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First Day of CLTC 4!

Posted on 06/28/2016 @ 09:00 PM

As the first of our twelve days at CLTC 4 2016 comes to a close, it has become apparent that the remainder of the session has been set up for success! The teens arrived this afternoon, beaming ear to ear from the moment they got off the bus and the smiles have only continued to grow as we move through our busy schedule.

From there, we were able to watch CLTC 4 blossom into a newfound community that were truly excited to be together. Most people would think that, naturally, it may be hard to transition with a session of 106 participants. However, this hasn’t been the case here at Bethany—in fact it’s the opposite. Our participants have already cultivated lasting connections with each other that will only grow stronger throughout the session.

Today’s focus was primarily on orienting the teens into our daily routine and traditions, in addition to introductions to each other, the staff, and Bethany College. We also showcased our theme of session 4, “better than ever,” to emphasize the significance of beginning CLTC with a focus on self that, by the end of the session, progresses into a focus on the community.

With new friendships and fresh opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, we are eager to see where these newfound relationships and curricula will take our teens as they strive to satisfy their endeavors not only for the extent of CLTC 4, but beyond the classroom as they return to their chapters and regions throughout the Movement. Great things are in store!

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CLTC 3, day 7

Posted on 06/27/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to day seven at CLTC 3! Over the course of the day, teens had the opportunity to participate in some new and exciting activities. Skill sessions focusing on Jewish Identity, knowing your audience, and program planning were all open for teens to attend. During their free time, (Chofesh), the chapters competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament. In a series of rounds, two chapters faced off against one another at a time. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in every round. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the round begins, you must try to knock the Jello off of your opponent's spoon without dropping your own. The event was both exciting and entertaining for everyone.

With over half of CLTC behind us, many of the participants are starting to shape their experiences into skills that they can bring home with them:

"CLTC has been amazing! I've met so many new people that I'll be friends with for a long time. I've been able to connect with so many different BBYO members, and learn about different chapters across the United States." -Jaxson King, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Mt favorite part so far has been getting to know everyone here. Everyone is so nice and friendly, and I love all of the friends I have made." -Sydni Rotenberg, Michigan Region.

"CLTC is so much fun! It's awesome to learn so much about BBYO, and I am able to make friends across the country at the same time." -Eli Melnick, North Florida Region.

"My favorite part of CLTC so far has been Maccabia, because I learned how a program can be competitive while still being fun." -Sadie Wolf, Evergreen Region.

"My favorite part of CLTC so far has been meeting all these new people from across the nation, and getting to know them. I like finding out how BBYO differs where they are from in comparison to my home region." -Adam Sadoff, Wisconsin Region.

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CLTC 3, day 6

Posted on 06/26/2016 @ 09:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 3! Over the past couple days, teens had some time to relax over Shabbat. Some of the highlights include Shabbat services and Havdallah, which the teens had the opportunity to lead. Today everyone was very excited to participate in the Maccabia games, which is similar to a camp "color war". The entire day had a Harry Potter theme. Teens were split into four "houses": green (Slytherin), yellow (Hufflepuff), blue (Ravenclaw), and red (Gryffindor). Through a series of competitions including Harry Potter trivia, a Quidditch match, silent lunch, shoe-golf, and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia so far:

"Maccabia unified me with people who I never thought I would get close to. I'm so happy that I got the chance to bond with new people." -Liam McLean, Wisconsin Region.

"Even though the green team didn't win all of the challenges, I loved everything we did today! I got super into Quidditch, which helped me get closer to my team." -Rachel Schlesinger, Lonestar Region.

"Maccabia has been so much fun! I liked how there are different types of activities, because that means that everyone will be able to do well in something." -Matthew Gottfried, North Florida Region.

"Today was a perfect day to form new friendships, and become closer with others. It was so much fun!!" -Nikki Fagin, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia was really fun. It doesn't matter if we win or not because it was a great way to meet new people." -Zach Schneiderman, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.

"Maccabia has been great! I've gotten to know so many awesome people!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today was by far my favorite! The activities were amazing. I'm so happy that the theme was Harry Potter! Go Hufflepuff!!" -Alitzah Gelman, Cotton States Region.

Teens will find out who wins later tonight- it should make for an exciting evening!

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CLTC 4 2016 Blog Updates Are Coming Soon!

Posted on 06/26/2016 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 4 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!

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Final Day of CLTC 2

Posted on 06/25/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today is our last day and it was definitely bitter sweet. In the morning we had a B'nai Mitzvah for anyone who hasn't had one. It was a very exciting moment and the CLTC community was there to share the amazing experience. After that, we went into Shabbat programming, and then we went to Shabbat electives where we chose an elective that interested us. After we had so much fun participating in the Shabbat services and electives, we sadly had to begin packing and cleaning. After dinner, everyone held good and welfare for each of their chapters, as this was their last time as a chapter. We then had a very meaningful Havdallah service and we came together as a whole CLTC community. At CLTC Presents, we showed off our skills and chapter banners and shirts. This truly was the best 12 days of our lives and Bethany will be missed.

Jillian Greenberg and Sammi Trepeck

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Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 2!

Posted on 06/24/2016 @ 05:00 PM

As we pull into the final Shabbat of CLTC 2, our participants are preparing for powerful programming and meaningful memories. We have had a great two weeks together and our community is growing closer each day. As we enter Shabbat, we will take time to truly rest, explore ourselves a bit further, and wrap up what has been the experience of a lifetime. Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 2!

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Chaverot BBG at CLTC 2

Posted on 06/23/2016 @ 09:00 PM

While some are resentful to count down the days until the end of CLTC, the second session of the BBYO Chapter Leadership Training Conference is coming to a close. The past 12 days have been filled with an exploration of leadership qualities and personal identity. One can assure that all participants in the conference will walk away having learned something new about themselves. In the final mock chapter skill session that occurred today, each chapter member of Chaverot BBG was exposed to a variety of techniques for solving problems within her own personal chapter. In the final session, some of the girls were a bit emotional. But that didn't stop them; they got to work on their individual projects to be presented at the CLTC presents event on the final night. It has been a tireless effort amongst the chapter to plan programs and foster an appropriate atmosphere for the whole group; an effort that no girl in Chaverot will soon forget.

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CLTC 3, day three

Posted on 06/23/2016 @ 08:45 PM

At CLTC, we are fortunate enough to have a very talented and enthusiastic song leader, Josh Cohen. He is a former BBYO member, and uses music to guide teens during services, programs and song sessions. During today's programming at CLTC 3, teens were able to gain new perspective on Jewish music. Many of the participants were very enthusiastic throughout the song session, making it a positive experience:

"The song session was my favorite part of the day. Josh Cohen was able to make people break out of their comfort zones and become friends." -Anna Wernick, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"The song session helped me get closer to the Jewish prayers we were learning in a relatable way." -Tali Gorodetsky, Mid America Region: Saint-Louis Council.

"I really enjoyed learning new songs from Josh during song session today. I think that the songs make us grow closer together to create a stronger bond." -Ally Hochhauser, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"Singing with people really allows a strong bond to be formed. I couldn't be more grateful for all of these bonding opportunities, and for the friends that I'm making." -Rachel Silverman, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We look forward to all of the exciting experiences to come!

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Maccabia at CLTC 2!

Posted on 06/22/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today were the Maccabia games at CLTC 2! The theme of Maccabia for CLTC 2 was the Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer. The four teams created were Argentina (Blue), UK & Ireland (Red), Israel (White), and Bulgaria (Green). As part of the competition, each team was asked to write a blog post. Read below to see what our teams had to say!

UK & Ireland, Red Team Today, the Maccabia games of CLTC 2 began. A wave of fear hung in the air like a thick fog while participants awaited the calling of their name as each was assigned to a team. It turned into a battle of the countries: the UK/Ireland, Argentina, Israel, and Bulgaria in a race to the finish, each team hoping to achieve activity. It was a Jewish hunger games, savage teens competing in brutal competitions that tested athleticism, strength, and honor. Friendships were tested. Rivalries were formed. Would it all be worth it for the grand prize, a prize only the winning team would receive, a title of success? Throughout the day we played hard and fought for first place. Even though we came in fourth place at the end, it was an incredible day.

Argentina, Blue Team CLTC Community— My name is Simon Schaefer and I represent Exodus AZA #1372 from Connecticut Valley Region #17, Sababa AZA #323 (we changed our number) at CLTC 2, and am a co-captain of the BLUE TEAM in the CLTC Maccabia Games! We had an awesome surprise today when we learned that we would be competing in various events for the honored title of champions. For much of the afternoon we played gaga, ultimate frisbee, and basketball. We also made our team flag, song, and cheer. It was so much fun getting to know new people and getting closer with our teammates. We bonded as a CLTC 2 community, embracing every minute of the day. From a really meaningful meditation style Shacharit service to a fun Birkat Hamazon at lunch to all of the amazing activities, it was awesome! Shout out to my amazing co-captain Brynne Jacobs from BBG #63 from Lonestar region. You're awesome and even though we came in third place, I had an amazing time together! In closing, I would like to leave you with a few haikus summarizing the day.

CLTC 2, Maccabia Games are cool, Blue's the winning team Wild cheering's fun, But be a good sportsman, guys! Don't be too salty. I like haikus much, But some don't make any sense Refrigerator. But back to the day, It was the best one so far, LET'S GO BLUE, LET'S GO! Fraternally submitted with undying love for CLTC 2, Sababa AZA #323, the blue team, the Connecticut Valley Region #17, and my home and my heart Exodus AZA #1372, I am and forever humbly remain, Aleph Simon Schaefer.

Israel, White Team When I first signed up for CLTC, I was skeptical. My first thoughts were feelings of fear: I'm not religious, so would I be accepted? I'm not on my chapter board, so would I understand the leadership-focused programming? I'm not even that involved in BBYO. How would I fit in? Well, all of that changed in an instant. By the 5th day of the program, I felt like I fit in and I even ran for S'ganit of my mock chapter board. Even though I lost, I became a chairperson and was still involved. Being at CLTC allows you to get the experience of being in a leadership role and allows for some trial and error before you go home and potentially assume the role of a leader in your real chapter. I can truthfully say that I would never think of changing my decision to come here for a second. Not only have I learned incredibly valuable lessons for my future BBYO career, but I have established indescribable connections with people from across the country. In the 12 short days of CLTC, I have created friendships that will last infinitely. The programs here are making me laugh, cry, sing, dance, and sometimes just smile. CLTC is the leverage that turns an ordinary BBYO leader into an active passionate leader, maybe even a “Dugmah Ishit” (Personal Example in Hebrew). I am so proud that the Israel White Team came in second place today at Maccabia!

Bulgaria, Green Team CLTC provides a fun way for teens around the country to come together and develop their leadership skills. Mock chapters are created to help create an easy way to learn how a chapter is run, how programs are created, and how to become a better leader in your chapter at home. During CLTC, we also have many different rotations that teach teens about Judaism, how to plan programs, parliamentary procedure, and more. Besides being a leadership conference, there are many other things teens get out of the experience, including friendships that will last a lifetime. As well as the learning aspects, CLTC creates a community of Jewish teens who all love BBYO. It's an indescribable feeling to be around so many people that share your values and passions. Instant friendships are made, and they often last forever. We learn together, laugh together, cry together, and grow together. This experience is unlike any other, as you get closer with Jewish teens from around the United States, as well as closer to your own Jewish identity. CLTC is an experience we will cherish forever, and we are so honored and proud to have been the winners of this year’s Maccabia!

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Welcome to CLTC 3!

Posted on 06/22/2016 @ 03:30 PM

Welcome to CLTC 3 at Beber Camp! We are so excited to start off a new and exciting session, with so many new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday in time for dinner, an exciting evening activity, and an opportunity to meet the other participants in their rooms and mock-chapters. Everyone is feeling good about the twelve day adventure we have just begun! Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their first night:

"CLTC is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to learn new leadership skills, and it's only the second day!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I'm excited to meet new people, develop new leadership skills, and grow as an Aleph." -Eli Melnick, North Florida Region

"I'm excited to be at CLTC because I want to learn how to make a lasting impact in my chapter and my region. I also want to make long lasting friendships." -Ally Hochhauser, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"So far, my CLTC experience has reminded me of a certain FUN song: 'F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me! N is for anywhere and anytime at all, right here at CLTC!' It's because I know I'm going to have so much fun while I'm here." -Jacob Hackney, Cotton States Region.

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Day 7 of CLTC 2

Posted on 06/20/2016 @ 10:00 PM

Today was one of my favorite days of CLTC because our mock chapter, Haganah, was finally dorm of the day! After seeing every other chapter have so much fun leading the day with prayers and flag raising/lowering I was really anxious for our chapter to have our turn. Considering we are the last chapter (dorm #6), this event was greatly anticipated but was certainly worth the wait. We started off the day by singing Hatikvah and the Pledge of Allegiance while folding a flag and then led the prayers at breakfast. We also led the prayers during lunch and dinner, which was really exciting for us. Being able to lower the flag after a great Chofesh was a nice way to tie the day together.

I'm having so much fun at CLTC and the days are flying by, but the nighttime programming took a more serious note. Tonight we had a program centered on the March of the Living, a program through BBYO which takes teens to Poland and then to Israel to commemorate the holocaust. The program we experienced intended to educate us about the opportunity, while giving us a connection and feeling of importance for attending as well.

In the program we heard what it was like for teens our age to go through the holocaust, we watched videos that were taken at some of the concentration camps by teens that attended March of the Living, and we heard stories from staff members that had gone on the program. After the staff spoke, we were given the opportunity to talk to our peers about any experiences or knowledge that we had of the holocaust and it was an incredibly emotional and intense moment for all of us. It brought us together in a way that cannot be explained and the room was filled with tears. We ended the program by singing together and saying the Shemah, and we left the program with arms around each other in great support. I have enjoyed CLTC so much and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. - Ryan Krane

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Day 6 of CLTC 2

Posted on 06/19/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today is June 19th which is also Father's Day. We started out the day by raising the flag and saying the Pledge of Allegiance, which we do every morning. After flag raising and breakfast we had our morning Shacharit, which was themed as a “G-d Talks” service. It was a meaningful and spiritual way for us to begin the day.

Following the service, we split into our rotation groups for three sessions: Program Planning, Know Your Audience, and Jewish Leadership. Each was incredibly educational and helped me understand more about the values of BBYO. The next session was a range of electives based on BBYO’s initiatives. The options included J-Serve, Stand UP, Speak UP, Global Shabbat, Voice Your Vote, and Globalization. I learned about the global initiatives of our organization and how we can bring them back to our chapters to educate more members on them.

At our chapter planning time we were able to learn how to properly calendar our programs. To introduce the Israeli theme of the night, we had falafel for dinner! After dinner we had an Israel Program where we simulated a trip to Israel and learned about the life of our Shaliach, Guy. We learned that he will be joining the army shortly after he gets back from CLTC, which I think is pretty incredible.

It was an amazing day filled with learning, fun, and inspiration!

-Haley and Sammi

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Israel Program at CLTC

Posted on 06/19/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today we took part in the Israel program of CLTC. As part of the program, the teens were asked to write a letter to Israel as if it were a person. Below are some of the incredible letters written by our teens to Israel:

“Hi Israel, how are you? I hope you are better than when we last spoke. You were quite the innovator back in the days, how are you doing with that? I hear that you are dealing with some terror issues, I hope they get better soon. Good luck with everything, I hope to hear back from you soon! Cordially, Jacob Welch NRE:DC Council, Haganah AZA #3134”

“Dear Israel, Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for being my home. Don’t get me wrong, America is my country. But you, Israel, are my home. Hopefully I can visit someday soon. With love, Zack Miller, an honorary American Jew Keystone Mountain Region, Sababa AZA #4”

“Dear Israel, Hi, how are you? I heard about what happened with you. I’m sorry that you’re having troubles. On the bright side, you have a lot of great things going on right now, I know you can make it through. You always come out stronger after situations like this. I hope you get well soon. - Paul Siegel Nadiv Michigan Region, Sababa AZA #4”

“Israel, You mean so much to many people. You have gone through good and bad and we will always be here for you. Although you are the smallest country in the world, you are our whole world. Love, Sophie Marx Eastern Region, Oshrat Ahava BBG #614”

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Donagi and Sons at CLTC 2

Posted on 06/18/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Shabbat is known as the day of rest, and though I did not rest today, I certainly enjoyed it. Today during Chofesh, our Israeli Shaliach, Guy Donagi, transformed the common room of our dorm into a small Israeli coffee shop! The mock coffee shop was called Donagi and Sons (a play on his last name), and it was incredibly creative.

We were all able to get a little bit of an Israeli experience by coming to be with him. He served coffee, chocolate milk (called Choco in Hebrew) and oranges to snack on, and played Israeli music for us all to listen to which I thought was really cool to hear. In addition to the edible items, he also brought some traditional Israeli games which many of us took part in playing in. Some of the games that we were able to play were paddle ball (known as “Matcot” in Hebrew), and Backgammon (known as Shesh Besh in Hebrew).

With the music blasting and the room filled with Ruach (spirit), everyone got to experience something truly unique. I competed in a highly competitive game of Shesh Besh against Guy, which resulted in a very narrow victory.  Overall, this activity was a wonderful immersion into Israeli culture, with wonderful food, friends, and music. I would love to see more programs like this in the future, because a lot of us don’t get to see what Israel is really like and this was a great way to get a glimpse!

- Miles Bader

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First Shabbat of CLTC 2

Posted on 06/17/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Every day at CLTC 2 we have Chofesh, which is our free time for the day. I've found it tough at times to decide on what to do during this time, and it has been something that I have given a lot of thought to. Although I've only been at CLTC for a few days, the options are abundant. Whether you're singing or hanging out with friends, calling home, playing games in the common rooms, or playing sports, everyone feels included.

One thing that I’ve found to be fun is hanging out with friends in the common area of our suites. For example, yesterday a group started to form in my dorm living room. BBGs from all different regions and chapters gathered to sing together and be accompanied by ukuleles. I also saw exciting videos of our Shaliach from Israel, Guy, playing a suspenseful game of Jenga. I also observed a group of Alephs playing ultimate Frisbee. No matter what we decide to do during Chofesh, it remains our time.

For Shabbat we were able to take great pictures outside, followed by a beautiful dinner and service that one of our mock chapters planned and ran. The service for the night was centered on the shooting in Orlando, where we prayed for the victims and learned about who they were. It was a very moving experience and what was great about it was that it was a safe space, and because we had the free time to bond with each other it was easy for us to support each other and comfort each other through it.

While we are here to learn and grow as individuals and leaders through the lessons of CLTC, having time to get to know each other and have fun together is something that I really appreciate from this program. There is so much that we can learn from each other in addition to what we can learn from the staff, and it makes this summer program a really rounded out experience!

Respectfully Submitted, Pheobe Metzger-Levitt

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CLTC 1 day 11

Posted on 06/17/2016 @ 02:50 PM

Shabbat Shalom! Today at CLTC 1, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something exciting! As CLTC 1 enters its final Shabbat, teens shared how excited they are to have a fun time with their friends:

"I'm excited for Shabbat. I love spending this relaxing time with my new best friends and celebrating together". -Marissa Aaronson. North Florida Region.

"After this morning's session about Shabbat values, the CLTC community is even more excited to relax tomorrow on Shabbat. Whether that be with swimming or playing sports, Shabbat will be a fun and special day". -Ethan Golde, Mid America Region.

"Shabbat is the highlight of my week here at CLTC because it brings a very relaxing and close-knit environment. Everyone feels connected and close together." -Leslie Rodriguez, Cold Coast Region.

"I had so much fun leading services at Shabbat. I can't wait to see what services are like this time!" -Emily Theall, Gold Coast Region.

The positive atmosphere that Shabbat creates at CLTC will give everyone the opportunity to bond in the last few days of the session.

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Day 2 of CLTC 2

Posted on 06/16/2016 @ 09:00 PM

My Brother Alephs, My Sister BBGs, Parents, and Friends—

My name is Simon Schaefer and I hail from Exodus AZA #1372 in the Connecticut Valley Region #17. Right now, I’m at CLTC 2 in Bethany, WV where I am part of the mock chapter Sababa AZA #4.

Today was a really exciting day for the boys in my chapter. It was our turn to be the “Dorm of the Day”. We began the day at the flag pole where we raised the flags and sang both the Star Spangle Banner and Hatikvah. In addition, we taught the Jewish value of tradition. We asked everyone to meet someone new from a different region and find out a regional tradition that was different from home.

The day continued with a delicious (and phone free) breakfast followed by a meaningful Shacharit service. After, we did three rotational programs where we learned about MRIHA, what to do when Jewish values conflict, and how to make a healthy chapter! Before I knew it, we were already eating lunch with new friends.

After lunch, we broke up into our mock chapters for two programs about the executive board positions available for election and selecting our mock chapter’s identity. My mock chapter chose the name Sababa AZA #4, whose mascot is a rainbow spork (spoon-fork hybrid). We came together at the flag pole again to lower the flags and reflect on today’s theme, tradition. Who would have guessed that Eastern Region: Carolina Council plays “Raise Up” by Pettey Pablo at every regional dance?

Now reflecting on the day, I can confidently say that we became much closer as a CLTC community. I saw countless people stepping out of their comfort zone and talking to new people, making what will be lifelong connections and friends. When the 91st Grand Aleph Godol, Colin Silverman, visited my region for our spring convention he told us that we should keep our old traditions, but also create our own traditions. CLTC is quite famous for its Shira Song Sessions. We, CLTC 2 2016 have, with the Cicadas, expanded on this tradition of singing, dancing, and having a good time with each other. We don’t only do this at Shira, but also while we’re walking to and from meals, in the dorms, and at Chofesh.

I can't wait to see what the next days will bring—so many laughs, knowledge, and friendships. But I know that these will truly be the best 12 days of my life!

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CLTC 1, Day 10

Posted on 06/16/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Hello from CLTC 1! Yesterday and today, teens were finally able to run the programs that they have been working so hard to plan over the course of the past week. All of the skills that they have been developing at CLTC really shined through, as all six programs were fun and exciting for everyone. After the programs were done, teens started preparing for CLTC Presents, which is our end-of-session talent show. It looks like there will be a large variety of acts, including singing, dancing, instruments and even rapping! Not everyone has to perform, as it will be just as enjoyable to watch your friends present their acts. Here's what some of the participants had to say while they were rehearsing:

"I am excited to have fun with a group of my friends before we part our separate ways on Sunday! We are all ecstatic to perform, because our act will be hilarious!" -Ami Lieberman, Great Midwest Region.

"I'm definitely going to perform during CLTC Presents. I love getting the chance to show my talent to the world, especially when I'm friends with the entire audience!" -Jake Gaby, Mid America Region: St-Louis Council.

"I am going to sing 'Mother, I'm here' with guitar accompaniment. I can't wait to see how the performance goes." -Ethan Davis, Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region.

"I'm going to sing 'Sunday Morning' by Maroon 5 with the Ukulele. I can't wait until I get to perform." -Rachel Edelstein, Miami Region.

"I plan to incorporate all of the valuable leadership lessons I have learned at CLTC into my leadership style. Learning to be a leader is why I chose to perform during CLTC Presents." -Joshua Weisskopf, Great Midwest Region.

Session 1's CLTC Presents is shaping up to be a great show!

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First Day of CLTC 2!

Posted on 06/15/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today my Dorm was the first “Dorm of the Day” for the program! The responsibilities of being “Dorm of the Day” include flag raising, picking a theme of the day and leading in prayer sessions! The theme that we chose for the first day of the program was acceptance and open mindedness in relation to meeting new people and forming new friendships.

Our first activity of the day was the morning service, also known as Shacharit. The service was a fantastic and touching experience. We were able to truly connect with the present moment, begin to understand the impact that CLTC will have on us in the next few days, and internalize that we are about to begin a great journey together. Our song leader, Stephen, taught us a song with lyrics that really impacted me- "we may never see this moment, or place or time again”. These lyrics really spoke to me because time marches on, and as our Jewish Educator, Ira said, we should make these moments as special as we can.

In the afternoon our chapters had the chance to get together and get to know each other. I am a member of Chapter One, where we discussed the do's and don’ts of being a leader, how to handle a situation, and how certain road blocks may come about when doing so. Each of the girls in our chapter picked a song that they thought represented themselves, and we put them all together to make a playlist to play as we walk into the room every day!

Another special moment of the day was at the end of dinner, when we did something special and read the Birkat Hamazon in English. This allowed us to learn the meaning of what we are saying in prayers. For our evening activities, we started the night off with the Shira (singing) in the Art Gallery led by our Song Leader, Stephen. Following Shira was a program about the AZA/BBG, which turned into a great rap battle between the guys and girls about the principles and ideals that BBYO stands for. We also had the ability to learn the chants and songs that exist in BBYO, led by our coordinators Max and Amanda.

To end the day we had ice pops for snack and got into a friendship circle to end the night on a great note. We had our arms around each other, swaying, feeling like we were one tightly knit community. I couldn't have asked for a better day to start off CLTC and I want to thank everyone who was apart of making every bit amazing!

“If you have the power to make someone happy, do it... The world needs more of that” -Alfie Deyes

Submitted with an undying love for Liberty region, CLTC2, guy the Israeli guy, food allergy squad, first blogger, abs and Ray, ankle holding, Swalsh, and Rachael spelling her name right I forever remain Rachael Blake a proud BBG who had an amazing first day

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CLTC 1, Day 8

Posted on 06/14/2016 @ 08:15 PM

Good evening from CLTC 1! Today, everyone was in for a huge surprise when the Maccabia games was announced! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), white (France), blue (Argentina), and red (France). This session's theme is Globalization, which means that we were able to learn about BBYO around the world throughout the day. Through a series of competitions including trivia, a plank walk, silent lunch "Ultimate Soap" (a slippery twist on Ultimate Frisbee) and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:

"Experiencing Maccabia is amazing. It has definitely been a highlight of CLTC and my BBYO experience. I competed on team Argentina, and I know we had the most spirit! It has been so much fun, I can't wait to find out who wins". -Max Kohll, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia has been a really fun event for me. I have never experienced anything like it in my Region, and I don't go to camp during the summer. Our whole team came together to form a community, which was really great". -Tess Herzog, Cotton States Region.

"Maccabia has been a lot of fun! My team worked really well together, which is why we were able to do so well. Go Argentina!" -Samantha Rhodes, Central Region West.

"So far, Maccabia has been incredible! I'm so happy we got to do it- I can't believe it was kept a secret this whole time. Team Bulgaria is the best!" -Tamar Blue, Kentuky Indiana Ohio Region

The winning team will be announced later this evening, at the end of our International Convention kickoff party.

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