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CLTC 5, day 9

Posted on 07/13/2016 @ 09:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 5! Today, teens were given the chance to hash out the details of their chapter program during planning time in their Leadership Labs. With the help of their advisor, each chapter is responsible for creating, and then later leading a one hour program for their peers. Each chapter will focus on a different topic- Globalization, Stand Up, Speak Up, or Voice Your Vote. Here is what the teens had to say about the planning process:

"Actually learning how to plan a good program has been a great experience. It has made me feel more comfortable as a leader." -Ben Moss, Michigan Region.

"The process of creating a chapter program and being able to compromise with so many other people has been enlightening. I'm so proud of what we have been able to do." -Lily Kollin, Michigan Region.

"Planning a program together has made my chapter closer. I'm happy that I get to be a part of it." -Adam Gordon, Michigan Region.


Day 2 of CLTC 6!

Posted on 07/13/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Hello its Margaux and Amanda from Chapter 1 BBG, the first chapter to take on the challenge of chapter of the day at CLTC 6. As chapter of the day we have many responsibilities, beginning with setting the tone of the day by picking a value to incorporate throughout the day. Ours was “Chaverot”, which is translated as “friendship”. We chose this value because one of the most important take-aways from CLTC is the friendships you make. In order to secure its passage through the day, we passed out pieces of string at flag raising this morning. There were 3 different colors of sting- green, yellow, and white. Each color had a corresponding question as a conversation starter. The goal of this activity was to make new friends by going up to someone with a different color string, having a conversation, and then trading with the other person. It was a great introductory activity, but friendships have also formed in various other ways.

You could describe our morning as “Easy, Breezy, and Beautiful”, because those were the names of our three rotation groups. In these rotation groups we learned a variety of things including leadership skills with Ellen, differences in personalities with Jonah, and broke out our singing pipes in song sessions with Brian and Julia. Being placed in these groups allowed us to branch out and meet people we may not have met before. For example, in song session my (Amanda) group was a little awkward at first but once two girls got up and started dancing the whole group slowly followed, Alephs and BBGs alike. After our rotations and lunch, the fun continued!

As chapter of the day we are also responsible for teaching the group the Hebrew word of the day. Today’s word was “Machaneh”, or “camp” in English. We didn’t want to be boring and simply explain the meaning, so we wrote a song. With the help of our song leaders we changed the lyrics to “Lean on Me” and performed it at flag lowering. Here is our song!

“(verse) Sometimes in our lives we go to camp in West Virginia Then this guy named Guy showed us this word Its camp in Hebrew.  (chorus) Machaneh at CLTC, at Bethany it’s fun for you and me Machaneh, the word of the day and there will be more But we want to hear you say (repeat chorus)”

To end this blog post we would like to acknowledge a special member of our CLTC 6 family….BETHANY THE GOLDFISH! Bethany is our camp goldfish and as chapter of the day it’s our job to babysit him. A common phrase heard in our chapter room is “Watch out, there’s a fish there” because he doesn’t make a lot of noise, seeing as he’s a fish. Well, that’s all for us! Signing off until next time this is Margaux G and Amanda M reminding you that “Fish are friends, not food! CHOMP”


Day 1 of CLTC 6!

Posted on 07/12/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Hello from CLTC 6! We are so excited that everyone is here and our session has officially begun! Today we welcomed 69 new brothers and sisters to Bethany College, where we will soon begin the journey of a lifetime. Once everyone arrived we had a great chapter reveal where the participants found out what their mock chapter would be, who was in it, and who their advisor for the session is! We did this through a fun paper plate activity. We also introduced our CLTC Goldfish named Bethany and took a tour of the campus so that the participants could familiarize themselves with the spaces we will be using. After dinner, the participants went back to their mock chapters to get to know each other a little and get a glimpse of what the mock chapter experience will be like.

The spirit here is so incredible and we can already tell that this group of future Jewish leaders is a special one. We can't wait for the next 12 unforgettable days!


Maddie Fleischmann and Harris Block BBG and AZA Coordinators of CLTC 6, 2016


CLTC 5, day 7

Posted on 07/11/2016 @ 08:40 PM

Welcome to day seven at CLTC 5! During their Skill Session rotations, teens were able to focus on Jewish Leadership, knowing your audience, and program planning. 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:

"Today, I had the chance to lead our morning Shacharit (services) for the first time, with some of my friends. We chose to dive deeper into the Amidah, which was a wonderful and meaningful experience for me." -Hannah Dow, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I'm happy that I got to participate in the Maccabia games at CLTC. Even though I've experienced them before, this time the bonding and team building was stronger then ever." -Jake Wolfson, Cotton States Region.

"CLTC has had such a positive impact on me. I can tell that my leadership skills have improved, and I have created such a strong bond with the people here." -Joey Reed, Pacific Western Region.


CLTC 6 2016 Blog Updates Are Coming Soon!

Posted on 07/11/2016 @ 04:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 6 2016, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


CLTC 5, day 6

Posted on 07/10/2016 @ 08:15 PM

Good evening from CLTC 5! Today, everyone was in for a huge surprise when the Maccabia games was announced! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), red (Bulgaria), blue (Argentina), and yellow (Belgium). Each country that was represented is partnered with BBYO on an international level. Through a series of competitions including trivia, Israeli cooking, 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 thus far:

"The amount of teamwork that I saw today was inspiring. It was really an unforgettable experience." -Lily Kollin, Michigan Region.

"Maccabia created the opportunity for us to have fun, and bond with our friends in a different way!" -Madeline Quinn, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"Today I learned the value of teamwork and team spirit! I had so much fun cheering and putting everything I had into the competitions." -Olivia Nave, Michigan Region.

"I'm so happy that I had the chance to be one of the Green Team captains! Even though we were competing against each other, we also cheered the other teams on and showed great teamwork." -Sydney Kleinerman, Wisconsin Region.


CLTC 5, day four

Posted on 07/08/2016 @ 04:00 PM

Shabbat Shalom!

This morning at CLTC 5, each chapter held their own elections. Going through the entire election process was a huge teachable moment for many of the participants- learning how to correctly execute all the different procedures can be complicated!. In the afternoon, the teens began to focus on Shabbat programming. There is a lot to prepare for, including services, Shabbat programs and Havdallah. Everyone is looking forward their first Shabbat at CLTC:

"I'm so excited to help lead my chapter's Shabbat program, because it will help people connect with their own Jewish identity." -Lauren Cohen, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"I'm really excited for Shabbat because it will help me to become closer to my brother Alephs on a more meaningful level." -Jordan Robinson, Michigan Region.

"I'm so excited for our first Shabbat together as a CLTC 5 family!" -Ariel Hodge, Gold Coast Region.

"It's cool how Shabbat can unify people from all around the country together as one." -Sam Ray, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I am really looking forward to sharing this Shabbat experience with my new friends, and being able to lead our own unique service tomorrow morning." -Lily Kollin, Michigan Region.


CLTC 5, day three

Posted on 07/07/2016 @ 09:25 PM

Good evening from CLTC 5! In the second full day of the session, teens had the opportunity to rotate between three different activities. They all had the chance to participate in programs about chapter identity, and decision making. Teens were also able to gain new perspective on Jewish music in a song session led by our song leader, Josh. Many of the teens had very positive experiences in each program:

"Today I did an activity where we discussed what a healthy chapter looks, sounds and feels like. I can't wait to bring this knowledge back to my chapter at home." -Lily Peters, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.

"The song session was super fun, and one of my favorite things we've done so far! My group started dancing to one of the songs, which helped us to bond as a group." -Emma Harkavy, Cotton Sates Region.

"Today, my favorite program was the one where we used real world examples to understand how Jewish values play a role in our every day decisions." -Arielle Noam, Rocky Mountain Region.

"Today, I learned a lot about the qualities of a healthy relationship in a chapter. It really opened my eyes on how to lead successfully." -Celia Shapiro, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"I had so much fun learning about Jewish music with Josh this morning! I never realized how much fun it could be." -Carly Wohlberg, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.


9th Day of CLTC 4!

Posted on 07/06/2016 @ 09:00 PM

This morning we began our day with flag raising at 7:55! Agadi AZA presented our action of the day which was themed as "Derech Eretz", or, "good behavior". Each participant was given a yellow wristband for the day to have as a reminder to always be on their best behavior. After flag raising we ate in the dining hall and had breakfast burritos for breakfast. It was probably one of our best meals so far! After that, everyone moved into the Art Gallery for Shacharit services. The theme was musical theater and all of the CLTC community was singing and dancing to some of their favorite musical hits. Following Shacharit, we were split by chapters into shira and a leadership lesson about Jethro respectively. Shira was a lot of fun where we learned some new songs, and we also sang some old ones that we love.

Our next activity was to move into the Science Lecture Hall and watch the film "The Tribes", followed by a discussion. We learned all about our brothers and sisters as we physically stood up when we identified with something as specific as being a writer, baker, only child, etc.

We also had a great lunch meal today. We had chicken nuggets and waffle fries! To make it even better, we had the options of barbecue sauce and honey mustard to dip our chicken nuggets in. It was delicious! After lunch we went right back to work and headed to chapter planning time, where we all worked on our programs that will either be showcased tonight or tomorrow. I can't wait to see what all of the chapters have spent so much time planning! It's going to be a great night tonight and day tomorrow.

With 4 days remaining, all of us here at Bethany are cherishing every moment we have together. The first 8 days went by so fast and we all hope that the rest of it doesn't go as fast. We all love it here and we don't ever want CLTC to end.


CLTC 5, day 2

Posted on 07/06/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Welcome to CLTC 5! With the start of a summer program comes fun, excitement, and plenty of new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday evening in time for dinner, an exciting nighttime scavenger hunt, 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:

"I'm excited to make new friends! This is such a unique experience that I know will teach me so much!" -Alexa Brown, Eastern Region.

"I'm excited to gain a new perspective on BBYO, and to get new ideas on how to improve my chapter." -Jordan Robinson, Michigan Region.

"I'm so happy that I put myself out there on the first night. I've met so many people that I'm sure I'll become great friends with!" -Lauren Mendelsohn, North Florida Region.

"It's only the first night, and I'm already so excited. I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone, and to learning about all the things that CLTC has to offer." -Spencer Hendlin, Ohio Northern Region.

CLTC 5 is o ff to a good start!


CLTC 4(th) of July!

Posted on 07/04/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today Lekavot BBG was chapter of the day. We were fortunate enough to be able to lead the session on the Fourth of July, which gave us many opportunities to show our spirit and our excitement to everyone at Bethany. We started off the day by getting decked out in red, white, and blue and decorating the gazebo for flag raising! We sang the national anthem and talked about our words of the day, freedom and unity, and what they mean to us and for our country.

Our action of the day was to post on your snapchat story "CLTC 4(th) of July!" To show everyone how much fun we're having with each other.The programs that the staff lead today were also incredibly meaningful.

Although not relating to the Fourth of July, we talked tonight about the Holocaust and the March of the Living journey that is available through BBYO. Everyone got to hear from their brother Alephs and sister BBGs about what this program meant to them, and it was incredibly special.

In the past week, everyone has learned so much about themselves as people and as Jewish leaders and I know that we are all so excited for the remaining days to see what else we can experience.   -Lauren Seltzer


Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 4 Part 2!

Posted on 07/01/2016 @ 06:00 PM

My name is Annie Hirsch and I'm from KMR. Today my mock chapter, Ledaber BBG #1873 is in charge of creating the Shabbat atmosphere as well as our chapter of the day activities. Since today is Canada day, our decorating committee got to do a global theme. We wanted to show in our decorations and Shabbat activities at dinner that BBYO promotes globalization and even though members are from countries all over the world, we stand together as One World.

We made flags for America and Israel to show our connection and Canada to celebrate their Independence Day. On each table, people will be able to write where their ancestors were from and put it in a paper bag. Each table at the end of dinner will have a discussion about what they put in the bag. Everyone will not only learn about their differences but also their similarities. That's what globalization and our One World is: everyone accepting each other's differences and celebrating their similarities.

Everyone at CLTC is Jewish and we come together because of our heritage, but we also need to learn to come together through our differences. My mock chapter wanted to spread this message on this Shabbat so that everyone at CLTC could join together in unity. I'm so excited for my first summer program Shabbat and I'm really happy that I helped to create the atmosphere and set the theme. CLTC is such a great experience and I highly recommend you go next summer if you can!

Respectfully submitted with undying love for my heart and home, Chana Leah BBG #2526, Keystone Mountain Region #33, my Ledaber girls, Bethany banana bread, suite 122, CLTC 4 2016, and the best 12 days of my life, I remain Annie Isabel Hirsch A very proud B'nai B'rith Girl


Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 4!

Posted on 07/01/2016 @ 06:00 PM

Today at CLTC we started by raising the American flag and the Canadian flag. The reason for raising the Canadian flag was that today is Canada Day! We played Canada's nation anthem, O Canada, as we said some fun facts about Canada. The chapter of the day today was my chapter, Ledaber BBG #1873. After flag raising we had breakfast and then went straight to Chapter Elections. After we elected our board, 5 of us passed a motion to change our mascot from Blossom the Pink PowerPuff Girl to the Purple Care Bear, Harmony Bear. We decided to make this motion because we believed that Harmony represents us better than Blossom does. My chapter is named Ledaber because it is the Hebrew word for "to speak". We chose this name because we like to talk a lot and words have a lot of meaning. Our day mostly consisted of getting ready for Shabbat tonight, which we are very excited for!

With Undying Love, I remain, Sydney White


CLTC 3, day 11

Posted on 07/01/2016 @ 03:30 PM

Shabbat Shalom! Today at CLTC three, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something exciting. As teens enter their second and final Shabbat at Beber camp, they share all of the exciting new skills that they have developed:

"It's crazy to think about how short our time at CLTC is! With all of the new stuff I have learned, it seems like we've been here for a month!" -William Kronfeld, Pacific Western Region.

"Throughout CLTC, I have learned so much about myself. The different rotations and leadership sessions have given me so many ideas about how to make my chapter at home better." -Zoe Mervis, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region.

"At CLTC, we have learned to be critical thinkers and strong leaders. I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone because it is such a well rounded program." -Rhett Fruitman, Rocky Mountain Region.

"CLTC has been a fantastic experience that has allowed me to grow and prosper as a leader". Eli Minksy, North Texas Oklahoma Region.


Day 3 of CLTC 4!

Posted on 06/30/2016 @ 09:00 PM

On our third day of CLTC 4, we began our day with an inspiring flag raising to honor those who perished in the tragedy in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday. We continued this theme of honoring lives and inter-faith relations in Shacharit services were Ira’s beautiful words brought the major issues in our society to the forefront of our minds. Afterwards, we began our daily rotations which included Jewish Leadership, Chapter Wellness, and MRIHA. After lunch, we all got together in our mock chapters and voted on our chapter identities.

Everyone is having an amazing time here at CLTC. This is what some teens have to say about their experience so far:

“I already feel so close to so many other people that I have met. I am so thankful for this experience.” Ava Schumacher Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region

“I have met so many people from CRW all the way to NRE and everywhere in between and have already acquired new skills and ideas to bring back to my chapter at home.” Sarah Edelson Liberty Region

“This has been the best two days of my life and it’s amazing.” Jacob Roth Lone Star Region

We can’t wait for the upcoming days!

Shani Katz, Connecticut Valley Region


CLTC 3, day 10

Posted on 06/30/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 3! Today, teens in chapters Muar BBG and Exodus AZA 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 both programs were fun and exciting for everyone. Over the course of the day, teens have become more excited for their evening separates program, to be run by the coordinators. During this program, participants will get the chance to bond and get officially inducted into the international order of the B'nai Brith Girls Aleph Zadik Aleph. Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their day:

"Today, I had a lot of fun helping to write my chapter song. I can't wait to sing it at CLTC presents on Saturday," -Gavin Gold, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today, I learned so much about programming in BBYO. I got the chance to lead the Speak UP! program that I helped plan. CLTC has been a blast so far, and I'm so happy that I've met so many new people. I know I will stay friend with them, and I'm sad it;s almost over." -Jaxson King, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today I got to participate in two amazing programs that other members got to plan. It is awesome to see what we can accomplish at CLTC. I can't believe that we're going home so soon!" -Dylan Bishop, Lonestar Region.

"So far, CLTC has been a place where I have met tons of new people from across the United States. I'm so happy that I got the chance to meet so many great friends." -Emily Warshowsky, North Texas Oklahoma Region.


Day 2 of CLTC 4!

Posted on 06/29/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today was our first full day at CLTC, as well as our first time being chapter of the day, which meant that we had added responsibilities like cleaning and flag-raising. We experienced our first Shacharit after breakfast, as well.

We were all split into 3 groups for rounds of programs: Snap, Crackle & Pop, and rotated through 3 activities. The first was "Jewish Leadership", in which we identified our personality types and through them, our strengths and flaws. The second program was "Why Are You Here", in which we shared our goals and fears and discussed God through text. In the third, "Behavior Matters", we talked about being a Dugmah Ishit (personal example) and what it meant to us in different contexts.

After lunch we had sessions with our chapters where we discussed leadership, how to present yourself, and we learned some guidelines on being a good and productive board member. We bonded with our fellow chapter members & were able to step out of our comfort zones.

Ori Tsameret, Evergreen Region


CLTC 3, day 9

Posted on 06/29/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Today at CLTC three, two of the four chapters had the opportunity to run the program that they have been working on throughout the session. One of the girl chapters Yallah BBG, ran a successful Globalization program that taught participants about Jewish people across the world, specifically in countries where BBYO is present. Boys chapter Yizkor AZA lead their Stand UP! program, which taught everyone about the different disabilities that you might encounter in your peers, and how to include them. As CLTC 3 enters its final few days, the teens have started to reflect on everything that they have learned:

"Thinking of leaving so soon is devastating. The incredible friendships I have developed with the teens and the staff will be impossible to leave." -Lauren Mitchell, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"We only have four more days left at CLTC, and I can't even begin to imagine leaving. I have met amazing people who I connect with, because we have the same passion for being leaders and BBYO!" -Autumn Stelzer, Wisconsin Region.

"Today, my chapter finalized our program, which we have worked so hard on. Our program is a Stand UP! program, and I'm really excited to show everyone what we have learned." -Adam Sadoff, Wisconsin Region.

"CLTC has been like nothing else I have experienced before. I wish that time could stop so I could stay longer!" -Tali Gorodetsky, Mid America Region.

"The programs that we participated in this morning were very meaningful. It helped to develop my leadership skills because all leaders need to understand themselves, and the programs made us think about that." -Sam Essenfeld, Connecticut Valley Region.

Tomorrow, we look forward to seeing chapters Muar BBG and Exodus AZA lead their programs!


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!


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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