Big Apple Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

From the Director

New Regional Office

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


Facebook Twitter

From the Director:

Shalom and welcome to our second monthly e-news! The last several weeks have been busy with exciting programs, continued membership growth and incredible accomplishments:

•    Hanukkah may have been over but the BBYO fun was just beginning! Saturday, December 11th brought together over 100 teens from across Big Apple Region to celebrate Hannukah and give back to our community. Our teens danced, played Hanukkah games, and bid on items in an "8 days of BBYO raffle" that included International Programs scholarships. Teens also brought in toys to donate to local children in need during the holiday season, and we collected over 50 items!

•    The girls of chapter Kallah BBG #2466 (based at Bay Terrace Jewish Center) hosted a multi-chapter program based on the hit MTV show "If You Really Knew Me" on December 15th. The program is based on breaking down stereotypes and uniting teens from across the region. Kallah BBG #2466 used this opportunity as a fundraiser and was able to raise their chapter goal of $100 for the BBYO Globalization fund, which is used to bring international participants to IC this year so that they may build the necessary leadership skills and peer relationships to build strong Jewish communities at home.

•    Exciting upcoming programs include a new member AIT/MIT overnight from January 16-17th. You must be a new paid member in the 2010-2011 year and register on b-linked. We are also planning a regional Beau/Sweetheart Semi-Formal Dance to be added to the Spring calendar. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on these amazing upcoming programs!

If you have any questions about anything in this e-news or would just like to chat, please be in touch! I can most easily be reached at or at our NEW office phone number (646) 395-4324.


Rebekah Smith

Program Director

P.S. Did you know 8th grade recruitment begins January 1st? That's right, as of January 1st, 8th graders are eligible to join an AZA/BBG chapter!

We Moved...

Starting in January, our Regional Office will be housed in the 14th Street Y at 344 E. 14th Street in Manhattan! We are VERY excited about this new partnership and look forward to having a great relationship with the Y. Our new contact information is as follows:

c/o 14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 646-395-4324
Fax: 212-780-0859

Our current phone number will still be active through January, but please use the new information starting in the new year. Please email Rebekah at with any questions.

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

Buried Life Image

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.