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An Energetic Start to Impact: Boston!

Posted on 06/21/2015 @ 11:00 PM

After an amazing week preparing with the staff, we couldn’t wait for the teens to arrive! Staff week was awesome! It was filled with icebreakers and learning how to work as a cohesive team. We all played off each other’s strengths and we have a fantastic team! We were so excited for when all the participants would arrive and we could put our skills to work.

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The day before the participants arrived, we celebrated a meaningful Shabbat and the staff reflected on our time together throughout the week. The week was full of preparation and learning to ensure the teens have the best experience while they are at Impact. When the first participant arrived early for Havdalah, Scott Meyer stated, "Staff was very welcoming and having Havdalah with them made me feel like part of the family, which really made my experience."

When the rest of the participants arrived throughout the first day, new friendships began almost immediately. Not even the rain could put a damper on our excitement. The teens started the day with group building and ice breakers, then they went into an opening scavenger hunt where they explored the campus and collected items to donate to a local homeless shelter. The excitement continued with the reveal of their service site assignments and ended on a great note with hall meetings and bonding. We can't wait for another amazing day in Boston!

-Ari Segel and Jessica Gbur, Impact: Boston 2015 Teen Coordinators

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Reflections Before Shabbat

Posted on 06/19/2015 @ 05:00 PM

“Year-round I am committed to my Judaism. I am committed to the prayers, the Torah study sessions, and the best part, Hebrew High. Yet, when I walked off of my plane in Pittsburgh and joined all my fellow Jewish friends who I had never met, I felt more connected to my Judaism than ever before. The spirituality everyday thrills my soul. The only morning service I normally ever go to is when my friends or family have Bat Mitzvahs, but every morning here we have a shacharit service. Every morning I get to awaken to the wonderful sound of Hebrew. Now, I’m anticipating the wonderful events of Shabbat, which will take place later tonight and tomorrow, and I am filled with joy. The food, the prayers, the art, the clothes, absolutely everything about the whole idea of Shabbat makes my CLTC experience a life changing one.” ~Dahlia Byles, Rocky Mountain Region

“When I arrived at the airport on the first day, I was extremely shy. I had a shell around me that couldn’t be broken. I barely talked to anyone and avoided communication and social situations whenever possible. The first two days here, I was convinced I would hate it and be alone the whole time. However, after Thursday’s chofesh (free time), I noticed a change in my thoughts. I started opening up; my shell started to break. And best of all, I started to make friends that I know I will have for a long time. Now, on Friday afternoon, I feel the sense of community and inspiration that I have heard about from so many who went to CLTC before me, and I hope that this sense will continue to grow throughout the rest of my time here.” ~Julia Fishkind, Lonestar Region

“CLTC has brought many wonderful opportunities to connect with our Jewish community, through memorable programming and one-of-a-kind people. Now it is time to unwind for the holiest day of the week, and reflect on our incredible times we’ve had. To do this, Massah BBG (dorm #3) has planned an intriguing night featuring Jewish cultures from around the world, and special songs to keep this strong connection of international Judaism alive. I taught the “Amen Amen” song today before the meal, which mirrors that connection for me, as it comes from my school’s theater company, another place that, like BBYO, I can call home. It was a very special and unique experience for me to blend my two groups together through music, and I would like to thank you all for participating and enjoying my personal connection.” ~Lacey Berk, Liberty Region

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Operation Smile

Posted on 06/19/2015 @ 11:33 AM

All of the teens have been working super hard on planning a fundraiser to donate to their stand up cause. Each chapter has chosen their own organization that they would like to donate the proceeds of their fundraiser to. One of the chapters, Yalla AZA #514, made t-shirts and had 100% participation from all the teens.

"Being able to help plan a fundraiser where we sold shirts was a great experience for me. It was a bit stressful to estimate how much money we would raise because we weren't sure of the shirt and shipping costs. It was thrilling when the entire CLTC session bought a shirt. We're so happy we were able to double our fundraising goal for Operation Smile and everybody is able to bring back a piece of CLTC 1 back home that includes their special chapter name. These shirts are one of a kind, and we're excited to have been able to bring this kind of memory to everybody at CLTC 1."

Brian Bosem (Gold Coast Region) and David Cohen (Connecticut Valley Region)

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Updates From Dorm of the Day

Posted on 06/18/2015 @ 09:28 PM

Every day at CLTC, we have a dorm of the day which is responsible for leading the entire group in some activities throughout the day, as well as the blessings before and after the meals. Some of the Alephs of today's dorm of the day, Achva (fraternity) AZA, shared their thoughts about the first few days of CLTC.

"CLTC so far has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I have learned countless and invaluable lessons about leadership." -Aleph Abraham (Abey) Joshua Bazbaz, Lonestar Region #73

"As a whole, CLTC is very exciting and teaches us all great lessons. From bonding with other members of my new mock chapter to having insane basketball games in the gym, CLTC is definitely something many teens should experience." -Aleph Jacob Novack, The Ohio Northern Region

"CLTC 2 is off to a great start. I've met lots of great friends so far, and I can't wait to expand my horizon to meeting even more people. A great first memory of CLTC has been on the second night of CLTC. In my dorm, while we were hanging out before lights out, we had all the Alephs come to our dorm, having a huge dance party. Great first memory, and I'm very excited to have many more to come."- Aleph Elliot Adler, Eastern Region

"The best part about CLTC so far is definitely being able to meet people from all over the order. I used to always think that regions functioned like my own, but I got to learn about how there are different experiences people get from BBYO, and how many regions differentiate from my own. I learned that some regions have events once every week, or they have councils. While my region doesn't have councils and we have events every single Saturday. So being given this experience to learn about my order and gain knowledge is very interesting, and I can't thank CLTC enough for giving me this resource." -Aleph Eli Spivak, Central Region West #45

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CLTC 2 Off To A Great Start!

Posted on 06/18/2015 @ 12:45 AM

Hi, this is Karni Beth from Central Region West and Madison Gore from Gold Coast Region! We cannot be more excited to be attending CLTC 2 this summer, and the first 24 hours have already been amazing! From creating our mock chapter, Kochav Zoher BBG #2582, to learning about public speaking, and what CLTC is all about, this experience so far has been filled with lots of memories and new friendships. My (Madison) favorite part of CLTC so far has been with our mock chapter. I have become really close already with the 20 girls and I have learned so much from our madricha. I (Karni) loved the Shira (song session) and felt connected to all 95 of the Jewish teens embarking on this journey through singing and dancing to songs led by Stephen, our song leader. As the sun sets on another lovely day here in West Virginia, we say our laila tovs (good nights) and head to our dorms to get a great night’s sleep and prepare for the upcoming day.

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Letter from our song leader

Posted on 06/17/2015 @ 02:17 PM

Hello families of CLTC attendees,

My name is Josh Cohen, from Pleasanton, California, now living in Boston. This is my second summer at CLTC and I love every minute of it! As a teen attending BBYO retreats, one of my favorite things was celebrating Shabbat; being able to rock out, sing and have a great time with the songleader!

Co-Leading daily Shacharit services, working with the teens to plan services and leading evening song sessions are a few things that I do here at CLTC. It has been amazing to see how fast the teens pick up songs and are able to lead sessions after only a few days. Celebrating the end of Shabbat with Havdallah, has always been my favorite part of shabbat at a BBYO retreat or camp. There is nothing like having your friends and staff coming together with their arms around each other singing beautiful music and sharing that amazing spiritual moment with one another. It is an honor to be the CLTC Songleader, bringing the cycle full circle, giving teens a musical Shabbat experience like I had when being a young Aleph.

"I love the song rotation with Josh because he helped us connect with others through singing" - Kezia Douglas (Rocky Mountain Region)

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Welcome to CLTC 2!

Posted on 06/16/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Live from Bethany it’s your CLTC 2 coordinators!!! Our names are Jilly Leibovitch from Gold Coast Region and Sam Ennis from Lonestar Region! The day has finally come where the future of our movement will come together for the next 12 days to explore their Judaism and their self, develop and expand upon their leadership skills, and create a loving community and memorable friendships.

This year the theme of CLTC is “find yourself a teacher”. Although, as coordinators, we have graduated from BBYO and begun the next chapter in our lives, we recognize the importance of learning from each other. Every participant brings something different to our session and we are thrilled to find out what makes each participant unique.

We are so excited for this experience! Stay tuned for future blog posts from the CLTC 2 participants! :)

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Efsharim BBG #142

Posted on 06/12/2015 @ 10:30 AM

Each day at CLTC, one of the six chapters is assigned to be chapter of the day. The chapter of the day is responsible for coming up with a thought of the day, helping set up for meals, leading Hamotzei (blessing before meals) and the Birkhat Hamazon (blessing after meals). Yesterday's chapter of the day was Efshari BBG #142 and they were so excited to be able to choose their chapter colors, black and pink and their mascot, Kim Possible. All of these details are the first steps in starting to create the bond as sisters and brothers. "When I first got here I knew no one and now it's weird because I can call so many of them my best friends" Emma Jacobsen, North Texas- Oklahoma Region

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Note from our Jewish Educator

Posted on 06/11/2015 @ 01:45 AM

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At Home from the Start

Posted on 06/10/2015 @ 01:30 PM

"By the time I got my chapter and roommates, I already felt at home! Just from bonding in the airport about BBYO we were already friends and ready to have the best 12 days of our lives." - David Cohen Connecticut Valley Region (CVR)

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CLTC 3 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 3 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 5 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Impact: DC 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for Impact: DC 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 1 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 1 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Kallah 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

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We’re pumped for Kallah 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 2 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 2 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Impact: Boston 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for Impact: Boston 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 6 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 6 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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ILTC 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/25/2015 @ 02:42 PM

We’re pumped for ILTC 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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CLTC 8 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/11/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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