BBYO Lake Ontario Region

March 2015/Tevet 5774 Issue

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Regional Website

Director's Note

Upcoming Dates

Advisor Appreciation Month


Thank You

Support BBYO Ontario

See What's Happening in Other Regions

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Kevin Goodman
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Director's Note

Hello and welcome to the March edition of our monthly eNews, filled with exciting updates from across Toronto, Vaughan and Richmond Hill.

Thirty-seven Toronto-area teens recently returned from Atlanta where they joined more than 3,000 teens, educators, professionals and philanthropists from 20 countries for BBYO's largest International Convention ever! To relive the excitement, check out the videos, photos and blog.

There has been lots happening right here in Toronto too. Chapter Magen recently hosted their annual Super Bowl Party that attracted close to a hundred teens (click for photos), chapter leaders from across the city gathered at Winter Regional Execs to build skills and plan for spring initiatives (click for photos) and just last weekend our middle schoolers enjoyed a Rogers Centre Tour Experience where they got to see the media centre, go in the dugout and even walk on the field (click for photos).

There's lots more in the works. As always, check out the Upcoming Dates section below for all the awesome events and programs coming up soon!


Kevin Goodman
Executive Director, BBYO Ontario


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Upcoming Dates - March 2015

Local Chapters (Grades 8-12)

  • *Local chapters meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm at locations across the city. Some chapters also host additional programs throughout the week. Click for Details.
  • There are no meetings on Wed. March 18 due to March Break.

Regional Programs (Grades 8-12)

  • March 7 - BBYO Havdalah at the Prosserman JCC Purim Celebration (featuring Ryan Leszner, Allan Kaplan and Adam Schierau). The entire community is invited to join us at 6:30pm at 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
  • *March 15 - AZAA/BBGG Tournament. Click for Details.
  • March 28 - BBYO's Annual Lock-In. Click for Details.
  • March 28 to April 1 - Rush Week #rushBBYO Save the Dates.

Volunteer Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

BBYO Connect Events (Grades 6-8)

Friends & Alumni Network (Parents & Alumni)

  • Any parents and alumni interested in joining our FAN committee to help plan our spring fundraising event should contact Kevin at

General Dates

  • March 1-31 - Advisor Appreciation Month
  • March 5 - Purim
  • March 8 - Daylight Savings Time ends
  • March 16-20 - March Break (Public Schools)

* Membership is required for events marked with an asterisk. Click here for membership options. No membership required for all other events.

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

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March is Advisor Appreciation Month

BBYO advisors are committed volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to BBYO every year and strive to help BBYO members and their chapters reach their full potential. While we thank them throughout the year, we take the month of March to especially celebrate our chapter advisors.

Click here for a larger photo.

We have eight wonderful volunteer advisors who work with chapters across the Greater Toronto Area:

  • Rochelle Derlick - Chapter Ahava BBG #2447
  • Edan Kelner - Chapter Achim AZA #1016
  • Joanne Leigh - Chapter Chaverot BBG #2307
  • Ryan Levey - Chapter Exodus AZA #1111
  • Ari Levy - Chapter Kavod AZA #2468
  • Alissa Malina - Chapter Kehillah BBG #2449
  • Eitan Rachamim - Chapter Magen AZA #2360
  • Elaine Raifman - Chapter L'Chaim BBG #2444

Thank you to our volunteer advisors for helping BBYO teens develop critical leadership skills while learning more about their Jewish culture and heritage!

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BBYO in the News

BBYO Career Opportunities

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!

Needed This Summer!

BBYO is looking for nurses and social workers to work at BBYO Summer Experiences 2015! Parents, advisors, alumni, relatives and friends that you think would be a great addition to the BBYO community this summer are all welcome. If you or someone you know would be interested in one of these positions, please contact Sabrina Moore at or visit to apply.

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Thank You

We are very grateful to the many parents, friends and alumni who support BBYO Ontario. Special thanks to our Board of Directors and our wonderful volunteer Chapter Advisors and Madrichim.

We would also like to thank UJA Federation of Greater Toronto for their ongoing support. Thank you 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 Toronto, please contact Kevin Goodman at

If you would like to make a gift to BBYO Ontario, please click here.

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