Miami Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Community Summit on Israel

MIT/AIT Convention

BBYO Summer Experiences

International Convention 2011

Miami BBYO Expanding to New Areas

Congratulations to Our Seniors

Miami BBYO Highlights

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website

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Community Summit on Israel

On Sunday January 16, 2011 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm), BBYO will be participating in a Community Summit on Israel focusing on the campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State. This will be a star-studded event that will include: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, Canadian Parliamentarian Irwin Cotler, Natan Sharansky, and many more.

Teens will learn about the insidious campaign currently underway on many university campuses to undermine the very right of Israel to define itself as a nation state. They will learn important facts about the Israeli-Arab conflict and learn how to respond to many unfounded charges currently leveled at Israel.

Admission for BBYOers is Free Of Charge. All interested teens should email Ben Rancman at For additional information, please click here.

MIT/AIT Convention

A convention for BBYOers who have never attended MIT/AIT

On February 11th-13th, Miami BBYO will once again be making the trip to beautiful Islamorada for our annual MIT/AIT Convention. This convention is for any member that is on chapter or regional board as well as any member that has never attended a MIT/AIT Convention.

At this convention, we will learn all about BBYO’s history and traditions and develop leadership skills. We will have a meaningful Shabbat and participants will get a chance to meet and bond with each other.

More details to come soon! If you have any questions, please contact Alex Bolotovsky at


BBYO Summer Experiences

BBYO Summer Programs are right around the corner and registration is in full swing. BBYO offers a wide variety of programs ranging from community/social action programs in DC, the American Southwest, and Boston, 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: more scholarships for these experiences are available through the Greater Miami Jewish Federation than ever before!


International Convention 2011

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see how far reaching BBYO is! Join over 750 teens at our International Convention 2011 held in Los Angeles on President’s Day weekend (February 17th-21st).

Participate in a Day of Service, elect the next International Teen Board, experience Shabbat like never before, hang out with close to 800 Jewish teens, all this and more surprises at IC 2011!

Find more information here.  Register now on!

Miami BBYO Expanding to New Areas!

We are excited to let you know that Miami BBYO is rapidly expanding. We have already successfully launched a chapter in Aventura and are in the process of starting another chapter on Miami Beach. We need your help! Please let us know if you know of any teens or families that might be interested in either of these chapters! Email us at .

Congratulations to Our Seniors

Congratulations to all of our seniors who have already been accepted to college!  We would love to know where you are going.   Once you have decided please send us an email at letting us know where you’ll be next year….so we can find you!


Miami BBYO Highlights

BBG Shabbat

On Friday, November 12th, BBG's from all over the world gathered together to celebrate BBG Shabbat. This year, Miami Region partnered with Congregation Bet Shira on a Shabbat centering around interfaith relations. After a moving service, complete with guitar, singing, and exploring the links between Gospel Music and Jewish prayer, over 25 Miami BBGs joined with the rest of the Bet Shira community for Kiddush and an interfaith roundtable. The discussion included the rabbi of Bet Shira, the cantor, and a minister looking at a text from Genesis dealing with Jacob.


An Evening with Scott Fried

On Tuesday, December 7th, BBYO and the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center brought speaker, author, and health educator Scott Fried to speak to BBYO teens in a riveting and wide ranging discussion about self-respect, lifestyle choices, and his struggle with HIV. Scott contracted HIV nearly two decades ago and had to contend with simultaneously “coming out of the closet” and announcing his HIV positive status to his family.

Scott Fried has spoken to numerous Jewish audiences in the United States and Israel about his compelling personal story. He chooses to tell his story through a Jewish prism for a variety of reasons. These include his own personal observance of Judaism and the fact that, in Jewish settings, he does not have to avoid speaking about God. Scott has an uncanny ability to communicate with teens about “ultimate issues” in a way that is both touching and genuine.

Please see the recent article written about him in Haaretz.


Miami BBYO's First Annual Kallah

Miami Region’s recent Kallah Convention in Islamorada was a resounding success. Over 50 Miami BBYOers from both South Dade and Aventura participated  in a Judaic enrichment program where a variety of educators brought their personal experience and knowledge of various areas of interest to Jewish teens.

Teens had the opportunity to sing and dance to Jewish music, pray in both a spirited musical and more traditional setting, discuss controversial topics in the Jewish tradition, engage in contemplative and meditative sessions, and learn about Israel. Additionally, teens learned about the value of Social Entrepreneurship and their ability to enact lasting change.

All of this took place at a fabulous island setting directly on the ocean. It seems clear from the response to the event that the First Annual Miami Regional Kallah will not be the last!

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

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Find Out What Wish Came True for an AZA Teen: Watch an interview with Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”

Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message reflected the focus of their television series which features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving back and helping to make dreams come true for the people they meet along the way.  Before wrapping up their remarks at Kallah, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 teens asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”

Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked onto to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home."Six months later, the cast from “The Buried Life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode on November 29. Immediately following the show BBYO aired a live webcast with Lucas, allowing BBYO teens from around the world to ask him questions and hear his reflections on the experience and what it has meant to his family.

Click here to learn more, including links to watch the Season Finale on and the recorded interview with Lucas.

Take the BBYO Impact Survey!

Are you or your child a BBYO junior or senior? As part of our commitment to our members and supporters, we are conducting research to study the value of our programs. Your input will provide us with valuable understanding of what people enjoy about BBYO and where improvements can be made. Participate in our survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card!


Don't Miss Out!

Registration is open for dozens of BBYO International Experiences.

February 2011:

April - May 2011:

  • March of the Living: Experience a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland. Sophomores are eligible for $1,000 off!

Summer 2011:

  • AZA & BBG's Flagship Leadership Development and Judaic Identity programs: CLTC, ILTC and Kallah.
  • Summer of Impact experiences through the PANIM Institute of BBYO. Serve new communities and make a real difference in Boston, D.C., the Southwest and Israel!
  • Passport to the World, BBYO's global travel program, taking teens to more than 16 countries around the world.

Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and more!


  • Panim el Panim: Receive advocacy training, participate in service learning and have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill -- all in a few days!
  • Double Impact Scholarship: Earn a 50 percent scholarship towards the tuition of a domestic Summer of Impact experience and 25 percent towards Impact: Israel by performing 60 hours of community service during the school year!

New PANIM Website!






Check out the new site and learn about all of PANIM's premiere service learning experiences.