BBYO Wisconsin Region

September 2013/Tishri 5774 Issue

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Regional Website

Director's Note

Save the Date:
IC 2014 Registration

Upcoming Dates

BBYO Community
Engagement Fellows

Advisor Spotlight


Thank You FAN Leaders

Support Wisconsin Region


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Director's Note

Hello, BBYO Wisconsin Region and Happy New Year! I hope you're settling into September and looking forward to the awesome programming coming your way - I know I am! I can feel the awesome momentum as we kick off the year.

A big shout out to all 140 teens that attended this year's Kick Off Dance (held September 7). This was the biggest kickoff in many years. Check out our pictures from the photo booth we had at the dance.

Also, thank you to everyone that attended the Kick Off Cookout on September 8. It was great to see so many families (teens and parents) mingling, eating and having fun. We filled two GIANT boxes full of school supplies that are being donated to MPS. Well done!

With the High Holidays upon us, make sure to stay up to date with our latest holiday resources.

See you soon!


Share the AZA and BBG experience with a high school teen you know!

Share the BBYO Connect experience with a middle school teen you know!

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Save the Date: International Convention Registration Opens October 3!

Join us February 13 - 17, 2014 in Dallas, Texas at BBYO's 90th AZA BBG International Convention (IC) when thousands of Alephs, B’nai B’rith Girls and Jewish teens from around the world will gather together with alumni, advisors, professionals, friends of BBYO and top Jewish philanthropists to celebrate the largest annual pluralistic gathering of Jewish teens working to strengthen the Jewish future. Attendees will hear from prominent speakers, participate in large-scale service learning opportunities and celebrate an inspiring Shabbat. Delegates will take part in the democratic process of furthering our organization’s business and elect AZA and BBG’s next international executive teen leadership, all while showcasing spirit and community pride. Don't miss the chance to be a part of our Movement's biggest moment!

  • Registration goes LIVE worldwide on Thursday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST at
  • Direct registration will be available to Canadian and international teen delegates.
  • Scholarships are available. Convention will sell out quickly - register early to guarantee yourself a spot!
  • For all other questions, please email AZABBGIC@BBYO.ORG and we will get back to you right away!

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Upcoming Dates

Wisconsin Region has a FULL year of fun ahead of it. Please check here for all other dates or here to download a paper version of our calendar.

AZA and BBG Events

  • Weekend of September 21-22 - Chapter Kick Off Programs (check with your specific chapter for information)
  • October 3, 8:00 p.m. EST - IC 2014 Registration Opens
  • October 4, 3:15 p.m. - First Oneg of the Year - Offices
  • October 19 - BBG Overnight
  • October 26 - AZA Overnight

BBYO Connect Events

FAN Events

  • December 7 - Celebrate 36 Years of BBYO Wisconsin Region Leadership

General Dates

  • September 19-20 - Sukkot
  • September 26-27 - Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
  • Please note that BBYO offices close by 2:00 p.m. on afternoons preceeding Jewish holidays.

For more information on these events, please go to the Wisconsin Region website.

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to spotlight David Cohn for his unwavering dedication to BBYO Wisconsin Region.

David Cohn - Solomon AZA

David has been an advisor since 2009.
From Glendale, he attended Nicolet High School and was active in BBYO as a member of Nivayim AZA.
He graduated from UW-Madison and recently earned a master of sports administration from Ohio University.

In his non-BBYO life, he is the director of member services for the Wisconsin State Golf Association.

In addition to his role with Solomon, David has staffed two trips with Wisconsin Region to Panim el Panim, a BBYO program in Washington, D.C.

When asked, David says " I enjoy being involved with BBYO because of the leadership opportunities it offers to the teens. It is amazing to see the teens begin as inexperienced 8th graders and graduate as true leaders. It has been fun to stay in touch with the teens that have graduated from BBYO and follow their success as they move on to college."

David's boys adore him, as do we.

"David simply put is one of the greatest assets that our chapter has. He is knowledgeable, always ready to help and has a genuine love for the chapter and its members. Without him, the chapter would not be even close to what it is today. Thanks for everything that you do Dcohn!" - Matt Levy

"David Cohn is an awesome advisor. It amazes me that he has been our advisor for so many years, and it shows his dedication and hard work to Solomon. We love you Dcohn!" - Jesse Honigberg

"David's always there for everyone when we need him. He's always fun to talk to and really cares about all of us in this chapter" - Rafi Barash

"We love David because of how helpful and devoted he is. He is always at our meetings and programs whenever he can be, and is willing to do more than is necessary to make Solomon as good as it is. The chapter would not be where it is without him." - Daniel Glazer

Thank you David!

For more information about becoming a BBYO advisor and other opportunities to volunteer with BBYO, click here.

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2013-2014 BBYO Community Engagement Fellows

We are so excited to announce the 2013-2014 BBYO Community Engagement Fellows! The Fellows, on college campuses across North America, will spend the next year engaging BBYO alumni and other Jewish students in meaningful Jewish experiences:

Jackie Arvedon, University of Miami

Ali Bleich, Rutgers

Will Canning, University of Michigan

Sara Evangelista, The George Washington Univeristy

Alex Green, University of Miami

Hayley Hirsh, Cornell

Jessica Kocen, University of Virginia

Alex Metzman, University of Pennsylvania

Ira Rickman, University of Maryland

Lauren Simon, University of Connecticut

Emily Trotz, University of Georgia

Morgan Wittenberg, Tulane

For more information on how to stay engaged as a BBYO alum, click here.

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BBYO in the News

BBYO Careers

BBYO offers exciting opportunities across North America that will challenge your abilities, expand your skill set and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth. For a list of current openings, click here!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

Wisconsin Region is grateful to the Friends and Alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our Wisconsin Region Leaders for making BBYO possible in our community.

If you would like more information or to get involved in Wisconsin Region please contact Ben Kozberg at


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