Atlanta, are sending a large delegation to summer programs and have our Atlanta Council leaders working on the International level.

Click here to support Jewish teens in our community.

Schusterman Celebrates BBYO in the JTA; BBYO Releases Impact Study

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It is our pleasure to share with you the Op-Ed, “Upping the ante: why I’m doubling down on the teen years,” published recently in the JTA and written by Lynn Schusterman, founding chair of BBYO, Inc. upon its independence from B’nai B’rith, on the immense communal benefit of investing in Jewish teens through our platform of fun, meaningful and affordable experiences.  We are deeply grateful for Lynn’s prescience, leadership and belief in the power of our youth to create positive change in the world while fortifying the Jewish future.

To this end, we are also especially thankful to you for your partnership in advancing our mission of “more Jewish teens, more meaningful Jewish experiences.”   We encourage you to review the impressive results of the newly released BBYO Impact Study – independent research commissioned by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to understand the impact of participation in BBYO on Jewish youth in their teenage years.  As you review this material, we hope you will take great pride in knowing that tens of thousands of BBYO teens and alumni are shaping the 21st century Jewish experience.

Please feel free to contact us for more information or to discuss the study.  We appreciate your assistance distributing this important material to the greater community by sharing it with individuals who might have an interest in learning more about BBYO.

With great appreciation,

Matthew Grossman

Executive Director, BBYO, Inc.

Estee Portnoy

Chair, BBYO Board of Directors

New Teen Presidents Attend White House Celebration







BBYO’s new International Teen Presidents for the 2011-2012 academic year, Samantha Levinson and Oz Fishman, were invited to the White House last month for a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. We’ve got their first hand account of the scene below!

Our Time at the White House

Hello BBYO! Last  month, we had the incredible honor of being invited to a White House reception for American Jewish Heritage Month. As we watched everyone taking pictures in front of the White House upon arrival, we couldn’t believe that in just moments we would be inside the actual building. Neither one of us had actually ever been invited to the White House before nor could we believe that this was our first official duty as International Teen Presidents!

Read more on their Keeping PACE blog!

What's New This Summer?








BBYO is kicking off Summer 2011 with the largest menu of program offerings ever and more than 1,500 teens taking part in BBYO experiences around the world! From a new Impact: Israel program to a new location for CLTC in Bethany, WV, BBYO will be keeping you posted on the latest action with our Summer Experiences Blogs. Check back frequently all summer for the latest news, happenings and photos.