Local Edition - Lake Ontario Region

October 2012/Cheshvan 5773

In This Issue:

From the Regional Staff

BBYO Lake Ontario Region is Growing!

BBYO Connect News (Grades 6-8)

Register Now for AZA/BBG Shabbat on Nov. 9

AZA BBG International Convention 2013 Waitlist Information

Registration is now Open for BBYO Passport Trips!

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Kevin Goodman
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416.398.2004 ext 1

Jessie Greenspan
Program Associate
416.398.2004 ext 2

From the Regional Staff

Hello and welcome to the October edition of our monthly eNews. It has been a busy month for BBYO across the city:

  • A hundred teens celebrated the new program year with a Monster Mash Fall Kickoff dance party. Click here for photos from the event.
  • The inaugural 6-week session of our new B-Fit Health & Fitness program is well-underway. Twenty-four girls are enjoying a combination of physical activity and health & wellness sessions each week. Click here for details. Stay tuned for new sessions across the city for girls and boys to be announced soon..

Read through this eNews for details about local events, middle school programs and summer travel opportunities.

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 info@bbyo.ca.


Kevin Goodman, Executive Director
Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate

P.S. To see our annual program calendar, click here.

BBYO Lake Ontario Region is Growing!

It is an exciting time to be a Lake Ontario Region member! Our year is off to a great start and membership has increased by 47% year-to-date! There are many ways to be involved with Lake Ontario Region and BBYO this fall.

Here's what you can look forward to:

In Your Chapter:

Local chapters meet every Wednesday (excluding holidays and school breaks) from 6pm to 8pm as follows:

Toronto: Prosserman JCC (Room 1-23)
Thornhill: Dufferin Clark CC (Room 5)
Vaughan: Schwartz/Reisman Centre (Room 2123)

Regional Programs:

Save the Date for Upcoming Regional Programs:

AZA/BBG Shabbat (Nov. 9) - Celebrate a meaningful teen-led Shabbat. Click here to register.

Tournies Convention (Dec. 14-16) - Get ready for an exciting weekend of chapter competitions in everything from athletics and ruach to music and dance. Registration opens next week!

For a complete list of Regional Programs click here.

International Programs:

Registration is now open for the Voice Your Vote Teen Issue Summit as well as International Convention 2013, the BBYO March of the Living, our BBYO Passport summer teen travel options and our new Beyond Gap Year experience for graduated seniors. Click each program name for details.

Plus, registration opens November 1 for BBYO Summer Experiences.

BBYO Connect News (Grades 6-8)

We are excited to announce our next great BBYO Connect event: All students in grades 6 to 8 are invited to join us for Snakes & Shakes taking place Sunday November 11th from 1pm to 4pm at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre (9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan) in Room 2123.

Join us for a unique opportunity to touch and interact with incredible creatures including snakes, lizards, crocodilians and turtles, followed by a delicious milkshake bar! The cost to participate is $10 and includes snacks and refreshments.

There is no membership required for BBYO Connect programs. Please RSVP to jgreenspan@bbyo.ca or 416.398.2004 to attend.

To view the entire 2012/2013 BBYO Connect calendar, click here.

Register Now for AZA/BBG Shabbat on Nov. 9

On the weekend of November 9, over 3,000 teens from around the world will participate in AZA/BBG Global Shabbat. This is our opportunity to celebrate Judaism’s most holy of days as a worldwide movement. Over 1,000 teens voted for this years AZA and BBG Global Shabbat themes: AZA: Hinei Ma Tov Umanaim Shevet Achim Gam Yachad, Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together and BBG: L’Mangeenat Ha’achayot, To the Tune of Sisterhood.

AZA/BBG Shabbat in Toronto will take place on Nov. 9 from 6pm to 9pm at the Prosserman JCC. The cost is $18 and includes dinner and programming. To register, click here.

AZA BBG International Convention 2013 Waitlist Information

Alephs and BBGs Worldwide -

We are very excited that 33 Toronto-area teens will be attending IC! As you know by now, IC registration opened to a record response. In less than 20 hours IC registration opened a waitlist in an effort to accomodate every teen that is interested in attending.

This wait-list is not a barrier for attending. Please continue to add yourselves to the wait-list or e-mail kgoodman@bbyo.ca with questions.

We are determined to admit as many members into IC 2013 as we can!

Registration is now Open for BBYO Passport Trips!

Join BBYO for a summer of new experiences, new friendships and a new way of looking at the world. Passport trips span destinations on five continents and combine elements of active touring, community service, and meaningful Jewish experiences. Our programs embrace pluralistic Jewish values and provide opportunities for inspiration, connection, and community.

Passport trips are perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure. Prior involvement with BBYO is not necessary.

Reserve your spot now - The $150 Early Early Bird registration discount is available to the first 150 teens who register before November 26, 2012. Take advantage of our no-risk registration policy and save!