North Texas - Oklahoma BBYO

June 2011/sivan 5771 Edition

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

In This Issue:

Advisor Spotlight: Shaun Adler

Intake Luau Party

Bowling for Special Needs

Schusterman Celebrates BBYO in the JTA and Impact Study Results

Teen Presidents at White House

What's New This Summer?

Congratulations PDI Graduates

BBYO is Hiring!


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Advisor Spotlight: Shaun Adler

Shaun is the advisor for David Berger AZA. In his first year as advisor, he has been able to connect with these men to be a positive and effective leader and role model. Shaun grew up in Dallas where he attended J.J. Pearce High School and was active in BBYO. As an active member, Shaun was a founding father of one of the current AZA chapters, Eamonn Lacey where he held a position on the executive board the first year Lacey was chartered. Since high school, Shaun went to school at the University of Texas at Austin and then lived in Austin for several years after, one of those years as an advisor for Austin's combined BBYO chapter. Shaun has since moved back to Dallas to work in the commercial real estate finance field. In his spare time, Shaun enjoys traveling and being with his friends.

Shaun has helped David Berger AZA grow and become one of our most improved AZA chapters in NTO! "I'm happy to be back in the BBYO world again and am so excited to grow alongside the chapter."

Intake Luau Pool Party








On June 5th, Dallas hosted the annual kick off to recruitment with the 'Intake Luau Pool Party'. Incoming 9th graders came to the JCC pool for swimming, icebreakers, games, pizza, and prizes. Over 100 teens attended and got to know the Regional leaders of Dallas BBYO. "I met so many new friends and I am excited for BBYO in the fall," said incoming freshman Grace Enda.

It is not too late to register for BBYO! Save the date for August 7th at the JCC, Dallas BBYO will hold sign up day where your teen can come and register with up to 3 friends (who have not already registered for a chapter). Future AZA's (boys) will come in at 11:00 am and future BBG's (girls) will come in at 1:00 pm.  Please visit to register online or contact Tracy Davis (Dallas Program Director) at the Dallas BBYO office (

End of School Bowl-A-Thon Benefiting Special Needs Initiative









On May 22nd, Dallas BBYO participated in the 4th annual Zweig Family End of School year Bash to benefit the Golman/Dallen Education Fund to support the Jewish Family Services Special Needs Initiative. Over 70 BBYO teens and their families gathered at 300 Dallas for unlimited bowling, prizes, and silent auction. BBYO had a total of 14 teams where the winners were awarded trophies. The overall BBYO winner: Jeremy Duchin with a score over 200!

This event was a great way for members of BBYO to interact with the larger community and learn more about special needs. "We are trying to bridge the gap and build relationships with the Special Needs Partnership to create an inclusive environment for BBYO kids," says Tracy Davis, Dallas BBYO Program Director.

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.

Congratulations PDI Cohort 1!

BBYO's first cohort of its Professional Development Institute graduated in May with MBA's from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and Certificates in Informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston! The program, which was fully funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, is a testament to BBYO's commitment to professional development and building the next generation of leaders in the Jewish communal world. Participants committed professionally to BBYO for the three years of the program and to leadership positions anywhere in the Jewish community for two additional years. BBYO is proud of its graduates and several of their new positions in the Jewish community!

Congratulations to:

  • Steven Baker (formerly Mountain Region Director and now with Birthright Foundation)
  • Anita Blustein (Lonestar Region)
  • Avery Budman (International Office)
  • Lander Gold (formerly International Office and now with AEPi Foundation)
  • Rachel Heilbronner (Rocky Mountain Region)
  • Stacy Heller (Great Midwest Region)
  • Emily Hyatt (formerly Rocky Mountain Region now with Miami Federation)
  • Ian Kandel (Northern Region East)
  • Malki Karkowsky (formerly New England Region now with Cleveland Federation)
  • Shayna Kreisler (formerly International Office now with 14th St Y of New York City, NY)
  • Josh Langer (formerly International Office now with Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Boston, MA)
  • Jocelyn Orloff (St. Louis Council)
  • Sarah Schonberg (International Office)
  • Rebekah Smith (Big Apple Region)

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth for all. Opportunities are currently available for:

  • BBYO's International Office in Washington, DC: BBYO is currently seeking a Director of AZA/BBG, a Senior Director of Human Resources and more.
  • Program Professionals in the Field: BBYO is looking to fill positions in Phoenix and Milwaukee.
  • ILTC at Camp Perlman This Summer: Registration for ILTC this year has been incredible and BBYO needs to add another leadership staff person to help staff camp and teach the core tenets of regional BBYO leadership to an amazing group of teen leaders from across the United States. If you are interested in working ILTC this summer (June 24-July 11), please contact Gary Levin at