February 2012/Shevat 5772 Issue

Serving - Fox Chapel, North Hills, Southern Suburbs, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Point Breeze, Eastern Suburbs, Monroeville, Plum, Murraysville and Churchill.

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In This Issue:

International Convention 2012 on TV and Radio!

8th Graders Eligible for Membership

New Member Weekend Recap

KMR BBYO Connect at Dave and Busters

Tournies March 2-4 2012 JCC South Hills

BBYO Connect Opportunities

Summer Early Bird Discount - Last Chance!

Stand UP Seminar in March






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1,100+ Jewish Teen Community Leaders from 14 Countries to Gather for International Convention 2012

Follow Us Through TV, Radio Broadcasts, and our IC Live Blog!











Atlanta will host more than 1,100 of the Jewish teen community’s brightest thinkers, strategists, philanthropists, and educators from 15 countries February 16 – 20 for the largest-ever International Convention (IC) of BBYO. For the past eight decades, this convention has served to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community. In addition to nearly 900 teen leaders in attendance, the convention will bring together BBYO professionals, Board of Directors and volunteer advisors that represent some of the most passionate, educated and committed leaders in the Jewish community today.

Stay up to date with IC 2012 as the excitement unfolds:

  • Join the discussions on the new website and live blog at
  • Tweet at #azabbgic2012
  • Listen to live broadcasts directly from the convention and find out the 2012-2013 newly elected International Board members first on Jewish Rock Radio (a free app is available for Android, iPhone or iPad)
  • Watch Jewish Life TV's live broadcasts of Opening Ceremonies, Day of Service Kick-Off, Shabbat Preparation and the State of the Order Address!

Click here to learn more and read all of the exciting highlights to come during IC 2012!

8th Graders are Now Eligible for AZA and BBG Membership

Do you have an 8th grader in your life who wants to become involved with AZA and BBG? As of January 1, all current 8th graders are eligible for full AZA or BBG membership, including opportunities to attend conventions and chapter meetings. Membership is more affordable than ever before. Don't let teens miss out on the fun and meaningful opportunities that BBYO offers! Please spread the word and encourage families you know to  register for  a membership today!

New Member Weekend Recap

112 KMR BBYO members called Adat Shalom in Cheswick, Pa. and its nearby community’s home for the KMR 2012 New Member Weekend. Our thanks go to the staff and clergy of Adat Shalom for all they did to welcome our family of teens. In addition, many thanks to all of the parents who opened their homes to the members, and to the volunteers who helped throughout the weekend. New Member Weekend is a convention that is geared toward educating new members about BBYO while combining separate programs for the BBG’s and AZA’s. The convention culminates with each new member being inducted into BBYO.


KMR BBYO Connect  at Dave and Buster's

KMR welcomes all of the middle school students that attended the January KMR BBYO Connect event at Dave & Buster’s on the Waterfront.  The new middle school students, along with KMR BBYO Regional Board members enjoyed an afternoon of arcades while connecting with their new friends. BBYO Connect is a division of BBYO aiming to create a community of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders through social and meaningful experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life.
BBYO Connect offers teens a variety of experiences to help bridge the gap between pre- and post- Bar/Bat Mitzvah and High School programs. The purpose is to provide middle school students with a positive experience in which they can get together with camp, school, and synagogue friends, as well as meet new teens from all over Pittsburgh. BBYO Connect allows middle schoolers to begin experiencing the privileges and obligations of being a member of the Jewish and general communities. Focused on Judaic, service and social programming, BBYO Connect builds a network of teens across North America at a critical age when middle school students begin to strengthen their identities, form social circles and prepare for high school and beyond. Finally, Connect teens are mentored by AZA and BBG high school teens to help them prepare for an easier transition into high school.

Nudge a teen in your life! BBYO Connect aims to provide every middle school student with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences! Please click here to provide us with contact information of families who can benefit from BBYO Connect so we can notify them of opportunities.

Tournies March 2-4, 2012 JCC South Hills

The Sorting Hat has completed its mission and the four houses have been assigned. The muggles are being asked to click here and register for KMR BBYO Tournies 2012. If you haven’t realized from above, the theme of this year’s Tournies convention is Harry Potter. Who will win the TriWizard Cup?
Competitions are open to all registered members of Keystone Mountain Region BBYO.

Make it an Impactful and Affordable Summer!







Don't miss your last chance to register for a BBYO Summer Experience at a special early bird discount of $75. Early Bird ends February 29!


This summer, BBYO has several scholarship opportunities for teens to learn about service at one of BBYO's four Summer of Impact programs taking place in Boston, Chicago, DC, and Israel. Each of these programs offers a unique understanding as to how you can be a leader and create change in your community. For more information on Summer of Impact, click here.

It is not too late for you to take advantage of one of our great discounts:

  • Are you a JSU member? All JSU members can receive $100 off Impact: DC and Impact: Chicago - just like that!
  • Have you attended a Panim el Panim seminar? If so, you can receive $100 off Impact: DC and Chicago.
  • Do you know anyone who attended the University of Maryland or University of Chicago? If so, have them email Natalie at with a referral and you can receive $150 off either Impact: DC or Impact: Israel.
  • Take advantage of BBYO Scholarships:
  1. All regions have scholarship money specifically for Impact: DC,  Chicago and Boston -- just reply to this email and ask your regional staff!
  2. Participants of Impact: Israel can take advantage of the Milk and Honey Scholarship, with scholarships up to $2,000.


You can also get a taste of Impact programs at CLTC. Teens attending CLTC Sessions 1 and 6 can spend three extra days at Impact: Milwaukee (following Session 1) and Impact: Pittsburgh (following Session 2).  At both of these extensions, you’ll have an  intensive experience of service, advocacy, and Jewish values. You will do hands-on service, learn about different ways of having an impact on your community, and discuss how to apply your CLTC leadership skills back home. More information is available here.

We hope to see you this summer! For questions, please email Natalie at

Stand UP in Washington, DC on March 25 - 28!

NEW PROGRAM: Special BBYO Panim el Panim Seminar for Stand UP leaders

Do you want to learn how to run a strong Stand UP campaign and sharpen your leadership skills while thinking about today’s current issues? All BBYO teens are invited to come to Washington, DC, to participate in the first ever Panim el Panim: Stand UP Seminar and return home as a leader ready to impact your community! The program features advocacy training on a wide range of current topics, a community service project and the opportunity to lobby your elected officials on Capitol Hill! The program will focus on all aspects of Stand UP, allowing seasoned participants to strengthen their existing skills and new participants to learn a solid foundation of the campaign!

Attend this seminar and receive a $100 discount towards your Summer of Impact Experience!

Click here to learn more about the Panim el Panim: Stand UP Seminar.