BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council

October 2013/Cheshvan 5774 Issue

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Regional Website

Director's Note

Register for BBYO Summer 2014

Global Shabbat

Speak UP Week

Upcoming Dates

Advisor Spotlight

DC Council AZAA

Advisor Leadership Training Conference


Thank You FAN Leaders

Support DC Council

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Directors' Note

Hello, BBYO DC Council! The next month is full of exciting opportunities both locally and Internationally. Locally, we are looking forward to Regional Leadership Training Institute (RLTI) and New Member Weekend from October 25-27 where we will gather alongside Northern Virginia Council and Baltimore Council for the first convention of the year.

There are also several International initiatives coming up that we will celebrate in our community like AZA and BBG Global Shabbat and Speak UP Week. As a movement, BBYO is focusing on raising awareness about hunger through Hunger is Not a Game: A Teen Issue Summit on Hunger Awareness and Advocacy.

***Save the date for BBYO Summer 2014 registration - November 7, 2013!

DC Council is proud to welcome many new teens and parents to our BBYO family. We would like to congratulate Achshav BBG, Ahavah BBG, Beyla BBG, Brandeis AZA, Ha'birah BBG, Max Cowan AZA, Melech AZA, N'shama BBG and Nava BBG for reaching their September membership goals!

We’re excited to welcome the newest member of the DC Council team – Jonah Potasznik. Jonah has recently started as a Program Associate in DC Council, based primarily in Howard County. He will be part-time until he graduates from the University of Maryland in December. Jonah is an alum of DC Council and has a wealth of experience in the BBYO world, having served as a madrich and educator at various international BBYO programs. Jonah can be reached at or 410.730.4976 ext 117.


Debi Tozer, Rachael Pazornick, Jonah Potasznik and Limor Hartman


Share the AZA and BBG experience with a high school teen you know!

Share the BBYO Connect experience with a middle school teen you know!

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Register for BBYO 2014 Summer Experiences on November 7!

It may only be October, but it's already time to start thinking about summer! BBYO Summer 2014 is going to be even more epic than last summer, and registering early will guarantee that you will be a part of it. Highlights of our Summer Experiences menu include:

BBYO Member-Only Programs

BBYO on Campus Programs

BBYO Passport Programs!

Mark your calendars for November 7 to register at!

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AZA and BBG Global Shabbat

On November 8-9, 2013, join us for AZA and BBG Global Shabbat as teens from all over the world celebrate Judaism's most holy tradition simultaneously worldwide. All AZA and BBG Global Shabbat celebrations will be centered on the same theme; for boys in AZA chapters, the theme is "If you will it, it is no dream" and for girls in BBG chapters, the theme is "We Stand Together, One Nation, One Home."

In BBYO DC Council, teens from each chapter will plan an experience for their members. We are thrilled to bring AZA and BBG Global Shabbat to the chapter level, where each chapter will be able to hold a memorable event. Look for more information in parent and teen chapter communications in the upcoming weeks.

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Speak UP Week

Speak UP Week is almost here! Between November 4-8, take part in this International initiative that explores Israel education, awareness and advocacy through formal, informal, experiential and advocacy lenses. Together, we will celebrate and learn about the rich history and diverse culture of the Jewish homeland. Join the Facebook group to stay up to date with Speak UP Week and be on the lookout for resources to help participate!

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Upcoming Dates

DC Council Events

  • October 25-27- New Member Weekend and Regional Leadership Training Institute at Capital Camps.
  • Sunday, October 27, 11:00 a.m. - March of the Living Parent Information Session at JCCGW. Please RSVP to Rachael Pazornick.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.- Summer Experiences Information Night at JCCGW. Please RSVP to Rachael Pazornick.
  • Wednesday, November 27- Sweetheart/Heartthrob Dance. More information to come shortly!

AZA and BBG Events

BBYO Connect Events

  • Sunday, October 20, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.- BBYO Connect and Key Kick Off Program at the JCCGW, a program specifically geared towards 6th, 7th and 8th grade teens, hosted by BBYO high school students. All Jewish middle school students are invited to join us as we create Carvel sundaes, play games and make new friends! Please register through B-linked.

FAN Events

General Dates

  • October 31 - Halloween

For more information on these events, please go to

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Amanda Stahl for her unwavering dedication to BBYO DC Council. Amanda is an alumna of BBYO and served as Wisconsin Region Gizborit and N'siah during her membership. She began staffing BBYO programs three years ago and has served as one of Nava BBG's advisors for the past two years.

Sara Migler, a member of Nava BBG, says about Amanda:

"Amanda is an amazing advisor! We love hearing about her adventures as a police officer, and were so excited that she was able to lead a self-defense program for Nava. She is also always there for us, and never fails to make us smile. She is so supportive all of the time, and a great addition to our chapter."

For more information about becoming a BBYO advisor and other opportunities to volunteer with BBYO, click here.

DC Council advisors, please click here to log onto your Advisor Online Certification Program (OCP) if you have not yet completed it!

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DC Council AZAA

Catch. Just one word is needed to describe a moment like this. This first catch of the season excites a team that didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs last season and had yet to complete an offensive play. Then the momentum changes. In the blink of an eye, the underdog chapter gained six points to take the lead. Everyone on the sidelines surrounds the Aleph who scored. They jump up and down, not worried about injury or delay of game; they are only thrilled to chant their chapter's name.

For me, that is Simon Atlas, and I was the receiver who made the first catch. After that catch, our offense got the spark it needed and our defense added four picks to lead the team to victory. One may ask why we get so excited for a simple game of two-hand touch football. Well, it's not just the sport. It is playing with and competing against one's brothers. It is the pride you get from wearing your chapter jersey. It is the chance to connect with other Jewish teens. AZAA is an important part of my BBYO experience and can be a part of yours too.

-Article written by Jared Shapiro, member of Simon Atlas AZA

AZAA football occurs on Sundays from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. at the JCCGW. AZAA basketball will begin in February. For more information, dates and times, please contact Jonah Potasznik.

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Save the Date: Advisor Leadership Training Conference

Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12, 2014

Advisor Leadership Training Conference (ALTC) will be held this year in January. Marking our 90th Anniversary, we look forward to building upon our success and providing the best 'hands on' training for our advisors. ALTC will provide a valuable opportunity for dedicated BBYO volunteers to participate in training and professional development sessions that will directly benefit your work with your teens and chapter, enrich your professional skill set and give you a chance to network with other BBYO volunteers, alumni and stakeholders.

ALTC is open to ALL BBYO advisors. ALTC alumni are welcome to apply.

Click here for the application. For questions, contact Stacy Friduss at

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BBYO in the News

BBYO Careers

BBYO offers exciting opportunities across North America that will challenge your abilities, expand your skill set and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth. For a list of current openings, click here!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

DC Council is grateful to the friends and alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our DC Council FAN Leaders for making BBYO possible in our community.

We would like to thank Mimi Kress, DC Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) Chair, for her continued support of DC Council. Mimi had this to say about her dedication to the organization:

"The positive impact that BBYO has made on my teenage daughter cannot be measured in words. It is truly a teen-led organization that has allowed Jenna to become the young woman she is today. Although she has just started her freshman year at the University of Georgia, she has already taken the skills learned from BBYO and applied them to her collegiate life. I have no doubt that she will continue to do so as she sets out on her career path.

Serving as a member of the DC Council Adult Board and chairing the Friends and Alumni Network has given me the opportunity to help other teens benefit from BBYO in their own way. It has also helped me to connect with other adults and introduce them to the benefits of BBYO for their teens and Jewish teens worldwide."

Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 5 for the Northern Region East Gala at a new location: The Bolger Center.

If you would like more information on the annual gala, to support the work of NRE DC Council or want to get involved in BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) in DC Council, please contact Cheryl Kagan.

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