415 Strong and Growing!
What an exciting time it is to be a part of BBYO. For the first time in over 10 years, we have over 400 members in the region! I am pleased to share with you this great news and huge accomplishment. All of our teens and advisors deserve credit for continuing to work as hard as they have for us to reach this goal.
Not only are membership numbers up but so are summer program attendees. Currently we have 23 teens signed up for summer leadership programs. Last year we sent 12 to different programs. There is still time to register for summer programs and Domestic Summer Leadership scholarship forms are due to the regional office by April 1st.
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest chapter, Longmeadow BBYO. We have a long history with Longmeadow as they have had two chapters as recently as 2001. Longmeadow is off to a great start and we look forward to seeing chapter members at Spring Convention.
In addition to Longmeadow we will be expanding into New London and one or two new communities come next year!
Spring Convention will take place from April 8-10 at the Danbury Plaza Hotel. Due to the rising costs we have had to increase our convention fees by $10. The cost for Spring will be $235 for early registration and $275 for the late fee. You can download a scholarship form by clicking here. All scholarship forms are due in the regional office by March 21st. Early registration ends Thursday March 24th.
For those of you who do not know, Spring Convention is when we elect our regional board for the following year. This is a very intricate and structured process. Because of this, any teen who misses any part of the election process throughout the weekend will not be allowed to vote. It has come to our attention that some people may have scheduling conflicts during Spring Convention so please check with the regional office should you have any questions.
Race To Nowhere
On Wednesday March 23rd, CVR and Makom Hebrew High School, will be hosting a screening of the movie Race To Nowhere. RTN features stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.
The film will be shown at the Greater New Haven JCC. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. BBYO teens from the New Haven chapters can attend for no fee. Please help us fill the auditorium and sign up today.
Sisterhood is March 26th. Registration is open and the cost is $25. This event is only open to the girls in CVR. Sisterhood will take place at the Bridgeport JCC.
Advisor Appreciation Month
March is advisor appreciation month. Please take the time to thank our advisors who volunteer their time to work with our members. Every chapter should be doing something to say thank you.
Berkshire Hills Emanuel Camps
For CVR families with children looking for summer options please click here.
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!
Looking for a Real Israel Experience?
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!
12 teens from CVR attended 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!
"IC was an inspiration. To stand in a room with nearly 750 teens in one room chanting the birkat after every meal was a powerful experience. The best part was that these teens were not only from America, but also the UK, Ireland, Israel, Serbia, Bulgaria and Argentina. It was wonderful to be able to meet all of the upcoming leaders in the Jewish community all over the world"
- Brittany Ritell, Sabbaba BBG
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 CVR has more than 25 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!
J-Serve 2011 is Right Around the Corner!
J-Serve will be taking place this year in Stamford, New Haven and West Hartford. Join us for this day of teen service as our communities perform different mitzvot.
- Registration is on www.jserve.org
- Keep up with J-Serve news on Facebook and on Twitter @J_Serve
Build a Prayer.org Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience
BBYO’s Build a Prayer.org 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 Prayer.org 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 Prayer.org today!