North Texas - Oklahoma BBYO

February 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Advisor Spotlight

Alton Silver BBG Holds Spring Term Elections

Dallas Council Nom Period

Dates to Calendar

International Convention Live Blog

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Staffing Opportunities

Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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Advisor Spotlight:

Allyson Brown

Allyson BAllysonrown is one of the proud advisors of Ginny Weinstein BBG. She has been an advisor for Weinstein for 3 years and is giving back to BBYO after having an amazing experience in the Dallas BBYO program as a teen.  Allyson was an active member of Fannie Sablosky BBG and sat on the executive board in numerous different positions. Her experience with Sablosky really taught her how to be a leader and take on various different responsibilities.  “Being an active member of the organization helped me to make life long friendships that I cherish now more then ever,” Allyson said.  

After high school Allyson attended and graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and was an active member of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. In Gamma Phi Beta, Allyson was elected to serve as the social chair for two years which inevitably led her to the path to the career she currently has chosen.  

Allyson now works in the catering industry as an Event Planner for a restaurant.  She plans birthday parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and full service wedding catering.  Outside of work, Allyson attends various networking events and is the Vice President of Alumni/Collegiate Relations for her sorority.  

As the advisor for the largest BBG chapter in NTO (Ginny Weinstein), Allyson has made a bond with each girl individually to make her experience worth while. BBYO remains one of her top priorities, of course, but stays very busy socially as well.  “I firmly believe that BBYO was such a great starting point in my success and am therefore so happy to be able to give back to this wonderful organization.”

Alton Silver BBG Holds Spring Term Elections

On January 23rd, Alton Silver BBG of Fort Worth held its elections for the spring term executive board.  Dorie Kaye was elected as N’siah (President), Sarah Alpert as S’ganit (Vice President), Bree Goodman as MIT Mom (Membership), Lizzy Michan as Sh’licha (Judaism and Community Service), Courtney Smith as Mazkirah (Secretary), Alyson Luskey as Gizborit (Treasurer), and Carli Clay as Orechet (Historian).

Alton Silver is currently recruiting girls in grades 8-12.  On Sunday, February 13th , the girls are hosting an 80’s themed roller-skating party.  All Jewish girls and boys in Fort Worth in grades    8-12 are invited.  We will meet at Congregation Ahavath Shalom basketball courts at 1:30 pm and head over to Rollerland West for skating at 2:00 pm.  There will be ice cream afterward at the Marble Slab on Hulen St. and Bellaire.  For more information about the skating party, please contact Sarah Alpert at (682) 351-8144.

Alton Silver BBG is a part of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, a worldwide Jewish youth group that promotes leadership, community service, and Jewish identity.

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"We want a Nom!, We want a Nom!, We want a Nom!" was blasting through homes across Dallas on the weekend of January 29th and 30th. Dallas Council has had the long standing tradition of electing Noms (nominees) to eventually become chapter Beaus and Sweethearts.

Nominees are selected by each chapter by being active in their home chapter (attending programs and meetings and participating in 100% of fundraising efforts). Each chapter hosts a party then a series of events (known as "Nom Period") for the nominees to get to know the members of the chapter in which they would like to become a potential beau or sweetheart. All of the Dallas chapter comes together on March 4th for a council-wide Shabbat where the current Beaus and Sweethearts are honored; then on Saturday, March 5th chapters will vote on their new Beau/Sweetheart at the Walkdown ceremony.

This is one of the favorite times of year for the teens; with social and spirit pouring out of their hearts and souls, each chapter has planned special events for the elected Noms.

Dates to Calendar

Feburary 13 - Dallas Council Elections

February 13 - Dallas Council Sports Begin

March 4 - Dallas Council Shabbat

March 5 - Dallas Council Walkdown

March 24 - "Race to No Where" @ Temple Emanu-el

March 27- Dallas Federation Super Sunday

April 1-3 - Leadership Training Institute

April 17th - J-Serve 2011

Follow the International Convention Live Blog!







Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, IC serves to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community.

Don't miss any of the action! BBYO's International Convention's Live Blog will have all of the latest photos, videos and happenings throughout the weekend. Visit the blog at and follow IC on Twitter at #bbyoic2011!

Make Your Summer Fun, Meaningful, AND Affordable

  • Get your GROUP ON this summer! BBYO’s Passport to the World is now offering TWO great reasons to travel this summer:

    1)    Get at least 50 percent of your AZA or BBG chapter to sign up for any Summer 2011 BBYO Passport trip, and everyone in your chapter gets 10 percent off all program costs.

    2)    Want to plan a private trip? Get a group of at least 30 friends together, and BBYO Passport will run a private session of any posted Summer 2011 trip on the dates of YOUR choice.

    Two Great Ways to Get Your GROUP ON. One Unforgettable Summer.

    Click here to learn more.

  • New Summer Scholarship Plan! For Summer 2011, BBYO is introducing a new scholarship initiative. We understand that financial need is significant in many communities, and we are allocating more scholarship subsidy this year than at any point in BBYO's history.  BBYO is committed to affordability.

    Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the BBYO regional offices so that funds are disbursed with a greater knowledge of individual teens’ needs.   All BBYO domestic summer experiences (CLTC, ILTC, Kallah and Summer of IMPACT), as well as ILSI in Israel, are eligible for scholarship subsidy. 

    The NTO summer experience deadline is April 1st! All scholarship awards are announced no later than May 1st. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted directly to your teen’s regional office.  For a listing of regions, click here.  Please contact your local BBYO professional to learn more about scholarship deadlines and the review process.  We also urge parents and teens to connect with local Federations, BJEs, synagogues and other community agencies for additional scholarship support.  Regional staff can provide template letters to send to these agencies to request summer program funding.

    Remember that early-bird pricing for CLTC, ILTC and Kallah expires on February 27th.  All registrations on or before February 27th will be discounted by $100. 

    Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!

BBYO is Looking for Summer Staff

BBYO Summer programs serve as the basis for many teens’ most significant memories. You can be a part of helping those memories happen. With openings for Jewish educators, song leaders, and madrichim (counselors), there are many opportunities to enhance dozens of teens' summer experiences.

Click here to see available positions and get the Staff Application!