NRE- D.C. Council BBYO

March 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

February Program Highlights

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Teen Connection

Special Needs Chapters

New BBYO Passport to Israel Scholarship

Hot Off the Press: Shofar

Advisor Appreciation Month

Not a Member? Register Today!

Build a Prayer


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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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February Program Highlights

International Convention- Congratulations Jake Sorrells, Allison Van Wye, and Talia Katz

Los Angeles, Calif. hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eight countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th Annual International Convention (IC). Highlights included a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBYO's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking participants out into the L.A. community; speakers such as Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl; and the election of the 2011-2012 AZA and BBG International Boards!

Yasher Koach to Melech AZA’s Daniel Cooper for planning this amazing convention!

Congratulations to Melech AZA’s Jake Sorrells on his election to Grand Aleph Shaliach, Beth Kadima BBG’s Talia Katz on her election to International Mazkirah, and Beth Kadima BBG’s Allison Van Wye on her election to International Shlicha.

Missed out on the action? Check out BBYO's International Convention's for all of the latest photos, videos and happenings. Visit the blog at


Saturday, February 26th, over 500 Jewish teens from across the Greater Washington area spent their evening at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville for the BBYO spring kickoff dance

BBYO teens partnered with the JCC of Greater Washington’s dance department, headed by Bunnye Levy, for a surprise Flash Mob on Monday, February 14th.  BBYO teens come together almost every Monday evening at 7:00 at the JCCGW for their weekly chapter meetings and were congregated in the atrium when the flashmob took place.  Check out the video to see our teens in action!

East Coast Kallah-- March 11-13th


Over 625 teens from 8 BBYO regions across the Northeast and a delegation from overseas filled East Coast Kallah 2011 this past weekend.  These excited teens came together for a Mega-Shabbat, an incredible program line-up, renowned guest educators, and an unprecidented fundraising effort for Jewish teens overseas!  And, they spent the weekend with the band GUSTER!

Save the Date: Upcoming Events


Saturday, April 9th MIT/AIT Convention

Learn more about BBYO basics, meet other D.C. Council 8th graders, and get inducted into the council!  For more information about ths exciting overnight, contact Ian Kandel at


J-Serve April 10
Join BBYO and thousands of teens across the country in a day of service! D.C. Council BBYO will be participating in a service project from 1-4pm at the JCCGW (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852). For more information on D.C. Council's J-Serve project, contact Rachel Hillman at or 301-348-3784

Teen Connection

Teen Connection is the BBYO pre-high school program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade teens who want to enjoy social, recreational, athletic, cultural and Judaic activities with new friends!  Be a part of something exciting and get a taste of the activities that await you as a high school student in BBYO!  THis program offers a wide variety of programs for Jewish tweens planned and supervised by professional staff.  For more information contact Kate Herron at or 301-348-3785              

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 10th- J-Serve

Join D.C. Council BBYO teens at the JCCGW from 1-4pm for a community garden service project.  For more information contact Rachel Hillman at

Sunday, May 1st- Tri-Council Maccabi Games!
Summer is almost here.  Come join tweens from Northern Virginia, Baltimore and the Greater Washington area for a community wide Maccabi games! (classic camp style color war). For more information or to register contact Kate Herron at or 301-348-3785

Special Needs Chapters

DC Council has two unique programs that focus on the social needs of teens with special needs. Since 1982, DC Council has incorporated the Richard Anderman Shalom BBYO Chapter for teens with special needs and since 2008, a second program, Kol Echad Youth, K.E.Y., was launched to support teens with multiple disabilities. 

Anderman Shalom BBYO Chapter members meet twice a month for various activities in the community at large, along side other BBYO members.  Chapter advisors provide general adult supervision (1:6 ratio of adult to teens). 
KEY Participants attend social programs that are structured and adapted to their strengths.  We provide individualized social support and professional supervision.  Participants benefit from 1:1 support as well as the active interest and socialization with BBYO teens.
The KEY program also offers informal education to develop an awareness of the needs of teens with special needs through ongoing seminars.

Upcoming March programs

Anderman Shalom Chapter is attending East Coast Kallah on March 11th-13th. The Chapter will have a Community Service program volunteering at the Purim Carnival on March 20th

For more information or participation in these programs, please contact Limor Hartman, Special Needs Program Director, at 301-348-3786 or

New Scholarship Fund for BBYO Passport Israel Travel to Distribute $100,000!





BBYO is proud to announce the establishment of the Milk & Honey Israel Fund.

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, we will be offering 100 need-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this summer. Submissions are due no later than March 20th, 2011.

This scholarship is only guaranteed for one-year. Act now!

Learn More

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Click here to watch our new Passport 2 Israel Commercials!

Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

The 2011 Shofar: The Newsletter of AZA & BBG is here! Written by the BBYO Teen PR Team, the newsletter covers important happenings across the organization such as Speak Up, Build a Prayer and Panim el Panim. Also, don't miss the special interviews with Rebecca Ungerman, BBYO's favorite song leader and Jeremy Sherman and Arielle Braude, BBYO's International Teen Presidents. There's even a secret "confessions" page from the 2020K team about working in BBYO's International Office!

Read the Shofar Now!


Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that D.C. Council BBYO has  volunteer chapter advisors who dedicate their time and energy to serving as mentors and role models to all of our AZA and BBG teens? This month is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are hoping that every teen and parent can take a moment to thank their Chapter Advisor -- they truly cannot be thanked enough!

If you aren't sure who your son or daughter's chapter advisor is, just ask your teen. They'll be able to tell you how impactful chapter advisors are to the success of AZA and BBG chapters. Our organization would not be what it is without them!



Not a Member? Register Today!

For more than 85 years, BBYO has been providing exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for Jewish teens in grades 9-12. Now, more than ever, we provide innovative opportunities for teens to connect with one another, take part in community service projects, navigate the college admissions process and travel the world.  These experiences provide each participant with a network of lifelong friends and a perspective which adds value and meaning to life.  

Chapter Programs - Weekly
In BBYO, teens design programs that cover a wide range of activities.  These often take place on Saturday evenings and are almost always open to prospective members.  

BBYO Chapter Meetings - Weekly
On most Monday nights, 13 of our chapters have meetings at the JCC, which are open to prospective members.  We also have one chapter that meets on Sunday nights at the JCC, one chapter located in Laurel, one chapter located in Germantown/Gaithersburg, two chapters based in the Bethesda area, and one chapter in the District.

Click here to Register or contact our office at or 301-348-6073

Build a Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a is a comprehensive liturgical website that allows users to make a traditional or pluralistic Shabbat service and add custom content to tailor it to individual preferences. Click to download sample services created on Build a  such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.

Here are a few things that people are saying about it:

“This is a most amazing site, thank you for conceiving of this and making it available! I will use them personally and professionally!" - Deborah Newbrun

“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.” - Howard Blas

“What a GREAT idea and site!!  I think it would be a wonderful project for our 6 - 7th grade classes who are learning the "geography" of the siddur and the structure of our services to "build" their own siddurim." - Shelley Kniaz

Visit Build a today!