Central Region East BBYO

December 2010/Tevet 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

CRE Tournies A Success!

8th Graders Welcome!

Upcoming CRE BBYO Conventions

BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

BBYO Impact Survey

International Program Registration

New PANIM Website




Quick Links:

Donate to BBYO




BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

BBYO 2011 Summer Experiences Brochure


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CRE Tournies A Success!

Teens, Community and Shelters All Winners!

When people think about CRE BBYO's Tournies Convention, competition is the first thing that usually comes to mind. While the weekend does include the teens competing against one another in many different events, that is only the surface of what we accomplished as a Region.

On November 19-21 in Allentown, PA., 245 Jewish Teens came together to accomplish many objectives. With Ruach engulfing the atmosphere the weekend began with a Shabbat dinner and services followed by a rousing Song, Banner and Cheer presentation. With the weekend's theme of Fairy Tales in place, the chapters utilized this theme, with a Jewish schtick, to perform for their peers, judges and community members. The creativity was unbelievable and the energy unmatched.

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8th Graders Welcome!

With the New Year fast approaching it is that time of year to give the best New Year's gift ever...the opportunity to become a part of CRE BBYO! As of January 1, 2011 anyone in 8th grade may officially join BBYO as a member by going to www.b-linked.org. Please take advantage of our 4 year membership deal and give a young Jewish teen the chance to experience the life changing experiences that BBYO can provide for them. 8th graders may attend local events as of 12/1/10 to prepare for their joining on the first of the year. If you have any questions about getting your teen involved please contact your local chapter or Jeff Koch at the Regional Office at (610)435-3571  EXT. 159 or jkoch@bbyo.org. Don't let anyone miss out on the largest youth-led, pluralist Jewish organization in the world!

Upcoming CRE BBYO Conventions

  • "IT" (New Member) Convention - February 4-6, 2011 - Wilkes Barre, PA.
  • WOW Weekend - April 8-10, 2011 - Wilmington, DE.
  • Spring Fling - May 13-15, 2011 - Camp Green Lane, Green Lane, PA.



BBYO Teen on MTV Season Finale

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Find Out What Wish Came True for an AZA Teen: Watch an interview with Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”

Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message reflected the focus of their television series which features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving back and helping to make dreams come true for the people they meet along the way.  Before wrapping up their remarks at Kallah, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 teens asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”

Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked onto to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home."Six months later, the cast from “The Buried Life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode on November 29. Immediately following the show BBYO aired a live webcast with Lucas, allowing BBYO teens from around the world to ask him questions and hear his reflections on the experience and what it has meant to his family.

Click here to learn more, including links to watch the Season Finale on MTV.com and the recorded interview with Lucas.

Take the BBYO Impact Survey!

Are you or your child a BBYO junior or senior? As part of our commitment to our members and supporters, we are conducting research to study the value of our programs. Your input will provide us with valuable understanding of what people enjoy about BBYO and where improvements can be made. Participate in our survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card!


Don't Miss Out!

Registration is open for dozens of BBYO International Experiences.

February 2011:

April - May 2011:

  • March of the Living: Experience a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland. Sophomores are eligible for $1,000 off!

Summer 2011:

  • AZA & BBG's Flagship Leadership Development and Judaic Identity programs: CLTC, ILTC and Kallah.
  • Summer of Impact experiences through the PANIM Institute of BBYO. Serve new communities and make a real difference in Boston, D.C., the Southwest and Israel!
  • Passport to the World, BBYO's global travel program, taking teens to more than 16 countries around the world.

Click here to check out BBYO's Interactive Brochure of Summer Experiences for 2011 featuring videos, photo albums, scholarship information, Facebook quizzes, and more!


  • Panim el Panim: Receive advocacy training, participate in service learning and have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill -- all in a few days!
  • Double Impact Scholarship: Earn a 50 percent scholarship towards the tuition of a domestic Summer of Impact experience and 25 percent towards Impact: Israel by performing 60 hours of community service during the school year!

New PANIM Website!






Check out the new site and learn about all of PANIM's premiere service learning experiences.