Wisconsin Region BBYO ENews

September 2011/Elul 5771 Edition

This Issue:

Welcome Danielle!

Laura Miller Memorial Walk Recap

Greek Week Recap

BBG Overnight

AZAA Sports Day with GMR


BBYO Connect

AZA and BBG International Updates

Shabbat 2011 Online Voting Open

Action Alert: Help Free Alan Gross

International Leadership Applications Available

International Convention Registration

One for All: Summit on Equality

BBYO Hot Topics:

Branding Update

Keeping PACE Blog

BBYO is Hiring


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daniWisconsin Region is excited to welcome Danielle Berger as the new Program Associate.

Danielle hails from Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated from Towson University in Elementary Education. In high school, Danielle was an active member of BBYO in Baltimore Council (proud member of Orali BBG) and served her senior year as Council N’siah. Danielle attended Camp Louise in Western Maryland for 10 years, was a Bunk Counselor for 3 years, and a Unit Leader for 4 years. Upon college graduation, she was a long term substitute in a fifth grade classroom. She was also an advisor in Baltimore Council for Chana Senisch BBG.

Danielle is eager to use her background in BBYO and camping to help Wisconsin Region and we are happy to have her. Please welcome Danielle to Wisconsin Region. Danielle can be reached at dberger@bbyo.org.

Over $3500 raised for Brain Tumor Research

Over 100 people joined BBYO and Eden BBG’S Laura Miller Memorial Team to walk as part of the Run with Wolfes on Sunday, September 11th. It was an amazing day filled with sun, fun, honoring our friend, and raising money for a good cause.  All money raised was donated to brain tumor research, an issue close to the heart of this region.

Thank you to everyone who participated and/or supported the team. The team raised $3,679. Wow!

















Greek Week was Toga Fun!

Wisconsin Region BBYO kicked off the school year with ‘Greek Week’ which featured a BBG Car Wash, AZA Frisbee Tournament and BBG Powder Puff. It concluded with a Toga Dance Party on Saturday, September 10th. Over 115 members attended, which is the largest kickoff in recent history. We are looking forward to a great year.































BBG Overnight

September 24-25th at Rainbow Day Camp

Registration is OPEN NOW, and will be open until September 20th. Buses will leave MJDS at 7:30pm on Saturday the 24th and return at 11am on the 25th. All BBGs should attend. This is a fun, sister-bonding night that you don't want to miss. Register NOW on b-linked.org or call the offices at 414-326-2808.

AZAA Sports Day with GMR

Sunday, October 9th,  10-3pm

Join your AZA brothers as we drive to Pleasant Prairie to meet Great Midwest Region AZAs for a day of sports and brotherhood. Buses will leave the MJDS parking lot at 10am and return at 3pm. Lunch will be provided. Sign up now on b-linked.org, by emailing wisgan@gmail.com or by calling the offices at 414-326-2808.



WI REGION BBYO invites BBYO families (past and present) to the 5th annual BBYO SHABBAT DINNER

Friday Night, November 4th 6pm
In the Community Hall of the JCC
$10 a person

Invitations will be in the mail soon, but save the date now. RSVP by October 28th.

Call 414-326-2808 or email wisc@bbyo.org with any questions.

This dinner has been made possible thanks the Saralee Begun Endowment Fund.







Do You Know Any Jewish 6th, 7th or 8th Graders?

BBYO Connect (formerly Teen Connection) is always gathering names of Jewish 6th, 7th and 8th graders for our BBYO Connect programs.

First program is this Sunday, September 18th, going to Flabbergast.

If you have any names...please send them to wisc@bbyo.org or call 414-326-2808.

We don't want anyone to miss out of the FUN!!

One for All: A Jewish Teen Issue Summit on Equality

On November 13 - 15, 2011, teens from across the United States are invited to Boston, Massachusetts, to take part in an extraordinary experience – One for All: A Jewish Teen Issue Summit on Equality. Participants will spend three days tackling issues surrounding equality: race, religion, ability, class, and gender and sexuality.

Participants will hear from activists, meet with speakers, and most importantly, walk away from this Jewish Teen Issue Summit with increased knowledge about civil rights and equality, enhanced skills as a community leader, and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility.

The summit is sponsored by the BBYO Panim Institute. Membership in AZA and BBG is not required so feel free to spread the word to all of your friends and classmates about this wonderful opportunity!

Click here to learn more and register for One for All: A Jewish Teen Summit on Equality.

AZA and BBG International Updates and Action Alerts

With the start of the new school year, the AZA and BBG Teen Movement has already been off to an exciting start! Don't miss out on these important updates:

Shabbat 2011: Online Voting Open Now!

AZA and BBG Shabbat are international traditions that will be united on the same date for the first time this November 11th and 12th. The International Board surveyed the International Executives Body and has posted themes for all of you to vote on to enhance this very special Shabbat on the AZA and BBG calendar. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to influence the theme by voting now. You can also sign up to be involved in the global planning committee that will provide resources and tools to members worldwide for AZA/BBG Shabbat 2011.

Action Alert: Help Free Alan Gross

As the AZA and BBG movement grows stronger, there are moments when we can leverage our collective power to make a difference in the world. At the 2010 AZA and BBG August Executives Conference, a motion was passed by the BBYO International Executives Body to encourage the U.S. government, at all levels, to intensify diplomatic efforts to secure the quick release of Alan Gross of Maryland from Cuba.  A year later, the Jewish Community is once again rallying together to free Gross. Gross is a former NRE BBYO staff member and an alumnus of the Aleph Zadik Aleph. Click here to read more and sign the petition sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

AZA and BBG International Leadership Applications Available Now

Applications for the 2011-2012 International Chairmanships and Committees are online and available at the International Leadership Network page at www.bbyo.org/ilead. Whether you hold a position locally, are a summer program veteran or new to BBYO, we want you to be a part of our network. Look over the many opportunities available to have a say and make a difference. Many are new for the coming year! The deadline for applications is Thursday, September 15th at 11:59PM EDT.

International Convention 2011 Registration Opens October 4

Mark your calendars! Registration for BBYO's  International Convention to be held in Atlanta, GA February 16 - 20, 2012 will open on October 4 at midnight! Registering early has it's advantages, with early registrants being entered into contests to win free flights, backstage access to musical guests, and summer experience reunions. Visit bbyo.org/ic2012 to learn more about these contests and what IC is all about.  Don't forget to register on October 4 as space is limited!

BBYO Hot Topics:

  • BBYO Branding Update The Marketing & Communications team is excited to announce that BBYO's refreshed brand will launch next week! Be sure to check out our website beginning September 19 for all of the new, exciting information!
  • Stay Up to Date with Keeping PACE: BBYO's International Teen Presidents are blogging their way through their gap year and you can follow along on Keeping PACE! Hear their thoughts on August Execs and get the scoop on their first regional visits. Visit the blog now.
  • BBYO is Hiring: BBYO offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth for all. Opportunities are currently available for BBYO's International Office in Washington, DC and for program professionals across the US. Learn more