BBYO Summer Blog
Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) 2 2010
Where BBYO’s leadership training begins.
Welcome to the CLTC 2 2010 Blog!
We’re so excited to be able to share all of the wonderful news, tidbits and fun that go on here every summer with even more people.
CLTC 2 started June 22 at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC!
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!
Forming a Community at CLTC 2
Posted on 06/28/2010 @ 11:57 AM
Shabbat Shalom Everyone,
As we begin our third full day at CLTC, it is apparent that we have a terrific group of teens and staff and we are well on our way to forming a thriving community. In this email I am going to provide you with a sneak peek into the activities that have taken place since Tuesday night as well as introduce you to my fantastic staff.
The teens arrived on Tuesday and we got settled into our dorms and took a tour of this beautiful facility. After dinner the teens watched a clever video made by our fantastic youth coordinators Arielle Braude and Alec Reifer which introduced our staff and went over the rules. Alec and Arielle led the group in icebreakers and then everyone attended their first chapter meeting.
Each morning, Shacharit services are led by Rebecca Ungerman, our Judaic educator and song leader. This year we are holding morning services on the boat dock at the lake – what a beautiful setting. Rebecca has worked at CLTC for the past 12 summers and has a unique way of bringing Judaism into our community. The first two days Shacharit is mandatory but today was our first optional service. Forty five teens chose to wake up early to begin their day with prayer!
Chapter leadership sessions included reviewing election procedures and parliamentary procedure on Wednesday and the teens elected chapter officers in their chapters yesterday. There are only a few elected positions in the chapters at CLTC, but, there are many opportunities for everyone to lead - planning programs, Shabbat services and programs, fundraisers, tee shirt creations, song and banner committees, etc. Additional leadership sessions focused on "Starting a New Chapter" and "What is a Leader.” We also introduced the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" - written by Sean Covey. These habits correlate very well with character development, another aspect of our skill building at CLTC. Chapter leadership sessions are led by our team of leadership staff which include Jared Rothman, Laura Fendrick, Ben Kozberg, Aaron Bach who are all BBYO professional staff from around the country and Danielle Aaronson, a BBYO alum who works at AHA during the year. Leadership Director Rachel Frydman, from Wisconsin Region BBYO, supervises the CLTC leadership staff and helps me keep the program running smoothly.
In addition to leadership training, we have rotation sessions most days - Jewish Experience (exploring Judaism) Shirim (singing), Rikudim (Israeli dancing) and workshops on an array of topics. So far we have covered conduct/perceptions, public speaking and problem solving. Roxanne Rahamim a recent college graduate on her way to law school, is back for her second summer as Rikudim instructor.
Wednesday evening’s program included team building activities and last night we participated in our CLTC Stand up program. You will be receiving a separate email about the program, BBYO’s Stand Up Campaign and service opportunities for your child in BBYO.
We're very excited about our first Shabbat together - a very special time at CLTC. Each chapter is assigned the task of planning and leading one of the following each week: creating Shabbat atmosphere, Friday night services, a Friday night program, Saturday morning services, and Havdallah. Our goal is to excite the teens about Shabbat and to demonstrate to them that creativity and inspiration can enhance a traditional Shabbat service or program.
As you can tell, our days are long and very busy. Nadav Ashner, a recent college graduate and soon to be law school student, serves as my administrative staff and Nancy Yudell, a good friend and school nurse keeps us healthy. I could not ask for a better staff – they are working so hard to make this the best experience for your teen.
We have uploaded lots of pictures on our summer program website: http://bbyo.smugmug.com; I hope you enjoy them!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a wonderful Shabbat.
Ellen Goldstein CLTC Site Director American Hebrew Academy 336-217-7109
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)