Rocky Mountain Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Convention 2010: I'm Not Afraid- Recap!

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website



Quick Links:

Donate to BBYO

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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Convention 2010!

Earlier this week, 100 teens from RMR gathered together for Convention 2010: I'm Not Afraid.  It was a jam-packed 3 days, and no doubt, a great time for everyone.  Our coordinator, Jess Thompson, worked very hard with her administrative assistants, Riki Gross and Adam Zall to make sure things went smoothly and were fun for all.  Here is just a quick taste of some of the things that happened:

  • The Rocky Mountain Regional N'siah, Rebekah Lackner, and Godol, Ezra Sackett, gave their State of the Region addresses on Sunday.
  • The Seniors who have been on Regional Board also spoke on Sunday night in the Regional Lives Ceremony.
  • Teens picked Cancer as their new Stand Up! cause for the year of 2011.
  • Teens and advisors alike were completely captivated by our guest speaker on Monday night, Clarence Lee.  Clarence is a motivational speaker who is also incredibly strong... click here to find out more about him!
  • The 2011 Regional Boards were elected!  Congratulations to the 57th AZA Board: Ben Sanders (Godol), Adam Zall (S'gan), David Zirinsky (Chaver), Gaba Sanders (Moreh), Paul Elsberg (Gizbor) and Jon Ansell (Mazkir).  Congratulations to the 56th BBG Board: Riki Gross (N'siah), Sami Beatty (S'ganit), Ellie Boswell (Yehudiah), Lani Morris (Aym-Ha Chaverot), Ariel Amaru (Gizborit) and Maggie Miles (Mazkirah).
  • The Region gave out many awards, including BBG Advisor of the Year: Brooke Gladstone, AZA Advisor of the Year: Eric Maxon, BBG Chapter of the Year: Las Hermanitas #1458, AZA Chapter of the Year: DKSB #1298, and many more!  Congratulations to everyone!

Convention proved that there are a lot of wonderful things in store for Rocky Mountain Region, and we are looking forward to 2011!  Happy New Year!


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.