Evergreen Region BBYO

April 2011/nisan 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table

Evergreen Region




International BBYO



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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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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


Evergreen Region

BBYO Summer Experiences

There are still spots open for some Summer Experiences with BBYO.  Don’t miss out on a fun, exciting, and interesting way to spend summer with your BBYO friends.  Click here for more information.

EC:  Elections Conclave 2011

EC 2011








Registration is now open for one of the most important conventions of the year, Elections Conclave.  Join EGR at BB Camp May 13th-15th for all the fun, including Shabbat Programming, States, elections, and so much more.  Early bird registration is $190 by April 22nd.  Sign up today on b-linked.org.  EC 2011’s coordinators are Casey Davis and Britt Rosenthal, both from Portland BBYO.

EGR Sweatshirts available

Show your Evergreen Regional pride by ordering a sweatshirt today!  They are $25 and will be delivered at EC.  Check b-linked.org today!

Upcoming dates to remember

  • No Meetings for Passover 4/18-4/19 and 4/25-4/26
  • EC 5/13-5/15
  • Portland Shabbat Dinner 5/6/11
  • Chapter Meetings end -  Eugene: 6/12, Seattle:  6/13 and Portland:  6/14



Seattle JServe

Join your community and change the world, “Paint out Hate” with Seattle J-Serve and Seattle Junior J-Serve 2011.  Seattle BBYO is joining forces with the SJCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, JSU/NCSY, Hebrew high, USY, and NFTY for a day of Jewish teen community service.  Sunday May 1st, 1:15 – 5pm at the SJCC.  Seattle J-Serve is open to grades 9-12 and Seattle Junior Serve is open to grades 6-8.  To register, go to JServe or find us on Facebook.

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to the advisors of Western AZA #2546!  Blair Russ and his wife gave birth to a happy and healthy baby girl, Sophia Rose Russ on 3/23/11. Congratulations, we are so excited for 2025 when Sophia will join EGR BBG!  Also, a big congratulations to Adam Hirschkatz and Yuliya Polyachenko on their engagement in March 2011.

Adam and Yuliya






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


Portland JServe

Join Portland area teens for a day of community service and social action for J-Serve 2011.  Portland BBYO is joining forces with the MJCC, JSU/NCSY, USY, and NFTY for a day of Jewish teen community service.  Sunday April 17th, 9-2 pm at the MJCC.  Portland J-Serve is open to grades 9-12.  To register, go to J-Serve.

Portland Shabbat Dinner

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Portland BBYO Community Shabbat Dinner, Friday May 6th, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.   This will be a wonderful opportunity to come together as BBYO supporters for Shabbat Dinner and services led by our current BBYO leadership.  Catering provided by BBYO Alum Margot Feves and "Dinner at Your Door". To register/questions, contact Lauren

To view the online event page, click here

Improv Theater with Ian Rocker

Are you fond of improv, acting, or stand-up comedy?  BBYO and the MJCC are hosting Ian Rocker who will be speaking on improving your public speaking, thinking on your feet, and problem solving with others.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  Tuesday May 3rd, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Meetings continue from 7:30 to 8:00 pm.


Bake Sale Fundraiser and New Member Program

Eugene Bake Sale








Eugene BBYO had a successful bake sale fundraiser benefiting Malachim BBG and Chaim Hazaz AZA, Sunday, April 10th.  Held at CBI, teens made baked goods to sell, and they raised over $80 to use towards chapter programming. Eugene BBYO is also preparing a new member recruitment program for May 2011.  If you have a teen interested in learning more about Eugene BBYO contact Chelsea Landman at (541) 514-3006.

Eugene BBYO is a beneficiary agency of Lane County Jewish Federation


International BBYO

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 programs 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 helpTurkey; Israel; 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 info@passport2theworld.org. 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: