Keystone Mountain Region BBYO

April 2011/nisan 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table

Beau Dance

Jive for Japan

Regional Convention

BBYO Basketball

BBYO Summer Filling Up - Don't Miss Out!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO


Videographers Needed for World Travel

Survey On Family Camp

Get Involved with BBYO

Become a Member

Meet an Advisor!

Regional Director

Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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Happy Passover! Let a Teen Lead the Passover Seder

After a year of traveling the country and the world as

BBYO’s International Teen Presidents, we are so excited to go home and spend Passover with our families! During our travels, we witnessed

how BBYO serves as a “home away from home” for tens thousands of teens.  At BBYO programs, we make great friends and connect with Judaism on our terms.

Just as BBYO has been a home for so many teens, we’d like to bring a meaningful BBYO experience into your home this Passover.  Check out BBYO’s Passover Discussion Guide, which focuses on an important Passover tradition and the how it relates to teens today.  Join 30,000 families across the country in trying out this additional set of four questions at your Seder table.  Let a teen at your Seder guide your family in gaining a better understanding of our traditions.

On behalf of BBYO teens everywhere, chag pesach sameach (Happy Passover) to you and your family.

Arielle Braude and Jeremy Sherman
BBYO International Teen Presidents

Beau Dance


On Saturday, April 9th, KMR teens all arrived at the Clarion Hotel in their best suits and dresses ready for a great night.  Following dinner, a Havdallah service was lead by regional shlichim, Hannah Frank and Tanner Berman.

Congratulations to Max Frischman and Alyson Miller for winning the Beau and Sweetheart awards, respectively.  After the awards were given out, it was time to dance the night away.  There were just about 100 teens at the event, including a few special guests from Israel here for the Diller Program.  Thanks to all those who came, hope you had a great time!





Jive for Japan-May 7th 2011

On the evening of Saturday, May 7th, KMR will be teaming up with the local NFTY chapter to hold a dance for the relief efforts in Japan.  All the money collected at the door will be donated to helping the victims of the Tsunami disaster in Japan.  The dance will be held at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill from 7-10:30 PM and will cost $10 per teen. Sign ups will be at the door only. Wear a white T-shirt ($5 if you don't bring one) and get ready to draw on each other under the black lights!



Regional Convention-May 20-22, 2011

This year's Regional Convention will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott Airport hotel from May 20-22.  More details to come in the following weeks, just make sure this is on your calendar!

BBYO Basketball

Congratulations to the BBYO basketball team for their win on Sunday against Adat Shalom. Matt Shorr and Tanner Berman were the leading scorers for KMR.

The AZAs are 5-2 on the season as they enter the playoffs in second place.  Come cheer on the Alephs next Sunday at the Squirrel Hill JCC at 8 PM.

Last Chance for a BBYO Summer! Wondering Where Spots are Still Open?







Summer is just around the corner! It isn't too late to spend it with BBYO, but programs are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on the BBYO programs below that do not currently have a waitlist:

There are currently waitlists for ILTC, Kallah and CLTC (for females). Impact: Boston is currently full.

Click here to learn more about having a BBYO Summer!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO









(BBYO's International Delegation at IC 2011)

Committed to supporting Jewish youth all over the world, BBYO had one of its most successful global representations at its International Convention this year with Jewish teens from eight countries attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel. This highlight comes after an exciting school-year filled with initiatives meant to engage BBYO teens to recognize the power they have to stand united as one movement of Jewish youth.

Earlier this year, BBYO partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on an overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. The fellowship sent four BBYO alumni to join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to helpTurkey; Israel; Argentina; and Serbia with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network.

In addition to this partnership, BBYO’s teen leadership established a Global Ambassadors Network with 19 North American teens working directly with affiliates on projects such as AZA and BBG Shabbats and expanding J-Serve, currently the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Through these combined efforts, BBYO regions raised more than $25,000 through the International Service Fund (ISF) to help bring  the international delegation to IC 2011.

Stay tuned for more updates on BBYO’s globalization initiative including a live blog complete with updates with Overseas delegations coming soon!

J-Serve 2011: KMR Helps Out

J-Serve was held in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 3rd.  Over 200 teens met at the Squirrel Hill JCC ready to serve their communities.  KMR had about 80 teens come to help out.

As everyone met in the JCC they were assigned a site to go to, and got on the buses to find out what they would be doing.  Some teens went to do yardwork at different community centers, while others helped out at the Pittsburgh Hillel, among other sites.  After serving at these various sites, the teens all met back at the JCC and gathered into small groups to reflect on their afternoon and their service projects.

All the sites were very appreciative of the volunteer work and can't wait to have them back next year.  Thank you to all the teens who participated, great job!

Videographer Needed

BBYO’s Passport to the World is looking for experienced videographers to travel with teen tour groups to Europe, Costa Rica, the Western USA and Israel filming videos of the programs in exchange for free travel including airfare, group transportation and lodging.  Places for video shoots include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Rome and more. Ideal candidates are college or immediately post-college videographers with a sense of adventure and an eye for the best shot.

Trip lengths will vary, but will range from 2 to 4 weeks from late June through July. Interested candidates should email a resume, dates of availability and three video samples to The deadline to apply is April 28.

What makes a Perfect Family Camp Experience?

BBYO is currently researching this question and wants to hear from BBYO teens, Teen Connection tweens, alumni, and their families. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the brief survey using the links below. 
Your answers will help us create the most impactful summer camp experience for you and your family.

Adult Survey Link
Teen Survey Link

Get Involved with BBYO!

There are lots of ways to continue involvement with BBYO after high school. Here are some great ways:

Become a Member

The Keystone Mountain Region has 8 Chapters all looking for new members! Contact for more information on each chapter.

Ruach AZA- Boys chapter located in the North Hills.  Meetings held at Panera at the Waterworks on Sundays.

Chana Leah BBG- Girls chapter located in the North Hills. Meetings held at Panera at the Waterworks on Sundays.

Gateway AZA- Boys chapter located in Squirrel Hill.  Meetings held at Evan Kimel's house on Tuesday evenings.

Shoshana BBG- Girls chapter located in Squirrel Hill.  Meetings held at Becca Lerman's house on Sunday afternoons.

L'Chaim AZA- Boys chapter located in Monroeville.  Meetings held at Ben Weiner's house on Sunday afternoons.

Zion BBG- Girls chapter located in Monroeville.  Meetings held in the party room at Leah Marcone's apartment complex on Sunday afternoons.

David Iszauk AZA- Boys chapter located in the South Hills.  Meetings held in the conference room at the South Hills JCC on Sunday afternoons.

Dayenu BBG- Girls chapter located in the South Hills.  Meetings held at Becca Cohen's house on Thursday evenings.

KMR is looking into expanding into Washington, PA as well as in West Virginia.  If you're interested or know of any teens who want to start a chapter, please contact us ASAP!

Meet an Advisor!


This month's advisor is Patti Meyers from Chana Leah BBG.

Occupation: Merchandising manager for Barnes and Noble.

Why did you want to be Chana Leah's Advisor?: I have been involved in many different Jewish organizations over the years. While I was living in Orlando, Fl I was the advisor for the North Florida Region. I loved spending time with the girls in NFR. When I moved to Pittsburgh 4 years ago I wanted to get involved with the organization again. Chana Leah needed an advisor and I was more then happy to be there to help the girls. They are such a wonderful group of young adults

What is the most rewarding part of being an advisor?: The most rewarding part of being an advisor is getting to spend time with these great leaders a few times a month. I have learned so much from them and them from me. I love getting to see them come up with ideas and then having them come to life. I am so proud of all the girls in CL and KMR. This year has had a lot of success.

What opportunities do you see with Chana Leah for the future?: I think there is always room to improve. CL has been on their own for one year and have succeeded at all of their expectations as a new independent chapter. They are constantly trying to come up with new and exciting ideas to recruit new members. They have definitely accomplished this during the 2010-2011 year. You can say that the group of girls in CL are dedicated to the challenge of making their chapter one of the top ones in the east coast. I've never met a more dedicated group of girls. I am so proud of them and all their accomplishments.


Contact the Regional Director

Please make sure to contact KMR's Regional Director, Jason Barash if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, at or 412-421-2626.