North Texas - Oklahoma BBYO

January 2011/shevat 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Advisor Spotlight

BBYO & JFS Partnering for Junior Advisory Board

NTO Save the Dates!

Jewish Teens Rally to End Bullying

BBYO President Visits Global BBYO

Travel to Washington, DC and Lobby Congress





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Advisor Spotlight: Dani Golan

Dani AdvisorDani Golan is the advisor for Morton Lewis.  During high school, Dani was a member of Lewis and held a few positions on the executive board.  Since graduating from high school he spent a year in Israel on Young Judaea's Year Course program volunteering, studying, traveling, and participating in some basic army training.  After returning from Israel Dani attended college at UNLV where he was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi (the only Jewish fraternity). Recently, Dani graduated with a degree in Business Management and Law. During his years as an active college student, Dani held various executive positions on the AEPi board and minor boards taking the role as an educator and advisor to new incoming members, social event planner, house manager, and oversaw many other operations of the fraternity to ensure a smooth and successful year. In addition, Dani was also an active member of Hillel and Rebels for Israel on campus and was involved with the local AIPAC organization.

Currently, Dani is running a full service Real Estate company that caters to all aspects of clients real estate needs.  From building custom homes, to managing and leasing multiple commercial properties, office managing, accounting, and overseeing all the companies commercial construction jobs, Dani still finds the time to sit on the local AIPAC young professionals board, help out with the Jewish Federation, and attend Chabad events. Dani has put a lot of energy into seeing Morton Lewis succeed this term!

BBYO & JFS Partnering for Junior Advisory Board

BBYO is partnering with Jewish Family Service to organize a Junior board of advisors, made up of creative and involved high-school sophomores and juniors.  The board’s purpose will be to identify areas that need to be addressed in the lives of the teens – home life, school life, social life, volunteer life, college prep or after-high-school issues.

The students will identify the issues, provide input/insight to JFS professional staff and board of directors, and develop both an action plan for programming to address the needs and a method of evaluating outcomes. The Junior advisory process will also give the students an insight into the workings of a non-profit agency.

As the teens conclude their mission, they will bring back what they have learned into the chapter and more importantly into our regional events.

The Dallas BBYO teens involved in the JFS Junior Advisory Board are:

Marcy Applebaum, Millie Blumka, Eli Brook, Rachel Chanon, Reid Cohen, Nicole Joison, Katie Lerer, Jordan Palefsky, Mika Stein, & David Zweig.

NTO: Save the Dates!

Dallas Council Shabbat - March 4th
Dallas Beau/Sweetheart Walkdown - March 5th
"Race to No Where" Event - March 24th
Leadership Training Institute - April 1st - 3rd
J-Serve - April 16th

BBYO Teens Lead Campaign to End Bullying




Three Major International Jewish Youth Movements Join Forces to End Bullying and Support for LGBTQ Teens

Jewish teenagers from the major International Jewish Youth Movements are taking on bullying and standing up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peers. In addition to publicly committing to end bullying and creating an inclusive environment in their own movements, the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, (the presidents of the International Jewish Youth Movements) has set a goal of getting 18,000 Jews to sign Keshet’s “Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives”. This goal has been echoed by the executive leadership of the movements and their staff.


International President Jeremy in LondonTravels to UK, Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia

Where in the world is Jeremy Sherman? BBYO's International Teen President has been travelling abroad representing BBYO around the world. Follow his travels including photos and videos on our interactive blog, Keeping PACE! Check out some highlights:

  • Listen to Jeremy's thoughts as if you were sitting with him on the plane ride to Bulgaria.
  • View pictures of Jeremy's visit to Tzamaret, BBYO's partner in Israel.
  • Hear a special Shabbat Shalom message from Jeremy during his visit in Jerusalem!

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Washington, DC Wants You!

Join Jewish teens from around the country in a city that has it all for a teen leader – Washington, D.C..  At Panim el Panim seminars teens will see all of the city’s most famous tourist sites while gaining insider access to locations like the U.S. Capitol!   Teens have the opportunity to meet and lobby members of Congress, learn from advocacy experts on Israel, healthcare, the environment and today’s hottest topics, and do service projects that provide direct aid to those in need in the city.  Teens participating in Panim el Panim seminars walk away with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of civic engagement.  In addition, these skills will help strengthen your individual or regional Stand UP campaigns!

Find out available dates for individual registrations from now through March!