BBYO Wisconsin Region

August 2013/Elul 5773 Issue

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Regional Website

Welcome to the New Year

Summer Reflection

Lock in 2013 Pricing for BBYO Passport 2014!

Hunger is Not a Game

Upcoming Dates

Advisor Spotlight

Share your Mazels!


Thank You FAN Leaders

Support Wisconsin Region

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Hello, BBYO Wisconsin Region and welcome home from your summer experiences, Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls!

I hope you are as excited as I am for the amazing year to come. We have tons of fantastic programs and events lined up for you starting with "WISCONSIN PRIDE" KICK OFF DANCE on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 at 8:30 p.m. and our KICK OFF FAMILY COOK OUT on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 starting at 12:00 p.m.! Make sure to check out the Upcoming Dates section below for more information on this event and others to come.

I'd also like to take this time to introduce Danny Bittker, BBYO Wisconsin Region's new Program Associate. Danny comes to us with a passion for teen empowerment and programming! He most recently served as the Program Associate for BBYO Michigan Region. Danny is thrilled to be joining the BBYO Wisconsin Region family and we are happy to have him. Danny’s official first day in the office will be Monday, September 16th, but will be in town to be a part of the upcoming kickoff events.

I can't wait to see you all at KICK OFF and all our other great programs this year!

If you have any questions, always feel free to contact the office at or by calling 414-326-2808.

Welcome home, Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls!


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Wisconsin Region had a GREAT TIME at BBYO Summer Experiences

This summer, 43 teens from BBYO Wisconsin Region attended BBYO Summer Experiences. Here are some testimonals about their time.

"CLTC is one of the most magnificent experiences that you can ever be a part of. Nowhere else can you in 12 days go from being thrown into a group of 100 new faces to having a lifelong memory with each and every person there. CLTC can do many different things for you, whether it be creating friendships with Jewish teens across the country or crafting you into a better leader. In the end, it will always make you an overall better person. Go and experience it for yourself, and I guarantee that you will have the time of your life." -Matt Levy, CLTC

"CLTC was an amazing experience, and completely enhanced my BBYO career. At CLTC, I had a chance to form lasting relationships with Alephs and BBGs from all over the world, and I learned endless amounts of new things to bring back to my chapter. I recommend this summer experience 100%!" - Taylor Anapol, CLTC

"I'm going to carry the friends that I made and the leadership skills that I learned during those two short weeks at CLTC with me for a long time. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I would give anything to go back to it." - Leslie Zukrow, CLTC

"Attending IMPACT: Chicago 2013 was one of the best decisions I've ever made. From meeting other Jewish teens who care about making a difference, to volunteering with underprivileged youth, to discovering the Jewish aspects of philanthropy and service, IMPACT was truly an amazing experience. I now have the resources and inspiration needed to volunteer and stand up for my beliefs, and I have IMPACT to thank for that." - Molly Kazan, IMPACT: Chicago

It's never too early to start thinking about summer.... learn more about BBYO Summer Experiences at or mark your calendar and join us for one of our two Summer Program Info Nights - November 20 or February 6 at 6:30 p.m. Any questions - email, call 414-326-2808 or ask any summer experience participant!

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Lock in 2013 Pricing for BBYO Passport 2014!

BBYO Passport offers out-of-this-world summer travel experiences to Israel, Europe, South Africa and across North America. Whether you've exerienced the magic of these trips yourself, or have heard about them from others, don't miss the chance to register now for summer 2014!

Lock in 2013 pricing for next summer when you sign up risk-free by September 30, 2013!

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Hunger is Not a Game - Register Now!

Registration for Hunger is Not a Game: A Teen Issue Summit on Hunger Awareness and Advocacy is now open! Join Jewish teens from across North America to learn the facts about hunger in the United States. Teens will participate in hands-on service projects, hear from top leaders and learn how to advocate for others. Participants will return home with new skills to lead similar programs in their community.

Hunger is Not a Game is open to all Jewish high school students in grades 9-12. For more information and to register, click here!

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Upcoming Dates

Wisconsin Region has a FULL year of fun ahead of it. Please check here for all other dates. Or here to download a paper version of our calendar.

  • Sunday, August 25, 1:30-4:30pm – Fall Term XXs – for all chapter board members.
  • Saturday, September 7- KICK OFF DANCE (8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, September 8 - KICK OFF FAMILY COOKOUT (Noon - 3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 21 or Sunday, September 22 - First chapter programs of the year.
  • Friday, October 4, 3:15 p.m. - First oneg.

BBYO is closed for National and Jewish Holidays

  • September 2 - Labor Day
  • September 5 and 6 - Rosh Hashanah
  • September 14 - Yom Kippur
  • September 19-20 - Sukkot
  • September 26-27 - Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Please note that BBYO offices close by 3:00 PM on afternoons preceeding Jewish holidays.

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Advisor Spotlight

Every month we will profile one of the many advisors that help keep Wisconsin Region running. BBYO advisors are volunteers committed to helping BBYO members, and their chapters, reach their full potential. BBYO empowers advisors to work in partnership with professional staff to supervise and guide AZA and BBG chapters. Advisors serve as positive Jewish role models by sharing observations with the youth, exploring challenges and seeking solutions with (not for) the teens, and encouraging BBYO members to strive for excellence. Advisors are there to support and advise, while it is the teens who lead the chapters and are ultimately responsible for chapter programming with their peers. Under the guidance of advisor leadership, BBYO teens have the opportunity to grow into dynamic, engaged young Jewish leaders.

We are always looking for new advisors. If you know anyone (21 and older) that might be interested, please email Click here for more information on being an advisor.

Helene Weisz - Ra'anan Advisor

Helene has been the advisor of Ra'anan BBG for 11 years (since April 2002).

She is the Technology Coordinator and 5th and 6th grade science teacher at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. She is starting her 15th year at MJDS.

She loves being an advisor because of the relationships she has with the girls in her chapter. Some relationships are a continuation from MJDS, while others are new. She likes being able to work with the girls and know that she is making a difference in their lives.

"I feel that being an advisor is more than helping them plan BBYO programs. I look at it as being a "big sister" to the girls. I love talking to them about anything and everything. I let them know that I am always here for them, even after they graduate," says Helene.

In addition to advising in Wisconsin, Helene has also staffed two BBYO Summer programs: Nizotz LA in 2007 and Operation Shema Baltimore in 2008. Those programs are now known as Summer of IMPACT programs. Feel free to ask her about them.

Here is what Helene's girls have to say about her:

"Whether it's science or BBYO Helene is always there to help and crack a joke. We never leave a board meeting without laughing because of her and that's why I love her." - Hannah Silverstein

"Without Helene, I have no idea where this chapter would be. We love and appreciate her so much." - Meredith Gingold

"Helene strives to always bring the best to Ra'anan. With her positive attitude, she brings humor an laughs to each program while always being there for every girl." - Ellie Goldstein

"I love Helene soooooooo much because she's really easy to talk to." - Emily Blumenthal

"Helene is more than an advisor to me; she is always there to talk about anything, BBYO-related or not, and acts as a great friend and mentor to all the girls in Ra'anan." - Mychal Herber

Thank you Helene for being a great advisor!

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

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Share your Mazels!

Have you, a friend or family member recently celebrated a marriage, promotion, birth or another simcha? BBYO wants to know about it! Go to the "Share Your News" section of and tell us about the great things going on in your life today! Let BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) share your mazels on Facebook, Twitter, the FAN website and other places BBYO alumni go. Don’t let your mom be the only one to brag – we’re proud of you, too!

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BBYO in the News

BBYO Careers

BBYO, Inc. 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

Wisconsin Region is grateful to the Friends and Alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our Wisconsin Region Leaders for making BBYO possible in our community.

If you would like more information or to get involved in Wisconsin Region please contact Ben Kozberg at

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