South Jersey Region BBYO

February 2011/Adar Aleph 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Sisterhood and Brotherhood Unite the Region!

Super Sunday 2011 a Super Success!

Upcoming SJR BBYO Events

Spotlight on Alex Levin, Woodcrest AZA #1302 Co-Advisor

East Coast Kallah 2011 Wait List and Scholarship Application

Join SJR BBYO Today!

International Convention Live Blog

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Staffing Opportunities


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Katz JCC

50 Years: Strong as Ever!

A special celebration to benefit South Jersey Region BBYO.

Honoring former SJR BBYO Regional Directors Alan Goldberg, Aaron Greenberg, and John Matz.

Click Here for More Information!

Torah Thought

"Mi'She'nichnas Adar, Marbim B'Simcha!" (When the Jewish month of Adar comes, joy and happiness increase!)  Wishing you and your family a happy Adar!

Staff Contact Information

Ira Dounn, SJR Program Director

(856) 424-4444 ext. 1285


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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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SJR Sisterhood Slumber Party 2011 and SJR (Step) Brotherhood 2011 Unites the Region!

SJR Sisterhood Slumber Party 2011

Over the weekend of February 4-6, 2011, BBGs at SJR Sisterhood Slumber Party 2011 and Alephs at SJR (Step) Brotherhood 2011 had the opportunity to have fun and become closer with all SJR BBG and SJR AZA members.  We celebrated Shabbat together, played Pretty Pretty Princess ice breaking games, engaged in epic dodgeball competitions and relay races, and had several other fun and meaningful programs that brought SJR BBYO together as one larger extended family.  SJR (Step) Brotherhood 2011Thank you for coming and for making these events extraordinary!  And special thanks to Jillian Curwin, Jolie Doogan,  Lindsey DuBoff, Samara Levin, Emily McCready, Emily Schultz, Lilah Schwartz, Jackie Abrams (Advisor), Arielle Bernstein (Advisor), and Elisa Schwarz (Advisor) for your work on the Sisterhood Steering Committee and to Lee Begelman, Aaron Dannenbaum, Michael DeSimone, Lewis Donner, Brad Krell, Gavin Lynch, Jesse Schor, Brett Sklar, and Alex Levin (Advisor) for your work on the Brotherhood Steering Committee!

Super Sunday 2011 a Super Success!

Super Sunday 2011

On Sunday, January 30th, 109 teens raised $33,750 for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey during the Teen Shift from 5pm-8pm.  Thank you to everybody who came and helped to support vital needs in the Jewish community! Special thanks to Super Sunday Teen Co-Chairs and SJR's Regional Shlichim Ashtyn Golde and Josh Wynne for their work on this project!  You are invited to visit us online to see a photo album from the event that includes many BBYO teens!


Upcoming SJR BBYO Events

  • February 14: ACHAD Basketball from 5-6:30pm at the JCC. We need more BBYO teens to play basketball with young people with special needs!  Please come and participate in this extraordinary experience!
  • February 17-21:BBYO International Convention
  • February 18: SJR BBYO Regional Shabbat services at Temple Beth Shalom (1901 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003) at 6:15pm.
  • March 11-13: East Coast Kallah 2011
  • March 20: Purim Carnival at the JCC for younger children.  This year, BBYO will be in charge of all of the boothes and will be running a dodgeball and gaga tournament for our Teen Connection (6th-8th grade) program!
  • March 21: Regional Meeting, 7-9pm, JCC
  • April 8-10: Spring Thing
  • May 7: SJR BBYO's 50th Anniversary Celebration (for alumni, parents, and community leaders only)

Spotlight on Alex Levin, Woodcrest AZA #1302 Co-Advisor

Alex LevinMy name is Alex Levin and I have been the Co-Advisor of Woodcrest AZA #1302 since September 2010. My time in BBYO and AZA as a teen has brought me back to this great organization as an advisor to help Jewish teens from our area get the same great experiences that I did in high school. I was a member of Woodcrest AZA where I served as both Moreh (Vice President of Membership) and Godol (President) until my graduation from Eastern Regional High School in 2006. From there I attended the University of Maryland where I earned a dual degree in Government and Politics and Criminology and Criminal Justice upon my graduation in May of 2010. At Maryland I was involved in Resident Life as well as my fraternity Sigma Nu where I served as Treasurer and President along with many other positions in my chapter and other Greek organizations. Currently I am a first year law student at Rutgers School of Law in Camden. I can honestly say that BBYO and AZA had a very positive influence on my life and helped me build a base for my future endeavors. I look forward to meeting and seeing many of you out at our Regional and Chapter events.

East Coast Kallah 2011 Wait List and Scholarship Application

East Coast Kallah 2011YASHER KOACH to Big Apple, Eastern, Keystone Mountain, Nassau Suffolk, Northern Region East, Philadelphia, South Jersey and Westchester.  In just three weeks 625 teens from BBYO regions across the Mid-Atlantic and a delegation from Europe filled East Coast Kallah 2011. We are currently sold out. One month from now these excited teens are going to
come together for a Mega-Shabbat, an incredible program line-up, renowned guest educators and an unprecedented fundraising effort for Jewish teens
overseas! And, spend the weekend with the band GUSTER!

But don't fret…

There are still viable spots on the wait list for this once in a lifetime event! Sign up on today! We anticipate the top portion of the wait list to be admitted in the coming weeks.

To secure a spot on the wait list, please email Ira at as soon as possible (first come, first serve).

SCHOLARSHIP INFO: Please find the scholarship application for ECK here.  In order to be eligible for scholarship, please return the application by 12pm on Sunday, February 13th to (please do NOT snail mail this application in – please only use EMAIL).  Late applications may not be considered.


Join SJR BBYO Today!

Interested in joining an SJR BBYO chapter and you are in 8th-12th grade?  There are currently 3 AZA (only male) chapters -Chapel AZA, Marlcrest AZA, and Woodcrest AZA, and 4 BBG (only female) chapters: Chevrah BBG, Dafna BBG, Neshef BBG, and Ohev BBG.  There is one coed chapter based in Washington Township called Re'ut BBYO.  And SJR has a chapter for special needs and typical teens to interact together called Dubrow BBYO.

Also, SJR BBYO is SEEKING ADVISORS to help SJR BBYO chapters who are out of college and committed to the mission of BBYO!  This is an extraordinarily meaningful opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of Jewish teens.

For more information about joining BBYO or applying to become a BBYO advisor, please contact Ira at

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!

SJR BBYO will be sending 26 teen leaders to represent us at IC this year!  Wishing you safe travels to LA and an extraordinary experience at IC!

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.

  • SJR BBYO teens have an opportunity for scholarships from the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc.  For more information about some great scholarship opportunities, please visit: The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 18, 2011 at 5pm (no exceptions).

  • SJR BBYO teens also have an opportunity to apply for college scholarships.  For more information about this, please email Ira at
  • 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 deadline is April 1st, but may vary region-to-region.  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!