Michigan Region BBYO

January 2012/Tevet 5772 Issue

In This Issue:

Important Re-Registration Info

YLC - Sign up Today!

RC Wrap Up

New BBYO-MI Staff

February J-Serve

Local Content Here

BBYO Connect Opportunities

Teen Presidents Return from Abroad

Summer Recruitment Off to a Record Breaking Start

Oratory Winners to be Published in JTA

Southern Alum Reunion at IC

Torah Portions on Facebook


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Want a spot in your chapter next year?  Re-register TODAY

Membership Re-Registration is now taking place, and current members have until February 10th to re-register. By re-registering now, current members will hold their spot in the chapter through the remainder of this year, and for the next programming year until re-registration resumes in January of 2013.

If a current member does not re-register by February 10th, they could potentially lose their spot in the chapter. We do this so that we ensure we have enough space for both current members and 8th graders coming into chapters starting in February.

Re-registration can be done online at www.blinked.org. If you have any issues trying to re-register online, please contact Katie Fried for AZA (KFried@bbyo.org, 248-432-5685), or Lindsey Rosenberg for BBG (LRosenberg@bbyo.org, 248-432-5680).

Membership dues are either $75 (through June 2013) or $149 for your teen’s entire high school years.  I strongly encourage you to consider the “4-year plan,” as you will save up to $150 over the course of your teen’s tenure in BBYO.

While BBYO makes every effort to minimize our expenses, we recognize that some families need assistance.  No teen will be turned away from any chapter or regional BBYO program because of financial need, thanks to the Lash Family Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Need-based financial aid is available for every BBYO program, including membership dues.  Contact the BBYO Office (see above) to request financial aid.

1st & 2nd Year Members - Sign up for YLC Today!

Hey first and second year members, this is your chance to go on an amazing exclusive weekend....YLC!

The Lawrence Hyman Young Leadership Conclave (YLC) is a weekend at the BBYO's Bittker Center where 1st and 2nd year members get to hang out at Bittker, meet new friends, and learn all about BBYO on a regional and chapter level, with their fellow BBG’s and AZA’s. This is a great weekend, and is HIGHLY recommended for first and second year members to attend - especially if you're thinking about running for Chapter Board next year!

Sign up on www.blinked.org...spots are going to fill up FAST!!!  It's only $100, and need-based financial aid is available.  Contact Katie Fried for AZA (KFried@bbyo.org, 248-432-5685), or Lindsey Rosenberg for BBG (LRosenberg@bbyo.org, 248-432-5680) with any questions or for scholarship information.

YLC 1 will be on March 16-18 and YLC 2 is on March 23-25.

RC 2011 - Im Tirtzu (If you Will it) was the Best Ever!

What a great week!  RC 2011 was filled with great spirit, sportsmanship, and fun!  In addition, it was the most well-rounded RC ever, with new contests like D'var Torah, Challah Baking and Chapter Siddur joining perennial favorites Talent Show, Song, Oratory and more.

If you haven't seen it yet, check out this article from the Jewish News about Brandon Mostyn, an 8th grader and BBYO Connect member who came to Talent Show.

Lastly, we do not have the dates for RC 2012 at this time, as we are still waiting all of the schools our teens attend to finalize their calendars for next year.  As soon as we determine the dates, we will be sure to notify all BBYOers and parents.  Thank you for your patience.


BBYO-Michigan Hires New Staff

BBYO-Michigan welcomes the newest members of our staff.  Please stop by to say hi to them (and to Eric, Lindsey & Laynie - we're not new, but we like seeing you too!).

Katie Fried, a BBYO Program Associate, will work with our AZA Chapters, Advisors and Regional Board, will be responsible for several regional programs, and will spearhead our efforts to engage Jewish teens in non-traditional ways.  Katie is an graduate of Oakland University and was a member of Ruach BBG.

Danny BIttker, a BBYO Program Associate, will lead BBYO Connect, BBYO's program for 6-8 graders.  Danny is a graduate of Michigan State University and was a member of Yitzhak Rabin AZA.


J-Serve in February

Do you want to give back, take part in your community, and make a difference in the world?

Join us for Winter J-Serve: Feeding the Hungry, taking place Thursday, February 23 from 2:30 – 7:00 p.m. Jewish teens in 6th to 12th grades are invited to volunteer and participate in a day of service at various locations in Pontiac and Detroit. Transportation will be provided to and from the service sites from Adat Shalom Synagogue, following registration and opening programs .

This enjoyable and exciting event allows teens to work together, volunteer in the community, and be a part of an incredible experience!

For more information, contact Katie Fried at 248.432.5685 or kfried@bbyo.org.

BBYO Connect for Middle School Students





BBYO Connect is growing in Detroit!  Know any Jewish 6-8 graders?  Please send us their contact info by clicking here.

Many programs will be developed in the coming months, so stay tuned!  We're looking for program ideas too, so if you're a 6-8 grader with a great idea let us know - and we'll plan it!

BBYO Connect is a division of BBYO aiming to create a community of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders through social and meaningful experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life.

International Teen Presidents Return from BBYO's Canadian Regions and Global Affiliates









(BBYO's International Teen Presidents outside Buckingham Palace in London)

Grand Aleph Godol Oz Fishman and International N'siah Samantha Levinson just returned from visiting over 10 communities as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents! Starting with Canada, Sam and Oz spent the first half of December touring BBYO regions in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Then they crossed the Atlantic, visiting BBYO partner affiliates and BBYO/JDC service communities across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Israel. Their work as BBYO ambassadors helps unite Jewish teens across the world, building the BBYO movement and delivering on the teen-led agenda and priorities for 2011-2012.  (You can watch a video detailing these priorities here.)

Learn more about Oz's discussion with Bulgarian teens on community service as a Jewish value, Samantha's excitement at Canada sending more than 40 teens to IC, and more reflections on their trip on Keeping PACE, the International Teen Presidents travel blog, chronicling their gap year with BBYO.

BBYO's 2012 Summer Experience Registration Is Breaking Records!

Do you want to spend your summer making a difference, traveling the world and building lifelong friendships?   Registration for BBYO domestic Summer Experiences and BBYO Passport travel are up more than 400 percent over last year! Don't miss the opportunity to attend the program of your choice, as this unprecedented spike in early registration has left many experiences close to selling out.

The final early-bird discount of $75 ends Feb. 28th, so take advantage of the savings and make sure you are guaranteed a spot in what is sure to be a meaningful and memorable summer! Click above on the interactive brochure or visit BBYO.ORG/SUMMER for more information and scholarship details on BBYO's broadest and most affordable menu of offerings ever.

Click here for scholarship information. Scholarship request are due by March 15.

Oratory Contest Winners to be Published in JTA - February 1 Deadline!



AZA and BBG is now accepting submissions for this year’s Oratory and Storytelling Contests! "Am I a Jewish American or American Jew? Jewish Canadian or Canadian Jew? Wherever you live, does your Judaism come before your nationality?"  and “What makes Judaism unique and why is it important to me?” are the AZA and BBG themes for this year’s competition. If you’re creative, writing a fictional, funny story related to your BBYO experience and Jewish identity could win you the Storytelling Contest. More serious reflections on your personal experiences, the state of BBYO and the future of the Jewish people make up the Oratory Contest, with the JTA (the global news service of the Jewish People) providing special recognition to this winner by publishing their full submission to their audience of 200,000 monthly readers.

Visit the Storytelling and Oratory page on bbyo.org to watch videos and learn more about the details of this year's competitions. The deadline for entering is February 1, 2012! Winners will be announced at BBYO’s International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from February 16 - 20.

Do You Know an Alum from the South?





BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) is hosting the first-ever Southern Regions/Districts Alumni Reunion at International Convention 2012. Register or learn more at bbyo.org/reunion2012

The Southern Regions/Districts Alumni Reunion is on Saturday, February 18 at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  International Convention (IC) is the largest annual gathering of BBYO participants from across the world.  This year BBYO is expecting a record breaking 850 teens to join together at IC in Atlanta.  Join us at the IC Reunion to reconnect with fellow AZA and BBG alumni and friends while enjoying a dessert reception.  Space is limited so sign up today!

BBYO Teens Discuss Weekly Torah Portions on Facebook

Join the more than 650 people on Facebook every week that receive video D'var Torah updates from BBYO teen leaders! Through this new Facebook group led by Benji Fages (Lake Ontario Region); Emily Nassir (Big Apple Region); Ben Nach (Mountain Region); and Amy Restan (United Kingdom), engage in conversations about the weekly Torah portion with fellow BBYO teens from around the world!

Click here to join the group.