CLTC Well Underway!
Posted on 06/22/2010 @ 12:30 PM
Hello Everyone - we have been BUSYYYYY at CLTC.
We welcomed two visitors from our international office in past days - Jayson Rubin (Director of Summer Experiences and Partnerships) and Rabbi Jason Kimmelman - Block (Director of The PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, a division of BBYO, Inc.) They really enjoyed spending time with the teens and were very impressed with the activities.
Rabbi Block was here to introduce BBYO's innovative program initiative, called Stand Up! - a new comprehensive approach to what BBYO has already been doing since its beginning - trying to help people around the world. This campaign gives teens the platform from which they can connect with the issues they feel most passionate about through service projects, social action, and philanthropy. T eensbrainstormed ideas on how to use their skills and interests to get involved in their communities at home and to implement effective programs for their home chapters.
At CLTC, we break from the routine of the week's activities with a meaningful Shabbat experience. Our five CLTC chapters were each responsible for a different aspect of Shabbat - creating a festive atmosphere and planning and participating in services and programs. We also focused on the spiritual aspects of life, and spent time relaxing and enjoying time with each other - playing sports, sunning and time at the pool.
Last night's evening program was a lot of fun, centering around Israel and its culture - learning about accomplishments in technology, science and medicine; hearing about the Bedoin Arab culture in a specially built Bedoin tent; writing messages to be placed in the Western Wall next spring; and playing a round of Gaga (a favorite sport in Israel.)
The teens are doing great and planning wonderful programs for the next few days.
I'll be in touch soon to share it all with you.