D.C. Council BBYO

January 2011/shevat 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

NRE Regional Convention

Upcoming Events

Teen Connection

Jewish Teens Rally to End Bullying

BBYO President Visits Global BBYO

Special Needs Chapters

Travel to Washington, DC and Lobby Congress





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Northern Region East Regional Convention

From December 24th-27th, over 440 teens from D.C. Council, Baltimore Council, NoVa Council and Philadelphia Region BBYO gathered together at the Sheraton City Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  This weekend featured a huge Shabbat with songleaders Sheldon Lowe and Emily Schwartz, original peer-lead programming, a Jewish film festival, and a day of service and advocacy where we successfully completed over 1,500 hours of community service.

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 31st: 8th grade information night

All 8th grade teens and parents are invited to join us from 7:00-8:30pm at the JCCGW for a parent information session about BBYO and a special 8th grade program! For more information, contact Ian Kandel at ikandel@bbyo.org or 301-348-3787.

Saturday, February 26th: Welcome back Spring Kickoff Dance

All teens from 8th-12th grades are invited to join D.C. Council BBYO for our annual Spring Kickoff Dance from 8:00pm-11:00pm at Temple Beth Ami.  Cost is $8.  For more information contact Rachel Hillman at Rhillman@bbyo.org or 301-348-3784

Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 13th: East Coast Kallah

Join hundreds of Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls across 8 different regions for a mega Shabbat packed with ruach and tradition, an incredible program lineup, renowned guest educators, and an unprecedented fundraising effort for Jews overseas.  The hit band, Guster, will also be joining us for the weekend!

Note: Each region has a cap, so make sure to sign up quickly!

Teen Connection

Teen Connection is the BBYO pre-high school program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade teens who want to enjoy social, recreational, athletic, cultural and Judaic activities with new friends!  Be a part of something exciting and get a taste of the activities that await you as a high school student in BBYO!  THis program offers a wide variety of programs for Jewish tweens planned and supervised by professional staff.  For more information contact Kate Herron at KHerron@bbyo.org or 301-348-3785

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 5th-Sunday January 6th: Midnight Mayhem

Join us at the JCCGW from 8:00pm-8:00am for an evening of games, athletics and fun!

Sunday, March 6th- International Spy Museum

Join Teen Connections tweens from Northern Virginia, Baltimore and the Greater Washington areas for a day at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C!  There are only a limited number of tickets available so register today! Contact Kate Herron at kherron@Bbyo.org or 301-348-3785

Sunday, May 1st- Tri-Council Maccabi Games!

Summer is almost here.  Come join tweens from Northern Virginia, Baltimore and the Greater Washington area for a community wide Maccabi games! (classic camp style color war). For more information or to register contact Kate Herron at kherron@bbyo.org or 301-348-3785


BBYO Teens Lead Campaign to End Bullying

Three Major International Jewish Youth Movements Join Forces to End Bullying and Support for LGBTQ Teens

Jewish teenagers from the major International Jewish Youth Movements are taking on bullying and standing up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peers. In addition to publicly committing to end bullying and creating an inclusive environment in their own movements, the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, (the presidents of the International Jewish Youth Movements) has set a goal of getting 18,000 Jews to sign Keshet’s “Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives”. This goal has been echoed by the executive leadership of the movements and their staff.


International President Jeremy in LondonTravels to UK, Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia

Where in the world is Jeremy Sherman? BBYO's International Teen President has been travelling abroad representing BBYO around the world. Follow his travels including photos and videos on our interactive blog, Keeping PACE! Check out some highlights:

  • Listen to Jeremy's thoughts as if you were sitting with him on the plane ride to Bulgaria.
  • View pictures of Jeremy's visit to Tzamaret, BBYO's partner in Israel.
  • Hear a special Shabbat Shalom message from Jeremy during his visit in Jerusalem!

Visit Keeping PACE Now!

Special Needs Chapters

DC Council has two unique programs that focus on the social needs of teens with special needs.  Since 1982, DC Council has incorporated the Richard Anderman Shalom BBYO Chapter for teens with special needs and since 2008, a second program, Kol Echad Youth, K.E.Y., was launched to support teens with multiple disabilities

Anderman Shalom BBYO Chapter members meet twice a month for various activities in the community at large, along side other BBYO members.  Chapter advisors provide general adult supervision (1:6 ratio of adult to teens).

KEY Participants attend social programs that are structured and adapted to their strengths.  We provide individualized social support and professional supervision.  Participants benefit from 1:1 support as well as the active interest and socialization with BBYO teens.  The KEY program also offers informal education to develop an awareness of the needs of teens with special needs through ongoing seminars.

Upcoming programs

Anderman Chapter will meet for bowling on January 23rd and Shabbat dinner on January 28th, .  KEY program participants and volunteers will meet on February 13th for a multi sensory ‘tour’ of Israel.

For more information or participation in these programs, please contact Limor Hartman, Special Needs Program Director, at 301-348-3786 or lhartman@bbyo.org.

Washington, DC Wants You!

Join Jewish teens from around the country in a city that has it all for a teen leader – Washington, D.C..  At Panim el Panim seminars teens will see all of the city’s most famous tourist sites while gaining insider access to locations like the U.S. Capitol!   Teens have the opportunity to meet and lobby members of Congress, learn from advocacy experts on Israel, healthcare, the environment and today’s hottest topics, and do service projects that provide direct aid to those in need in the city.  Teens participating in Panim el Panim seminars walk away with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of civic engagement.  In addition, these skills will help strengthen your individual or regional Stand UP campaigns!

Find out available dates for individual registrations from now through March!