First Night at PB & J
Posted on 06/25/2010 @ 02:18 PM
Last night was the first time for all the teens to come together and really begin addressing this weekend's topic - Hunger. We kicked off the learning with Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block who lead the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. This event was a really eye-opening experience and allowed for all of us to have a wider perspective on hunger in America and around the world.
Before the "banquet" started all the teens were assembled and were given a ticket that put them in either a high income, middle income or low income group. These terms were better defined as earning more than $12,000, $980, and any earnings less than $979 per year annually.
In our frame of reference all of those income levels would be well below the lifestyle we've become accustomed to, but on a global scale that is the breakdown. In our group it was broken down to 10% high income, 30% middle and 60 low income.
The high income minority was served at a lovely table with salad and pasta and drinks; the middle income group had to serve themselves at a buffet of rice and beans; and the low income majority had a bowl of rice from which they served themselves.
This real life demonstation paired with the videos and documentaries we watched were really a learning moment. It prompted many discussions of what is fair, and not fair in global food distribution and also highlighted how much is consumed and wasted.
After our "banquet" ended, we were all seated at the table together to enjoy a delicious dinner, and more time to meet new friends and discuss our travels and activities so far.
Check back later for a teen blogger's perspective on the presentation from our keynote speaker, the founder of Hazon, Nigel Savage.
Welcome to PB & J
Posted on 06/25/2010 @ 02:16 PM
The teen participants are arriving in Washington, DC, all day today from more than 40 communities! We cannot wait to meet up, make new friends and let the learning begin! More updates are coming soon!
Participants Arrive at CLTC 2!
Posted on 06/23/2010 @ 12:30 PM
All the participants of CLTC 2 have arrived safe and sound. Although the weather is extremely hot, everyone is excited to be at AHA and enthusiastic about the next twelve days. I will be sending updates via email every couple of days and we will be posting pictures on Smugmug. You can view pictures of the CLTC 2 gang by visiting http://bbyo.smugmug.com . Just click on 2010 and then CLTC 2 to see the most recent pictures. We should have pictures posted soon! My staff and I are geared up for a fun filled twelve days.
Parents: If you are mailing your child a package, please don’t send food and use the following mailing address:
Participant Name/ 1577 New Garden Rd #818 Greensboro, NC 27410
Ellen Goldstein CLTC Site Director American Hebrew Academy 336-217-7109 (phone) 336-217-7101 (fax)
Get Ready for CLTC 3!
Posted on 06/23/2010 @ 11:47 AM
CLTC 3 is around the corner! This blog kicks off June 29th from Beber Camp in Mukwonago, WI.
Who's already packed? Make sure you don't forget any of these items:
Clothing to last two weeks: for warm and cold weather (layering is best), jeans, sweats, tennis shoes, swimwear, sleepwear, t-shirts, shorts, socks, underwear, nicer clothes for Shabbat, raingear, tallis optional, flashlight, and kippah.
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and soap tray, shampoo, deodorant, razors, Kleenex, eye care products, bug repellent, water bottle with name clearly printed
Linens in Wisconsin/North Carolina: bath-size towels, washcloths. Bring EITHER linens or a sleeping bag and pillow! If you bring sheets to AHA, the mattresses are single extra long.
And don't forget, LABEL EVERYTHING! Who's excited for CLTC 3? What are you most looking forward to?
CLTC Well Underway!
Posted on 06/22/2010 @ 12:30 PM
Hello Everyone - we have been BUSYYYYY at CLTC.
We welcomed two visitors from our international office in past days - Jayson Rubin (Director of Summer Experiences and Partnerships) and Rabbi Jason Kimmelman - Block (Director of The PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, a division of BBYO, Inc.) They really enjoyed spending time with the teens and were very impressed with the activities.
Rabbi Block was here to introduce BBYO's innovative program initiative, called Stand Up! - a new comprehensive approach to what BBYO has already been doing since its beginning - trying to help people around the world. This campaign gives teens the platform from which they can connect with the issues they feel most passionate about through service projects, social action, and philanthropy. T eensbrainstormed ideas on how to use their skills and interests to get involved in their communities at home and to implement effective programs for their home chapters.
At CLTC, we break from the routine of the week's activities with a meaningful Shabbat experience. Our five CLTC chapters were each responsible for a different aspect of Shabbat - creating a festive atmosphere and planning and participating in services and programs. We also focused on the spiritual aspects of life, and spent time relaxing and enjoying time with each other - playing sports, sunning and time at the pool.
Last night's evening program was a lot of fun, centering around Israel and its culture - learning about accomplishments in technology, science and medicine; hearing about the Bedoin Arab culture in a specially built Bedoin tent; writing messages to be placed in the Western Wall next spring; and playing a round of Gaga (a favorite sport in Israel.)
The teens are doing great and planning wonderful programs for the next few days.
I'll be in touch soon to share it all with you.