BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council

December 2013/Tevet 5774 Issue

In this Issue

Council Website

Directors' Note

Share BBYO with an
8th Grade Teen

Win Airfare to
BBYO Summer 2014!

Upcoming Dates

Advisor Spotlight

Inclusion Opportunities for Teens with Special Needs in DC Council

JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship

BBYO News

Thank You FAN Leaders

Support DC Council

See What's Happening in Other Regions


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Directors' Note

Hello BBYO DC Council! As the year comes to a close, we have much to celebrate.

Last month, over 300 6th-12th grade teens gathered for a sold-out pre-screening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" for hunger awareness and advocacy. Together, the group donated 864 pounds of food to Manna Food Center, just in time for Thanksgiving!

We also had 360 8th-12th grade teens attend DC Council's Gatsby themed Sweetheart Heartthrob 2013!

Registration is now open for Northern Region East's Regional Convention 2014! Convention will take place from January 17-20, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia. The convention is our biggest spirit weekend of the year, and is themed "eNeRgE: Reaching Such Great Heights". We welcome all 8th-12th grade Jewish teens from Baltimore, DC and Northern Virginia to join us! Register through b-linked here. The price of this convention includes hotel, meals, all programming fees, and transportation from Rockville, Columbia or Owings Mills. The final registration and cancellation deadline is Monday, December 23.

Sending happy and healthy New Year wishes!

Best,

Debi Tozer, Rachel Pazornick, Jonah Potasznik, Limor Hartman and Lesley Levin

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Share BBYO with an 8th Grade Teen

Hanukkah came early this year, but our BBYO Connect 8th graders still have a chance to get the ultimate gift. On January 1, 2014, 8th graders can officially become Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls! By joining the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) or the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), they can continue their journey with BBYO.

There's no need to wait, though! Teens can register now and become official members on January 1. What a great way to start their year!

Click here to learn about becoming a member and to register.

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Win Airfare to BBYO Summer 2014!

Find your “home away from home” at BBYO's 2014 Summer Experiences! Learn how to build and strengthen your chapter; become a council, regional or International leader; make an impact on a community through service, advocacy and philanthropy; learn from leaders in business; or travel to Israel, Europe and around the world!

And, when you register for a domestic BBYO Summer Experience by December 31 AND pay your AZA BBG IC 2014 tuition in full, you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to receive free airfare to your domestic Summer Experience!

Don't miss this opportunity - Register now!

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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8th Graders can officially become members of AZA and BBG!
  • January 17-20, 2014- Regional Convention in Alexandria, Virginia. Click here for more information, including information on how 8th graders can attend! Click here to register!
  • Monday, January 27, 7:00pm at the JCCGW- New Member Intake Night and New Parent Information Session.
  • Saturday, February 1, 2014- DC Council Kick-Off

General Dates

  • Saturday, December 21 - First Day of Winter
  • Tuesday, December 31 - New Year's Eve
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - New Year's Day

Please note - BBYO offices will be closed on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day.

For more information on these events, please visit our Council website.

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Mikey Hess-Webber for her unwavering dedication to BBYO DC Council. Mikey first joined the BBYO community as a teen in 1999. She has been a valuable member of our advisor group since 2009, working with the Beavers of Oseh Shalom BBYO in Howard County, Maryland. We are fortunate that she has continued to be a part of our team!

Emily Kader, a B'nai B'rith Girl from Oseh Shalom BBYO, had this to say about Mikey:

"There are very few people who are loved by everyone they meet. Mikey is one of those people. She knows how to make everyone feel welcome and loved. Her part in Oseh has been amazing! Every member knows that they can go to her with anything, to cry, to talk, to learn, or to just have fun! She is able to be a role model and a leader, and also an amazing friend."

For more information about becoming a BBYO advisor and other opportunities to volunteer with BBYO, click here.

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Inclusion Opportunities for Teens with Special Needs in DC Council

DC Council offers inclusive programs for teens with and without special needs. In one program, Kol Echad Youth (KEY), participants meet with typical teens throughout the year to participate in holiday activities. Programs are structured and adapted to the strengths of our participants. We offer individualized social support and professional supervision. At KEY our participants benefit from 1-on-1 support and active social opportunities with typically developing teens. We also support members during overnight programs and conventions, or if they choose to participate in any of our chapters.

Volunteer Opportunities: Come and learn about inclusion, earn SSL hours and develop meaningful relationships with members of our community. To learn about upcoming programs and about DC Council's inclusion efforts, please contact Limor Hartman, Special Needs Program Director, at lhartman@bbyo.org or 240.793.2866.

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JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship

The JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship is a year-long, paid professional opportunity for Jewish young professionals to directly engage with the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization, the JDC. Alongside local teen and community leaders, these Fellows create and develop peer-led Jewish programming for teens in their communities. Fellows additionally engage teens in International BBYO programming, such as leading delegations from their communities to BBYO International Convention and other global experiences. The Fellows enrich Jewish life overseas by capitalizing upon BBYO’s expertise in teen programming and leadership development and by facilitating meaningful connections between Jewish teens from around the world, creating a truly international Jewish teen movement.

This year, BBYO has five Fellows: Jonah Adams in Estonia, Kate Belza is Argentina, Hannah Goldstein in Latvia, Ariel Mortiz in Turkey and Ezra Moses in Ukraine. Click here to learn more about this exciting fellowship!

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BBYO News

BBYO in the News

BBYO Careers

BBYO offers exciting opportunities across North America that will challenge your abilities, expand your skill set and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth. For a list of current openings, click here!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

BBYO teens, parents, alumni, staff and community leaders gathered last week for the 9th Annual Celebration of BBYO Gala in Potomac, Maryland. The gala’s program featured BBYO NRE teens and this year’s Phil Berg Distinguished Alumni Award honorees, Rachel Kronowitz and Mark Plotkin, and Kol Echad Award honoree Nelson Migdal. In addition to being a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and sharing stories about BBYO and our honorees, the event also raised the bulk of the funds that help keep BBYO programs affordable for all teens in the DC, NoVa, and Baltimore Councils! To see pictures (taken by our teens, of course!) from the event and learn more about the honorees, you can visit the BBYO NRE Gala Time Capsule.

DC Council is grateful to the friends and alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our Northern Region East Leaders for making BBYO possible in our community!

If you would like more information or to get involved in BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) in DC Council please contact Cheryl Kagan.

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