Southwestern Region BBYO

February 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

SWR Regional News

SWR Regional Events

BBYO Summer Raffle

International Convention Live Blog

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Staffing Opportunities


Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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SWR Regional News

Great News!! As of January 1, 2011, 8th graders are officially welcomed to join BBYO as a member! Not sure what it's all about? No problem! Contact Farra Fibel at and she can direct you to teens in chapters in your area!

Our current chapters that may serve your area:

Yad B' Yad BBG: Serves East San Diego County

San Diego AZA: Serves East San Diego County

Marc Chagall AZA: Serves North San Diego County

These are currently our active chapters in the San Diego Area. We are working on building our region and continue striving to open additional chapters in other parts of San Diego County. Events and meetings the chapters hold are not always held in their specific area. Some events are held in areas that may be closer to you! If you are interested in helping to build a chapter in your area, please contact Farra Fibel!

How Can I Help SWR BBYO?

Our chapters are always in need of helping hands and volunteers to help chaperone and staff some of the events and meetings our teens have. If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming an advisor who is 21 and over, please have them  contact Farra Fibel @! Being a volunteer advisor with BBYO is not something that will take up all of a person's free time, because they will have another co advisor to help out as well! Advising BBYO chapters can be a fun and rewarding experience! If being an advisor isn't your calling, maybe you as parents would be able to chaperone an occasional event or meeting? If this is something you feel you would like to do once in awhile, please contact me by phone or email which you can find at the bottom of the newsletter and I will add you to a contact list for some of our future events!

What's The Southwestern Sage??

The Southwestern Sage is an additional monthly regional newsletter that we have out for our region. This newsletter has information just for SWR with important details that might be of interest to you! If you would like to subscribe to The Southwestern Sage, please send an email to


SWR Regional Events

SWR Shabbonfire
Saturday, February 26, 2011

SWR will be hosting a fun bonfire at La Jolla Shores. It will be featuring a special tradition called Hippie Havdallah where we will be embracing music while celebrating the closing of Shabbat. We will be making instruments out of recycled materials and if you already have instruments we suggest that you bring them! There will be pizza and snacks provided so come join us for a spectacular event! We will be drumming the night away and staying cozy!

To Bring:

-Empty Water Bottles

-Empty Cans

-Empty Tissue Boxes

-Empty Shoe Boxes

-Old buckets

Members: Please bring one potluck item (eg. chips, veggies, etc.)

Who: Members & PROSPECTIVE members    8th-12th grade!
Where: La Jolla Shores Bon Fire Pits
When: February 26, 2011 @ 5PM-9:30PM
Cost: FREE!

Other Upcoming Regional Events To Watch For:

Here is a sneak peek at what is in store for SWR for the month of March! In the March edition of SWR Regional eNewsletter & the Southwestern Sage, you will find completed details of these events!

Sunday March 6th: Picnic in the Park in Poway @ Lake Poway

Friday March 11th: Schmoozing and Jaccuzzing in La Mesa (TBA)

Friday March 18th-Saturday March 19th: Purim Pump Up (TBA)

Friday March 25- Sunday March 27: Save the date for SoCal BBYO Kallah 2011 weekend!! More details to come after IC!!!


BBYO is Offering a Fantastic New Summer Raffle! Winners Announced at IC!!

The Raffle is open to ANY and ALL teens who have registered for ANY Domestic and Passport Summer Experience.
With more than 20 available programs the options are endless for a fun and meaningful summer.  And this is one more way to make it more affordable!
The winners will be announced LIVE at IC on Facebook and Twitter; teens do not have to be at IC to win, they just have to have signed up for a Summer Experience by 2/17/2011.

Raffle Schedule:

Thursday Dinner: 4 Scholarships of $250

Saturday Dinner: 2 Scholarships of $500

Sunday Dinner: 1 Scholarship of $1000

***In an additional offer if 990 teens register for any domestic or Passport program (not MOTL) by 2/27/2011 (the end of the Early Bird Discount) BBYO will be giving away a brand-new iPad to one lucky teen!***

Follow the International Convention Live Blog!







Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, IC serves to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community.

Don't miss any of the action! BBYO's International Convention's Live Blog will have all of the latest photos, videos and happenings throughout the weekend. Visit the blog at and follow IC on Twitter at #bbyoic2011!

Make Your Summer Fun, Meaningful, AND Affordable

  • Get your GROUP ON this summer! BBYO’s Passport to the World is now offering TWO great reasons to travel this summer:

    1)    Get at least 50 percent of your AZA or BBG chapter to sign up for any Summer 2011 BBYO Passport trip, and everyone in your chapter gets 10 percent off all program costs.

    2)    Want to plan a private trip? Get a group of at least 30 friends together, and BBYO Passport will run a private session of any posted Summer 2011 trip on the dates of YOUR choice.

    Two Great Ways to Get Your GROUP ON. One Unforgettable Summer.

    Click here to learn more.

  • New Summer Scholarship Plan! For Summer 2011, BBYO is introducing a new scholarship initiative. We understand that financial need is significant in many communities, and we are allocating more scholarship subsidy this year than at any point in BBYO's history.  BBYO is committed to affordability.

    Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the BBYO regional offices so that funds are disbursed with a greater knowledge of individual teens’ needs.   All BBYO domestic summer experiences (CLTC, ILTC, Kallah and Summer of IMPACT), as well as ILSI in Israel, are eligible for scholarship subsidy. 

    The deadline is April 1st, but may vary region-to-region.  All scholarship awards are announced no later than May 1st. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted directly to your teen’s regional office.  For a listing of regions, click here.  Please contact your local BBYO professional to learn more about scholarship deadlines and the review process.  We also urge parents and teens to connect with local Federations, BJEs, synagogues and other community agencies for additional scholarship support.  Regional staff can provide template letters to send to these agencies to request summer program funding.

    Remember that early-bird pricing for CLTC, ILTC and Kallah expires on February 27th.  All registrations on or before February 27th will be discounted by $100. 

    Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!

BBYO is Looking for Summer Staff

BBYO Summer programs serve as the basis for many teens’ most significant memories. You can be a part of helping those memories happen. With openings for Jewish educators, song leaders, and madrichim (counselors), there are many opportunities to enhance dozens of teens' summer experiences.

Click here to see available positions and get the Staff Application!