Central Region West BBYO

14 February 2012 - 21 Shevat 5772 Issue

In This Issue:

Regional News

Frat/Sis/Unity Convention

Regional Business Meeting

Teen Insights: A New Perspective on Leadership


Local News

North Bay

East Bay

South Bay


International News

International Convention 2012 on TV and Radio!

8th Graders Eligible for Membership

Summer Early Bird Discount - Last Chance!

Stand UP Seminar in March

Middle School Summer Program






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BBYO Summer Experiences Brochure

BBYO Adult & Family Travel

BBYO is Hiring!

Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page


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Regional News

Fraternity/Sisterhood/Unity Convention

This year’s convention focused on brotherhood and sisterhood will take place March 23-25th at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma.  All 8-12th grade members of BBYO are welcome to attend!

Registration Information:
Early Registration is Open! @ $245
Regular Registration Opens: Feb 23rd @270
Registration Closes: March 1st

During Early Registration, each chapter will be guaranteed, but not limited to, 8 spots at Convention. In addition to each chapter's 8 slots, there will be a pool of at least 100 slots open to anyone.  During Late Registration, all unused chapter slots, plus all remaining open slots will be available to everyone.
If a chapter fills its allotment, and there are no more open slots, you will be wait-listed until Late Registration, at which time you will be registered (provided there are spots available).  If you tried to register and were wait listed during Early Registration, you will only be charged the Early Registration price.
For example: Golda Meir BBG will have at minimum 8 slots when registration opens on April 24.  That day, they get 10 people to register, filling their allotment and drawing two slots from the open pool of 100.  No matter how many people Meir BBG registers during Early Registration (let's say 108 – their 8 slots plus all 100 open slots), every other chapter will be guaranteed their 8 slots until Early Registration closes, and any additional Meir BBG girls will be wait-listed until Late Registration.  Once Late Registration opens, Meir BBG is free to register as many people as they want until the convention is full.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/294728227252136/

Regional Business Meeting

Sunday, February 26, 2012
11:00am – 2:00pm
OFJCC (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto)
The AZA theme is: Another GOP Debate; the BBG theme is: Under the Sea

From Kelly & Alex, your Regional Presidents:
We will be considering several very important motions -- your chapter being strongly represented is key. In the past, chapters have complained that certain motions were passed without their input, because they didn't show up. Each chapter's different perspective is vital in our democratic process and in shaping the direction our region is headed.

As always, we are accepting motions from Alephs and BBGs around the region.  Motions will be accepted no later than February 22nd MMXII. We both are more than willing to work with anyone on constructing a motion.  Do not hesitate to ask us or share your idea.

How I Got an Entirely New Perspective on Leadership: A Spotlight on International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC)

Lori Berenberg, Josephine Esther Mentzer BBG

“Be the first follower.” What? Doesn’t that sound like a ridiculous statement to hear at a conference for the leaders of BBYO across the order? Well that was one of the most memorable concepts that I learned at ILTC 2011. This idea stuck with me for the rest of the trip, and it remains with me even now. What is the value of the leader without the first follower? Who would a leader be without someone to reinforce their monumental movement? I’d never thought of leadership in that way before, but when I did, it changed how I approached leadership completely. I now heavily focus on building others up and helping the leaders around me succeed in their endeavors, instead of only caring about my own success. This was just one out of the plethora of revolutionary concepts that I learned on this life-changing summer program. Besides changing the way I think about leadership in just a two week period, I had an incredible time with my friends through interesting workshops, fun competitive games, and plenty of down time to get to know everyone else at the program! If you’d like to see a presentation and ask any questions you want in person, join us on February 26 from 10:00-11:00 am at the OFJCC for a brunch that will include everything you want to know about summer programs, and delicious brunch food.

International Leadership Training Conference allows teens to explore the skills that a regional/council leader need in order to affect change within AZA/BBG and across the world. This program is designed for teens that are or aspire to be council, regional and international leaders. Participants return home with strengthened leadership skills, and ideas and tools to implement in their region. Come build character and identity, and begin a life-long relationship with BBYO, AZA and BBG.




Local Area News

North Bay

Marin Parent Information Night

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Osher Marin JCC Hoytt Theater

BBYO is an international youth movement bringing together thousands of high school teens from around the world, from all types of Jewish backgrounds and with all types of interests. Our organization is built around the principles of pluralistic Judaism and teen leadership.  The Marin BBYO chapter is co-ed and is forming now!

Come learn more about BBYO, meet the local professional director and regional teen leaders, and find out about our upcoming weekend convention in Marin.

BBYO in Marin is made possible in partnership with the Osher Marin JCC.

Teen programming will be taking place at the same 4me in the JCC Teen Lounge.

Please RSVP by 2/20 to the Regional Director for the North Bay: Aaron Bock, abock@bbyo.org

East Bay

Want to know more about BBYO and your teen’s chapter?
Leeba will be making chapter visits during regular business hours in the month of February to speak with parents and prospective parents about BBYO.  Stop by if you want to learn a bit more about our International youth movement!

LHA/DBG Visit: February 16th 7-8pm at Congregation Beth Chaim
MarWin Visit: February 23rd 7-8pm at Temple Beth Torah

Ski/Snowboard/SnoTubing Trip to Boreal with Congregation Beth El for 6-8th graders

Love to play in the snow with your friends?
Join us March 4th, 6:30 AM – 8 PM for the annual Beth El Sababa Ski/Snowboard/SnoTube trip. This trip is for 6th-8th graders only and is co-sponsored by BBYO Connect!
Prices vary based on age, equipment needs and lesson needs, but all costs include lift tickets, lunch, dinner, snacks and transportation to & from the mountain. The sign-up is now available here and registration for the trip will close February 17th.
We hope you can join us for this fun day! Feel free to contact Rebecca DePalma, rebecca@bethelberkeley.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Camp Tzofim Looking for CITs
Teens entering 10th and 11th grade are invited to join a close group of peers in an expanded leadership program designed for them to learn skills in camp counseling, work as a team, and build individual confidence and more!  Participants will work closely with the younger groups gaining valuable experience by helping counselors and specialists run activities.  The CIT Director will work closely with the Gesher participants to provide training, lead activities, and help our CITs experience what it will be like to be a counselor or a specialist.  CITs will also have exciting group activities and a trip at the end of the summer to celebrate their accomplishments.
To apply to be a Counselor in Training, please fill out the CIT Application and return to Courtney Jacobson.
“I've been a part of Camp Tzofim since I was four years old. As a kid, I loved the activities and really had a blast on the overnights; however, what I found truly rewarding is working as a counselor. Whether it was sprinting around camp in a camp-wide relay race or playing baseball with a baguette to win Counselor Survivor, each day is full of energy and new experiences. Nothing compares to the feeling of teaching a camper a new skill and seeing them excel at it. The staff feels like a team; everyone really supports each other's creative programming. Every summer is an adventure, and I've loved working at Camp Tzofim”


South Bay

Middle School Hangout at the APJCC

Come chill with us on your day off from school!
Monday, February 20, 2012
12:00pm – 4:00pm
APJCC (14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos)
More details to come: there will be pizza, basketball, pool, fooseball and more.

Save the Date: LaserQuest Lockdown

Saturday night, March 3, 2012
More details to follow – keep an eye on your e-mail, or contact Jill: 408.357.7426 or jpottel@bbyo.org for information.

Parent Help Needed

Parents of Central Region West BBYOers,
We hope that you have been pleased with our programming and that your son or daughter is having a great time in BBYO. We are a growing community that focuses on building strong friendships and developing leadership skills.

This March we are planning an amazing event that is focused on fun and healthful activity that we would love to get your help with. We are hosting a first time ever BBYO regional Olympics, this means that over a dozen chapters will be competing in fun athletic events. At the same time we are building awareness and raising funds for the 2012 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games that will take place in Walnut Creek in June.

We really need your help with staffing as this will be a huge event with a lot of people and the need for a lot of supervision. But we also want you to participate. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about BBYO and to get involved in a really fun way.

This event will be March 4th from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

If you can help us out please contact Sagee Moyal at bullfrog33@gmail.com


International News

1,100+ Jewish Teen Community Leaders from 14 Countries to Gather for International Convention 2012

Follow Us Through TV, Radio Broadcasts, and our IC Live Blog!











Atlanta will host more than 1,100 of the Jewish teen community’s brightest thinkers, strategists, philanthropists, and educators from 15 countries February 16 – 20 for the largest-ever International Convention (IC) of BBYO. For the past eight decades, this convention has served 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. In addition to nearly 900 teen leaders in attendance, the convention will bring together BBYO professionals, Board of Directors and volunteer advisors that represent some of the most passionate, educated and committed leaders in the Jewish community today.

Stay up to date with IC 2012 as the excitement unfolds:

  • Join the discussions on the new website and live blog at bbyo.org/azabbgic2012
  • Tweet at #azabbgic2012
  • Listen to live broadcasts directly from the convention and find out the 2012-2013 newly elected International Board members first on Jewish Rock Radio (a free app is available for Android, iPhone or iPad)
  • Watch Jewish Life TV's live broadcasts of Opening Ceremonies, Day of Service Kick-Off, Shabbat Preparation and the State of the Order Address!

Click here to learn more and read all of the exciting highlights to come during IC 2012!

8th 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? As of January 1, all current 8th graders are eligible for full AZA or BBG membership, including opportunities to attend conventions and chapter meetings. Membership is more affordable than ever before. Don't let teens miss out on the fun and meaningful opportunities that BBYO offers! Please spread the word and encourage families you know to  register for  a membership today!

Make it an Impactful and Affordable Summer!







Don't miss your last chance to register for a BBYO Summer Experience at a special early bird discount of $75. Early Bird ends February 29!


This summer, BBYO has several scholarship opportunities for teens to learn about service at one of BBYO's four Summer of Impact programs taking place in Boston, Chicago, DC, and Israel. Each of these programs offers a unique understanding as to how you can be a leader and create change in your community. For more information on Summer of Impact, click here.

It is not too late for you to take advantage of one of our great discounts:

  • Are you a JSU member? All JSU members can receive $100 off Impact: DC and Impact: Chicago - just like that!
  • Have you attended a Panim el Panim seminar? If so, you can receive $100 off Impact: DC and Chicago.
  • Do you know anyone who attended the University of Maryland or University of Chicago? If so, have them email Natalie at NSukienik@bbyo.org with a referral and you can receive $150 off either Impact: DC or Impact: Israel.
  • Take advantage of BBYO Scholarships:
  1. All regions have scholarship money specifically for Impact: DC,  Chicago and Boston -- just reply to this email and ask your regional staff!
  2. Participants of Impact: Israel can take advantage of the Milk and Honey Scholarship, with scholarships up to $2,000.


You can also get a taste of Impact programs at CLTC. Teens attending CLTC Sessions 1 and 6 can spend three extra days at Impact: Milwaukee (following Session 1) and Impact: Pittsburgh (following Session 2).  At both of these extensions, you’ll have an  intensive experience of service, advocacy, and Jewish values. You will do hands-on service, learn about different ways of having an impact on your community, and discuss how to apply your CLTC leadership skills back home. More information is available here.

We hope to see you this summer! For questions, please email Natalie at NSukienik@bbyo.org.

Stand UP in Washington, DC on March 25 - 28!

NEW PROGRAM: Special BBYO Panim el Panim Seminar for Stand UP leaders

Do you want to learn how to run a strong Stand UP campaign and sharpen your leadership skills while thinking about today’s current issues? All BBYO teens are invited to come to Washington, DC, to participate in the first ever Panim el Panim: Stand UP Seminar and return home as a leader ready to impact your community! The program features advocacy training on a wide range of current topics, a community service project and the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill! The program will focus on all aspects of Stand UP, allowing seasoned participants to strengthen their existing skills and new participants to learn a solid foundation of the campaign!

Attend this seminar and receive a $100 discount towards your Summer of Impact Experience!

Click here to learn more about the Panim el Panim: Stand UP Seminar.


Summer Program Opportunity for current 7th and 8th graders: Trek West

2-week Jewish travel experience in the American West (July 4-18, 2012)
Travel through California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona
Find out more: passport.bbyo.org/destination/trek_west_usa_connect/