Eastern Regional Convention

Friday, December 21, 2018 FROM 12:00 PM - Sunday, December 23, 2018 2:00 PM

NC 27703

Eastern Region

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Teens – are you wondering what to do with your winter break once exams are over?  Parents – do you need the perfect Hanukkah present for your teen? 


How about three days at Eastern’s Regional Convention in Durham, NC Friday, Dec 21 – Sunday, December 23rd?  Come “get your head in the game” as over 180 teens from seventeen different communities, four different states and two countries come together for a weekend of exciting teen led programs, exclusive speakers, musical guests, athletic competition and much more! Here are this year’s highlights for Regional Convention 2018!



Speakers and Guests

Eastern Region is excited to feature not one, but TWO keynote speakers this year.  Friday night will feature David Yarus as the first of these exciting speakers.  Expect nothing short of an exciting weekend as Eastern welcomes forward-thinking Jewish entrepreneur David Yarus, founder of JSwipe. Out of the office, David spends his time speaking at Jewish conferences and events around the world, covering best-practices for social media and Jewish community marketing, the state of the millennial Jewish experience, the story of JSwipe, and focusing more recently on the need for cross-generation collaboration in the interest of building a strong and connected Jewish future.   

To learn more about David and his story:




Our second keynote speaker is David Blu.  David Blu is a retired, world‑class athlete who played professional basketball at the highest level in Europe. Born in Los Angeles to an African‑American father and Jewish mother, David attended Westchester High School. As a senior in 1998, he won the John Wooden Award for the Best Player in California, after leading his Varsity Basketball Team to its first state championship. David attended the University of Southern California (USC) where he led the Trojan Basketball Team to the 2001 NCAA Elite Eight, losing only to the champion

nship team. In 2002, David made Aliyah and moved to Tel Aviv to play for the powerhouse basketball club, Maccabi Tel Aviv. The team won the European League Championship in 2004, where David scored 20 points off the bench.


We are excited to again host guests from Active Jewish Teens (AJT), our sister movement in Zaprorzhye, Ukraine.  We will have two teens that will be visiting the convention to participate and also running electives on Saturday. 


In addition to our keynote speakers, we are excited to welcome back Happie Hoffman and Eric Hunker as our Judaic music team for the weekend.  Happie and Eric are renowned in the Jewish world for their song leading and musical talent.  They are a fixture in BBYO and we are thrilled for them to join us for the third consecutive year.  David Hoffman will be joining us at convention as a Judiac educator overseeing all of our services and Jewish moments.  David is a former BBYO staff member who is now an Assistant Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League.  As always, we are excited for our dance on Saturday night DJ’d by the one and only DJ Eric Kelly.



Programming is ready to jump to a whole new level this year. We have a packed Friday afternoon starting with the Council Business Meetings and Shuk before AZA, BBG and BBYO separates. A variety of Shabbat options will proceed a song session and opening keynotes before concluding with Onegs. Saturday presents us with a multitude of Shabbat options before diving into the 24 different Limmud tracks that will be available for teens to select from. Council Life, an Awards dinner, Havdalah and a Regional Talent Show and Dance will end the evening. Sunday gives teens the option of participating in either Regional AZAA/BBGG Basketball Tournament, a Tikkun Olam Track or Judaic Track before heading home. Interested in making it all happen?  Click here for the Steering application for Limmud and Shabbat.  Steering applications close on Sunday, November 18th at midnight.


The Details
Cost for Regional Convention is $345 and registration is open today until Sunday, December 9th. Need-based scholarship is available.  Scholarship applications are due by Sunday, December 2nd at midnight with awards being announced on Monday, December 3rd. Transportation is arranged on a city by city basis and is not included in the convention fee.


Cost: $345.00

Location: Durham 27703




All 9th - 12th grade BBYO members from Eastern Region BBYO


This convention brings together our Eastern BBYO members for 3 days of creative and thought provoking programs as well as our traditional regional programs – celebrating Shabbat, life membership for seniors, AZA/BBG business meetings, 24 Limmud electives, a dance, the annual Regional’s talent show and Shuk. Happie Hoffman and Eric Hunker, BBYO song leaders from Kallah and ILTC will be at the convention.  New this year, we have two keynote speakers (David Yarus and David Blu) and we will be hosting an AZAA and BBGG Regional Basketball Tournament on Sunday.  Additionally, two teens and a staff from Eastern’s partner community, Zaporozhye in Ukraine, will be attending the convention.


•The price of convention is $345 and does not include transportation

•Go to www.bbyo.org and log in to your account to register for convention

•While registering for the convention, please make sure to answer all questions such as: roommate request, t-shirt size and any food restrictions. 
• If you are having a problem registering, please call the regional office at 704-944-6834 and we will be happy to take your payment over the phone.
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 (December 9th) partial refunds up to a week before the program may be available to be applied to a future program (in the same school year) based on convention expenses already paid (hotel, transportation, etc.). Within one week of convention we’ve already confirmed final counts with our vendors, and no refunds will be given


Scholarships are available for Regional Convention. The scholarship application deadline is Sunday, December 2nd.  BBYO is now using a secure website to process all scholarship requests

Eastern Region/Dixie's secure scholarship link is: https://bbyo.org/regionalscholarship/ 

All information must be completed and if you are requesting more than 25% of the convention costs, your most recent tax information must be uploaded. Each family will be contacted, via email, by the regional office with the amount of scholarship monies awarded by Monday, December 3rd.   Once you accept the scholarship, the regional office will send you information to complete your registration.  If you are requesting scholarship money, please do not register on line.


BBYO has developed a relationship with CampDoc, the leading electronic health record system. All participants and parents are required to complete a health file before attending a BBYO convention. Camp Docs only has to be completed once a year. If the teen has already attended a regional convention this year (Regional Execs/MIT-AIT) just update the forms if there are changes in the medical information you provided. If this is the teen’s first convention this year, once you have registered for the convention, you will receive an email inviting you to join CampDocs. Accept the invitation and complete all the forms. These forms provide dietary, medical and other important information.


There will be 1 staff person for every 15 teens.


Registration will begin at 12pm on Friday, December 21st. The convention will end on Sunday, December 23rd  at 1pm.. For those that might need to travel in or out of the Raleigh Airport for the convention – the hotel offers a free shuttle.


Contact your advisor or City Director to receive transportation information.. The cost of the convention does not include the transportation fee. Teens are never allowed to drive to conventions.  


Regional Convention is held in a hotel. There will be four people sharing a room.

BBYO Emergency # 757-812-2736


WHAT TO BRING Toiletries, Money for the Regional Shuk, Music and props for the talent show, nice clothes for Friday night Shabbat and Saturday evening banquet.


Behavior Expectations BBYO members are expected to follow behavior guidelines as outlined in the BBYO Code of Conduct