Dixie Council BBYO

January 2011/shevat 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Magical SRC

Changing of the Guard

Dixie Celebrates Israel

Savannah's Dance Weekend

Jewish Teens Rally to End Bullying

BBYO President Visits Global BBYO

Travel to Washington, DC and Lobby Congress

Dixie BBYO on Facebook

Dixie's Jewish Value of the Month:

Arevut – עֲ רֵ בוּת – the concept that Jews have a special obligation to other Jews – A series of ideas and
laws encouraging commitments of mutual aid and devotion among Jews (Sanhedrin 27b; Shevuot 39a).



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Magical SRC

55 Members of Dixie Council BBYO joined their brothers and sisters from Atlanta Council January 14-17 in  Augusta, GA, for their annual Southern Region Convention. This year’s convention was a non-stop mix of healthy competition and AZA/ BBG traditions.

AZA Friendship Circle at SRCProving once again that it is not the size of a chapter, but the Ruach (spirit) of its members that matter, Dixie Council swept the Runoffs competition at SRC 2011.
Competing in creative categories including original songs, banner and t-shirt design as well as storytelling, The Daughters of the Covenant, BBG (Augusta, GA), the smallest chapter in the Region, was named the overall BBG winner.  The men of David Finn AZA (Savannah, GA) were named overall AZA Runoffs champs having competed in banner making, t-shirt design, storytelling and video directing.

Congratulations to all who participated.

Changing of the Guard

Among the most important activity of the weekend was the election of the 48th Dixie Council Boards. Alyssa Greenhouse, Dixie’s newly elected president said,  "I can't wait to jump in and get started. I really want to be able to look back and say I did something, I helped make Dixie Council even better"

Mazel Tov to the 2011 Dixie Council Board Members

Dixie Board

Alyssa Greenhouse, Columbia...N’siah (President)
Sarah Smith, Columbia...S’ganit (Vice President)
Eden Schwartz, Charleston...Aym Ha-Chaverot (Membership Vice President)
Sara Sirull, Augusta...Sh’licha (Judaic Programming Vice President   

Elliot Kooden, Savannah...Godol (President)
Aaron Sokolin, Savannah....S’gan     (Vice President)
Brandon Picow, Columbia...Moreh (Membership Vice President)
Elliot Chartock, Charleston...Shaliach (Judaic Programming Vice President)
Alex Berlinsky, Charleston...Mazkir (Secretary/SRC Coordinator)

Dixie Celebrates Israel

March 25-17 at Camp Rock Eagle, Eatonton, GA

Spring Convention 2011 will bring Dixie’s four cities together in a Celebration of Israel. From technology to tourism, religion to politics, we will explore our homeland through multiple lenses.

Iris Baker Supports IsraelWe will also have the honor of hosting members of “Israel at Heart”, a dynamic group of young Israelis representing different communities within the country. The Israelis will meet our members on a personal level and introduce them to their unique ways of life.

And, of course, we couldn’t end our programming year without our Life Ceremony celebrating our seniors and their time in BBYO.

Registration is now open on b-linked. Log on to b-linked.org today!

Savannah's "White Out" Weekend was Red Hot

Nearly 80 teens from across Dixie met in Savannah, GA for their Annual Beau/Sweetheart dance the weekend of December 3 -5, 2010. Meeting during Chanukah gave everyone a chance to celebrate the festival of lights with their BBYO family and participate in the first ever Savannah Chanukah gift exchange.

A special MazHannah and Elliotel Tov goes out to Junior Elliot Kooden and Sophomore Hannah Slotin, Savannah’s new beau and sweetheart. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year.


BBYO Teens Lead Campaign to End Bullying

Three Major International Jewish Youth Movements Join Forces to End Bullying and Support for LGBTQ Teens

Jewish teenagers from the major International Jewish Youth Movements are taking on bullying and standing up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peers. In addition to publicly committing to end bullying and creating an inclusive environment in their own movements, the Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, (the presidents of the International Jewish Youth Movements) has set a goal of getting 18,000 Jews to sign Keshet’s “Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives”. This goal has been echoed by the executive leadership of the movements and their staff.


International President Jeremy in LondonTravels to UK, Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia

Where in the world is Jeremy Sherman? BBYO's International Teen President has been travelling abroad representing BBYO around the world. Follow his travels including photos and videos on our interactive blog, Keeping PACE! Check out some highlights:

  • Listen to Jeremy's thoughts as if you were sitting with him on the plane ride to Bulgaria.
  • View pictures of Jeremy's visit to Tzamaret, BBYO's partner in Israel.
  • Hear a special Shabbat Shalom message from Jeremy during his visit in Jerusalem!

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Washington, DC Wants You!

Join Jewish teens from around the country in a city that has it all for a teen leader – Washington, D.C..  At Panim el Panim seminars teens will see all of the city’s most famous tourist sites while gaining insider access to locations like the U.S. Capitol!   Teens have the opportunity to meet and lobby members of Congress, learn from advocacy experts on Israel, healthcare, the environment and today’s hottest topics, and do service projects that provide direct aid to those in need in the city.  Teens participating in Panim el Panim seminars walk away with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of civic engagement.  In addition, these skills will help strengthen your individual or regional Stand UP campaigns!

Find out available dates for individual registrations from now through March!