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CLTC 1, Day 6

Posted on 06/12/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Over the course of the day, teens at CLTC 1 had the opportunity to participate in several new and exciting activities. They had the option to attend two programs that focused on the aspects of inclusion within their community, The chapters also competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament during their free time (Chofesh). In a series of rounds, two chapters faced off against one another at a time. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in every round. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the round begins, you must try to knock the Jello off of your opponent's spoon without dropping your own. It was very action-packed and entertaining activity for everyone! With half of CLTC already behind us, many of the teens feel as though they are beginning to understand why this experience is so special:

"I may not be related to my CLTC family by blood, but I can proudly say that the other participants of CLTC 1 is my second family! Even though only six days have passed, I know I have met my life-long best friends here. I can't wait for six more days with these amazing people!" -Lilly Sitver, Cotton States Region "It's been really cool learning how to plan successful programs, and very rewarding when you actually plan something that goes well. My chapter planned a Havdallah service for last night, and it was really cool to do that because others really enjoyed it. -Sophie Levy, Eastern Region. "It's only day six and I already feel like I've made great friends and have become a better leader!" -Roy Einhorn, North Texas Oklahoma Region. "CLTC has helped me learn to become a leader for my chapter. Only halfway through, I already feel prepared to lead my home chapter to success." -Brett Lewis, Cotton States Region.

After a successful first half of the session, we look forward to an even better six days to come!

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CLTC 1 Song Sessions

Posted on 06/09/2016 @ 09:00 PM

At CLTC, we are fortunate enough to have a very talented and enthusiastic song leader, Josh Cohen. He is a former BBYO member, and uses music to guide teens during services, programs and song sessions. During CLTC 1's first song session, all of the teens were able to come together and bond through Jewish music. The upbeat, positive experience was exhilarating for many participants:

"The best part of the song session was hanging out with all my new friends, and standing as a community while singing together." -Ashlee Kuper, Central Region West "The song session was meaningful to me because I got to be with my friends, doing something we all enjoy." -Lucy Reish, Southern Region "I loved spending time singing great songs with my brother Alephs and sister BBG's." -Avery Klatsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region "My favorite part of the song session was Josh's attitude, because his excitement really showed through, which pumped up the whole room. This is what makes us happy to be at CLTC." -Leeya Alperin, Cotton States Region.

The most meaningful part of the session for song leader Josh was "being able to bring my BBYO experience full circle. These are the same songs that I learned during my time in BBYO, and it's so special to see the teens bond over the same songs that I loved."

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Successful first day at CLTC 1!

Posted on 06/08/2016 @ 12:15 AM

Today, we had a very successful first day at CLTC 1! After a day of travel, teens arrived at Beber Camp with plenty of time to experience a tour of the camp, their first meal, a quick session in their chapters, as well as an icebreaker and friendship circle. Members were asked what they were most excited to learn over the next twelve days at CLTC. Here is what a few of them had to say:

"I want to be able to lead programs and hold a leadership position without questioning myself!" -Karli Silver, Eastern Region

"To become a better leader and make my chapter the best it could be." -Andrea Hengber, Gold Coast Region

"I want to make Jewish friends from across the USA. I hope I learn to be a better, more open leader." -Miriam Berkson, Great Midwest Region

"I'm excited to gain lifelong friends, learn leadership skills, and learn how to strengthen GMR" -Sammi Schnuer, Great Midwest Region

"To learn more to bring back to my chapter and region. To grow as a person and leader, and to make friends across the international order." -Jessica Cantor, Rocky Mountain Region

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CLTC 3 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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

We’re pumped for CLTC 3 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 5 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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

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!

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

We’re pumped for CLTC 7 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 6 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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

We’re pumped for CLTC 6 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 4 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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

We’re pumped for CLTC 4 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 8 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 2 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

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

We’re pumped for CLTC 2 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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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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