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CLTC 2 Off To A Great Start!

Posted on 06/18/2015 @ 12:45 AM

Hi, this is Karni Beth from Central Region West and Madison Gore from Gold Coast Region! We cannot be more excited to be attending CLTC 2 this summer, and the first 24 hours have already been amazing! From creating our mock chapter, Kochav Zoher BBG #2582, to learning about public speaking, and what CLTC is all about, this experience so far has been filled with lots of memories and new friendships. My (Madison) favorite part of CLTC so far has been with our mock chapter. I have become really close already with the 20 girls and I have learned so much from our madricha. I (Karni) loved the Shira (song session) and felt connected to all 95 of the Jewish teens embarking on this journey through singing and dancing to songs led by Stephen, our song leader. As the sun sets on another lovely day here in West Virginia, we say our laila tovs (good nights) and head to our dorms to get a great night’s sleep and prepare for the upcoming day.

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Letter from our song leader

Posted on 06/17/2015 @ 02:17 PM

Hello families of CLTC attendees,

My name is Josh Cohen, from Pleasanton, California, now living in Boston. This is my second summer at CLTC and I love every minute of it! As a teen attending BBYO retreats, one of my favorite things was celebrating Shabbat; being able to rock out, sing and have a great time with the songleader!

Co-Leading daily Shacharit services, working with the teens to plan services and leading evening song sessions are a few things that I do here at CLTC. It has been amazing to see how fast the teens pick up songs and are able to lead sessions after only a few days. Celebrating the end of Shabbat with Havdallah, has always been my favorite part of shabbat at a BBYO retreat or camp. There is nothing like having your friends and staff coming together with their arms around each other singing beautiful music and sharing that amazing spiritual moment with one another. It is an honor to be the CLTC Songleader, bringing the cycle full circle, giving teens a musical Shabbat experience like I had when being a young Aleph.

"I love the song rotation with Josh because he helped us connect with others through singing" - Kezia Douglas (Rocky Mountain Region)

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Welcome to CLTC 2!

Posted on 06/16/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Live from Bethany it’s your CLTC 2 coordinators!!! Our names are Jilly Leibovitch from Gold Coast Region and Sam Ennis from Lonestar Region! The day has finally come where the future of our movement will come together for the next 12 days to explore their Judaism and their self, develop and expand upon their leadership skills, and create a loving community and memorable friendships.

This year the theme of CLTC is “find yourself a teacher”. Although, as coordinators, we have graduated from BBYO and begun the next chapter in our lives, we recognize the importance of learning from each other. Every participant brings something different to our session and we are thrilled to find out what makes each participant unique.

We are so excited for this experience! Stay tuned for future blog posts from the CLTC 2 participants! :)

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Efsharim BBG #142

Posted on 06/12/2015 @ 10:30 AM

Each day at CLTC, one of the six chapters is assigned to be chapter of the day. The chapter of the day is responsible for coming up with a thought of the day, helping set up for meals, leading Hamotzei (blessing before meals) and the Birkhat Hamazon (blessing after meals). Yesterday's chapter of the day was Efshari BBG #142 and they were so excited to be able to choose their chapter colors, black and pink and their mascot, Kim Possible. All of these details are the first steps in starting to create the bond as sisters and brothers. "When I first got here I knew no one and now it's weird because I can call so many of them my best friends" Emma Jacobsen, North Texas- Oklahoma Region

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Note from our Jewish Educator

Posted on 06/11/2015 @ 01:45 AM

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At Home from the Start

Posted on 06/10/2015 @ 01:30 PM

"By the time I got my chapter and roommates, I already felt at home! Just from bonding in the airport about BBYO we were already friends and ready to have the best 12 days of our lives." - David Cohen Connecticut Valley Region (CVR)

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CLTC 5 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 3 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 3 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Impact: DC 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for Impact: DC 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Impact: Boston 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for Impact: Boston 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 1 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 1 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 6 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 6 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 2 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 2 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Kallah 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

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We’re pumped for Kallah 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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ILTC 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/25/2015 @ 02:42 PM

We’re pumped for ILTC 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 8 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/11/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 7 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/09/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 7 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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So Long, Farewell!

Posted on 07/16/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Today was the day none of us were looking forward to at the beginning of IMPACT, the final full day of programming. Although it was the last full day, it was definitely a memorable one. We started the day with a learning session where we discussed homelessness, the stories that we had from our sites, and how we will bring it all home to our communities.

After the session, we moved into the presentation luncheon where each of the three groups presented what they did in their 5 days at their service sites. My site director, Michelle Mason, was able to join us for the luncheon. We presented a movie that we created for Montgomery Place. Michelle will actually be showing the movie at a presentation to her board tomorrow!

Following the presentations, we had a delicious falafel lunch, and everyone had more than enough food.

After we finished lunch, we made some awesome pez-uzahs that we will take home so we can remember IMPACT. If you are sitting there like what is this pez-uzah thing he is talking about, it is a mezuzah made out of a pez dispenser and inside we placed the six words that will help us remember IMPACT.

When we got back to our dorms, we had the pleasure of packing all of our loads of clothing. We then had free time where a large amount of people went and made some yummy challah with our Madrich, Jackson Block.

After our final dinner in the beloved cafeteria, we moved into a meaningful closing program where we were able to reflect, and talk about the friendships we made. Overall, this experience at IMPACT has been unique, and extremely meaningful. To be able to go into the community and meet the members of the community was inspiring and a great experience. Thank you IMPACT: Chicago!

Fraternally submitted with an undying love for, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, Impact:Chicago 2014, Rusty Smith, and the Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands,

I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen Cotton States Region Nashville, TN

Weather for Thursday July 17th, 2014, courtesy of www.jakesweather.com: High of 75 with a low of 61. 10% chance of precipitation

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More Lessons in Social Justice

Posted on 07/15/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Hey from IMPACT Chicago!

Sadly, today was our last day at our service sites. At my service site, KAM Gardens, we helped clean out the different plots of the garden that had not been tended to or had overgrown. We were able to see a direct impact when a neighborhood family joined us at their coinciding plot and we helped them clean out their area. I have learned a lot from this experience; from composting to food sustainability, and the organic side of growing in an urban environment.

After all of the shoveling and digging and raking, we headed back to campus for chofesh (break). Following, we went to the University of Chicago Hillel and participated in an eye opening activity and discussion about unequal socioeconomic status and income. We first split into our service groups and tried to build towers out of varying amounts of resources. We were unaware that each group had different supplies and quality of supplies. When wee came back together as a group, we talked about how limited resources can restrict different communities and created differences.

After our last experience group, we went to work on our group presentations. My group is doing a video showing our progress in the 2 different gardens we worked in over the 5 days at KAM. I'm so excited to show our presentation to the entire IMPACT: Chicago community tomorrow and to show the KAM director, Tal Rosen, what we did!

Jamie Kotler Northern Region East: DC Council Howard County, MD

Weather for Wednesday July 16th, 2014, courtesy of www.jakesweather.com: High of 62 with a low of 51. 0% chance of rain.

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Topsy Turvy Type of Day!

Posted on 07/14/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Welcome to another edition of the IMPACT: Chicago 2014 blog! Today we went back to our service sites. At Montgomery Place we did a meet and greet, while hanging out with residents. We played a familiar BBYO ice breaker by passing a beach ball around that had questions on it. The residents of Montgomery Place were very active and enjoyed this game. We learned a lot about their backgrounds from asking these questions. We ended the morning by reading the residents the news and discussing major current events like Lebron leaving Miami for Cleveland, and Germany winning the Word Cup.

After we got back, we had lunch and chofesh (break). Following, we all gathered and went to see the Hazon Topsy Turvy Bus at the University of Chicago Hillel. The Topsy Turvy bus travels from Colorado to Connecticut for 6 weeks, and teaches people about environmental sustainability. We were joined for the program by teens from the Great Midwest Region of BBYO. We ran four rotations with the educators from Topsy Turvy. The first was a tour of the bus and an overview of how they live and how the bus functions. The second was making a smoothie from riding a bicycle! The blender sat on the back of the bike and the blades were powered by us pedaling. The third rotation was baking cookies in a solar oven. We learned about four different types of portable solar ovens. The last rotation was learning about how they acquire the vegetable oil to power the bus and how they convert it to be usable for their needs.

The last activity of the night was working on our group presentations. We are presenting on Wednesday to explain what each group’s service site does and thank the program coordinators for working with us.

Tomorrow is our last day at our service sites and we are all very sad that it will come to an end. More to come from IMPACT: Chicago!

Alex Hoffman Pacific Western Region Los Angeles, CA

Weather for Tuesday July 15th, 2014, courtesy of www.jakesweather.com: High of 70 with a low of 53. 30% chance of rain.

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