Keystone Mountain Region BBYO

February 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

East Coast Kallah


Tournies 2011

Teens for Jeans

International Convention Live Blog

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Staffing Opportunities

Meet an Advisor!

Become a Member

Contact Jason

 BBYO Announces a New Fantastic Summer Raffle!


Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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Upcoming Events

On Saturday February 26th to Sunday February 27th KMR will be hosting an overnight Kallah at the Parkway Jewish Center in Monroeville.  Teens will participate in meaningful and important program sessions with topics including anti-semitism, Israel and Speak Up, as well as KMR's Stand Up program; teen depression.  Cost is TBD, so mark your calendars now for this fun and educational overnight event.  Contact Hannah Frank for more information at 412-535-2177.  Sign ups will be available in the next few days at b-linked.



East Coast Kallah

YASHER KOACH to Big Apple, Eastern, Keystone Mountain, Nassau Suffolk,
Northern Region East, Philadelphia, South Jersey and Westchester.

In just three weeks 625 teens from BBYO regions across the Mid-Atlantic and a delegation from Europe filled East Coast Kallah 2011. We are currently sold out. One month from now these excited teens are going to come together for a Mega-Shabbat, an incredible program line-up, renowned guest educators and an unprecedented fundraising effort for Jewish teens overseas! And, spend the weekend with the band GUSTER!

But don¹t fret…

There are still viable spots on the wait-list for this once in a lifetime event! Sign up on B-linked today! We anticipate the top portion of the wait-list to be admitted in the coming weeks.




Lace up your Nikes and grab your lucky baseball glove because AZA Athletics is about to begin in KMR. Starting on weekends in March, the Alephs of KMR will be getting together every few weeks to participate in friendly, but competitive sports.  While the weather is still cold, we will be starting with basketball in the Squirrel Hill JCC but when it starts warming up, we will take it to the diamond for some softball.  Dates, prices, locations to follow, just get ready to play!  For more information contact Andrew Shaw at 412-551-2313. 

Tournies 2011 Recap


What a weekend it was for the teens of KMR.  On Friday, February 4th, 123 teens arrived on buses dressed in their chapter apparel ready to prove to the rest of the region who was the best chapter.  After retreating to host families for the evening for Shabbat dinner, the teens came back ready to compete.

The athletes suited up for sports including basketball, floor hockey, soccer, while the creative artists told stories, drew paintings, or shared their talents instrumentally. When all was said and done, the winners of Tournies 2011 was Shoshana BBG and Ruach AZA.

Congratulations to all who participated, and a special thanks to all of the South Hills families who hosted the teens for the weekend.

Teens for Jeans


While all the teens got their own apparel ready for the weekend, Jesse Irwin of Gateway AZA decided to take action and prepare apparel for those in need.  Jesse got involved with Aeropostale and their Teens for Jeans Foundation.  He asked members of KMR to bring their new and gently used pairs of jeans to Tournies to donate to homeless teens.

"My friend Jessica lost one of her closest friends Zoe Loren this past year, and Zoe was always big on helping people less fortunate than her.  So in her honor, I'm doing this," said Jesse.

Jesse and Gateway collected over 30 pairs of jeans to donate to the foundation.  Thank you to KMR and Jesse for their participation in the Teens for Jeans Foundation.


Follow the International Convention Live Blog!


Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, IC serves to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community.

Don't miss any of the action! BBYO's International Convention's Live Blog will have all of the latest photos, videos and happenings throughout the weekend. Visit the blog at and follow IC on Twitter at #bbyoic2011!

Make Your Summer Fun, Meaningful, AND Affordable


  • Get your GROUP ON this summer! BBYO’s Passport to the World is now offering TWO great reasons to travel this summer:

    1) Get at least 50 percent of your AZA or BBG chapter to sign up for any Summer 2011 BBYO Passport trip, and everyone in your chapter gets 10 percent off all program costs.

    Want to plan a private trip? Get a group of at least 30 friends together, and BBYO Passport will run a private session of any posted Summer 2011 trip on the dates of YOUR choice.

    Two Great Ways to Get Your GROUP ON. One Unforgettable Summer.

    Click here to learn more.

  • New Summer Scholarship Plan! For Summer 2011, BBYO is introducing a new scholarship initiative. We understand that financial need is significant in many communities, and we are allocating more scholarship subsidy this year than at any point in BBYO's history.  BBYO is committed to affordability.

    Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the BBYO regional offices so that funds are disbursed with a greater knowledge of individual teens’ needs.   All BBYO domestic summer experiences (CLTC, ILTC, Kallah and Summer of IMPACT), as well as ILSI in Israel, are eligible for scholarship subsidy. 

    The deadline is April 1st, but may vary region-to-region.  All scholarship awards are announced no later than May 1st. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted directly to your teen’s regional office.  For a listing of regions, click here.  Please contact your local BBYO professional to learn more about scholarship deadlines and the review process.  We also urge parents and teens to connect with local Federations, BJEs, synagogues and other community agencies for additional scholarship support.  Regional staff can provide template letters to send to these agencies to request summer program funding.

    Remember that early-bird pricing for CLTC, ILTC and Kallah expires on February 27th.  All registrations on or before February 27th will be discounted by $100. 

    Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!


BBYO is Looking for Summer Staff


Click here to see available positions and get the Staff Application!


Meet an Advisor!

Each month, KMR will highlight one of the chapter's advisors.  Advisors are an important part of the chapter and it is imperative everyone gets a chance to know their teen's advisor:

This month's advisor: Jesse Rosenthal

Chapter Advised: Gateway AZA

Occupation: Teacher at Propel Charter Schools

Education: Pitt' 07 BA Elementary Ed, Pitt '09 MA in Teaching.

Why did you want to be Gateway's Advisor?  When I was in BBYO, in Gateway specifically, I remember ending my speeches with the words "Undying Love" and I suppose it really is undying. I have always felt a connection to BBYO and when I was approached with the opportunity to be an advisor in KMR, I jumped on it. Jason actually gave the choice of Gateway, L'Chaim, or D.I., but it was clearly a no brainer, since Gateway is the best chapter in KMR.

How does teaching help you at being an advisor? Being a teacher has helped me in many ways when dealing
interpersonally - we all need expectations to be placed in front of us and we all need to be pushed to our highest capabilities. I know that working intimately with the Gateway boys, and the entire region will require a lot of mutual expectation and fulfillment, something that is prevalent in contemporary educational institutions.

What opportunities do you foresee with Gateway?  Gateway has the rare advantage of being in the middle of a highly condensed Jewish population, therefore the opportunities are endless. That being said, any opportunity I see for the Gateway boys will ultimately come from their own determination and execution, so I challenge them to continue to be the best chapter in KMR.



Become a Member!

The Keystone Mountain Region has 8 Chapters all looking for new members! Contact for more information on each chapter.

Ruach AZA- Boys chapter located in the North Hills.  Meetings held at Panera at the Waterworks on Sundays.

Chana Leah BBG- Girls chapter located in the North Hills. Meetings held at Panera at the Waterworks on Sundays.

Gateway AZA- Boys chapter located in Squirrel Hill.  Meetings held at Evan Kimel's house on Tuesday evenings.

Shoshana BBG- Girls chapter located in Squirrel Hill.  Meetings held at Becca Lerman's house on Sunday afternoons.

L'Chaim AZA- Boys chapter located in Monroeville.  Meetings held at Ben Weiner's house on Sunday afternoons.

Zion BBG- Girls chapter located in Monroeville.  Meetings held in the party room at Leah Marcone's apartment complex on Sunday afternoons.

David Iszauk AZA- Boys chapter located in the South Hills.  Meetings held in the conference room at the South Hills JCC on Sunday afternoons.

Dayenu BBG- Girls chapter located in the South Hills.  Meetings held at Becca Cohen's house on Thursday evenings.

KMR is looking into expanding into Washington, PA as well as in West Virginia.  If you're interested or know of any teens who want to start a chapter, please contact us ASAP!


Contact KMR's Regional Director

Please make sure to contact KMR's Regional Director, Jason Barash if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, at or 412-421-2626






BBYO Announces a New Fantastic Summer Raffle!  Winners Announced at IC!

The raffle is open to ANY and ALL teens who have registered for ANY Domestic and Passport Summer Experience.

With more than 20 available programs, the options are endless for a fun and meaningful summer.  And this is one more way to make it more affordable!

The winners will be announced LIVE at IC on Facebook and Twitter; teens do not have to be at IC to win, they just have to have signed up for a Summer Experience by 2/17/2011.

Raffle Schedule:

Thursday Dinner: 4 Scholarships of $250

Saturday Dinner: 2 Scholarships of $500

Sunday Dinner: 1 Scholarship of $1000

In an additional offer, if 990 teens register for any domestic or Passport program (not MOTL) by 2/27/2011 (the end of the Early Bird Discount) BBYO will be giving away a brand new iPad to one lucky teen!