BBYO Wisconsin Region

May 2013/Sivan 5773 Issue

In this Issue

Regional Website

New Regional Boards

End of the Year Breakfast

Mazel Grams

Get a Taste of College this Summer

March of the Living Recap

BBYO in the News

Thank You FAN Leaders

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Congratulations to the new 2013-2014 Regional Board!

SRC 2013: Make It Count was a huge success. Thank you to our coordinators Sara Miller, Ben Steigman, Jake Teper and Molly Kazan. From Senior Lives to States to the chofesh, everyone who attended enjoyed every moment of the action.
The weekend concluded with electing our new 2013-2014 Regional Board.
AZA: Godol: Ryan Brink; Sgan: Sam Moser; Moreh: Ben Steigman; Shaliach: Zev Woskoff; Mazkir: Aaron Glazer; and Gizbor: Avi Greenspan
BBG: N'siah: Molly Kazan; S'ganit: Andi Heffez; Mit Mom: Eva Swartz; Sh'licha: Hannah Sprung; Mazkirah: Sara Miller; Gizborit: Hillary Miller.
And a big THANK YOU to the outgoing 2012-2013 Regional Board (Gabe Jacobs,Ben Henken, Brad Honigberg, Avi Greenspan, Sam Mose, Ryan Brink, Talia Berman, Micki Bear, Oren Sasson, Anya Vlasof and Jessie Bekker) - our first Spring board in a long, long time. They were amazing. Wisconsin Region thanks them for their service. They have left the region in a great place.


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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Join us at BBYO Wisconsin Region's End of the Year Family Breakfast.
Sunday, June 2, 9 am-11 am
Community Hall of the Harry and Rose Samson JCC
$5 per person - - BBYO PARENTS EAT FREE!
Join BBYO teens, parents, staff and community members to celebrate the end of another successful BBYO year. Highlights include:
  • Pancake Breakfast featuring a HUGE topping bar that you won't want to miss!
  • End of the Year Showcase including a slideshow, chapter award presentation, Kol HaKavod Honors, advisor recognition and so much more.
RSVP requested; email or call 414-326-2808.

Send a Mazel Gram to Our Seniors

BBYO is proud to have played a part in our seniors’ lives. Wisconsin Region has prospered because of their leadership, dedication and commitment. As their time in high school ends, we want them to know that BBYO will always be their home. Let our seniors know how much you appreciate them and cheer on their graduation by sending them a Mazel Gram.

Can’t pick just one senior? Then honor the entire Wisconsin Region Class of 2013!

By honoring our seniors today, you are ensuring that future generations of Jewish teens in our community will have access to the same meaningful BBYO experiences as our seniors have had over the past four and a half years.

Send a Mazel Gram by downloading this form and sending it in. All forms must be received by May 31st.

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Get a Taste of College this Summer

This summer, experience college life at any of BBYO's three Summer of IMPACT programs while making a difference in the community. Live in university dorms, learn in college classrooms and participate in other unique on campus programs. Visit city landmarks, favorite local locations and stand up for the issues that most affect those communities!

There is still limited space available for IMPACT: Boston at Brandeis University, IMPACT: Chicago at the University of Chicago and IMPACT: DC and the University of Maryland.

Want to be a part of Summer of IMPACT, but only have a few days available? Join friends for three days at IMPACT: Milwaukee. No prior Summer Experience registration is necessary! This is a great opportunity to fit a BBYO Summer Experience, and some great community service, into a busy summer!

All Jewish teens currently in 9th-12th grade are welcome to register.

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March of the Living Recap

One of Wisconsin Region's teens recently returned from BBYO’s national delegation of the March of the Living. A two-week international experience, they first joined teens from around the world to bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland and then traveled to Israel to rejoice in the Jewish homeland. They commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and then celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in the streets of Jerusalem.

"March of the Living was truly the best experience of my life. Before the trip, I only knew what I had learned in school and read in books regarding the Holocaust. There are no words to describe the feelings of not only walking into a concentration camp, but also being able to walk out," said Lauren Plavnick. "Spending a week in Poland opened my eyes to what happened and I experienced emotions that I didn’t even know existed. Similarly, being in Israel for a week really connected me to my Judaism. Experiencing both Memorial Day and Independence Day in Israel is something I will always remember. Never have I felt before the pride and love I do for Israel and for my Judaism - I completely attribute that to the March of the Living."

Other highlights of the trip included an opening ceremony at the Treblinka Memorial in Poland, a walking tour of the Warsaw Ghetto, a Motzei Shabbat event at Warsaw University with Canada’s National Delegation, a visit to The Western Wall in Jerusalem and a memorial service for Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day, with BBYO’s sister youth movement in Israel, Maccabi Tzair.

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BBYO in the News

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Thank You FAN Leaders

Wisconsin Region is grateful to the Friends and Alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our Wisconsin Region Leaders:
Michael Barolsky Joan Kazan Jill Plavnick Jason Steigman
Sarah Belstock Leo Kleiner Heather Polan Mike Stein
Allan Carneol Michael Levey Jen Saber Melinda Swartz
Stephanie Dykeman Rachael Marks Alicia Sadoff Gina Teper
Melissa Feldmesser Nancy Melnick Ellen Schupper Sylvia Winter
Andy Franklin Cheryl Moser Candace Burrows Mike Wiviott
Linda Freedman Mitch Moser Gerald Schwartz Al Zukrow

If you would like more information or to get involved in Wisconsin Region please contact Ben Kozberg at

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