BBYO Northern Region East: Northern Virginia Council

December 2013/Tevet 5774 Issue

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Regional Website

Director's Note

Share BBYO with an
8th Grade Teen

Win Airfare to
BBYO Summer 2014!

Upcoming Dates

Advisor Spotlight

JDC-BBYO Global Service Fellowship


Thank You FAN Leaders

Support BBYO Northern Virginia Council

See What's Happening in Other Regions


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Director's Note

Hello BBYO NoVA! As the year comes to a close, we have much to celebrate. November brought with it amplified chapter spirit as we hosted our annual BBG Powderpuff Football Tournament at Chabad Lubavitch in Fairfax, VA. The girls, coached by members of NoVA AZA, competed while dressed head-to-toe in chapter colors. Congratulations to our 2013 BBG Powderpuff Champions, Or Chadash BBG!

Earlier this month, we joined with George Mason University Hillel for a Thanksgivvukah Shabbat Dinner during which NoVA teens were able to ask questions about Jewish life on campus. We were thrilled to be joined by BBYO alumni currently attending the university.

In the coming weeks, we are so excited to be welcoming teens to Regional Convention where DC, Baltimore and Northern Virginia Councils come together to truly celebrate chapter and regional spirit. The convention hosts engaging electives, an inspiring Shabbat with over 400 community members and a Day of Service that will allow teens to make their mark on the community. Convention will be held in Alexandria, Virginia at the Hilton Marks Center. Don't miss out, click here to register by December 23.

Sending happy and healthy New Year wishes!

Be sure to log into B-linked and make sure that your family's contact information is updated. This allows us to provide you with important communications regarding upcoming events and opportunities.

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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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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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events

BBYO Connect Events

For more information on BBYO NoVA Connect, please click here.

General Dates

  • December 21 - First Day of Winter
  • December 31 - New Year's Eve
  • January 1, 2014 - New Year's Day

Please note - BBYO offices will be closed on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day.

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

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Advisor Spotlight

In January, three advisors from NoVA Council will be attending BBYO's annual Advisor Leadership Training Conference (ALTC) in Baltimore, Maryland. ALTC will provide a valuable opportunity for these dedicated BBYO volunteers to participate in training and professional development sessions that will directly benefit their work with our teens and chapters.

Our advisors will share best practices and attend interactive programs that explore topics like how to achieve programmatic excellence, strengthen the chapter membership recruitment process and add Judaic content to all programs.

We thank Michelle Brener (Or Chadash BBG), Rebecca Epstein (Haganah BBG) and Rachel Esformes (Or Chadash BBG) for attending ALTC 2014 and dedicating extra time to BBYO and the success of their chapters.

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

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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, click here!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

NoVA Council is grateful to the friends and alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO.

If you would like more information or to get involved in BBYO's Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) in NoVA Council, please contact Cheryl Kagan at

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