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CLTC 1 Update: Texas Hoedown

Posted on 06/19/2013 @ 11:32 PM

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Tonight at CLTC 1 we had a Texas hoedown to get all the teens excited for IC 2014 in Dallas! We had a night full of hay rides, s'mores, and dancing!

"The Texas hoedown was so much fun and just made me and everyone else so excited for IC Dallas 2014!" -Gabrielle Marzouk GMR

"The Texas hoedown was a new experience CLTC should see more often" -Hannah Silverstein Wisconsin

“I loved this program! It was so much fun and CLTC should definitely continue to have the hoedown. It's awesome to dance with everyone and just have a great time.” - Amanda Jacobs Wisconsin   

“The hoe down was so much fun! The hay ride was so relaxing though the back part of camp and dancing with all my new friends was a blast. The s'mores were delicious!”  -Sydney Meyer KIO  

I had lots of fun dancing, going crazy, and hay riding with my brother alephs and sister BBGs. I will definitely try to go to IC this year!” - Josh Chernomorets ONR  

“I had so much fun getting my groove on” – Hunter Cohn KIO   “I had so much fun at the hoedown! CLTC should have this every year! I'll definitely try and make IC 2014 next year! “ - Miles Marks ONR  

“The hoedown was so much fun!” - Hannah Jordan CSR.   

“The Texas hoedown at CLTC made IC 2014 in Dallas a reality. I can’t wait to host all of the teens and see all of them next year!” – Tracy Davis NTO Program Director  

“Can’t wait for the CLTC 1 2014 reunion in Dallas! See y’all there!”- Randi Diamond, GCR Program Associate


Shalom from the Coordinators!

Posted on 06/19/2013 @ 06:00 PM

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As of now, CLTC is in full swing, and we are proud to report that (almost) all the participants have arrived, and we are keeping them happily busy. Yesterday was hectic. Everyone started arriving at the airport early in the morning, but due to a crazy combination of inclement weather, mechanical problems, missing pilots, and the TSA, we were taking vans to the airport as late as 11 pm!

A few highlights from yesterday were an awesome song session with our song leader Mikey Pauker, a cool activity with Borromean rings (look it up, they’re really cool), and a great friendship circle before letting an exhausted group of kids go to bed. Our personal favorite part of the day was watching everyone volunteer to carry each others bags up the stairs. Today the participants planned an activity where throughout the day they give new friends colorful little slips of construction paper to put inside their nametags, creating a “rainbow of friendship.”

In the next couple of days, your teens will be electing their mock chapter boards, performing team-building exercises to further bond them as a group, and will continue to break the ice with other participants from all over the united states. Phones aren’t allowed during the day, but if you want to contact someone here, give them a call after 11 ET or send some old fashioned snail mail!

We are both incredibly excited to be here! The participants have already started to wow us with their genuine kindness and eagerness to make new friends and learn valuable lessons.

We can’t wait for the next 11 days.

Your coordinators,

Emily Gorby and Gavri Schreiber.


CLTC 1 Update: June 19, 2013

Posted on 06/19/2013 @ 03:30 PM

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“Before beginning CLTC, I had only heard good things about this summer program. Numerous people told me over and over again that it was hands down the best 12 days of their lives. Being here now, eight days in, I have met so many amazing people, learned excellent leadership skills, and made memories to last a lifetime. Needless to say, this program is truly living up to and exceeding the short expectations I had.” – Becca Lustig, KIO  

“I came into CLTC not entirely certain of what to expect, though I had heard things from friends who had gone in the past. I thought much of what they said were exaggerations. At this point, I can genuinely say that CLTC has been the best eight days of my life, as I have made so many friends that I am sure I will remain in contact with for many years to come.” –Nate Chernomorets, ONR

 “CLTC is an absolutely amazing experience. I have become close with so many people in such a short time. This has been a meaningful experience I will never forget.” –Ali Richter, KIO  

“I was always so attached to my BBYO friends in Dallas. That being said, I am so excited that I am here and making some of the best friends I could possibly imagine from all over the country.” – Jonathan Ochstein, NTO  

“CLTC has inspired me to be an impactful force in my region, and taught me leadership skills that I will have for the rest of my life.” –Matt Levy, Wisconsin 

“Right when I got to CLTC, I got so close with everyone. It was such a bonding experience to know all of us are here for the same reason. I am even closer with everyone eight days in, and I am having so much fun.” –Garrett Snyder, Southern-ATL

“CLTC turns children into young adults, and skeptics into believers.” –Zach Levi, Eastern


CLTC 1 Update: June 17, 2013

Posted on 06/17/2013 @ 11:56 PM

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"My chapter worked very well today together, and it was our best day so far. Also, the March of the Living program was emotional, but I am so happy I was able to experience with my cousin Emily Gerstein." -Amanda Iserson, GCR

"The March of the Living program was absolutely impactful and emotional, especially the introduction with the letters." -Ellee Sinykin, Wisconsin

"Today was my first true day of reflection. I really thought about what kind of leader I am, whether it was win-win or win-lose, etc." -Jake Teplitzky, CVR

"Everyday at CLTC I meet a new girl or guy and I love each and everyone of them" -Sophie Jerwick, MAR-KC

"Thank you to the staff, coordinators, and past March of the Living participants, Ben Sack and Samantha Simon, for providing me one of the most inspirational nights of my life." -Jacob Leviton, Liberty Region

"Today showed why I came to CLTC: to learn and to experience." -Ethan Wiseman, CRW


CLTC 1 Update: June 16, 2013

Posted on 06/16/2013 @ 11:41 AM

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Hello, my name is Yishai Barth, and I am from New England Region. I have been a part of BBYO for two years, and am a rising senior. I was told to attend CLTC to learn how to be a leader from my regional director after being elected to regional board. I did not know what those four letters stood for, but I was told that these 12 days are the most amazing days of your life.

Those words do not do CLTC justice, as I feel that I have been here over 12 weeks. CLTC brings a group of teens together, who care about the room around you, and care about refining the light of leadership. Here at CLTC, we are given the tools to forge ourselves into leaders by ceasing upon one another's strengths and improving each other's weaknesses.

Our first Shabbat was an unbelievable experience. Our AZA coordinator, Mika Stein, led a song called Tov L'hodot, and I was moved to tears. Not solely by the music, but also by the voices of so many Jewish teens singing the song. One hundred Jewish teens who did not know one another, together, from across the United States, sang in unison, the voice of Judaism.

CLTC surely does the impossible.


CLTC 1 Update: June 14, 2013

Posted on 06/14/2013 @ 11:41 AM

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Here are what the CLTC 1 teens are saying!

"It was nice to be with my sister BBGs, just relaxing and bonding." -Risa Mond, North-Texas Oklahoma Region 

"I learned about public speaking, and I hope to use it not only in BBYO, but in my future career." - Andrew Rosen, Ohio Northern Region 

"It was helpful to learn about public speaking and to bond with my chapter." -Laurel Esstman, Rocky Mountain Region 

"I truly believe I became closer with every person here from the Stand Up! program." - Ben Koppel, Ohio Northern Region 

"I learned that Jewish laws and ideals apply to daily life." -Jake Teplitzky, Connecticut Valley Region 

"The Stand Up! program was especially impactful. Seeing over 100 teens together show their particular passion for standing up was truly inspiring and imprinted an image on me that I will never forget." -Elissa Koppel, Wisconsin Region 

"CLTC is actually living up to all the hype!" -Hunter Cohn, Kentucky Indiana Ohio 

Look for Shabbat pictures and an update on Sunday!


CLTC 3 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 06/11/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 3 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013


IMPACT: Boston 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 06/11/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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IMPACT: Boston 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013


CLTC 2 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 06/11/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 2 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013


Welcome to CLTC 1!

Posted on 06/11/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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Everyone has arrived safely and CLTC 1 has officially begun!

The next 12 days are going to be the best days of our lives! Make sure to check back here for updates!


CLTC 1 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 06/10/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 1 2013 is just hours away! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013


Rikkudim at Kallah

Posted on 07/25/2010 @ 05:00 PM

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Rebecca Lewis and Maeghan Jakubovitz here!

"Now, gotta cut loose, footloose kick off the Sunday shoes."

Almost every night before we say the "Shema" prayer and go to bed we have rikkudim (Israeli dancing) and snack. It's a chance for all of us to cut loose and have fun!

Our song leaders Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman lead us in song, and madrichot (counselors) Nitzan, from Israel, and Daniella, from Argentina, lead us in dance. It gives us the opportunity to wind down after a long day of classes.

The song selection includes a variety of traditional Israeli dance music along with some popular American line dances, such as "Footloose" and "Cottton Eyed Joe". Everybody gets into it and you can feel the floor vibrating from the 170+ teens and staff dancing away.

Those who need a break can go outside and listen to the music while lying down and stargazing because there is nothing more beautiful and calming than the Perlman night sky.

Rikkudim is our favorite part of the day because it's our chance to unwind and have fun with our new friends.




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