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CLTC 1 day 11

Posted on 06/17/2016 @ 02:50 PM

Shabbat Shalom! Today at CLTC 1, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something exciting! As CLTC 1 enters its final Shabbat, teens shared how excited they are to have a fun time with their friends:

"I'm excited for Shabbat. I love spending this relaxing time with my new best friends and celebrating together". -Marissa Aaronson. North Florida Region.

"After this morning's session about Shabbat values, the CLTC community is even more excited to relax tomorrow on Shabbat. Whether that be with swimming or playing sports, Shabbat will be a fun and special day". -Ethan Golde, Mid America Region.

"Shabbat is the highlight of my week here at CLTC because it brings a very relaxing and close-knit environment. Everyone feels connected and close together." -Leslie Rodriguez, Cold Coast Region.

"I had so much fun leading services at Shabbat. I can't wait to see what services are like this time!" -Emily Theall, Gold Coast Region.

The positive atmosphere that Shabbat creates at CLTC will give everyone the opportunity to bond in the last few days of the session.

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Day 2 of CLTC 2

Posted on 06/16/2016 @ 09:00 PM

My Brother Alephs, My Sister BBGs, Parents, and Friends—

My name is Simon Schaefer and I hail from Exodus AZA #1372 in the Connecticut Valley Region #17. Right now, I’m at CLTC 2 in Bethany, WV where I am part of the mock chapter Sababa AZA #4.

Today was a really exciting day for the boys in my chapter. It was our turn to be the “Dorm of the Day”. We began the day at the flag pole where we raised the flags and sang both the Star Spangle Banner and Hatikvah. In addition, we taught the Jewish value of tradition. We asked everyone to meet someone new from a different region and find out a regional tradition that was different from home.

The day continued with a delicious (and phone free) breakfast followed by a meaningful Shacharit service. After, we did three rotational programs where we learned about MRIHA, what to do when Jewish values conflict, and how to make a healthy chapter! Before I knew it, we were already eating lunch with new friends.

After lunch, we broke up into our mock chapters for two programs about the executive board positions available for election and selecting our mock chapter’s identity. My mock chapter chose the name Sababa AZA #4, whose mascot is a rainbow spork (spoon-fork hybrid). We came together at the flag pole again to lower the flags and reflect on today’s theme, tradition. Who would have guessed that Eastern Region: Carolina Council plays “Raise Up” by Pettey Pablo at every regional dance?

Now reflecting on the day, I can confidently say that we became much closer as a CLTC community. I saw countless people stepping out of their comfort zone and talking to new people, making what will be lifelong connections and friends. When the 91st Grand Aleph Godol, Colin Silverman, visited my region for our spring convention he told us that we should keep our old traditions, but also create our own traditions. CLTC is quite famous for its Shira Song Sessions. We, CLTC 2 2016 have, with the Cicadas, expanded on this tradition of singing, dancing, and having a good time with each other. We don’t only do this at Shira, but also while we’re walking to and from meals, in the dorms, and at Chofesh.

I can't wait to see what the next days will bring—so many laughs, knowledge, and friendships. But I know that these will truly be the best 12 days of my life!

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CLTC 1, Day 10

Posted on 06/16/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Hello from CLTC 1! Yesterday and today, teens were finally able to run the programs that they have been working so hard to plan over the course of the past week. All of the skills that they have been developing at CLTC really shined through, as all six programs were fun and exciting for everyone. After the programs were done, teens started preparing for CLTC Presents, which is our end-of-session talent show. It looks like there will be a large variety of acts, including singing, dancing, instruments and even rapping! Not everyone has to perform, as it will be just as enjoyable to watch your friends present their acts. Here's what some of the participants had to say while they were rehearsing:

"I am excited to have fun with a group of my friends before we part our separate ways on Sunday! We are all ecstatic to perform, because our act will be hilarious!" -Ami Lieberman, Great Midwest Region.

"I'm definitely going to perform during CLTC Presents. I love getting the chance to show my talent to the world, especially when I'm friends with the entire audience!" -Jake Gaby, Mid America Region: St-Louis Council.

"I am going to sing 'Mother, I'm here' with guitar accompaniment. I can't wait to see how the performance goes." -Ethan Davis, Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region.

"I'm going to sing 'Sunday Morning' by Maroon 5 with the Ukulele. I can't wait until I get to perform." -Rachel Edelstein, Miami Region.

"I plan to incorporate all of the valuable leadership lessons I have learned at CLTC into my leadership style. Learning to be a leader is why I chose to perform during CLTC Presents." -Joshua Weisskopf, Great Midwest Region.

Session 1's CLTC Presents is shaping up to be a great show!

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First Day of CLTC 2!

Posted on 06/15/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today my Dorm was the first “Dorm of the Day” for the program! The responsibilities of being “Dorm of the Day” include flag raising, picking a theme of the day and leading in prayer sessions! The theme that we chose for the first day of the program was acceptance and open mindedness in relation to meeting new people and forming new friendships.

Our first activity of the day was the morning service, also known as Shacharit. The service was a fantastic and touching experience. We were able to truly connect with the present moment, begin to understand the impact that CLTC will have on us in the next few days, and internalize that we are about to begin a great journey together. Our song leader, Stephen, taught us a song with lyrics that really impacted me- "we may never see this moment, or place or time again”. These lyrics really spoke to me because time marches on, and as our Jewish Educator, Ira said, we should make these moments as special as we can.

In the afternoon our chapters had the chance to get together and get to know each other. I am a member of Chapter One, where we discussed the do's and don’ts of being a leader, how to handle a situation, and how certain road blocks may come about when doing so. Each of the girls in our chapter picked a song that they thought represented themselves, and we put them all together to make a playlist to play as we walk into the room every day!

Another special moment of the day was at the end of dinner, when we did something special and read the Birkat Hamazon in English. This allowed us to learn the meaning of what we are saying in prayers. For our evening activities, we started the night off with the Shira (singing) in the Art Gallery led by our Song Leader, Stephen. Following Shira was a program about the AZA/BBG, which turned into a great rap battle between the guys and girls about the principles and ideals that BBYO stands for. We also had the ability to learn the chants and songs that exist in BBYO, led by our coordinators Max and Amanda.

To end the day we had ice pops for snack and got into a friendship circle to end the night on a great note. We had our arms around each other, swaying, feeling like we were one tightly knit community. I couldn't have asked for a better day to start off CLTC and I want to thank everyone who was apart of making every bit amazing!

“If you have the power to make someone happy, do it... The world needs more of that” -Alfie Deyes

Submitted with an undying love for Liberty region, CLTC2, guy the Israeli guy, food allergy squad, first blogger, abs and Ray, ankle holding, Swalsh, and Rachael spelling her name right I forever remain Rachael Blake a proud BBG who had an amazing first day

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CLTC 1, Day 8

Posted on 06/14/2016 @ 08:15 PM

Good evening from CLTC 1! Today, everyone was in for a huge surprise when the Maccabia games was announced! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), white (France), blue (Argentina), and red (France). This session's theme is Globalization, which means that we were able to learn about BBYO around the world throughout the day. Through a series of competitions including trivia, a plank walk, silent lunch "Ultimate Soap" (a slippery twist on Ultimate Frisbee) and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:

"Experiencing Maccabia is amazing. It has definitely been a highlight of CLTC and my BBYO experience. I competed on team Argentina, and I know we had the most spirit! It has been so much fun, I can't wait to find out who wins". -Max Kohll, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia has been a really fun event for me. I have never experienced anything like it in my Region, and I don't go to camp during the summer. Our whole team came together to form a community, which was really great". -Tess Herzog, Cotton States Region.

"Maccabia has been a lot of fun! My team worked really well together, which is why we were able to do so well. Go Argentina!" -Samantha Rhodes, Central Region West.

"So far, Maccabia has been incredible! I'm so happy we got to do it- I can't believe it was kept a secret this whole time. Team Bulgaria is the best!" -Tamar Blue, Kentuky Indiana Ohio Region

The winning team will be announced later this evening, at the end of our International Convention kickoff party.

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CLTC 1, Day 7

Posted on 06/13/2016 @ 11:45 AM

Good morning from CLTC 1!

Today, teens can look forward to a full day of fun and learning. The day's programs include a Jewish Song session taught by our song leader, learning about Israel and Shavuot with our Shlicha from Israel, and an Ask for Help activity with the chapter advisors. Teens will learn about effective communication in the afternoon.

Last night's cookout dinner was a nice change of setting. The smell of the barbecue and the open, outdoor eating space created a very happy and enjoyable atmosphere. Take a look at what the teens had to say about it:

"CLTC for me has been a great experience so far. I've already made some great new friends who live all over the country. It is so much fun!" -Avery Klatsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region

"My CLTC experience has been amazing. I have made many new friends and new connections here". -Lucy Reish, Southern Region

"So far CLTC has been amazing! I have met so many friends and have already created so many memories that I will cherish forever. I have learned so many valuable leadership skills that I can use outside and inside of BBYO". -Andrea Hengber, Gold Coast Region.

"I have learned a ton about how to be an intelligent, strong, and capable leader. I have also enjoyed hanging out with new friends, growing as an Aleph and as a person". -Josh Feldman, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

We are looking forward to the exciting day to come!

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CLTC 1, Day 6

Posted on 06/12/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Over the course of the day, teens at CLTC 1 had the opportunity to participate in several new and exciting activities. They had the option to attend two programs that focused on the aspects of inclusion within their community, The chapters also competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament during their free time (Chofesh). In a series of rounds, two chapters faced off against one another at a time. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in every round. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the round begins, you must try to knock the Jello off of your opponent's spoon without dropping your own. It was very action-packed and entertaining activity for everyone! With half of CLTC already behind us, many of the teens feel as though they are beginning to understand why this experience is so special:

"I may not be related to my CLTC family by blood, but I can proudly say that the other participants of CLTC 1 is my second family! Even though only six days have passed, I know I have met my life-long best friends here. I can't wait for six more days with these amazing people!" -Lilly Sitver, Cotton States Region "It's been really cool learning how to plan successful programs, and very rewarding when you actually plan something that goes well. My chapter planned a Havdallah service for last night, and it was really cool to do that because others really enjoyed it. -Sophie Levy, Eastern Region. "It's only day six and I already feel like I've made great friends and have become a better leader!" -Roy Einhorn, North Texas Oklahoma Region. "CLTC has helped me learn to become a leader for my chapter. Only halfway through, I already feel prepared to lead my home chapter to success." -Brett Lewis, Cotton States Region.

After a successful first half of the session, we look forward to an even better six days to come!

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CLTC 1 Song Sessions

Posted on 06/09/2016 @ 09:00 PM

At CLTC, we are fortunate enough to have a very talented and enthusiastic song leader, Josh Cohen. He is a former BBYO member, and uses music to guide teens during services, programs and song sessions. During CLTC 1's first song session, all of the teens were able to come together and bond through Jewish music. The upbeat, positive experience was exhilarating for many participants:

"The best part of the song session was hanging out with all my new friends, and standing as a community while singing together." -Ashlee Kuper, Central Region West "The song session was meaningful to me because I got to be with my friends, doing something we all enjoy." -Lucy Reish, Southern Region "I loved spending time singing great songs with my brother Alephs and sister BBG's." -Avery Klatsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region "My favorite part of the song session was Josh's attitude, because his excitement really showed through, which pumped up the whole room. This is what makes us happy to be at CLTC." -Leeya Alperin, Cotton States Region.

The most meaningful part of the session for song leader Josh was "being able to bring my BBYO experience full circle. These are the same songs that I learned during my time in BBYO, and it's so special to see the teens bond over the same songs that I loved."

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Successful first day at CLTC 1!

Posted on 06/08/2016 @ 12:15 AM

Today, we had a very successful first day at CLTC 1! After a day of travel, teens arrived at Beber Camp with plenty of time to experience a tour of the camp, their first meal, a quick session in their chapters, as well as an icebreaker and friendship circle. Members were asked what they were most excited to learn over the next twelve days at CLTC. Here is what a few of them had to say:

"I want to be able to lead programs and hold a leadership position without questioning myself!" -Karli Silver, Eastern Region

"To become a better leader and make my chapter the best it could be." -Andrea Hengber, Gold Coast Region

"I want to make Jewish friends from across the USA. I hope I learn to be a better, more open leader." -Miriam Berkson, Great Midwest Region

"I'm excited to gain lifelong friends, learn leadership skills, and learn how to strengthen GMR" -Sammi Schnuer, Great Midwest Region

"To learn more to bring back to my chapter and region. To grow as a person and leader, and to make friends across the international order." -Jessica Cantor, Rocky Mountain Region

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CLTC 3 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 3 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 5 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 7 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 7 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 8 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 2 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 2 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Kallah 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 05:00 PM

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We’re pumped for Kallah 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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ILTC 2016 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 04/20/2016 @ 02:42 PM

We’re pumped for ILTC 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Last Day of Impact DC 2015

Posted on 07/23/2015 @ 12:20 AM

As our final day of Impact: DC is coming to a close, I find myself sitting here in a room of teens who have become a new family to me. Starting Impact, I was excited for the experience of lobbying and the chance to explore D.C., but I was unsure about the Alephs and BBGs that I would share these experiences with. It's always scary coming into a new experience, like Impact. You don't know what the people will be like or if everyone will get along. I am lucky enough to say that at Impact I was surrounded by a group of fun loving, yet passionate individuals. Impact: D.C. has been a truly eye opening, and amazing experience. The lessons I've learned, from how wasteful I've been in the past with food, to how the homeless should be treated, are ones that I will carry with me for years to come. Even more than that, I have learned to research and advocate on behalf of an issue. I have learned that no matter my age, I can make a difference in the world if I truly want to. I could not be more thankful to have been a part of Impact: D.C. 2015.

-Talia Yaari, Michigan Region

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Lobby Day at Impact DC

Posted on 07/21/2015 @ 11:40 PM

I'm Rachel Maltz from Los Angeles, and I'm representing Pacific Western Region #44 on this program. Today, Impact: DC went to Capitol Hill to lobby congressmen in support of different causes. My service group, A Wider Circle, lobbied Ohio's Congressman Tim Ryan about family poverty. We focused on the Ban the Box campaign, to remove the stigma surrounding previously incarcerated people and to give them more job opportunities.

Our second issue was lobbying Congressman Ryan on behalf of LGBT+ rights, especially for homeless teens. This was a great experience for everyone, and helped us learn that advocacy can be done from any level. Afterwards, we had free time in Georgetown to explore the city. I took a tour of George Washington University with friends, and looked around the area. We came back to the University of Maryland for dinner at Hillel before a pool party tonight. We had a great day of advocacy and exploring the city.

-Rachel Maltz, Pacific Western Region

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Service Superstars

Posted on 07/20/2015 @ 11:30 PM

I went to Bread for the City for my service site. What we do at Bread for the City is sort through produce for food quality and place produce in bags for people in need. It is fun working in the food pantry because I am with my friends in my circle group. Some of the products we put in bags were potatoes, cherries and other nonperishable items. Today we worked on sorting cabbage and shucked corn.

My reaction to this service site changed the way I look at food. I am fortunate to have enough food on my plate everyday while some people out there struggle and don’t have enough food for a day. I am happy that I can help the community and others around me. I really have enjoyed my time here at Impact DC and have made friends that I will keep for a life time.

Impact DC is a great program. Tomorrow we are going to Capitol Hill to lobby for congress which will be a lot of fun and educational. We only have a few more days left but, I am making every day count and will come back and bring everything I learned home to my chapter.

-Michelle Massarik, Northern Region East-NOVA COUNCIL

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Take Me Out to the Impact Ball Game

Posted on 07/19/2015 @ 11:30 PM

"Today we all went to China Town in DC and to a Nationals Baseball game. Overall I had a great time hanging out with all the amazing friends I've made at Impact DC. It was really hot outside and I felt kind of gross but I know that I will remember this day for a long time. In the evening after everyone had washed off the copious amounts of sweat off their bodies, we all had a very nice dinner and circle time. Hanging out with my circle, Martha's Table is definitely a highlight of my day because every time we talk we all have meaningful conversations and become closer as a group. I don't think I've ever felt so close to a group of people and I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity. Impact DC has definitely made an impact on my life and I hope I can make an impact with my remaining days."

-Nacia Goldberg, North Florida Region

"I had an awesome time today having free time with my Impact friends in DC. We walked around China town and went into cute little shops. We then went to a Nationals versus Dodgers baseball game, although I don't follow sports teams I had so much fun! I watched the game, caught some sun, and drank a ton of water. I'm excited for the upcoming days! I'm excited for lobby day; I can't wait to talk about homelessness on the legislative side, and preventing people from becoming homeless in addition to helping them once they become homeless. I am looking forward to our limud session tomorrow and engaging in great conversations. I love my Impact friends and can't wait to hang out with them outside of Impact. We are already starting to plan a reunion! :)"

-Emma Parish, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region

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