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Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 1!

Posted on 06/03/2010 @ 07:10 PM

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Shabbat Shalom! Everyone is doing great and a lot of new friendships have already formed. We have a terrific group of teens to work with and we're having a great time!

What's been happening: After reviewing election procedures and parliamentary procedure on Wednesday, 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.

Recent 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 buildin at CLTC..

In addition to leadership training, we have rotation sessions most days - Jewish Experience (exploring Judaism) Shirim (singing) and Rikudim (Israeli dancing) and workshops on an array of topics. The first workshop topic introduced was on "Conduct", helping the teens to understand that a basic characteristic of being a leader is about respect for one another and how you treat the people around you.

The teambuilding program on Wednesday night was called, "Junkyard Wars" - one in which chapters were asked to create something unique using "clean junk" (cardboard boxes, paper, cups, etc. and masking tape.) It was a lot of fun, but, the real purpose was for the staff to observe the group dynamics and to see who took on the leadership roles in planning and building the project. This program enables the staff to evaluate each participant at the beginning and personalize individual leadership development as the session progresses.

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: Friday night services, a Friday night program, Saturday morning services, a Saturday morning program and a Havdallah Service. 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.

We loaded pictures today on our summer program website: http://bbyo.smugmug.com; I hope you enjoy them! That's it for now! I'll be in touch. Take care. Sherrie

Sherrie Stalarow CLTC Director - Sessions 1,3,5 and 7

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