Michigan Region BBYO

May 2011/iyar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Strong Close to the BBYO Year!

Bruce Gorosh Honored by MI BBYO

March of the Living Blog

Genocide and Human Rights Summit in DC

J-Serve 2011

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ETC, Elections, Installs, and More: A Strong Close to the BBYO Program Year!

Michigan Region BBYO is in the midst of dozens of chapter and regional programs that are closing the most successful BBYO year in recent memory!  Some highlights include:

  • Over 160 teens attending Elections-Training Conclave at Tamarack Camps this weekend.
  • The formation of two new chapters: Aliyah BBG & Harry Houdini AZA, with over 20 members in each!
  • 4th & Goal - an innovative program about decision making and Jewish leaders, held at the Detroit Lions' HQ in Allen Park on May 20.
  • Teen Connection (BBYO's 6-8 grade program) is going to Cedar Point on June 5.
  • Elections and installations for each of Michigan Region BBYO's 19 chapters.
  • BBYO is engaging more teens than in the lat 15 years - our teen participation has increased by 10% this year, and over 30% in the last two years!

There are many more great things happening - there's just not room!  Just wait until you see what we have in store for next year...

Bruce Gorosh Receives Milan Mitzvah Award

Michigan Region BBYO presented the Milan Mitzvah Award to Bruce Gorosh at its Annual Meeting on May 1. Bruce, a past Chair of the BBYO Commission ("Adult Board") and alumnus of Posen AZA, has been involved with Michigan Region BBYO for nearly 40 years.  Bruce is a partner at the law firm of Lefkofsky & Gorosh, P.C.

To make a gift in Bruce's honor, please visit www.bbyo.org/michiganfan or contact Eric Adelman (248.432.5689; eadelman@bbyo.org). All gifts to the Milan Mitzvah Fund are earmarked for scholarships and subsidies for teens who attend Michigan Region BBYO programs.

Experience the March of the Living







Check out the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Delegation Blog Chronicling the Experience

Nearly 150 representatives from BBYO took the journey from darkness to light and history to destiny as a part of the 2011 BBYO March of the LIving delegation.  The March is an international, educational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again.

Click here to read the 2011 BBYO March of the Living Blog with photos and testimonials of the experience.

Genocide and Human Rights Summit in DC

On June 26-28, 2011, teens from across North America are invited to Washington, DC, to take part in an extraordinary experience – a Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide.

For three days, a diverse group of Jewish teens will come together in the nation’s capitol to learn about Genocide and how they can stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities.  They will hear from activists, meet with their Members of Congress, and most importantly, they will walk away from this PANIM Institute summit armed with increased knowledge about human rights and genocide, enhanced skills as a community leader, and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility.

Learn more or register here!

300 Teens from Michigan Region Participated in J-Serve 2011!

300 teens from metro Detroit participated, along with roughly 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel in a day of community service and improvement projects as part of J Serve, a National Day of Jewish Youth Service.

Michigan Region BBYO's J-Serve project, “J-Serve Detroit” offered 2 days to make a difference on February 24th and April 17th to give back to our community.  Joined by sponsors from over 35 Jewish agencies including temples, synagogues, camps, schools and youth groups, Jewish teens served at 14 different project sites in the Detroit area totaling over 1,300 hours of community service!  Michigan teens found service through J-Serve while providing the community with meaningful Jewish experiences.  

"Through my experiences with BBYO, I have become very passionate about serving my community and advocating for those in need," said Nate Strauss, President of Max Fisher AZA #337 and a junior at North Farmington HS.  "J-Serve has given teens in our community an outlet for these passions.  Plus, it’s so much fun!” 

J-Serve Detroit is one of over 100 projects internationally, where teens participated in a variety of different projects as they explored the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. 

This year marks the seventh year in which Jewish youth turned out in force for J-Serve, the Jewish service component of the annual Global Youth Service Day of Youth Service America.

Partnership with Kaplan Test Prep Provides $200 off in May

Committed to preparing Jewish teenagers for their future, BBYO is excited to announce that this month only Kaplan is offering $200 off Kaplan Test Prep programs of $999 or more. To learn more about BBYO’s partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, click here.