BBYO Northern Region East: Northern Virginia Council

September 2013/Tishri 5774 Issue

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Regional Website

Director's Note

Save the Date:
IC 2014 Registration

Upcoming Dates

BBYO Community
Engagement Fellows

Advisor Spotlight

NoVA Teens Give Back to Local Volunteers


Thank You FAN Leaders

Support BBYO NoVA Council


Joanna Fink
8900 Little River Tpke
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Director's Note

Hello, BBYO NoVa Council and Happy New Year! I hope you're settling into September and looking forward to the awesome programming coming your way - I know I am!

With the High Holidays upon us, make sure to stay up to date with our latest holiday resources.

BBYO's NoVa Council chapter leaders came together on Sunday, September 1 for leadership training and planning for the fall term of BBYO. These passionate and inspiring teens will be leading our chapters this term to recruit new members, impact their community and create meaningful, Jewish programming for Northern Virginia teens. Also in attendance was Mika Stein, the Grand Aleph Godol, who brainstormed with the teens on expanding BBYO in Northern Virginia.

On September 15, BBYO NoVA Council kicked off the year with a fun-filled afternoon at Mason District Park. We were excited to see returning friends as well as new ones come out to start the year off right!

All of our local chapters are kicking off the year this month with fantastic programs in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Visit b-linked for all the details about events happening near you this month and throughout the year!

Please send updated medical forms for your teen.
Each year, BBYO needs to collect new medical forms for all of its members. You can download the form by clicking here. Once completed, please scan and send back to


Share the AZA and BBG experience with a high school teen you know!

Share the BBYO Connect experience with a middle school teen you know!

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Save the Date: International Convention Registration Opens October 3!

Join us February 13 - 17, 2014 in Dallas, Texas at BBYO's 90th AZA BBG International Convention (IC) when thousands of Alephs, B’nai B’rith Girls and Jewish teens from around the world will gather together with alumni, advisors, professionals, friends of BBYO and top Jewish philanthropists to celebrate the largest annual pluralistic gathering of Jewish teens working to strengthen the Jewish future. Attendees will hear from prominent speakers, participate in large-scale service learning opportunities and celebrate an inspiring Shabbat. Delegates will take part in the democratic process of furthering our organization’s business and elect AZA and BBG’s next international executive teen leadership, all while showcasing spirit and community pride. Don't miss the chance to be a part of our Movement's biggest moment!

  • Registration goes LIVE worldwide on Thursday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST at
  • Direct registration will be available to Canadian and international teen delegates.
  • Scholarships are available. Convention will sell out quickly - register early to guarantee yourself a spot!
  • For all other questions, please email AZABBGIC@BBYO.ORG and we will get back to you right away!

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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events

  • September 21 - NoVA AZA Pizza in the Hut
  • September 28- Eat.Pray.Lulav: Haganah BBG Sukkot Sleepover
  • September 28- NoVA AZAA Night
  • September 29 - Masada BBG & Or Chadash BBG Paint Wars
  • October 3 - NoVA Council Open House and IC Registration Night
  • October 6- Teen Dial
  • November 6 - Summer Experiences Information Night
  • November 7-8 - AZA and BBG Global Shabbat
  • November 24 - Annual Powderpuff Football Tournament
  • December 5 - Northern Region East Gala in Potomac, Maryland

General Dates

  • September 19-20 - Sukkot
  • September 26-27 - Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
  • Please note that BBYO offices close by 3:00 PM on afternoons preceeding Jewish holidays.

For an updated list of local events near you, please visit our webpage.

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2013-2014 BBYO Community Engagement Fellows

We are so excited to announce the 2013-2014 BBYO Community Engagement Fellows! The Fellows, on college campuses across North America, will spend the next year engaging BBYO alumni and other Jewish students in meaningful Jewish experiences:

Garret Altman, The Ohio State University

Jackie Arvedon, University of Miami

Ali Bleich, Rutgers

Will Canning, University of Michigan

Sara Evangelista, The George Washington Univeristy

Alex Green, University of Miami

Hayley Hirsh, Cornell

Shelby Kammer, The Ohio Satate University

Jessica Kocen, University of Virginia

Alex Metzman, University of Pennsylvania

Ira Rickman, University of Maryland

Lauren Simon, University of Connecticut

Emily Trotz, University of Georgia

Matthew Wengerhoff, Vanderbuilt

Morgan Wittenberg, Tulane

For more information on how to stay engaged as a BBYO alum, click here.

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Stacey August for her unwavering dedication to BBYO NoVA Council and Lahat BBG as she enters her third year of advising. Stacey grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina as a member of BBYO Eastern Region: North Carolina Council. Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Stacey relocated to Northern Virginia to join the Math Department at Oakton High School. Immediately upon arriving, she contacted the BBYO NoVA office to inquire about becoming a chapter advisor. In addition to her regular classes, Stacey also tutors students and works with the Math Honor Society program. During the summer, Stacey continues her work with teenagers at Camp Blue Star in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Aside from working with teens, Stacey enjoys karaoke, kickball and this past year she participated in the Rock 'n' Roll USA Half Marathon. BBYO NoVA Council is thankful to have Stacey as part of our team!

For more information about becoming a BBYO advisor and other opportunities to volunteer with BBYO, click here.

NRE: NoVA Council advisors, please click here to log onto your Advisor Online Certification Program (OCP) if you have not yet completed it!

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NoVA Teens Give Back to Local Volunteers

On September 1, a group of BBYO NoVA teens joined together with the visiting Grand Aleph Godol, Mika Stein, to thank their local volunteer firefighters. The teens spent the morning preparing baked goods and assorted snacks which they then delivered to the firefighters of the West Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, Station 23.

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BBYO in the News

BBYO Careers

BBYO offers exciting opportunities across North America that will challenge your abilities, expand your skill set and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth. For a list of current openings, click here!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

Northern Region East: Northern Virginia Council is grateful to the friends and alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our FAN Leaders for making BBYO possible in our community:

If you would like more information or to get involved in BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) in Northern Region East: Northern Virginia Council, please contact Cheryl Kagan at

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