Pacific Coast Region BBYO

February 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

PCR is Getting Pumped for IC in LA!!!

International Convention Live Blog

Upcoming Important Dates

BBYO Honors Alumni at BMA Awards Celebration

Join the 360@$180 Campaign Today!!

Have you heard? New Chapters in West LA!

Fantastic New Summer Raffle Winners Announced at IC!

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Staffing Opportunities


Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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PCR is Getting Pumped for IC in LA!!!

We have been very busy here in Pacific Coast Region getting ready to HOST International Convention in LA next week! We cannot believe it's already here and we hope you are all as excited as we are to show off LA and PCR to all of International BBYO!!! By checking out the Live Blog of IC, you won't miss a beat! Please see the section below, "Follow the IC Live Blog", to follow along with Convention!

Follow the International Convention Live Blog!







Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, IC serves to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community.

Don't miss any of the action! BBYO's International Convention's Live Blog will have all of the latest photos, videos and happenings throughout the weekend. Visit the blog at and follow IC on Twitter at #bbyoic2011!

Upcoming Important Dates

Sunday, February 13th: Super Service Sunday at the West Valley JCC. Participate in a number of different service opportunities with other Jewish teens from all over LA! To register, please visit: - if you have a 6th-8th grade teen that would like to attend, please register at the site, and email Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 17th-Monday, February 21st: IC in LA!!!!

Saturday, March 5th: Beau Ball at the West Valley JCC. The time has arrived again for BBYO's "prom", Beau Ball. Please join us for a night of dancing, fun, and your BBYO friends! $25/single, $40/couple

Friday, March 25th-Sunday, March 27th: SoCal Kallah!! More information on Kallah will be released after IC!

BBYO Honors Alumni at BMA Awards Celebration

BBYO, the largest teen-led organization in the world with approximately 30,000 participants, the Los Angeles Friends & Alumni Network (LA FAN) and 
the Board of Directors of BBYO, Inc. cordially invite you to attend...

Please join us for this event to benefit BBYO in LA. The BMAs will kickoff the 
BBYO International Convention, which will open immediately following the celebration.

The BMAs were named for Sam Beber and Rose Mauser, the founders of the Aleph Zadik Aleph in 1923 
and the B'nai B'rith Girls in 1944 (the boys and girls divisions, respectively, of BBYO) and will serve annually to 
honor their memory. This year's honorees exemplify the traditions set forth by the BBYO founders. Each has distinguished themselves by virtue of their accomplishments, involvement and dedication to BBYO.

Please join us as we honor the recipients of the 2011 BMAs: Lauren Shorten, Jonathan Anschell, Franny Sonderman, Les Liebson

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
LAX Hilton, 5711 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles

All Proceeds to benefit LA BBYO!!! RSVP here:

Join the 360@$180 Campaign Today!!

In order to sustain Pacific Coast Region BBYO, please join our 360@$180 Campaign!

Who? BBYO parents, grandparents, alumni - EVERYONE who believes in providing meaningful Jewish and leadership experiences to teens in PCR!

What? LA FAN is recruiting 360 community members to give $180 each to help meet the funding needs of PCR BBYO.

Where? Every dollar raised in the 360@$180 Campaign will stay in LA to directly impact teens in PCR BBYO.

When? The entire 2010-2011 school year.

Why? BBYO is working hard to secure a vibrant Jewish future by reversing the trend of post b'nai mitzvah disaffiliation among Jewish teens. By participating in BBYO's chapter, regional, community-wide and immersive experiences, teens foster a love of and commitment to Jewish life while creating friendships that last a lifetime.

Friends and alumni like YOU understand BBYO's effectiveness better than anyone. LA Friends and Alumni Network needs you to join us in securing the resources necessary to help BBYO flourish in our community. The 360@$180 Campaign will help ensure that LA teens always have BBYO programs to enrich their Jewish lives.

To join the campaign today, please visit:

Have you heard? New Chapters in West LA!

Know anyone that would like to help start chapters in the Beverly Hills/Westwood area? Tell them about our new chapters!! Join Brentwood BBG and Continental AZA at an Ice Cream party on February 27th at 2pm. Please RSVP by February 24th to Temmie Silver at!

Fantastic New Summer Raffle Winners Announced at IC!

The Raffle is open to ANY and ALL teens who have registered for ANY Domestic and Passport Summer Experience.  

With more than 20 available programs the options are endless for a fun and meaningful summer.  And this is one more way to make it more affordable!

The winners will be announced LIVE at IC on Facebook and Twitter; teens do not have to be at IC to win, they just have to have signed up for a Summer Experience by 2/17/2011.

Raffle Schedule:
Thursday Dinner: 4 Scholarships of $250

Saturday Dinner: 2 Scholarships of $500

Sunday Dinner: 1 Scholarship of $1000

***In an additional offer if 990 teens register for any domestic or Passport program (not MOTL) by 2/27/2011 (the end of the Early Bird Discount) BBYO will be giving away a brand-new iPad to one lucky teen!***

Make Your Summer Fun, Meaningful, AND Affordable

  • Get your GROUP ON this summer! BBYO’s Passport to the World is now offering TWO great reasons to travel this summer:

    1)    Get at least 50 percent of your AZA or BBG chapter to sign up for any Summer 2011 BBYO Passport trip, and everyone in your chapter gets 10 percent off all program costs.

    2)    Want to plan a private trip? Get a group of at least 30 friends together, and BBYO Passport will run a private session of any posted Summer 2011 trip on the dates of YOUR choice.

    Two Great Ways to Get Your GROUP ON. One Unforgettable Summer.

    Click here to learn more.

  • New Summer Scholarship Plan! For Summer 2011, BBYO is introducing a new scholarship initiative. We understand that financial need is significant in many communities, and we are allocating more scholarship subsidy this year than at any point in BBYO's history.  BBYO is committed to affordability.

    Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the BBYO regional offices so that funds are disbursed with a greater knowledge of individual teens’ needs.   All BBYO domestic summer experiences (CLTC, ILTC, Kallah and Summer of IMPACT), as well as ILSI in Israel, are eligible for scholarship subsidy. 

    The deadline is April 1st, but may vary region-to-region.  All scholarship awards are announced no later than May 1st. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted directly to your teen’s regional office.  For a listing of regions, click here.  Please contact your local BBYO professional to learn more about scholarship deadlines and the review process.  We also urge parents and teens to connect with local Federations, BJEs, synagogues and other community agencies for additional scholarship support.  Regional staff can provide template letters to send to these agencies to request summer program funding.

    Remember that early-bird pricing for CLTC, ILTC and Kallah expires on February 27th.  All registrations on or before February 27th will be discounted by $100. 

    Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!

BBYO is Looking for Summer Staff

BBYO Summer programs serve as the basis for many teens’ most significant memories. You can be a part of helping those memories happen. With openings for Jewish educators, song leaders, and madrichim (counselors), there are many opportunities to enhance dozens of teens' summer experiences.

Click here to see available positions and get the Staff Application!