Pacific Coast Region BBYO

March 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

IC in LA was great! Looking forward to PCR Spring!

Upcoming Events

Summer Experiences

PCR's Transition Team

$100,000 in Israel Scholarships

Shofar Newsletter 2011

International Convention 2011

Advisor Appreciation Month

J-Serve Next Month

Build a Prayer Resources


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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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IC in LA was great! Looking forward to PCR Spring!

It was so great to see such a great turn out from PCR at International Convention in LA on Presidents Day Weekend!! We have so many great things to look forward to this spring! Please read this newsletter in its entirety to learn about all of the PCR happenings!

Upcoming Events

-Sisterhood/Fraternity Overnight: March 26th-27th: West Valley JCC.

-SoCal Kallah 2011: April 15th-17th: Camp Alonim/AJU's Brandeis Bardin Campus 

-JServe: May 1st

-SoCal Convention: May 27th-30th: American Jewish University.

Summer Experiences

Hey PCR! Looking for a fun, exciting, and interesting way to spend a few weeks this summer? BBYO Summer Experiences are the way to go! Registration is now open for CLTC, ILTC, Kallah, IMPACT: Boston, IMPACT: DC, and Passport 2 The World. For more information click here.

PCR's Transition Team

As March is beginning it's time for new leadership in PCR, with the departure of Steven Molberger and Rebecca Firestone leaving. Although there is a change in staff, there will be no change in the regional calendar and everything will continue on as planned.

Melissa Hertwig [], Brian Katz [], and Stacy Bernstein [] will be working as a transition team for teens, parents, and advisors for the remaining of the 2010-2011 calendar term. Matt Lemchen, Assistant Area Executive Director on the West Coast will be providing oversight and can be reached at,

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!

88 Teens from Pacific Coast Region 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!

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 Pacific Coast Region BBYO has more than 20 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!

This years J-Serve will be at JCA Shalom, stay tuned for more information... but get ready for a day of fun filled community service!

-    Registration is on
-    Keep up with J-Serve news on Facebook and on Twitter @J_Serve

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!