A Busy First Full Day
Posted on 07/02/2015 @ 12:56 AM
“Shalom, this is Becca and Talia here at Bethany College! It’s only been 24 hours but it feels like so much longer and we’ve become so close to people in such a short period of time. So far we have learned all about election procedures, public speaking, Jewish profiles and our leadership personalities- and it’s only the first day!! Although the walking can be tiring, it’s a great way to meet new people and talk. We can’t wait for everything else that about to come over the rest of the 12 days here at CLTC!”
-Becca Levitt, Lonestar Region & Talia Genossar, Eastern Region
Posted on 07/01/2015 @ 12:11 PM
Hi! I’m Meredith Harris of Livingston BBG #2356 in the Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Northern Council. ILTC has been amazing so far! Today we worked in our Blueprint groups and discussed various recruitment strategies that work in different regions. I loved hearing all of the different methods used to grow our movement. I can’t wait to bring back the MRIHA strategy (Meet, Recruit, Invite, Host, Ask) to my region. Aside from Blueprint, I also had a great time doing Rikkudim, or Israeli dancing today. I loved it because I was actually surrounded by my best friends at Perlman. Canada day was great, and now I can’t wait for July 4th!
Hi! My name is Shaina Lubliner, and I hail from Tikvah BBG #1233 in the Connecticut Valley Region. Before I came to ILTC, I felt apprehensive about spending my summer before senior year at a leadership camp in the middle of Pennsylvania. While my peers from home would be holding internships and pursuing career paths that they would continue to study in college, I would be here, still lost about what I wanted to do with my life.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Last night, we heard from from CreativCatalyst and I was hooked. The art of meaningful event planning intrigued me. I learned that every detail from the way the room was set up to who was invited has to be handled with thoughtfulness and intuition. The team from CreativCatalyst discussed their various roles – marketing, linguistics, and innovative programming. Each one of them was so passionate about their job that they made it seem more like fun than monotonous work. That kind of a job is definitely something I would love to do with my life!
We were then challenged to break off into groups and plan a thought-provoking event of our own. My group, comprised of friends new and old, decided to plan a night all dedicated to empowering the next generation of females. At a sleepover, we would enjoy a delicious meal of comfort foods and participate in conversation about issues facing women today. We learned that asking open ended questions such as, “If you could change one thing about the world to make it better for your future daughter, what would it be?” can lead to an inspiring evening.
I look forward to applying the insights I gained from CreativCatalyst in my home region and at the third shabbat of ILTC. For the past 4 days, I have met with a planning committee dedicated to creating a 25 hour shabbat experience inspired by CreativCatalyst at South By South West.
I am so grateful to be a participant at ILTC and have had the opportunity to hear the brains behind CreativCatalyst speak. Who knows, one day I may be the one planning South By Southwest!
Meredith Harris, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Northern Council, Livingston BBG #2356 Shaina Lubliner, Connecticut Valley Region, Tikvah BBG #1233
CLTC 4 Begins!
Posted on 07/01/2015 @ 12:00 AM
Coming to you from CLTC 4, we’re your coordinators, Leah Kay from Liberty Region and Zach Alter from Connecticut Valley Region! We can’t believe the day has finally arrived for CLTC 4 2015 to begin, and we couldn’t be more excited! The next twelve days will include participants fulfilling the lesson of, “find yourself a teacher; acquire a friend; and judge every person favorably” through gaining leadership skills, exploring their Judaism, and ultimately creating an incredibly special kehilah, or community with strong friendships that will last a lifetime.
We are both so excited about not only teaching our participants about AZA and BBG through our past experiences, but also learning new lessons from them to bring to the next chapter of our lives. Along with the main theme, “find yourself a teacher”, we will teach the teens and learn from them throughout the next 12 days! Seeing what each participant has to bring into our kehilah is so exciting, and is what will make our time here that much more special!
We cannot wait for the next twelve days! Keep a look out for more blog posts throughout CLTC from our participants!
Posted on 06/30/2015 @ 11:53 AM
If I could describe ILTC so far in one word it would be enlightening. I am becoming more aware of discovering myself as a person, especially through the guest speakers. In high school, I often find myself behind a barrier of not knowing my interests. The opportunity to be here at ILTC and and to be surrounded by strong leaders is helping me to ultimately discover myself. Last night, BBYO brought in a powerhouse line up of speakers from Change.org, Avodah, Opportunity Nation, Democracy Prep Schools, Student Alliance for Prison Reform, and Turbovote. The guest speakers discussing their missions and goals for society helped me actualize my own passions and what I want from the world.
Briana Davine, Rocky Mountain Region
Just Getting Started
Posted on 06/29/2015 @ 11:02 PM
I can’t think of any other program that is similar to ILTC. The hard work and love that has been put into planning this ILTC is what has made it such a unique experience. I've been learning a lot in my Blueprint training sessions. Along with many other participants, I am now understanding how important the lesson we learned at CLTC – begin with the end in mind – is applicable to strengthening my chapter and region. Our Blueprint staff have been incredibly inspiring and have made me extremely interested in the content we are learning about. More than learning to be a leader in BBYO, we are learning how to be a leader and change agent in the greater community.
Last night, Tiffany Shlain, American filmmaker, author, and public speaker, presented to our group. Her inspiring story about following a passion and chasing after her dreams resonated with the aspiring global leaders at ILTC. One fascinating piece from her story was about her "technology shabbats." For six years now, Shlain has completely disconnected from technology on Shabbat with her family. Hearing how every member of her family is able to be fully present was truly powerful, especially since we are encouraged to disconnect during Shabbat at camp. It was nice to hear that you can do something like this without being at a place like Perlman. I'm very excited to see what else ILTC has in store for me.
Arielle Sabot, New England Region #18, Ariel Ometz BBYO #5389
Working at Jewish Vocational Services
Posted on 06/29/2015 @ 05:00 PM
JVS addresses the issue of refugee life and poverty. This is achieved by working to both educate the students and to help find jobs for those in need. JVS also helps bridge the cultural gap between their home countries and the United States. I admire the willingness of JVS to help people become independent.
One student has surprised me because of his strong desire to learn. At the beginning he was shy and didn’t really talk but now he is constantly asking questions and wants to learn more. He has a good understanding of English and although he's behind the other students, it is clear that he's eager to catch up. I love how willing the other students are to help him.
-Samara Langsam NRE:DC Council
Shavuah Tov from ILTC
Posted on 06/28/2015 @ 10:45 PM
ILTC is in full swing, and we could not be happier to finally have all 250 leaders from around the world at Perlman Camp for the next two weeks. The teens arrived on Thursday and were reunited with old and new friends from BBYO. After the teens moved into their dorms, Jake Nitzkin and Roni Rose, the ILTC 2015 Coordinators and International Mazkirim, opened the program. The teens participated in an exciting opening event getting to know each other through making individualized cupcakes and Rikkudim (Israeli dancing). Everyone went to bed energized and ready for the next two weeks.
On Friday, we started our morning with a beautiful Shacharit service. The participants began to learn about how they can find their own way to pray through BBYO's pluralistic model. At ILTC, teens can choose between four different siddurim and will be shown different ways of connecting to prayer.
The day included a lot of introductions – the teens started their first Blueprint leadership training session and learned about their Jewish learning and speciality opportunities. In the afternoon, everyone was paired with a big or a little to begin a program modeling the roles of having a big or little brother or sister in a BBYO chapter.
As the sun set, the cameras came out for many pre-Shabbat photos and we had a ceremony celebrating the new wooden menorah built by the Madrichim in the large quad. We shared a powerful Shabbat with singing, dancing, and lots of eating.
Today, the teens began the day with morning prayer and a plethora of Shabbat electives ranging from topics about Tikkun Olam to Jewish life in college. And after an afternoon of rest, we are re-energized for the exciting week ahead.
Stay tuned for more blog posts sharing personal experiences form ILTC participants.
Posted on 06/28/2015 @ 05:00 PM
As part of our final Friday night Shabbat service at CLTC 2, the Alephs leading the service shared their reflections on their experiences so far. As the participants head home this afternoon, here is one of those reflections as a closing blog post for this session. Thank you to all of the participants of CLTC 2 for a wonderful 12 days.
“Coming into CLTC, I did not know much about BBYO, or how the order works. Whenever my chapter at home would talk about anything or had a meeting, it was always very confusing. CLTC changed that for me and did so much more. It gave me friends. It showed me my Jewish identity. It even changed my perspective of people. My favorite memory at CLTC was from separates last night. While we were walking, I could hear the feet of every Aleph hitting the ground at the same time. It showed me that BBYO is a unified movement of Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls coming together because of the one thing we have in common- our Jewish heritage.” ~Aleph Matthew Young, South Jersey Region
CLTC 2 International Inductions
Posted on 06/26/2015 @ 06:00 PM
Last night the B’nai B’rith Girls of CLTC 2 had an impactful experience. Each of our 54 new sisters was inducted into the international order of BBYO. As Jilly shared her BBYO experiences, many of us were moved to tears. There was a huge sense of kehillah (community) and sisterhood filling the room. She had us write down how we pictured the rest of our time in BBYO, and then we ripped it into shreds because our life paths are unpredictable. She told us about how her path was nothing like the way she imagined at the start of her BBYO career, and she wanted us to let our path lead us wherever it may go. We then took out our goals that we wrote down on the second day of CLTC, and she asked us to think about how our feelings have changed since then. (Zoe Arking, South Jersey Region; Sarah Gamoran, Northern Region East: DC Council; Sarah Green, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region)
“I felt an overwhelming rush of emotion take over me. Jilly’s story was too relatable to my own so far, and I didn’t know how to handle it. I felt a bond between me and the girls around me and I got extremely upset about leaving my new family in just a few short days. I love everyone here and can’t wait to see everyone at IC 2016 in Baltimore!” –Zoe
“The bonds that I have shared throughout CLTC have been indescribable. When I got to CLTC I had no idea what to expect and could not have asked for a better experience.” –Sarah Gamoran
“Throughout the last 10 days of CLTC, I feel as if I have found myself more than I could have ever expected. I have made lasting friendships and bonds that I can’t describe. I will miss my new friends more than ever, but I’ll see them at IC 2016 in Baltimore.” –Sarah Green
Reflecting on Connections
Posted on 06/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM
Despite Impact Boston's focus on community action and hands on learning, my absolute favorite part of this program happens to be text study. Every day, 15 participants and myself spend an hour with Benny, one of the educators, for connections. Connections is a text- based study, designed to take an academic, and near philosophical perspective on the tangible change were creating in Boston's communities. The hour sessions are there to give us intellectual space throughout the day. My connections group takes it to the next level.
Every day, my entire group specifically looks forward to connections, and we're always left speechless and amazed by the end. Instead of treating connections as another class-type setting, we have turned it into intense discussion. Everyone feeds off of each other's ideas, and points made about the text always turn into collaboration. One of my favorite parts is how we all contribute a vibrant energy to each other during connections; we all participate to hear from and learn from each other. I think it's amazing how insightful and enthusiastic text-study can become for youth, especially over the summer. I now think that many teenagers don't give themselves enough credit for their hunger and capacity to learn, on any topic. When we all walked into connections for the first time, we were not enthusiastic, and some of us most likely didn't want to be there. Before we all made the session exciting, our educator taught us to love it. Benny Summers is a phenomenal person and teacher; he brings a new dimension to educating us. He facilitates the discussion, but he wants to learn from us as much as we do. He constantly pushes us to further our perspectives, and elaborate on our theories.
Connections has given me a greater insight into how to interpret text, as well as relate the readings to my own life. I feel that I gave a greater desire to read text in my own time, and continue the thought process I've created here. Whereas every participant has a distinct perspective to contribute to our sessions, I feel that somehow, they all meld into one message that we take away from our sessions each day. I cannot wait for today's lesson.
-Ellie Sullum: Liberty Region
Moving On Up in the Chapter
Posted on 06/26/2015 @ 01:23 AM
As expected, Day 3 was even busier than the first two days combined! Today, our participants learned all about the ins and outs of how to run elections, as well as how to run in them. Curious to learn more about what positions the teens ran for? Here's the inside scoop:
N'siah/Godol - this board member serves as the President of the chapter. They're in charge of facilitating meetings and serving as the manager for all of the committees and programs the teens plan at CLTC. In fact, as soon as they were elected, the new N'siah/Godol took over running elections from the advisors!
S'ganit/S'gan - essentially, this role is the Vice President of Programming. Each chapter at CLTC gets a program slot where they get to brainstorm, plan, execute, and evaluate their very own program. We challenge each of the groups to use as many of the 5 Folds of AZA Programming (Athletics, Community Service/Social Action, Education, Judaic, Social) and the 6 Folds of BBG Programming (Jewish Heritage, Community Service, Social Action, Recreation, Creativity, Sisterhood). We'll keep you posted on how they go! Our first one is on Saturday.
MIT Mom/Moreh - the individual who serves in this position is our Vice President of Membership. While at Beber, they'll be focusing on educating their peers on all of the principles and basics of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the B'nai B'rith Girls. They will also have the opportunity to work with Sherrie Stalarow, CLTC Site Director, on facilitating a membership program for the entire community.
Sh'licha/Shaliach - this is our Vice President of Jewish Heritage. Here at CLTC, they're responsible for championing each chapter's Stand Up case. As the community learned yesterday, Stand Up is a grassroots movement focusing on service, advocacy, and philanthropy around a common cause. They'll be working closely with the chapter Gizborit/Gizbor to plan a wonderful fundraiser for their causes.
Mazkirah/Mazkir - this is the Secretary of the chapter. They play an integral role here, taking minutes during meetings, coordinating rosters with other chapters, and making sure that the room is organized before and after every meeting. Hopefully we'll also see some of them posting on social media and sharing their stories with us on the blog!
Gizborit/Gizbor - this is the Treasurer of the chapter, but rest assured they're no ordinary Treasurer. At CLTC, they're expected to chair the fundraiser committee of their chapter and plan a fundraiser for everyone to contribute to. We've had some pretty creative ideas in the past and we're eager to see what these teens come up with.
Of course, we can't forget the most important part of all of our chapters - each and every one of the members! The word on the street is true, it really is the individual members and their passion and spirit that not only make their chapters stronger, but this program as unique as it is.
Here's to another great day at Beber! We're looking forward to welcoming the Sabbath together tomorrow.
Impactful Chapter Programs
Posted on 06/26/2015 @ 12:34 AM
Today, I had the great honor of co-running a Speak-Up for Israel program with the rest of Mossad AZA, my mock chapter. These programs typically convey different aspects of Israeli culture and/or politics that Americans might not be aware of. Throughout the process of planning this program, each of my fellow chapter members talked extensively about the unfortunate fact that people often convey information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an extremely biased fashion. Even though we are all Jewish here at CLTC, and have a clear bias towards the Israeli cause, we still understand the importance of factual information. Because of this, we tossed around the idea of exposing the points of view of people from both sides of the conflict, as well as explaining flaws within both Judaism and Islam, in an attempt to view the issues of modern Israel in as unbiased a way as possible. The program ended after each person created a prayer in which they detailed their ideas of how peace should be achieved in the region in the form of a “prayer for peace in the state of Israel.” The Mossad AZA Speak-Up program was easily the most meaningful event that I have ever taken part in throughout my BBYO career, and I was absolutely thrilled to learn that everyone got a lot out of it and left with new ideas of how to approach the issues at hand. My commitment to BBYO has been strengthened by this experience, as I now understand how well it fosters a wide variety of opinions and ideas and creates an environment where all people are accepted.
CLTC has been an experience of a lifetime, and this was just the cherry on top.
Ryan Bronston, Lonestar Region
An Update on United Cerebral Palsy
Posted on 06/25/2015 @ 10:00 PM
United Cerebral Palsy in Boston is an organization that works with those with Cerebral Palsy(CP) along with many other clients with disabilities such as down syndrome and dementia. After several days on site, teens have shared some incredible experiences of what it’s like to work with this demographic.
Today I worked with a woman who told me that she was overwhelmed with happiness and was so thankful that we did not treat her and the other clients as if they had a disability. She explained to me that she enjoys that we see them as human beings and not the diagnosis that the doctor gave. I found this so moving because though we are helping at this site, all of the clients are changing and impacting us.
-Alexa Herman NRE:DC Council
My site is UCP which stands for United Cerebral Palsy, and I just love it. The first day I was a tad worried on how the teens would take the site, but they dove right in. We immediately got to work, meeting the residents, befriending them, having fun, and participating in different activities. Monday was Game Show Day where we helped the residents play Trivia and Family Feud. Tuesday was Music Day, where we all danced and sang and just moved around having fun. Wednesday was Art Day, where we had the residents play with paint catapults, make dough animals, and paint press aprons! Thursday was Beach Day! All of us teens dressed up in tanks or Hawaiian shirts and helped the residents have a beach like experience. There were sand mats, where they could feel the sand, and small pools, where they could put their feet in and relax. I played catch, with a beach ball, with a client who loves the Celtics and is really energetic, and also hit the beach ball back and forth with a 91 year old client! He is hilarious and really good at playing catch and volleying the ball back and forth. It is absolutely amazing! I love it.
-Ari Segal: Michigan Region
A day of questions
Posted on 06/25/2015 @ 12:36 AM
Our second day here at CLTC 3 was an incredibly busy one. The teens had leadership sessions in their chapter, Jewish education rotations, learned about public speaking and explored what unique traits they each bring to the communities that they are a part of. These are some of the questions that the teens though today:
What does it mean to be a leader? What qualities of a leader to you embody?
In their leadership sessions with their mock chapters (they chose names, numbers, colors, and mascots for these today!) they explored the components of what it means to be a good leader. By building their ideal leader, the teens were able to put words to the qualities that make them stand out. Additionally, all members of the CLTC community sat in a session facilitated by our wonderful Site Director, Sherrie Stalarow, about the importance of each and every member in a group.
What do you stand up for? What do you stand up against?
This evening, Izzy Kipnis, BBG Coordinator, and Jacob Herstein, AZA Coordinator, led a program introducing Stand Up, BBYO’s grassroots initiative that mobilizes teens to take part in service, advocacy and philanthropy for causes that they believe in. Each teen got to take either a red or green paper plate and write something that they stand up against (red plates) or stand up for (green plates). The teens went around in a circle and shared their causes – it was an incredibly powerful moment for our community. After the program, the teens went back to their chapters and had a conversation about shared values, while choosing a Stand Up cause for their mock chapters.
Between high-energy song sessions, snack breaks, tacos for dinner, and beautiful weather, CLTC 3 is off to an amazing start.
We can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!
“It was great hearing about all of the other girls passions and learning from them also!” – Arielle Ben-Yosef (Northern Region East: DC Council)
“The stand up program showed us the success we could have with out stand up cause when we go back to our regions” – Emily Dioguardo and Asia Gorman (Northern Region East: Baltimore Council)
“Our passion for causes helped bond our chapter” – Hannah Neubauer (Great Midwest Region)
A Day at Solutions at Work
Posted on 06/24/2015 @ 09:00 PM
Solutions at Work aims to support low income families in the Boston area through professional and children's clothing and toys. After three days on site, Haley was able to give some insight on what this experience has been like.
Today at Solutions at Work, I worked with five other teens from my site group to sort women’s shoes. Going into the task, I didn’t really understand how it could take the whole three hours that we would have there. Once I saw the shoe storage area though, it all made sense. There were tons of boxes lining the floor and stacked on top of one another, all filled with single shoes. Looking into the storage area, I began to worry that our group wouldn’t be able to finish before we had to leave.
Trying to figure out how to best tackle the challenge, we split into two groups: one to find a shoe’s match and complete the pair, and another to figure out what size shoe each pair was and organize them.I worked on the latter project, assuming it had to be the easier choice. I never would have thought that it would be so hard to identify a shoe size. Since these weren’t new, the sizes were often rubbed off from being worn, or blended into the bottom sole. After our three hours, all of the shoes had been sorted. It was an incredible feeling to quickly complete tasks that would have taken the staff a long time. We could all feel her immense gratitude and appreciation.
Although we didn’t directly interact with the clients that Solutions at Work helps, the impact that was made on the organization itself could be felt by everyone. It made those three hours of digging through boxes and squinting in the dark well worth it.
-Haley Hauptman: Great Midwest Region
So Much Happening At CLTC 2
Posted on 06/24/2015 @ 12:58 AM
Hi this is Caroline Nesbit from Northern Region East: DC Council #54 and Anna Epstein from Lonestar Region #73. The past 36 hours at CLTC 2 have been emotional, impactful, inspiring, spirited, and lots of fun. Last night, we had a March of the Living program. We first wrote down the names of people who we love, our accomplishments up until now, and our aspirations for the future. Next, all 95 of us sat in the dark. The only light came from candles in the middle of the room. Our coordinators, Sam and Jilly read us letters between a German girl named Ana and a Jewish boy named Avi. Eventually, the letters from Ari stopped coming. Sam and Jilly then went to explain facts about the holocaust. We watched a video recapping last years March and Jilly shared her experience with us.
“I don’t think I have ever been more proud to be Jewish than last night at CLTC.” – Caroline N.
“Hearing about the March of the Living made me appreciate the opportunities I have as a Jew, and to be proud of my religion.” –Anna E
After the program we all headed to bed to rest up for the next day.
Today was an exciting and spirit filled day at CLTC 2. After services this morning, we had an amazing presentation on membership presented to us by guests from AEPi. We learned how to effectively recruit members for BBYO, but most importantly how to make relationships with new people and share BBYO with them. Following the presentation, they took us over to the gazebo where our counselor, Hod pretended to start a program on group dynamics. That was when Maccabiah started! I (Caroline) was on the blue (Kachol) team while Anna was on the green (Yarok) team. We participated in relay races, gaga, dodgeball, basketball, and family feud. We also competed in a picture scavenger hunt and a cheer competition. In the end, Yarok won first place and Kachol came in fourth. But all that matters is that we had an amazing time bonding with our friends.
Today was such a great day at CLTC, and we cannot wait until tomorrow!
Welcome to Beber
Posted on 06/24/2015 @ 12:11 AM
We're so incredibly excited that everyone has finally arrived at Camp Beber! At the airport we all met for the first time and started getting to know one another. Once we arrived at camp, we took a tour, split into Mock Chapters, and did a few icebreaker activities. If tonight is any indicator of how the next two weeks will go, we have an amazing session to look forward to. It is going to be a great twelve days and we cannot wait to see how much everyone will learn and grow throughout CLTC 3 2015. Be sure to check out the blog daily for updates about the program!
Jacob Herstein, AZA Coordinator & Izabella Kipnis, BBG Coordinator
A Look into Hebrew Senior Life Roslindale
Posted on 06/23/2015 @ 08:00 PM
Today, teens at the Hebrew Senior Life Roslindale service site spoke a little bit about the impressionable experience they’ve had so far.
We walked into Hebrew Senior Life Roslindale and the first thing I saw was an old women with a caregiver who looks lonely. As we go through the building there were doll models, paintings, and projects everywhere. We’re told the art is done by the residents and I’m amazed by that because it’s so meaningful and there is a story behind each piece. It’s a sign of the resident’s expression. The staff educated us about dementia. I sat down next to a resident. There had been another resident who couldn’t say my name and she corrected her. That correction made me connect with her. She told me all about here life. This day reminded me to always be grateful for the small things, like walking, swallowing, and waking up every morning. This service site has made me realize how lucky and privileged I am.
-Hana Hofeld: Great Midwest Region
Although working with elderly with dementia may be difficult at times, putting a smile on their face is like no other feeling. I look forward to interacting with different people at the site, but also the different people on the Impact program.
-Scott Meyer: Pacific Western Region
Another exciting day here at Impact:Boston! We went back to Hebrew senior Life where we bounced around the dining hall talking to various residents. I made a connection with a resident while there and it was so special to see so many of us talking to the residents. But more than that, it was special to see how the residents responded to what we were saying. This was something I will never forget.
-Abe Shapiro: Pacific Western Region
Today at the site, I spoke more with two of the people at the Hebrew Senior Life Center. The first woman, just turned 90 years old. She told me all about where she was when she heard WW II was over. She explained how her husband was in the war and how happy she was when she knew he would be returning. I loved seeing the joy and happiness in her eyes, while she reminisced on this memory. The second women, told me all about her life before Hebrew Senior Life and how wonderful it was. The sad part was when she talked about her husband and how he died very young. I could sense the sadness she felt and I felt empathetic. After we finished talking she said, “thanks for listening!” This made me realize how impactful our work is with the residents and how rewarding it can be.
-Sonia Holstein: Great Midwest Region
CLTC 2 Goes To Israel
Posted on 06/22/2015 @ 08:00 PM
Last night for our Israel program, CLTC 2 traveled to Israel on El Al flight 2 after 'meeting' Theodor Herzl and Hannah Senesh. The program culminated in a visit to Nofar’s (our Israeli counselor, or sh’licha) house. Once there, some of the participants shared letters that they wrote to Israel as if Israel were a human being. These are two of those letters.
“Dear Israel, I love you. I am so grateful to have you. Thank you for giving me a place to be unapologetically Jewish, no matter what. You’ve given me a home and I know that I always have you whenever I want or need. Thank you for also being so good to my family; my Bubbie & Zadie adore you and I love their passion for you and I’m so grateful they’ve instilled that passion in me. I miss you and I want so badly to come visit again soon. I guess just thank you for existing. I hate that your existence is constantly threatened and I will do everything in my power to make sure that those threats never turn into anything more than threats and that they go away. I promise to help you thrive in any and every way possible. I love you. Love, Anna” (Anna Wilson, Eastern Region)
“Israel, Firstly I am sorry, they say that bad things happen to good people- I think that definitely applies, but you astound me. You manage to be so happy and celebrative even in the face of absolutely terrible things. You are not perfect, I will not tell you that you are perfect, but you are my home. Keep being happy in the adversity, it’s what makes you so great. I miss you and can’t wait to see you soon. Love, Margot” (Margot Bartol, Northern Region East: DC Council)
Exciting Happenings At CLTC 2
Posted on 06/22/2015 @ 12:33 AM
“CLTC is a group of Jewish teens looking to enrich other Jewish teens each and every day. I’ve never seen a group of high school students act with such selflessness and passion, especially when planning programs. The first Havdallah of the session was amazing. Entering the room, the boys of Fiddler AZA handed each participant an un-cracked glow stick, emphasizing the idea to not crack them until asked. The room was dark, and filled with sounds of familiar tunes; it was calm, relaxing, and flooded with Jewish vibes. After everyone was seated around the guitarists, the boys stood up, and asked the group three questions. They all had deeper meanings to them, and questioned our past experiences with racial slurs, bullying, and moral conducts. After each question, they said to crack your glow stick if you’ve experienced a certain thing. Everyone, at the end, had shining glow sticks. The point of the activity wasn’t only to express societal wrongdoings, but to make us take a deeper look into our inner self. And it worked. The Havdallah set the bar high for future Havdallah services, leaving us all with one question-how can that be beat?” Emmy Oulman, Evergreen Region
“Today, the leaders of CLTC 2 got to pick two sessions that they would like to explore more in depth about the elections, speeches, platforms, and leadership positions. As a surprise, after lunch the staff led a “jello joust” competition, which was very exciting. The crowd was very rowdy and spirited for their mock chapter s'ganim (vice presidents of programming) to win their jousts.
The following are quotes I gathered from three other participants about what they have learned so far here are CLTC:
"I learned so much about not only myself but what I want to pursue in BBYO." -Tara Murray, Eastern Region
"I learned that it's good to be an open minded person in world single minded people" -Lincoln Weinstock, Liberty Region
"More than learning the BBYO fundamentals of programming, fundraising and more, I truly have learned about who exactly I am" -Margot Bartol, Northern Region East: DC Council
Julia Flum, Gold Coast Region #51