Northstar BBYO

March 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

BBYO's Sholom Home West Purim Carnival

BBYO's partnership with Sha'arim, "Friends 'N' Fun"

SRC Registration Now Open!

$100,000 in Israel Scholarships

Shofar Newsletter 2011

International Convention 2011

Advisor Appreciation Month

J-Serve Next Month

Build a Prayer Resources

Summer Staffing Opportunities


Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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BBYO is throwing a Purim Carnival This Sunday!

This Sunday, March 13th, from 1-4 PM, Northstar BBYO will be throwing a Purim Carnival for residents of the Sholom Home, Knollwood Place & Roitenberg, their families and their friends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Sandler ( or 952-381-3495) for information. And, if you have a family member residing at one of the three locations mentioned above, come join them this Sunday for fun, games, prizes and food.

Admission is free of charge. Food will be available for purchase.

Friends 'N' Fun Rescheduled for Sunday March 27th

BBYO has recently formed a partnership with Sha'arim, a non-profit organization that works with and empowers Jewish children and young adults with special needs in the Twin Cities. BBYO teens now have the opportunity to volunteer to work with young Jewish adults with disabilities in an active and caring environment. Programs will be held once a month, with the first taking place at Pump It Up on March 27th (rescheduled from February 20th) from 2:15 PM-4:15 PM. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old.  Please contact Todd Sandler if you are interested or would like to find out more!

Spring Regional Convention Registration Is Now Open!

Northstar BBYO is proud to announce that registration for this year's Spring Regional Convention (SRC) has officially opened! We will be spending the weekend of April 15th-17th at Herzl Camp (located in Webster, Wisconsin) partaking in fantastic BBYO programming. The early bird cost (if you register before April 1st) is $185 and will go up to $200 April 1st and beyond.  You can register via your teen's account. You MUST be a registered member of Northstar BBYO to attend SRC. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Todd Sandler. Need-based scholarship is available, please contact Todd to find out more.

New Scholarship Fund for BBYO Passport Israel Travel to Distribute $100,000!





BBYO is proud to announce the establishment of the Milk & Honey Israel Fund.

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, we will be offering 100 need-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this summer. Submissions are due no later than March 20th, 2011.

This scholarship is only guaranteed for one-year. Act now!

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Click here to watch our new Passport 2 Israel Commercials!

Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

The 2011 Shofar: The Newsletter of AZA & BBG is here! Written by the BBYO Teen PR Team, the newsletter covers important happenings across the organization such as Speak Up, Build a Prayer and Panim el Panim. Also, don't miss the special interviews with Rebecca Ungerman, BBYO's favorite song leader and Jeremy Sherman and Arielle Braude, BBYO's International Teen Presidents. There's even a secret "confessions" page from the 2020K team about working in BBYO's International Office!

Read the Shofar Now!

International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Los Angeles, Calif. hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eight countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th Annual International Convention (IC). Highlights included a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBYO's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking participants out into the L.A. community; speakers such as Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl; and the election of the 2011-2012 AZA and BBG International Boards!

Click here to read more about what happened at IC 2011!

Click here to visit the IC 2011 Live Blog!


Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that Northstar Region BBYO has more than 8 volunteer chapter advisors who dedicate their time and energy to serving as mentors and role models to all of our AZA and BBG teens? This month is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are hoping that every teen and parent can take a moment to thank their Chapter Advisor -- they truly cannot be thanked enough!

If you aren't sure who your son or daughter's chapter advisor is, just ask your teen. They'll be able to tell you how impactful chapter advisors are to the success of AZA and BBG chapters. Our organization would not be what it is without them!


Build a Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a is a comprehensive liturgical website that allows users to make a traditional or pluralistic Shabbat service and add custom content to tailor it to individual preferences. Click to download sample services created on Build a  such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.

Here are a few things that people are saying about it:

“This is a most amazing site, thank you for conceiving of this and making it available! I will use them personally and professionally!" - Deborah Newbrun

“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.” - Howard Blas

“What a GREAT idea and site!!  I think it would be a wonderful project for our 6 - 7th grade classes who are learning the "geography" of the siddur and the structure of our services to "build" their own siddurim." - Shelley Kniaz

Visit Build a today!