Building Entrepreneurship program
targets local Jewish teen girls.
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SIXTEEN PAST PRESIDENTS
OF B'NAI B'RITH
GREAT LAKES REGION
WILL BE HONORED AT A
"MARDIAN OF THE MENORAH"
OCTOBER 13TH 2013, AT
P1 BANQUET HALL, SOUTHFIELD
ewish teen girls in grades
9-12 gathered at the
Community House in
Birmingham on Sept. 22 for the kick-
off of Building Entrepreneurship, a
new BBYO-Michigan Region program
initiative that will provide young
women with the tools to build a suc-
cessful future and become empowered
as female leaders.
The 45 teens and 15 adults were
treated to a buffet lunch and heard from
Florine Mark, president and CEO of the
local Weight Watchers Group, who was
the event's keynote speaker.
"Attending the program kickoff
made me even more eager to partici-
pate in this innovative program that
will give girls in the area the skills to
succeed in college and in their future
as working women," said Jesse Adler,
a senior at Frankel Jewish Academy in
"A program like this has never
been offered before, and it's very
Building Entrepreneurship is an
eight-month program with monthly
sessions that focus on different compo-
nents of entrepreneurship and leader-
ship, including branding and market-
ing (to be led by Pam Turkin, founder
of Just Baked) and financing a business
(to feature presentations from Robert
Schwartz of Hebrew Free Loan and
Nikki Budaj, owner of Scrubbers Self-
Serve Dog Wash and Grooming).
Freshmen Danielle Contorer of
Royal Oak and Chloe Linkner of
Twenty-five teen girls in grades
9-12 will be accepted into the program
through an application process.
To obtain a program application or
to find out more about the program,
contact Katie Fried, BBYO-Michigan
program associate, at (248) 432-5685
or email@example.com. Applications must
be submitted by Oct. 9 to be consid-
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October 3 • 2013
FTY, the Reform youth
movement, has embarked
on a series of new initia-
tives aimed at attracting teens who
may not typically attend their tra-
ditional programs. NFTY Institutes
offer teens specialized programming
to enable them to explore niche areas
of interest that are taught through a
Jewish lens or in a Jewish environ-
Teens select from a variety of pro-
grams in songleading, Israeli dance,
Jewish learning, choral singing and
social media. In each, they have the
opportunity to hone skills they can use
in their home communities.
"Our pilot programs have been high-
ly rated at every level," said Beth Rodin,
NFTY associate director. "Never before
have we offered intensive weekends
of learning to a North American teen
audience with programs that combine
Jewish living and modern day content.
NFTY Institutes go beyond the surface
to offer in-depth skill-building, train-
ing and exposure to Jewish leaders in
Current NFTY Institutes:
• Nashir: Songleading Institute
gives teens the skills, through hands-
on small-group workshops, to return
home and take advantage of songlead-
ing opportunities at their congregation,
religious school or youth group. Nov.
15-17 in Glencoe, Ill. Additional dates
will soon be announced in Fort Worth,
Texas, and Las Vegas, Nev.
• Binah: Jewish Learning
Institute brings teens together for
a weekend of growing, learning and
leadership development with the
Reform movement's most dedicated
scholars and teachers. Teens return
home invigorated to explore the
world through the text and teach-
ings of our tradition. Oct. 18 20 /Jan.
31-Feb. 2, 2014/March 28-30; all at
• Nirkod: Israeli Dance Institute
teaches teens an extensive reper-
toire of dances and understanding
of Israeli folk dance that empowers
them to teach and share these skills
with their home communities. Visit
nfty.orglinstitutes for future dates.
Other institutes will be added
throughout the year to allow teens the
chance to expand their skills. Plans are
under way for social media, health and
wellness, and choral music institutes.
"We intend to continue building this
initiative into a series of programs that
offers something to teens in every level
of engagement," Rodin said.
Interested in learning more
about our efforts?
Teen program coordinators Ilissa Chasnick of Farmington Hills, Liza
Kohlenberq of West Bloomfield and Jesse Adler of Farmington Hills with
keynote speaker Florine Mark