BBYO Northern Region East: Northern Virginia Council

March 2014/Adar II 5774 Issue

In this Issue

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

BBYO News

Thank You FAN Leaders

Support NoVA

See What's Happening in Other Regions

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Fairfax, VA 22030
703.537.3087
nova@bbyo.org

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Director's Note

Hello BBYO NoVA! March is such an exciting time for us! We just had our Sweetheart Heartthrob Midnight in Paris Dance and are looking forward to NoVA J-Serve. Please be on the look out for exciting information regarding our end of the year Council Convention that will be sent out in the next two weeks.

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 NoVA Council every day!

We are also excited to share with you the public service announcement that BBYO NoVA 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!

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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J-Serve 2014

Join 10,000 Jewish middle and high school teens making an impact in their communities around the world through service in April 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!

For more information on J-Serve in Northern Virginia or to sign up for our project, 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 lend a voice to issues both near and far. Most importantly, it is a time to learn and make a difference! 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 standup.bbyo.org.

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Upcoming Dates

AZA and BBG Events Open to 8th-12th graders

BBYO Connect Events: Open to 6th - 8th Graders

FAN Events

  • March 21-22 - East Coast Kallah Oneg and Reception. NRE has the distinct honor of hosting BBYO’s 5th Annual East Coast Kallah on March 21-23. The first opportunity for friends, alumni, and parents to experience the magic of BBYO will be a mega-community Shabbat experience at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center on Friday night (3/21), with a special Oneg afterward hosted by the FAN Committee for Current Parents, Friends and Alumni. On Saturday night (3/22) there will be a special reception hosted by the DC Adult Board at 7:45-8:30pm at the JCCGW before Havdallah and an impressive “BBYO Live” event. For more information or to RSVP, please email Sara Gorfinkel (sgorfinkel@bbyo.org)

General Dates

  • April 15 - April 22 - Passover, 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 our website.

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Third Annual FAN Leadership Retreat a Giant Success!

Over 30 Friends and Alumni Network (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 to 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 fan@bbyo.org for more information.

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Advisor Spotlight

This month, we'd like to celebrate Dave Gettler for his unwavering dedication to BBYO NoVA Council. Dave joined the NoVA Advisor team at the start of this school year and has been directly involved in the continued growth of the NoVA Council AZA Community. He goes above and beyond on a weekly basis motivating and offering advice to the teens he works with.

Dave is a lifetime member of Gottlieb AZA in Connecticut Valley Region.Throughout his time in BBYO, he took on leadership roles including Chapter S'gan and Chapter Godol. Dave attended the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison and currently runs his own web-based paralegal business.

We thank Dave for all of the effort he has put forth with the NoVA Alephs this year.

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 News

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!

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Thank You FAN Leaders

BBYO NoVA is grateful to the friends and alumni who dedicate their time to BBYO. Thank you to our NoVA FAN Leaders for making BBYO possible in our community.

BBYO’s new regional director of Community Engagement, Sara Gorfinkel, will be working with NRE staff to deepen and strengthen adult support of BBYO’s important work on behalf of teens in our community. Sara would like to work with current and past parents, alumni who live in the area, chapter advisors, and community stakeholders, all of whom can bring important resources and energy to growing and, most importantly, sustaining BBYO in our community. Money raised locally stays locally through FAN (the Friends and Alumni Network). To get involved, please contact Sara Gorfinkel (sgorfinkel@bbyo.org).

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