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The Big EASY Summit


The Big EASY Summit: Environmental Advocacy Starts with You

November 7-9, 2010 - New Orleans, LA

Registration is now closed for the Big EASY! We can't wait to see you in New Orleans!

See current events in action! Teens from around the country will come together for three days in New Orleans as part of the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly. While there, we'll look at the local ramifications of national environmental crisis.

Participate in the General Assembly's keynote sessions - along with 3,000 top leaders from across the country and see New Orleans first hand - 5 years after Katrina and 4 months after the oil spill.. Together you'll be able to answer the following questions:

  • Why are some populations more affected by environmental challenges than others?
  • What's my role?

Regardless of your location or politics this issue directly impacts you. At the Big EASY you'll learn how to have an informed voice and how you can be involved.

The teens will stay in a New Orleans hotel, join together for meals, sessions, and educational programming. The seminar includes interactive sessions in which teens relate Jewish texts and values to the world around them. Students will also receive political and issue advocacy training. Summit participants will spend an afternoon volunteering at a local organization dedicated to maintaining New Orleans' community.To learn more about this event, and get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: Big EASY Summit FAQ

Who Can Attend?

The Big EASY Summit is open to all Jewish teens in 10th - 12th grade. Teens can sign up for the summit as individual participants without having to be part of a larger delegation. Registration is now closed.

How do I get there?

  • All out of town participants should fly into Louis Armstrong International New Orleans Airport (MSY) ONLY.

    The bus will leave from MSY Airport at 11:30 am. Please make sure your flight arrives NO LATER THAN 11:00am.

    A staff members name and cell phone will be given out the week prior to the event. If your flight is delayed or rescheduled, you'll have a contact number to call. Departure flights can be made anytime after 2:00pm (MSY)
  • If you are being dropped off directly at the program, plan on arriving at 11:45am, as staff and lodging will not be available before that time.
  • Departure flights can be made anytime after 2:00pm on Tuesday out of MSY

What's the Plan?

Highlights of the Summit will include:

  • Taking a bus tour of New Orleans that highlights the toll the recent environmental events have taken on the people, economy and environment;
  • Participating in a community revitalization service project with Beacon of Hope;
  • Mingling with leaders from the Jewish community at the General Assembly;
  • Hearing from young activists who are working hard to make a better New Orleans;
  • Engaging in exciting programming both from PANIM and the GA;
  • And much more!

How do I prepare?

If you are participating in the Big EASY Summit in New Orleans stay up to date on the issues by reading the newspaper, and watching the news.

One of the programmatic highlights that we are looking forward to is an environmental bus tour of the city of New Orleans. To get you ready, please take a moment to watch this video. It is a great introduction to the current environmental challenges the city is facing.

It's never too early to pack for your time in New Orleans. You'll find the packing list here. Remember the dress code in New Orleans is business casual.

Big EASY Packing List

What's the Cost and Are Scholarships Available?

Special funding has underwritten the entire seminar, allowing us to charge a very low tuition of only $150 for registrations through September 29th and only $200 for registrations made after the date. The tuition includes local transportation, rooming and Kosher meals. Travel costs to and from New Orleans are not included.
Limited additional scholarships are available.

Tell Me More

The Big EASY Summit is a Panim el Panim experience brought together by the PANIM Institute of BBYO.

Panim el Panim is Hebrew for "face to face." Since 1988, 16,000 teens from more than 200 communities have traveled to Washington to participate in Panim el Panim. Each seminar brings together diverse groups of 10th-12th grade students from around the country to explore public policy and social activism through a Jewish lens.

If you are a teen interested in attending or the guardian of a teen interested in attending please click here to register.

“For the first time in my life, I was able to blend my Jewish values with my passion for service. Panim el Panim taught me a lot about what it means to be Jewish in today’s world.” - Adam Bradlow

In addition to the online registration, you need to submit a waiver form. Please download the waiver: and fax to 202-507-7267 or e-mail to

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