North Texas - Oklahoma BBYO

March 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Advisor Spotlight: Sharon Wolpert

Beau/Sweetheart Weekend

BBYO's Grand Aleph Godol Visiting NTO for Leadership Convention

Dates to Calendar

$100,000 in Israel Scholarships

Shofar Newsletter 2011

International Convention 2011

Advisor Appreciation Month

J-Serve 2011

Build a Prayer Resources

Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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Advisor Spotlight: Sharon Wolpert

SharonWolpertSharon Wolpert is the advisor for Rubin Kaplan AZA. She has always believed her way of contributing to the Jewish Community is through working with teens and young adults. Sharon grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from J.J. Pearce High School. Sharon was one of the first MIT classes of the newly formed Sally Blum BBG at the time.  It was her years in BBYO that help her today as an advisor. “ It’s not just what you get out of BByo that matters, but rather what you’re willing to give back to this organization that can change your life.”

Sharon has three children, David, Rachel and Benjamin.  David and Rachel are alumni and Benjamin is a senior in Louis D. Brandeis AZA. Sharon's parents, Sheila and Frosty Gardner, were advisors (for various chapters) in Dallas for twenty five years. So basically, BBYO runs through her veins.

Sharon works for a large fabric and upholstery company. She oversees the day to day operations of their accessory and trim department. She enjoys working with clients, providing knowledgeable information on fabrics and trims. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is seeing the final product and knowing what a difference something as small as new bedding or window treatments can brighten up someone’s day.

Being advisor to a talented and spirited group of men such as Kaplan AZA has its rewards and challenges.  To Sharon, every project or sporting activity is a new adventure. She is always learning something new and different from each of the chapter’s members. Sharon’s philosophy on being an advisor is first and foremost, to recognize the potential in everyone and second is, “If you can’t laugh at all the craziness of things, then you’re just not having fun!”

Beau / Sweetheart Weekend

On March 4, 2011, Dallas Council hosted a Beau/Sweetheart Appreciation Shabbat to honor the 2010 chapter Beaus and Sweethearts. Each chapter was able to speak about their beau or sweetheart in conjunction with Friday night Services.

Saturday, March 5th, marked the Walkdown ceremony and celebration. This is the event in which the new chapter beaus and sweethearts are elected.

Mazel Tov!
David Berger AZA: Ashley Cuevas Sweetheart
Louis D. Brandeis AZA: Nicole Joison - Sweetheart
Eamonn Lacey AZA: Dani Sureck - Sweetheart
Morton Lewis AZA: Whitney Fein - Sweetheart
Rubin Kaplan AZA: Jackie Glazer - Sweetheart
Henry Monsky AZA: Bayla Pidgeon - Swebeausandsweetheartsetheart







Sally Blum BBG: Josh Hoppenstein - Beau
Judy Kravitz BBG: Jack Ballent - Beau
Reba Wadel BBG: Tanner Lurie - Beau
Ginny Weinstein BBG: Asher Intebi - Beau
Jennie Zesmer BBG: Brandon Mond - Beau

BBYO's Grand Aleph Godol Visiting NTO for Leadership Convention

Jeremy ShermanWe are very excited to welcome to our region, Jeremy Sherman, the 86th Grand Aleph Godol.  As international AZA President, Jeremy will be visiting our region, meeting with our leadership teens and attending our annual leadership training weekend to share his insight on BBYO and will facilitate programs focusing on international initiatives.

Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is going to be held at the Southfork Hotel in Plano starting on April 1st and ending on April 3rd. Please be sure to sign up your teen today!

Parents are invited to meet Jeremy at the close of LTI, on Sunday morning, April 3, 2011, at 11:00 AM, Southfork Hotel in Plano, Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Dates to Calendar

March 24 - "Race to No Where" @ Temple Emanu-el (6:30 pm screening)

March 27- Dallas Federation Super Sunday

April 1-3 - Leadership Training Institute @ Southfork Hotel

April 17th - J-Serve 2011 (see below for more info)

May 1st - Recruitment Parent Meeting @ the JCC (1:00 pm)

May 10th - Israeli Independence Day Celebration @ the JCC

New Scholarship Fund for BBYO Passport Israel Travel to Distribute $100,000!





BBYO is proud to announce the establishment of the Milk & Honey Israel Fund.

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, we will be offering 100 need-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this summer. Submissions are due no later than March 20th, 2011.

This scholarship is only guaranteed for one-year. Act now!

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Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

The 2011 Shofar: The Newsletter of AZA & BBG is here! Written by the BBYO Teen PR Team, the newsletter covers important happenings across the organization such as Speak Up, Build a Prayer and Panim el Panim. Also, don't miss the special interviews with Rebecca Ungerman, BBYO's favorite song leader and Jeremy Sherman and Arielle Braude, BBYO's International Teen Presidents. There's even a secret "confessions" page from the 2020K team about working in BBYO's International Office!

Read the Shofar Now!

Fifteen teens from NTO Region attended International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Los Angeles, Calif. hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eig ht countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th Annual International Convention (IC). Highlights includedNTO@IC a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBY O's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking p articipants out into the L.A. community; speakers such as Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl; and the election of the 2011-2012 AZA and BBG International Board s!

Click here to read m ore about what happened at IC 2011!

Click here to visit the IC 2011 Live Blog!

Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that NTO Region BBYO has more than 35 volunteer chapter advisors who dedicate their time and energy to serving as mentors and role models to all of our AZA and BBG teens? This month is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are hoping that every teen and parent can take a moment to thank their Chapter Advisor -- they truly cannot be thanked enough!

If you aren't sure who your son or daughter's chapter advisor is, just ask your teen. They'll be able to tell you how impactful chapter advisors are to the success of AZA and BBG chapters. Our organization would not be what it is without them!

J-Serve 2011 is Right Around the Corner!

J-Serve is the National Day of Jewish Youth Service which provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, charitable giving, tikkun olam, and repairing the world.

On April 17, 2011 from 1:30 - 5:00 pm at the JCC, Dallas BBYO teens will join with teens from USY and the JCC to serve the DFW community in several projects. From planting trees to visiting the elderly, teens will have the chance to make a difference and serve our community.

A teen committee of about ten are working diligently on promoting and executing this event. Registration will open on March 27th on Keep up with the Dallas J-Serve program on the Facebook event: "J-Serve 2011 - Serving up Service in Dallas."

For more information about J-Serve or to register, please contact the BBYO office (214) 363-4654 or Tracy Davis (

Build a Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a is a comprehensive liturgical website that allows users to make a traditional or pluralistic Shabbat service and add custom content to tailor it to individual preferences. Click to download sample services created on Build a  such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.

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