Miami Region BBYO

April 2011/nisan 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table

Regional Convention

First Teen Connection Program

Miami BBYO Region Highlights

BBYO Summer Filling Up - Don't Miss Out!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO

Videographers Needed for World Travel

Survey On Family Camp

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Happy Passover! Let a Teen Lead the Passover Seder








After a year of traveling the country and the world as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents, we are so excited to go home and spend Passover with our families! During our travels, we witnessed how BBYO serves as a “home away from home” for tens thousands of teens.  At BBYO programs, we make great friends and connect with Judaism on our terms.

Just as BBYO has been a home for so many teens, we’d like to bring a meaningful BBYO experience into your home this Passover.  Check out BBYO’s Passover Discussion Guide, which focuses on an important Passover tradition and the how it relates to teens today.  Join 30,000 families across the country in trying out this additional set of four questions at your Seder table.  Let a teen at your Seder guide your family in gaining a better understanding of our traditions.

On behalf of BBYO teens everywhere, chag pesach sameach (Happy Passover) to you and your family.

Arielle Braude and Jeremy Sherman
BBYO International Teen Presidents

Regional Convention is Right Around the Corner

Don't miss out on the last convention of the school year! Registration is now on b-linked. Join us at the Marco Polo Beach Resort on Miami Beach on May 13th-15th to celebrate the end of AP Testing! This convention promises to be an incredible end of our programming year and will include meaningful Shabbat services, teens from all over Dade County, elections for the new Regional teen board, beach time, and much much more.

Register today to save your spot and get the early bird price of $220 before April 29th. After this date, the regular price is $275. Scholarship is always available.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Bolotovsky at

First Teen Connection Event! Limo Scavenger Hunt

On May 1st, at 2:30pm Jewish middle schoolers are invited to take part in a Limo Scavenger Hunt followed by a pizza dinner! Participants will separate into teams and, armed with a digital camera, will tour Miami in search of point-earning photos.

Teen Connection is a BBYO program that strives to connect Jewish middle schoolers throughout the area and provide them with fun, safe, and exciting programming!

If you know of any middle schoolers that might be interested, please ask them (or their parents) to contact Alex Bolotovsky at The cost for this event is $30 per person.

Miami Region BBYO Highlights


Jewish teens from across Miami-Dade County came together on April 3rd to engage in a series of community service events. These events included packaging lunches and serving meals at a Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, an environmental cleanup at Matheson Hammock Park, painting murals at a local Jewish Day School, visiting sick residents at both Mount Sinai Hospital and the Miami Heart Institute, as well as visiting an Alzheimer’s ward at Miami Jewish Health Systems.

Over 150 teens from all over Miami-Dade County participated in this year’s J-Serve. Teens were bussed from various pick-up locations throughout the city including Pinecrest, Miami Beach, Aventura, and North Miami Beach.  Seven area synagogues participated in this tremendous program. A closing ceremony and culminating text study were later held at Temple Emanu-El in South Beach.

J-SERVE has been a part of Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day since 2005.  Generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Jewish teens across the U.S are able to practice the Jewish value of gemilut chasidim – acts of loving kindness.


Miami BBYOers joined with the congregants at Temple Emanu-el on South Beach for moving Friday night Shabbat services on April 8th. Miami BBYO girls were able to welcome the Shabbat by lighting the Shabbat Candles in front of the congregation. Additionally, Miami BBYO teens were able to lead the congregation in Adon Olam.

This program was part of the teen led initiative to learn about the different denominations and experience what services are like in synagogues around Miami as a group.

Last Chance for a BBYO Summer! Wondering Where Spots are Still Open?







Summer is just around the corner! It isn't too late to spend it with BBYO, but progams are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on the BBYO programs below that do not currently have a waitlist:

There are currently waitlists for ILTC, Kallah and CLTC (for females). Impact: Boston is currently full.

Click here to learn more about having a BBYO Summer!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO









(BBYO's International Delegation at IC 2011)

Committed to supporting Jewish youth all over the world, BBYO had one of its most successful global representations at its International Convention this year with Jewish teens from eight countries attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel. This highlight comes after an exciting school-year filled with initiatives meant to engage BBYO teens to recognize the power they have to stand united as one movement of Jewish youth.

Earlier this year, BBYO partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on an overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. The fellowship sent four BBYO alumni to join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to help Turkey; srael; Argentina; and Serbia with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network.

In addition to this partnership, BBYO’s teen leadership established a Global Ambassadors Network with 19 North American teens working directly with affiliates on projects such as AZA and BBG Shabbats and expanding J-Serve, currently the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Through these combined efforts, BBYO regions raised more than $25,000 through the International Service Fund (ISF) to help bring  the international delegation to IC 2011.

Stay tuned for more updates on BBYO’s globalization initiative including a live blog complete with updates with Overseas delegations coming soon!

Videographer Needed

BBYO’s Passport to the World is looking for experienced videographers to travel with teen tour groups to Europe, Costa Rica, the Western USA and Israel filming videos of the programs in exchange for free travel including airfare, group transportation and lodging.  Places for video shoots include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Rome and more. Ideal candidates are college or immediately post-college videographers with a sense of adventure and an eye for the best shot.

Trip lengths will vary, but will range from 2 to 4 weeks from late June through July. Interested candidates should email a resume, dates of availability and three video samples to The deadline to apply is April 28.

What makes a Perfect Family Camp Experience?

BBYO is currently researching this question and wants to hear from BBYO teens, Teen Connection tweens, alumni, and their families. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the brief survey using the links below. 
Your answers will help us create the most impactful summer camp experience for you and your family.

Adult Survey Link
Teen Survey Link

Get Involved with BBYO!

There are lots of ways to continue involvement with BBYO after high school. Here are some great ways: