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January/February 2008

The Jewish Herald-Voice reported 14 members in training were welcomed in to Lubel AZA #2092 in Houston (November 15, 2007).

The Jewish Herald-Voice promoted Lonestar Region's upcoming Teen Connection program, "The Black and White Ball." Teens were asked to bring a canned food item, which was donated to "Meals on Wheels" (November 15, 2007).

The Oakland Press publicized Michigan Region Teen Connection's annual day after Thanksgiving program (November 17, 2007).

The Detroit Jewish News published an article about BBYO's summer program, "Project NYC," which provides BBYO teens exposure to different career paths in the business world. During the program, teens participated in a marketing competition similar to TV's "The Apprentice" (November 22, 2007).

The Detroit Jewish News announced an upcoming Michigan Region alumni reunion that was scheduled for December 1, 2007 (November 22, 2007).

The Las Vegas Jewish Reporter reported on Mountain Region's first Vegas Leadership Training Conference. There, 26 BBYO leaders held Shabbat services, leadership sessions, activities on Israel and community service programs (November 23, 2007).

The American Jewish World promoted North Star Region's Teen Connection kick-off program of laser tag and bowling (November 23, 2007).

The Tulsa Jewish News reported on Tulsa BBYO welcoming holocaust survivor Sherman Ray to their Regional Kallah (December 2, 2007).

More than 70 teens from Livingston BBYO spent an afternoon bagging lunches and sorting clothing before heading off to a local women and children's shelter where teens interacted with the teen mothers and their infants, reported The New Jersey Jewish News (December 6, 2007).

The Las Vegas Jewish Reporter announced that Mountain Region BBYO jumpstarted its Teen Connection Program for the Las Vegas area with an ice skating event (December 7, 2007).

The Observer announced that Cotton States Region BBYO launched its Teen Connection Program (December 14, 2007).

Tidewater BBYO had a very busy fall, recruiting 39 members and organizing a regional convention where actress Vanessa Hidary spoke, reported The Jewish News of Southeastern Virginia (December 14, 2007).

Jesse Rabinowitz of Eastern Region was mentioned by The Jewish News of Southeastern Virginia when he was one of the six teens featured in BBYO's "Future 50" leadership ad (December 14, 2007).

Alumni from Cyrus Adler AZA gathered to reconnect and hang out at a local restaurant in early December, reported the Jewish Herald-Voice (December 20, 2007).

The Reporter announced Central Region East's plan to hold an inter-city program, which included multi-winter activities (December 21, 2007).

Tulsa BBYO was mentioned by a rabbi in the community for "making" the minyan each week and thanking them for what they do in the community (January 2008).

Dayton BBYO inducted new freshmen Arien Wolf-Knight, Jeffrey Bloom and Benji Frydman, according to The Dayton Jewish Observer (January 1, 2008).

The Portland Jewish Review reported that BBYO members from across North America donated $52,000 to the American Joint Distribution Committee. They raised the money by working concession booths, baking and selling Challah bread, bake sales, dance-a-thons, car washes and several other projects (January 1, 2008).

The Wisconsin Jewish News mentioned BBYO as one of the great ways to travel to Israel as a Jewish teen (January 4, 2008).

Michigan BBYO members of North Star Region participated in a five day convention in West Bloomfield participating in athletic competitions, a Quiz Bowl and a talent show, according to The Detroit Free Press (January 6, 2008).

Our condolences go to the family of BBYO alumna Lola Almudevar who was killed in an automobile accident in Bolivia where she worked as a freelance reporter for BBC. The Guardian Unlimited also mentioned that her BBYO membership was very important to her (January 9, 2008).

At the Kentucky-Indiana-OhioRegion convention, Cinncinnati'sBBYO chapters won many regional awards, reported The American Israelite (January 10, 2008).

BBYO advisor Arnie Weiner was featured in a Detroit Jewish Newscover story exploring his devotion to teens. Arnie has worked with Michigan Region BBYO teens for nearly 40 years and will be retiring this June, leaving his legacy to Eric Adelman (January 10, 2007).

Athens AZA held a Spaghetti Supper and Bake sale for international, national and local charities, reported The Jewish Obeserver (January 11, 2008).

The Baltimore Sun and reported that a new AZA chapter in Baltimore, MD, was named after David Snyder, a BBYO teen leader who was killed by a drunk driver. To read an entire article, click here (January 15, 2008).

In a special Education section, The Forward published an article featuring BBYO's new Professional Development Institute (PDI), which will provide fully-funded MBA degrees to a cadre of BBYO professionals through Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (January 18, 2008).

The Cleveland Jewish News featured BBYO program associate Matt Brower, interviewing him about his new position (January 18, 2008).

Mountain Region BBYO members participated from Mountain Region Spirit Convention showing their spirit for their chapters and participating in different social action and leadership programs, reported The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix (January 18, 2008).

Jonny and Avi Basha were two of the 40 students in the Mountain Region who participated in BBYO's Merry Mitzvah, mentioned The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix (January 18, 2008).

Philadelphia BBYO had its first ever Flag Football League, coordinated with NCSY, and sponsored in part by NFL Youth Football and the JCC of Philadelphia. For six weeks, teams from all over the Philadelphia area competed, and planning for the 2008 season has already begun mentioned The Philadelphia Jewish Voice. To read the full article click here (January 23, 2008).

Advisors Mitch Moser and Jason Steigman were mentioned by The St. Louis Jewish Light for being chosen to receive BBYO's David Bittker Unsung Hero Award at BBYO's International Convention in Chicago. Congratulations Mitch and Jason! (January 23, 2008).

Ohio Northern Region had an entire article written about them in The Chagrin Valley Times, illustrating how BBYO helps teens develop into young leaders (January 24, 2008).

Lonestar Region held its first Teen Connection event of 2008 by hosting a bowling event mentioned The Jewish Herald-Voice (January 24, 2008).

PinnerBBYO in London organized an event where Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper spoke about his experience at Auschwitz, reported The Jewish Chronicle (January 31, 2008).

A second annual Salsa dancing night was hosted by Binghamton BBYO, according to The Reporter (February 1, 2008).

Isaac Freeman of Lonestar Region was named Plano East Senior High's December "Teen With That Special Drive" by being an IB student, AP Scholar and in the top 2.5% of his class, reported The Plano Insider. Congratulations, Isaac! (February 3, 2008).

March/April 2008

The Jewish Herald Voice reported several award winners from Lonestar's Regional Convention. Malev BBG won for its newsletters, scrapbook, art, MIT training, sisterhood planning, community service and recreational program. BBG #63's awards include first and second places for convention T-shirt, creative calendar, creative programming and sixfold programming (January 31, 2008).

Lonestar Region's Tikvah BBG elected its spring term executive board reported The Jewish Herald Voice. Officers include Alex Ellerin, Lisa Rubenstein, Abby Lyon, Danielle Levy, Miriam Lavenda, Melissa Leva, Amy Feldman, Marla Shields, Megan Rosenthal, Janelle Klein, Carrie Lidsky and Alexi Signet (January 31, 2008).

Gus Efroymson was elected as Gizbor to Rocky Mountain Region's Regional Boards, mentioned The New Mexico Jewish Link (February 2008).

The Dayton Jewish Observer announced that 22 DaytonBBYO teens traveled to Indianapolis for KIO's Regional Convention (February 2008).

Michigan Region Teen Connection held a toboggan outing, reported The Southfield Eccentric (February 7, 2008).

Lonestar Region hosted author Kerry Cook who wrote Chasing Justice, the story of his 22-year incarceration for a crime he did not commit, reported The Jewish Herald Voice (February 7, 2008).

Rose Belz Kriger BBG won ten awards at the Cotton States Regional Convention held in Birmingham, Alabama, announced The Hebrew Watchman. In addition, member Sara Greenberg was selected Member of the Year (February 7, 2008).

Jack Lubel AZA was awarded the Fraternity Gavel for the first time at Lonestar's Regional Convention, announced The Jewish Herald Voice. The fraternity award is given to the chapter that shows the most respect towards one another (February 7, 2008).

The Jewish Herald Voice announced that Cyrus Adler AZA won first place for directing a video and second place for a scrapbook at Lonestar's Regional Convention (February 14, 2008).

The Richmond Register mentioned BBYO as a way for teenage boys to seek faith connections (February 16, 2008).

Wayne State University's The South End featured an article about Michigan Region advisor and resident artist Max Shear (February 27, 2008).

The Ohio Jewish Chronicle featured an article on Columbus BBYO, and announced the new KIO Executive Board including Columbus members Rochelle Leeman (N'siah), Eric Langer (Moreh), Saul Kauffman (Mazkir), Hanna Good (Mazkirah), Ariel Wasserstrom(Shaliach) and Emily Smith(Gizbarit) (February 28, 2008).

BBYO Northstar members in Minneapolis attended a Minneapolis Mystery Tour, announced The American Jewish World (February 29, 2008).

Congratulations to Akron BBYO's 2008 Sweetheart and Beau Samantha Schiff and Jordan Marks, reported by Akron Jewish News (March 1, 2008).

The Stark Jewish News featured an article by Hillary Smuckler of ONR about Beau Sweetheart Weekend (March 1, 2008).

Emily Hanson, Ramon Soria, and Sam Emas participated in the production of Unsung and are members of BBYO's Holocaust Impact Theatere Group, reported The Miami Herald (March 3, 2008).

Lizzy Belz was elected the new chapter president of River City BBG, announced The Hebrew Watchman (March 6, 2008).

The Texas Jewish Post reported that BBYO members in Dallas began Phase 1 of its "Bricks for BBYO" program, which helps support Dallas-area BBYO's annual budget and helps continue to provide programming (March 6, 2008).

Toronto BBYO met up with Ottawa and Montreal BBYO members for a Fraternity/Sorority Weekend Conclave, announced The Canadian Jewish News (March 6, 2008).

Athens of the South AZA and Music City BBG both elected new officers to serve on their Chapter Executive Boards reported The Jewish Observer (March 7, 2008).

Mountain Region members in Phoenix attended a Phoenix Suns basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, spoke with Suns General Manager, Steve Kerr, and had a dance on the court after the game, reported The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix (March 7, 2008).

St. Louis BBYO held a city-wide Purim party and costume contest, and even translated the Megillah into "teen language," announced The St. Louis Jewish Light (March 13, 2008).

The Detroit Jewish News announced that Detroit BBYO held its annual "Fashion Unleashed" benefit (March 15, 2008).

The Suburban reported that BBYO Toronto held its biggest fundraiser with its annual Night at the Movies program (March 17, 2008).

Benjamin Nachman of Mid-America Region Omaha was selected for a Sokolof and Javitch Scholarship, reported The Jewish Federation of Omaha. Congratulations Benjamin! (March 19, 2008).

Mid-America Region Omaha hosted Hilla Medalia, director of To Die in Jerusalem, at its Spring Regional Convention, announced The Jewish Federation of Omaha (March 19, 2008).

The Jewish Herald Voice announced Isadore Shapiro AZA inducted its alephs-in-training and elected its new board including Alex Brown (Godol), Sam Strum (S'gan), Ben Rothenberg (Moreh), Ryan Steinhart (Moreh), Cameron Wolf (Shaliach), Steven Berger (Mazkir), Ryan Suhl (Gizbor), Hayden Grossman (S'gan Shanee), Daniel Faerman (S'gan Shanee) and Andrew Schienthal (Kohane Godol) (March 20, 2008).

BBYO Toronto participated in Tikkun Toronto: Jewish Youth Repairing the World One Day at a Time by helping to set up for a nursing home's Passover celebration, getting involved in the Global Day for Darfur Rally, and learning how to improve the environment, announced The Canadian Jewish News (March 26, 2008).

May 2008

San Antonio BBYO sold tickets for the "Battle of the Flowers" parade and the "Fiesta Flambeau Parade," announced The Jewish Journal of San Antonio (March 1, 2008).

Lonestar BBYO held its annual Regional Leadership Training Institute with a weekend of leadership, politics, teaching, learning and fun, mentioned The Jewish Herald-Voice (March 13, 2008).

The Ohio Jewish Chronicle wrote an article advocating BBYO's, an initiative to give teens ages 13-17 a voice in the upcoming election (March 20, 2008).

Lonestar Region elected its 24th Regional Board at its Regional Convention; the board will be led by Amy Engler and Alex Cohn (March 20, 2008).

Members of Robert Francis Kennedy AZA #1631 offered their cleaning skills to help families get ready for Passover, announced The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix (March 21, 2008).

Olivia Doochin and Dylan Buc were named Nashville's AZA Sweetheart and BBG Beau, respectively, at BBYO's annual formal, reported The Jewish Observer (March 21, 2008).

Tidewater BBYO teens participated in J-Serve, a national day of service for Jewish teens by organizing a "Senior Prom," reported The Jewish News of Southeastern Virginia (March 24, 2008).

The Jewish Press reported that Omaha BBYO hosted this years Mid-America Region Spring Regional Convention (March 28, 2008).

A Shabbat dinner held by Congregation B'nai Emunah honored members of Tulsa BBYO, announced The Tulsa Jewish Review (April 1, 2008).

Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region held its annual New Member Convention. The teens spent the weekend at Camp Swoneky celebrating Shabbat and Havdallah, learning about BBYO and gaining valuable leadership skills, announced The Dayton Jewish Observer (April 1, 2008).

The Charleston Jewish Voice announced Gabbi Baker as the new International S'ganit (Vice President of Programming) for BBG's 2008-2009 year (April 1, 2008).

Zach Savrick was named Tikvah BBG's new beau, according to the Jewish Herald-Voice (April 3, 2008).

Orland Rebels AZA held an eat-a-thon contest raising over $300 dollars for the chapter (April 4, 2008).

BBYO Orlando held its Sweetheart/Heartthrob Dance; the Heartthrob AZA group consisted of Drew Pringle, Sam Berlant, Alex Kahn, Matt Loory, Jared Oppenheim and Zack Winter; the Sweetheart BBG group consisted of Morgan Finkelstein, Tatum Drazen, Lucia Berezovsky, Arielle Poliner, Caitlyn Plotkin, Arielle Woodard and Casey Stekloff (April 4, 2008).

TheObserver announced the winners of Nashville BBYO's 2007-08 awards and honors that were given out on March 1 (April 4, 2008).

The Hebrew Watchman reported that Memphis BBYO raised over $3,000 in a "Mr. AZA Contest." Part of the proceeds was donated to the American Heart Association. In addition, the paper named the eight teens from Memphis who traveled to Chicago, IL for BBYO's International Convention in February (April 10, 2008).

Central Region East BBYO's Regional Convention was highlighted in the New York Reporter, including descriptions of Shabbat activities, speakers and traditions (April 11, 2008).

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Manatee Jewish News announced Morgan Finkelstein as InternationalMazkirah (Secretary and Treasurer) for the 2008-09 year (April 16, 2008).

The Jewish Review reported BBYO's greatest win in the first season of Jewish men's basketball in Portland; team members included Ben Erder, Boaz Stark, Josh Erde-Wollheim, Dan Scheinman,Kenji Kurosaki, Leigh Feldman, Jeremy Rogers, Marc Tobin and Brad Chusid (April 29, 2008).

Executive Director Matthew Grossman's article, The Benefits of Birthright Competition, was published in The New York Jewish Week (April 30, 2008).

The Jewish Herald-Voice announced that AZA alum Fred Sklar would be inducted into The Ronnie Arrow Houston Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2008 (May 1, 2008).

Samantha Frankel, Jill Berkowitz, Dana Goldstein, Alyssa Langenthal, Sarah Hisiger, Stacey Weinberg and Marin Shaprio of Nassau-Suffolk Region was featured in an article for her participation on the March of the Living in the Nassau Herald-Community Newspaper (May 1, 2008).

Matthew Grossman, BBYO's Executive Director, and Jason Wachs, BBYO's Grand Aleph Godol, were both quoted in a JTA article exploring the issue of men in non-Orthodox Jewish life. BBYO is highlighted as a success in keeping young men involved in Jewish life through its single-gender model. You can read the entire article here (May 7, 2008).

June/July/August 2008

BBYO's expansion and growth of its Israel and summer programming was mentioned in reference to the necessity of healthy competition in Jewish youth trips in the Jewish News Weekly Press of Northern California (April 11, 2008).

The Almanac reported that BBYO/Emma Kaufman Camp were awarded a grant from the Agency for Jewish Learning and United Jewish Federation for leadership/teambuilding training (April 30, 2008).

Samantha Frankel and eight other girls from Nassau-Suffolk BBYO were featured in the East Meadow Herald of Lawrence, NY, Herald of Lynbrook, Long Beach Herald, and Nassau Herald after their participation in March of the Living (May 1, 2008).

Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston reported that The Houston Jewish Sports Hall of Fame honored former AZA chapter president and Texoma Regional officer Fred Sklar (May 1, 2008).

Weprin-Kadima BBYO's 8th-9th grade "kidnap/sleepover" was mentioned by the Dayton Jewish Observer (May 1, 2008).

The Sarasota-Manatee Jewish News reported on Morgan Finkelstein's election to International Secretary/Treasurer of BBG (May 1, 2008).

Akron Jewish News announced Taylor Kent's election to BBG's International Jewish and Israel Education/Community Service and Social Action VP position (May 1, 2008).

BBYO's Ohio Northern Region raised almost $1,500 in less than ten minutes for lymphoma and leukemia research at their regional convention, reported Akron Jewish News (May 1, 2008).

Southeastern Virginia Jewish News reported on BBYO's all-night celebration for Israel's 60th, which it coordinated with several other community organizations (May 5, 2008).

Reda Mansour, the new consul general of Atlanta, reports of his Druze background and participation in his native Isfiya's local BBYO chapter as a youth in Israel in The Jewish Daily Forward. He credits Isfiya's American-funded BBYO and his involvement as the reason he and two others became ambassadors of the State of Israel (May 8, 2008).

Heritage Florida Jewish News reported that a local BBYO chapter held a chocolate seder over Passover (May 9, 2008).

BBYO youth in Texas supported a program titled "Shushan Idol" at a local synagogue, reported (May 9, 2008).

Nancy Kauffman, the executive director of Boston's Jewish Community Relations Council, wrote an article picked up by of SouthCoast, MA and Swampscott Reporter of Marblehead, MA about her personal connection to Israel during the last 60 years, including her first contact with the country through her "BBYO teen summer institute" in the summer immediately following the Six Day War (May 12 and 14, 2008).

An article about the "feminization of liberal Judaism" reported on BBYO's success at attracting male members and was picked up by several papers including Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Intermountain Jewish News, The Jewish Ledger, The Jewish Exponent;Modern Jewish Mom and Chicago Jewish News (May 15-24, 2008).

The Michigan Region BBYO Commission received mention in The Detroit News for the election of its 2008-2009 officers and executive committee members (May 15, 2008). wrote about the Dallas Jewish community's celebration of Israel @ 60, which was co-sponsored by numerous organizations including BBYO (May 16, 2008). Two teams of Loeb AZA members both won their basketball championships in late May, and were recognized with a short article and pictures in Houston's Jewish Herald-Voice (May 22, 2008).

The Las Vegas Jewish Reporter recognized the growth of local BBG and AZA chapters in the past year as well as the development of a new chapter (May 23, 2008).

Roxanne Weisman, a past BBYO Midwest regional board member, received press in the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia for her work in Premier Vacations, which organizes exotic trips for Jewish singles (May 29, 2008).

BBYO alumni gathered for the first of several events in the Denver/Boulder, CO area on June 8, kicking off their fundraising campaign, announced the Intermountain Jewish News (May 30, 2008).

The Dayton Jewish Observer reported on the 49 Dayton Jewish teens who participated in the city's first annual J-Serve Sunday, a day dedicated to community service co-sponsored by BBYO (May 31, 2008).

Jewish Community News wrote a brief article on the 3,000 participants at the Israel @ 60 celebration in Silicon Valley, CA, which was partially funded by BBYO (May 31, 2008).

Ari Prescott and Hillary Krisman of Tulsa were each awarded the community Scott Sanditen BBYO Leadership Development Scholarships to be used towards a BBYO summer program, reported the Tulsa Jewish Review (June 1, 2008).

BBYO's new Professional Development Program, which gives free MBA's in non-profit management and certificates in informal Jewish education to select BBYO employees, was highlighted in the following newspapers: The Jewish Advocate of Boston, MA; Jewish Review of Portland, OR; Jewish News of Great Phoenix; Heritage Florida Jewish News, Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia, PA; The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle and Detroit Jewish News (June 12-July 4, 2008).

The Commercial Appeal featured an article on BBYO member Judy Lansky who recently received the Jane Ross College Scholarship Fund for her service to the Special Olympics King Pins Bowling League in Memphis (June 19, 2008).

Alanna Davis of Raleigh, NC reported on her experience at the AIPAC Policy Conference as a BBYO student delegate on (July 2008).

Former BBYO member and past BBG Connecticut Valley Region N'Siah Sharon Sax credited her mother (Hyla S. Lipsky, past B'nai Brith Women President) for her own involvement in Jewish life in a Jewish Woman article (Summer 2008).

Michigan Region BBYO Commission was mentioned in the Detroit Jewish News for its election of new members and officers as well for awarding the Milan Mitzvah Award to Michelle Soltz (July 3, 2008).

American Jewish World of Minneapolis, MN ran a picture and description of BBYO teens Emily Silber, Hannah Berc, Emily Goldstein and Northstar BBYO Executive Director Cara Strauss volunteering at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center (July 4, 2008).

BBYO member Lisa Greenblatt was spotlighted in The Dallas Morning News "Good Kid" section and noted BBYO as one of her main activities (July 8, 2008). ran an article announcing the 12th annual Leadville Jewish cemetery clean-up and restoration in Colorado, which includes services, a free pot-luck for the less fortunate and a Kosher barbeque co-sponsored by BBYO (July 13, 2008). featured a blog post regarding the writer's trip to BBYO Kallah East and how teenagers care about issues of faith and want to dialogue (July 14, 2008). mentioned Project NYC's visit to their Maven show at Hebrew Union College in New York (July 28, 2008).

The David Project met with BBYO's ILSI participants in Israel to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel advocacy and attitudes towards Israel on American college campuses.

September/October 2008

The Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston, TX reported on Houston Council BBYO's first new member event in July (July 10, 2008).

Detroit Jewish News ran a picture of N'sheekot BBG members Stacey Matien, Rachael Veteese, Margo Rudnick and Marissa Quigg painting a mural on a fence surrounding a construction site in West Bloomfield, MI (July 10, 2008).

The Cleveland Jewish News ran an article highlighting BBYO teens' request to avoid Agriprocessors products at their camps this past summer (August 18, 2008).

Jason Wachs, past BBYO Grand Aleph Godol, was interviewed for The Cleveland Jewish News about his experience serving as BBYO's International President (July 18, 2008).

The Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston, TX spotlighted teens Clayton Aptekar, Samantha Binstock, Evy Brown and Kyle Golding for their participation in BBYO's Operation Shema in Baltimore, MD (July 31, 2008).

BBYO's expansion of the Passport to the World summer program was highlighted in the Greater Phoenix Jewish News and included comments from the program's director, Lane Schlessel and Phoenix teen, Andrew Cohen (August 15, 2008).

BBYO member, Liz Bigus, was interviewed for an article in The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle for her participation in the Daniel L. Brenner Youth Leadership program, in which she guides peers through two-hour seminars (August 25, 2008). and the Eccentric (West Bloomfield Edition) reported that the Michigan Region of BBYO began its AZA Flag Football League on Sunday, September 21, 2008 (September 11, 2008).

Dana Schwarz, Sharon Leshner, Amy Pearl and Shana Honig were pictured in the Jewish Community Voice as four of the 40 or so teens who volunteered at the Katz JCC Adult Department's Carnival Night in Cherry Hill, NJ (August 27, 2008).

Members of Stephen S. Wise BBG will celebrate the chapter's 30th anniversary on January 4, 2009, according to the Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston, TX (August 21, 2008).

BBYO's summer program for emerging entrepreneurs, Project NYC, was featured in Manhattan's Edition of the New York Jewish Week, and included remarks from participants Dani Stahler, Aaron Berkovich, Marc Phillips and Richard Kessler (August 29, 2008).

Denver's Intermountain Jewish News highlighted Marc Geller as the new regional director for BBYO's Rocky Mountain Region (September 5, 2008).

Jenna Samuelson, a BBYO teen from KIO, was published in Cincinnati, Ohio's The American Israelite, describing her memorable experiences at BBYO's Chapter Leadership Training Conference (September 4, 2008).

Six communities in the Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio region got together for BBYO's kickoff convention in Dayton, as mentioned in the Dayton Jewish Observer (September 1, 2008).

The Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston, TX detailed that the Greater Houston Council of BBYO held its annual back-to-school party and luau on August 31st. Debra Stahl and Max Kunik have been planning for the upcoming new-member term (August 28, 2008).

Shira Hurwitz has been named the new director of Columbus BBYO at the JCC of Greater Columbus, as reported in The Ohio Jewish Chronicle (August 28, 2008).

Orlando's Jewish Heritage News featured Gold Coast Region's fifth annual Junior/Senior College Tour, which took teens to Florida's four major state universities and introduced them to other Jewish college students (September 5, 2008).

Marc Phillips wrote his own piece in the Wyckoff Suburban News, which detailed his fantastic summer experience as a participant of Project NYC (September 17, 2008).

The Intermountain Jewish News featured Alena Stern as an Outstanding Youth, crediting her commitment to education and BBYO as BBG's Rocky Mountain Regional President (September 26, 2008).

The described Erica Debaggis's summer experiences at Kallah, BBYO's Judaic enrichment summer experience (October 6, 2008). referenced BBYO's International Convention, in which members discussed the importance of maintaining Jewish ethics in kashrut (September 26, 2008).

Stacey Heller and Rachel Heilbronner were highlighted in JUF News, detailing their recent acceptance into BBYO's new Professional Development Institute (September 1, 2008).

BBYO's group of East Meadow, NY teens won the "Battle of the Cause," raising money and awareness for the Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens as featured in the East Meadow Herald (September 18, 2008).

Memphis' Hebrew Watchman reported that River City BBG received 22 new members to kick-off their 2008-09 programming year (September 18, 2008).

Cara Rosenthal was mentioned in the Jewish Herald-Voice, referencing her experiences with the Gift of Israel Program through BBYO's Passport to Israel program (September 18, 2008).

Houston's Jewish Herald-Voice outlined the new members of the Malev BBG board including Jamie Berkowitz, Lila Chanin, Natalie Weisfeld and Carson Savrick (September 18, 2008).

Benji Frydman, Leah Guttstein, Kieran Smith, Ben Roberts and Jonah Chesen were pictured in the Dayton Jewish Observor at their new year pizza and putt-putt event (October 1, 2008).

The Philadelphis Jewish Exponent reported that BBYO teens will join other volunteers to cook 200 meals with the Cook for a Friend Program this November. Some of BBYO's volunteers will include Paige Glassman, Ilana McLean and Evan Huckfeldt from the Philadelphia Region (October 8, 2008).

Rabbi Eddie Sukol has been hired as Judaic consultant to BBYO's Ohio Northern Region as featured in the Cleveland Jewish News (September 19, 2008).

BBYO's DC Council Moreh, Max Heller, has been selected as the City of Potomac, Maryland's Youth of the Year as featured in the Potomac Almanac (October 8, 2008). To read about Max's honor, please click here.

Rita Lockman, the mother of BBYO advisor, Marla Schlessel, was highlighted in the Cleveland Jewish News for her dedication to challah baking for her family and the BBYO community (September 26, 2008).

November/December 2008

Dana Goldberg was featured in Miami's Community Newspapers as Miami's Positive Person, highlighting her involvement in BBYO (October 14, 2008).

Henry Monsky Lodge and BBYO teamed up to build and decorate Sukkahs on the Federation campus of Omaha, NE, as described in the Jewish Press (October 3, 2008).

The Jewish Community Voice featured BBYO's South Jersey Region kickoff dance, which drew a crowd of more than 200 teens, including Mindy Shipon, Max Bernstein, Elana Perilstein, Shana Honig and Sami Levin (September 24, 2008).

The Jewish Journal of San Antonio outlined Lonestar Region's first regional event held on a boat at the Riverwalk (September 1, 2008).

Cleveland's Friends & Alumni Network, Friends of BBYO, held a Bowling party to raise funds, advocate and provide programmatic support for Ohio Northern Region, as detailed in the Akron Jewish News (October 1, 2008).

Describing their visits to Poland and Israel on BBYO's March of the Living trip, The Akron Jewish News pictured Matthew Newman, Sophie Goldenberg, Lindsay Migdal, Alex Horowitz, and Rachel Friedman (October 1, 2008).

BBYO teens requested that the organizations' summer programs held in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin ban Agriprocessors meat in their dining halls as outlined in the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California (October 10, 2008).

Outlining his rewarding summer experience on Project NYC, Seth Samuels was featured in the Detroit Jewish News (October 9, 2008).

BBYO member, Shaye Winer, described Teen Connection's kickoff event that included communitywide organizations like Young Judea, ATID, Adat Shalom, etc., as featured in the Detroit Jewish News (October 9, 2008).

The Heritage Florida Jewish News described North Florida's Regional Leadership Training Institute for all regional and chapter officers (October 10, 20008).

The New Jersey Jewish News described BBYO as one of the organizations taking part in New Jersey's Mitzvah Day, which included blood, clothing and food drives (October 7, 2008).

BBYO board member, Bruce Sherman, and his wife Carol were featured in Youngstown, Ohio's Jewish Journal Monthly Magazine, honoring their dedication to BBYO and the Jewish community (October 1, 2008).

The Chagrin Valley Times of Ohio described Judy Kaufman's dedication to expanding the reach of the Friends & Alumni Network in Cleveland (October 16, 2008).

Evan Herron was featured in Cherry Hill, NJ's Jewish Community Voice, outlining his role as Grand Aleph Godol as well as some key issues that he believes to be very important in the Jewish community (October 8, 2008).

The Jewish Journal of San Antonio reported that the girls of Sababa BBG held a box dinner fundraiser to benefit the regional convention to be held in December (November 1).

The Washington Jewish Week detailed DC Council's KEY (Kol Echad Youth) Event, which "aimed to bring together ‘typical' and special needs teens within a Jewish social setting" (October 30, 2008).

The New England Region of BBYO was mentioned in an article posted on the, describing NER's role in promoting's "Get Lit 2008" program along with other non-profit organizations in the building (November 13, 2008).

The Texas Jewish Post reported on North Texas/Oklahoma Region's high school homecoming weekend, which included learning the history of BBYO, understanding the meaning of the group's traditions and spending time with friends (November 6, 2008). featured Chicago's, "Mitzvahpalooza," a festival including hands-on volunteer projects and a talent portion entitled, "Chicago Jewish Teens Got Talent!" (November 18, 2008).

The North Texas/Oklahoma (NTO) Region celebrated their new building with their "Bricks for BBYO" program, which honored past and current members by personalizing engraved bricks for the new building, as described in the Texas Jewish Post (November 1, 2008).

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