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January/February 2009

BBYO received a $73,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, aimed towards hiring more staff, seeking out alumni, advertising and boosting programming in Toronto, Canada, as reported by The Canadian Jewish News (December 3, 2008).

Hanna Lapin, BBYO member and teen editor for the Jewish Herald-Voice, wrote about her experiences at Lonestar Region's annual MIT/AIT Convention for new members (November 20, 2008).

Hailey Silley and Gillian Erdich were pictured in the Washington Jewish Week making t-shirts to show their support for Barack Obama at the Dave & Buster's in Rockville, MD (November 13, 2008).

Sarah Schonberg, Joanna Kabat, Rebecca Youngerman, Ora Rosenfeld and Gabi Fiszbein were all pictured in the Washington Jewish Week at DC Council's annual gala, honoring Moish Hamburg (November 13, 2008).

Las Vegas program director, Stefanie Szlamkowicz, was quoted on, detailing travel opportunities for BBYO members (November 26, 2008).

Hillary Gorson of Ashland, Oregon was interviewed in the Ashland Daily Tidings, describing her relationship to the Ashland chapter she helped to create (December 3, 2008).

Memphis, Tennessee's, The Hebrew Watchman reported on Emily Trotz's experience at this year's AIPAC high school summit (December 4, 2008).

Trevor Rubin and Alec Stern were pictured in Toledo, Ohio's The Blade, taking part in the annual BBYO alumni football game, a tradition for the past 10 years (November 28, 2008).

BBYO member, Zach Nye, was pictured at "Wing Night," a fundraising event held for the International Service Fund, as reported in The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle (November 21, 2008).

The St.Loui published an article encouraging viewers to watch Brad Cohen's movie, "Front of the Class," depicting his life growing up with Tourette's Syndrome (December 7, 2008).

BBYO volunteers gathered at the JCC of Youngstown, Ohio to participate in the 12th annual gift-wrap fundraiser, as reported by (December 21, 2008). described Michigan's Regional Convention, which gathered more than 400 teens for five fun filled days (December 18, 2008).

The Oakland Press reported on Teen Connection's "Day After Thanksgiving" outing for Jewish seventh and eighth graders (November 25, 2008).

The Jewish Herald-Voice gave a recap of the Isadore Shapiro AZA #1329 Vikings, outlining their volunteer program, social events and new members (November 27, 2008).

Lonestar Region recently held their annual MIT/AIT Convention for new members, teaching members about BBYO and inducting them as official members, as recorded by the Jewish Herald-Voice (November 27, 2008).

Members of the Jack Lubel AZA #2092 welcomed 15 freshmen alephs-in-training, as described by the Jewish Herald-Voice (November 27, 2008). recapped BBYO's second year of participating in lighting the menorah at the Lyndhurst City Hall (December 18, 2008).

Elana Firsht, Caryn Zeitlin, Hillary Kahn and Carly Cyklert were pictured in the Detroit Jewish News' article detailing the BBYO Fall Conclave (November 20, 2008).

The Roanoke Times described Ellen Goldstein's role as director of Eastern Region and the significance of BBYO in teens' lives (December 3, 2008).

Michael Cohodes and Rachel Koller were pictured in the Jewish Herald-Voice, outlining their work in preparing for the Lonestar Regional Convention (December 4, 2008).

BBYO was mentioned in Omaha's Jewish Press as one of the sponsors for the 23rd Annual Edward Zorinsky B'nai Brith Bible Quiz (December 5, 2008).

Fourteen teens from the Rocky Mountain Region traveled to DC for the fourth annual Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit, as reported by the Intermountain Jewish News (November 28, 2008).

The Heritage Florida Jewish News described BBYO's annual weekend convention, which gathered 37 teens from across Florida (December 19, 2008).

Dallas-area teens attended the "Tie Dye and Pie" event as part of BBYO's Teen Connection program, as described in the Texas Jewish Post (December 11, 2008).

Approximately 300 teenagers from the DC chapter of BBYO came to the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia to volunteer, as reported by Philadelphia's local 6 Action News (December 26, 2008). The volunteer group was also featured in three additional local news stations in Philadelphia.

Cincinnati's The American Israelite, reported on their local Israel fair, which included BBYO summer program descriptions for prospective participants (December 25, 2008).

The David Snyder AZA chapter was featured in the Sunday Capital, outlining their upcoming second annual breakfast and installation of new members (January 4, 2009).

Members of AZA in Houston, TX were featured in the Jewish Herald-Voice, describing their recent events, such as a bake sale, MIT/AIT Convention and Holocaust programming (December 18, 2008).

The Hebrew Watchman reported on Rivery City's BBG chapter, which recently honored members, including Stephanie Betesh, Sarah Lichterman, and Carey Segal among others (December 25, 2008).

More than 400 teens gathered at the Michigan Regional convention which included a dance, volunteer opportunities and a chance to socialize, as reported on by the Eccentric (West Bloomfield Edition) (December 18, 2008).

Volunteers, Amit Krompass and Eric Kupstin, helped serve a Thanksgiving meal along with 100 other community members at a local senior center, as described by the Texas Jewish Post (December 18, 2008).

Teens gathered at for the Dallas-area, "Tye Dye and Pie" event in an effort to recruit Teen Connection members, as detailed by the Texas Jewish Post (December 18, 2008).

The Greater Phoenix News reported on the second annual "Merry Mitzvah" event held in Phoenix (December 19, 2008).

HometownAnnapolis. com reported on the 16 men of the David Snyder chapter of AZA as they celebrated their first year of their fraternal organization (January 4, 2009).

Malev BBG held their Father/Daughter Softball game which brought out many members and their families, as report by the Jewish Herald-Voice (December 11, 2008).

Shomrei Torah of Teanek, NJ participated in an annual gift-giving campaign, which gave gifts to 625 neighbors of the community's nonprofit groups, as reported by the New Jersey Jewish Standard (January 9, 2009).

BBYO member, Ross Seidman, was quoted in the Baltimore Jewish Times, detailing his excitement for traveling with other BBYO members to DC to watch Obama's inauguration ceremony (January 16, 2009).

Sam Gringlas' writing was featured in the Detroit Jewish News, describing his memorable experiences at Regional Convention (January 8, 2009).

Okeon AZA held their annual awards banquet and dance to mark the chapter's 50th anniversary, as reported by The Hebrew Watchman of Memphis, TN (January 15, 2009).

The Southfield Eccentric of Michigan described Michigan's Regional Convention, quoting Eric Adelman, BBYO's regional director (December 21, 2008).

Dallas youth celebrated the "Bricks for BBYO" program, which gave friends and family an opportunity to purchase a personally engraved brick that will be mounted on the walls outside of the BBYO office area, as published by the Texas Jewish Post (December 25, 2008).

Caitlyn Karelitz, Meredith Smuckler and Mike Ortman were pictured in the Stark Jewish News selling BBYO raffle tickets in Canton, OH (January 1, 2009).

North Texas Oklahoma Region held their annual regional convention, gathering 265 Jewish teens to elect their new regional board, as printed in the Texas Jewish Post (January 15, 2009).

Teens in Scottsdale, Arizona held their third annual Night on the Court, with basketball, a Havdalah ceremony, dancing and even sumo wrestling, as published in the Greater Phoenix Jewish News (January 23, 2009).

Director of Michigan Region, Eric Adelman, wrote about his vision for his region in 2009, outlining key elements for his teens, such as tikkun olam, Zionism and partnering with local Jewish organizations as printed in the Detroit Jewish News (January 2009).

Cotton States held their regional convention, celebrating the newly elected regional board and awards won by Rivery City BBG as printed in The Hebrew Watchman (January 22, 2009).

Tulsa teens, Lisa Marcum, Natalie Charney, Josh Roubein, Arri Prescott and Julie Chasen, were pictured in the Tulsa Jewish Review, as they prepared for their BBYO Shabbat event (February 1, 2009).

Lane Schlessel, P2W's Program Director, held an informational evening in Houston to promote the new Passport summer experiences, as recorded by the Jewish Herald Voice (January 29, 2009).

BBYO alumna, Stacy Palevsky's writing was featured in The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, describing her lifelong friendships that she made at the ripe age of 16 (February 6, 2009).

The Shapiro AZA Vikings of Houston, Texas spent three exciting days at Regional Convention, where they elected the 25th Regional Board, as reported by the Jewish Herald-Voice (February 5, 2009).

Lindsay Warden, Katie Penner, Jamie Berkowitz, Natalie Weisfeld, Maura Estes, Brooke Kantor, Sydnee Feilkow,Hannah Klein, Shelly Gordon, Taylor Weiss and Sofua Tew were pictured the Jewish Herald-Voice, announcing the new officers for spring 2009 (February, 5 2009).

Northwest Area Executive Director, Aaron Katler, wrote a letter to the editor of Jewih Weekly in San Francisco, in response to Stacey Palevsky's BBYO column that described her rewarding experience with BBYO. Katler highlighted the Bay Area's growth of over 1,000 teens that participate in BBYO as well (February 13, 2009).

Sami Dines of Michigan Region was featured by the Detroit News, detailing her service work with a 6 year old special needs child, Hailey Reinke (February 9, 2009).

Jewish News Weekly of Northern California featured Central Region West teens for joining with other members of Jewish youth organizations in the area to discuss their striking similarities and create an alliance between the different groups (April 10, 2009). Click here to read more.

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle reported that 6,000 flags were placed outside the Wisconsin Region’s office by BBYO members to remember the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust (April 13, 2009).

Cyrus Adler AZA and Malev BBG of the Lonestar Region were highlighted in the Jewish Herald-Voice for holding a community service event for children of the Refugee After-School Program. Participants enjoyed organized sports and a Mardi-Gras themed carnival (April 16, 2009).

Former International President Brandon Rattiner, of Denver, was featured in Tufts Daily for his current leadership role as Tufts Community Union Senator and presidential candidate (April 23, 2009). Click here to read more.

Members of Central Region East were praised in the Sunday Star-Gazette for their environmentally-friendly community service work. BBYO joined together to clean up trash from the Chemung River and the nearby city of Elmira (April 26, 2009).

Ygal Schuller, a member of AZA#1 in Omaha, Nebraska, was featured in the Jewish Press for receiving the Robert and Ellen Gordman Teen Leadership Award (May 1, 2009).

In The Paly Voice, Aaron Lerner of Central Region West was mentioned for organizing an interfaith community service day titled Volunteer Jam Across the Bay (May 4, 2009).

Ahava BBG of Northern Region East- DC Council appeared in for their inspirational fundraiser. The girls organized a dog walk to commemorate a former member, Rachel Smith, and raise money for an organization that partners emotionally disturbed youth with volunteer opportunities at the Montgomery County Humane Society (May 6, 2009).

The York Dispatch pictured members of Central Region East, along with local peers from York Catholic High School, placing American flags on the graves of veterans in celebration of memorial day (May 13, 2009).

BBYO teens of New Haven were highlighted in the Jewish Ledger for their participation in J-Serve. Projects included creating a mural commemorating Israel’s 61st birthday, cleaning the Holocaust memorial, maintaining of the Jewish cemetery, and providing servicing to the Greater New Haven JCC summer camp (May 13, 2009).

Cory Bolotsky, the BBYO council vice president of community service in New Jersey, was quoted in the New Jersey Jewish News for his participation in J-Serve this year. He, along with over 100 other Jewish teens in the area, contributed in this day of service by collecting food and hygiene items (May 26, 2009).

Jonathan Eisen of the Connecticut Valley Region BBYO appeared in the Jewish Ledger for his plans to spend the summer volunteering in Golokwati, Ghana. His year-long service will focus on community-based organizing and economic sustainability (May 29, 2009).

Jordan Leventhal appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News for his participation in JNF’s Alternative Spring Break. This opportunity allowed Leventhal to return to Israel after his trip with BBYO and participate in community service work (May 29, 2009).

Elanor Gossen and Ryan Dinesman of Lonestar Region BBYO were congratulated in The Jewish Journal of San Antonio for receiving the Aunt Roselle Award, which is given to members of Erick Weiss AZA and Sababa BBG who have shown dedication and superior leadership abilities (June 1, 2009).

BBYO alum Richard Hirschhaut was highlighted in The Chicago Jewish News for his new position at the renovated Holocaust Museum in Chicago (June 5. 2009). For more information on Richard Hirschhaut, click here.

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