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PANIM Institute Seminars Bring 600 Teens to Washington, DC

April 28, 2010

Register for a newly added Summer Seminar for only $150


This academic year, more than 600 teens from around the country came to Washington, DC to explore public policy and social activism through a Jewish lens as a part of Panim el Panim (PeP), a program with a 20+ year history that is now a part of the PANIM Institute of BBYO. During a total of eight seminars, high school delegations had the opportunity to meet with over fifty Congressional Offices, including special meetings with civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Early Act champion and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Every Panim el Panim seminar gives the teens the opportunity to serve in the community. While in Washington, DC the delegations volunteered at dozens of service organizations such as Bread for the City, Community for Creative Non-Violence, Food and Friends, Martha’s Table, Metro TeenAIDS, So Others Might Eat, the Ronald McDonald House, and Washington Parks and People. The teens also participated in Street Torah, a PANIM program that introduces teens to homeless individuals from the National Coalition for the Homeless and brings the teens to a DC park to share toiletries and warm clothing from home.

In addition to service and a lobbying opportunity, participants discussed current hot topic issues by meeting directly with experts from the field. This season teens met with speakers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), American Prospect, the Brookings Institute, Congressional Hunger Center, Feeding America, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Independent Women’s Forum/Winston Group, National Alliance to End Hunger, National Immigration Forum, National Resources Defense Fund, National Legacy and Policy Center,Share Our Strength, and more.

Registration Changes and New Summer Seminar Added!

Panim el Panim is proud to announce that its registration policies have changed and registration for future PeP seminars is now available to individual teen participants. It is no longer required to register for this program through a community or school delegation.

If you, or your teen, did not get a chance to participate in a Panim el Panim seminar this school-year there is still another opportunity this summer! Join teens from around the country for PB & J: A Jewish Teen Summit on Hunger. This program will be the weekend of June 24-28th, the weekend before International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC).

This seminar has been specially funded to allow teens to participate in this amazing experience for a discounted rate of$150. Teens participating in ILTC will be transported to Perlman Camp at no additional cost. This seminar will focus strongly on service and advocacy as it relates to Hunger issues. In addition to a visit to Capitol Hill, the PANIM program Street Torah, and meeting with thought leaders about current hunger issues, the teens will also have a chance to see DC through a new vantage point. They will have the unique opportunity to spend a special Shabbat with their peers in the nation’s capital and enjoy the highlights of DC in the summertime.

If you are a teen interested in attending, the guardian of a teen interested in attending, or an adult interested in bringing a delegation of students, please click here to be contacted by a Panim el Panim representative to learn more.

Visit to register online now!

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