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CLTC 5 Update: July 16th 2013

Posted on 07/16/2013 @ 11:21 PM

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The teens shared their thoughts on their CLTC experiences!

"I liked how we all got the opportunity to plan a program, just like we would at home. I learned what we should and shouldn't do." - Davis Apseloff, Southern - Atlanta

"I finally understand why people say CLTC is the best 12 days of their lives." -Jake Rosenblum, NSR

"Meeting so many people from all over the world and sharing a Jewish connection is an experience of a lifetime." - Ally Harendorf, LOR

"It's great getting to bond with new people each day. I've made friends I know I’m going to talk to and meet again in the future." - Ally Burton, KMR

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Day 2 Reflections

Posted on 07/16/2013 @ 10:00 PM

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Although it's only been three days, it feels like I've known my new friends for forever. Through odd ice breakers and meaningful reflections, I can already see the wide variety of participants coming together to form an incredible, passionate community.

After an eye-opening day of community service and learning about homelessness, we had an evening program that incorporated the commemoration of Tisha B'av (day to remember the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem) with accounts of intolerance and discussions about contemporary prejudices in our world. Many participants have chosen to fast for Tisha B'av, a traditional practice to mourn the destruction of the second temple. Many of us, during nightly reflection time, seemed empowered to stand up against injustice.

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We continued this day of observance this morning with an excursion to the Holocaust museum in DC. With four floors and seemingly endless information, it was a shocking yet astounding experience. The combination of personal stories, documents, videos, pictures, and objects from the actual concentration camps made the horrific tragedy slightly more tangible. We were given a booklet on a victim's life and followed the story around the museum to figure out if they survived. This made the information in the museum more personal. Upon leaving the main exhibit, I noticed a quote on the side wall by Elie Weisel that read: "For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." This quote really demonstrates a main ideal of this program: speaking out against injustice. Whether it be keeping the horrors of the Holocaust relevant to current times or standing up against intolerance and prejudice, we must bear witness. We are the voices of our generation; we have the power to remove the intolerance from our world.

When we returned from the museum, we had an interesting lesson on the American government and an introduction to lobbying. It's really exciting that we will actually be able to meet with our state representatives and discuss issues that we are passionate about.

As Tisha B'av comes to a close, we reflect on this sad day and acknowledge that the Jewish people survived many struggles throughout history, and now it is our job to speak out and never forget.

- Rachel Mitchell

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CLTC 5 Update: July 15th 2013

Posted on 07/15/2013 @ 11:57 PM

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Here is what the teens have to say about their experiences at CLTC!

"The March of the Living program made me realize how important it is to keep the remembrance of the Holocaust alive." -Tammy Schisler, NTO

"When you really think about the families of the Holocaust, you feel like part of the family, and realize the importance of passing down their stories." -Matias Levy-Hara, LOR

"Today my chapter planned a program about the women at the Western Wall, and learned a lot ourselves while planning it." -Harrison Leitner, CSR

"Seeing how the whole program came together with the stories really opened my eyes on the Holocaust, and March of the Living from what I heard today sounds like a great opportunity that I would love to take. The March and the visiting of Poland and Israel would be a great experience that I hope to see in the future." -Hannah Wieselthier, NFR

"I learned today that chapter programming is an important part of BBYO considering how big of an impact you can have on people."- Ira Gotliboym GJHRR

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First day of Impact DC!

Posted on 07/15/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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Hello from Impact: DC! We’re off to a great start here at the University of Maryland. We kicked off today’s events with a bright and early wake up in order to be on time to the first day of our service sites. After our gourmet pancake breakfast, we traveled to our sites via metro! Although over 63 kids on a train at the same time may sound a bit crazy, we all managed to get to our incredible sites safely and on time.

One of the service sites that was visited today was Metro Teen AIDS; a non-profit organization that advocates for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the D.C area. The visit began with a HIV and AIDS 101 introductory lesson. We met all the staff members at Metro Teen AIDS, as well as the “peer educators” who taught us more about the organization and what it stands for. The service site visit was wrapped up with a quick activity, in which we wrote a personal letter to HIV, as if it was a person. Our exciting day didn’t end there! We traveled all the way to the infamous Chinatown of D.C. where we had some free time, otherwise known as Chofesh around here. Some of us shopped, others ate, and some just sat in Starbucks. It was a fun experience and opened us up to the culture and diversity D.C. has to offer.

Right after Chinatown, we were headed to the International BBYO Office located in the heart of D.C.! It was awesome to see the headquarters of the organization we all know and love. There, we heard two previously homeless men speak about their life experiences and their obstacles that they had to overcome to return back to ‘normal’ society. Both of them had different stories, but showed us that it is possible for anyone to be in that position. Also, they conveyed a message of encouragement and strength towards others in our lives. The men empowered us to then talk to other homeless people in McPherson Square. Stories were shared, perspectives were changed, and we all came together to make our first impact on the D.C. community.

After a long and hot day, we traveled back to the beautiful Hillel of UMD and sat down for our second dinner. We are pumped for our program tonight and can’t wait to visit the Holocaust museum tomorrow!

That’s all for now! See you soon!

-Amelia Abemayor ,Brittany Shervan, and the rest of Impact: DC!

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CLTC 5 Update: July 14th 2013

Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 11:07 PM

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Here are some thoughts the teens shared about their experiences at CLTC!

"There is no place I'd rather be spending my summer, and I can't wait to bring all the things I learned back to my chapter and region at home." - Karli Manko, NSR

"CLTC is helping me to become more confident in my public speaking abilities." - Avi Botwinick, Southern - Atlanta

"It's been really cool to learn about the culture and traditions of the regions from all over the world, and make new friends from those places." - Jessie Sureck, NTO

"Ever since I joined BBYO I've been looking at pictures at summer programs. It's so unbelievable and unfathomable that I'm finally here and learning what these great leaders have learned." - Diana Freedman, GJHRR

"CLTC has taught me about leadership and BBYO in general. I've learned a lot from the AZA coordinator Alex Blum." - Jacob Finke, KIO

"I haven't felt more myself before, this is where I was supposed to be. I've never made more friends and felt so accepted and at home." - Alexis Sinder, KIO

"CLTC allows us to see the global community from a different viewpoint." - Adam Shaw, GMR

"Before CLTC I would have never thought I could meet someone from a different part of the country and feel an instant connection." - Dawn Edelman, NSR

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CLTC 5 Update: July 13th 2013

Posted on 07/13/2013 @ 11:07 PM

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Here are some thoughts from the teens on their CLTC experience!

"I've made a lot of friends. Every day is filled with new adventures and I'm learning more each and every day. I know this is going to be the best 12 days of my life." - Rachel Seligstein, CSR

"CLTC changes the way I think about leadership." - Adam Shaw, GMR

"Being at camp on Shabbat is so peaceful. Being with your friends and sharing your lives with each other is a refreshing experience." - Emily Leventhal, LSR

"CLTC really opened my eyes to different ways to lead a group." - Parker Alperin, CSR

"I never knew I could make a such a strong connection with my new brothers and sisters in five days." - Rachael Borman, GCR

"CLTC gives you a new way to view leadership." - Matias Levy-Hara, LOR

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CLTC 5 Update: July 11th 2013

Posted on 07/11/2013 @ 11:32 PM

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Here is what the teens had to say about their experiences at CLTC 5 so far!

"Our chapter chose our Stand Up cause tonight and it made our chapter even closer." - Lauren Keats, Westchester

"Today I got in touch with my Judaism." - Ben Weintraub, NTO

"Today I made lasting friends who I will forever stay in touch with. Choosing a Stand up Cause was a serious and meaningful experience that helped bond the chapter." - Max Marcovitch, Southern - Atlanta

"It's a great experience with a great group of people." - Jake Zimmerman, Wisconsin

"Choosing a Stand Up cause was an emotional process for my chapter. We ended up choosing Thyroid Cancer Awareness." - Charlotte Fron, CRW

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CLTC 5 Update: July 10th 2013

Posted on 07/10/2013 @ 11:39 PM

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Here are some thoughts from the teens about CLTC 5!

"So far CLTC has been a great experience and I've learned a lot about how to help my chapter, Okeon AZA." - Joshua Bender, CSR

"I learned how to associate BBYO history with something fun like using to ice cream to learn the Cardinal Principles" – Aaron Zucker, NSR

"It's been overwhelming but exciting at the same time because you're meeting so many different people from all over the world." - Sarah Resnick, GMR

"Even though its only the second day I know I've already made friends that will last a lifetime." - Sara Robinson, NRE – No.Va

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First Day of CLTC 5 2013!

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 11:50 PM

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Today was the first day of CLTC 5 and here is what the teens had to say about it!

"Throughout the day CLTC got more fun, and I'm happy to be here!" - Lily Vaysberg, MAR - North Star

"We're sisters inside and outside of the classroom." - Rebecca Kaminsky, NRE - Baltimore

"CLTC is giving me opportunities that never would have arose in a chapter setting." - Brandon Gordon, PWR

"CLTC is a great opportunity to meet people from around the country and around the world." - Sam Lichy, CRW

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Kallah 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013

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CLTC 6 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 6 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013

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IMPACT: DC 2013 is almost here!

Posted on 07/08/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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IMPACT: DC 2013 is just hours away! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013

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CLTC 4 Brandon Hunter

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

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On Friday, we had Chugim where the kids could choose an activity to go to. One of our sessions was creative writing. Brandon Hunter (NRE-NoVa) wrote this poem at chugim to share with the CLTC Community.

Songs Are Like The Sunrise

Songs are like the sunrise, It looks different through everybody’s eyes.

It brings joy in so many different ways, All of those bright sun rays.

This beauty doesn’t last for long, So enjoy listening to that song.

The rising sun can give you some hope, Going through something tough music can help you cope.

It’s a very nice way to start the day, With whatever the artist wants to say.

Listening to music can be so fun, So is watching the rising of the morning sun.

Songs can convey a message to deliver, The sun gives us warmth so we do not have to shiver.

Listen to a song or watch the morning sun, Now you can chose both or just one.

-Brandon Hunter

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CLTC 4 Ilissa Chasnick

Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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For any people that are unsure if they want to go on CLTC, GO! I am the only girl from Michigan Region here at CLTC 4, and the other Michigander is my brother.

The first day was really awkward because everyone was hanging out with their regions, gradually everything got better. People began to spread themselves more to different people, and I found many amazing friends.

No matter what your roommate is going to be a friend because you spend every night together. Don’t ever be worried about making friends because CLTC is all about creating new experiences and I can guarantee that will happen!

P.S. Eat at least one salad a day to get your veggies because you eat A LOT of carbs.

Submitted with Undying Love,

I remain,

Ilissa Chasnick

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CLTC 3 Update: B'nai Mitzvot and Inductions

Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 12:30 AM

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Today was an amazing day at CLTC! We started the day off with the B’nai Mitzvot of three BBGs. Here is what they had to say about their experience!

"It was an amazing experience to become a Jewish woman with my best friends." - Vicki Zilbergleyt, GMR

"It was so amazing having everyone there to support me on one of the most special days of my life." –Michelle Grunberg, PWR

"Alex helped up make it so much our own and it was great to be able to have my special day with special people." - Emily Kahn, NRE – DC

Then tonight at CLTC was International Inductions. Here is what the teens had to say about their Inductions!

"One word about inductions: amazing." -Jules Millison, Eastern

"Being inducted into the international order showed me the cool traditions of spirit in other regions." -Keaton Butowsky, NTO

"Inductions reminded me that you should always put a smile on some one's face every day." -Edward Benkhin, CRW

"Inductions were amazing and I cried because the songs Jenna used were so close to my heart already and now they're even closer." - Ellie Ballin, CSR

"I've never been to an induction before and this set the bar way high because it was amazing and it was so inspirational. I finally see my true colors." - Sophie Kellner, NTO

"I wasn't expecting to feel this connected once I got here but now that I've gone through inductions I feel more a part of BBYO. I wasn't sure I would continue on with this but now I am. Love BBG!" - Carly Doobrow, Eastern

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CLTC 4 Maxwell Cahn

Posted on 07/04/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Today is our third day at CLTC but since the minute I stepped off the plane into the Pittsburgh airport it has been a learning experience. So far we have had multiple experiences teaching us things about leadership, team building, Judaism, and ourselves. My favorite part of the programming so far has been when we separate into our mock chapters.

My mock chapters name is Bonim AZA which translates to “builders AZA” our chapter chose this name democratically; it was something we could all identify with because in our chapter we knew we would be building up our knowledge of the order, building friendships, and building a successful chapter.

I am really looking forward to the programming today, our coordinators Justin “JZ” Zimmerman and Harper Weisberg are two of the nicest people I have ever met, they really are true leaders and deserve the coordinator positions. The programming they have created is really good and I look forward to learning more from them over the next 9 days. CLTC is an awesome program and I strongly suggest it to anyone considering for next summer!

Fraternally Submitted, with undying love for

The Greater Jersey Hudson River Region #22, R’ut BBYO #5223, Bonim AZA #0.97, and CLTC 4 2013,

I forever remain,

Aleph Maxwell David Cahn

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CLTC 4 Adam McCoy

Posted on 07/04/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Yesterday at CLTC was a blast! There is just so much to do here. Last night, we had an amazing team building exercise. We had to work together as a chapter to steal a water bottle. However, this was not as easy as it seemed. After multiple failures, our chapter not only had to plan something out, but also had to work together as a team to just take a water bottle.

It’s only been 1 and a half days and I’m already having the time of my life!

Fraternally Submitted:

I Remain Aleph,

Adam McCoy

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Shalom CLTC 4!

Posted on 07/04/2013 @ 06:00 PM

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After long anticipation, planing, and excessive social media posts, I'm proud to announce that CLTC 4 2013 is in session! All the teens have arrived safely to the beautiful Bethany College campus. Since the teens arrival on Tuesday afternoon we have had a jam packed exciting schedule!

A few of the exciting things that the teens really liked were the amazing song session with our song leader Mikey Paulker! Teens learnt a traditional BBYO song named "magnificence" as well as many others. Teens branched out of their comfort zone and attended rotations that included sessions like public speaking and why are you here at CLTC. My personal favorite program so far was when the teens learnt about the long history behind AZA and BBG.

In the next few days your teens will be electing their mock chapter board positions, learn about BBYO's StandUp initiative, and continue to meet new friends and from all over the United States. We also have the privilege to be at CLTC during the forth of July! Teens are decked out in their USA apparel! They have so much spirit for our country!

I am super excited to finally be here at CLTC 4 with all the amazing teens! They have already started to amaze me with their kindness as well as their ability to make new friends and learn valuable lesions to bring back to their communities back home!

I can't wait for the next 10 days will all the teens!

The AZA coordinator,

Justin Zimmerman

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CLTC 4 Jamie Kleppel

Posted on 07/04/2013 @ 11:30 AM

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CLTC is already AMAZING!

My mock chapter’s name is Malka BBG #0036. We have had so many activities together, and have been bonding together in our rooms during Chofesh. Everyone here is here to learn more about the type of leaders they are, and I’m excited to learn more these next 9 days. Let’s see how much more amazing these next few days can get!

Submitted with undying love and dedication to:

CLTC 4 2013

I forever remain,

Jamie Kleppel

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CLTC 3 Update: July 3rd 2013

Posted on 07/03/2013 @ 11:50 PM

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Tonight at CLTC we celebrated 4th of July a little early and watched fireworks together! Here is what the teens had to say about tonight and their CLTC experience so far!

"The fireworks were one of the most exhilarating and exciting moments here at CLTC!!" - Max Baron MAR-STL

"The friends I've made here have been some of the best people I have ever met. I can't even imagine going home and not being able to see everyone everyday!" - Maya Schreiber MAR-KCC

"Never have I ever experienced anything like CLTC. The magic of the fireworks represents metaphorically the magic that CLTC holds. The atmosphere and friendships that you build are as wonderful as the leadership skills you attain to bring back to your region, and this truly was the best twelve days of my life. Love," - Natasha Clarke- Rocky Mountain Region

"I came into CLTC not really knowing what to expect but I feel I've experienced everything I need to make a positive impact on my chapter" - Jacob Stern Eastern

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