Central Region West BBYO

19 March 2012/ 25 Adar 5772 Issue

In This Issue:

Regional News

J-Serve is 4/22

Regional Elections are 4/1


Local News

SF and North Bay

East Bay

South Bay


International News

March is Advisor Appreciation Month

Summer Scholarship and Waitlist Info

Human Rights and Genocide Summit in DC

International Convention 2012 in Review

Help Us Reach New Teens





Quick Links:



BBYO Summer Experiences Brochure

BBYO Adult & Family Travel

BBYO is Hiring!


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Regional News

J-Serve is April 22

J-Serve, the national day of Jewish teen service, is coming up soon on Sunday, April 22. We're having J-Serve events in all three areas of the Bay.  Check out what's happening near you!

SF, Marin, and Peninsula

We'll be doing environmentally focused service at sites around SF in the morning, and then gathering at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for lunch, museum tours, and programs.

Find out more on our Facebook page and register now!  Contact Aaron Bock for more info.

East Bay

We’ll be offering 4 service sites for high schoolers and 5 service sites for middle schoolers.  With over 10 Jewish organizations in the community on board for East Bay J-Serve this is an opportunity to meet new people while giving back to the East Bay community.  More details coming soon.  Contact Leeba Morse for more info.

South Bay

Save the date and time for J-Serve in the South Bay!  We’ll be meeting at various locations across the bay in the morning and you’ll be shuttled to a variety of service projects.
The day begins at 9:30am.
Stay tuned for an e-mail detailing the sign-up process and how to select your service project! Contact Jill Pottel for more info.

Regional Elections: Have Your Say in the Future of CRW
Sunday, April 1, 2012
9:30am-4:00pm (end time is tentative, pending how fast we finish.  We will be starting at 9:30am sharp.  Please be on time if you’d like a vote)
College of San Mateo (1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo)
Please bring $5 if you want pizza, or feel free to bring a bagged lunch.

Local News

San Francisco and North Bay

Apply for Teen Art Connect Internship
Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2012
Get PAID to work and learn at the CJM as part of a year-long internship program for high school students of all backgrounds. Those entering 10-12 grades in fall 2012 are invited to apply online (thecjm.org/teens)

East Bay

East Bay Spring Shabbat
Date and Location Update: April 27th at Berkeley Hillel!  Details to come as the date gets closer.

South Bay

South Bay Teen Idol
Have you heard?  Check out this amazing community event: www.svjcc.org/idol/index.shtml
Finals are coming up on March 31st at 7:00pm and the APJCC and will be hosted by Scott Budman of NBC Bay Area, and feature a performance by “Y I Yell” (www.yiyell.com).

Don’t miss it – check the website for details on getting tickets.


International News

March is Advisor Appreciation Month

Honor Your Advisor Today!

Every year, BBYO designates the month of March to appreciate the network of volunteers who serve at the heart of BBYO and in the lives of each of our teens – our advisors. As you may know, each BBYO chapter has at least one dedicated advisor who stewards our teens through their BBYO experience, while also serving as a mentor, role model, and positive adult influence on the members of the chapter.  Almost any time a teen is at a BBYO event, an advisor is there – Saturday nights, Sundays, weeknights, conventions, and more.  And that doesn’t even include the countless hours they spend on phone calls, sending texts and emails or responding to Facebook posts.

Moreover, our advisors are volunteers – that’s right, they are not paid for their time with BBYO.  That’s why we take this month to recognize and thank our wonderful advisors for their service and dedication.

Our advisors repeatedly tell us that a gesture of “thanks” from the teens and their families is a gratifying reward for their hard work.  To that end, please consider making a tribute to honor your child’s advisor! Please visit fan.bbyo.org/support/donate/bay_area to make a tribute in honor of your teen's advisor.  We will send the advisor a beautiful tribute card from you in recognition of their service and dedication.

Please contact Jill Pottel if you need help identifying your teen's advisor's name.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Summer Experiences 2012 are Filling Up Fast!

We want YOU to be there, and we want you to SAVE!

Our region has 72 teens currently registered for a BBYO Summer Experience – and we hope you’ll be joining us. Teens can win up to $2,500 for our Region’s scholarship fund in the new BBYO Summer Experience Video Contest!  Check it out! Register today with a refundable deposit for Passport travel through March 15, and for a domestic experience through April 15, 2012!

Important Dates and Ways to Save:

  • BBYO Regional Scholarship: Each Region has funds set aside for need-based scholarship. All families will be notified of their scholarships by April 1, 2012.  Deadline to apply is March 22, 2012.
  • Teens who are alumni of Panim el Panim or Panim Issue Summits can save $100 on IMPACT: DC and IMPACT: Chicago.

Current Availability:

  • Waitlist: International Kallah, CLTC 1 (for BBGs), CLTC 7 (for BBGs)
  • Over 80% full: International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC), CLTC 3, 5, and 6 (for BBGs)

Don't miss out! Register today!

Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide - Registration Now Open!






Registration is now open for the second annual Human Rights and Genocide Summit (HRGS) – a three-day experience in Washington, DC, that focuses on global human rights and genocide issues.  Participants will include a diverse group of Jewish teens from across North America that will have a unique experience to learn from leading political experts about genocide and how  to stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities. Most importantly, participants return home with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility. Click here to read "Never Again: A Teen Takes Action to Honor These Words" published last year in eJewishPhilanthropy.com by a HRGS teen participant.

Ready to learn more?  Click here to see the itinerary and register.


IC 2012 Review via Social Media

38 teens from Central Region West joined nearly 900 other teens from 13 countries on February 16 – 20 for the largest-ever BBYO International Convention (IC). The annual conference celebrates and strengthens AZA, BBG, and the Jewish People.

Our talented teen leadership and professionals shared their IC experience in real-time by posting updates on our central media hub, the IC Blog, posting over 3,000 tweets and updates on Facebook and Twitter, and participating in our live broadcasts on Jewish Life TV and Jewish Rock Radio. The collective multi-media effort had the power to reach millions around the world and allow AZA and BBG teens back home to follow elections and be among the first to congratulate their new regional leaders! Our thanks goes out to all of you who made this possible.

Directly from the teens commentary, we offer this International Convention recap:

On Twitter…@BBGSganit: So this is what 900 teens look like... Whoa. #azabbgic2012

Sean Frazer and Michaela Brown were recognized at IC by the JTA for having won the 2012 AZA and BBG Oratory Contest. Sean wrote, “…three years since that first AZA basketball game – my perception of myself and the world around me has changed dramatically… Today, Judaism is a pillar of my life – a context through which I interact with the world, deeply embedded in my soul.” Click here to read their essays.

During a Day of Service and Advocacy, teens volunteered at 18 sites throughout Atlanta. One track included the first all teen-audience premiere and Q & A with the director of The Bully Project, a new feature-length documentary that follows "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis. Click here to learn more about The Bully Project track.

@JamieRothstein: I pledge a commitment to community service and advocacy #ifnotnowwhen #azabbgic2012

Click here to read the rest of the IC 2012 Social Media Review!

Click here to see the latest photos and videos on the IC 2012 Live Blog, including coverage by Jewish Life TV and Jewish Rock Radio.

Help CRW Reach More Jewish Teens!

March is an exciting time in BBYO REGION NAME and we want all Jewish teens in our area to join us. Please forward this newsletter to any Jewish youth you know and invite them to learn more about joining AZA and BBG by clicking here. Remember, teens can preview most of our upcoming programs or chapter meetings before becoming a member!