South Jersey Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

SJR Tournies X 2010 a Huge Success

Upcoming SJR Programming and Brotherhood Committee Application!

SJR Teen Connection Programming Begins

Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story with SJR

SJR Alumni Reunite over Thanksgiving Weekend

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website




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SJR Tournies X 2010 a Huge Success

SJR Tournies X 2010

SJR Tournies X 2010 was one of the biggest Tournies in recent memory!  From 7pm on Saturday, November 20th until 7am on Sunday, November 21st, 223 SJR BBYO members participated in song and apparel competitions, played Quidditch against each other (the mystery Tournies theme turned out to be Harry Potter), Powerpuff Football, and AZAA Flag Football Championship game.  Congratulations to Woodcrest AZA for winning the Spam, to Dafna BBG for winning the Spirit Stick, to Marlcrest AZA for winning the AZAA Championship!  Special thanks to an extraordinary Tournies Committee: Aaron Dannenbaum, Emily McCready, Felicia Gans, Brett Garberman, Brad Krell, Sarah Minion, Lee Begelman, and Lindsey DuBoff.  And an extra special thanks to everybody who contributed nonperishable items to be donated to the Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Services Food Pantry!  We collected hundreds of pounds of items, and JFCS will award Marlcrest AZA – who collected and contributed the most food – with a pizza party!

Please click here to fill out this 5-minute survey in as much detail as possible to help us make Tournies even better for next year!

Upcoming SJR Programming and Brotherhood Committee Application!

SJR is pleased to announce that there will be an SJR Brotherhood/SIsterhood during the weekend of February 4-6, 2011.  Please save the date!  Thanks to everyone who submitted an application to be on the SJR Sisterhood Committee.  The SJR Brotherhood Committee application is now available and can be found here.  Please send this application to Brett Sklar, Regional Moreh at and Ira Dounn, Regional Director at by Wednesday, December 22nd at 9pm.

Also, SJR's Spring Thing will take place from April 7-10, 2011 (it is not yet determined if Spring Thing will start on Thursday or Friday).  Please save the date!  More details to follow!

SJR Teen Connection Programming Begins

On Wednesday, November 24th from 7-9pm, 5th-8th graders danced and socialized at the Plymouth Rock Hop at the JCC.  This year, the Katz JCC and BBYO are collaborating to offer incredible programs to people before they are eligible to participate in BBYO programming and membership.  We are hoping to grow SJR BBYO’s Teen Connection program and to make the transition into BBYO during 8th or 9th grade smooth.  For more information, please contact Jolie Doogan, Regional Mitmom, at, Brett Sklar, Regional Moreh,, or Ira Dounn, Regional Director,

Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story with SJR

Before the Regional Meetings on December 6th,  Charles Middleberg helped SJR bring in the 6th night of Chanukah by lighting candles and sharing his story of surviving the Holocaust.  Mr. Middleberg was born and raised in France and had to escape Nazi persecution during World War 2 when he was 12 years old.  Thank you to Mr. Middleberg and to Helen Kirschbaum of the Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council, for this meaningful and profound collaboration.

Join thousands of Jewish teens in Poland and Israel this April 27-May 11, 2011 on BBYO's March of the Living, a two-week journey of remembrance and renewal. Registration closes on December 31st!  For more information, please click here!

SJR Alumni Reunite over Thanksgiving Weekend

SJR Alumni Reunion

On Saturday night, November 27th, about 150 SJR alumni from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s reunited with old friends and made new friends at Kaminski's Bar and Grill.  SJR is excited to be starting an effort to energize and bring together BBYO alumni in South Jersey.  Please save the date: We will be celebrating SJR BBYO's 50th Anniversary on May 7, 2011 at the Katz JCC.

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

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Find Out What Wish Came True for an AZA Teen: Watch an interview with Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”

Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message reflected the focus of their television series which features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving back and helping to make dreams come true for the people they meet along the way.  Before wrapping up their remarks at Kallah, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 teens asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”

Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked onto to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home."Six months later, the cast from “The Buried Life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode on November 29. Immediately following the show BBYO aired a live webcast with Lucas, allowing BBYO teens from around the world to ask him questions and hear his reflections on the experience and what it has meant to his family.

Click here to learn more, including links to watch the Season Finale on and the recorded interview with Lucas.

Take the BBYO Impact Survey!

Are you or your child a BBYO junior or senior? As part of our commitment to our members and supporters, we are conducting research to study the value of our programs. Your input will provide us with valuable understanding of what people enjoy about BBYO and where improvements can be made. Participate in our survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card!


Don't Miss Out!

Registration is open for dozens of BBYO International Experiences.

February 2011:

April - May 2011:

  • March of the Living: Experience a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland. Sophomores are eligible for $1,000 off!

Summer 2011:

  • AZA & BBG's Flagship Leadership Development and Judaic Identity programs: CLTC, ILTC and Kallah. Congratulations to SJR's own Emily McCready and Aaron Dannenbaum who have been selected to be teen coordinators for CLTC!
  • Summer of Impact experiences through the PANIM Institute of BBYO. Serve new communities and make a real difference in Boston, D.C., the Southwest and Israel!
  • Passport to the World, BBYO's global travel program, taking teens to more than 16 countries around the world.

Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and more!


  • Panim el Panim: Receive advocacy training, participate in service learning and have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill -- all in a few days!
  • Double Impact Scholarship: Earn a 50 percent scholarship towards the tuition of a domestic Summer of Impact experience and 25 percent towards Impact: Israel by performing 60 hours of community service during the school year!

New PANIM Website!






Check out the new site and learn about all of PANIM's premiere service learning experiences.