Message from Noah Betman (Michigan) - CLTC 2
Posted on 06/30/2011 @ 04:40 PM
"The best 12 days of your life." This was one of the main things that I heard about CLTC. When we arrived at the airport I saw about fifty people sitting in a CLTC section. Never in my life have I felt such fear of the future! Will they like me? Will I make any friends? Little did I know, but the rumors are true. You make the best friends of your life at CLTC. These past ten or so days have been like nothing I've ever experienced before. Back in Michigan Region, we have an event called Regional Convention where there is both competition and an incredible amount of brotherhood created. In my time here at CLTC, an indescribable bond has been created between each and every person. We sing songs together, we play sports together, we talk about anything and everything. Heck, we even cry together.
I've learned so much during my time here. Whether it's been public speaking, leadership techniques, or the seven habits; this has been the experience of a lifetime. We even had the President of the board of directors of BBYO visit us and tell us about how her time in BBYO has helped her in her work. Oh, and she is also Michael Jordan's business manager.
I will never forget my time here at CLTC 2 2011, I'm just sad to see it coming to an end so soon.
First Day of ILTC
Posted on 06/29/2011 @ 06:10 PM
ILTC participants have finally arrived at Perlman! Participants were given their binders, which contain important information about the next two weeks, including a rules outline, general camp info, a map of camp, and a letter from Jason and Sharon, our teen coordinators. As they registered, their bags were brought to their dorms and teens unpacked.
Following dinner, Jason and Sharon presented the participants with a rules rap and introduced all of the staff members. The teens were then broken up into icebreaker groups, where they got to know some of their fellow ILTC teens a little better. The groups then split again, and each group was given a large piece of banner paper with a date on it. Each date corresponded to a significant date in BBYO past, present, or the future of BBYO. Some dates included the founding of AZA, the first move to Camp Perlman, the start of ILTC 2011 and what BBYO will be like in 2100. The teens were given finger paint, and painted what they thought would represent that year.
With Louvre quality art completed, a song and dance session started. Our dance leaders got up on stage and went through several known dances, such as Velero and Ani Osa Li, as well as some Israeli songs and dances. Due to a rainstorm and participant enjoyment, the song and dance session continued until the thunderstorms let up enough to head back to the dorms. When everyone was dry and set up in their dorms, each Madrich (counselor) ran a dorm icebreaker and set up the rules from the dorm. And with that, the first day at ILTC came to a close.
Look forward to our next post which will include information about our Blueprint Meetings, Jewish Heroes, Leadership 202, and the Kosher Hypnotist.
Message from Carly Shapiro (NRE- D.C.) - CLTC 2
Posted on 06/29/2011 @ 04:40 PM
Hi, I am Carly Shapiro from NRE. I am going into my sophomore year of high school.
I decided to come to CLTC this summer because I heard it is such an incredible experience. Upon arriving, I realized what an amazing opportunity it is to be able to meet other Jewish teens from all over the country. I have made some friends that I hope to continue to keep in touch with for many, many years.
At CLTC, I got the opportunity to be my mock chapter's Sh'licha. While taking on this role, I led the planning of a Saturday morning Shabbat service and will eventually lead the planning of a Havdalah service. My chapter focused on the theme within the week's Torah portion and built a very meaningful service.
It really suprised me that such a diverse group of people could merge their ideas together to create something so special.
Through my experiences at CLTC I have definitely learned so much more about BBYO. Aspects of chapter meetings and regional concepts that I did not understand before or no one took the time to explain to me were described in detail. The staff do an excellent job at explaining as well as listening to and improving our ideas. I have learned how to balance a leadership role with being an ordinary chapter member. I feel that I have so many new program ideas and a lot of knowledge that I can take back and apply within my chapter at home.
My favorite program so far was a program based on Jewish Heritage and Education, two BBG folds. We used different colored paints to represent different customs represented within the Jewish population. It opened my eyes to different customs and showed me that even though there are so many different practices and customs, BBYO teens can come together to learn from each other and act as one.
With undying love for Achayot Lechayim BBG #1618, DC council, NRE, Ahavah BBG #2289, and every Jewish teen in the world,
Carly Ellen Shapiro
Message from Josh Becker (SJR)-CLTC 2
Posted on 06/29/2011 @ 04:40 PM
I'm Josh Becker from South Jersey Region #35, Marlcrest AZA #2149 and I am currently attending CLTC 2 2011.
I am sixteen years old and going to be a senior next year. I'm not sure why I waited to go to CLTC, I guess I just thought I had better things to do with my summer. I was sadly mistaken. By the second day of this summer program I was loving every second of it. From the minute I landed in Pittsburgh I have been meeting people from all over the country and by the time I got situated in my dorm, I knew every guy at CLTC.
Since landing I have learned how to be a leader. I know it sounds cliche, but I have completely dropped my fear of speaking in front of crowds and I won godol for my chapter (Kadima AZA #613). I mostly enjoy the programs with Rebecca Ungerman, in which we talk about how to connect judaism with programs in our chapters at home.
I can already think of 10 ideas to bring back to my chapter. I also enjoy minyan, which is an optional morning service. I truly feel like I have a deeper connection with my "jewishness", almost as deep as when I went to Israel with my confirmation class. The song sessions are quite intense and I feel like I am connecting with everyone inside and outside my chapter.
I would definitely suggest CLTC; as a previous "non-believer" in the magic of CLTC I think that everyone who wants to become a leader in BBYO should attend CLTC.
CLTC 2011 Songs
Posted on 06/29/2011 @ 02:34 AM
CLTC 2011 Songs
Romemu- Heard by Dan Nichols at IKAR in California (Psalm 99:5) Romemu, romemu, romemu, adonai eloheinu. (x2) (boys) Vehishtachavu l'har kodesho, (girls) vehishtachavu l'har kodesho Ki kadosh adonai eloheinu. Romemu, romemu, romemu, adonai eloheinu. (x2) Ki kadosh adonai eloheinu, ki kadosh adonai eloheinu. Exalt the Lord our God, let us bow at His holy mountain Because, because, because holy is the Lord our God Who is exalted Oseh Shalom - Zach Singer (Liturgy) Oseh shalom, shalom bimromav, hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu v’alkol yisrael. (x2) Ya’aseh shalom aleinu v’alkol yisrael. (x2) Yaseh shalom aleinu (x2 at the same time as line above) May the One who makes peace send peace to us and all of Israel. Yismechu Hashamayim - Craig Taubman (Psalm 96:11) Yismechu hashamayim, v’tagail ha aretz, yiram hayam, u’m’lo (x2) Ya mai mai…. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice, let the sea roar and all that fills it. Kum Kum – Ethopian Folk Tune brought to the US by Noam Katz Kum kum lei lei lei lei kum kum lei lei, kum kum lei lei lei lei, kum kum lei lei lei lei lei. Yooooo, yoooooo, yooooo, yo. Ba da mm ba da, ba da mm ba da, ba da mm ba da, ba da mm ba da. Ameh – Noam Katz Ameh, ameh, ameh Yisrael chai. (x4) O------od avienu chai (x4) The people of Israel live, our father lives. Or Zarua - Dan Nichols (Psalm 97:11) Yum biddy bum… Ya, lai… Ya lai lai… Or zaruah latzadik ulyisreilev simcha (x2) Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart Ki eshmeirah – Unknown Ki eshmeirah Shabbat Eil yismeireni (x2) Ot hi l’olmei ad beino u’veini (x2) All merciful, may we inherit the Shabbat and rest. Mah Yafeh – Unknown Mah yafeh hayom, Shabbat shalom (x2) Shabbat, Shabbat shalom (x3) Shabbat shalom. How beautiful is this day of Shabbat peace. Hoshia – Dan Nichols (Psalm 28:9) Hoshia, hoshia, hoshia, et amecha, amecha, amecha. Hoshia et amecha, hoshia et amecha, hoshia, hoshia, hoshia. U’vareich (u’vareich) Et nachalatecha (Oh! Oh!) (x2) U’reim, u’reim, u’reim, u’reim, u’reim, u’reim, u’reim v’naseim (x3) Ad haolam (x4) Help Your people. Bless Your heritage. Tend them and exalt them forever. Salaam (Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu) – Mosh Ben Ari Od yavo shalom aleinu (x3) v’al kulam Salaam, aleinu v’al kol haolam salaam, salaam (x2) Peace will come to us and to all of the world. Shiru Shir – Unknown Shiru shir hallelu shir hallelu shir halleluyah Shiru shir hallelu shir Halleluyah Shiru shir shiru shir chadash (x3) L’adonai Sing a song of praise to God If I Had a Hammer - Lee Hays and Pete Seeger We Come From The Fire – Harry Belafonte Circle Game – Joni Mitchell Imagine – John Lennon