Connecticut Valley Region BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Hanukkah, Summer Programs, and Kallah, OH MY!

News and Notes

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website




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BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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Hanukkah, Summer Programs and Kallah  OH MY!

Dear Members, Parents  and Friends,
I hope everyone had a meaningful Hanukkah and everyone is doing well.  As the winter months are upon us, it is time to start thinking about summer plans.  BBYO offers a wide array of summer programs.  There are trips to Europe, Israel, Costa Rica and more.  BBYO also offers many leadership and community service programs including BBYO IMPACT program, Kallah, ILTC and CLTC.
Over the past few years, I have been a part of CLTC for BBYO.  The Chapter Leadership Training Conference takes place over 12 days with seven different sessions to choose from.  This summer I will be at CLTC session 4 located at Camp Canyon at Bethany College in West Virginia.  Over the years, I have gone to session for with many CVR teens.  If you are interested in sending your teen to this session and have questions about CLTC or any of the BBYO summer programs please let me know.  Registration is now open and sessions tend to fill up quickly.
Currently our members are engaged in a membership drive.  AZA and BBG are competing to see who can get 40 new members by Kallah.  The race is on!  Just a reminder that 8th grader teens can officially join BBYO as of January 1st.  If you know of anyone who is interested in joining BBYO please let us know.
Kallah will take place January 28th – 30th at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield Massachusetts.  The price is $225 before January 13th and $275 up to January 20th when registration will close.  Scholarships are available and all forms must be submitted to the regional office no later than January 10th.  Forms are available by clicking here.
This year for Kallah we will be combining with our friends from the New England Region of BBYO which is Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  The weekend is set to include Rebecca Ungerman who is the BBYO song leader and a wonderful performer.  Also included in the weekend will be Frank Meeink.  Frank is a former Neo Nazi and will come tell us his story from hatred to harmony.  You can learn more about Frank Meeink here.  We also have one surprise performance but you’ll have to be at the convention to find out who that is.  
Be on the lookout for our Kallah Blog which is set to launch through our website  The blog will have information leading up to Kallah as well as give parents live updates throughout the entire weekend.
If you have any questions about summer programs, membership or Kallah, please let me know!




News and Notes

For many years, members of the CVR Adult Board and CVR teens have visited the West Haven Veterans Home on Christmas Eve.  Unfortunately this event has not been well attended by CVR Teens over the past few years.  This year the event is taking place Christmas night December 25th from 5:30pm to 7:45pm.  This event is open for teens, families and friends as we will gather at the Veterans Home and pass out gifts and spend time with those who have given so much for our country.  Please let me know if you will be able to attend.

Congratulations to all of our Seniors who have already been accepted to college.  We would love to know where you are going.   Once you have decided please send us an email letting us know where you’ll be next year….so we can find you!

Calling all parents!  We are looking for a few Parents from our different BBYO communities to help us with our FAN (Friends and Alumni Network) Campaign.  Thank you to those of you who have already participated in the 180 @ $180 campaign.  We really need your help to make this a successful campaign.  If you’d like to help with this please let me know.

Lastly, we are in need of some advisors for our chapters.  We have openings for a male and female in West Hartford, Ridgefield, Willimantic and Amherst MA.  If you know of anyone who is in the area and would be a good advisor please let us know.  Remember, chapters can’t meet without an advisor present and the time is now to help our chapters find advisors.

On behalf of the Staff and advisors, I would like to wish you and your families and happy and Healthy New Year.  We will see you in 2011!

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.