Impact Boston 2012 Session 2
Posted on 07/11/2012 @ 11:00 PM
I can't remember an experience that has changed my outlook on a group of people like panhandling did for my view of people experiencing homelessness. I never realized that a person could be ignored by virtually everyone walking past. I felt so insignificant, as if no one cared about my well being. And when people did acknowledge me, I felt as if they were criticizing me with every awkward stare as they walked past, or dropped change in my hat. The feeling I got being told to "get a job" was one of the most degrading feelings I've ever experienced. Panhandling was embarassing, degrading, and, at times, frightening...
...and I am so glad I did it. I now know what millions of people, across the US and across the world, are forced to do just to have a meal for the night. It was an extremely eye-opening experience, and I don't think my eyes will ever close.
- Danny Rozen, Texas
CLTC 4: From New York to Bethany
Posted on 07/11/2012 @ 05:28 PM
CLTC has been indescribable so far. When I told all my friends in New York that I was going to be spending 12 days in West Virginia, they didn't know what I was thinking. Honestly, neither did I. I had never been away from home for anything but convention, and I had no idea if I would be able to make it through 12 days at an extremely hilly campus. I thought, "12 days, it'll be fine. I can make it through these 12 days for my chapter's well being." But now, I don't want to make it through these 12 days. I don't ever want them to end. I didn't think I'd make any friends here, but it seems that I'll be leaving this journey with an entire fan base. These horribly steep hills may have left me with a cut on my knee, but I will really miss waking up and down numerous times a day while complaining about it with all my new friends. I can honestly say that I've never gulped down this much water in my life, nor I have I ever rapped this much over the span of 12 days. Who knew that CLTC wouldn't only be fun, but that it would actually be the best 12 days of my life?
CLTC 4 pre-induction
Posted on 07/10/2012 @ 05:56 PM
Hello! This is Kevin Sloan reporting from inside the BBYO staff office
at the beautiful Bethany College. Serving as a CLTC coordinator has
been the greatest honor of my life. As the program goes on it is
evident that the teens are becoming more confident leaders by creating their own programs and fundraisers for their peers. Today, Lindsey and I put supplies together for our AZA and BBG induction ceremonies. This is very important to me because when I went to CLTC in 2009, my induction was one of the most meaningful and inspiring experiences I had in BBYO. Although there are four days left, it still feels like we just got here. While I'm sad to be leaving BBYO, it is reassuring to know that there are at least 87 capable teens to keep both our movement and the Jewish community strong.
Thanks for reading
Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 4
Posted on 07/10/2012 @ 11:08 AM
Hi! I'm Lindsey DuBoff, the BBG Coordinator for CLTC 4 2012. For the past week here in Bethany, West Virginia, I have watched the participants at CLTC form an amazing keheila, a community. It has been so incredible to watch the Alehps and B'nai B'rith Girls form meaningful relationships with each other while learning useful leadership skills to bring back home to their chapters and regions. Ever since day one, everyone has been so enthusiastic about everything; whether it has been a Shira session or rotations about different leadership skills. This past week, each chapter has chosen a Stand Up cause that they believe in. They are also beginning to passionately plan their creative chapter fundraisers and are in the process of making chapter programs. The first Shabbat at CLTC 4 was very well planned with a zen theme, everyone had a peaceful service. I also experienced one of the most meaningful Havdallah services I have ever seen throughout my time in BBYO. CLTC 4 has been great so far and it has truly been an honor serving as a CLTC coordinator. I know the rest of the week will be incredible and that each participant will return home to be inspired and well equipped leaders.
Talk to you soon!
Impact Boston 2012 Session 2
Posted on 07/09/2012 @ 11:00 PM
We are thrilled to report that Impact Boston kicked off today with great success!
After an afternoon of luggage, orientation and group building games, we all gathered together to set our intentions for two weeks of service, learning and community. We gave the teens their site assignments, and took a few moments of quiet reflection about the great work to come.
In small groups we discussed some core principles of service, and began to cultivate a whole-hearted approach to engaging with the people we will meet on site starting tomorrow.
Right now the teens are in their dorms, getting to know each other, and preparing for a good night's rest. We start bright and early tomorrow morning!
We thank you for all of your work in getting your teen to Brandeis for this fantastic experience. We are excited to spend the next two weeks together.