Pacific Coast Region BBYO

December 2010 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Hanukkah, PCR BBYO Families!

Important Dates

Make a Difference in PCR...Join the 360@$180 Campaign

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website




Quick Links:

Donate to BBYO

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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Happy Hanukkah, PCR BBYO Families!

We hope everyone had a nice Hanukkah holiday with their families! We are really looking forward to the rest of the year, and all of the exciting events we have coming up in 2011! Please read this newsletter to ensure you have all of the information you need about Pacific Coast Region BBYO happenings!!

Important Dates

Sunday, January 23rd: Chapter Congress II: All chapter board members should be present at this program! Chapter boards will have the opportunity to meet face to face with their Regional Board counterparts and discuss important business within the region.

Saturday, January 29th: Basketball Bonanza: This program is open is ALL 6th-12th grade Jewish teens in Greater LA and OC!!! We will be having Havdallah on the rooftop Terrace of the Staples Center, then we will attend the LA Clippers vs. Charlotte Bobcats game, followed by a shoot out on the Staples Center basketball court. Don't miss this amazing event!!! Cost: $30 until January 5th!!! Price goes up to $45 from January 6th-22nd. Purchase tickets now by clicking here before they are sold out!!

Thursday, February 17th-Monday, February 21st: IC in LA!!!!

Make a Difference in PCR...Join the 360@$180 Campaign

In order to sustain Pacific Coast Region BBYO, we have officially kicked off our 360@$180 Campaign!

Who? BBYO parents, grandparents, alumni - EVERYONE who believes in providing meaningful Jewish and leadership experiences to teens in PCR!

What? LA FAN is recruiting 360 community members to give $180 each to help meet the funding needs of PCR BBYO.

Where? Every dollar raised in the 360@$180 Campaign will stay in LA to directly impact teens in PCR BBYO.

When? The entire 2010-2011 school year.

Why? BBYO is working hard to secure a vibrant Jewish future by reversing the trend of post b'nai mitzvah disaffiliation among Jewish teens. By participating in BBYO's chapter, regional, community-wide and immersive experiences, teens foster a love of and commitment to Jewish life while creating friendships that last a lifetime.

Friends and alumni like YOU understand BBYO's effectiveness better than anyone. LA Friends and Alumni Network needs you to join us in securing the resources necessary to help BBYO flourish in our community. The 360@$180 Campaign will help ensure that LA teens always have BBYO programs to enrich their Jewish lives.

Please join LA FAN's 360@$180 Campaign today by clicking here!

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.
  • 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.