From the Regional Staff:
Shalom and welcome to the April edition of our monthly e-news.
What an exciting time at BBYO! As the end of the year approaches, the regional declaration process has begun and chapters too are gearing up for elections to be held in late May. For information about regional elections, click here, and stay tuned for details about chapter elections coming soon from each chapter president.
But wait, the year's not over yet! Chapter programming continues until early June, and things are just gearing up for Spring Regional Convention and many other exciting regional programs. Read on for details!
If you have any questions about anything in this e-news or would just like to chat, please be in touch! We can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 or email@example.com.
Chag Pesach Sameach,
Kevin Goodman, Program Director
Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate
P.S. Did you know 8th grade recruitment began January 1st? That's right, 8th graders are now eligible to join an AZA/BBG chapter!
And for 6th and 7th graders there's Teen Connection, the BBYO pre-high school experience. Get into it!
Spotlight on Local Programs
Chapters continue to meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm in Toronto at the Prosserman JCC (Room 123) and in Vaughan at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Rooms 5/6). Please note that chapters will not meet on Wednesday April 20 due to Passover.
Plans are also well underway for a wide range of regional programs, open to all teens in 8th to 12th grades:
- Tues. May 3 - The Silver Simcha. Join 150+ teens, alumni, parents & friends as we celebrate Debbi Silver's retirement after 23 years with BBYO. Almost sold out: Click here to register now. Tickets cannot be sold after this Thursday April 21.
- May 13-15 - Spring Regional Convention. This is the most highly-anticipated convention of the year, featuring a meaningful teen-led Shabbat, Life Ceremonies, Regional Elections and more! Registration is now open: Click here.
- Sun. May 29 - BBYO @ the Walk with Israel. Stay tuned for registration details to join the BBYO delegation at this year's Walk with Israel.
- Sun. June 5 - Closing Banquet. Get pumped for our annual awards ceremony and executive installations. Family & friends welcome. Details coming soon.
For more information about upcoming chapter and regional programs for 8th through 12th grade teens, click here.
Plus, there's something for younger teens too: Teen Connection is the BBYO pre-high school experience made just for 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Click here for details.
Happy Passover! Let a Teen Lead the Passover Seder
A note from Arielle Braude & Jeremy Sherman, BBYO International Teen Presidents:
After a year of traveling the country and the world as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents, we are so excited to go home and spend Passover with our families! During our travels, we witnessed how BBYO serves as a “home away from home” for tens thousands of teens. At BBYO programs, we make great friends and connect with Judaism on our terms.
Just as BBYO has been a home for so many teens, we’d like to bring a meaningful BBYO experience into your home this Passover. Check out BBYO’s Passover Discussion Guide, which focuses on an important Passover tradition and the how it relates to teens today. Join 30,000 families across the country in trying out this additional set of four questions at your Seder table. Let a teen at your Seder guide your family in gaining a better understanding of our traditions.
On behalf of BBYO teens everywhere, chag pesach sameach (Happy Passover) to you and your family.
Last Chance for a BBYO Summer!
Summer is just around the corner! It isn't too late to spend it with BBYO, but progams are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on the BBYO programs below that do not currently have a waitlist:
There are currently waitlists for ILTC, Kallah and CLTC (for females). Impact: Boston is currently full.
Click here to learn more about having a BBYO Summer!
Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO
(BBYO's International Delegation at IC 2011)
Committed to supporting Jewish youth all over the world, BBYO had one of its most successful global representations at its International Convention this year with Jewish teens from eight countries attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel. This highlight comes after an exciting school-year filled with initiatives meant to engage BBYO teens to recognize the power they have to stand united as one movement of Jewish youth.
Earlier this year, BBYO partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on an overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. The fellowship sent four BBYO alumni to join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to help Turkey, Israel, Argentina and Serbia with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network.
In addition to this partnership, BBYO’s teen leadership established a Global Ambassadors Network with 19 North American teens working directly with affiliates on projects such as AZA and BBG Shabbats and expanding J-Serve, currently the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Through these combined efforts, BBYO regions raised more than $25,000 through the International Service Fund (ISF) to help bring the international delegation to IC 2011.
Stay tuned for more updates on BBYO’s globalization initiative including a live blog complete with updates with Overseas delegations coming soon!
Toronto-area Teens Serve Their Community at J-Serve
Hundreds of Toronto-area teens, along with 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel, participated in a day of community service and improvement projects as they took part in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service on Sunday, April 10.
At J-Serve Toronto, organized by BBYO, service options included cleaning for Passover at Ansei Minsk Synagogue, visiting with patients at Baycrest, taking part in youth-led environmental workshops hosted by Bayview Corridor Synagogues, selling pins for the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual daffodil month, volunteering at an election campaign office through the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, assisting at an intergenerational tea with residents of Habayit Shelanu through Circle of Care, spearheading a transformative cleanup of Earl Bales Park for the City of Toronto, hosting a party for residents at Cummer Lodge, joining DANI participants for fun and treats, taking part in a series of workshops with Free the Children, canvassing to promote UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s annual Walk with Israel, assembling education kits with Ve’ahavta to be sent to Israeli families in need and working the phones at the Zareinu Educational Centre telethon to promote its 14th annual Moveathon, among others.
Click here for press coverage of J-Serve Toronto 2011.
BBYO’s Passport to the World is looking for experienced videographers to travel with teen tour groups to Europe, Costa Rica, the Western USA and Israel filming videos of the programs in exchange for free travel including airfare, group transportation and lodging. Places for video shoots include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Rome and more. Ideal candidates are college or immediately post-college videographers with a sense of adventure and an eye for the best shot.
Trip lengths will vary, but will range from 2 to 4 weeks from late June through July. Interested candidates should email a resume, dates of availability and three video samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is April 28.
What makes a Perfect Family Camp Experience?
BBYO is currently researching this question and wants to hear from BBYO teens, Teen Connection tweens, alumni, and their families. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the brief survey using the links below. Your answers will help us create the most impactful summer camp experience for you and your family.
Adult Survey Link / Teen Survey Link
Get Involved with BBYO!
There are lots of ways to continue involvement with BBYO after high school or as a parent. Here are some great ways: