ILTC Roundup July 5
By ILTC 2010 Bloggers on 07/05/2010 @ 06:10 PM
Can you believe we're halfway through ILTC? Check out all the cool stuff we did to celebrate America's birthday and watch our progress through mock regions.
Top 10 Reasons Why The 4th Of July Made Us Proud To Be Americans
10. Everyone decked out in red white and blue all day long
9. During breakfast, song leader Eric Hunker became a human American flag
8. There were random bursts of songs throughout the day such as G-d Bless America and our national anthem
7. Evergreen chanted "USA! USA!" all day
6. The weather was sunny and beautiful!
5. We had a pool party!
4. The lifeguards at Perlman were so cool and from Australia!
3. We got to watch some ridiculous fireworks down by the lake
2. We got the chance to bust a move at a dance, and even show off how cool we are to some Perlman campers
1. Stargazing here in Starlight, PA was a great way to end the day.
Mock Regions Plan Real Programs
Yellow Brick Region is the first mock region to present their program. At the beginning, each region was asked to simulate a convention program for the rest of the participants. YBR has been working hard to create an experience like a MIT/AIT, or New Member, convention. Check back to see how they do!
Like Regions Like Each Other- And Not Just Like A Facebook "Like"
While ILTC is designed to help Alephs and BBGs across the order, some issues apply more specifically to a particular area. With this in mind, teens divided into groups of home regions with similar dynamics or problems to discuss issues and solutions. Teens were able to apply all the concepts and strategies taught in mock regions to their real home regions. Many found this extremely helpful and were inspired to change their regions for the better.
Posted on 07/05/2010 @ 10:38 AM
Today was COLOR WAR Day!!!! Teens were broken up into four teams each representing a Stand Up Cause (Pink Team – Breast Cancer, Green Team – Environment, Blue Team – Israeli Defense Force, Red Team – (RED) Campaign (HIV/AIDS Research and Awareness).
Here is how today went:
8:30AM: PERFECT Aruchat Boker (Breakfast)
9:30AM: Team Meetings: Spirit Prep (create cheers, get dressed up, etc.)
10:15AM: Sports Rotations (Ga-Ga, Frisebee, Soccer, Basketball)
Noon: Oratory (My team’s Stand Up Campaign is the most important because … ) and Storytelling (Only in the Jewish Olympics) Competition
12:45PM: Madrichim Fashion Show: Teams dressed up one Madrich in their team colors and presented them to everyone.
1:00PM: SILENT Aruchat Tzoharaim (Lunch)
2:00PM: Relay Races
3:00PM: Ultimate Capture The Flag/Water Balloon Fight
5:00PM: Chofesh (Free Time): Teens spent Chofesh relaxing in the quad, cooling off in the pool and working on presentations for the evening.
6:30PM: SINGING Aruchat Erev (Dinner)
8:30PM: Team Presentations (Banner, Song, Cheer and Dance). Winning oratory and storytelling also presented.
10:00PM: Bonfire and Announce Results: BLUE TEAM WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The teens had a great day and so much fun! Be rest assured everyone is going to sleep very well tonight.
We are continuing to add pictures on http://bbyo.smugmug.com (click 2010 and select ILTC), and our ILTC Creative Arts group is blogging (http://bbyo.org/summer_blog/) and tweeting (http://www.twitter.com/ILTC10) everyday so make sure to check it out!
ILTC Roundup, July 4
By ILTC 2010 Bloggers on 07/04/2010 @ 03:10 PM
Happy July 4th! We're back after a restful Shabbat at a camp currently decked out in red, white, and blue. We're excited to start another week at Perlman, so here are today's stories! (PS: Check out our brand-new Twitter here!)
Studies Show Shabbat Is At Least 200 Times More Relaxing Than Not Shabbat
This week we celebrated our first Shabbat, allowing us to "pause" for a whole day to reflect on our first week and give ourselves some much needed rest. After a Friday night and Saturday day full of song, dance, and prayer, we ended the holiday with a community Havdallah service in the large quad. Teens, led by Song Bringers Eric Hunker and Zach Singer, were asked to step forward depending on songs they identified with before "Hey Jude" by the Beatles brought everyone together.
Dorm 7 celebrates OT victory over Dorm 9, briefly rekindling American interest in soccer
Despite a lot of talk, Dorm 7 couldn't back it up with the walk through the 50 minutes of regulation play at this Shabbat's soccer match. Late goals scored by Ori and Jory, who rhyme on purpose, kept the game at a 1-1 tie before Alex Metzman (Bulgaria, Dorm 7) was able to score the winning overtime goal for Dorm 7. Look out for him in the 2014 World Cup.
Whose ILTC is it Anyway?
On Saturday night, everyone took part in a drama-inspired improv activity. This was used not only as a fun way to get to know everyone, but also gave participants experience in thinking on the spot. As a leader in BBYO, you always need to be on your toes! The teens split up by dorms and were lead by Sam Levine, Steven Miller, Tierney Torchin, Matt Lopez, and staff. Games like Taxi, 4-in-1, and park bench gave everyone a good laugh.
Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 2!
Posted on 07/03/2010 @ 11:51 AM
Greetings from CLTC at AHA. Below is a D'var Torah one of our AZA's wrote for Shabbat. We thought it was fantastic and wanted to share.
All: Shabbat Shalom CLTC 2!
Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Torah portion comes from the book of Numbers versus 25:10 – 30:1. The portion is Pinchas. Pinchas is still one of the less action-packed Parshot. It starts off with a census of all the men of Israel. After all the men are counted one man, Zelophehad, dies. He dies with five daughters, no sons, and in that time females could not inherit land. The daughters petition Moses to get their inheritance and it ends up with G-D accepting their claim and changing the Torah’s laws of inheritance. After that Moses names Joshua as his successor and the Parshah ends with a detailed list of the daily offerings and offerings for some major holidays.
What really connected with me was what the daughters of Zelophehad did. Not because of the feminism that was put into the Torah, which are some of the first rights for women in the Torah, but mainly because of them making a change. These ladies believed in something important and they fought for their cause. This is the same as us, as Jewish teens. Not just because we’re Jewish, but teens and leaders. If we want something, we can get it.
Originally, the laws of inheritance were detrimental to the daughters, as well as all women. These five daughters saw this problem and decided to do something about it. They petitioned their cause to Moses, the highest authority in the land, and did not stop until they got what they wanted.
Women were not nearly considered on the same level or as close to the men’s level in this time. The fact that their opinions were not worth as much as the men’s did not deter them from their cause. They set their minds on something and went for it. They started their process with the end in mind. They did not go into their arguments with anything random, but first they were proactive by learning to understand where Moses and the laws were coming from. After they understood the other side, they could successfully be understood and make their case.
Now, after learning about what these 5 women did, what connected with me the most was that they truly did make a change. This is exactly what we here, in BBYO, can do. We are here to make a change. If we see something, anything wrong it is not only our right, but our duty to rectify the situation. In this Torah portion G-D shows that anyone and everyone should stand up for what they believe. There are so many opportunities for us to change the world. There are so many opportunities for us to influence those around us.
All the change starts with ourselves; first we must believe that we are able to make the change; we must change ourselves. Many wonder how they can possibly better the already great world and how they, as individuals could even begin to have an influence. You must start within yourself. In this portion the women see the unjustness and decide to change it. They want to improve their own lives. Once you are ready and willing to be heard in this world, it is absolutely time to start being heard! Each and every one of you here has the power to change your chapter, your council, your region, the international order, and even, the world. We are able to make these changes through so many different channels and means. We can start with our own attitudes or working on the Stand Up campaign.
So many before us have stood up and made changes in this world. So many have been heard. So many have done the undoable. So many have altered how they or what they stood for were viewed. So many have already started to make this world a safer place. Just as the Torah shows, it is our turn. It is every person’s job to change the world.
There should not be a single person here who cannot go home and rebuild this world. Not only is it good for your community, but it is also shown in the Torah. Make everything we have learned here worthwhile. We can go home and make our chapter even stronger than it was before through numerous different mediums.
We have learned so much here. Over these past 11 days here we gained so much knowledge and experience. We learned what it takes to be leaders. Now, as we come back to our chapters and regions we have the tools and resources to step up as BBYO leaders. But we also have the tools to step up as Judaic leaders. We know how we can incorporate Judaism into BBYO. Just as the Torah shows, we should make a change. We should change something about our chapters, especially in a Judaic sense.
Just as these five women had the power to change something they saw unjust, we have the power to change something we see unjust. Let us put everything we have learned to work and make the best of all of our opportunities here in BBYO. I implore you to do all you can to make the changes you want. Pinchas shows that you can make a difference if you set your mind to it, follow what it says and make that change!
By ILTC 2010 Bloggers on 07/02/2010 @ 04:10 PM
Welcome to the ILTC 2010 blog! This will be updated by the members of the Blog Creative Arts Group: Gabe Aptekar, Brian Blanco, Kristen Cabrera, Ian Donnelly, Raymond Eisenman, Robert Fertig, Abigail Koffler, Samantha Metz, Kat Salz, and their Madricha, Morgan Finkelstein. We hope you stick with us as we update you on the goings-on at Perlman in Lake Como!
Dorm Unity Now More Popular Than Being A Loner
At ILTC, the dorms are definitely becoming closer as the days go by.
Dorm 9 choses to stand up for different causes every day. Today: fraternal twins. Yesterday: the new Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Byron Scott.
Dorm 8 dressed in their best for breakfast as they acted as the day's Hagasha, or waiters.
Dorm 7 knows how to count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10... 23... 7!!
Dorm 5 is the dorm 5 tribe.
Dorm 4 serenaded the dining hall with their version of "Dynamite."
Dorm 3 wamts everyone to know that they are pretty, cool, and have spunk.
Dorm 2 kept it chill with "peace up, dos down!"
Dorm 1 had a FIESTA! ayayayi!
ILTC Participants Are Not Taking This Sitting Down
On July 1, ILTC participants were rarely seen sitting down. Instead they stood up, showing their support for a variety of causes ranging from Breast Cancer, HOmelessness, and the Environment. In addition to rotations with guests from nonprofits, mock regions and groups of friends chose causes for which to stand up. For example, 5 Alephs committed to raise $1000 for breast cancer during ILTC. The reward for success: the two coordinators, Josh and Mara, agreed to dye their hair pink.
Forget Toy Story, It's All About ILTC Stories
Jordan Hill, a professional storyteller, came to teach us the art of storytelling. He told us about the Ba'al Shem Tov and his ability to save children from werewolves. Twilight much? We did many storytelling exercises, such a speaking gibberish to learn how to buy into stories. Thus, we learned that gibberish is the key to leadership... or something like that.