Ohio Northern Region BBYO #23

August 2011/Av 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

'11-'12 ONR BBYO Convention Schedule

Summer Experiences Wrap-Up

ONR BBYO Annual Kickoff Dinner

Teen Honors "Never Again"

Letter from the Chair of the Board

New ONR BBYO Office Location

BBYO Hot Topics:

Branding Update

IC 2012 BBYO

BBYO is Hiring


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2011-12 ONR BBYO Convention Schedule & Upcoming Events

ONR BBYO conventions are amazing meaningful Jewish weekends.  This past year we had some of the best conventions ever.  2011-2012 is already developing into an amazing program year with new and exciting events.  Below is the list of dates for the 2011-2012 Ohio Northern Region BBYO Conventions.  Please mark your calendars for these weekends you won’t want to miss.

Fall Kickoff - More details below "Upcoming BBYO Events"
Leadership Training Institute (LTI) - November 11-13 at Camp Wise
Kallah - December 16-18 at Hiram House Camp
Midwest Israel Summit - March 9-11 in Chicago
Regional Convention ’12 - March 16-19 in Cleveland
Josh Mendelsohn New Member Weekend - May 18-20 at Camp Wise

Upcoming BBYO Events
August 28th --- 2nd Annual BBYO Family Dinner (4-7 pm)
September 4th --- Jewish Heritage Day at the Lake County Captains Stadium (noon-4 pm)
September 5th --- 19th Totally Kosher Rib-Burnoff (11 am - 4 pm)

September 16-18: “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket!” - Fall Kickoff 2011 --- The first ONR BBYO convention of the year is September 16-18, 2011 at Gross Schechter Day School in Cleveland, OH.  This is our Kickoff Convention and the cost of the weekend is $170.  Scholarships are available through your local BBYO office.  Registration is currently open until Friday September 2nd.  You can register via b-linked.org or by calling the ONR BBYO office at 216-360-0075.  Your Convention Coordinators (Ryan Friedman, Zoe Smith and Jessie Paley) have been working very hard to put together a fun and exciting weekend for all.

“Convention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” --- Your Kickoff Coordinators

72 Teens from the Ohio Northern Region Attended BBYO's Summer Experiences







More than 1,500 teens, including 72 from the Ohio Northern Region, took part in BBYO's broadest menu of Summer Experiences ever. Teens traveled the world discovering their Jewish identities, exploring ways to create positive change, and building friendships that will last for years to come. Please click here to check out our 2011 Summer Blogs to see the latest photos, videos and testimonials from teen participants. Also, here are three quotes from local Summer program participants on how they were impacted by their BBYO Summer Experience:

These teen experiences will have a direct impact in our chapters, local communities, and most importantly… impacted the lives of our Jewish teens for a lifetime.

The teens, families and the ONR local professionals want to thanks all of our wonderful supporters and scholarship funders (see list below) for making this summer a success and impacting the lives of all the ONR BBYO teens.

Many thanks to the:
Sid Franklin Scholarship Fund
Laurel B. Turoff Scholarship Fund
Aaron Grossman B’nai B’rith Lodge
Theodore B. Marks Scholarship Fund
Emanuel Stern Scholarship Fund
Burt Schnell Leadership Scholarship Fund
Judaism in Israel Scholarship Fund
ILSI Spitzer Fellowship
Milk & Honey Scholarship Fund
Francis & Sanford Tolchinsky Scholarship Fund
Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo and Youngstown

ONR BBYO Annual Kickoff Family Dinner

The 2nd annual BBYO Family dinner event is Sunday August 28th at the Mandel JCC pavilions from 4 - 7 pm.  The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family.  The first 50 people who register also get a FREE ticket to the September 4th Lake County Captains game for Jewish Heritage Day!!!

RSVP with registration fee by: Sunday August 21st.

Mail registration payment to: ONR BBYO - 26001 S. Woodland Rd. Beachwood, OH 44122 or drop-off registration payment at 25400 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, OH  44122.

For more information or questions contact the ONR BBYO office at 216-360-0075 or email onr@bbyo.org

See friends you haven’t seen all summer.  Learn about the amazing experiences ONR BBYO teens had this year at BBYO Summer Programs.  Meet new people.  Hear about the upcoming BBYO program calendar of events and much more!

Never Again: A Teen Takes Action to Honor Those Words

BBYO is excited to share with you an Op-Ed published last month in eJewishPhilanthropy written by Julianne Simson, one of BBYO’s teen leaders in Sarasota, Florida and a participant in BBYO's Human Rights and Genocide Summit in June.

All of BBYO's experiences helped to build Julianne’s knowledge, character and commitment to Jewish values and led to her attendance at last month’s Human Rights and Genocide Summit, sponsored by BBYO’s PANIM Institute, which was the inspiration for her article, “Never Again: A Teen Takes Action to Honor These Words.” Julianne writes to raise awareness around the issue of genocide and to incite her peers to take action through powerful suggestions on how teens can make a difference. Her thoughtfulness and passion serve as an inspiration to us all.  To view the article, click here.

The  Summit was a remarkable success bringing together 61 teens from the US, Canada and Bulgaria, about a third of which were continuing their education on genocide issues as recent alumni of this year’s March of the Living. Click here to learn more about the Summit through its blog.

Letter from the Chair of the Board

Leadership Development. Character Building. Jewish Values. Many consider these to be BBYO’s lasting impact on our teen population. But perhaps, BBYO’s greatest gift of all is the combination of those experiences with lasting friendships and a strong personal and professional network. For me, BBYO is not only a place where I began developing skills in my career, but it is also the place where I met and cultivated some of my most valued friendships.  And I’m not alone. It is of no surprise to me that my own alumni friends, along with many of BBYO’s 250,000 alumni, are serving prominent positions in places such as the White House, Wall Street, law firms, financial sectors, media and non-profits.  When we reconnect, many of them reference their early years in BBYO as the foundation for success -- running chapter meetings, regional conventions and studying leadership theories at summer programs.

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The ONR BBYO Office is Moving… Temporarily

The Ohio Northern Region BBYO Regional office has temporarily moving to the old Cleveland Hebrew School building in Beachwood at 25400 Fairmount Blvd.  This will be our new home until sometime next spring 2012, when we move back into our newly renovated ONR BBYO offices.

Our temporary location will feature individual chapter meeting rooms for the teens to decorate, hold chapter meetings, executive board meetings, programs and much more.  This will be great for each chapter to personalize their space.  We will also be joined by the Jewish Federation’s Retreat Institute, which has thousands of program opportunities and ideas to help our teens make their programs take flight.  

ONR BBYO will keep its current phone number (216-360-0075), fax line (216-360-0888) and emails (tkay@bbyo.org, llhoenig@bbyo.org and onr@bbyo.org).  The office mailing address will still remain at the Mandel JCC (26001 S. Woodland Rd.  Beachwood, OH  44122).  Since this is very temporary move we will not ask you to learn a new address for mail purposes.  We will be checking mail at the JCC every day.  

The new program opportunities, space, and personalization will be a nice and comfortable change for us and our teens.  Come by anytime and say hello.

BBYO Hot Topics:

  • BBYO Branding Update The Marketing & Communications team is excited to preview the new BBYO brand at August Executives Conference this August! Be on the look-out for when it launches this September!
  • International Convention 2012 Registration Opening Soon! That's right, don't forget to mark your calendars! BBYO's International Convention 2012 will be held in Atlanta, GA on February 16 - 20. Registration will launch on October 4, so mark your calendar to make sure your spot is reserved! Relive IC 2011 with the IC blog!
  • BBYO is Hiring: BBYO offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth for all. Opportunities are currently available for BBYO's International Office in Washington, DC and for program professionals across the US. Learn more