BBYO Northern Region East: DC Council

January 2014/Shevat 5774 Issue

In this Issue

DC Council Website

Director's Note

Share the BBYO Experience

AZA BBG International
Convention 2014

Plan Your Next Family Trip to Israel with BBYO!

Upcoming Dates

Advisor Spotlight

Gala Honors BBYO Alumni

JDC-BBYO Jewish Service Corps Fellow Spotlight

BBYO News - Staff a BBYO Summer Experience!

Thank You FAN Leaders

JCC News

Support DC Council

See What's Happening in Other Regions


Debi Tozer
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Rockville, MD 20852 301-348-3785

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Director's Note

Hello BBYO DC Council! 2014 is off to a really exciting start. We recently had Council execs, in which leaders from all of our chapters convened at the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville to discuss goals and strategies for the upcoming term. We've also had great successes recently on the recruitment front. Kudos to N'shama BBG and Ko'ach BBG for reaching their December membership goals. This past month, AZA surpassed 500 members, and BBG surpassed 550 members!

Now, we are looking forward to a year of the biggest and best programs and activities. From our Regional Convention starting on January 17, with over 400 teens in attendance, to AZA BBG International Convention 2014 in February, hosting East Coast Kallah in Bethesda in March, and BBYO Summer Experiences, the coming months are packed with ways to connect in BBYO locally, nationally, and internationally. We can’t wait!


Debi Tozer, Rachel Pazornick, Jonah Potasznik, Limor Hartman and Lesley Levin


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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AZA BBG International Convention 2014

In one month, over 2,500 Alephs, B'nai B'rith Girls, alumni, professionals, advisors, volunteers, friends of BBYO and Jewish philanthropists from 20 countries will gather together at AZA BBG International Convention 2014 to celebrate the largest annual pluralistic gathering of Jewish teens working to strengthen the Jewish future. As we commemorate our 90th year, this will be our most extraordinary International Convention yet!

Make sure to follow IC live on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter via @BBYOInsider, @AZABBG_IC and the hashtag #AZABBGIC2014!

East Coast Kallah 2014 – Here I am, Where are you?

Five years ago, BBYO members in four of the largest regions in the international order had a dream to come together for a weekend of Jewish learning and an uplifting Shabbat experience. That dream eventually became a reality when East Coast Kallah was born. In addition to Jewish learning, East Coast Kallah teaches advocacy and philanthropy through inspiring guest speakers from prominent local and national non-profits. This year we’re marking the 5th anniversary of what has become one of the best BBYO weekends on the calendar. And, we’re doing it bigger and better with the inclusion of a mega-community Shabbat on Friday night, more speakers, and a brand new Saturday night program called BBYO Live -- a night of inspiration, globalization, and celebration. We’ll feature three headline speakers, live music and a dance party to celebrate our global philanthropic efforts through BBYO’s International Service Fund. We’re also thrilled that US Representative Chris Van Hollen will be the keynote for the opening plenary to kick off the weekend. As we mark this milestone, we’re bringing East Coast Kallah home sweet home to where it all began in Bethesda, Maryland. Join us March 21-23, 2014 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Click here to register.

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Share the BBYO Experience

For 90 years, more than 400,000 teens have made BBYO and their local AZA or BBG chapter their home throughout high school, and now 8th grade teens are eligible to officially become Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls! By joining AZA and BBG, they continue their journey with BBYO, having fun and connecting with Jewish teens from around the world.

Upcoming events in BBYO DC Council include:

  • Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm at the JCCGW- New Member Intake Night and New Parent Information Session. Please RSVP here!
  • Saturday, February 1, 8-10:30pm at Congregation Har Shalom- DC Council Kick Off! Skip the line and register in advance for $12, or pay $15 at the door. Early registration ends on 1/31.
  • Sunday, February 9, 5:30 pm at the JCCGW- 8th Grade Basketball Game

Share this life-changing experience with an 8th grader you know!

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Plan Your Next Family Trip to Israel with BBYO!

BBYO organizes multi-generational Israel tours each summer and winter. Travel with us on Israel Family Journey to explore Israel's rich history, modern culture and natural beauty. Experience the highlights of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Galilee on an 8-12 day tour designed for adults and families alike.

Click here for all adult & family travel options with BBYO!

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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events

  • January 26- AZAA Basketball season begins
  • Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm at the JCCGW- New Member Intake Night and New Parent Information Session. Please RSVP here!
  • Saturday, February 1, 8-10:30pm at Congregation Har Shalom- DC Council Kick Off! Skip the line and register in advance for $12, or pay $15 at the door. Early registration ends on 1/31.

BBYO Connect Events

  • Sunday, January 26, 4:30-6:30 pm- Ice Skating at Cabin John Ice Rink. Please bring $7 cash the day of the event for rink time and rentals.
  • Sunday, February 2, 1:00-3:00 pm- Monster Mini Golf in Howard County. Please bring $13 cash the day of the event for food, drinks and unlimited mini golf.
  • Sunday, February 9- Monster Mini Golf in Gaithersburg. More details to come, but save the date!

General Dates

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Elliot Golden for his unwavering dedication to BBYO DC Council. Elliot was an active member of Bar Simson AZA in Philadelphia as a teen, and has been working with the alephs of Simon Atlas AZA for 12 years. During that time, Elliot has become a mainstay in DC Council programming, and is a great resource for both teens and staff.

Harris Block, a member of Simon Atlas AZA, had this to say about Elliot:

Elliot is the best chapter advisor we could ask for. He is responsible and present enough in chapter affairs that when things need to be done, we can count on him, but he is also great at helping us have the true "AZA experience" by backing off and allowing us to make mistakes when need be. He is a great role model and I know that many Alephs of Simon Atlas have cultivated a strong friendship with him that will carry on beyond just BBYO.

Thanks for all that you do for Simon Atlas and DC Council, Elliot!

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

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Inclusion Opportunities for Teens with Special Needs in DC Council

DC Council offers inclusive programs for teens with and without special needs. Programs such as Kol Echad Youth (KEY) provide participants with professional support and 1-on-1 active social opportunities with typically developing teens. We also support members during overnight programs and conventions.

Come and learn about inclusion, earn SSL hours, and develop meaningful relationships with members of our community. To learn about upcoming programs and about DC Council's inclusion efforts, please contact Limor Hartman, Special Needs Program Director, at or 240.793.2866.

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JDC-BBYO Jewish Service Corps Fellow Spotlight

Ezra Moses - Ukraine
Recently, Ezra Moses, a second year JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellow in Ukraine, traveled to Poltava, Ukraine to speak at a seminar for Ukrainian youth directors about teen programs. Using the BBYO model and program partnerships, he explained how to empower teenagers to take on initiatives and local programs and about a partnership with BBYO. As a result, those directors who did not have teen programs declared that they would now start them, and those that did have teen programs wanted to empower their teenagers to become teen leaders.

In fact, the youth director from Sumy, a city of approximately 300,000 people, organized their first Teen Shabbat event. By that Sunday, they already had their first teen madrichim meeting.

Click here for more information on the JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship.

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BBYO in the News

Staff a BBYO Summer Experience!

In just 5 months BBYO will bring together diverse groups of Jewish high school students from across the world to participate in an energetic, challenging and transformative exploration of Judaism, philanthropy, community service, activism and travel.

BBYO has a work environment that promotes diversity, embraces change and provides leadership opportunities to every team member. We have several exciting, paid job opportunities including Judaic Educators, Group Leaders, Song Leaders, Creative Arts, Drama Specialist, Madrichim and more on college campuses, at Beber and Perlman Camp as well as trips to Israel, Europe, Costa Rica or Western USA!

Click here to see the full list of open domestic summer positions.

To apply for domestic programs, please send a resume and cover letter to Sabrina Moore or visit our website. To apply for Passport programs, please email us or click here for more information.

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, click here!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

After a very successful NRE Gala, DC Council is grateful to the friends and alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. The support we receive at our annual gala is vital in raising a significant portion of what is needed to empower our teens. Thank you to our DC Area FAN Leaders 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 DC Council, please contact Sara Gorfinkel at

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

2014 JCC Maccabi Games & Artsfest

Are you between the ages of 13 and 16? Do you want to continue to expand your network of Jewish teens? Join the JCC Maccabi Games or Artsfest and meet fellow teens from all around the country in a week-long Olympic-style sports competition and arts production! Try out for a sports team or audition for an arts specialty to represent the JCC of Greater Washington this summer! For more information, visit

2014 JCC Mid-Atlantic Jr. Games

Interested in the JCC Maccabi Games but you’re not 13 yet? Join a team to represent the JCCGW in the Junior Maccabi Games this May! The games will be played in Baltimore, MD this year, and your team will participate in a one day sports tournament against teams from the surrounding Mid-Atlantic States. It’s a great way to interact and meet fellow Jewish athletes from the same region of the country! Visit for more information.

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