From the Regional Staff
Shalom and welcome to the August edition of our monthly eNews - the first of our new program year!
Our office has been busy as our teen leaders prepare for an innovative menu of fun, meaningful and affordable experiences for the new year.
Be sure to check out our website for the most up-to-date program information for middle schoolers and high schoolers.. and remember to SAVE THE DATES!
Highlights include Beach Day, Red Cross Courses, B-Fit Health & Fitness, Volunteer Opportunities, BBYO Connect for Grades 6-8 and Chapter & Regional Programs for Grades 9-12.
As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to be in touch. We can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Goodman, Executive Director
Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate
Beach Day, August 30 at Balsam Lake
Join us for a members-only kickoff on Thursday, August 30 at Balsam Lake to celebrate the upcoming year. Transportation is offered from the Prosserman JCC. The bus departs at 9am and returns at 8pm and lunch is provided.
Members who are on chapter or regional board should click to register for Regional Execs + Beach Day.
All other members should click to register for Beach Day.
New BBYO Chapters Launch in Vaughan While Toronto and Thornhill Chapters Grow
We're excited to announce that two new BBYO chapters have launched at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, the new state-of-the-art JCC on Bathurst Street north of Rutherford Road in Vaughan. Chapter Achim AZA #1016, headed by Adam (Godol) and Daniel (S'gan) and Chapter Ahava BBG #2447, headed by Marlee (N'siah) and Ally (S'ganit) will meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm in Room 2111 at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre beginning September 5.
With these new chapters, we now have 6 AZA and BBG chapters meeting at three locations across the city each week. Other locations include Toronto at the Prosserman JCC (Room 1-23) and Thornhill at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Room 5).
22 Teens from Toronto Attended BBYO Summer Experiences
As August winds down and the school year approaches, take a moment to reflect on the amazing summer had by teens (and staff!) in Lake Ontario Region. Twenty-two teens participated in a BBYO Summer Experience, and they’re already sharing their stories, excitement and ideas for how they will work together to strengthen their chapters, our region, and the Order.
In total, more than 2,200 teens participated in a BBYO Summer Experience at camps, on campuses, in Israel and around the world. The personal journey that our teens take, whether over the course of two or five weeks, is truly transformational, shaping their identity, their leadership, their commitment to BBYO and to Jewish life for years to come.
Read their personal accounts and scan the photos of their BBYO summer and you’ll quickly see why teens refer to BBYO Summer Experiences as “the best 12 (or 14 or 21) days” of their life!
For a peak inside all of BBYO’s Summer Experiences, go to BBYO’s Blog Hub at bbyo.org/blog.
Int'l August Execs 2012 Sets Priorities for the Year
Regional Godol & N'siah (presidents) Joey Harendorf & Melanie Levy-Hara represent Lake Ontario Region.
This weekend, nearly 100 BBYO Regional teen leaders from across North America will gather to set the priorities and business agenda for the coming year. For four days, our regional leaders will discuss the roles of Stand UP, Speak UP, globalization, BBYO Connect, and much more before returning to their chapters to put the Order’s new priorities into action.
To follow all of the action of August Execs 2012, visit the blog at bbyo.org/augustexecs12 or follow them on Twitter with #azabbgexecs12.
Get to know the International Board members before the event begins by clicking on their introductory video below!
FANFare 2012 is Here!
Because you’re an important part of the BBYO family, we want to make sure you’re up to date on the latest news, events and happenings in BBYO communities. Click here to read the 2012 issue of the BBYO Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) annual newsletter, FANfare, including information on alumni reunions, program offerings, and so much more.
As you’ll see, there are exciting events happening in FANs across North America.
Invite a Friend to Experience AZA or BBG
Making the transition into high school isn't easy, but knowing you have a circle of friends in AZA and BBG can ease the anxiety, not to mention offer fun opportunities to develop leadership skills, and connect you with your community. If you think of your friends, cousins, classmates, neighbors or colleagues, you likely know a rising high school freshman who would benefit from AZA or BBG membership. Invite them to register at bbyo.ca/join. Registering today ensures that they won't miss out on all opening school year activities.