Central Region West BBYO

April 14 2011/ 10 Nisan 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table


Regional News

J-Serve This Sunday

East Bay Diversity Shabbat


Local Area News
San Francisco, Peninsula & North Bay

East Bay

South Bay

International News

Survey On Family Camp

BBYO Summer Filling Up - Don't Miss Out!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO

Videographers Needed for World Travel

Get Involved with BBYO


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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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Happy Passover! Let a Teen Lead the Passover Seder








After a year of traveling the country and the world as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents, we are so excited to go home and spend Passover with our families! During our travels, we witnessed how BBYO serves as a “home away from home” for tens thousands of teens.  At BBYO programs, we make great friends and connect with Judaism on our terms.

Just as BBYO has been a home for so many teens, we’d like to bring a meaningful BBYO experience into your home this Passover.  Check out BBYO’s Passover Discussion Guide, which focuses on an important Passover tradition and the how it relates to teens today.  Join 30,000 families across the country in trying out this additional set of four questions at your Seder table.  Let a teen at your Seder guide your family in gaining a better understanding of our traditions.

On behalf of BBYO teens everywhere, chag pesach sameach (Happy Passover) to you and your family.

Arielle Braude and Jeremy Sherman
BBYO International Teen Presidents

Regional News

J-Serve is this Sunday

Join over 150 other Bay Area teens for a fun day of community service and special programming.  All teens in 6-12 grades are welcome.

6th and 7th graders will be entered into a special middle school raffle too!

We'll spend the morning volunteering at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, then go to the OFJCC in Palo Alto for lunch and programming.

Register here:  https://bbyo.org/r/E/0/MTAwMg/1/0/YWJvY2tAYmJ5by5vcmc/aHR0cDovL2lzLmdkL2pzZXJ2ZSMhIyE/1428/0

Get more details here: https://bbyo.org/r/E/0/MTAwMg/1/0/YWJvY2tAYmJ5by5vcmc/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mYWNlYm9vay5jb20vZXZlbnQucGhwP2VpZD0xNzYyMDg5OTI0MjQ4NjEjISMh/1428/0


East Bay Diversity Shabbat
On April 1st the EB had a very successful and lovely Shabbat evening experience.  Our teens led services beautifully at Temple Beth Abraham and then we enjoyed a pot luck dinner.  The food each chapter cooked represented the cultures from their areas.  After dinner we all shared our backgrounds and celebrated the cultural diversity represented in the East Bay!  Together we also raised $350+ for Free the Children, an organization dedicated to promoting education in third world nations.

Local Area News

San Francisco, Peninsula and North Bay Events

Upcoming Chapter Events
MAchar's AIT
When: Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17
Where: Michael Lazar's house (contact local staff for exact address)
Time: 5:30pm-9:30am

SF1 BBG Spa Night
When: Saturday, April 16
Where: SFJCC Teen Center
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm

East Bay Events

Upcoming Chapter Events
Dreidel Business Meeting
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland
Time: 7-9:00pm

Oakland Business Meeting
When: Every other Wednesday
Where: Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland
Time: 7-9:00pm

LHA Business Meeting
When: Every Other Thursday
Where: Temple Beth Chaim in Danville
Time: 7-9:00pm

DBG Business Meeting
When: Every other Thursday
Where: Congregation Beth Chaim in Danville
Time: 7-9:00pm

MarWin Business Meeting
When: Every other Thursday
Where: Temple Beth Torah in Fremont
Time: 7-9:00pm


South Bay

Upcoming Chapter Events
JSZ Traditions Night
When: Monday, April 16th
Where: Goni’s house (contact local advisors for exact address)
When: 6-11pm

The Real SB Sammy’s Return
When: Saturday, May 7th
Where: Temple Emanu-El
Time: 7-10:30pm
Cost: $10

In 1997 House of David AZA #1488 was given the exclusive rights to re-open South Bay Sammy’s from time to time. It is believed that Sammy himself, now over 110 years old living like so many of his friends as a recluse in the desert, has been personally advising the Alephs of HOD via satellite on how to run South Bay Sammy’s. South Bay Sammy's is the hottest spot west of the Vegas Strip. Where New York elegance meets California cuisine. The food is great, the men look good, the ladies are pretty, and the dancing goes on all night long. This is living; this is South Bay Sammy's!

International News

What makes a Perfect Family Camp Experience?

BBYO is currently researching this question and wants to hear from BBYO teens, Teen Connection tweens, alumni, and their families. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the brief survey using the links below. 
Your answers will help us create the most impactful summer camp experience for you and your family.

Adult Survey Link
Teen Survey Link

Last Chance for a BBYO Summer! Wondering Where Spots are Still Open?







Summer is just around the corner! It isn't too late to spend it with BBYO, but progams are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on the BBYO programs below that do not currently have a waitlist:

There are currently waitlists for ILTC, Kallah and CLTC (for females). Impact: Boston is currently full.

Click here to learn more about having a BBYO Summer!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO









(BBYO's International Delegation at IC 2011)

Committed to supporting Jewish youth all over the world, BBYO had one of its most successful global representations at its International Convention this year with Jewish teens from eight countries attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel. This highlight comes after an exciting school-year filled with initiatives meant to engage BBYO teens to recognize the power they have to stand united as one movement of Jewish youth.

Earlier this year, BBYO partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on an overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. The fellowship sent four BBYO alumni to join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to help Turkey; srael; Argentina; and Serbia with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network.

In addition to this partnership, BBYO’s teen leadership established a Global Ambassadors Network with 19 North American teens working directly with affiliates on projects such as AZA and BBG Shabbats and expanding J-Serve, currently the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Through these combined efforts, BBYO regions raised more than $25,000 through the International Service Fund (ISF) to help bring  the international delegation to IC 2011.

Stay tuned for more updates on BBYO’s globalization initiative including a live blog complete with updates with Overseas delegations coming soon!

Videographer Needed

BBYO’s Passport to the World is looking for experienced videographers to travel with teen tour groups to Europe, Costa Rica, the Western USA and Israel filming videos of the programs in exchange for free travel including airfare, group transportation and lodging.  Places for video shoots include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Rome and more. Ideal candidates are college or immediately post-college videographers with a sense of adventure and an eye for the best shot.

Trip lengths will vary, but will range from 2 to 4 weeks from late June through July. Interested candidates should email a resume, dates of availability and three video samples to info@passport2theworld.org. The deadline to apply is April 28.


Get Involved with BBYO!

There are lots of ways to continue involvement with BBYO after high school. Here are some great ways: