MJCCAAltanta Council BBYO

March 2011/Adar 5771 Edition


In This Issue:

Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run

Atlanta Council Spring Convention & J-Serve

BBYO Fundraiser

BBYO Family Shabbat Dinner

Recruitment News

$100,000 in Israel Scholarships

Shofar Newsletter 2011

International Convention 2011

Advisor Appreciation Month

Build a Prayer Resources

BBYO Office


2011 Calendar:

Now - April 17: BBYO's Winter Basketball league

AZA Schedule

BBG Schedule

March 25 - 27: Atlanta Council Spring Convention and J-Serve

March 27: J-Serve

April 29: BBYO Family Shabbat

May 1: 8th Grade Kickoff



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Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run

Come be a part of BBYO’s team at the Hunger Walk/Run this weekend and support the great cause!

BBYO Teens

What: Hunger Walk/Run
When: March 13th, 12-4pm
Where: Turner Field
Cost: No registration fee but donation is suggested

This year Atlanta Council will be participating in the Hunger Walk! There are 2 teams - AZA and BBG and it's a competition to see who will have the most participants. If AZA beats BBG then the BBG Council Board will bake cookies and cakes for all the boys at Atlanta Council Spring Convention. If BBG beats AZA then the AZA Council Board will bake cookies and cakes for all the girls at Atlanta Council Spring Convention. So who wants to get the sweet treats?

AZA Registration here.
BBG Registration here.

Please meet at Turner Field at 1:00 PM and wear a BBYO T-Shirt.

Atlanta Council Spring Convention and J-Serve

What: ACSC and J-Serve
When: March 25-27th
Where: MJCCA
Cost: $150 by 3/14, $175 after (early bird deadline extended until Monday!)

This is our last convention of the year! Program highlights include senior life, AZA and BBG separates, athletics, MBA programming, free time in the pool, a Saturday night dance, Judaic programs, and much more! We will be staying at the JCC and doing all of our programming in the building and outside at Camp Alterman.

On Sunday, we will be participating in J-Serve (a national day of community service). All BBYO members will be going out into the Atlanta community to do a service project together. Each teen will receive 2 hours of community service for participating in J-Serve.

We can't wait to see everyone at Atlanta Council Spring Convention!

Download the forms to register here.

BBYO FundraiserMango

Come support BBYO at Red Mango in Dunwoody (5568 Chamblee Dunwoody Road) on Sunday, March 20th from 6-9pm. 50% of the profits from that evening will go to BBYO. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, relatives, and all for frozen yogurt! Remember to bring the flyer but if you forget it, make sure to mention BBYO at checkout. Get the flyer here

BBYO Family Shabbat Dinner

Save the date for BBYO Family Shababt Dinner on Friday April 29th at the MJCCA featuring Rebecca Ungerman, a famous BBYO song leader. All 8th-12th graders and families are welcome to attend!

Recruitment News

Tell your 8th grade friends that recruitment is starting in the next few weeks! They will have a chance to try out BBYO chapters and join one beginning May 16th. For information, contact your council and chapter officers.

Do you know an 8th grader that wants to join BBYO? Send their information to the BBYO office.

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!

11 teens from Atlanta Council 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!


Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that Atlanta Council BBYO has 14 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!


Build a Prayer.org Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a Prayer.org 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 Prayer.org  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 Prayer.org today!

BBYO Office

MJCCA Zaban Park
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(p): 678-812-3970
(f): 678-812-3966

Laura Fendrick
Atlanta Council BBYO
Associate Program Director

Lori Goldstein
Teen Program Director

Kelly Brown
Interim BBYO Director/Teen Department Director