BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council

November 2013/Kislev 5774 Issue

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Council Website

Director's Note

Register Early for BBYO Summer 2014 and SAVE!

IC 2014 Already
Breaking Records

Upcoming Dates

FAN Honors Our
Community Leaders

Advisor Spotlight

Go Beyond

BBYO Connect: Catching Fire Pre-Screening

High School Summit


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Directors' Note

Hello BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council! This has been an exciting and busy month - from chapter programs to AZA and BBG Global Shabbat, we've engaged over 1,250 of teens and families in our community!

Did you know that Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving this year? As "Thanksgivukkah" approaches, I want to take this time to thank you all for your commitment and dedication to BBYO and wish you a very Happy Hanukkah.

Be sure to use our Hanukkah resource and register for DC Council Sweetheart Heartthrob Dance to make it a BBYO Hanukkah!

Our chapters have been making incredible strides this fall. A special shout-out to Achshav BBG, Ahavah BBG, Ko'ach BBG, Melech AZA, and N'shama BBG for reaching their October membership goals!

We are also thrilled to introduce Lesley Levin, BBYO Connect Associate for DC Council and Northern Virginia Council. Lesley comes to BBYO after serving as the Jewish Student Connection Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County as well as the Youth Director of Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Lesley received her B.A. in Jewish Studies from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from Towson University. Originally from Rockville, MD, Lesley is an alumnus of N'Shama in DC Council BBG and is looking forward to an amazing year of BBYO Connect! Lesley can be reached through email at

Wishing you all a happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving,

Debi Tozer, Rachael Pazornick, Jonah Potasznik, Limor Hartman and Lesley Levin


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Register Early for BBYO Summer 2014 and SAVE!

Registration for BBYO’s 2014 Summer Experiences is now open, and programs are filling up quickly. We want you to register early and save!

The Early Early Bird Discount of $125 off the cost of BBYO Summer Experiences lasts through December 2 (the Monday after Thanksgiving) and is currently still available for CLTC 5, IMPACT: Boston and IMPACT: Chicago. The Early Bird Discount of $50 off BBYO Summer Experiences is available through February 28, 2014, so don’t miss out!

Note: This does not apply to the BBYO Michigan and Business Entrepreneurship Institute. For this program, register by December 18 and save $200!

Visit BBYO's 2014 Summer Experiences website for more information and find your next "home away from home!"

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IC 2014 Registration Breaks Records

AZA BBG International Convention in Dallas, Texas next February sold out in just over four hours with more than 2,000 Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls from around the world registered to date! To accommodate all interested applicants, a wait list has been started. Any AZA or BBG members interested in attending IC who are not yet registered should add themselves to the wait list as we anticipate some spots will become available.

Don't miss out! When you register for a domestic Summer Experience by December 31 AND pay your AZA BBG IC 2014 tuition in full, you'll be entered into a drawing to receive free airfare to your domestic Summer Experience!

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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events

BBYO Connect Events

FAN Events

General Dates

  • Wednesday, November 27 - Hanukkah begins
  • Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving

For more information on these events, please visit our website.

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FAN Honors Our Community Leaders

BBYO Northern Region East’s DC and Northern Virginia Councils are excited to honor community leaders Rachel S. Kronowitz, Mark E. Plotkin and Nelson F. Migdal at the 9th Annual Celebration of BBYO on Thursday, December 5 at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. The Gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program honoring this year’s award recipients. Rachel S. Kronowitz of Gilbert LLP and Mark E. Plotkin of Covington & Burling each will be presented with the Phil Berg Distinguished Alumni Award, and Nelson F. Migdal of Greenberg Traurig will receive the Kol Echad Award.

“We are privileged to honor two alumni as distinguished as Rachel and Mark on the 70th and 90th anniversaries, respectively, of BBG and AZA,” said Perry Palan, 2013 Celebration of BBYO Chair. “We also are thrilled to recognize Nelson Migdal for his continued commitment to the local BBYO Friends and Alumni Network that has earned him a role as the International FAN Co-Chair."

The Greater Washington Jewish community is invited to attend this special event and support the important work of BBYO in the area. To register for the 9th Annual Celebration of BBYO or for more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheryl Kagan at 301.348.3784 or visit us online at All proceeds benefit BBYO Northern Region East and help keep BBYO programming fun, meaningful and – most importantly – affordable.

If you would like more information or to get involved in BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) in NRE: DC Council, please contact Cheryl Kagan.

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Susan Sloan for her unwavering dedication to BBYO DC Council and Ha'birah BBG.

As an alumna of BBYO Southern Region: Atlanta Council, Susan brings a wonderful new prospective to our team. Susan graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism, minor in Spanish and a certificate in Leadership Advancement. Afterwards, she served as a BBG advisor in Atlanta Council for 3 years before moving north to DC. Susan currently works for BBYO Passport, the Jewish international teen travel provider for BBYO, as the Program Manager for March of the Living. We are excited to have another proud BBG alumna on our advisor team!

For more information about becoming a BBYO advisor and other opportunities to volunteer with BBYO, click here.

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Early Action Enrollment for Beyond - BBYO's Gap Year Program

Calling all high school seniors! In this season of college applications, consider doing something extraordinary next year. Join Beyond – BBYO's gap year in Israel, and launch your next chapter.

Beyond is a 5-month or 9-month pre-college experience in Israel. The program combines accredited academics at Tel Aviv University, real world leadership training, community service with Israeli peers and rich Jewish life experiences in Israel. Apply early action for the 2014-15 season and receive a $2,000 tuition credit.

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BBYO Connect: Catching Fire Pre-Screening Event

On Wednesday, November 20, BBYO Connect DC Council will be hosting a pre-screening of the movie Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy. The movie will be released nationwide on Friday, November 22, so this is a chance for 6th, 7th and 8th grade teens to see the movie before it hits the big screen!

We are excited to partner with B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp, Capital Camps & Retreat Center, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Har Shalom and the JCC of Greater Washington to offer this incredible opportunity to our teens. The program will begin at 6:15 p.m. at AMC White Flint 5. In order to secure a seat, please register here. Participants should arrive by 6:00 p.m. and are asked to bring at least three canned food items to be donated to Manna Food Center. There are a limited number of seats, so if you want to attend, sign up NOW before the theater fills up.

Please feel free to forward along information to any other Jewish families with a 6th, 7th or 8th grade teen. Due to specific Lionsgate policy, information regarding this event may NOT be posted on the internet via any social networking site.

For more information about the Catching Fire Pre-Screening for Hunger Awareness and Advocacy or upcoming BBYO Connect events, please contact Lesley Levin.

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BBYO Delegation at AIPAC's Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit

On November 3-5, 88 BBYO teens from 26 regions and councils joined over 300 teens in Washington, DC at the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit hosted by AIPAC. At the Summit, teens learned how to strengthen the US-Israel relationship through the American political process, discuss issues facing Israel, become stronger Israel advocates and further develop their relationship with the Jewish homeland.

Seven teens from BBYO DC Council were part of the delegation and returned home with new skills to create Israel programming in our community. "The AIPAC High School Summit was an absolutely amazing experience that I would recommend to all," said Elliott Davis, an Alpeh in Brandeis AZA. "We learned all about the US-Israel relationship, the threats Israel faces, how Israel and America work together as ultimate allies for mutual benefits and lobbied Congress for their support. It was a truly special event to be a part of!"

Click here for more information on BBYO's commitment to Israel.


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