Evergreen BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Evergreen Regional News




International BBYO


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BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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Evergreen Regional News

Seattle and Portland  180@$180 phone-a-thons

Seattle 180

On November 29th and 30th Seattle and Portland BBYO hosted a 180@$180 phone-a-thon to raise money for both communities.  Together almost $5,500 was raised!  Thank you to our teens for their hard work, and to our contributors.  

What is 180@$180?  Seattle and Portland FAN (Friends & Alumni Network) are recruiting 180 community members to give $180 to help meet the funding needs of Portland and Seattle BBYO.  Evergreen Region needs you to join us in securing the resources necessary to help BBYO flourish in our communities.  The 180@$180 Campaign will help ensure that Portland and Seattle teens always have BBYO programs to enrich their Jewish lives.

BBYO requires support from the entire community to ensure it's survival.  If you believe in the impact BBYO has had on your life or the life of your child and you have not yet made your year-end tax deductible donation to BBYO...click here to donate to Seattle 180@$180 or Portland 180@$180

Portland 180







Stand Up! Spotlight:  Chaim Weizman AZA

Stand Up! SpotlightEvergreen Region’s Stand Up! cause for 2010-2011 is Education and Literacy.  Each chapter chose an organization to support.  CW AZA hosted their 30th Annual Spaghetti Feed on Sunday November 28th at Congregation Ahavath Achim in Portland, OR.  CW AZA raised $97 from their successful fundraiser.  A portion of this will be going to their 2010-2011 Stand Up! cause; Hand in Hand.  Since 1997, Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel was founded to build peace between Jews and Arabs in Israel through development of bilingual and multi-cultural schools.  To learn more about Hand in Hand, click here

Look for other EGR chapter Stand Up! Spotlights in the future.

EGR Meeting Information:  Winter Break Schedule

  • Seattle meetings will resume Monday, January 3rd
  • Portland meetings will resume Tuesday, January 4th
  • Eugene meetings will resume Sunday, January 2nd


Rainier Parents Brunch

On November 21st, Rainier AZA #1550, hosted a Parents brunch at the Mercer Island Shore Club. The Parents Brunch was an informational fundraiser hosted by Rainier. Activities included a short presentation, food, and fundraising.  This was a wonderful opportunity for the parents of Rainer to mix and mingle and get to know each other, while supporting the chapter.  The event was a success, raising $1,000.

BBYO  and Seattle Community Hanukkah Celebration

Seattle Hanukkah




Seattle BBYO board member Aaron Poor joins Seattle Community leaders for a candlelighting ceremony on Sunday December 5th at the Stroum JCC and Seattle Federation Community Hanukkah celebration.  Seattle community members joined together for latkes, singing, and of course, lighting the Hanukkaiah.

Seattle BBYO is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle


Forward Stride

Forward Stride





Portland BBYOer’s gathered to volunteer at Forward Stride. Founded in 2003, Forward Stride is dedicated to improving lives of disabled children and adults through equine-assisted therapies and experiential education.   12 teens got together and helped remove shrubbery and tall branches for a few hours on Sunday, December 5th.  Everyone had a great time, and helped a great cause.

Portland Winter Banquet 2010

Evergreen BBYO invites you to attend the Portland Winter Banquet, December 21st at the Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel.  The BBYO Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be at 7 pm.  The price is $36 for the banquet and one drink ticket.  The RSVP deadline has already passed, but if you are interested in attending, contact Matt Lemchen,  to see if there is still space available.


Ruach Preparations

Both Malachim BBG and Chaim Hazaz AZA are both busy getting ready for Ruach Convention.  This year Eugene BBYO is sending 10 teens to Ruach, and one of their very own, Michaela Gilmer is a coordinator.  Preparations for contesting, AZAA and BBG Broomball are coming along, and Eugene BBYO will be a large presence this year at Ruach.  

Know any Jewish teens interested in Eugene BBYO?  Meetings are every Sunday at the University of Oregon Hillel from 7 to 8 pm.  Questions?  Contact Chelsea Landman (541) 514-3006.

Eugene BBYO is a beneficiary agency of Lane County Jewish Federation

International BBYO

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

Buried Life Image

Find Out What Wish Came True for an AZA Teen: Watch an interview with Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”

Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message reflected the focus of their television series which features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving back and helping to make dreams come true for the people they meet along the way.  Before wrapping up their remarks at Kallah, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 teens asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”

Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked onto to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home."Six months later, the cast from “The Buried Life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode on November 29. Immediately following the show BBYO aired a live webcast with Lucas, allowing BBYO teens from around the world to ask him questions and hear his reflections on the experience and what it has meant to his family.

Click here to learn more, including links to watch the Season Finale on MTV.com and the recorded interview with Lucas.



Take the BBYO Impact Survey!

Are you or your child a BBYO junior or senior? As part of our commitment to our members and supporters, we are conducting research to study the value of our programs. Your input will provide us with valuable understanding of what people enjoy about BBYO and where improvements can be made. Participate in our survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card!




Don't Miss Out!

Registration is open for dozens of BBYO International Experiences.

February 2011:

April - May 2011:

  • March of the Living: Experience a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland. Sophomores are eligible for $1,000 off!

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.

Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and 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!