From the Director:
Shalom and welcome to our second monthly e-news! The last several weeks have been busy with exciting programs, continued membership growth and incredible accomplishments:
- Teens immersed themselves in Israeli culture - song, dance, art & advocacy - at Up All Night for Israel in support of Save a Child's Heart, ultimately raising $660 toward improving the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries.
- The girls of Chapter L'Chaim BBG #2444 (based at the Prosserman JCC) kicked off their annual Stand UP campaign through which they aim to raise $500 to sponsor a future guide dog via the Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind (IGDCB). The chapter hosted Dining in the Dark, an experience designed to provide a better understanding of what it's like to be blind, and then welcomed the director of the Canadian Friends of IGDCB to share the importance of the organization's work and thank the chapter for their pledge.
- Teens from across the city gathered for our annual MIT/AIT Laserquest Lock-in to explore the rich history and traditions of BBYO and officially induct our newest members into AZA and BBG before letting loose with all-night laser tag.
And with 2010 coming to an end, preparations are well underway for Beauheart Weekend (Jan. 28-29), the first regional event of the new year! You can look forward to celebrating Shabbat with Alephs and BBGs from across the city, electing chapter Beaus & Sweethearts, and having a blast at BBYO's annual Beauheart Ball semi-formal. Registration for Beauheart Weekend opens after winter break at www.bbyo.ca.
Plus, beginning January 5, 2011, chapters will resume meeting every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm, in Toronto at the Prosserman JCC (Room 1-23) and in Vaughan at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Rooms 5/6).
If you have any questions about anything in this e-news or would just like to chat, please be in touch! I can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 ext 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Did you know 8th grade recruitment begins January 1st? That's right, as of January 1st, 8th graders are eligible to join an AZA/BBG chapter!
And for 6th and 7th graders there's Teen Connection, the BBYO pre-high school experience. Get into it!
BBYO Teen Presidents Speak at UJA Major Gifts Dinner
BBYO Lake Ontario Region godol & n’siah (teen presidents) Jesse Freedman and Alissa Malina had the opportunity to speak on behalf of BBYO at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Major Gifts Dinner recently. The dinner was attended by hundreds of the Toronto Jewish community’s top philanthropists – many of whom are BBYO alumni themselves. The experience provided a forum for Jesse and Alissa to highlight the magic of the BBYO experience and to thank attendees for Federation’s continued support.
Click here to watch a video of Jesse & Alissa's address at the dinner.
We're Hiring: Full-Time Program Associate
BBYO Lake Ontario Region seeks a dynamic leader looking to inspire local youth, alumni and community leaders around BBYO’s mission of “more Jewish teens, more meaningful Jewish experiences.”
Click here to view the job posting - and please share it with any contacts who may be interested.
BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale of The Buried Life
Find Out What Wish Came True for an AZA Teen: Watch an interview with Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”
Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message reflected the focus of their television series which features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving back and helping to make dreams come true for the people they meet along the way. Before wrapping up their remarks at Kallah, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 teens asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”
Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked onto to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home."Six months later, the cast from “The Buried Life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode on November 29. Immediately following the show BBYO aired a live webcast with Lucas, allowing BBYO teens from around the world to ask him questions and hear his reflections on the experience and what it has meant to his family.
Click here to learn more, including links to watch the Season Finale on MTV.com and the recorded interview with Lucas.
Registration is Open for BBYO Summer & Year-Round Experiences
Registration is open for dozens of BBYO International Experiences.
- International Convention: Join hundreds of BBYO leaders in Los Angeles, CA February 17-21 to experience AZA & BBG at the highest level.
- March of the Living: Experience a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland. 10th Graders are eligible for $1,000 off!
- AZA & BBG's Flagship Leadership Development and Judaic Identity programs: CLTC, ILTC and Kallah.
- Summer of Impact experiences through the PANIM Institute of BBYO. Serve new communities and make a real difference in Boston, D.C., the Southwest and Israel!
- Passport to the World, BBYO's global travel program, taking teens to more than 16 countries around the world.
Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and more!