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  • Canadian Jewish News, June 1, 2017- Service Day. Five hundred teens from across the GTA, and nearly 13,000 in 90 communities across 20 countries, recently took part in J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Thornhill Liberal, April 7, 2017- Hundreds of teens take part in Day of Jewish Youth Service in Thornhill. Five hundred teens from Toronto and York Region, along with teens from 20 different countries, participated in a day of community service and improvement projects on April 2.

  • eJewish Philanthropy, April 5, 2017- 13,000 Teens Serve Communities Worldwide as part of International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Approximately 13,000 Jewish teens in more than 90 communities across 20 countries are participating in a day of community service and improvement projects this spring as part of J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, anchored on the official date this past Sunday, April 2, 2017.

  • Canadian Jewish News, April 28, 2016- Teens do tzedakah. They were among 500 Toronto-area teens who took part April 17 in J-Serve, a worldwide tzedakah initiative involving 12,000 young people in more than 100 communities in North America, Europe and Israel.

  • Canadian Jewish News, August 27, 2015- JServe brings teens together for an afternoon. What do you get when you bring 500 Jewish teenagers together for an afternoon? You get sandwiches made for the homeless, craft kits assembled for kids in hospital, friendly visitors for seniors and much, much more.

  • Thornhill Liberal, March 26, 2015- Premier among volunteers helping Passover food drive. Premier Kathleen Wynne helped pack Passover boxes Sunday at the National Council of Jewish Women office along with other politicians and 100 youth members from BBYO.

  • Thornhill Liberal, November 27, 2014- Jewish youth groups show they ‘can’. These teens are fighting hunger. Local chapters of a worldwide Jewish youth movement, BBYO, have teamed up with a not-for-profit organization for young people and social change (DoSomething.org).

  • Canadian Jewish News, March 27, 2014- Teen program set for April 6. Some 500 Toronto-area teens will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as part of J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service, on April 6.

  • Shalom Life, March 21, 2014- 500 Toronto Teens Set to Serve Their Community On Day of Service. On April 6th, teens from across the GTA will participate in a day of community service as part of the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Canadian Jewish News, March 20, 2014- Toronto teen elected BBYO int’l president. Amanda Freedman, a student at the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, was recently elected international president of B’nai Brith Girls, BBYO’s division for young women.

  • Jewish Tribune, March 13, 2014- BBG elects CHAT student as new president. Tanenbaum CHAT student Amanda Freedman, 17, was elected international president of the BBYO B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) division for young women at BBYO’s recent convention in Dallas.

  • Shalom Life, March 5, 2014- Toronto Teen Elected to BBYO International Board. TanenbaumCHAT’s Amanda Freedman looks forward to a “new adventure”.

  • Shalom Life, February 19, 2014- Sheryl Sandberg Says BBYO Helped Develop Her Jewish Identity. While speaking via video at the Jewish teen leadership event, the 'Lean In' author and COO of Facebook said her experiences with the organization brought her closer to Judaism.

  • Canadian Jewish News, November 28, 2013 - Teens learn about hunger on trip to Detroit. Five Canadian teens spent three days learning about hunger as part of an 85-person BBYO trip to southeastern Michigan.

  • Canadian Jewish News, August 1, 2013 - Thornhill teen helps Hurricane Sandy victims. A Thornhill, Ont., teen spent three days in and around New York City earlier this summer to help people still struggling with major property damage from Hurricane Sandy last year.

  • Volunteer Toronto, May 13, 2013 - J-Serve Empowers Jewish Youth. In Judaism there is a well-known concept called Tikkun Olam. Tikkun Olam is the responsibility that we have to repair the world and make it a better place for everyone.

  • Canadian Jewish News, May 9, 2013 - J-Serve brings out hundreds of teen volunteers. More than 500 Jewish students from grades 6 to 12 recently spent an afternoon doing volunteer work in Toronto, including planting trees and picking up litter, as part of the fourth annual J-Serve Toronto.

  • North York Mirror, April 30, 2013 - Youth Pitch In. J-Serve member Zachary Schryverd shares the workload during the global day of Jewish youth service tree planting event in Earl Bales Park on Sunday.

  • Canadian Jewish News, April 25, 2013 - Toronto-area teens get set to perform community service. Five hundred Toronto-area teens will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects when they take part in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service, on April 28.

  • Shalom Life, April 10, 2013 - Five Hundred Toronto Teens Serve Their Community on April 28th. Five hundred Toronto area teens, along with 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as they take part in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service, on April 28, 2013.

  • Jewish Tribune, October 25, 2012 - BBYO launches gap year Israel experience. Committed to providing more Jewish teens with more meaningful Jewish experiences, BBYO has launched a new pre-college, gap year program in Israel, Beyond (www.beyondyear.org).

  • Canadian Jewish News, October 18, 2012 - BBYO launches gap-year Israel experience. BBYO has launched a pre-college gap-year program in Israel to provide Jewish teens with meaningful Jewish experiences.

  • Canadian Jewish News, August 9, 2012 - Summer camp inspires educator. Aleeza Lubin has an impressive resumé. With degrees in history and education and a master’s from Columbia University in New York, the Toronto native has taught everything from high school math to history.

  • Buffalo Jewish Review, June 22, 2012 - Award presented at BBYO in Marci Birzon's honor. The Lake Ontario Region of BBYO held their annual awards ceremony recently.

  • Jewish Tribune, May 3, 2012 - GTA teens serve in J-Serve for a day of volunteering. What do you call it when nearly 500 Jewish teens in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) from 20 different youth groups and a variety of religious affiliations come together to do some good for the community?

  • Jewish Tribune, April 26, 2012 - BBYO embraces anti-bullying doc, taking message to Jewish teens. Emotional. Raw. Frustrating. That’s how Oz Fishman describes his reaction to Bully, a documentary that follows five students who face bullying daily.

  • Canadian Jewish News, April 19, 2012 - Teens to serve community. Five hundred Toronto-area teens will participate in an afternoon of community service on April 22.

  • Shalom Life, April 16, 2012 - 500 Toronto Teens Set to Serve Their Community on April 22nd. Five hundred Toronto-area teens will participate in an afternoon of community service and improvement projects on April 22, 2012 as they, along with 10,000 Jewish teens from around the world, take part in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Canadian Jewish News, March 8, 2012 - BBYO teens gather for convention in Atlanta. Atlanta hosted more than 1,100 visitors from multiple countries Feb. 16 to 20 for the largest-ever international convention of BBYO, one of the world’s major Jewish youth groups.

  • Newstalk 1010, December 19, 2011 - Chanukah on the The Live Drive with John Tory. Kevin Goodman, Executive Director of the Lake Ontario Region of BBYO, talks about Chanukah with radio host John Tory on Newstalk 1010.

  • Newstalk 1010, December 18, 2011 - Chanukah on the The Morning Show with Larry Fedoruk. Kevin Goodman, Executive Director of the Lake Ontario Region of BBYO, talks about Chanukah with radio host Larry Fedoruk on Newstalk 1010.

  • Newstalk 1010, December 17, 2011 - Chanukah on the Ted Woloshyn Show. Kevin Goodman, Executive Director of the Lake Ontario Region of BBYO, talks about Chanukah with radio host Ted Woloshyn on Newstalk 1010.

  • CHATTER Magazine, Fall/Winter 2011 - TannenbaumCHAT students hone Leadership Skills at BBYO. At TannenbaumCHAT, tikkun olam - making the world a better place - teaches our students to give back to the community.

  • Canadian Jewish News, December 1, 2011 - BBYO members attend summit about equality. Three Toronto-area teenagers returned recently from Boston, where they spent three days learning about equality issues.

  • Canadian Jewish News, August 4, 2011 - Teens do advocacy in D.C.. Nine teens from Ontario joined North American and Bulgarian peers for the PANIM Institute of B’nai Brith Youth Organization’s recent Human Rights and Genocide Summit.

  • Canadian Jewish News, June 23, 2011 - 500 Toronto Teens join 10,000 more in a day of tzedakah. More than 500 Toronto-area teens rolled up their sleeves and joined forces with 10,000 other Jewish teens from across North America, Europe and Israel on April 10th, as part of J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Canadian Jewish News, June 2, 2011 - Toronto teen co-chairs human rights summit. Jesse Freedman says he and fellow Jewish teens have a responsibility to prevent atrocities from happening again.

  • Shalom Toronto, May 26, 2011 - 500 Toronto Teens Join 10,000 More in a Day of Tzedakah. More than 500 Toronto-area teens recently rolled up their sleeves and joined forces with 10,000 other Jewish teens from across North America, Europe and Israel on April 10th, as part of J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Snap North York, May 1, 2011 - J-Serve Toronto. For the second year in a row, Toronto-area teens had the opportunity to participate in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service at Adath Israel Congregation.

  • Jewish Tribune, Apr. 7, 2011 - J-Serve program unites diverse group of Jewish teens. More than 500 Toronto-area teens, along with 10,000 others from across North America, Europe and Israel, will participate in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service, on Sunday, April 10, at Adath Israel Congregation.

  • North York Mirror, Apr. 7, 2011 - Global Day of Jewish Youth Service in North York. Some 500 teens will scatter throughout the Greater Toronto Area and lend a hand to various organizations Sunday for J-Serve's Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Mar. 31, 2011 - Teens to participate in day of service. More than 500 Toronto-area teens, along with 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe and Israel, will participate in a day of community service next month.

  • The Liberal, Mar. 24, 2011 - Jewish teenagers celebrate their culture. Some 750 Jewish teenagers from more than 11 countries gathered together recently at the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization's (BBYO) International Convention in Los Angeles.

  • Canadian Jewish News, May 21, 2010 - Teens practice tikkun olam. Hundreds of GTA-area teens joined Jewish teens from across North America, Europe and Israel for J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Apr. 29, 2010 - Jewish service isn't zero-sum. Last Sunday, thousands of Jewish teenagers took time away from their homework, extracurricular activities and extended sleep schedules to offers a few hours of volunteer service under the banner of J-Serve.

  • Rogers Television, Apr. 22, 2010 - J-Serve Toronto on First Local News. BBYO was featured in a segment about J-Serve on First Local News, aired on Rogers Television York Region.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Apr. 22, 2010 - Teens work to make the world a better place. Hundreds of Toronto-area teens will be among the 10,000 across North America, Europe and Israel who will work to improve the world during an international day of community service.

  • Jewish Tribune, Mar. 18, 2010 - Toronto-area teens attend largest BBYO international convention in Dallas. More than a foot of snow couldn’t stop 10 Toronto-area teens from joining about 800 of the world’s leading Jewish communal thinkers – all 18 years of age or younger – from gathering in Dallas recently for BBYO’s largest International Convention (IC) in its 85-year history.

  • The Liberal, Feb. 21, 2010 - Concert not just another brick in the wall. Two Jewish teen organizations in the Greater Toronto Area are putting on a concert in Thornhill to raise money for schools in developing countries.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Feb. 18, 2010 - Bands get set to battle for education. Local teens have planned a benefit concert for Free the Children, with proceeds directly supporting the building of schools in developing countries through the organization’s Brick by Brick campaign.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Feb. 18, 2010 - Beauheart Ball. Teens from several local BBYO chapters attended the annual Beauheart Ball at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel on Jan. 30.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 12, 2009 - Teens Meet. A chance to explore their own Jewish identity and engage with spirituality, culture and religion brought teens from across the greater Toronto area together recently at BBYO’s Fall Regional Convention.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Aug. 20, 2009 - Golf Winners. BBYO’s friends and alumni network (FAN) recently held its 15th annual Memorial Golf Tournament at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club.

  • Canadian Jewish News, June 12, 2009 - BBYO 'sails' off into sunset. Local teens celebrated the end of a milestone year for BBYO's Lake Ontario region at the movement's recent Toronto Harbour Boat Cruise.

  • Canadian Jewish News, June 4, 2009 - Record number of teens attend BBYO convention. A record number of Toronto-area teens boarded buses to Camp Northland for BBYO's spring regional convention, this year.

  • Canadian Jewish News, May 7, 2009 - BBYO teens stay up all night for Israel. BBYO’s Lake Ontario Region members held an Up All Night for Israel event in support of Canadian Magen David Adom (CMDA) at Beth Radom Synagogue recently.

  • Jewish Tribune, Apr. 23, 2009 - BBYO is sleepless for Israel. Marking the launch of a unique partnership between Beth Radom congregation and B’nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO), Beth Radom is hosting Up All Night for Israel, a citywide event for Jewish teens in grades 8 through 12 to raise money for Canadian Magen David Adom.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Apr. 8, 2009 - Beauheart Ball. Teens from five local BBYO chapters attended the group’s annual Beauheart Ball semiformal at Le Parc on March 28, at which Sierra Bahar of Chapter Beth Radom and Ziv Haddi of Chapter Magen were elected as regional Sweetheart & Beau.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Mar. 26, 2009 - Mind, Body, Attitude. Girls from three local BBYO chapters took part in the group’s “Mind, Body, Attitude” overnight program on March 7 at BBYO’s teen lounge in North York.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Mar. 19, 2009 - BBYO Convention. Ten teens from Toronto represented BBYO’s Lake Ontario region among 750 teen leaders who gathered in Long Branch, N.J., last month for BBYO’s largest international convention in its 85-year history.

  • Jewish Tribune, Mar. 12, 2009 - Torontonian elected to BBYO International Board. When Grade 11 student Josh Harendorf arrived at the hotel where the B’nai B'rith Youth Organization’s (BBYO) annual International Convention (IC) took place on Feb. 11, he was in the midst of serving a second term as the Regional Aleph Godol (President) of Lake Ontario Region (LOR).

  • Canadian Jewish News, Feb. 12, 2009 - BBYO genocide program puts focus on Darfur. Sixteen-year-old Maya Feldberg was not at a party on Saturday, Jan. 31. She wasn’t at a movie, a friend’s house or a restaurant, either. Instead, she spent the night learning about genocide.

  • Jewish Tribune, Feb. 5, 2009 - A sleepless night for Darfur. As lights winked out across Toronto a flame burned bright and strong in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization’s teen lounge this past weekend.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Jan. 8, 2009 - Two Cents for Change. Jewish teens gathered recently to share their "two cents" on global issues. The workshop, titled Give your Two Cents, Get Back Change, was sponsored by BBYO and led by teens Sarah Katz and Eli Krapivnik.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Dec. 22, 2008 - BBYO Chanukah Bash. Teens collected toys for BBYO's annual Chanukah toy drive at the group's Chanukah Bash.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Dec. 11, 2008 - Making Memories. High school students from all over the city and from all types of Jewish backgrounds gathered recently for a weekend of culture, leadership, and friendship at BBYO's fall regional convention in Cambridge, Ont.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Oct. 16, 2008 - BBYO Night Party. Thirty teens enjoyed all-night laser tag, karaoke, games and movies until sunrise at BBYO’s annual Laserquest Lock-in event.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Oct. 10, 2008 - BBYO Kickoff. More than 100 teens recently kicked off BBYO's new year at an outdoor carnival co-ordinated by members of the Lake Ontario regional executive.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Sept. 4, 2008 - Trillium Foundation grant boosts BBYO. Kelly Indarjit, BBYO regional president of B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), and Josh Harendorf, regional president of the boys' wing of BBYO, Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), are thrilled that BBYO recently received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Aug. 21, 2008 - BBYO Gets Grant. B’nai B'rith Youth Organization’s Lake Ontario region, headquartered in Toronto, received a $73,500 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, the provincial agency said this month.

  • Canadian Jewish News, Aug. 14, 2008 - BBYO Golf Tournament. BBYO recently held it's 14th annual golf tournament at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club.

  • North York Mirror, Aug. 8, 2008 - BBYO boosted by Trillium funds. B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) is looking to expand thanks to a $73,500 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.

  • Jewish Tribune, Apr. 10, 2008 - Toronto teens give back as part of N.A. initiative

  • Canadian Jewish News, Mar. 27, 2008 - Jewish youths come together for Tikkun Toronto

  • Canadian Jewish News, Mar. 6, 2008 - BBYO Teens Gather in Ottawa

  • Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 29, 2007 - Service Award

  • Canadian Jewish News, Oct. 25, 2007 - Laserquest Lock-In

  • Canadian Jewish News, June 7, 2007 - BBYO Convention

  • Canadian Jewish News, May 10, 2007 - Youth give back with Tikkun Toronto

  • Rogers Television, Apr. 17, 2007 - World Record Attempt

  • CTV, Apr. 15, 2007 - World Record Attempt

  • The Liberal, Apr. 10, 2007 - Rebuilding homes, rebuilding lives

  • Canadian Jewish News, Apr. 5, 2007 - Leaders in training

  • Canadian Jewish News, Apr. 5, 2007 - New Orleans has profound effect on Jewish youth

  • The Liberal, Mar. 12, 2007 - Guinness record bid in Thornhill

  • Canadian Jewish News, Mar. 1, 2007 - High schoolers to help clean up New Orleans

  • Canadian Jewish News, Jan. 18, 2007 - Boys Seek Record

  • Canadian Jewish News, Dec. 21, 2006 - Toy Drivers

  • Canadian Jewish News, Dec. 14, 2006 - Snake Handlers

  • Canadian Jewish News, Nov. 16, 2006 - Jewish teens hit the road

  • Canadian Jewish News, Oct. 12, 2006 - BBYO Fall Convention

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