Miami Region BBYO

March 2011/Adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

J-Serve: National Day of Service for Jewish Teens

Register for Summer Experiences!

Save the Date for Regional Convention!

Advisor Appreciation Month

Miami Region at International Convention 2011

$100,000 in Israel Scholarships

Shofar Newsletter 2011

Build a Prayer Resources

Summer Staffing Opportunities

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Miami BBYO Website

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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure

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Miami Region's J-Serve: National Jewish Teen Day of Service Promises to be Incredible

J-Serve is the National Day of Service for Jewish Teens. This program provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, Jewish teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place.

Miami BBYO will be participating in J-Serve for the second year in a row. We are happy to announce that we are partnering with nine organizations in the Miami Jewish community. This year’s J-Serve events in Miami will take place on April 3, 2011. Space is limited – projects will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Following all projects, participants will take busses to Temple Emanu-El for lunch and a closing program. Participants may be picked up from Temple Emanu-El at 2:30 PM or their original pick-up location at 3:00 PM.

Please select from one of the following projects:

Salvation Army

Help feed the hungry on this teen day of service. Join us at the Salvation Army and prepare lunch for shelter residents. Following lunch, help set up and prepare a bagged dinner.

Click here to RSVP

Transportation provided at 9:00 AM from:
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura, FL  33180

Matheson Hammock Park Cleanup

Help keep our parks and shoreline clean. Join us as we maintain the beautiful outdoors at Matheson Hammock Park. We will clean up around the park and mangroves.

Click here to RSVP

Transportation provided at 8:00 AM from:
Young Israel of Kendall
7880 SW 112th St, Miami, FL 33156

Project Smile

Join us on Miami Beach as we deliver smile cards to pedestrians on Lincoln Road. The city of Miami Beach launched Project Smile as a way to encourage random acts of kindness to brighten everyone’s day. Following this project, head to Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Miami Heart Institute to spread cheer to patients.

Click here to RSVP

Transportation provided at 10:00 AM from:
Temple Emanu-El
1701 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33139

Miami Cemetery Beautification

Help us restore the Jewish Section of the Miami Cemetery. Project includes painting, restoring headstones, and sprucing up the gardens.

Click here to RSVP

Transportation provided at 10:00 AM from:
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137

Hebrew Academy (RASG) Mural Painting

Do you enjoy painting and making a school look bright and beautiful? Join us at Hebrew Academy as we paint murals for students to enjoy.

Click here to RSVP

Transportation provided at 10 AM from:
Temple Emanu-El
1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Click here to download a mandatory participation waiver. All participants and parents must sign the waiver in order to volunteer. Participants may bring the waiver with them on April 3rd.

It is Not Too Late to Register for a BBYO Summer Experience!

BBYO Summer Programs are right around the corner and registration is in full swing. BBYO offers a wide variety of programs ranging from Leadership programs, to community/social action programs in DC, to travel experiences in Israel, Poland, Costa Rica, Spain and more. Find the entire summer programs brochure here.

BBYO can provide the best, most memorable summer of your life, contact the regional office 305-596-7005 or email Alex Bolotovsky at for more information on which summer program is right for you.

Exciting news on the scholarship front: There are more scholarships available for the Impact DC trip. Contact Alex Bolotovsky at for more information!

Save the Date For Miami Region's Regional Convention!

Miami Region will be holding its Regional Convention May 13-15th. Come celebrate the end of AP testing, say goodbye to the graduating seniors, elect the next Regional Board, and much much more!

More details to come soon!


Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that Miami Region BBYO has  6 volunteer chapter advisors who dedicate their time and energy to serving as mentors and role models to all of our AZA and BBG teens? This month is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are hoping that every teen and parent can take a moment to thank their Chapter Advisor -- they truly cannot be thanked enough!

If you aren't sure who your son or daughter's chapter advisor is, just ask your teen. They'll be able to tell you how impactful chapter advisors are to the success of AZA and BBG chapters. Our organization would not be what it is without them!

Miami Region Highlights

12 teens from Miami Region attended International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Los Angeles, Calif. hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eight countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th Annual International Convention (IC). Highlights included a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBYO's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking participants out into the L.A. community; speakers such as Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl; and the election of the 2011-2012 AZA and BBG International Boards!

Click here to read more about what happened at IC 2011!

Click here to visit the IC 2011 Live Blog!

New Scholarship Fund for BBYO Passport Israel Travel to Distribute $100,000!





BBYO is proud to announce the establishment of the Milk & Honey Israel Fund.

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, we will be offering 100 need-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this summer. Submissions are due no later than March 20th, 2011.

This scholarship is only guaranteed for one-year. Act now!

Learn More

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Click here to watch our new Passport 2 Israel Commercials!

Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

The 2011 Shofar: The Newsletter of AZA & BBG is here! Written by the BBYO Teen PR Team, the newsletter covers important happenings across the organization such as Speak Up, Build a Prayer and Panim el Panim. Also, don't miss the special interviews with Rebecca Ungerman, BBYO's favorite song leader and Jeremy Sherman and Arielle Braude, BBYO's International Teen Presidents. There's even a secret "confessions" page from the 2020K team about working in BBYO's International Office!

Read the Shofar Now!

Build a Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a is a comprehensive liturgical website that allows users to make a traditional or pluralistic Shabbat service and add custom content to tailor it to individual preferences. Click to download sample services created on Build a  such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.

Here are a few things that people are saying about it:

“This is a most amazing site, thank you for conceiving of this and making it available! I will use them personally and professionally!" - Deborah Newbrun

“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.” - Howard Blas

“What a GREAT idea and site!!  I think it would be a wonderful project for our 6 - 7th grade classes who are learning the "geography" of the siddur and the structure of our services to "build" their own siddurim." - Shelley Kniaz

Visit Build a today!