Evergreen Region BBYO

January 2011/shevat 5771 Edition


In This Issue:


Evergreen Regional News




International BBYO


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Keeping PACE Blog

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Evergreen Regional News


Ruach 2010:  The Social Network

Ruach 2010This year, Evergreen Region BBYO had 95 teens attend Ruach 2010, hosted in Portland, Oregon.  Members from Portland, Seattle, and Eugene gathered
for four days of contesting, spirit, convention programming, AZAA and BBG Broomball.  Our coordinators, Michaela Gilmer, Zev Stampfer, Bette Amir-Brownstein, and Ben Molloy worked hard and succeeded at planning a wonderful convention.

Ruach 2010:  The Social Network was filled with exciting programming, including the program, “If G-d had Facebook”.  This program was filled with lively conversation and debate, as well as highlighting the social media phenomenon. EGR teens had a wonderful time, and are looking forward to our next convention in March, AIT/MIT LTI in Seattle.  Thank you to our volunteer staff Scott Zacks, Dan Stoller, Sean Buckman, Nate Erde-Wollheim, Jessica Schlesinger, Shayna Eichen, Scott Azose, Bryan Levy, and Mark Nudelman.  Your help was immeasurable.

Are you one of 180 people making a difference?

180@$180BBYO is the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement, and the experiences teens have through our organization will provide life skills and values that they will take with them to college and through the rest of their lives as members of the greater Jewish community.  Your support will allow teens to participate in more programming through program scholarships and subsidies, provide opportunity to deepen and strengthen the content we provide through access to resources and presenters, and extend our reach to communities where teens may not yet have access to BBYO at all.  Friends and alumni like you understand BBYO’s effectiveness better than anyone. We need you to join us in helping BBYO flourish in our communities. The 180@$180 Campaign will help ensure that Evergreen teens always have BBYO programs to enrich their Jewish lives.

Please make your pledge today:
Portland Seattle

Thank you so much for your support.


Portland FAN Banquet

FANOn December 21st Portland FAN (Friends and Alumni Network) hosted a very successful cocktail hour for over 50 guests, including parents and alumni prior to the annual winter convention banquet and awards ceremony.  Guests joined the teen participants during the actual awards banquet and heard from keynote speaker, Michelle Caplan.  Michelle, being a past International N’siah shared her enthusiasm and support for BBYO in the Pacific Northwest and all of North America. Regional Presidents also presented the Midstate of the Region and all regional board members presented awards that correlated with their board positions.  Honored guests included multiple regional and international board members who now reside in Portland as well as representatives from the Portland Jewish Federation and B’nai B’rith Camp.  Jeff Nudelman, Scott Zacks, Jois Brownstein, and Michelle Caplan played a lead role in organizing the Portland FAN Cocktail Hour and overall, the event raised close to $5,000 to help support BBYO members in Portland!



Parent Info Night

On January 24th, Seattle BBYO will host the annual New Member & Parent Night from 7:00-8:30pm at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. The event is open to any interested Jewish teen in 8th through 12th grades. Learn about BBYO leadership   opportunities throughout the year and at BBYO’s Summer Programs that span across North America, Central America, Europe and Israel.  Teens and Parents are invited to attend.  Any questions, talk to Mike Walter, Seattle City Director.

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

Interested in the Alexander Muss High School in Israel?  AMHSI teach Reuven Spiro will be at the Stroum JCC on Monday 2/7 6:30-7:30 pm to answer any questions about the program. Interested teens should bring a parent to this session and RSVP to Kathy Yeyni

Seattle BBYO is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle



New Member Info Night

Tuesday, January 25th starting at 6:30 in the MJCC, Portland BBYO will be hosting a New Member Night for Parents and Teens.  Learn about Tuesday night meetings, leadership development, conventions, International events and so much more!  Questions, talk to Lauren Shey, Portland City Director.

Summer Programs Night

Learn about BBYO Summer Programs, CLTC, ILTC, Kallah, Impact programs, Passport 2 the World, and so much more!  Join Portland BBYO Tuesday, February
1st, at 6:30 in the MJCC ballroom.  Teens and Parents are welcome.  Questions, talk to Lauren Shey, Portland City Director.


Teen Connection goes to Laserport!

Any Jewish 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome to join Teen Connection for a fun filled evening of Laser Tag at Laserport in Beaverton!  Saturday night, February 5th from 7 to 8:30 pm.  $11 includes 3 laser tag games and snacks.  RSVP by January 28th.  Questions, call (503) 452-3426 or email Lauren Shey.



Congratulations Chaim Hazaz AZA and Malachim BBG

Eugene BBYO had 11 teens attend Ruach 2010 this year, and a huge presence in programming, contesting, and spirit.  Chaim Hazaz AZA #2463 won Chapter of the Year for Evergreen Region.  Malachim BBG #2443 this year won Most Spirited Chapter.  Congratulations to both Chaim Hazaz AZA and Malachim BBG.  

Eugene BBYO is a beneficiary agency of Lane County Jewish Federation

International BBYO


BBYO Teens Lead Campaign to End Bullying




Three Major International Jewish Youth Movements Join Forces to End Bullying and Support for LGBTQ Teens

Jewish teenagers from the major International Jewish Youth Movements are taking on bullying and standing up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peers. In addition to publicly committing to end bullying and creating an inclusive environment in their own movements, the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, (the presidents of the International Jewish Youth Movements) has set a goal of getting 18,000 Jews to sign Keshet’s “Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives”. This goal has been echoed by the executive leadership of the movements and their staff.




International President Jeremy in LondonTravels to UK, Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia

Where in the world is Jeremy Sherman? BBYO's International Teen President has been travelling abroad representing BBYO around the world. Follow his travels including photos and videos on our interactive blog, Keeping PACE! Check out some highlights:

  • Listen to Jeremy's thoughts as if you were sitting with him on the plane ride to Bulgaria.
  • View pictures of Jeremy's visit to Tzamaret, BBYO's partner in Israel.
  • Hear a special Shabbat Shalom message from Jeremy during his visit in Jerusalem!

Visit Keeping PACE Now!



Washington, DC Wants You!

Join Jewish teens from around the country in a city that has it all for a teen leader – Washington, D.C..  At Panim el Panim seminars teens will see all of the city’s most famous tourist sites while gaining insider access to locations like the U.S. Capitol!   Teens have the opportunity to meet and lobby members of Congress, learn from advocacy experts on Israel, healthcare, the environment and today’s hottest topics, and do service projects that provide direct aid to those in need in the city.  Teens participating in Panim el Panim seminars walk away with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of civic engagement.  In addition, these skills will help strengthen your individual or regional Stand UP campaigns!

Find out available dates for individual registrations from now through March!