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CLTC 7 First Day

Posted on 07/24/2013 @ 12:31 AM

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Today was the first day of CLTC 7, and here are some thoughts from the teens!

"It's a great first day, and I feel like I've definitely gotten to know a lot of people." - Jakob Allen, KIO

"Although only the first day has passed I feel like I've been here for a while. I'm so excited to spend the next two weeks with kids I already feel are family" - Ethan Bloom, Evergreen

"I've met tons of people that I like. Everyone is really welcoming. I can tell I'm going to be really close with these people." - Sarah Katz, NTO

“Everyone is really nice and friendly. They say you're friends with people at CLTC for the rest of your life and if that's true, I'm really lucky!" - Erin Sporkin, NTO


CLTC 6 Grant's Second day

Posted on 07/23/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hi! My name is Grant Hansell, AZA Coordinator for CLTC 6.

Wow is really all I can think of to say.

Just 48 hours into CLTC and I already feel like I've known everybody here for years. It's been an incredible experience seeing high school students from across the nation come to Bethany college and immediately become a family.

From the moment they arrived, I saw incredible enthusiasm, passion, and a desire to learn. My favorite part of CLTC so far has been the history program where AZA came together and learned the Seven Cardinal Principles by pouring seven different condiments onto Drew the advisor. We will celebrate Shabbat tomorrow and I know the chapters are planning some incredible and inspiring services

I can't wait to see how we all continue to grow and become a closer Kehilah over the next 10 days.

Fraternally Submitted with Undying Love,

Grant Hansell


CLTC 6 Judith's Second Day

Posted on 07/23/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hi! My name is Judith Cohen, BBG Coordinator here at CLTC 6.

Having built up my excitement for this experience for at least the last six months, there may have been a slight tinge of worry in the back of my mind that CLTC might not live up to everything I had built it up to be. I have never been so happy to be proven wrong. The first two days of CLTC have far exceed anything I could have imagined or hoped for. There is nothing more rewarding as a coordinator than to see how engaged and impassioned our participants are in every activity, from chapter lessons to song sessions to friendship circle, the teens’ energy and enthusiasm is inspiring!

Yesterday’s focus, as chosen by the dorm of the day, was kehilah, or community. Our participants began to come together to create their own new kehilah in rotations like Speed Dating, Public Speaking, and Exploring Judaism. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the teens by leading the Speed Dating rotation and a discussion about everyone’s different reasons for coming to CLTC.

As Shabbat approaches, I’m excited to see what the chapters have planned for us to celebrate. I know it will be an uplifting and unifying experience for our community, and I can’t wait to take part!

Submitted with Undying Love

for Mishala BBG #185, CLTC 5 2010, The 22nd North Carolina Council Board, Lee's first pedicure, Eastern Region, North Carolina Council, Chai Chaverim BBG #1548-552, The baddest chapter in NCC, You, Me, and BBG,

I Forever Remain,

Judith Ilana Cohen

Damn Proud B'nai B'rith Girl


CLTC 6 Valerie

Posted on 07/23/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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On July 20th 2013 atCLTC 6 had an amazing Shabbat! We woke up and went to a beautiful service, we sang and clapped and cheered and prayed! Then we learned about different types of people, and how to be successful. I learned so much from this program. I learned how to work with others based on my style of working and their style of working. After that we ate a delicious lunch and prayed and everyone had so much fun!

Following our lunch, we collaborated in little groups to put on a play. Each group did a different act and it was so fun! Lots of laughs were shared and everyone was smiling. Then we got to have free time where we could go to the gym, be with friends, sleep, or anything you really wanted! (Within limits) After our free time we ate dinner, immediately after dinner we had an inspirational program where we learned about stereotypical names and how words affect each other! Every person took away from it and it was such a moving program. After that, we split up into boys and girls and learned our spirit cheers and chants! It was so much fun and we screamed and jumped and laughed! Following the cheering, we went to a Havdallah service.

This was by far the best Havdallah I’ve ever experienced. Everyone was unified and was filled with passion. We sat in a circle around candles and sang songs. It was so moving and was spectacular. Following that we walked outside and had spirit circles where we demonstrated the cheers we had learned before that! It was so fun and loud and everyone was screaming and chanting! After that we got to eat cake, and then we stood in a circle and started talking about our days.

This was amazing; so many people got so emotional and were crying. We are such a close group of people and the emotion in the atmosphere was overwhelming. We stood and sang and so many people continued to cry. This was the best experience of my life, after four days, we were all so close that we could all cry and help each other. CLTC is the best experience I’ve ever had and yesterday made it all the more special!

Submitted with Undying Love

I Forever Remain,

Valerie Weitz

Damn Proud B'nai B'rith Girl


Lobby Day!

Posted on 07/23/2013 @ 10:35 PM

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When you sign up for IMPACT:DC, they give you lots of information about the program. It's community service/advocacy based, you'll visit local landmarks and get a taste of the college life. But there are a few important things they DON'T tell you, I think partly because they are brave things to claim.

IMPACT: DC will humble you. It will change part of you. It will challenge you. It will give you a new perspective on the world and your place in it. And it will leave you with a fire in your spirit, an ease in your heart, and some pretty great legs too! If you allow it too. If you take the immeasurable opportunities that this program gives you, and go for at least HALF, you will feel it.

We're teenagers, and what I'm claiming is crazy in general, I get it-especially with us. But here's what you're missing. The Jewish youth of this world has the potential to change the world. I believe it, and BBYO believes it too. This program has brought out so much in these young adults. Respect, clarity, self-awareness, poise, and my favorite, passion, has filled their minds and hearts. I claim it because I have experienced it. I have seen it in others.

This morning as we boarded the buses from Maryland Hillel to the Capitol in our professional attire, nerves showed as we sprung up the steps, eager to get there. The sounds of the ride were not voices singing along to a new pop song, but notecards being shuffled and peers role-playing "lobby-senator" in preparation for their meetings.

Once there, and split up into groups by building of appointment, these teens knew it was their moment. As we all meet up in front of the Capitol building under a few trees enjoying the breeze hours later, the energy was palpable. "How did it go!?....What did he say!?...Wasn't that AWESOME?!" These phrases jumped around as the activists shared their experiences, their successes, and their exclusive tours!

We knew we made a difference. We were affecting change, being a part of the legislative process without our right to vote. Only 1% of the U.S. population lobbies, and that was us. As a friend of mine, Alana, said today, "How many times in your life do you get to say 'I just lobbied'!?"

We were taken on a guided tour of the capitol to learn some pretty cool things about our nations' history and the place our democracy is centered around. We came back to campus for some free time (full of conversations on politics to conversations on the new royal baby) and yet another DELICIOUS dinner, courtesy of Maryland Hillel. After, we boarded the buses again for our Monument Tour at night! The teens connected with MLK Jr. and FDR at their memorials, looking over Tidal Basin, and walking under a rising orange moon. We posed with Lincoln and payed our respects to those lost in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

Before coming back to campus we had circle groups in FDR Memorial Park and discussed how we have been soaking it all in and the effects we've seen it have on ourselves.

I shared the ride home with a younger boy in my service group who really set this all in for me. Having never experienced BBYO, or anything like IMPACT, his take on all this was eye-opening. His spoke of his plans when he returns home to continue helping those in his community, turning a love of his into a way to give back to others in need. During the ride, I really saw this young man for not just what he's done here or said aloud, but what was in his mind and heart. I know he will return from IMPACT:DC and not stop.

What I want you all to understand is that this trip has not just allowed us to make a difference to others, it's made a difference in US too.I don't know of any other program that allows you so many incredible opportunities to grow yourself AND affect change around you, I don't. So to the parents, friends, and family reading this to keep up on your loved one...When they return on Thursday and something in them has changed...don't say I didn't warn you:)

Hannah Procell, North Florida Region


CLTC 7 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 07/22/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 7 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013


Kallah Day 5

Posted on 07/22/2013 @ 02:00 PM

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Kallah is now well under way as we have started another week of programming. In addition to continuing our "hat'khalot" rotations (introductory rotations with our Jewish educators), we also had our first chugim (elective courses). Throughout Kallah, teens will attend 9 chugim sessions with the instructor they have chosen. Electives include media, Jewish cooking, and 3-D art.

Our night program covered the topic of mikveh (ritual immersion for the purpose of achieving purity). Our Jewish educators each taught the teens about a certain aspect of mikveh, and then the teens got to simulate the ritual purification by crossing a stream that we have on camp while saying the prayer. Afterward, we all enjoyed a shira (singing session) around a campfire in our amphitheater.



Sunday Reflections

Posted on 07/21/2013 @ 10:35 PM

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It's hard to believe we've already been at Impact DC for a week! We were changing the world from the moment we got here, so it was time for a little break for learning. We started the day visiting the Newseum, a Smithsonian exhibit dedicated to learning about the history of press and broadcasting. It offered interactive exhibits and 4-D movies where we were able to learn about important events in history through the eyes of the reporter and discover how freedom of speech and press differed in all parts of the world. After, we were allowed to explore the other Smithsonian Museums with the extra time that we had before heading back to the Hillel.

We got on the bus at 1:45 expecting to head back to the UMD Hillel, but instead we took a surprise trip to the White House, where we spent some time taking pictures of the White House and Michelle Obama's beautiful garden.

When we arrived at the Hillel, Impact participants broke out into groups to discuss education in the United States. We addressed that there are divisions in quality of public schooling based upon where a school is located and brainstormed ways to fix this problem so equal educational opportunities can be provided for everyone regardless of societal standing.

Just before dinner, guest speaker Mark Mellman, political consultant, came to speak to all of us about his experience with supporting political campaigns and how we can get involved. As soon as he finished, we rushed to dinner to enjoy an American meal of burgers, hot dogs, and fries (and veggies, of course). So we can officially say we had American food in the American Capital. From there we participated in a discussion program led by our awesome coordinators, Ariane and Ethan, before breaking out into our lobbying groups so we could prepare what we plan to discuss with our Senators on Tuesday.

Even for one of our more relaxing days, it was still jam packed with learning and excitement...but what else can we expect from Impact DC?

Tamara Zishuk, North Florida Region


Our First Sabbath is Over

Posted on 07/21/2013 @ 01:13 PM

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The first Sabbath of Kallah 2013 has come and gone, and it was quite memorable. Many of our teens don't get to regularly enjoy "the day of rest", as they are often busy amidst their hectic lives, and so Kallah provides them with a special opportunity to have a powerful experience.

On Friday evening the teens got all dressed up (and took plenty of pictures to prove it), before participating in a Menorah Lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat (service to bring in the Sabbath) coordinated by one of the teens' Shabbat planning groups. Afterward, teens and staff alike enjoyed a couple of energetic Shabbat Shira sessions (singing Shabbat-related songs) with our talented song-leaders, Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman. Once dancing and singing came to a close, the boys and girls split up into what we call AZA and BBG separates. The boys discussed superheroes, and what constitutes a righteous Aleph (member of AZA), while the girls grappled with sacred space and time.

The teens got to sleep in on Saturday morning as breakfast was optional, before going into Shabbat services. Following services, the teens got to choose from an array of Shabbat electives, including an introduction to Israeli politics, an explanation of what working on Shabbat entails, and an exploration of whether Bob Dylan's lyrics make him a prophet (some of the teens had their first-ever exposure to Bob Dylan!).

One of the major factors that separates the Shabbat schedule from the rest of the week is that we have an extended chofesh (period of free time) on the Sabbath. Many teens are trying to keep at least some aspects of Shomer Shabbos (observing the Sabbath) while at Kallah, and during their 4-hour chofesh is when they really started to miss electronics. Nonetheless, most teens found something to read, or someone interesting to talk to, and realized that having a break from their cell phone can be quite refreshing.

Toward the end of the Sabbath our educators put together a panel so that the teens could ask all the questions that may have been looming in the back of their minds. We ended the Sabbath with a camp-wide Havdallah session, and then the teens got to enjoy an evening program put together by the madrichim (counselors). At the end of an eventful Sabbath, the teens went back into their dorms and got ready for a full schedule today to kick off the week.

Teens described this past Sabbath as a meaningful experience, and once they explore Judaism further during this upcoming week, their next Sabbath should be even more special.



Friday Reflections

Posted on 07/19/2013 @ 05:35 PM

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Now, nearing the halfway point of this program, we feel more comfortable with one another and have cultivated meaningful relationships. Thursday night, we continued to explore and share our views on pressing political issues. We were all given an empty pie chart and five pressing social issues, including abortion, affirmative action, and LGBTQ rights. We then divided up the pie chart by how much we cared, either in favor for or against a specific issue.

After completing the pie chart, we tie-dyed our impact t-shirts. During this time, many teens hung out outside of the Hillel building shooting hoops. I got to see another perspective from some of my friends.

This morning my group of eight teens went to our service site, A Wider Circle, which is located in Silver Springs, Maryland. The organization aims to eradicate poverty by supplying people transitioning into homes with furniture, clothing, and the skills needed to find and keep a job. Therefore, today we helped move dressers and other heavy objects from their store room upstairs to the display room. Here, the clients look for the exact items they want to bring home. Next, we volunteers help to load these items from the loading dock into their trucks. Personally, my favorite experience was seeing a client’s face after I told her she can take any of the TV sets available. In addition, we have met other teens from the local neighborhood who are also volunteering to help these families.

In this first half of Impact: DC I have developed better advocacy skills, become more understanding of the homeless population, and made close relationships with teens from across the country. I am excited to hone my skills in the second half of this program!

-Ethan Shire, Westchester Region.


Day 4 Reflections

Posted on 07/19/2013 @ 10:35 AM

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The last 24 hours have been amazing. There is a lot to fit into a single blog post, but I’ll give it a shot. After dinner yesterday, the rest of the Impact teens and I got into our Lobby Prep groups. Being from California, we had a hectic meeting. As a group of 10 teens (the largest group here at Impact), we had a conversation about what topics we are passionate about. We understood the difficulty of the lobbying session, as we will have a mere 15 minutes to convince a staff member from Dianne Feinstein’s office to sway a certain way on an issue. We chose two separate topics to talk about, one national and one that pertained more specifically to our state. Our state issue is education reform and our national issue is congressional gridlock. Despite our disagreements and organizational difficulties, we began to plan our presentation. We are so eager to do more research and perfect our presentation.

Following a good night’s sleep, we woke up and had breakfast and began our journey to organization meetings. The previous night, we chose one of four organizations to visit to and learn about, helping us with our lobby prep. I chose to go to AIPAC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the largest lobbying groups in America. We got to sit in the official boardroom and talk about the Middle East situation. It really inspired me to work for a non-profit. The other three organizations, The National Coalition for the Homeless, Feeding America, and the Human Rights Campaign, all had great presentations according to my friends.

Straight from the AIPAC Head Quarters we took the Metro over to Union Station for from chofesh. After 2 hours wandering about, we began the short walk to the Capitol. Walking up, we couldn’t help but be in awe from the inspiring view of one of the most powerful buildings in the world. We were then taken into a Congressional office in which we got to walk the halls and peek into the offices of congressmen and women. Ed Freel, the Senior Advisor to Senator Tom Carper from Delaware, spoke to us about politics and lobbying. We also got the chance to meet two women from the office of Congressman John Carney, the only representative from the state of Delaware. We learned about their roles and how Capitol Hill runs. Halfway into a discussion about Congressional Gridlock, Congressman Carney walked in and briefly talked to us about his experiences as a Congressman. After a quick power nap on the bus, we returned to Hillel to have an interesting Jewish learning session about stereotypes.

All in all, this day made me feel like a character in House of Cards, just in much hotter and more humid weather. I began to see the more powerful side of DC. Each day here at Impact gets more and more intense and interesting. From Capitol Hill to AIPAC, I began to realize the difference I can make here on this program.

Daniel Roth Pacific Palisades, CA Pacific Western Region BBYO


Kallah Day 2

Posted on 07/19/2013 @ 06:00 AM

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The second full day of Kallah is in the books! Once again we had Shacharit and Mincha (which are daily occurrences at Kallah), but we also several other activities that made our day a great success.

Firstly, we had Limmud Kallah for the first time. This program is based off of the international conference, Limmud (Hebrew for teaching), which puts together a retreat that connects Jews from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and brings in Jewish educators to teach a variety of classes. In our version, we had 4 rounds of classes taught by members of our educator team and a slew of guests. Each round teens chose the class that intrigued them most. Courses offered included "Lady Jew" by Kallah educator Emily Hyatt, "Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation" by guest Jonah Potasznik, "Adam and Eve as You've Never Seen Them Before" by Kallah educator Rabbi Moshe Saks, and "Organizing for Social Change" by guest Alon Mazor.

Our night program was a very unique experience as we visited one of our neighbors, Camp Morasha. What made tonight so special is that Camp Morasha, in addition to the two other camps that were visiting along with us, is an Orthodox Jewish summer camp. Our teens got to spend several hours interacting with teenagers their age who live an Orthodox lifestyle.

To start off, Teens from all four camps were split into small discussion groups (which had members from each of the camps), where they shared with one another basic information about themselves such as their hobbies, or what their Bar (or Bat) Mitzvah was like. Later on, the teens participated in a lively session of rikkudim (Israeli dancing) together. The teens were able to get to know each other and ask all sorts of questions that may have been in the back of their minds, like how being Shomer Negia (when Orthodox Jews cannot touch members of the opposite gender until marriage) works. Many of our teens seemed very surprised to learn that beside dressing a little bit differently, Orthodox teens are just like them, participating in the same hobbies and rooting for the same sports teams. By the end of the night there was plenty of sharing of phone numbers and Facebook information between all of the teens.



CLTC 5 Update: Inductions

Posted on 07/19/2013 @ 12:23 AM

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Tonight at CLTC the teens were inducted into the International Order. Here is what they had to say about this meaningful experience!

"Being inducted into the International Order means so much to me as a BBG. I know I'll treasure it always." - Sarah Balis, NTO

"The B’nai B’rith Girl inductions tonight reinforced our sisterhood and love for BBG. Now I feel even more connected to my sister B’nai B’rith Girls." - Sophie Levy, CSR

"I am so proud and honored to uphold my BBG inductions pin!" - Diana Freedman GJHRR

"I'm so excited to have a BBG pin and candle of my own!" - Lily Vaysberg, MAR - North Star

"Being internationally inducted was one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had in BBYO. The cheer circles further bonded my relationship with my newfound brothers." - Max Marcovitch, Southern - Atlanta

"The induction program opened my eyes to how important legacy in BBYO can be." - Michael Scilken, CSR

"Fun was had, friends were made, and the bonds will last forever." - Daniel Elias, Michigan

"I cannot imagine a greater experience to share with my brothers, it could never be duplicated." - Jake Sherman, RMR


CLTC 6 Samantha Waldman

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hey! I'm Sam Waldman, Damn proud BBG and excited to be at CLTC.

Okay so lets do a recap of CLTC so far. I promise to do an honest account of our first day so... Here it is. The first day of CLTC in one word: awkward. It's always awkward meeting new people. There are one hundred and two participants at CLTC 6. Add the staff. Subtract the 11 kids from my heart and home South Jersey Region #35. That still leaves over 91 new people to meet. So let's multiply awkward by at least 91. Pretty bad right? WRONG! Because I forgot to take into account what makes any situation less awkward, less scary. A common bond. EVERYONE here is Jewish and we ALL love BBYO. So once all the awkward cancels out, what are we left with? 100 plus people screaming during Shira, toughing Bethany's mountainous terrain, all of us ready for the next day.

CLTC is advertised as the best 12 days of your life, but when you actually get here, you realize it's not just a slogan. I learned that Alephs AREN'T scary. I learned that girls and guys from different regions can meet in person for the first time and feel a connection just by being here. I learned that spooey parties in your dorm room WILL make your entire chapter come running. Last but not least, I learned that I truly LOVE BBG with more passion and heart than I thought possible. I learned that this organization is something I cannot live without.

Submitted, with undying love for

Spooey, CLTC 6 2013, Grant Hansell, Judith Cohen, Buzz Lightyear, Red Yellow and Sparkles, South Jersey Region #35, the 52nd Regional Board, Red Robin... YUM, To Infinity and Beyond, 221 B, my lack of arm strength during team building, Tovah BBG #2406, Sh'licha, passion, Havdallah services, Shira, my guitar I left at home, Alison Nicole Mautner, Felicia Nadine Gans, Ein Sof BBG #314, and first day awkwardness,

I forever remain,

Samantha Jill Waldman

Damn proud B'nai B'rith Girl and CLTC 6 Participant.


CLTC 6 Mitch, Bruce, and Jonathan

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hey guys our names are Mitch Pisarz, Bruce Dennis, and last but not least hailing from Albuquerque New Mexico, Jonathan Haase.

We wake up every morning running the steep mountains of CLTC followed by an ab workout. We are all in the same chapter and we can already call ourselves brothers.

Thanks to the AZA spirit of Zach Rubin from Albuquerque- Everyone Here is Screaming FRATERNITY!!!! We are having a great time and on a journey to having the best 12 days of our lives.

Fraternally Submitted, with undying love for

GJHRR, especially PVAZA #1353, Wilkes-Barre BBYO, Spencer Coolidge, Eli Avart, and Aaron Ure, DKSB #1298! reppin’ that Alby Boy Pride every day, FRATERNITY, CLTC, Partisans

We forever remain,

Aleph Mitch Pisarz, Aleph Bruce Dennis, and Aleph Jonathan Haase.


CLTC 6 Carly Deren

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 11:30 PM

Tags: cltc6

Hi my name is Carlie Deren and I love the staff of CLTC 6. Especially Lee and Sarah! Lee is from my region SJR and he is awesome. On a serious note, they have been extremely friendly and caring.

It is only day 3 and I already at home. The kids are all great and my chapter is amazing! I can't wait for the next 9 days!

Submitted with Undying Love,

Carlie Deren


Day 3 Reflections

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 10:35 AM

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Our third day culminated in Israeli dancing which proved to be one of the favorite activities of the trip thus far. We practiced a myriad of dances and it was so much fun to try and dance to all of them!

We awoke on our fourth day and set out yet again to our respective service sites. My group went to Martha's table, a non profit organization that engages in "sustainable community service." We were able to hang out with the kids, who ranged from six months to five years. We read and played blocks and ran in the sprinklers. All the members of my group seriously enjoyed our time with the kids and we can't wait for Friday.

Our group then ventured into Georgetown, where we convened at the infamous Georgetown Cupcakes. We even met the woman who conceived the idea, Katherine Berman. We spent the next two hours walking around the area and enjoying the shops and restaurants. It was interesting, to me, to see the ways in which our group acted toward the homeless after our day in the park. By the end of our time in Georgetown, nearly every homeless person held a sandwich from our group, and many in our group went out of their way to smile at a homeless person.

We then went to Georgetown University ( after walking up the stairs used to film The Exorcist) and heard from two women from the Center for Youth Justice. They discussed the reasons for why youth should not be tried in adult courts and placed in adult prisons.

Finally, we went to the Kennedy Center and heard from a new, up and coming band, " Mission South." We enjoyed the band and the air conditioning! :-)


Day 1 is Complete!

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 06:00 AM

Tags: kallah

We have officially concluded our first full day at Kallah 2013.

Teens got a taste of what they should be expecting out of the next 3 weeks: As will be the case typically, we had both a Shacharit (morning services) and Mincha (afternoon services), and the teens went through rotations that provided them with a sneak peak into what their education sessions will look like. Some of the topics include "Spirituality and Nature", "Prayer", "History of Modern Zionism", and "Ethics and Morals".

Teens also had their first session of Shabbat planning, in which different committees will be coordinating our Shabbat programming and services.

Finally, we had our first session of Rikkudum (Israeli dancing) - a camp favorite which will be a regular activity!

Once again, photos from Kallah will be posted daily (Monday through Friday) on

under "photos", then "albums", then "Kallah 2013".



Kallah Has Begun

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 03:00 AM

Tags: kallah

Kallah has officially begun! All of the teens arrived safely today, and things are moving right along.

We went right into an impactful program about the traits we hope to possess at Kallah, and then had our first meal together! After that, the teens got to meet and bond with their new roommates.

Check-in here regularly as new blog posts will be posted daily (some of them will be written by the teens!) Additionally, pictures will be posted daily at

if you click on pictures, then albums, then "Kallah 2013".


CLTC 5 Update: Texas Hoedown

Posted on 07/17/2013 @ 11:00 PM

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Tonight at CLTC we had a Texas Hoedown to get the teens excited for IC 2014 in Dallas, Texas! It was a fun night spent by the pool, complete with a hayride around camp! 

"The hoedown got us excited for IC! We got to have a pool party, we got to go on a hayride, and hang out with our friends." - Jonathan Friedman, PWR

"Tonight really got me excited for IC, I'm so excited it’s going to be in Texas this year!" - Caitlin Haskett, KIO

"Tonight made me want to go to IC even more than before. We had so much fun at the hoedown!" - Justin Williamson, PWR

"We had such a great day at the pool, especially after a hot day! I've made so many new friends at CLTC and I can't wait to see them at IC." - Julia Weingarden, Michigan

"Having my birthday at CLTC was one extra extra special day!" - Eliza Stein, RMR

"The hoedown made me really excited to have IC in my hometown, Dallas!" - Jessie Sureck NTO



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