Wisconsin Region ENews

January 2012/Tevet 5772 Issue

In This Issue:

Summer Programs Meeting

8th Grade Recruitment

Panim El Panim Seminar

SRC Coordinator

True Life; I Am A Jew

BBYO Connect

Midwest Israel Seminar

Teen Presidents Return from Abroad

Summer Recruitment Off to a Record Breaking Start

Oratory Winners to be Published in JTA

Southern Alum Reunion at IC

Torah Portions on Facebook


Office Contact Information




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What Are You Doing This Summer?

Do you want to spend your summer making a difference, traveling the world and building lifelong friendships?   Register for one of  BBYO's domestic Summer Experiences or  a BBYO Passport travel program! Don't miss the opportunity to attend the program of your choice!

Learn more about this experiences at our

Summer Programs Information Session

Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm

In the BBYO Offices

The final early-bird discount of $75 ends Feb. 28th, so take advantage of the savings and make sure you are guaranteed a spot in what is sure to be a meaningful and memorable summer! Click above on the interactive brochure or visit BBYO.ORG/SUMMER for more information.

Great Time Had By All at SPiN on Sunday, January 15th.

Eighth Graders are Now Eligible for AZA and BBG Membership!









Do you have an 8th grader in your life who wants to become involved with AZA and BBG? Make sure that we have their information. And that they know about the super fun Magical Mystery Tour - Chapter Recruitment programs on Saturdays Feb. 4th and 11th.

Download the flyer here, and give it to them. They don't need to register. They just need to show up and have fun.  We don't want anyone to miss out!!

Midwest Israel Seminar

March 9-11th

A few more spots made available!!!

We are excited to announce that we are able to open up a couple extra spots for the upcoming Midwest Israel Seminar, March 9-11th in Chicago.

The Midwest Israel Seminar, hosted by The iCenter (www.theicenter.org) and BBYO is a program to engage Jewish teen leaders who want to deepen their relationship with Israel. The seminar, taking place March 9 - 11 in Chicago, focuses on learning and understand the politics and culture of Israel. The cost of the Midwest Israel Seminar is $150, which includes transportation to Chicago.

If you are seeking a deeper connection to Israel and are willing to make a commitment to educating yourself  and other, then this is the seminar for you! Participants are expected to complete a follow up project and serve as an ambassador for Israel education and learning back in our BBYO region.

Then apply today and join us for this great seminar. Participation in the Seminar is contingent upon completing this application and being accepted into the program.

Applications are due to Rachael Frydman (rfrydman@bbyo.org) by Friday, January 27th.

Do you want to help plan Spring Regional Convention?

Spring Regional Convention (SRC) is May 11-13th at Camp Beber. The Regional Board is looking for 2 BBGs and 2 AZAs to help plan the weekends activities. If you are interested. Fill out the application (click here) and turn it in to MIchelle/Zach/Rachael/Danielle by January 23rd.  It's going to be an amazing weekend but it could be even better because of you!

Panim El Panim Seminar

For the third year in a row, BBYO is partnering with CJL (Coalition for Jewish Learning) for the Panim el Panim Seminar aka PeP.

PeP is a 4 day program in DC where participants receive advocacy training on a wide range of current topics, participate in service learning and have the opportunity to lobby their elected officials on Capitol Hill, putting what they have learned into action.

Participants meet a couple times before and after the trip...working on ways to prep for the seminar and how to bring it back to the region. This year, PeP participants will be planning a Day of Service for the region.

Everyone who has participated in PeP over the past two years has loved it...and wishes they could go again. Just ask them.

Apply today to be a part of PeP 2012. Applications are now available. Click Here to download it. Fill it out and turn it in to the office ASAP. Participates are being selected by January 25th.




Wisconsin Region BBYO is taking a closer look at being JEWISH, with an eye-opening seven part series called: TRUE Life: I AM A JEW. This series features a variety of Jewish professionals in our community to discuss their expertise on different divisions of Judaism.

These discussions will educate us on the origins and practices of each sect of Judaism and their view on: Kashrut, Shabbat, Conversion, Modesty, Intermarriage, Women's roles and responsibilities, Torah, Talmud and Rabbinic Law, Israel and more.

Mark your calendars to join us for session three, Tuesday, January 31st with Orthodox Rabbi, Rabbi Kalmar.

Click here to see the whole schedule.

BBYO Connect heads to Stonefire Pizza




BBYO Connect is a division of BBYO aiming to create a community of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders through social and meaningful experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life.

Wisconsin Region has an active BBYO Connect program. With a minimum of one BBYO Connect event a month. Our January event is a trip to Stonefire Pizza. This indoor amusement park is under-management and they have brought in new game and new fun. We will eating from the buffet and all participants will recieve a $20 game card. If you know any 6-7th grade Jewish teens...make sure they are part of our BBYO Connect mailings and events.

Here is the flyer for the event if you want to share it with any 6-7th grader Jewish friends.

International Teen Presidents Return from BBYO's Canadian Regions and Global Affiliates









(BBYO's International Teen Presidents outside Buckingham Palace in London)

Grand Aleph Godol Oz Fishman and International N'siah Samantha Levinson just returned from visiting over 10 communities as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents! Starting with Canada, Sam and Oz spent the first half of December touring BBYO regions in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Then they crossed the Atlantic, visiting BBYO partner affiliates and BBYO/JDC service communities across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Israel. Their work as BBYO ambassadors helps unite Jewish teens across the world, building the BBYO movement and delivering on the teen-led agenda and priorities for 2011-2012.  (You can watch a video detailing these priorities here.)

Learn more about Oz's discussion with Bulgarian teens on community service as a Jewish value, Samantha's excitement at Canada sending more than 40 teens to IC, and more reflections on their trip on Keeping PACE, the International Teen Presidents travel blog, chronicling their gap year with BBYO.

Oratory Contest Winners to be Published in JTA - February 1 Deadline!



AZA and BBG is now accepting submissions for this year’s Oratory and Storytelling Contests! "Am I a Jewish American or American Jew? Jewish Canadian or Canadian Jew? Wherever you live, does your Judaism come before your nationality?"  and “What makes Judaism unique and why is it important to me?” are the AZA and BBG themes for this year’s competition. If you’re creative, writing a fictional, funny story related to your BBYO experience and Jewish identity could win you the Storytelling Contest. More serious reflections on your personal experiences, the state of BBYO and the future of the Jewish people make up the Oratory Contest, with the JTA (the global news service of the Jewish People) providing special recognition to this winner by publishing their full submission to their audience of 200,000 monthly readers.

Visit the Storytelling and Oratory page on bbyo.org to watch videos and learn more about the details of this year's competitions. The deadline for entering is February 1, 2012! Winners will be announced at BBYO’s International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from February 16 - 20.

Do You Know an Alum from the South?





BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) is hosting the first-ever Southern Regions/Districts Alumni Reunion at International Convention 2012. Register or learn more at bbyo.org/reunion2012

The Southern Regions/Districts Alumni Reunion is on Saturday, February 18 at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  International Convention (IC) is the largest annual gathering of BBYO participants from across the world.  This year BBYO is expecting a record breaking 850 teens to join together at IC in Atlanta.  Join us at the IC Reunion to reconnect with fellow AZA and BBG alumni and friends while enjoying a dessert reception.  Space is limited so sign up today!

BBYO Teens Discuss Weekly Torah Portions on Facebook

Join the more than 650 people on Facebook every week that receive video D'var Torah updates from BBYO teen leaders! Through this new Facebook group led by Benji Fages (Lake Ontario Region); Emily Nassir (Big Apple Region); Ben Nach (Mountain Region); and Amy Restan (United Kingdom), engage in conversations about the weekly Torah portion with fellow BBYO teens from around the world!

Click here to join the group.