BBYO Lake Ontario Region (Toronto, Thornhill & Vaughan)

December 2013/Tevet 5774 Issue

In this Issue

Regional Website

Director's Note

Upcoming Dates

Share BBYO with an
8th Grade Teen

Win Airfare to
BBYO Summer 2014!

JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship


Thank You

Support BBYO Ontario

See What's Happening in Other Regions

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Director's Note

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

As the year comes to a close, we have much to celebrate:

  • Last month, two hundred teens participated in our ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Pre-Screening for Hunger Awareness and Advocacy at SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas, collecting over 300 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank and raising over $400 for MAZON Canada, the national Jewish response to hunger.
  • Also last month, families from across Toronto, Thornhill and Vaughan gathered at the Goldhar Conference & Celebration Centre on the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus for BBYO Global Shabbat, an opportunity to celebrate Judaism’s most holy of days as a part of a movement, simultaneously, worldwide.
  • Just two weeks ago 120 teens joined us at our annual Tournies Convention at the Four Points Toronto Airport Hotel to connect with Jewish teens from across Toronto, Thornhill, Vaughan, Ottawa and Montreal; compete against other chapters in a wide variety of tournaments and events; and experience a meaningful and impactful teen-led Shabbat. Click here for a recap of the convention.

Already this year, participation is up an astounding 74% year-to-date! With many more meaningful experiences being planned for the coming months by teen leaders in six BBYO chapters across the city, we are on track to engage over 900 teens across the Greater Toronto Area by June.

Sending happy and healthy New Year wishes!


Share the AZA and BBG experience with a high school teen you know!

Share the BBYO Connect experience with a middle school teen you know!

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Upcoming Dates

Chapter Meetings (Grades 8-12)

  • *Local chapters meet every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at locations across the city. There are no chapter meetings on December 25 or January 1 due to winter break. Weekly meetings resume Wednesday January 8th. Click for Details.

Regional Programs (Grades 8-12)

  • January 5 - Winter Regional Execs. Click for Details. Mandatory for all chapter boards, regional officers and regional chairs.
  • January 11 - Beauheart Ball. Click for Details.

Volunteer Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

BBYO Connect Events (Grades 6-8)

General Dates

  • December 31 - New Year's Eve
  • January 1 - New Year's Day

Please note - BBYO offices will be closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1).

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

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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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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 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 across North America, click here!

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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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