Lonestar Region BBYO

February 2011/Adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

New Year, New Leaders!

Register for Lonestar Regional Kallah

Circle of Support

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Experiences Raffle at IC

International Convention Live Blog

Summer Staffing Opportunities

Save the Dates!

Inclusion Statement

Quick Links:




BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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New Year, New Leaders!

Lonestar Region BBYO wishes a Mazel Tov to the newly elected 2011 Regional Board and new chapter boards elected over the past few weeks in Lonestar.








27th Lonestar Regional Board:
Presidents: Marissa Finkelman, Stephen S. Wise BBG (Houston) and Gabe Aptekar, Randy Reisbord AZA (Houston)

Vice Presidents: Renee Frederick, BBG #63 (Houston) and Ryan Ladd, Capital AZA (Austin)

Vice Presidents of Membership: Anna Rosenthal, Henry Barnston BBG (Houston) and Ryan Frankel, Jack Lubel AZA (Houston)

Vice Presidents of Spirituality, Service and Advocacy: Ariella Noorily, Sababa BBG (San Antonio) and Andrew Alter, Isadore Shapiro AZA (Houston)

Secretary: Lauren Laderman, BBG #63 (Houston)

Treasurer: Meredith Lerner, Stephen S. Wise BBG (Houston) and Ben Deschner, Erich Weiss AZA (San Antonio)

Small Cities (Austin and San Antonio) Council President: Leslie Palans, Sababa BBG (San Antonio) and Adam Lampert, Capital AZA (Austin

Greater Houston Council Presidents: Shelly Gordon, William S. Malev (Houston) and Wesley Patt, Isadore Shapiro AZA (Houston)

Lonestar Regional Kallah

Featuring Song Leader and Education, Eric Hunker &
Professional Blind Triathlete, Aaron Scheidies

Click here to enlarge image!

Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6, Houston, TX
Friday Night Home Housed, Saturday Night Lock In

Scholarships available! Contact your local office (information below):
Austin: rachel.felber@shalomaustin.org
Houston: mshankle@bbyo.org
San Antonio: ashworthd@jcc-sa.org


Join The Circle of Support

Lonestar Region BBYO is continuing its efforts to Standing Up! for Inclusion of Teens with Disabilities as members of our chapters. BBYO is looking for teens, 4 - 5 from each chapter, who can help create a Circle of Support. The role of the Circle of Support is to reach out, welcome and be a support system for new chapter members. Circle of Support participants need to plan to be 60 - 75% active in terms of attending projects and attend 1-2 trainings/meetings.

If you are interested in learning more about Circle of Support, please email Claire Nuchtern at plonny221@gmail.com.

Houston: Attend our next inclusion training! Sunday, February 20th, 2:00 - 2:50PM, session led by Shelley Christensen, M.A., titled "Even Moses Needed a Voice: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk". Yom Limmud (Day of Jewish Learning) 2011, will take place at Congregation Emanu El (1500 Sunset Blvd).

Yom Limmud, is an annual event that provides a unique opportunity for Jewish from all denominations and walks of life to come together in one place at one time to learn, exchange ideas and share experiences. Scores of seminars, featuring presentations by rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, college professors, cultural arts specialists, and other experts are facilitated throughout the day. The event also provides special programming for children and teachers.

Don't Miss Out on a BBYO Summer Experience! Registration Now Open!

Free Flight and Local Scholarship Dollars available!

First 51 Lonestar Region BBYO members who register for Summer Experience are entered into a drawing for a free flight up to $300.

Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and 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.  All scholarship awards are announced no later than May 1st. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted directly to the Lonestar Regional office in Houston, TX.  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.

Summer 2011:

  • AZA & BBG's Flagship Leadership Development and Judaic Identity programs: CLTC, ILTC and Kallah.
  • Summer of Impact experiences through the PANIM Institute of BBYO. Serve new communities and make a real difference in Boston, D.C., the Southwest and Israel!
  • Passport to the World, BBYO's global travel program, taking teens to more than 16 countries around the world.

    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.


  • Panim el Panim: Receive advocacy training, participate in service learning and have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill -- all in a few days!
  • Double Impact Scholarship: Earn a 50 percent scholarship towards the tuition of a domestic Summer of Impact experience and 25 percent towards Impact: Israel by performing 60 hours of community service during the school year!

Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!

BBYO is Announcing a Fantastic New Summer Raffle

Winners Announced at IC! You don't have to be present to win!

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

***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 www.bbyoicblog.org and follow IC on Twitter at #bbyoic2011!

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!

Save the Dates!

Sunday, February 13: Small Cities Council Athletics, Texas State Rec Center, 12:45 - 5:45PM, $20. Meet at the JCC at 12:45PM for a 1PM departure. There will be an interactive council meeting and then the boys will play basketball and the girls will participate in zumba and have an MBA (Mindy Body Attitude) event. Must be registered on b-linked to reserve a seat for transportation.

Thursday, February 24: Austin J-Serve Kickoff, Newk's (9722 Great Hills Trail), 5:30 - 8:30PM. Newk's is giving 10% of sales from anyone who mentions "J-Serve" to Austin J-Serve to support our projects on Sunday, April 10. Parents and friends invited too! Fore more information you can search for us on facebook and youtube.

It Won't Happen To Me, Safe Driving Program: Monday, March 20

J-Serve: Sunday, April 10


J-Serve: Sunday, April 3. A*C*T: Advocate - Care - Teach. Check us out on facebook! Register Here to participate!

San Antonio
It Won't Happen To Me, Safe Driving Program: Tuesday, March 21

J-Serve: Sunday, April 3

Lonestar Region BBYO is an inclusive organization welcoming all Jewish teens who wish to participate. If your teen requires an accommodation in order to participate, please contact Anita Blustein, LSR BBYO Regional Director, at lsr@bbyo.org or 832.514.2296.