Philadelphia BBYO

March 2012/Adar 5772 Issue

Serving – Morrisville, Woodside, Newtown, Holland, Horsham, Willow Grove, Jenkintown, Melrose Park, Northeast, Langhome, Villanova, Radnor, Haverford, Garden City
We're always looking to expand! If you would like BBYO to serve your community, please email us at or contact the regional office at 215-635-7300 ext 192.

In This Issue:

March is Advisor Appreciation Month

Full Circle Judaism

Summer Scholarship and Waitlist Info

Human Rights and Genocide Summit in DC

International Convention 2012 in Review

BBYO Connect Opportunities






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BBYO Summer Experiences Brochure

BBYO Adult & Family Travel

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March is Advisor Appreciation Month

Honor Your Advisor Today!

Every year, BBYO designates the month of March to appreciate the network of volunteers who serve at the heart of BBYO and in the lives of each of our teens – our advisors. As you may know, each BBYO chapter has at least one dedicated advisor who stewards our teens through their BBYO experience, while also serving as a mentor, role model, and positive adult influence on the members of the chapter.  Almost any time a teen is at a BBYO event, an advisor is there – Saturday nights, Sundays, weeknights, conventions, and more.  And that doesn’t even include the countless hours they spend on phone calls, sending texts and emails or responding to Facebook posts.

Moreover, our advisors are volunteers – that’s right, they are not paid for their time with BBYO.  That’s why we take this month to recognize and thank our wonderful advisors for their service and dedication.

Our advisors repeatedly tell us that a gesture of “thanks” from the teens and their families is a gratifying reward for their hard work.  To that end, please consider making a tribute to honor your child’s advisor! Please Click Here to make a tribute in honor of your teen's advisor.  We will send the advisor a beautiful tribute card from you in recognition of their service and dedication.

Please contact the office via or call 215-635-7300 ext 192, if you need help identifying your teen's advisor's name.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Full Circle Judaism

As program professionals we often find ourselves celebrating holidays via structured events that have been planned by us. It puts a bit of a drag on the enjoying and relaxing part of the celebration. Well last week I had a truly wonderful time celebrating Purim for the first time in Philadelphia with the congregation of
Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El. Being greeted by people who only for a moment were strangers but very quickly became friends, the atmosphere was welcoming from the very first step inside. The event started with the reading of the Megillah which was presented by Rabbi Addison with such energy and full participation from the adults and the youth. It was then time for the Purim Schpeel. The youth along with adults prepared a spectacular modern day reenactment of the Purim story. The event continued throughout the evening with dancing, eating and even a special showing from the Mummers.

As I sat back and enjoyed the festivities, I realized that many of the students that were on stage were either members of BBYO or at some point participated in an event with us. With my BBYO hat off I thought to myself this is a moment of true Judaic success. To witness Jewish youth participating in a wide variety of programming in the community is the ultimate sign of strong developing youth, many of whom are exploring their identity and finding what is most meaningful to them. Putting my BBYO hat back on for a moment, knowing that we were able to engage the child in some way which eventually helped guide them on stage in front of the community is a powerful moment that as educators we don’t always get to witness.

“It takes a village to raise a child” is for sure the truth. It takes a wide variety of factors and interactions to occur in order for a Jewish child to grow up with a solid Jewish Identity. BBYO Philadelphia is proud to be part of the village that is helping continue shaping young Jewish lives.
Michael Abdurakhmanov

Help BBYO Philadelphia Reach More Jewish Teens!

March is an exciting time in BBYO Philadelphia and we want all Jewish teens in our area to join us. Please forward this newsletter to any Jewish youth you know and invite them to learn more about joining AZA and BBG by clicking here. Remember, teens can preview most of our upcoming programs or chapter meetings before becoming a member!

These are just some of the upcoming events!

MBIEE – March 17th – Rabbi’s T-4 - 10:15am – 11:30am – Breakfast will be served! Teens, you know all those random teenage issues that arise from day to day. Ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what would Rabbi do?” Join students from MBIEE and BBYO for a fun, knowledgeable and interactive morning. This is a judgment free zone, all are welcome!
Address - 133 West Cheltenham Avenue Cheltenham, PA 19012-1301

March 31-April 1st: Philly BBYO AIT/MIT Revamped  Convention – Kaiserman JCC- Cost 55.00$ - This year we are “Revamping” our new members convention. How exactly you may ask? Well to find out all the details you need to participate!!! But we will give you a clue, a lot more chapter bonding along with special guest speakers from our international order!
Register Here

April 15th – The Bully project – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse 5 – 3:00pm – 5:30pm -
Join us for BBYO'S Exclusive Showing of "BULLY" - all Jewish teens and parents (including non-BBYO members) are invited!
Tickets are ONLY $5 per teen, $9.50 per adult.  Please register soon as tickets will sell out!

April 22nd – J-serve – National Day of Service – Join hundreds of Jewish youth from across the greater Philadelphia area and nationwide in a day of service! Pick from a number of projects and register. Receive community service hours, a t-shirt and make new friends all while helping your community!
Projects are:
Highschool Park – 2:00pm – 5:00pm - Come get your hands dirty by helping plant, clean and restore an amazing landmark!
Gratz JCHS Garden Project – Morning and afternoon shifts – get ready to plant vegetables, and work in multiple gardens across the beautiful campus.
Kaiserman JCC Trail Clean Up – Afternoon – Join the mainline community in restoring the amazing trail surrounding the Kaiserman JCC.
Klien JCC Soup Kitchen – Afternoon – Come work with people of all ages, helping cook, package and deliver food for the elderly.

For more information about any of these projects email us at

Summer Experiences 2012 are Filling Up Fast!

We want YOU to be there, and we want you to SAVE!

Our region has 20 teens currently registered for a BBYO Summer Experience – and we hope you’ll be joining us.  Register today with a refundable deposit for Passport travel through March 15, and for a domestic experience through April 15, 2012!

Significant scholarships are still available!!!

Important Dates and Ways to Save:

  • BBYO Regional Scholarship: Each Region has funds set aside for need-based scholarship. All families will be notified of their scholarships by April 1, 2012.  Deadline to apply is March 22, 2012.
  • Teens can win up to $2,500 for our Region’s scholarship fund in the new BBYO Summer Experience Video Contest!  Check it out!
  • Teens who are alumni of Panim el Panim or Panim Issue Summits can save $100 on IMPACT: DC and IMPACT: Chicago.

Current Availability:

  • Waitlist: International Kallah, CLTC 1 (for BBGs), CLTC 7 (for BBGs)
  • Over 80% full: International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC), CLTC 3, 5, and 6 (for BBGs)

Don't miss out! Register today!

Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide - Registration Now Open!






Registration is now open for the second annual Human Rights and Genocide Summit (HRGS) – a three-day experience in Washington, DC, that focuses on global human rights and genocide issues.  Participants will include a diverse group of Jewish teens from across North America that will have a unique experience to learn from leading political experts about genocide and how  to stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities. Most importantly, participants return home with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility. Click here to read "Never Again: A Teen Takes Action to Honor These Words" published last year in by a HRGS teen participant.

Ready to learn more?  Click here to see the itinerary and register.

IC 2012 Review via Social Media

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10 teens from Philadelphia joined nearly 900 other teens from 13 countries on February 16 – 20 for the largest-ever BBYO International Convention (IC). The annual conference celebrates and strengthens AZA, BBG, and the Jewish People.

Our talented teen leadership and professionals shared their IC experience in real-time by posting updates on our central media hub, the IC Blog, posting over 3,000 tweets and updates on Facebook and Twitter, and participating in our live broadcasts on Jewish Life TV and Jewish Rock Radio. The collective multi-media effort had the power to reach millions around the world and allow AZA and BBG teens back home to follow elections and be among the first to congratulate their new regional leaders! Our thanks goes out to all of you who made this possible.

Directly from the teens commentary, we offer this International Convention recap:

On Twitter…@BBGSganit: So this is what 900 teens look like... Whoa. #azabbgic2012

Sean Frazer and Michaela Brown were recognized at IC by the JTA for having won the 2012 AZA and BBG Oratory Contest. Sean wrote, “…three years since that first AZA basketball game – my perception of myself and the world around me has changed dramatically… Today, Judaism is a pillar of my life – a context through which I interact with the world, deeply embedded in my soul.” Click here to read their essays.

During a Day of Service and Advocacy, teens volunteered at 18 sites throughout Atlanta. One track included the first all teen-audience premiere and Q & A with the director of The Bully Project, a new feature-length documentary that follows "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis. Click here to learn more about The Bully Project track.

@JamieRothstein: I pledge a commitment to community service and advocacy #ifnotnowwhen #azabbgic2012

Click here to read the rest of the IC 2012 Social Media Review!

Click here to see the latest photos and videos on the IC 2012 Live Blog, including coverage by Jewish Life TV and Jewish Rock Radio.

BBYO Connect – Three Months later


December 21st was the first night of Chanukah and it was also the night of the great Passover scavenger hunt held at the Gratz campus. This was the launching of a brand new initiative from BBYO Philadelphia. With a very simple goal in mind – ENGAGE JEWISH middle school youth!  Together with our partner the JCHS of Gratz we kicked off the initiative. With no membership requirements, subsidized programming and great events planned there was great hype.

Three months later and what do we have? Already over 50 participants have enjoyed the programming, friendships and community that is BBYO Connect.  A growing number of synagogues are reaching out and opening doors for joint collaboration. Not to mention two local summer camps have already signed on for summer and post programming events.

Working together we can continue building bridges that allow youth to continue their involvement in the Jewish world, and have a great time doing it!

Interested in attending programs or would like to collaborate on new projects? Please Call or Email, 215-635-7300 ext 192.

Our Next event is JServe 2012 - April 22nd. Parents and kids are welcome to attend helping plant, garden and restore Highschool Park. See above for more information.

Nudge a teen in your life! BBYO Connect aims to provide every middle school student with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences! Please click here to provide us with contact information of families who can benefit from BBYO Connect so we can notify them of opportunities.