Local Edition - Lake Ontario Region

December 2011/Kislev 5772

In This Issue:

Happy Hanukkah from BBYO

From the Regional Staff

Seeking Parents for Committee

Exciting BBYO Connect Events for Grades 6-8

We're Nearing 400 Facebook Fans

Make it a BBYO Summer

BBYO in the Press




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Send personalized donation cards through BBYO to friends and loved ones for special occasions and memorial tributes. Contact Kevin Goodman at kgoodman@bbyo.ca to send your Tribute Card today!


Contact BBYO:

Kevin Goodman
Executive Director
416.398.2004 ext 1

Jessie Greenspan
Program Associate
416.398.2004 ext 2


Happy Hanukkah from BBYO

On behalf of the BBYO community, I want to wish you and your family a Happy Hanukkah. During this festival of lights, tens of thousands of teens will celebrate Hanukkah at BBYO events across North America. As we light candles each night, we recall the miracle of Hanukkah and the story of triumph in the face of uncertainty.

Every day at BBYO we witness teens exploring and celebrating their Jewish heritage. Much like the Macabees, we expect that their faith and conviction will be a light unto the Jewish people and the world. They are our hope and inspiration. Thank you for being a member of the BBYO family.

Chag Urim Sameach
Enjoy the Festival of Lights

Matthew Grossman
Executive Director, BBYO International

Click here to download a BBYO version of the blessings over the Hanukkah candles.


From the Regional Staff

Shalom and welcome to the December edition of our monthly eNews.

Earlier this month, 50 members from 4 Toronto-area chapters descended on the Four Points Hotel in Mississauga's west-end for a weekend of chapter competitions at Tournies Convention 2011. Through a jam-packed itinerary of team-building, athletics, creativity, and skills, Chapter L'Chaim BBG #2444 emerged victorious. Additional highlights included meaningful teen-led Shabbat services and a beautiful poolside Havdalah, powerful AZA/BBG Separates programs and very productive Business Meetings.

To view photos from Tournies Convention (and many other events), please click here.

With Tournies Convention behind us, several more exciting regional events are in the works:

For a full list of upcoming regional events for the 2011-2012 program year, click here.

And of course, local chapters continue to meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm, in Toronto at the Prosserman JCC (Room 1-23) and in Vaughan at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Room 5). Please note there are no chapter meetings December 28 and January 4 due to winter vacation. Weekly meetings resume January 11.

If you have any questions about anything in this eNews or would just like to chat, please be in touch! We can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 or info@bbyo.ca.


Kevin Goodman, Executive Director
Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate


Seeking Parents for Committee

We're looking for parents, friends & alumni to join the planning committee for our 18th annual Golf Tournament, taking place Tuesday July 17th at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club.

Each year, our golf tournament raises vital funds that enable BBYO to continue providing Toronto-area teens with fun, meaningful & affordable Jewish experiences.

If you're interested in joining the planning committee, please contact Kevin Goodman at kgoodman@bbyo.ca.


Exciting BBYO Connect Events for Grades 6-8

Next up for Grades 6-8, BBYO Connect presents Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense, Sunday January 15th. Details coming soon.

To view photos from past events, click here.

BBYO Connect is the BBYO experience made just for students in grades 6 to 8. At this crucial age, our programs bridge the gap between Bar/Bat Mitzvah and high school. We offer fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life.

With close to 50 kids at each event, BBYO Connect provides a positive experience where middle schoolers can get together with camp, school and synagogue friends as well as meet new friends from across the city.

If you know any students in grades 6-8 who may be interested in our programs, please send their contact information to Jessie Greenspan at jgreenspan@bbyo.ca.

Click here to browse the full 2011-2012 program calendar for grades 6-8.


We're Nearing 400 Facebook Fans -- Are you one?

If you haven't yet connected with BBYO on Facebook, you are missing the latest news and conversations on BBYO's most important happenings for teens, alumni and parents. We're celebrating reaching 10,000 "likes" this month. Join the celebration on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/lorbbyo!


Make it a BBYO Summer: Early Bird Discounts of up to $150 expire Dec. 31!

BBYO's Summer Experiences have never been more fun, meaningful or affordable! CLTC, ILTC and Kallah are stronger than ever, Summer of IMPACT is now available in Chicago and Pittsburgh, Passport explores a new continent with their South Africa Journey and offers adult and family travel opportunities! Who could plan a more exciting summer than one with BBYO?

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER 2012. Register by Dec. 31 to be eligible for a $150 early bird discount (space limitations apply). Click above on the interactive brochure or visit BBYO.CA/SUMMER for more information and scholarship details on BBYO's broadest and most affordable menu of offerings ever.


BBYO in the Press