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CLTC 3 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

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CLTC 5 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 7 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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CLTC 1 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 6 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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CLTC 4 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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CLTC 8 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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CLTC 2 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

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Kallah 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

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We’re pumped for Kallah 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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ILTC 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 02:42 PM

We’re pumped for ILTC 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Planning Shabbat Atmosphere

Posted on 07/24/2015 @ 07:00 PM

Hello readers, this is Henry Learner and Alex Kirshner from Mountain Region #47 writing to you about planning Shabbat atmosphere. Shabbat atmosphere is what leads up to the Shabbat service, including the dinner before it. We are also dorm of the day today, which means that we have all of the responsibilities that accompany that as well as planning for Shabbat. First, we had to choose a value of the day and we decided on individuality. Then, in the morning, we raised the American and Israeli flags. At lunch, we presented a slam poem about individuality and for dinner we are giving everyone a candle, which will spell out “Be Yourself.” It can be stressful planning many activities at one time, but we are confident that it will run smoothly tonight. This is out second and final time being dorm of the day and our first time planning Shabbat atmosphere, but we will exceed expectations for sure. Fraternally submitted with undying love for Aish Achdut AZA, we forever remain Alephs Henry Learner and Alex Kirshner.

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I Believe That We Will Win

Posted on 07/23/2015 @ 07:00 PM

Tuesday was a typical day at CLTC, until we were guided to the gazebo for a new activity. But sometimes things are not what they seem. The plot twist of the day was that all CLTC 6 campers would be competing in Maccabiah, or color war. Each person was assigned to a color: green, white, red, or blue. Each team included both Alephs and BBGs. Teams competed against each other in various events, including team building activities, a spirit/cheer contest, basketball, dodge ball, gaga, and family feud. Teams also participated in a photo scavenger hunt around the Bethany campus. Later that night we attended a party to promote the upcoming International Convention. There was music and dancing and we found out who won the color war. As team rankings were announced everyone cheered. The green team had won the Maccabiah Games! Overall, it was a day full of excitement, happiness, bonding, spirit, and recreation.

Wednesday was the beginning of chapter programs. All the chapters are getting to present the programs that they planned and it has been very interesting to see everyone’s ideas and hard work finally being put into action. This is crucial for our learning so we can see and experience more about programs to bring back to our chapters at home to strengthen them. Each mock chapter has based their program off of a programming fold to simulate an engaging and informative activity. This is all been a very proactive experience and we can’t wait to share our leadership skills with our chapters at home.

- Allana Beckman, South Jersey Region & Elena Rogers, Eastern Region

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A Change of Pace

Posted on 07/23/2015 @ 04:09 PM

Through the eyes of someone who has already been at Perlman for close to four weeks, Kallah has been a nice change of pace. Only a few days into Kallah, Perlman Camp has already transformed to a calm environment with people who care about diving into their Jewish identities.

Whereas ILTC is focused on utilizing Jewish teens to grow and shape BBYO, Kallah is aimed towards utilizing BBYO to grow and shape Jewish teens. Kallah participants attend shacharit services almost every morning. Because of this, all participants are given the opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of ways to worship and gain a better understanding of their personal relationship with Judaism.

Surrounded by all of their best friends throughout the Order, Kallah participants are given constant choices that contribute to their journey throughout their time at Perlman. Limmudim, Sivuvim, Chugim, services, and more are all chances for teens to learn more about the global Jewish community and where they can find themselves in it.

Hannah Asofsky, BBYO Lonestar Region

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Last Day of Impact DC 2015

Posted on 07/23/2015 @ 12:20 AM

As our final day of Impact: DC is coming to a close, I find myself sitting here in a room of teens who have become a new family to me. Starting Impact, I was excited for the experience of lobbying and the chance to explore D.C., but I was unsure about the Alephs and BBGs that I would share these experiences with. It's always scary coming into a new experience, like Impact. You don't know what the people will be like or if everyone will get along. I am lucky enough to say that at Impact I was surrounded by a group of fun loving, yet passionate individuals. Impact: D.C. has been a truly eye opening, and amazing experience. The lessons I've learned, from how wasteful I've been in the past with food, to how the homeless should be treated, are ones that I will carry with me for years to come. Even more than that, I have learned to research and advocate on behalf of an issue. I have learned that no matter my age, I can make a difference in the world if I truly want to. I could not be more thankful to have been a part of Impact: D.C. 2015.

-Talia Yaari, Michigan Region

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Limmud: True, but Twisted

Posted on 07/22/2015 @ 01:25 PM

"A place to find your jewish identity." — I always wondered why people always said this about Kallah mostly because I have no clue what my jewish identity is. I felt very nervous and uncomfortable coming into Kallah because it was a big step outside of my comfort zone. At ILTC, I knew what to generally expect because I devote a lot of time to BBYO throughout the school year. Kallah is completely different because it focuses less on BBYO itself and more on Judaism and my place in it. My amazing friends in addition to the incredible staff and Madrichim are helping me through this journey. In the first few days, I have already learned so much. Through Rabbi Meir Tennenbaum’s Limmud sessions, the Kallah slogan is becoming a reality for me.

In Limmud sessions, everyone is able to choose a topic and Jewish educator they want to learn about. In my session with Rabbi Meir Tennenbaum, we have been analyzing various stories from the Talmud including Gam Zu L’Tovah and Eleazar ben Dordia. I have always loved reading stories and finding their deeper meaning, but I have no experience analyzing the Talmud. Rabbi Meir makes analysis easy and at the end of every session the messages I’ve learned make me feel like a better person.

Today, we explored the story of Gam Zu L’Tovah and discussed how optimism is so important. We talked about the power of positive thinking and I already see a change in myself. The story talks about the difference between waiting for a bad situation to pass and realizing that an unfortunate situation is meant to happen and will end up helping you in the future. I’ve learned that it is important to always have a smile on my face at Kallah and savor every second of it because there is no time for negative thinking.

Meredith Harris, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Northern Council

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Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

Posted on 07/22/2015 @ 12:39 AM

Today was yet another exciting day at CLTC 6! Our mock chapter Chazak AZA successfully raised close to $600 today during lunch by hosting a fun and exhilarating live auction. The money raised will go towards helping children with disabilities through the non- profit organization called Bottles of Smiles, which was created by a member of the chapter itself last year. So far the auction is only half way over and we can’t wait to see the impact we make on children with disabilities as we continue fundraising tonight at dinner. To make us feel more connected to our stand- up cause, we plan to have the whole CLTC community work hands on with Bottles of Smiles later this week! This was a FUN(D) day! -David Stulberg, Rocky Mountain Region; Gavin Roth, Lonestar Region

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Lobby Day at Impact DC

Posted on 07/21/2015 @ 11:40 PM

I'm Rachel Maltz from Los Angeles, and I'm representing Pacific Western Region #44 on this program. Today, Impact: DC went to Capitol Hill to lobby congressmen in support of different causes. My service group, A Wider Circle, lobbied Ohio's Congressman Tim Ryan about family poverty. We focused on the Ban the Box campaign, to remove the stigma surrounding previously incarcerated people and to give them more job opportunities.

Our second issue was lobbying Congressman Ryan on behalf of LGBT+ rights, especially for homeless teens. This was a great experience for everyone, and helped us learn that advocacy can be done from any level. Afterwards, we had free time in Georgetown to explore the city. I took a tour of George Washington University with friends, and looked around the area. We came back to the University of Maryland for dinner at Hillel before a pool party tonight. We had a great day of advocacy and exploring the city.

-Rachel Maltz, Pacific Western Region

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Fun With Fundraisers

Posted on 07/21/2015 @ 12:46 AM

Hi! This is Hope Crystal from Great Midwest Region, Danielle Haase from Rocky Mountain Region, and Elana Cohen from Northern Region East: DC Council. Today our mock chapter, Yalla Osher BBG, held a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In it we sold raffle tickets to throw whipped cream pies at staff who volunteered to take part. Leukemia and lymphoma are types of cancer that affect many people’s lives and we feel strongly about the cause. Hope’s mother had leukemia and was cured, and every year they still do the walk for the cause. This is how we decided on our charity. Many people were eager to throw pies at certain counselors so our fundraiser was very successful. We raised over $200 for the cause. Today was as sweet as pie!

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Service Superstars

Posted on 07/20/2015 @ 11:30 PM

I went to Bread for the City for my service site. What we do at Bread for the City is sort through produce for food quality and place produce in bags for people in need. It is fun working in the food pantry because I am with my friends in my circle group. Some of the products we put in bags were potatoes, cherries and other nonperishable items. Today we worked on sorting cabbage and shucked corn.

My reaction to this service site changed the way I look at food. I am fortunate to have enough food on my plate everyday while some people out there struggle and don’t have enough food for a day. I am happy that I can help the community and others around me. I really have enjoyed my time here at Impact DC and have made friends that I will keep for a life time.

Impact DC is a great program. Tomorrow we are going to Capitol Hill to lobby for congress which will be a lot of fun and educational. We only have a few more days left but, I am making every day count and will come back and bring everything I learned home to my chapter.

-Michelle Massarik, Northern Region East-NOVA COUNCIL

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CLTC 6 Goes To Israel

Posted on 07/20/2015 @ 12:54 AM

After a wonderful first Shabbat together, CLTC 6 “flew” to Israel and visited our Israeli counselor, Nofchi’s “house”. On the way there, everyone wrote letters to Israel as if Israel was a person. At Nofchi’s house, we heard a little about her life and “her Israel” and a few volunteers shared the letters that they wrote. These are two of those letters.

“Dear Israel, I recently visited you and had the best time of my life. Being there really changed my life. Going to places like Yad Vashem and Mount Hertzl really had a huge impact on my life. But the most memorable part was going to the Kotel on Shabbat. At that moment, with so many feelings going through my mind, then and there I knew what it was like to be Jewish. Love, Austin.” (Austin Winslow, Gold Coast Region)

“Dear Israel, You are the home, and you are the symbol, and you are the hope. Your history and beauty remind us Jews of the validity of our prayers. Israel, I see you for who/what you are and you have magic in you to heal and to help. Israel, you are appreciated. You teach us all around the world of the meaning of Judaism. Please continue to make everyone in awe of how beyond incredible you are. Keep flourishing, making your beauty even more prosperous, and please keep your character, which inevitably brings people together. I hope to see you soon. –Zoey.” (Zoey Goldberg, Northern Region East: DC Council)

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