BBYO Lake Ontario Region

April 2015/Nissan 5775

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Regional Website

Director's Note

Upcoming Dates

J-Serve 2015

Meet the #BBYOSummer2015 Coordinators!

JDC-BBYO Fellow Spotlight: Liz Heifetz, Tbilisi, Georgia


Thank You

Support BBYO Ontario

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Director's Note

Happy (almost) Passover and welcome to the April edition of our monthly eNews, filled with exciting updates from across Toronto, Vaughan and Richmond Hill.

I'm so excited to share that membership across the Greater Toronto Area is up 18% and we just welcomed 61 new prospects during Spring Rush Week programs that included BBYO's Annual Lock-In (click for photos), BBYO Open House at Yogurty's (click for photos) and Snakes & Lattes BBYO Edition (click for photos). Of course we also hosted our largest-ever Limo Scavenger Hunt (Grades 6-8) in support of the Passover Food Drive (click for photos).

Over the next month, there's even more to look forward to. As always, check out the Upcoming Dates section below for all the awesome events and programs coming up soon!

See you soon!

Kevin Goodman
Executive Director, BBYO Ontario


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Upcoming Dates - April 2015

Local Chapters (Grades 8-12)

  • *Local chapters meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm at locations across the city. Some chapters also host additional programs throughout the week. Click for Details.

Regional Programs (Grades 8-12)

Volunteer Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

BBYO Connect Events (Grades 6-8)

Friends & Alumni Network (Parents & Alumni)

  • Any parents and alumni interested in joining our FAN committee to help plan our spring fundraising event should contact Kevin at
  • April 19 - Adult Volunteers are needed to assist with J-Serve Toronto, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service. Click for Details.

General Dates

  • April 3-11 - Passover
  • April 16 - Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • April 22 - Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day
  • April 22 - BBG Founder's Day (71 Years!)
  • April 23 - Yom Ha'Atzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day
  • May 3 - AZA Founder's Day (91 Years!)

* Membership is required for events marked with an asterisk. Click here for membership options. No membership required for all other events.

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

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J-Serve 2015

In April, more than 11,000 Jewish teens from around the world will serve their communities and make a difference for J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

J-Serve Toronto takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at TanenbaumCHAT Wallenberg. Choose one of more than a dozen service project options, and join over five hundred Toronto-area teens for the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

Remember, the spirit of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and tzedakah, just and charitable giving, is realized whenever people come together to better our world. To register for a J-Serve project, click here. Join J-Serve Toronto on Facebook here.

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Meet the #BBYOSummer2015 Coordinators!

Summer will be here before we know it! Now, you can get to know your BBYO Summer Experiences Coordinators. Just go to your BBYO Summer Experience webpage, select "I'm Already Registered" and click their pic!

Not registered yet? No problem!
Now's the perfect time to get to know the Alephs and BBGs who will be leading each Summer Experience and find out which program and session is right for you! But, sign up soon because spots are filling up fast!

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JDC-BBYO Fellow Spotlight: Liz Heifetz, Tbilisi, Georgia

Liz Heifetz, the JDC-BBYO Fellow based in Tbilisi, Georgia, has been working with local professionals to create meaningful connections between teens in the Young Jewish Club (YJC) and BBYO teens in North America. YJC was officially welcomed into the International Order of BBYO this past August at the AZA and BBG Executives Conference and, since then, they have participated in many of our programs including sending a delegation to Atlanta, Georgia for BBYO IC 2015. To welcome their new Georgian friends, BBYO teens from all over the world created a video you can find here, and here you can see YJC’s video response!

To learn more about the JDC-BBYO Fellowship, click here!

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BBYO in the News

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

We are very grateful to the many parents, friends and alumni who support BBYO Ontario. Special thanks to our Board of Directors and our wonderful volunteer Chapter Advisors and Madrichim.

We would also like to thank UJA Federation of Greater Toronto for their ongoing support. Thank you 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 Toronto, please contact Kevin Goodman at

To make a gift to BBYO Ontario, please click here.

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