Southwestern Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Happy Chanukkah, SWR BBYO Families

Important Dates!

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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Happy Chanukkah, SWR BBYO Families!

SWR sincerely hopes that you and your family had a fabulous Chanukkah! We are excited to introduce our new Regional e-newsletter that we will be sending out monthly. Please read this newsletter to find out information about SWR, as well as other programming and events happening internationally! We hope you find this newsletter helpful and to make sure you have all of the information you need for Southwestern Region!

Important Dates:

Saturday December 18: SWR Bowling night!!

Come join your friends from around the region for a bowling night hosted by SD AZA! This event will take place at Parkway Bowl from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The address is 1280 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon 92020. This is a great event for prospectives! Bring your Jewish friends along! Please also bring money for bowling costs as well as food.

Thursday December, 30: MC AZA Hulk Bash!

MC AZA is hosting their first ever Hulk Bash, which is a pre- new year's celebration for the entire region! Join your friends and feel free to invite prospectives to come along! Please continue to check b-linked and dashboard for more updates on this event!

Sunday January 9:  Yad B'Yad BBG presents: New Year's Resolution - Just Jew It!

The first Regional event of the new year is being hosted by YBY BBG! This is going to be an awesome event full of bucket lists and new year's resolutions. Its going to be a blast! This event will be held at Kate Sessions Park: 5115 Soledad Road, La Jolla from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Come say hello to all of your SWR friends and "ring in the new year" and even meet some new friends! Prospectives are invited to join this fun event! Please check b-linked and dashboard for more details!

Sunday, January 23rd: Chapter Congress II: All chapter board members should be present at this program! Chapter boards will have the opportunity to meet face to face with their Regional Board counterparts and discuss important business within the region.

Saturday, January 29th: Basketball Bonanza: This program is open is ALL 6th-12th grade Jewish teens in Greater LA and OC!!! We will be having Havdallah on the rooftop Terrace of the Staples Center, then we will attend the LA Clippers vs. Charlotte Bobcats game, followed by a shoot out on the Staples Center basketball court. Don't miss this amazing event!!! Cost: $30 until January 5th!!! Price goes up to $45 from January 6th-22nd. Transportation will be available from the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla! More details will be posted on b-linked and also posted in the next regional e-newsletter! Purchase tickets now by clicking here before they are sold out!!

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


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.