Atlanta Council BBYO

May 2011/Iyar 5771 Edition


In This Issue:

BBYO's Program Recap

J-Serve 2011

A Message From Lori

Hosting an Israeli Shlicha

March of the Living Blog

Genocide and Human Rights Summit in DC

2011 Calendar:

August 14: BBYO Kickoff

August 26-28: Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

September 23-25: New Member Convention (NMC)

Quick Links:

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure

BBYO Office 678.812.3970


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BBYO's Family Shabbat and 8th Grade Party is a Success!

BBYO held their Annual Family Shabbat Dinner on Friday, April 29th at the MJCCA. It was a beautiful Shabbat service down by the lake with BBYO's national songleader, Rebecca Ungerman. Parents and teens participated in prayer while enjoying the beautiful sunset and view at Camp Isidore Alterman.





Sunday, May 1st was BBYO's 8th Grade Party at Stone Summit. It was a great afternoon where prospective BBYO members got to meet current members and hear about everything BBYO has to offer. Teens enjoyed rock climbing and hanging out with each other.






Teens from Atlanta Participated in J-Serve 2011!

Over 400 teens from Atlanta participated, along with roughly 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel in community service and improvement projects as part of J Serve, a National Day of Jewish Youth Service from March 27th through April 17th.

Atlanta’s J-Serve project worked in conjunction with 14 different partners and teens volunteered in 17 projects. We are proud of the effect our J-Serve projects had on the community.

“J-Serve this year was memorable, enriching and moving. A small group of us visited the AIDS Quilt Memorial Center and learned about the quilts deep past, viewed family and friend’s squares from all over the U.S, and helped organize materials for upcoming months. Seeing the quilt and hearing stories of people who have passed away from AIDS gave me new insight and information to educate my friends and community about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome,” said BBYO’s Hilit Jacobson.   

Atlanta’s J-serve is one of over 100 projects internationally, where teens participated in a variety of different projects as they explored the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world.  

This year marks the seventh year in which Jewish youth turned out in force for J Serve, the Jewish service component of the annual Global Youth Service Day of Youth Service America.

A Message from the Desk of Lori Goldstein


Hey Atlanta Council! It’s been three months since I started working in the Atlanta teen department and I’ve loved every minute of it. Here is a HUGE thank you to all of you who have welcomed me with open arms into your BBYO world.

I hope all of you have great summer and that you are looking forward to a memorable 2011-2012 year with BBYO. To all of the seniors, good luck in college and don’t forget about Atlanta Council!

Do You Want to Host an Israeli Shlicha this Summer?

Camp Isidore Alterman is hosting 3 Israeli staff (Shlichim) this summer. The host families will be responsible for getting their Shlicha to/from camp each day, providing her with meals each day and providing her with a private bedroom and a private or shared bathroom. This is a great experience for the Israelis as well as the host families. It is a way for the girls to explore what an American family is like in the States.
All 3 girls are VERY excited about coming this summer, working with the campers and sharing their culture with all of us.

Please look at the below sessions and let Kayleen Vannette know if you are able and interested in hosting one of the girls for 1 or more sessions.

Session 1 – May 22 – June 12
Session 2 – June 12 – July 4
Session 3 – July 4 – July 24
Session 4 – July 24 – August 14

Experience the March of the Living







Check out the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Delegation Blog Chronicling the Experience

Nearly 150 representatives from BBYO took the journey from darkness to light and history to destiny as a part of the 2011 BBYO March of the LIving delegation.  The March is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again.

Click here to read the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Blog with photos and testimonials of the experience.

Genocide and Human Rights Summit in DC

On June 26-28, 2011, teens from across North America are invited to Washington, DC, to take part in an extraordinary experience – a Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide.

For three days, a diverse group of Jewish teens will come together in the nation’s capitol to learn about Genocide and how they can stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities.  They will hear from activists, meet with their Members of Congress, and most importantly, they will walk away from this PANIM Institute summit armed with increased knowledge about human rights and genocide, enhanced skills as a community leader, and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility.

Learn more or register here!