Philadelphia BBYO

April 2012/Nisan 5772 Issue

Serving – Morrisville, Woodside, Newtown, Holland, Horsham, Willow Grove, Jenkintown, Melrose Park, Northeast, Langhome, Villanova, Radnor, Haverford, Garden City
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In This Issue:

BBYO Celebrates a Defining Decade

Local Information

BBYO Partners with BULLY Movie


Upcoming Events

Check Out Summer of Impact

Human Rights and Genocide Summit in DC

BBYO Connect Opportunities

Israel: Before and After

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BBYO Summer Experiences Brochure

BBYO Adult & Family Travel

BBYO is Hiring!

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BBYO Invites You to Celebrate a Defining Decade

Contribute to BBYO's Time Capsule Today!

This spring commemorates a defining decade for BBYO since it became independent from its parent organization, B’nai B’rith International, in 2002. Over the last decade, we've been proud to lead a thriving organization that today reaches over 35,000 teens annually and 250,000 alumni throughout the world. To celebrate this ten year anniversary, teens, parents, advisors and alumni can claim a part of BBYO’s history by submitting pictures, quotes, messages and names into a digital Time Capsule marking the years 2002 to 2012, BBYO’s first decade as an independent organization. This Time Capsule will serve as the inaugural volume of BBYO’s official online archive that will be compiled by members and friends in the years to come.

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Spring Convention and Summer Time

"Spring convention is only for seniors and those looking to run for board" is a common phrase that could not be anymore incorrect.

This year Philly BBYO will be hosting our annual spring convention at the beautiful Camp Camp Kweebec. The camp has a beautiful lake front view and we will be offering all kinds of sports and recreational activities.Yet what makes this convention special is the opportunity to bond and create strong friendships with your fellow AZA and BBG’s.

This year’s theme is “Dream”, allow yourself to dream big and accomplish your goals. Our programming will focus teens on the importance of setting goals, and having the proper support around you to achieve them.
So don’t fall into the stereo-type and miss your opportunity in creating wonderful new friends. Click here for more information.

There is still time for summer! As the summer weather is very quickly sweeping in we are offering those last minute families an opportunity to sign up for a variety of summer programs. We still have a significant amount of scholarship left and would love to provide your teen an opportunity to partake in wonderful summer experience.

If you are looking to travel the world, check out our Passport trips, going to places like Bulgaria, Africa, and Costa Rica. Now if you are looking for something more domestic, check out any of the Impact trips going to DC, and Chicago.For those of you who are looking to connect with your BBYO friends from across the country then CLTC is the best option for you.

Check out the Summer Experiences website for more details.

Allow us to help you get on a summer experience!

BBYO Sponsors "BULLY" Movie for Jewish Teen Audiences

Committed to respect and inclusion, BBYO is proud to sponsor screenings of “BULLY,” a feature-length documentary that depicts “a year in the life” of North America’s bullying crisis. BBYO is the exclusive partner in bringing the "BULLY" movie to Jewish teen audiences, and has partnered with Keshet, NFTY and Repair the World along with more than a dozen organizations across the country to ensure the screenings reach the largest number of Jewish teens possible.

This past Sunday, April 15th at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse 5, 200 Jewish teens, parents and friends around the greater Philadelphia area and South Jersey came together for the screening of “BULLY”. As the crowd packed the theater the atmosphere was filled with energy and excitement.

The two youth coordinators from the BBYO Philadelphia Regional Board, Tara Cherwony and Zach Cohen opened the program by getting the audience to speak about what a bully is. “A bully is someone who does not have enough self-confidence” said a 9th grade student, “so they pick on others to make themselves feel better.” As the film played, it was clear that every single member of the audience was being awakened to the true disastrous affects of bullying around the country and the world.

We would like to thank the JCHS at Gratz College for their help in promoting this event, and all of the community leaders who helped spread the word. We encourage you to continue raising awareness about bullying in our schools.


For those looking to take action against bullying now, BBYO is collecting signatures from teens and their families as a part of BBYO’s Stand UP for Each Other Campaign for Respect and Inclusion, a grassroots effort focused on creating safe and welcome communities for all Jewish teens. All signatures will contribute towards The Bully Project’s goal to reach one million teens with an important message to take action and put an end to bullying.

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In April 2012 more than 10,000 Jewish teens from around the world will come together to serve their communities and make a difference. J-Serve, The Official Day of Jewish Youth Service, is April 22, 2012, but the spirit of Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah is realized whenever people come together to better our world. One person in their hometown can make a difference, but when thousands of teens work together, they change the world. Play a role in changing your community. See the local projects below and Click Here to register for this year's project!!

Projects that are still in need of volunteers are:
High School Park – 2:00pm – 5:00pm: Come get your hands dirty by helping plant, clean and restore an amazing landmark!

Kaiserman JCC – 10:30am - 12:30pm: Experience the satisfaction of planting flowers and repairing the gardens on the lush campus of the Kaiserman JCC.

Klein JCC - 10:30am – 12:30pm: Explore the new garden as we plant flowers and vegetables & help us at the soup kitchen, baking, packaging and delivering meals for the elderly.

For more information about any of these projects email us at

Upcoming Events!

April 22nd 2012 – Jserve: Join hundreds of Jewish youth from across the greater Philadelphia area and nationwide in a day of service! Pick from a number of projects and register. Receive community service hours, a t-shirt and make new friends all while helping your community! PLEASE REGISTER HERE!

May 4-6th 2012: Dream On: Philly Region 2012 Spring Convention – Camp Kweebec
Get pumped for Spring Convention! Realize you dreams and your potential, participate in fun games and activities, and have fun. This convention also holds regional end-states, senior life, and regional elections. This convention will lead you to touch the sky and inspire you in so many ways!

Cost: 185.00$ Register Here

June 2nd 2012: Philly BBYO Final Fling – Ocean City Board Walk
Join your friends for a nice relaxing day by the shore. More details about the event are coming soon. We are looking for adult volunteers to help drive. If you are interested please email

Featured Summer Experience: Summer of Impact

Be a champion of progress and service this summer. It's not too late to sign up for BBYO's meaningful Summer of Impact programs in four locations across the world. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience:

Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide - Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the second annual Human Rights and Genocide Summit (HRGS) – a three-day experience in Washington, DC, that focuses on global human rights and genocide issues. Participants will include a diverse group of Jewish teens from across North America that will have a unique experience to learn from leading political experts about genocide and how to stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities. Most importantly, participants return home with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility. Click here to read "Never Again: A Teen Takes Action to Honor These Words" published last year in by a HRGS teen participant.

Ready to learn more? Click here to see the itinerary and register.

BBYO Connect Indulges in Chocolate Seder

This past weekend at MBIEE, KISAN BBG hosted a regional event which brought together over 30 high school and middle school youth. Leading each other through a very chocolaty seder. The seder was mixed with the traditional Passover story and the importance of eating healthy. As the evening went on the youth sat around in a circle reminiscing about their favorite Passover memories and figuring out what Passover really means to them. These are the kinds of conversations parents wish their kids would have. These are the kinds of moments that help reinforce their Jewish Identity and ensure their involvement in the community for years to come.


Don’t miss our next BBYO Connect event happening this Sunday April 22nd at High School Park. See the event information in the above article.

Nudge a teen in your life! BBYO Connect aims to provide every middle school student with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences! Please click here to provide us with contact information of families who can benefit from BBYO Connect so we can notify them of opportunities.

Israel: Before and After

Teens have been traveling to Israel with BBYO since 1956, gaining the unique opportunity for personal exploration and growth. Research has shown that teens who experience Israel during their high school years return with a deeper sense of Jewish identity and connection to Israel. This past summer BBYO Passport captured this transformation on film. In this two-minute documentary, we invite you to follow the transformations of teens before and after their experience in Israel.

Watch the video!

Camp Galil Open House

Camp Galil has been providing unforgettable summer experiences to the Jewish community since 1946! Camp Galil is set in the beautiful fields and forests of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, less than an hour north of Philadelphia.
Spring Open House
Please join us at Camp Galil for our annual Spring Open House for prospective families on Sunday, May 6th 2-4pm.
Your visit will include:
- a guided tour of the camp site
- a Q & A session with the professional staff
- games and introductions for campers of all ages
- opportunity to meet new and returning Galil families

Families are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by May 4th to Ilana Goldfus, Assistant Director at (609) 558-1395 or registrar@camp