Big Apple Region BBYO

March 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

From the Director

Grand Aleph Godol visits Big Apple

Relay for Life 2011

Beau/Sweetheart Dance

$100,000 in Israel Scholarships

Shofar Newsletter 2011

International Convention 2011

Advisor Appreciation Month

J-Serve Next Month

Build a Prayer Resources

Summer Staffing Opportunities


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BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


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From the Director:

Shalom New York City! This has been an exciting past few weeks for members of Big Apple Region. We had 20 teens represent our region at BBYO's annual International Convention in LA, over 70 new members join us for our New Member Overnight last weekend at the 14th Street Y, and we will have a delegation of 30 teens at this weekends East Coast Kallah in Bethesda, MD!!! Our region continues to grow and our membership has currently surpassed where we ended last programming year! With this level of growth, we will surely end the year with a bigger and stronger Big Apple Region BBYO.

As you start to look at your summer plans, please be aware that BBYO offers a wide variety of summer programs. You can find detailed descriptions of all of our summer programs experiences HERE. We do offer scholarships for domestic programs. Our scholarship application can be found HERE and it is due to the regional office by April 1st. Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rebekah Smith

Program Director
Big Apple Region BBYO
344 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 646.395.4324
F: 212.780-0859

86th Grand Aleph Godol, Jeremy Sherman, visits Big Apple Region

Last weekend, Big Apple Region was joined by the 86th AZA Grand Aleph Godol (International Boys’ Teen President), Jeremy Sherman. Jeremy visited Big Apple to see our programming and to get to know your wonderful teens. While he was here, he had the opportunity to come to our New Member Overnight at the 14th Street Y where he spoke to our teens about BBYO’s summer program offerings. Jeremy also met with the chapter boards of Meshuganahs AZA, Exodus AZA, Leviticus AZA and was able to attend a chapter meeting and program at Ruach AZA. Through his visit, Jeremy was able to work with our teens to strengthen our chapters and our region.

Relay for Life 2011

As part of Big Apple Region's Stand Up initiative, we are participating in this year's Relay for Life at Ikea in Red Hook. Our regional board members have each started a team and encourage their counterparts and all BBYO members to join them in the fight against cancer. Please register HERE for a team and help us raise money as a region to supprt the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life will take place on June 11th from 1pm-11pm at IKEA in Red Hook. Even if you are unable to join a team, please consider making a donation to our cause and visiting the Relay on June 11th.

BBYO is hosting a bakesale on April 3rd at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan and all proceeds will go towards our regional fundraising goals for Relay for Life. Stop by for some sweets and help fight the battle against cancer!

Beau/Sweetheart Dance

Please join us as we dance the night away at our  semi-formal dance, Beau/Sweetheart, on March 26th from 8-11pm. We will be donating 75% of the proceeds for this event to  Relay for Life of IKEA, Brooklyn. Tickets for this event will be $18 pre-paid on b-linked or $20 at the door.

New Scholarship Fund for BBYO Passport Israel Travel to Distribute $100,000!





BBYO is proud to announce the establishment of the Milk & Honey Israel Fund.

In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, we will be offering 100 need-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this summer. Submissions are due no later than March 20th, 2011.

This scholarship is only guaranteed for one-year. Act now!

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Hot Off the Press: Shofar Newsletter

The 2011 Shofar: The Newsletter of AZA & BBG is here! Written by the BBYO Teen PR Team, the newsletter covers important happenings across the organization such as Speak Up, Build a Prayer and Panim el Panim. Also, don't miss the special interviews with Rebecca Ungerman, BBYO's favorite song leader and Jeremy Sherman and Arielle Braude, BBYO's International Teen Presidents. There's even a secret "confessions" page from the 2020K team about working in BBYO's International Office!

Read the Shofar Now!

20 teens from Big Apple Region attended International Convention 2011 in L.A.

Los Angeles, Calif. hosted more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from eight countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 86th Annual International Convention (IC). Highlights included a rally to launch Stand Up for Each Other: BBYO's Campaign for Respect and Inclusion; a Day of Service & Advocacy taking participants out into the L.A. community; speakers such as Judea Pearl, the father of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl; and the election of the 2011-2012 AZA and BBG International Boards!

"This past winter break, I attended International Convention with 19 other Big Apple teens, and a total of 750 teens from around the world. This experience was truly amazing and definitely something I regret not being able to attend previously. After experiencing my first BBYO program on the international level, I realize how great this organization really is. Being a psrt of the bigger picture with teens from Siberia all the way to Texas allowed me to see the power BBYO has given Jewish teens around the world. I strongly recommend all present and future Big Apple Region members to participate in the various international programs so that they too can be a part of the bigger picture". -Molly Karow

Click here to read more about what happened at IC 2011!

Click here to visit the IC 2011 Live Blog!

Special Thanks for BBYO's Chapter Advisors

Did you know that Big Apple Region BBYO has more than 20 volunteer chapter advisors who dedicate their time and energy to serving as mentors and role models to all of our AZA and BBG teens? This month is Advisor Appreciation Month and we are hoping that every teen and parent can take a moment to thank their Chapter Advisor -- they truly cannot be thanked enough!

If you aren't sure who your son or daughter's chapter advisor is, just ask your teen. They'll be able to tell you how impactful chapter advisors are to the success of AZA and BBG chapters. Our organization would not be what it is without them!

J-Serve 2011 is Right Around the Corner!

Big Apple Region will be hosting J-Serve on April 10th will a variety of community service projects throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Registration is now open on and will be opening next week on b-linked. Please Keep up with national J-Serve news on Facebook and on Twitter @J_Serve. We look forward to seeing you serving our communities on April 10th!

Build a Allows Customization of Shabbat Experience

BBYO’s Build a is a comprehensive liturgical website that allows users to make a traditional or pluralistic Shabbat service and add custom content to tailor it to individual preferences. Click to download sample services created on Build a  such as Young Adult Minyan Service, Sisterhood Service and Brotherhood Service.

Here are a few things that people are saying about it:

“This is a most amazing site, thank you for conceiving of this and making it available! I will use them personally and professionally!" - Deborah Newbrun

“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.” - Howard Blas

“What a GREAT idea and site!!  I think it would be a wonderful project for our 6 - 7th grade classes who are learning the "geography" of the siddur and the structure of our services to "build" their own siddurim." - Shelley Kniaz

Visit Build a today!