Happy Purim to Everybody!
Westchester Teens have an incredible experience at East Coast Kallah!
East Coast Kallah was a great experience, in which teens from different chapters were able to connect and bond through the fun and exciting events that were held. I think many people would benefit from BBYO; whether it's making new friends or learning more about Judaism and themselves. Regardless of how religious an individual is, BBYO is very welcoming and full of energy and passion. Being at the convention made me want to help expand the Westchester chapter and create the start of a new community.
-Koral Ben Simon, 10th grade, Westchester BBYO
Over 600 teens gathered together from Philly, New York City, Long Island, North Carolina, Virginia, and DC/Maryland for East Coast Kallah. The theme was based on a verse from the Talmud, “Call them not your Children, Call them your builders,” because the weekend was really dedicated to bringing the Jewish teen community together to learn skills and share ideas on how we as B’nai Brith Youth organization can build a better world.
The teens celebrated Shabbat with spirit and learning, and attended sessions on various issues in which experts in their field spoke frankly about the issues with teens and guided them into conversations on how they could create concrete actions to help with these issues. Saturday night they met with the members from the popular band Guster about finding your sphere of influence and then celebrated the success of the weekend with a concert and dance! I have attached the program guide, if you would like to see more details from the weekend and don’t forget it was all planned by teens!
Westchester teens left with a wonderful understanding of BBYO and came back excited to be true builders of BBYO in the area.
J-Serve 2011 is Right Around the Corner!
On April 10, Join over 10,000 teens across North America who will spend a day making the world a better place as part of J-Serve, the National Day of Jewish Teen Service! In Westchester we will join forces with hundreds of teens around the county, including those from J-teen leadership, USY, Nifty, Young Judea, and JSU. BBYO teens are part of the community-wide teen leadership committee, planing a meaningful project with a local Yonkers elementary school. Activities include a book drive, painting walls, a fix up project, a reading romp, and more! Check your in-box for specific location and time, coming soon. Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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!
Looking for a Real Israel Experience?
Click here to watch our new Passport 2 Israel Commercials!
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!
Teens from around the world attended International Convention 2011 in L.A.
Los Angeles, Calif. hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eight countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th Annual International Convention (IC). Highlights included a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBYO's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking participants 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 Boards!
Click here to read more about what happened at IC 2011!
Click here to visit the IC 2011 Live Blog!
Build a Prayer.org Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience
BBYO’s Build a Prayer.org 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 Prayer.org such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.
Here are a few things that people are saying about it:
“This is a most amazing site, thank you for conceiving of this and making it available! I will use them personally and professionally!" - Deborah Newbrun
“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.” - Howard Blas
“What a GREAT idea and site!! I think it would be a wonderful project for our 6 - 7th grade classes who are learning the "geography" of the siddur and the structure of our services to "build" their own siddurim." - Shelley Kniaz
Visit Build a Prayer.org today!
Join BBYO Today
BBYO, the world’s leading teen movement, gives high school students an opportunity to shine in their Jewish community. Because BBYO is dedicated to fulfilling teen’s interest, participants feel included in something stimulating and valuable. In Westchester, teens have already started to work together to develop a community dedicated to leadership, fun, Judaism, and making the world a better place.
Westchester BBYO is growing quickly; make sure you are a part of it! Joining BBYO is easy. Click here for more instructions on how to join and contact Rachel at email@example.com for more information.
BBYO is looking for Advisors
Join our national network of over 600 volunteer advisors who make a real difference in the lives of Jewish teens! BBYO in Westchester is looking for those over 21 who want to join BBYO in providing teens with a truly rewarding experience. Being an advisor allows you to make a positive impact on the future while having a great time!
If you are interested, or know somebody who might be, please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.