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CLTC 6 Mitch, Bruce, and Jonathan

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hey guys our names are Mitch Pisarz, Bruce Dennis, and last but not least hailing from Albuquerque New Mexico, Jonathan Haase.

We wake up every morning running the steep mountains of CLTC followed by an ab workout. We are all in the same chapter and we can already call ourselves brothers.

Thanks to the AZA spirit of Zach Rubin from Albuquerque- Everyone Here is Screaming FRATERNITY!!!! We are having a great time and on a journey to having the best 12 days of our lives.

Fraternally Submitted, with undying love for

GJHRR, especially PVAZA #1353, Wilkes-Barre BBYO, Spencer Coolidge, Eli Avart, and Aaron Ure, DKSB #1298! reppin’ that Alby Boy Pride every day, FRATERNITY, CLTC, Partisans

We forever remain,

Aleph Mitch Pisarz, Aleph Bruce Dennis, and Aleph Jonathan Haase.

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CLTC 6 Samantha Waldman

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hey! I'm Sam Waldman, Damn proud BBG and excited to be at CLTC.

Okay so lets do a recap of CLTC so far. I promise to do an honest account of our first day so... Here it is. The first day of CLTC in one word: awkward. It's always awkward meeting new people. There are one hundred and two participants at CLTC 6. Add the staff. Subtract the 11 kids from my heart and home South Jersey Region #35. That still leaves over 91 new people to meet. So let's multiply awkward by at least 91. Pretty bad right? WRONG! Because I forgot to take into account what makes any situation less awkward, less scary. A common bond. EVERYONE here is Jewish and we ALL love BBYO. So once all the awkward cancels out, what are we left with? 100 plus people screaming during Shira, toughing Bethany's mountainous terrain, all of us ready for the next day.

CLTC is advertised as the best 12 days of your life, but when you actually get here, you realize it's not just a slogan. I learned that Alephs AREN'T scary. I learned that girls and guys from different regions can meet in person for the first time and feel a connection just by being here. I learned that spooey parties in your dorm room WILL make your entire chapter come running. Last but not least, I learned that I truly LOVE BBG with more passion and heart than I thought possible. I learned that this organization is something I cannot live without.

Submitted, with undying love for

Spooey, CLTC 6 2013, Grant Hansell, Judith Cohen, Buzz Lightyear, Red Yellow and Sparkles, South Jersey Region #35, the 52nd Regional Board, Red Robin... YUM, To Infinity and Beyond, 221 B, my lack of arm strength during team building, Tovah BBG #2406, Sh'licha, passion, Havdallah services, Shira, my guitar I left at home, Alison Nicole Mautner, Felicia Nadine Gans, Ein Sof BBG #314, and first day awkwardness,

I forever remain,

Samantha Jill Waldman

Damn proud B'nai B'rith Girl and CLTC 6 Participant.

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CLTC 6 Carly Deren

Posted on 07/18/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Hi my name is Carlie Deren and I love the staff of CLTC 6. Especially Lee and Sarah! Lee is from my region SJR and he is awesome. On a serious note, they have been extremely friendly and caring.

It is only day 3 and I already at home. The kids are all great and my chapter is amazing! I can't wait for the next 9 days!

Submitted with Undying Love,

Carlie Deren

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CLTC 5 Update: Texas Hoedown

Posted on 07/17/2013 @ 11:00 PM

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Tonight at CLTC we had a Texas Hoedown to get the teens excited for IC 2014 in Dallas, Texas! It was a fun night spent by the pool, complete with a hayride around camp! 

"The hoedown got us excited for IC! We got to have a pool party, we got to go on a hayride, and hang out with our friends." - Jonathan Friedman, PWR

"Tonight really got me excited for IC, I'm so excited it’s going to be in Texas this year!" - Caitlin Haskett, KIO

"Tonight made me want to go to IC even more than before. We had so much fun at the hoedown!" - Justin Williamson, PWR

"We had such a great day at the pool, especially after a hot day! I've made so many new friends at CLTC and I can't wait to see them at IC." - Julia Weingarden, Michigan

"Having my birthday at CLTC was one extra extra special day!" - Eliza Stein, RMR

"The hoedown made me really excited to have IC in my hometown, Dallas!" - Jessie Sureck NTO

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CLTC 5 Update: July 16th 2013

Posted on 07/16/2013 @ 11:21 PM

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The teens shared their thoughts on their CLTC experiences!

"I liked how we all got the opportunity to plan a program, just like we would at home. I learned what we should and shouldn't do." - Davis Apseloff, Southern - Atlanta

"I finally understand why people say CLTC is the best 12 days of their lives." -Jake Rosenblum, NSR

"Meeting so many people from all over the world and sharing a Jewish connection is an experience of a lifetime." - Ally Harendorf, LOR

"It's great getting to bond with new people each day. I've made friends I know I’m going to talk to and meet again in the future." - Ally Burton, KMR

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Welcome to CLTC 6!

Posted on 07/16/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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Everyone has arrived safely and CLTC 6 has officially begun!

The next 12 days are going to be the best days of our lives! Make sure to check back here for updates!

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CLTC 5 Update: July 15th 2013

Posted on 07/15/2013 @ 11:57 PM

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Here is what the teens have to say about their experiences at CLTC!

"The March of the Living program made me realize how important it is to keep the remembrance of the Holocaust alive." -Tammy Schisler, NTO

"When you really think about the families of the Holocaust, you feel like part of the family, and realize the importance of passing down their stories." -Matias Levy-Hara, LOR

"Today my chapter planned a program about the women at the Western Wall, and learned a lot ourselves while planning it." -Harrison Leitner, CSR

"Seeing how the whole program came together with the stories really opened my eyes on the Holocaust, and March of the Living from what I heard today sounds like a great opportunity that I would love to take. The March and the visiting of Poland and Israel would be a great experience that I hope to see in the future." -Hannah Wieselthier, NFR

"I learned today that chapter programming is an important part of BBYO considering how big of an impact you can have on people."- Ira Gotliboym GJHRR

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CLTC 5 Update: July 14th 2013

Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 11:07 PM

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Here are some thoughts the teens shared about their experiences at CLTC!

"There is no place I'd rather be spending my summer, and I can't wait to bring all the things I learned back to my chapter and region at home." - Karli Manko, NSR

"CLTC is helping me to become more confident in my public speaking abilities." - Avi Botwinick, Southern - Atlanta

"It's been really cool to learn about the culture and traditions of the regions from all over the world, and make new friends from those places." - Jessie Sureck, NTO

"Ever since I joined BBYO I've been looking at pictures at summer programs. It's so unbelievable and unfathomable that I'm finally here and learning what these great leaders have learned." - Diana Freedman, GJHRR

"CLTC has taught me about leadership and BBYO in general. I've learned a lot from the AZA coordinator Alex Blum." - Jacob Finke, KIO

"I haven't felt more myself before, this is where I was supposed to be. I've never made more friends and felt so accepted and at home." - Alexis Sinder, KIO

"CLTC allows us to see the global community from a different viewpoint." - Adam Shaw, GMR

"Before CLTC I would have never thought I could meet someone from a different part of the country and feel an instant connection." - Dawn Edelman, NSR

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CLTC 5 Update: July 13th 2013

Posted on 07/13/2013 @ 11:07 PM

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Here are some thoughts from the teens on their CLTC experience!

"I've made a lot of friends. Every day is filled with new adventures and I'm learning more each and every day. I know this is going to be the best 12 days of my life." - Rachel Seligstein, CSR

"CLTC changes the way I think about leadership." - Adam Shaw, GMR

"Being at camp on Shabbat is so peaceful. Being with your friends and sharing your lives with each other is a refreshing experience." - Emily Leventhal, LSR

"CLTC really opened my eyes to different ways to lead a group." - Parker Alperin, CSR

"I never knew I could make a such a strong connection with my new brothers and sisters in five days." - Rachael Borman, GCR

"CLTC gives you a new way to view leadership." - Matias Levy-Hara, LOR

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CLTC 5 Update: July 11th 2013

Posted on 07/11/2013 @ 11:32 PM

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Here is what the teens had to say about their experiences at CLTC 5 so far!

"Our chapter chose our Stand Up cause tonight and it made our chapter even closer." - Lauren Keats, Westchester

"Today I got in touch with my Judaism." - Ben Weintraub, NTO

"Today I made lasting friends who I will forever stay in touch with. Choosing a Stand up Cause was a serious and meaningful experience that helped bond the chapter." - Max Marcovitch, Southern - Atlanta

"It's a great experience with a great group of people." - Jake Zimmerman, Wisconsin

"Choosing a Stand Up cause was an emotional process for my chapter. We ended up choosing Thyroid Cancer Awareness." - Charlotte Fron, CRW

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CLTC 5 Update: July 10th 2013

Posted on 07/10/2013 @ 11:39 PM

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Here are some thoughts from the teens about CLTC 5!

"So far CLTC has been a great experience and I've learned a lot about how to help my chapter, Okeon AZA." - Joshua Bender, CSR

"I learned how to associate BBYO history with something fun like using to ice cream to learn the Cardinal Principles" – Aaron Zucker, NSR

"It's been overwhelming but exciting at the same time because you're meeting so many different people from all over the world." - Sarah Resnick, GMR

"Even though its only the second day I know I've already made friends that will last a lifetime." - Sara Robinson, NRE – No.Va

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First Day of CLTC 5 2013!

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 11:50 PM

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Today was the first day of CLTC 5 and here is what the teens had to say about it!

"Throughout the day CLTC got more fun, and I'm happy to be here!" - Lily Vaysberg, MAR - North Star

"We're sisters inside and outside of the classroom." - Rebecca Kaminsky, NRE - Baltimore

"CLTC is giving me opportunities that never would have arose in a chapter setting." - Brandon Gordon, PWR

"CLTC is a great opportunity to meet people from around the country and around the world." - Sam Lichy, CRW

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CLTC 6 2013 is Almost Here!

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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CLTC 6 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013

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Welcome to CLTC 5!

Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 05:00 PM

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Everyone has arrived safely and CLTC 5 has officially begun!

The next 12 days are going to be the best days of our lives! Make sure to check back here for updates!

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CLTC 4 Brandon Hunter

Posted on 07/07/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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On Friday, we had Chugim where the kids could choose an activity to go to. One of our sessions was creative writing. Brandon Hunter (NRE-NoVa) wrote this poem at chugim to share with the CLTC Community.

Songs Are Like The Sunrise

Songs are like the sunrise, It looks different through everybody’s eyes.

It brings joy in so many different ways, All of those bright sun rays.

This beauty doesn’t last for long, So enjoy listening to that song.

The rising sun can give you some hope, Going through something tough music can help you cope.

It’s a very nice way to start the day, With whatever the artist wants to say.

Listening to music can be so fun, So is watching the rising of the morning sun.

Songs can convey a message to deliver, The sun gives us warmth so we do not have to shiver.

Listen to a song or watch the morning sun, Now you can chose both or just one.

-Brandon Hunter

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CLTC 4 Ilissa Chasnick

Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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For any people that are unsure if they want to go on CLTC, GO! I am the only girl from Michigan Region here at CLTC 4, and the other Michigander is my brother.

The first day was really awkward because everyone was hanging out with their regions, gradually everything got better. People began to spread themselves more to different people, and I found many amazing friends.

No matter what your roommate is going to be a friend because you spend every night together. Don’t ever be worried about making friends because CLTC is all about creating new experiences and I can guarantee that will happen!

P.S. Eat at least one salad a day to get your veggies because you eat A LOT of carbs.

Submitted with Undying Love,

I remain,

Ilissa Chasnick

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CLTC 4 Matt Ludwig

Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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This year I moved from one region (GCR) to another region (GJHRR Northern Council) and because of this I have experienced many new ways of running a chapter that I am not used to.

If I could take back my time here at CLTC 4, I wouldn’t. I have learned so many things about how different regions lead their chapters differently, also how we all run our chapters similarly. I have learned some things that my chapter does wrong during board meetings, normal meetings, and other proceedings and now I can come back and try to fix those problems.

Aside from what you learn, if you are worried about the people like I was, don’t be. I came here with 4 people I knew and now only on the second day I know almost everyone and we are all quickly becoming friends. Everyone is nice and no one judges you for what you do because we are all a little bit weird! Also, whenever there is a good meal eat as much of it as possible and fill up your water bottles often.

Fraternally Submitted with Undying Love,

I remain,

Aleph Matt Ludwig

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CLTC 3 Update: B'nai Mitzvot and Inductions

Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 12:30 AM

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Today was an amazing day at CLTC! We started the day off with the B’nai Mitzvot of three BBGs. Here is what they had to say about their experience!

"It was an amazing experience to become a Jewish woman with my best friends." - Vicki Zilbergleyt, GMR

"It was so amazing having everyone there to support me on one of the most special days of my life." –Michelle Grunberg, PWR

"Alex helped up make it so much our own and it was great to be able to have my special day with special people." - Emily Kahn, NRE – DC

Then tonight at CLTC was International Inductions. Here is what the teens had to say about their Inductions!

"One word about inductions: amazing." -Jules Millison, Eastern

"Being inducted into the international order showed me the cool traditions of spirit in other regions." -Keaton Butowsky, NTO

"Inductions reminded me that you should always put a smile on some one's face every day." -Edward Benkhin, CRW

"Inductions were amazing and I cried because the songs Jenna used were so close to my heart already and now they're even closer." - Ellie Ballin, CSR

"I've never been to an induction before and this set the bar way high because it was amazing and it was so inspirational. I finally see my true colors." - Sophie Kellner, NTO

"I wasn't expecting to feel this connected once I got here but now that I've gone through inductions I feel more a part of BBYO. I wasn't sure I would continue on with this but now I am. Love BBG!" - Carly Doobrow, Eastern

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CLTC 4 Adam McCoy

Posted on 07/04/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Yesterday at CLTC was a blast! There is just so much to do here. Last night, we had an amazing team building exercise. We had to work together as a chapter to steal a water bottle. However, this was not as easy as it seemed. After multiple failures, our chapter not only had to plan something out, but also had to work together as a team to just take a water bottle.

It’s only been 1 and a half days and I’m already having the time of my life!

Fraternally Submitted:

I Remain Aleph,

Adam McCoy

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CLTC 4 Maxwell Cahn

Posted on 07/04/2013 @ 11:30 PM

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Today is our third day at CLTC but since the minute I stepped off the plane into the Pittsburgh airport it has been a learning experience. So far we have had multiple experiences teaching us things about leadership, team building, Judaism, and ourselves. My favorite part of the programming so far has been when we separate into our mock chapters.

My mock chapters name is Bonim AZA which translates to “builders AZA” our chapter chose this name democratically; it was something we could all identify with because in our chapter we knew we would be building up our knowledge of the order, building friendships, and building a successful chapter.

I am really looking forward to the programming today, our coordinators Justin “JZ” Zimmerman and Harper Weisberg are two of the nicest people I have ever met, they really are true leaders and deserve the coordinator positions. The programming they have created is really good and I look forward to learning more from them over the next 9 days. CLTC is an awesome program and I strongly suggest it to anyone considering for next summer!

Fraternally Submitted, with undying love for

The Greater Jersey Hudson River Region #22, R’ut BBYO #5223, Bonim AZA #0.97, and CLTC 4 2013,

I forever remain,

Aleph Maxwell David Cahn

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