BBYO Lake Ontario Region (Toronto, Thornhill & Vaughan)

February 2014/Adar 5774 Issue

In this Issue

Regional Website

Director's Note

Upcoming Dates

BBYO + Birthright Israel = Best of Both Worlds

March is Advisor Appreciation Month

BBYO News

Thank You

Support BBYO Ontario

See What's Happening in Other Regions


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Contact BBYO:

Kevin Goodman
Executive Director
416.398.2004 ext 1
kgoodman@bbyo.ca

To learn more about the information in this newsletter, visit our regional website.


Director's Note

Hello and welcome to the February edition of our monthly eNews, filled with exciting updates from across Toronto, Thornhill and Vaughan.

February has been an exciting month so far! Twenty-six of Toronto-area members just returned from AZA BBG International Convention 2014 with thousands of other Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls, alumni, advisors, staff, volunteers, community and business leaders, educators, clergy and philanthropists from 20 countries! To read about the experience, visit the blog!

For our region, the election of the 2014-2015 International Board was a highlight. Amanda Freedman, age 17 of Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, was elected as International N’siah (president of the B’nai B’rith Girls, BBYO’s division for young women). In this role, Amanda will serve at the helm of a ten-member teen board that will help chart the organization’s vision for the coming year and provide leadership and support to teen leaders in local communities throughout the BBYO system.

Remember to check out photos of International Convention and all of our programs on our Facebook page.

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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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Upcoming Dates

Chapter Meetings (Grades 8-12)

  • *Local chapters meet every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at locations across the city. Click for Details.
  • March 12 - No meetings due to March Break.

Regional Programs (Grades 8-12)

  • *March 9 - Chapter Volleyball Tournament. Click for Details.
  • March 22 - BBYO's Annual Lock-In. Click for Details.
  • March 22-27 - #rushBBYO - A week of incredible programs. Details coming soon.

Volunteer Opportunities (Grades 9-12)

BBYO Connect Events (Grades 6-8)

  • April 6 - J-Serve Toronto. Details coming soon.
  • May 4 - Niagara Falls Day Trip. Details coming soon.

FAN Events (Parents, Alumni and Friends)

General Dates

  • March 16 - Purim

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

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BBYO + Birthright Israel = Best of Both Worlds

New eligibility rules allow teens under the age of 18 who travel to Israel with BBYO Passport to return for free after high school under the Birthright Israel gift. This important development means that BBYO teens no longer have to worry about disqualification from Birthright when they take part in a 3-6 week BBYO Summer Experience like ILSI or Israel Journey, which can be combined with travel to Europe and beyond!

More good news: BBYO has a record amount of need-based scholarship available for teens traveling to Israel this summer.

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March is Advisor Appreciation Month

BBYO advisors are an integral part of the BBYO family. Committed volunteers, these individuals dedicate hundreds of hours to BBYO every year and strive to help BBYO members and their chapters reach their full potential. While we thank them throughout the year, we take the month of March to especially celebrate our chapter advisors. Thank you for all you do!

Show your appreciation for your teen’s advisor by making a donation to BBYO Ontario in his or her honour.

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BBYO News

BBYO in the News

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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 kgoodman@bbyo.ca.

If you would like to make a gift to BBYO Ontario, please click here.

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Curious about what’s happening in other regions? Click here to find out!