More Words From Our Teens
Posted on 08/14/2014 @ 04:00 PM
"CLTC is a place to gain real leadership skills while making amazing friends. BBYO friends are unlike any other." -Ilyssa Brunhild
"From five days in, I already knew that I've made friendships that will last a lifetime." -Evan Rosen
"CLTC 8 has been an incredible experience. I wasn't always sure that I wanted to go on a BBYO summer experience, but I'm confident and glad that I made the right choice. I really look forward to applying the skills that I've learned here to help my chapter." -Zach Roston
Words From Our Teens
Posted on 08/12/2014 @ 11:44 AM
"I have been in BBYO for two and a half years and I have learned more in six days than I have in almost three years. The leadership sessions have given me a different perspective on BBYO and Judaism. I can't wait to take me new skills home!" -Zoe Shir
"We've learned lessons we can bring back to our chapters and made friendships and memories we will cherish forever." -Emily Frantz and Julia Hockman
"Everything at CLTC is amazing, but my favorite part has to be chapter meetings! Decharim is so close and I love getting to work with BBGs from all over the world." -Meredith Mackey
"I am not even half way done with CLTC and already it has changed me for the better. Before going to CLTC people would say that CLTC was the best 12 days of their life. I thought they were lying, but now I know that they were telling the truth." -Joe Erani
CLTC 8 Continues Strong
Posted on 08/11/2014 @ 11:44 AM
At CLTC, I feel like I can be myself with people I have only met a few short days ago. Even as I walked into the airport, I could immediately tell that these are people I want to be friends with for the rest of my life. BBYO is the connection between all of us, but, the relationships that are made go much further than that, beyond what we ever expected it to be. Here, being surrounded by teens around me that are like me, but, even more different, I have found myself. By sharing my stories and advice and recieving others, I have learned who I want to be and what kind of leader I plan to become. CLTC has really mapped out how to be a leader, also through our teachings of the 7 Habits to a Highly Effective Teens. We have set new traditions and explored what BBYO has to offer. It is amazing to think that this group of 70 leaders are making BBYO history by being the attendees of the first CLTC 8 session ever. So thank you BBYO, for making an impact on us and we’re glad we can do the same for you :) These lessons that we've learned have shaped our lives, just in 12 short days. "Up top!" Maddie Oliff, GMR Juli Bernstein, NRE-DC
Greetings from CLTC 8
Posted on 08/07/2014 @ 05:00 PM
Greetings from CLTC 8! As our second full day comes to a close, we have been constantly impressed by the passion of the participants. The teens have displayed a tremendous amount of knowledge and love for BBYO as well as a great deal of intelligence and responsibility throughout the learning they have done so far since they have arrived here at Beber. We have just finished elections and we are so confident in the abilities of all of the board members. We can’t wait to see what they will offer to their chapters for the remainder of CLTC 8. Shabbat Shalom! Rose Albert and Stuart Nulman Leadership Staff
CLTC 8 Has Begun
Posted on 08/07/2014 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 8 is off to a running start! Yesterday, myself and Kate Reinertson, the CLTC 8 BBG Coordinator, eagerly went to the airport to welcome all 69 participants, as they arrived at the Milwaukee General Mitchell airport, sporadically throughout the day. The participants congregated in a common room where initial bonds between them were formed. After 8 hours worth of arrivals, the teens boarded the buses en route to CLTC! We started the 12 day journey last night with an orientation and an icebreaker activity, and today the participants got into the regular CLTC routine of mock chapters, by participating in different program rotations and learning about the idea of being proactive, the first “Habit of Highly Effective Teens”. We are so excited for the remainder of the program and to continue forming and strengthening the special community that is CLTC 8!
BBYOs Jewish Community
Posted on 08/01/2014 @ 12:01 AM
To be honest, before coming to CLTC I thought BBYO was just about meeting new people and having fun. After being here (especially at Sherrie's program) my whole view was changed. I wasn't going to raise my children Jewish, and not I am. I realize that we are the future, and our pride and beliefs are so incredibly important. BBYO is about being Jewish and all the amazingness that comes with it is just a bonus. I am so grateful. -Letty Rae Leach, Southern Region, Atlanta
Week One at CLTC 7
Posted on 07/29/2014 @ 04:51 PM
"CLTC has changed my life, even while learning new leadership skills and exploring my inner Jewish self, I've been able to make so many new friends that I know I'll be able to keep in touch with for many years to come"-Sasha Kipnis, CRW
"I've learned more in four days than I have all year in Bbyo, specifically how meetings work and its really cool." -Carmela, Southern Region, Atlanta
"Its only been a couple days but i already know that i made friends at cltc that will be my friends all throughout bbyo and beyond." -Abby Southern Region, Atlanta
"Cltc has provided me with leadership experience that I know will help me with my chapter at home and in my region" -Lacey, Michigan
"Cltc has led me to feel comfortable in my own skin while having fun around teens my age who have as much passion for the organization as I do." -Letty, Southern Region, Atlanta
More CLTC Experiences
Posted on 07/29/2014 @ 09:29 AM
CLTC is an experience of a lifetime. It's such a unique program filled with leadership sessions and bonding time. I instantly connected with all the people here which really shows what BBYO does for teens across the globe. I already know that the friends I make here are everlasting. This past Shabbat I reflected on what BBYO has done for me. I noticed that it has allowed me to participate and take part in something new. That continues even more at CLTC. I have learned so much in just a few days. Everything that the amazing staff has taught will improve me as an aleph and my chapter back home. Fraternally submitted with undying love for CLTC7, North Texas-Oklahoma #74, Chai V'kayam AZA #890, everlasting friends, and my heart and home Rubin Kaplan AZA #841. I remain Aleph Gabriel Herman Friedstadt
Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 08:29 PM
As much as I would love to not be cliché, my past few days here at CLTC Seven have been some of the best few days of my life! Now, when you ask someone who has experienced CLTC for a run down on what it is, they will not tell you about schedules, programs, or even the wonderful services; and although all of these things are extremely important, people will most likely talk about the friends and what they have learned. However, to me this isn’t even CLTC. Honestly, it is truly hard for me to define CLTC, considering I am trying to define who I am and what my mark will be here. But in coming to this realization, I realized I am not alone. There is a quote by Kellie Elmore that states, “sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost.” This perfectly describes CLTC to me. Everyone here is still defining themselves and whether they do it in the end or not, the only way they can even try, is to get completely lost - lost in their friends, ideas, lost in the laughter and fun, and lost in the sisterhood and brotherhood that this organization gives us. Respectfully submitted with undying love for CLTC 7, the international order, and my heart and home, Star of David BBG of the Ohio Northern Region #23. I remain Sophie Ruttenberg.
Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 7
Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 12:24 PM
Together as a community, we created a shabbat for the memory book at CLTC. We moved into a beautiful and fun service led by a BBG chapter followed by a personal reflection where everyone was able to reflect on their time so far at CLTC as well as how they feel individually as a whole. After much needed rest on Saturday morning, we started a wonderful Saturday afternoon. A great part about Shabbat at CLTC is that it truly is a break from the week; there is time to just relax. We were able to take a dip in a nearby pool, followed by some fun competition in AZAA and BBGG. After an extended chofesh, we carried on with dinner, followed by Hannah (BBG coordinator) and I teaching the cheers that have been taught for decades before us. This shabbat was one to remember, and everyone had a great time.
Fraternally submitted with an undying love with, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 7 2015, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen
Quotes From The Teens
Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:13 AM
"CLTC is incredible. I am meeting so many new people and learning valuable life skills." - Coby Simler, CRW
"CLTC has been amazing. I've learned so much in just 3 days." -Gabe F. NTO
"CLTC has been an amazing experience so far. I have gotten to meet many great jews from across the country." -Ben Akers
"I have accomplished the art of making new friends; friends that will last a lifetime." -Gavin Shrell, NTO
"It's (CLTC) such a great experience! I've met so many new people, and I encourage everyone to sign up for CLTC." -Jamie Weiss, NTO
"The StandUp program was very interesting in the sense that in this large group of people, there were many commonalities in each other's StandUp causes." -Adam Kagel, CRW
"I loved seeing how passionate the girls were about what they wanted to do with their time at CLTC." -Brianah Caplan, Mountain.
Words from the 90th Grand Aleph Godol
Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:13 AM
CLTC has been a leadership experience for everyone at Beber including the staff, Hannah, and I. Every chapter has elected their board, and they will gain experience to take home to their own real chapters. The connections made between all Alephs and BBGs here has been incredible to watch, and I can tell they will continue when everyone gets home. All Alephs held a parliamentary procedure program where they learned about how to go through proper procedure. We did this by going through a mock motion and acting as if it was real. The BBGs had a very similar program where they learned about how to lead a meeting as well as how to go through a motion. As we move into a meaningful first shabbat here at CLTC, everyone in this community is stronger than we were before, and we plan to make this a meaningful and memorable shabbat.
Fraternally submitted with an undying love for, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 7 2014, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands, I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen
First Full Day at CLTC 7
Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:06 AM
CLTC 7 has been a blast so far. The teens are learning leadership skills that they never knew they had. The first step to leadership was learning to be proactive; taking the initiative without being asked. The next leadership lesson was 'beginning with the end in mind'. In the chapters, the teens have developed chapter names and numbers, and are currently working on their speeches to run for a board position. We wish all of the candidates luck and cannot wait to see them become great leaders.
International Inductions at CLTC 6
Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hello CLTC 6! My name is Alex Frenzel from Adrienne Levine BBG #124 of Connecticut Valley Region #17.
Today truly was a life-changing day at CLTC 6. Our entire community came down to breakfast today dressed in our matching CLTC shirts. We all gathered outside together to take a group photo. At that moment, I realized that we truly are a family. We had come in thinking that we were all so different and that we would never truly belong, but we now see that we are not so different. After going to many powerful programs that bonded us together and spending so much time as a whole, we have grown so close that there are no other people we would rather be spending these special 12 days with.
In addition, today was a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives; the day when we were all inducted into the international order. When I was sitting with my fellow BBGs, listening to Amanda give us a speech that inspired us all in different ways, I felt as if my life had just been pointed into a different direction. We all started as simple new members, but now we have made it big. BBYO is a part of us all and we will continue to carry it with us wherever we go. We may not know where we are going, but we will never be lost.
Congrats to all the Alephs and BBGs of CLTC 6. Let’s make our last few days unforgettable.
Submitted with undying love and dedication for Levine BBG #124, CVR #17, Shemesh BBG #1786 and all of CLTC 6, I forever remain, Alexandra Frenzel
Another Great Day
Posted on 07/24/2014 @ 12:59 AM
Hi my name is Nan Schechter and I am from Beshert BBG #2455 in Northern Region East: DC Council #54. And I am Rachel Caprini from Beresheit BBG #2412 in Ohio Northern Region #23 and we are both in the mock chapter Achayot Chazakot BBG #1436. CLTC has been so inspirational so far and we can’t wait to see the amazing programs that are yet to come. Today we were dorm of the day and we chose the overarching theme of “Saving a life.” We told everybody to exchange BBYO clothing, so that we can remember all of the people that made an impact on our lives here at CLTC. The day started with Shacharit (prayer service) with the theme of friendship. It was so nice to see all of CLTC linking arms and bonding with our brother Alephs and sisters BBGs. Also, today we watched a very moving video about what it means to be Jewish and we learned how to embrace our Jewish identities. Everyday after programming, we have chapter meetings where we get all of our business done and where we get to know the strengths and weaknesses of our chapter as a whole. We have gotten so close to each other and we can’t imagine leaving. After that, we had an amazing speaker, Jon Bridge, come and talk to us about recruitment and membership. His presentation engaged all of us and taught us how to recruit quality new members. After dinner we had Shira, a nightly song session, where Mikey, our song leader, taught us a bunch of new tunes. The night wrapped up with an IC throw down that made all of us SO excited for IC in Atlanta! CLTC has been so great and we know that the friends that we are making here will last a lifetime. Submitted with undying love for Achayot Chazakot BBG #1436, Beshert BBG #2455, DC Council #54, Beresheit BBG #2412, ONR #23, and CLTC 6 2014, we forever remain Nan Weiss Schechter and Rachel Miriam Caprini
Chapter Programs and Fundraisers Begin
Posted on 07/23/2014 @ 12:25 AM
Shalom, my name is Ido Almog and I am from the Evergreen Region. Today at CLTC 6 we accomplished yet another fantastic day at camp. Beginning with Shacharit (morning service), which was themed with the idea of picking up trash and the appreciation of nature. Following the service we were had group rotations consisting of exploring Judaism, synergy, and shira (singing). After a wonderful morning, my chapter, Achim AZA #517, led an energetic fundraiser. We decided to have a 3-on-3-basketball tournament with teams donating money at the entrance. We raised around $400 with the money going to the Friends of the IDF, an organization which we felt needed the support at such a crucial time. We finished the day off with two chapter-led programs. These programs opened our eyes and made us realize that each of us has a different perception and to discover a person’s true identity we must break out of our true comfort zone, even if it means taking a risk. Forever remain, Aleph Ido Almog.
CLTC 6 Continues
Posted on 07/22/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi! Rebecca and Aliya here. We are having a great time at CLTC 6. Today, we were the dorm of the day, which means we raised and lowered the flag and led prayers before the meals. Later today, we had communication sessions with our chapter and the rest of the group. For example, we both went to the "Power to Persuade " program, and we learned many skills that can help us for the rest of our lives. Also, today our mock chapter held its fundraiser, which consisted of a Spooey Bar and a silent auction. The money our chapter raised will go to the "Trevor Project." Tonight, we had a March of the Living Program. This was the most powerful program we have had at CLTC. We learned about this trip, and it has inspired both of us to want to go on it in the future. We cannot wait to see what CLTC will bring in the upcoming days. Thank you to Micah, Amanda, and the rest of the staff for making this an amazing experience.
Creating Meaningful Memories at CLTC 6
Posted on 07/21/2014 @ 12:34 AM
Hello! Our names are Jillian Blumberg from Dr. Abraham Cohen BBG #1172 in Eastern Region and Sophia Schmerling from Lilith BBG #324 in Pacific Western Region #44. Today was the sixth day spent at Bethany College in the beautiful hills of Bethany, West Virginia. Throughout the day, we spent our time going through different skill builder stations that taught us the ins and outs of how to be successful at all the different board positions, and how to create memorable speeches and platforms for elections. I (Jillian) cannot express how inspiring and helpful these rotations were, especially because I am fairly new at running in the elections run by my chapter. I (Sophia) learned that if you want to accomplish the task of attaining regional or international positions, you don’t need to find random positions to put on your resume, you should follow something you really have a passion for.
Another activity we both participated in this afternoon was playing ultimate frisbee. It’s an odd thing, right? That with all the engaging events and programs going on, I (Jillian) would mention a frisbee game? The reason I am bringing it up is because it was a moment of clarity for me. Sophia and I were the only girls playing, out of twenty boys on the field. We split into teams, set the rules, and started the game. In the beginning, Sophia and I were overcome with naïve excitement. Ten minutes went by. We were both new to the game, but we were still included. What struck me personally was that we were actually being treated as equals. My past experiences have shown me that when a girl is invited to play a sport, nothing is expected of her. But this was different. The guys were treating us as equals. It was one of the best feelings in the world, to be accepted, even if we weren’t very good at the game.
We can confidently say that today was one of the best days we have ever had. We want to thank the whole staff for continuing to be wonderful human beings and for making all of these magical moments possible.
Respectfully submitted with undying love for: CLTC 6 2014, Shemesh BBG #1786, Lilith BBG #324, Cohen BBG #1172, Pacific Western Region #44, Eastern Region, Chipotle, frisbee, and moments we will remember for the rest of our lives,
Jillian Sadie Blumberg & Sophia Caroline Schmerling
Shabbat at CLTC 6
Posted on 07/20/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi, my name is Sol Nudelman from the Evergreen Region. Today has been another magnificent and inspiring day at CLTC 6. We were first enlightened with a Shabbat service, which expressed the variety of different ways we all celebrate tradition. Following the service we listened to an amazing talk on priorities and how in our lives we must separate our wants and needs. The talk included a video, which created tears and chills displaying a song “Clouds” written by Zach Sobiech, a young boy who was told he had only months to live. When faced with this news, rather than sulking, he turned to music and created his own happiness. We learned that in life we must create our own priorities, figure out our wants and needs and find the happiness we seek. Next we got our bodies in action with AZAA and BBGG taking part in such activities as: Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga, Swimming, Basketball and Zumba. The day ended with a family themed Havdallah illuminated with candles and a beautiful atmosphere. I am extremely lucky to be here with such great people united to make the world a better place.
An Eventful Day At CLTC 6
Posted on 07/18/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi CLTC 6, Our names are Joanna (Ohio Northern Region), Monica (Eastern Region), and Anya (Eastern Region). These first few days of CLTC have been amazing! We have met so many new people so far and have expanded our BBYO knowledge. Elections for our mock chapters were held today. It was a great learning experience for me (Joanna) because it was my first time running for a position, and I loved the opportunity I had to try something new and take a risk. For all of us it was interesting to see the different ways other regions hold their elections. Another big event that happened today was the Israel Press Conference. Our International N’siah and Godol introduced the speakers as they updated us and 1,000 others on the situation happening in Israel involving Hamas. It was motivating to get a personal response from someone who had spent time with his family in Israel during this difficult time. We cannot wait to see what these next ten days hold for us and are excited for the rest of CLTC 6! Submitted with undying love for inter-regional friends, THE Amanda Freedman, Achayot Chazakot BBG #1436, CLTC 6... we forever remain Joanna, Monica, and Anya, damn proud BBGs.