Big Apple Region BBYO

January 2011/shevat 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

From the Director

Summer Experiences Information Night

East Coast Kallah

Volunteer Opportunities

Jewish Teens Rally to End Bullying

BBYO President Visits Global BBYO

Travel to Washington, DC and Lobby Congress





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Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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From the Director:

Shalom New York City! January is an exciting time across BBYO because it means that our 8th graders are now officially eligible to register for AZA and BBG membership! If you are an 8th grader, remember to register at or contact the Regional Office for assistance.

We are kicking off 2011 and the second half of our programming year in full swing with rising membership, new chapters across the city, and exciting programs and partnerships in the works. Keep your eyes peeled for these amazing updates and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming programing!

As our region continues to grow, our need for additional volunteer advisors also continues to grow. If you or someone you know would like to give back to BBYO by dedicating your time as a chapter advisor, please contact Rebekah Smith at We are looking specifically for advisors in Northeast Queens and Rockaway.


Rebekah Smith

Program Director
Big Apple Region BBYO
344 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 646.395.4324
F: 212.780-0859

Want to travel abroad this summer?

...Then our Summer Experiences Information Night is the place for you to be! Please join us on Thursday, February 10th at 7pm at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the variety of summer experiences, both domestic and abroad, that BBYO has to offer. From IMPACT: Boston, a program hosted at Brandies University that focuses on community activism and social change, to Ambassador to Bulgaria, an amazing opportunity to explore one of the most unique Jewish communities in the world while working side-by-side with the local BBYO chapter in Bulgaria, to the diverse palate of Passport to the World programs, BBYO Summer Experiences has something to offer everyone!

For more information on this event, please contact Rebekah Smith at

The 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street, NY NY, 10003.

East Coast Kallah is open!!!

Join 500+ teens from eight BBYO regions on March 11-13 in Bethesda, MD 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 GUSTER!

Each region participating has a limited number of spots - register now to hold yours! This event will sell out! Registration is open at under "International Events".

Regional scholarships are available: please contact the Regional Office for a copy. All scholarships are due by February 11th!

Looking for volunteer opportunities?

If you are interesting in volunteering your time to better your community, BBYO can help you find many opportunities to do so. Friendship Circle is an organization that creates an exceptional network of friends for children and teens with special needs. They match each child with a teen volunteer and then organize social experiences. These programs are both one-on-one as well as in group form, which foster camaraderie, friendship and fun.

For more information on Friendship Circle, please visit

To register as a volunteer, please contact Dina Shanowitz at 646.820.1066 or

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!

Visit Keeping PACE Now!

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!