Central Region East BBYO

April 2011/nisan 5771 Edition

CRE BBYO currently serves the following communities: Allentown, Philadelphia Main Line Area, Harrisburg, West Chester, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, York, Reading, Williamsport, and Pottsville.  We also serve Wilmington, DE and Newark, DE, as well as Binghamton, NY  and Elmira, NY.
We're always looking to expand!  If you would like BBYO to serve your community, please contact our Regional Office at 610.435.3571 x159 or email us at cre@bbyo.org

In This Issue:

Happy Passover; Discussion Guide for Seder Table

CRE BBYO Has A Truly WOW Weekend!

CRE BBYO...Where Everybody Can Be A Leader

BBYO Summer Filling Up - Don't Miss Out!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO

J-Serve On Sunday

Videographers Needed for World Travel

Survey On Family Camp

Get Involved with BBYO




Quick Links:




BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Summer Experiences 2011 Brochure


Facebook Twitter

Happy Passover! Let a Teen Lead the Passover Seder








After a year of traveling the country and the world as BBYO’s International Teen Presidents, we are so excited to go home and spend Passover with our families! During our travels, we witnessed how BBYO serves as a “home away from home” for tens thousands of teens.  At BBYO programs, we make great friends and connect with Judaism on our terms.

Just as BBYO has been a home for so many teens, we’d like to bring a meaningful BBYO experience into your home this Passover.  Check out BBYO’s Passover Discussion Guide, which focuses on an important Passover tradition and the how it relates to teens today.  Join 30,000 families across the country in trying out this additional set of four questions at your Seder table.  Let a teen at your Seder guide your family in gaining a better understanding of our traditions.

On behalf of BBYO teens everywhere, chag pesach sameach (Happy Passover) to you and your family.

Arielle Braude and Jeremy Sherman
BBYO International Teen Presidents

CRE BBYO Has A Truly WOW Weekend!

Throughout the weekend of April 8-10, 2011, CRE BBYO held it's second annual WOW Weekend in Wilmington, DE. With more than 265 teens in attendance the theme of "The Sky is the Limit" energized the teens from start to finish. After a wonderful Friday evening Shabbat Service, CRE welcomed back an inspiring friend, Scott Fried, to speak to the teens in what was 90 minutes of intensive learning that transformed a room of over 300 into extremely attentive listeners. Scott's lessons on AIDS education, anti-bullying and self-respect led the teens on a journey of introspection. Scott' continued his teaching on Saturday morning after Shabbat Services, with a 75 minute session separately with both the girls and the boys.and continued with an afternoon engagement with parents and community members.

The convention also included the youth-led programs the Seven Cardinal Principles of AZA and the BBG Menorah Pledge as well as a convention wide Israel education program/journey.

The evening continued with a chills-inducing CRE BBYO Havdallah Service. The auditorium of the Wilmington JCC was overflowing with over 350 teens, parents, alumni and community members. The energy that filled the room made you proud to be Jewish and gave one confidence that the future of the Jewish Community is in the hands of these amazing teens. The teens also reminded Scott Fried of the positive impact he had on them when they began, in unison, to chant his name in appreciation at the conclusion of Havdallah.

The night concluded with the annual Beau-Sweetheart Semi-Formal Dance. The teens were dressed to impress and presented the elected Beaus and Sweethearts of each chapter and the Region in a "red carpet" ceremony with their friends cheering them on!

A huge thank you goes out to the volunteer advisors for Wilmington BBYO, Chuck Marcus, Robin Jacobs-Freschman and Samantha Diamond, for the amount of time and effort that they spent in helping to organize the logistics of this weekend. Another thank you also goes out to the Wilmington community and JCC for their on-going support of BBYO.

Please make sure to go to www.b-linked.org and register for Spring Fling, the last convention of the program year. This will be an opportunity to have your voice be heard as CRE BBYO will elect next year's Regional Board.The convention will be held May 13-15, 2011 at Camp Green Lane


CRE BBYO...Where Everybody Can Be A Leader

What is a leader? The dictionary states that a leader is one who goes before or with and shows the way. It also says it is someone who guides and influences. The one thing that it does not say is that it is a person who holds a title or board position.

While BBYO runs on a democratic system through the election of board members, it does not preclude those who either are not elected or choose not to run for an office from being a leader in BBYO.

Over the next month, CRE BBYO will hold elections for board members in all of it's chapters and on the Regional level. While it is important to have these boards in place, it is also important to remember that a person can continue to lead and make a positive impact on the organization and the members in it without being an elected officer.

Each and every person in BBYO has something that they would like to contribute and in CRE, the culture that is being further developed is one in which the board is the vehicle to drive the ideas of the members. It is each member though, that will contribute their input to help BBYO to continue to evolve.

This year CRE began by opening RLTI (Regional Leadership Training Institute) to every interested member. The response was wonderful as one-third of the attendees did not hold a board position. The feedback of both the board members and those who did not hold a position was positive. The teens felt as if they all were working more in unison towards a common goal.

As the election process begins in your community, think about the role that you or your teen want to play in BBYO. Whether you want to caucus for a board position or lead from the perspective of the general member, keep in mind that you can impact those around you in a positive way whether you hold an elected position or if you choose to lead from behind.

CRE BBYO will help you become the leader you want to be!


Last Chance for a BBYO Summer! Wondering Where Spots are Still Open?







Summer is just around the corner! It isn't too late to spend it with BBYO, but progams are filling up quickly! Don't miss out on the BBYO programs below that do not currently have a waitlist:

There are currently waitlists for ILTC, Kallah and CLTC (for females). Impact: Boston is currently full.

Click here to learn more about having a BBYO Summer!

Teens Raise $25,000 for Global BBYO









(BBYO's International Delegation at IC 2011)

Committed to supporting Jewish youth all over the world, BBYO had one of its most successful global representations at its International Convention this year with Jewish teens from eight countries attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel. This highlight comes after an exciting school-year filled with initiatives meant to engage BBYO teens to recognize the power they have to stand united as one movement of Jewish youth.

Earlier this year, BBYO partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on an overseas service initiative for BBYO alumni, the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship. The fellowship sent four BBYO alumni to join the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps for one year to helpTurkey; Israel; Argentina; and Serbia with their most pressing welfare, Jewish renewal and humanitarian needs while developing teen programming and connections to Jewish life through BBYO’s innovative leadership programming and international network.

In addition to this partnership, BBYO’s teen leadership established a Global Ambassadors Network with 19 North American teens working directly with affiliates on projects such as AZA and BBG Shabbats and expanding J-Serve, currently the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Through these combined efforts, BBYO regions raised more than $25,000 through the International Service Fund (ISF) to help bring  the international delegation to IC 2011.

Stay tuned for more updates on BBYO’s globalization initiative including a live blog complete with updates with Overseas delegations coming soon!

J-Serve 2011 is this weekend!


J-Serve is April 17, 2011! In CRE we do various projects in each of our local communities.Whether it has been cleaning up the Chemung River Bank, building fences at the Lehigh Valley Zoo, cleaning the nature path at the Kaiserman JCC or one of many other projects CRE BBYO has completed over the years, we are always looking to impact the world through Tikun Olam.

 Due to the Passover holiday, your community may choose to do their project in the next few weeks. J-Serve is aNational Day of Community Service for teens across the country. We strongly encourage everyone to get involved, whether you are a BBYO member or not. Parents and community members are also encouraged to attend.

Please contact your local chapter president or advisor to find out about their chosen project and how YOU can get involved!

Videographer Needed

BBYO’s Passport to the World is looking for experienced videographers to travel with teen tour groups to Europe, Costa Rica, the Western USA and Israel filming videos of the programs in exchange for free travel including airfare, group transportation and lodging.  Places for video shoots include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Rome and more. Ideal candidates are college or immediately post-college videographers with a sense of adventure and an eye for the best shot.

Trip lengths will vary, but will range from 2 to 4 weeks from late June through July. Interested candidates should email a resume, dates of availability and three video samples to info@passport2theworld.org. The deadline to apply is April 28.

What makes a Perfect Family Camp Experience?

BBYO is currently researching this question and wants to hear from BBYO teens, Teen Connection tweens, alumni, and their families. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete the brief survey using the links below. 
Your answers will help us create the most impactful summer camp experience for you and your family.

Adult Survey Link
Teen Survey Link

Get Involved with BBYO!

There are lots of ways to continue involvement with BBYO after high school. Here are some great ways: