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BBYO: 9-12th Grade


Join us! BBYO Wants YOU!  
Are you interested in joining the LARGEST Jewish Youth Movement in the WORLD! Contact Leora Werner at (402) 334-6404 or lwerner@jccomaha.org for more information. We want YOU to be a part of an incredible group of Jewish teens in the Omaha community!




Mark Your Calendars!


Tuesday, May 6
B’nai Brith Trivia Quiz
6:15 PM  |  JCC Auditorium  |  Dinner included


Tuesday, May 13
Edair's Mr. AZA - ISF Fundraiser


 
Saturday, May 31st
Beau & Sweetheart Dance







Previous Events & Programs

Omaha Cornbelt Council Board Elections
Congratulations to the new 2014-2015 Omaha Cornbelt Council Board! Max Polack, Gadol, and Ammy Wertheim, N’siah, are very excited to start with lots of great council programming, dances, fantastic fundraising opportunities and much more! Teens who are elected to the Omaha Cornbelt Council Board work closely with their Director and advisors, preside over all business meetings, work hard to recruit and retain members, and so much more. Congrats to the amazing 2014-2015 OCC Board!

Spring Regional Convention  |  April 3-6, 2014
This was the biggest SRC in the history of Mid America Region! Teens from St. Louis, Wichita, Kansas City, Omaha, and Minnesota came together for a fun filled 3 day adventure. BBYO’ers took part in ice breakers, installations, and a beautiful Havdalah ceremony. In addition, they volunteered their time to two community service projects - making an anti-bullying video and working with ReStart KC to make hygiene kits for their residents. Omaha freshman AZA boys led a special Shabbat morning service, full of music played by Eric Hunker, a nationally known artist and musician. On Saturday evening, teens danced the night away in NEON, with new and old friends!


AZA #1 & BBG Rush
  |  February 8-9, 2014
AZA and BBG 8th graders and BBYO high schoolers had a fantastic weekend of Rush events. BBG’s had “Painting and Fondue” that was just divine. Delicious chocolate and cheese fondue with toasted French bread, marshmallows with sprinkles, pretzels, and chips were enjoyed as the girls painted their own masterpiece to take home! AZA #1 had an afternoon of tacos, basketball, a “mock” chapter meeting, ga ga and icebreakers. What a great weekend of BBYO activities!



BBYO: Blockbuster Of The Year, A Big Success!
MAR Winter Regional Convention   |  December 26-29, 2013

Mid-America BBYO teens celebrated the end of the year by participating in Mitzvot around Omaha, celebrating Shabbat, dancing, making new friends and lots more! At the Marriott Regency Hotel, 156 teens and staff had an amazing 4-day BBYO experience. For Freshman Grant Goldstein, WRC was an opportunity of a lifetime. “I had the best time meeting new people from Kansas City, Minnesota, and St. Louis during my first convention. I think conventions are a great way to make our region stronger!” If you want to have as much fun as Grant did, don’t forget to sign up for Spring Regional Convention in Kansas City on April 3-6 to see your new friends!



Chanukah Party: Share the Light | December 10, 2013
BBYO and BBYO Connect friends celebrated Chanukah with special treats like latkes, jelly doughnuts, cake pops and chocolate gelt. Gently used coats for the Sienna Francis Homeless Shelter of Omaha were donated to help share the light, by giving someone warmth during this holiday season.

OJC Thanksgiving Celebration | November 24, 2013

Gather together in gratitude. Give back to those in need.
Teens gathered to listen to a guest speaker and feast on The Pancake Guys Sweet Cream Pancakes and Krispy Kreme donuts. Donations were brought to give to the Foodbank for the Heartland.

Fall Regional Convention (FRC) in St. Louis | October 18 - 20, 2013
Fall Regional Convention was a success! Teens from all over the Midwest gathered at beautiful Camp Sabra, located in the Lake of the Ozarks, for a fantastic Jewish experience. Great Judaic programming, a beautiful Shabbat, paint color war, and an outdoor Havdalah with smores and a bonfire were highlights from the weekend! If this sounds like an awesome time to you, check out Winter Regional Convention in Omaha from December 26-29!




Battle of the Sexes  |  October 8th, 2013

BBYO teens participated in a fun Tuesday evening event that included a mixture of games like tissue races, hula hoop contest, iron chef, trivia contest, and more! Over 40 teens came to participate with their friends and advisors to compete for a prize and the chance to partake in the “First Annual Battle of the Sexes.” The winners this year were the young men of AZA! Get excited for next year when we take on harder challenges!




Backyard Concert Series 2013

During the Backyard Concert Series, teens raised $430 for BBYO Council programming selling delicious Bagel Bin cupcakes and assorted cookies. The vanilla and chocolate treats were a hit and were sold under 2 hours!




B'nai Brith
Sukkah Building  |  September 15th, 2013

On Sunday, September 15, BBYO and BBYO Connect 7-12 graders gathered at the JCC to do a Mitzvah with B’nai Brith and other Jewish community members. This was our highest turnout of teens in years! Each and every one of them were enthusiastic and eager to lend a hand whether it was loading branches and other décor onto the Sukkah or just holding a ladder for a friend. Bnai Brith hosted a lunch for participants and continues to support BBYO and its mission,  “ More Jewish Teens, More Meaningful Jewish Experiences.” Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful Mitzvah!



Back to School BBQ Bash  |  August 27th, 2013
What a fantastic evening at the JCC for BBYO Back to School BBQ Kickoff! The pavilion was filled with 53 spirited teens playing football, Frisbee, gaga, dancing, hula hooping, bubble making, slip n’ slide and enjoying the last of the summer sun. Sophomore Jordan Saag was the chef for the evening and provided teens with delicious Hebrew National hotdogs with chips and yummy desserts! Teens in 7th-12th grades met new friends and reconnected with old ones. Alumni and advisors were also present to meet and help promote the 2013-2014 BBYO events.




Mr. AZA

The JCC Campus Pavilion was a great spot to hold the annual BBYO Mr. AZA Omaha, a fundraiser for the Ediar Chapter and BBYO’s International Service Fund (ISF). The evening netted close to $400 for the members of Ediar. Spencer Arnold was crowned this year's AZA and is the son of Bart and Brenda Arnold. Sophomore Jake Baron received second place honors and Sophomore Sam Lieb had a strong third place finish. The boys competed in evening wear, where all contestants walked the runway in their own highly personal choices, and a judge question and answer portion where their personality and individuality were put to the test. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the good humor and continued laughing hours after the event! Additional contestants were Josh Sullivan, Connor Dietrich, and Max Gendler who all did a great job entertaining the audience! The International Service Fund provides much needed scholarships for BBYO teens to attend leadership training camps, Kallahs, International Convention and much more! Last year’s national efforts raised more than $40,000 to assist over 75 teens internationally.




Mid-America Regional Executive Conference - Kansas City, MO
For the first time in BBYO Omaha’s history, Omaha teens took part in an unbelievable weekend of training! The Mid-America Regional Executive Conference was held in Kansas City, MO with teens from Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis from May 3-5. All Mid-American Regional (MAR) Council positions were invited in order to strengthen their own BBYO community through leadership, planning, skill building, and much more. BBYO teen leaders attended workshops such as “Leadership Self Portrait” and “Fundraising 101.” Teens also worked on individual goal setting, regional strategic planning, and how to work successfully with their chapter counterparts.  Rachel Saag, Omaha Cornbelt Council’s N’siah (President) left Sunday morning with a better understanding of her duties to her chapter, council, and the Mid-America Region. “I learned about skill building and how to make successful Omaha Council programs. I know I will make clever decisions when planning quality Jewish and social programming that is memorable, educational, and fun!” Mid-America teens also attended the Annual Matzah Ball Dance Saturday evening! Jack Weiss, senior, made the trip out to Kansas City just to attend the Matzah Ball. “It is really important we care about other council’s in our region by attending their events and showing our support.” Want to be a leader? Then join BBYO! Contact: Leora Werner at lwerner@jccomaha.org.





Shiputznick "Teen Mitzvah Day"
BBYO is joined the Jewish community for a day of Tikkun Olam and Mitzvot. Jewish teens participated in service projects around the Omaha area. This day was a meaningful day, snowing that together we can make a difference.



Spring Regional Convention - St. Louis, MO

We hopped on a bus for an exciting four day excursion to Camp Sabra is St. Louis, Mo. Reunited with friends, made new memories, and shared our love of BBYO with other Jewish teens from around the Midwest!

 

#ICDC 2013

International Convention began with a BOOM! President Obama welcomed Jewish teens to Washington D.C. as well as Ambassador Susan Rice and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not only were there fantastic speakers at IC, but teens also were able to participate in a day of community service that benefited over 22 organizations in the D.C. area and a day of Jewish learning. BBYO’ers also participated in learning about history at the Smithsonian American History Museum and the Lincoln Memorial. Well known musical artists Hoodie Allen and Time Flies wrapped up IC with a fantastic closing ceremony full of energy on Sunday evening! Omaha teens Kylie Kirshenbaum and Matt Weisman came home with two awards that represent their hard work and dedication to BBYO in their four years as members.  After 5 days, 11 meals, 71 Limmud sessions, 600 social action hours, 2 stimulating elections, and 1 Shabbat, 14 Omaha teens out of 1,500 teens of International Convention 2013 are home to share their experiences with the Omaha Jewish community. They'll teach their chapters about new programming and recruitment ideas. They'll expand their community with their new understanding of global Judaism, and they'll motivate their friends to engage in BBYO Stand UP for worthwhile causes.



Winter Regional Convention
Teens had a fantastic time at Winter Regional Convention. A fabulous four day adventure was full of amazing opportunities such as social action projects in downtown Kansas City. Teens had a chance to work with a Food Bank, young teens and children at a shelter, play basketball with young adults with disabilities, and provide entertainment and company for residents at a nursing home. BBYO’ers also took part in AZAA basketball tournament, Shabbat services, Havdalah, and an awesome NEON dance!



Retro AZA Sweetheart Dance
Groovy teens got together on Saturday, January 12 for a Retro themed Sweetheart Dance.  The 2013 Dance Committee, Jake Baron, Ethan Potash, Jack Weiss, Mathew Wiesman, Gabe Levin, and Sam Lieb created a night full of dancing, great music, and good times. Mathew Wiesman said “This dance to remember!” Before the evening was over, teens took part in processional to welcome the new 2013 Sweetheart Nominees and Honoraries. AZA #1 announced that their new Sweetheart is sophomore Megan Kahn, who said “I appreciate all the support and love from Mother Chapter. I can’t wait for an awesome year!” Junior Cheyenne Janicek, Chaim Weizmann’s new Sweetheart said “I am so happy to have been chosen and I look forward to participating in upcoming meetings and programs.” This year, there were 58 teens who attended the Sweetheart Dance which raised over $2,000! Sophomore, Max Polack “The music was great and it was an opportunity to meet new people.” Congratulations to all the Sweetheart Nominees, Honoraries, and Candidates as well as the 2013 Dance Committee for a job well done.




Light Up the Night at Hanukkah Extravaganza!
On December 11, 63 BBYO and BBYO Connect teens celebrated the fourth day of Hanukkah with latkes and sweet tasty treats, numerous spins of the driedle, lighting the menorah, ice breaker games, and making new connections. Sophomore Jacob Baron commented, “Light up the Night” was a great event! It was a chance for Jewish middle school teens to interact with BBYO high school members. They mingled well and shared their love for BBYO with high fives, lots of smiles, and great ideas for how to make their experience better in the BBYO Connect program!” A special guest from BBYO was also in attendance for the event! Allan Bogan, Chief Field Officer for the Midwest, spoke with BBYO high school teens about their leadership roles and how they can be successful at planning programs, being role models, and participating in Tikkun Olam projects in the Omaha community. Bogan also took part in the games with BBYO teens. His energy and excitement for Omaha Cornbelt Council was remarkable! Sophomore Jessica Shandell shared, “BBYO International came out with a great Hanukkah YouTube video to share with all of us. I think it was important to share this with BBYO Connect because they can see how important celebrating Jewish holidays are to our organization.”



Kugel Fundraiser a Sensational Success!
On Sunday, November 18, BBYO’S MZ Yoshanah raised $400 for their First Annual Kugel Contest! A successful afternoon included lots of delicious kugel tastings, raffles, and schmoozing with new friends, family, and lots of energetic teens. The winner of the contest was Marci Rogers, who baked a tasty classic kugel that was quite a hit! Congrats to all our bakers whose entries and support was much appreciated as well as MZ Yoshanah teens who contributed their time, effort, and smiles to make a the First Annual Kugel Contest a triumph!



AIT/MIT Convention
During the weekend of October 26-28, 101 teens came together in Omaha from Kansas City, St. Louis, and Minneapolis for AIT/MIT Convention. AIT’s (alephs in training) and MIT’s (members in training) spent their time doing Jewish educational and social programming such as icebreakers, mock chapters Shabbat and Havdalah services and an induction ceremony that ties in with the theme of the convention, Dr. Seuss. Teens had a wonderful Saturday evening event at The Digz that included a dance, dodgeball, basketball, and volleyball. After a successful convention in Omaha with the largest attendance ever, teens are looking forward to WRC December 27-30 in Kansas City!





OCC Annual Worlds of Fun Trip
BBYO is kicked off the school year with our annual Worlds of Fun Trip!!!! Sponsored by Howard Kooper and Tom Fellman, Omaha Cornbelt Council headed to Kansas City for a thrilling day of roller coasters, friends and much more! This trip was FREE for all Omaha Cornbelt Council BBYO members! Want to join Omaha Cornbelt Council to Worlds of Fun next year!? Sign up for a membership of $75 for one year or $150 for four years and you can be a part of this incredible treat and all the amazing programming Omaha Cornbelt Council has in store!