BBYO Central Region West Presents: Fraternity and Sisterhood Convention

Friday, January 25, 2019 FROM 5:00 PM - Sunday, January 27, 2019 12:00 PM

Hotel, CA

Central Region West

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Event Details

Fraternity and Sisterhood Weekend is our new convention that will focus on creating deeper friendships, building community throughout the region, and strengthening the character of every individual in our chapters. This convention is taking place Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27, and you will not want to miss out!

At Fraternity and Sisterhood Convention 2019 --  “Celebration of Us” -- Alephs and BBGs will be given the chance to form connections through shared passions. Participants will become members of one of four different fraternities or sororities, each with unique themes, through a college “rush” experience. In these groups they will bond with other members who share similar interests and excitement for the topics they enjoy, and be given the chance to step out of their comfort zone and explore new topics they never knew they’d fall in love with.

Through empowerment workshops led by visiting organizations and passion-fueled electives created by members of the region, Frat/Sis will not only give members a chance to create bonds, but also give them an immersive and memorable experience they will take with them far beyond the weekend and into their lives.

This year’s Fraternity and Sisterhood Convention is being coordinated by Emily Leyfer and Elijah Levinson. Lindsay Ehrenpreis and Lexi Kupor are serving as administrative assistants.

Cost: $355.00 (due by 12/28/2018)
Deposit Amount: $150.00

Travel Info

To help keep costs down there is no busing for this event. We encourage carpooling. 


Are you having any special guests? Yes! Comedian and disability advocate Pamela Schuller is our opening keynote. Check out some of her Buzzfeed videos and other media by clicking here. Other guests and organizations include: songleader Stephen Brickman, Girls Leadership, musicians Caleb Spaulding + David Lavin with a program called He-neini, Jewish educator Jenna Shaw, and more to be announced!

Whom is this convention for? This convention is open to all members in grades 8-12 (Note: conventions are members-only experiences)

When is convention? Friday, Janurary 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM through Sunday, Janurary 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Where is convention? Newark/Fremont, CA. Exact location is not shared publicly, and will be shared later with all registrants.

What's the cost for the weekend? Early bird: $335: Early Bibrd is open to the first 105 registrations or through 12/16/18, whichever comes first. Regular registration: $355 

Is there limited space? There are only 210 spots for teens. This convention WILL sell out. Register early to guarantee your spot! 

Is there scholarship available? Yes, Scholarship is available. Please email Ross Glinkenhouse with questions and link to the application.

What else is included in the price of the event? 

  • Meals: Dinner Friday through breakfast Sunday and evening snacks

  • Hotel sleeping accommodations

    • Teens are sleeping in double rooms with 3-4 teens per room.

  • All programming materials, speakers and special guests, Saturday evening festivities

  • Swag (e.g. t-shirts, branded lanyards, etc.)

  • A small portion of convention registration revenue is donated to BBYO's International Service Fund (ISF). ISF is AZA and BBG's treasury that allows our members to be engaged in the affairs of the global Jewish community. More information about ISF can be found by clicking here

What should I pack? Comfortable clothing (layers! We will be inside a convention hall, and temperatures can vary), Shabbat attire for Friday night, Aleph/BBG pin for Mid-States, musical instrument, etc. (A more detailed list will be sent out before the event.)

Cancellation Policy

The deadline to cancel with a full program refund is the final registration deadline for this program. Until that date, full refunds will be granted for cancellations in writing (e-mail is acceptable), for any reason. After the registration deadline, partial refunds may be available based on convention expenses already paid (hotel, transportation, etc..). Within ten days of convention we’ve already confirmed final counts with our vendors, and no refunds will be given. “No shows” will not receive a refund.

Weekend Emergency Phone Number: 650-761-1311 This number will call ALL FOUR BBYO full-time staff members! Phone is active 12:00pm on Friday, Janurary 25 through 3:00pm Sunday, Janurary 27.