BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council

March 2014/Adar II 5774 Issue

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Regional Website

Director's Note

J-Serve 2014

BBYO Stand UP Week 2014

Upcoming Dates

FAN Leadership Retreat a Success!

Advisor Spotlight

JDC-BBYO Global JSC Fellowship Experiences


Inclusion Opportunities for Teens with Special Needs

Support DC Council

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Director's Note

Hello BBYO DC Council! March is such an exciting time for us! BBG's annual Spirit Day competition is in the books; a big shout out to Ahavah BBG for their winning effort. Of course, all the chapters had a blast and put their amazing ruach (spirit) and yetzirahtiyut (creativity) on display. Now, we're looking forward to a number of inspired programs in March and early April: East Coast Kallah is taking place the weekend of March 21, AZAA basketball playoffs are on March 30 and J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, is on April 6 (read on for more details on all of these events). All of this, on top of high quality chapter programming every weekend, translates to another impactful month for BBYO DC Council!

We are also in the midst of Advisor Appreciation Month - we cannot thank our amazing advisors enough for the dedication and love they contribute to DC Council every day!

Finally, we are excited to share with you the public service announcement that DC Council teens filmed along with nearly 2,000 of their brothers and sisters from around the world at AZA BBG IC 2014 in collaboration with the American Heart Association, US Olympic Gold Medalist Dana Vollmer and MTV The Buried Life's Ben Nemtin, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn.

When we work together like this, we can make a significant impact. Join us at the end of the month for BBYO Stand UP Week 2014 where we'll continue efforts like these!

Warm regards,

The BBYO DC Council staff


Share the AZA and BBG experience with a high school teen you know! Teens in 8th grade are now eligible to join as members!

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

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J-Serve 2014

Join 10,000 Jewish middle and high school teens making an impact in communities around the world through service during J-Serve 2014! Serve, educate and volunteer to address critical social issues including special needs, the environment, homelessness, health, education, hunger, poverty and human rights, to name a few. Be a part of the largest service event for Jewish youth in the world!

This year, J-Serve in the Greater Washington community is bigger and better than ever. Teens will be getting to choose what type of service they would like to participate in, and a committee of BBYO and non-BBYO teens has been working on creating top-notch educational programming to pair with the service. To register for Greater Washington Teen Day of Service: J-Serve 2014, click here!

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BBYO Stand UP Week 2014

BBYO Stand UP Week provides an opportunity for every teen to engage with issues and causes that matter most to them. As Jews, we are compelled to support others through gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness, and the pursuit of tzedek, justice. This year, BBYO Stand UP Week is from March 31 - April 5 and is designed to let each member learn and make a difference as they lend a voice to issues both near and far. Take a look at this year's BBYO Stand UP Week 2014 resources here and learn more about standing up for a cause that matters to you by visiting

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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events

  • March 21 to 23 - East Coast Kallah
  • Sunday, March 30, 4-8 PM at the JCC of Greater Washington: AZAA Basketball Playoffs
  • March 31 - April 6 - BBYO Stand UP Week
  • Sunday, April 6, 12:30-5 PM at the JCC of Greater Washington: Greater Washington Teen Day of Service: J-Serve 2014. Teens will meet at the JCC and transportation will be provided to and from service sites. Lunch and snacks will be served at the JCC.
  • Friday, May 2- Sunday, May 4: Council Convention at Capital Camps. More details to come, but registration will be out in the next month!

BBYO Connect Events

  • Saturday, April 5 - Sunday, April 6- Annual 8th Grade AIT/MIT Overnight at the JCC of Greater Washington. Register online here!
  • Sunday, April 27 - BBYO Connect goes to see the Frederick Keys! More details to come.

FAN Events

  • Friday, March 21 at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center- Community Shabbat at East Coast Kallah, followed by a special Oneg hosted by the FAN Committee for current parents, friends and alumni. For more information or to RSVP, please email Sara Gorfinkel (
  • Saturday, March 22, 7:45-8:30 PM at the JCC of Greater Washington - Special reception hosted by the DC Adult Board before Havdallah and an impressive “BBYO Live” event at East Coast Kallah! For more information or to RSVP, please email Sara Gorfinkel (

General Dates

  • April 15 - April 22 - Passover, the first Passover Seder is April 14 and second Passover Seder is April 15

BBYO offices will be closed on the first and last two days of Passover (April 15, 16, 21 and 22).

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

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Third Annual FAN Leadership Retreat a Giant Success!

Over 30 FAN leaders from across North America gathered at IC for a packed day and a half of networking, skills building and learning. FAN leaders had dinner with teen leaders, schmoozed at a dessert reception, participated in a fun (and loud!) speed networking activity, learned how to share stories and stats of BBYO’s impact with stakeholders, honed their solicitation skills, discussed community partnerships, participated in a Jewish learning session and much more.

“Being surrounded by the energy of 2,000 teens, while learning with top Jewish leaders from across North America, was an extraordinary experience. I can’t wait for next year’s FAN Retreat at IC in Atlanta where we will continue to chart the future of FAN and BBYO!” - Karen Lerner, FAN International Co-Chair and Houston FAN Leader

There are over 125 FAN leaders in 40 communities across North America who comprise the leadership of the grassroots movement that is bringing together alumni, parents and friends of BBYO. Become a part of this important movement! Email or click here for more information.

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Jack Levengard for his unwavering dedication to BBYO DC Council. Although he has been an advisor to Abe Pollin AZA for just a few months, Jack has made a big impact in the lives of the teens he works with. He got involved because of his son Adam's (who currently serves as the chapter's godol) request. After attending a few of Pollin's meetings, Jack began to see how he could help the chapter, and agreed to be their advisor. His older son, Scott, was a founding member of Pollin, so Jack is well-acquainted with the ways of BBYO and AZA, and uses that experience to help his chapter be as successful as possible.

Adam had this to say about his father and advisor:

"Pollin could not have been luckier to get my father as an advisor. Since he came onto the scene, Pollin has soared above and beyond expectations, all thanks to him. He has been there whenever Pollin has needed him, and even though he only just started he is easily the best advisor we have ever had. I can't think of a better person that I would have had be my chapter's advisor while I am Godol. We all appreciate everything that he has done and will do for us!"

This month is Advisor Appreciation Month! We would like to take a few extra moments to thank all DC Council advisors for all that you do!

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

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JDC-BBYO Global JSC Fellowship Experiences

On February 6, members of our International Delegation arrived in Dallas, TX in advance of BBYO International Convention (IC) 2014 for a week of touring and meaningful experiences with local Jewish teens. A week later, during Opening Ceremonies at IC, we celebrated our largest International Delegation to date with representatives from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uruguay creating a truly international convention. With the JDC and other partner communities, we are strengthening the global Jewish community by providing unique and meaningful Jewish experiences to our teens everywhere, anywhere.

The JDC is a true partner in this endeavor and our JDC-BBYO Fellows have provided much depth while working with communities around the world.

For more about the JDC-BBYO JSC Fellowship, please click here.

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BBYO in the News

Be a JTA Teen Hero!

JTA (The Jewish Telegraphic Agency) is featuring teens who are driving forces behind social action, like our very own Lauren Yellen of BBYO Michigan Region. Nominate the teen heroes in your community for a JTA Teen Hero profile via e-mail or message JTAnews on Facebook.

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!

JCC News
Attention Teachers, College Students, Teens, Moms & Dads - Spend the Summer at Camp JCC!

Are you enthusiastic, passionate, creative, dependable, active and full of ruach (spirit)? Spend an amazing summer at Camp JCC as a unit head, specialist, counselor, swim instructor, nurse or more! Camp JCC provides a competitive salary, staff discounts on camp and an incredible summer of fun! This is an 8-week commitment from June 16-August 8, 2014. To apply online, click here. For more information, contact

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Inclusion Opportunities for Teens with Special Needs at DC Council

DC Council offers inclusive programs for teens with and without special needs. In one program, Kol Echad Youth (KEY), participants meet with 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 one-on-one 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 or if you have questions about DC Council's inclusion programming, please contact Limor Hartman, at or at 240.793.2866.

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