CLTC 3 Update: Texas Hoedown
Posted on 07/02/2013 @ 11:09 PM
Tonight at CLTC we had a Texas Hoedown to get the teens excited for International Convention 2014 in Dallas, Texas! It was a night full of dancing, s’mores, and a hayride. Here’s what the teens have to say about tonight and their CLTC experience!
"Being from Texas, this hoedown/ CLTC is getting me pumped for IC in my own hometown, Dallas" - Nicholas Free NTO
"CLTC is really fun and the hoedown is making me excited for IC in Dallas in my home region!" - Emily Dworkin NTO
"People say its the best 12 days of your life and you might not believe them but it really is and I met my best friends here!" - Samantha Ballin CSR
"Now that I've experienced the hoedown I feel ready to experience IC in the real Texas!" - Eliana Wasserman Wisconsin
"CLTC has made me change my look on my Jewish identity." - Ryan Rubenstein KIO
"CLTC has been the best 8 days of my life. I came into here as a shy kid who didn't really like to meet new people but I made so many new friends who will last a lifetime" - Aaron Friedman ONR
"CLTC has enhanced my leadership skills and my overall BBYO experience." - Jeremy Schwartz Mid America - St. Louis
"I had so much fun at the hoedown dancing with friends I made at CLTC, which has been great so far."- Seth Hochman Southern - Atlanta
"I'm having fun dancing with my friends, I'm looking forward to IC. So far CLTC has been an amazing experience and has really opened my eyes to all the leadership opportunities BBYO has to offer" - Brad Sadoff Wisconsin
"CLTC is a place where you can be inspired get new programming ideas and hang out with some of the most amazing people in the Order." - Devon Subel PWR
CLTC 5 2013 is Almost Here!
Posted on 07/02/2013 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 5 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013
CLTC 3 Update: July 1st 2013
Posted on 07/02/2013 @ 12:30 AM
Tonight the teens did a program on Holocaust Remembrance, and here are their thoughts.
"Although I have always been proud to be Jewish, tonight was the proudest moment for me. After hearing all the stories about the March of the Living, I feel empowered. Being Jewish is and forever will be the most important part of my life." - Arielle Sabot NER
"This is the one program I will remember the most from CLTC." - Hannah Dalsheim NRE - No.VA
"I want to bring this March of the Living program back to my chapter." - Paul Fox CRW
"The program was very sad and it convinced me to go on the March of the Living." - Seth Dolginoff NTO
"The program was powerful, emotional, and touching, and spoke to all of our hearts" - Michael Zetune NTO
"It's always a special opportunity for me to share my experience on march of the living with the teens. It was one of the most impactful experiences of my life and I hope that our participants feel empowered and motivated to take that journey at some point in their high school careers." - Justin Sadle, Leadership Director
Site Blog: Hebrew Senior Life
Posted on 07/01/2013 @ 07:40 PM
During one of our days at Hebrew senior life, we visited memory support, which caters to the needs of patients with Alzheimer's/dementia. We created paper flowers with the residents and experienced working with a wide range of memory loss.
Our group has also met many incredible residents whom have shared their life stories with us.
We have explored the topics of aging, death, loss, and legacy. The elders have taught us that loss can be a very difficult experience, but it's reality and we have to look on the bright side, which is that the person has lived a long and plentiful life. Life should be celebrated, not mourned.
In conclusion, we've learned that retirement homes aren't necessarily depressing places to be. They are places where we can live out the rest of our lives and appreciate every moment.
CLTC 3 Update: June 30th 2013
Posted on 06/30/2013 @ 11:02 PM
Here is what the teens have to say about their CLTC experience!
"I learned from Jenna's rotation that I can bring inclusion to my chapter, and run a similar program." -Jake Beren, MAR-KC
"Speech giving from Marty really helped me." -Jacob Stern, Eastern
"Thanks to Alex's How To on the election process, I will be more prepared for question and answer parts of parliamentary procedure." -Emily Messana, GCR
"I learned to execute programs with touchy subjects." -Zach Maslia, Southern-ATL
Here are some thoughts from the staff about being at CLTC!
"This is my fifth summer being a part of BBYO Summer Experiences, and the drive, energy, and passion displayed by the teens continues to amaze me. What is refreshing is what I call the 'Ah-ha!' moment, when I can tell that a participant fully understands what BBYO is about, and can bring that back to their home region and chapters." - Chuck Marcus, Leadership Staff
"I love coming to CLTC every summer as it gives me an opportunity to restore my passion for the roots of BBYO." – Marty Shankle, Leadership Staff
"As my first time as a CLTC staff my excitement and passion for BBYO only continues to grow. The energy and innovative ideas from the teens inspire me to keep giving back." – Becka Handler, Leadership Staff
CLTC 3 Update: June 29th 2013
Posted on 06/29/2013 @ 11:58 PM
Here is what the teens have to say about their experience at CLTC so far!
"Planning and leading programs/services at CLTC has shown me the courage it takes, and taught me to respect the people that put hard work in to make us enjoy ourselves." Keaton Butowsky NTO
"You can truly emerge as a leader and have a second chance at being a new person. CLTC are becoming the best days of my life" Jonathan Shaham PWR
"Once you enter the CLTC grounds you transform into a completely different person making a whole new group of friends from all around the U.S. you never imagined that you could have" Ari Levenson PWR
Tonight the coordinators, Alex Finkelstein and Jenna Kress, ran a program about standing up for each other and not using words that are hurtful to others.
"I learned there are so many people around the world who are so accepting and so many of them are at CLTC. It's reassuring to know I have so many new friends who are like that" Meredith Galanti Southern – Atlanta Council
"It was cool seeing how everyone right as they said bad words they called them out, and all the things we can do to make a difference." Florencia Laber CRW
Here are some thoughts from the staff on being a part of the CLTC experience!
“Working as a Madrich so far this summer has allowed me to continue to give back to BBYO, and especially CLTC. I have logistically helped keep the program excellent, while enjoying connecting with inspired teens looking to make a difference in their communities. It has also been a privilege to be a part of the first Beber CLTC Madrichim team, and establishing the role for the future of the program.” Zach Rosen, Madrich
“Having the opportunity to be a part of CLTC has been an amazing experience. It is genuinely inspiring to see so many Jewish teen leaders come together from across the country to participate and learn from this program. I am very grateful to be working here and giving back to the organization that gave me so much as a teen.” Lauren Simon, Administrative Assistant and Madricha
“I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity every day. How many people are lucky enough to say that they love their job all the time? Being a graduate from BBYO in 2012, I feel reconnected to the greatest part of my years in high school. Between my colleagues and the teens from each session, my days spent at Beber are always exciting!” Taylor Padawer, Madricha
Site Blog: WCI
Posted on 06/28/2013 @ 04:31 PM
Work, community, and independence. WCI was named well. During our 7 days on site at Impact: Boston, we’ve learned what the true definition of community means. Through all of our experiences with the individuals and the staff on location, we’ve gotten the chance to know what working with those who have disabilities is like. However, our group leader, Ben, was also a big part of our experience. Currently in rabbinical school, Ben was a supporter of not only WCI, but also us. All 9 of our group members were able to connect with each other and the individuals on site. We each have our own stories with different people; but we all created memories.
She shook my hand and said that she’d remember me forever, that’s when it hit me that I did make an impact. The memories I made at WCI will forever remain in my heart. –Julia Zwillenberg
When I walked in, on our second Monday I went upstairs hoping that everyone I had connected with in the previous week would still remember me. It was just my luck that people did, one person who stood out to me was J. J was often temperamental and could even be physically hurtful, I never saw that side of him. When I walked in the room he got excited and screamed “Maya, Maya, Maya come sit next to me” J and I talked for over an hour about everything ranging from his excitement over yogurt & spaghetti to his family. He and I got along, and I will never forget how he constantly told me he would miss me, he has impacted me soooo much, and I hope that I helped him in my time at WCI and that he will remember me, that’s my impact.
The individuals are no different than us, they just have a different way of thinking. –Fanya Mozeshtam
There are so many people I have met and stories I could tell about my past week at WCI. But what sticks out the most to me was Friday, playing Wi bowling with C. She was having trouble controlling the remote by herself so I would hold her hand and guide it as she swung the ball. After each time, we high fived and she smiled like it was the best day of her life. Towards the end, when it was somebody else’s turn, she came over and sat next to me on the couch, gave me a pat on the back, and held my hand for the rest of the game. I knew I had made a friend.
WCI is a special place where everyday we affect the individuals and they affect us. We hope to bring these experiences home as our time here comes to an end.
CLTC 3 Update: June 27th 2013
Posted on 06/28/2013 @ 12:12 AM
Here are some thoughts from the teens about CLTC 3!
"I can be comfortable with my religion." -Harrison Fratkin, Eastern
“Today at CLTC we bonded with our roommates and we got really close even though its only the third day!” -Jess Hertzberg KMR and Sophie Hayman NRE-DC
"I can make a difference in my chapter at CLTC." -Paul Fox, CRW
“At CLTC I've met so many different people from all over the country but we all bonded so easily over our common passion for BBYO!” -Leah Sherin GMR
CLTC 3 Update: June 26th 2013
Posted on 06/27/2013 @ 12:12 AM
Here's what the teens are saying about CLTC 3!
"It's been incredible to meet so many awesome people and learn about regions across the country in such a short time." - Ethan Wolfe Michigan
"I learned even though the time difference is an adjustment, people learn to adjust to each other to keep others in check. With helping unpacking to sitting with each other at meals. CLTC is a great experience that all BBGs and Alephs should attend." - Ilana Dolin. ONR
"I have met so many different people from throughout the United States. It feels like I have known them a lot longer than one day." -Shane Perlin Michigan
"Today I learned about the history of my chapter. We are the second chapter started in AZA and I got the chance to learn about the history of how our chapter started and evolved."-Jared Schifman Mid America - Kansas City
"It has already been such a great experience meeting people from so many different places. I can't wait to continue meeting new people! -Sarah Flachs Pacific Western Region
"It's already been amazing and it's only day 2! I can't wait to see what the next 10 days have in store!" -Tess Temmins, PWR
Site Blog: Youth Force
Posted on 06/26/2013 @ 05:00 PM
BBYO parents and friends,
Our site is Dorchester Bay Youth Force, a non-profit organization focused on providing teen jobs and promoting teen wellness in Boston.
Everyday we take a bus to an office in Dorchester Boston, and meet with local teens working for the organization. After learning about community organizing and different projects that they have done to earn back a bigger budget for increase team jobs in Massachusetts.
Yesterday (Tuesday) we went door knocking (yes it is a verb now) to encourage locals to vote in a special senate elections. The people who we interacted surprised me with their friendliness and pride for their neighborhood.
Manny, a teen in Boston came with my group and helped us promote voting. He, to wear extremely patterned-filled socks! He does not qualify for a public bus to high school so he needs to pay for public transportation or walk 1.9 miles. He and other teens are lobbying to increase the budget for teen transportation.
It's awesome to be able to interact with him and other Impact teens from all over the country.
Until next time,
Youth Force Teens
Site Blog: Day 1 at Charles River Center
Posted on 06/26/2013 @ 05:00 PM
On Monday our group had it's first day on site. We first met with some of the staff to learn about the history of how individuals with intellectual disabilities have been treated throughout history.
Over the past 50 years the treatment of people with disabilities has been dramatically altered. Originally there were only two options for families of children with disabilities: keeping them at home or state schools (institutions). Although these were funded by the state, they were often over crowded, under staffed and the residents lived in horrific conditions.
Seeing these issues a group of families with children with disabilities decided to start an alternative option. This alternative eventually developed into the Charles River Center.
The CRC is a home to people with intellectual disabilities and provides them with the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and get jobs. Some of these jobs even help the individuals work on their fine motor skills.
Interacting with the residents and the staff was an eye opener to a part of society we had not gotten to know before. One poem that really moved us was entitled, You and I, by Elaine Popovitch. This poem was read to us by a staff member when we first arrived:
YOU AND I, by Elaine Popovich
I am a resident. You reside.
I am admitted. You move in.
I am aggressive. You are assertive.
I have behavior problems. You are rude.
I am noncompliant. You don't like being told what to do. When I ask you out for dinner, it is an outing. When you ask someone out, it is a date.
I made mistakes during my check-writing program. Someday I might get a bank account. You forgot to record some withdrawals from your account. The bank called to remind you.
I wanted to talk with the nice-looking person behind us at the grocery store. I was told that it is inappropriate to talk to strangers. You met your spouse in the produce department. Neither of you could find the bean sprouts.
I celebrated my birthday yesterday with five other residents and two staff members. I hope my family sends a card. Your family threw you a surprise party. Your brother couldn't make it from out of state. It sounded wonderful!
My case manager sends a report every month to my guardian. It says everything I did wrong and some things I did right. You are still mad at your sister for calling your Mom after you got that speeding ticket.
I am learning household skills. You hate housework. I am learning leisure skills. Your shirt says you are a "Couch Potato."
After I do my budget program tonight, I might get to go to McDonald's if I have enough money. You were glad that the new French restaurant took your charge card.
My case manager, psychologist, R. N., occupational and physical therapist, nutritionist and house staff set goals for me for the next year. You haven't decided what you want out of life.
Someday I will be discharged . . . maybe. You will move onward and upward.
To learn more about the Charles River Center vist their website: http://www.charlesrivercenter.org/
This post was written by Amy Margolin and Lauren Keats.
Hot in Boston
Posted on 06/26/2013 @ 03:00 PM
The theme of Impact Boston thus far has been HOT! Yes the weather has been delivering us 90 degree plus days but that has not stifled the teens’ energy as they finished their third day at their service sites.
After a feeling out period on Monday the groups have been diving in head first as they connect with the people at the sites and eagerly learn about the causes that they are working for. Whether it was building concrete benches with neighborhood kids in the public housing projects of Waltham, walking door to door to advocate for voting in the Dorchester neighborhood with Youth Force or working and advocating for many other causes throughout the greater Boston area, our teens never once relented to the heat.
Another enriching part of the program has been the teens taking the time to study and learn Jewish texts and how they connect to service and advocacy and then turning around and teaching these texts to their peers in group learning that we call Connections. This has been an eye opening experience for our teens on many levels.
We have made sure to keep the teens comfortable by providing fans for their dorm rooms, buying special ice cream and ice pop treats and always making sure that they are hydrated. The spirits have remained high and tonight the heat seems to have finally broken.
Watching the teens faces, listening to them talk with such passion, feeling their energy…that is what is truly the hottest part of Impact Boston, not the weather. Your teens are truly making an Impact while learning more about not only their causes but also about themselves. We have begun to touch the souls of the teens here in Boston, and we are privileged to watch the transformation!
Please continue to follow us on this blog, as well as on facebook and twitter (see hashtag #impactboston2013) and feel free to share all of these wonderful developing stories with friends and family and beyond!
Have a great night!
Jeff, Shimshon, Casey and the Rest of the Impact Boston Family
Shalom from CLTC 3!
Posted on 06/26/2013 @ 12:12 AM
Today was the first day of CLTC 3 in Wisconsin, and here's what the teens had to say about their experience so far!
"What's awesome is how much I've bonded with people already in just six hours or so, and I'm excited for the next 11 days” - Natty Bernstein GMR
"What surprised me today is how awesome my chapter is and how close we already are" - Jonathan Shaman PWR
"Even though its been less than a day, I have made so many friends, and I am so excited to make new friends and see these friendships grow" - Sydney Schulman Eastern Region
"It's been amazing to get to meet each other in within 24 hours and already be so close” - Bailey Wainstock Mid America – Kansas City
CLTC 4 2013 is Almost Here!
Posted on 06/25/2013 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 4 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013
Last Night of CLTC 1
Posted on 06/23/2013 @ 11:50 PM
Tonight was the last night of CLTC 1, and this is what the teens had to say about their experience!
"At this point I can genuinely see why all of my friends said this was the best twelve days of their lives. I know for a fact that I will stay in contact with you in my life, and can't wait to see you at IC" - Nate Chernomorets, ONR
"I've made over 100 brothers and sisters." - Amanda Iserson, GCR
"Over the course of today I realized how incredible these not even two weeks were." -Jacob Leviton, Liberty
"I definitely learned a lot of skills I will bring back to my chapter." -Amanda Jacobs, Wisconsin
"I had so much fun here, and learned so many leadership skills I never knew I could have. I will make sure everyone in my chapter comes to this event." -Hannah Silverstein, Wisconsin
"Before I came to CLTC, I never knew what it meant to be a leader." -Leo Fargotstein, CSR
"Thanks to our amazing coordinators and staff!" -Eli Hamer, Michigan
"It wouldn't have been the same without my chapter and everyone here." -Brandon Levitt, NFR
"Something I learned here is that a chapter is nothing without its members." -Elissa Koppel, Wisconsin
"I'm going to bring back BBYO Connect to my region and council to strengthen our future membership." -Garrett Snyder, Southern-ATL
"I really want to bring back globalization to our region." -Hadas Cohen, NTO
Welcome to IMPACT: Boston!
Posted on 06/23/2013 @ 05:00 PM
Everyone has arrived safely and IMPACT: Boston has officially begun!
102 inspired teens from all over North America have arrived safely on the campus of Brandeis University. 102 teens checked into their dorms, enjoyed a tour of the campus, participated in games and icebreakers and sat together in the University dining hall to have dinner together.
After traveling all day from many different time zones, the teens came together to talk about the main reasons they are here... making an impact not only at their service site but to also accept the challenges to open their hearts, minds, ears and eyes as they seize the many opportunities that await them throughout the greater Boston area.
Teens were then assigned their service site and came together in site groups to connect with the talented group of ten educators assembled to guide and teach them over the next twelve days. With the knowledge of their destination and the intrigue that lies ahead of them, these young leaders will head off to bed tonight knowing that a whole new world awaits them tomorrow morning as they will make their first official visits to see their sites and begin building the lasting relationships with these organizations and individuals whose lives they will now enter.
A special thank you to our office staff, for organizing a seamless check in. We would also like to thank our educators for personally welcoming teens at the airport and on campus. And thank you to the parents, for affording your teens the opportunity to experience Impact Boston!
Throughout Impact Boston, you will be able to follow our adventures through our blog and photo album, accessible via our website. Visit http://bbyo.org/summer and click on Impact Boston! Photos can also be viewed on Facebook.
Here’s to an epic BBYO Summer!
Shimshon, Jeff and Casey
CLTC 1 Supports Israel
Posted on 06/23/2013 @ 10:00 AM
Rachel Ackermans Reflection
Posted on 06/20/2013 @ 11:30 PM
After finishing day one of CLTC and practically reaching the halfway point of day two I can honestly say this experience is un-like any other! The instant bonds that were made, are truly incredible! After Shira (our nightly song session) I knew I had found my home. Singing with my fellow Alephs, and BBGs was amazing! The feeling of love, and true acceptance swarmed the room. It was natural, and easy. It truly felt like nothing I had ever felt before.
All of us had no idea what would happen when we walked off the bus, and entered Bethany College. We were all nervous, apprehensive, and some even fearful. But somehow we all mustered up the courage to say hi, to meet new people, and create incredible friendships. Just sitting here alone blogging I was approached by three of my fellow BBG sisters in hopes to make sure I wasn’t spending all of Chofesh (free time) alone, or asked if I wanted any help with what I wanted to say.
In these last two days I have met the most supportive, and inspiring group of Alephs and BBGs. Kids who come from all walks of life, countries, and experiences. We have bonded together to create CLTC 2; an array of individuality, acceptance, and fun! I can’t wait to see what these next 10 days has in store for all of us!
Submitted with undying love and dedication to:
SJR, Tovah, my big, all of dorm 2, and of course the experience of a lifetime CLTC 2!
I remain Rachel Lauren Ackerman! Damn proud BBG, and CLTC 2 blogger!
CLTC 1 Inductions
Posted on 06/20/2013 @ 11:26 PM
Tonight at CLTC 1 the teens were inducted into the International Order!
"It was really great to have Mika induct me on the international level, and it was an experience that I will never forget" - Evan Rotter Wisconsin
"Getting inducted was one of the most meaningful experiences that I've had at CLTC and I will never forget it. " - Jesse Honigberg Wisconsin
"The induction process clarified why we are all here together and why so many of us keep coming to BBYO" -Jackie Reimer Pacific Western Region
"Getting inducted tonight was one of the most memorable and exciting nights of my life. I wouldn't trade that feeling I had in that moment for anything in the world" -Zoe Philips KIO
"Today was the most exciting day in my BBYO life. It was the best feeling to be inducted into the international order with all of my new friends from all around the country!" -Molly Englander NTO
"It was an amazing experience losing my voice from cheering with all my new best friends at CLTC" -Jessica Bachner Southern-Atlanta
“Getting inducted was an amazing experience that I will never forget! The inductions unified the BBGs at CLTC and it was spectacular!” - Jane Feldmesser Wisconsin
CLTC 2-Milo's Reflection
Posted on 06/20/2013 @ 11:00 PM
Coming to CLTC, I was sitting on the airplane contemplating my current state of being. I was sitting in a total state of peace when I realized, I am on my way to what some call the "best 12 days of my life". As I stepped off the plane I had no clue what to expect. I was greeted by four of the friendliest advisors I have ever met. As more people arrived, I made instant friends. It is the second day, and I already feel like I've known these friends all my life.
Fraternally Submitted With Undying Love For,
Evergreen Region, CLTC 2, Achim AZA #2582, and the best 12 days of my life.
I remain Aleph,