Posted on 07/11/2011 @ 06:09 PM
Shabbat in Jerusalem
On our first Shabbat, we warmly welcomed Helen, a social activist who brought forward four different view points and four different and distinctive characters. We were taken on an unexpected and shocking journey as we were engaged in her many realistic outlooks on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Helen first introduced herself as an ultra orthodox woman, and a religious extremist. She expressed that she believed that the land of Israel will not be the true "Holy Land" unless and until every Jew practices the Jewish religion strictly as written in the Torah. It was a very touchy subject for many of us and our reaction to her was a strong one.
She then removed a layer of her costume to reveal herself as a more secular Jewish woman who would support Israel wherever she went. Her views on the Conflict were not quite as extreme.
To our great surprise, she stripped yet another layer of clothing off to reveal a "not so observant" Jewish woman. Her views were more laid back and showed us yet another point of view regarding the conflict.
Her last character was an Arab woman, and she expressed her yearning for equality among the Arab and Jewish people in Israel. It was interesting to hear from a non-Jewish perspective.
Finally, Helen revealed her true identity and wrapped up a very moving and inspiring session.
First Day of IMPACT: Milwaukee
Posted on 07/11/2011 @ 02:22 PM
Today was an awesome first day for IMPACT: Milwaukee.
We headed out on a charter bus to Lake Michigan and grabbed some lunch at a small snack shack. After messing around on the beach and eating our lunch we took a tour of Milwaukee and learned about its history and people.
We first stopped at a kosher meat market, which was really cool and it was very interesting to talk to the owner and his wife. We then stopped by a farmer’s market and talked to one of the volunteers about the food desert in Wisconsin.
We then went to the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee where we got to learn about Milwaukee’s Jewish community.
After learning about Milwaukee’s Jewish identity we had discussion about the problems that Milwaukee is facing today and how those same problems are affecting our hometowns. Written by Ari Korin from Indianapolis, IN
CLTC 5 Welcome
Posted on 07/11/2011 @ 01:28 PM
Hello All Followers of the CLTC Blog!!! We, Sam Metz and Brian Meyer, are beyond excited to be at Camp Beber and working on CLTC 5 2011! We finalized our welcome letter and just kept preparing for all of our awesome CLTC participants. We are working along with the amazing leadership staff to plan inspiring programs and teach the participants many new skills to take home from CLTC to their chapters and regions. Tomorrow we get to leave Beber and head to the Milwakee Airport to wait for all of the participants! Keep up with our blog over the next 12 days to learn about what CLTC 5 2011 will do and how much fun everyone is having! See you soon! Sam and Brian
ILSI Update #3
Posted on 07/10/2011 @ 06:09 PM
Dear ILSI Parents, Family & Friends -
We have been having a great time in Israel. This weekend was our first Shabbat together and was a very special weekend. We spent Shabbat celebrating our being together in Israel for this amazing opportunity. Many of the teens led Shabbat services, while the Madrichim organized a number of in-depth and meaningful Shabbat electives. We had a wonderful time and tried to catch up on some much needed sleep.
Sunday morning we departed for our second visit to Jerusalem. This time we went to the Israel Museum and Davidson Center. The teens also spent time in the Jewish quarter dancing around and taking in the Israeli culture. Later that afternoon, we ventured south to the Ein Gedi. The teens were able to float in the Dead Sea before we went to our hotel for an early bed-time in preparation for Masada!
We woke at 3 am this morning to begin our day of Masada. We started our climb of Masada very early so we could see the sunrise from on top of this amazing Jewish monument. While on top, the educators took the teens around the different parts of Masada and gave an incredible lesson. We spent several hours dialoging and thinking about the choices our ancestors had to make thousands of years ago and how it has impacted the Jewish future. This was surely an experience of a lifetime!
By noon, we began our journey to Havat Nokdim (Bedouin tents) for an authentic Bedouin lunch, camel & donkey rides and discussion with the Bedouin leader. This was so much fun!
From there we headed back to AMHSI for dinner and to recap our big weekend/beginning of the week. The teens are all resting and getting sleep for our next journey on Tuesday to Tel Aviv. This promises to be another meaningful and fun day for ILSI 2011.
Please enjoy the photos we have uploaded and stay tuned for more.
Have a wonderful day, Todd
Message from Aaron Dannenbaum - CLTC 4
Posted on 07/10/2011 @ 04:40 PM
Hello from Bethany! My name is Aaron Dannenbaum, and I am the AZA Teen Coordinator here at CLTC 4. So, we are into our sixth day at CLTC, and everything keeps on getting better and better. Over this past weekend, our session had its first Shabbat, and thanks to the incredible services and programs led by our participants' chapters, everyone had a peaceful and meaningful experience. From a Friday night service about Judaism around the world to a Saturday morning service about standing up for what you believe in to a moving Havdallah service based on the tragic events of the Munich Olympics in 1972, all of the participants had an opportunity to contribute to making the Shabbat atmosphere just a little more special. Today, CLTC is on the move, and everyone is taking a bus to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. Everyone is wearing their CLTC shirt and is super excited to get out for the day. Go Pirates! So, all in all, CLTC 4 2011 has been great so far, and all participants are making friends and having the experience of a life time. And the best part is, the week that we still have together will be even better. Until next time, Aaron Dannenbaum