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First Full Day of CLTC 6

Posted on 07/17/2014 @ 12:37 AM

Hi, I’m Zeke Berger and I’m from Wilkes-Barre BBYO #53?? In Liberty Region #13 and before today I had no idea what to expect from CLTC. I came in with my doubts. Could it really be as great as everyone says it is? The first day was full of jitters and nervousness that came with meeting so many new people all at once, but the second day showed me why it can truly be the best twelve days of your life. I decided to sit with another region at breakfast today and was able to meet some amazing people. After breakfast we went to a leadership session with our respective mock chapters. Being from a chapter (at home) with both boys and girls in it, it was amazing to finally experience what it’s like to feel the fraternity that comes with being in an AZA chapter. The rest of the day after that I hung out with the guys from my chapter and by the time of our evening program everyone could see that we were the most enthusiastic chapter by far. I’m so excited for elections tomorrow so I can have a chance to be a leader in my chapter, and I can’t wait to see what the next ten days hold!


CLTC 6 Off to a Great Start

Posted on 07/16/2014 @ 12:52 AM

Hello from CLTC 6 in beautiful Bethany, West Virginia! Writing to y’all today is Micah Stalarow (AZA Coordinator) and Amanda Freedman (BBG Coordinator)! We are so excited for our first full day tomorrow. Having never been to CLTC before now (Micah), when I first saw the buses pull up, I almost lost my mind in excitement because this is a totally new adventure for me as well as the teen participants here. I (Amanda) was very nostalgic of my first day at CLTC two years ago, and remembered being one of those excited kids on the bus, ready for this 12-day journey. We’ve been working with a great staff team that is energetic, enthusiastic, as well as ready, willing, and eager to help in any way possible. Watching everyone come together during our first Flag Lowering, icebreakers, and Friendship Circle made us see the potential of the community we are going to become. We know that we will face our own respective challenges over the next 11 days, but we are determined to face them not as problems, but as opportunities for us and the teens around us to grow into better leaders. We cannot wait to see what is in store here at CLTC 6! -Micah and Amanda


Sign up for International Convention

Posted on 07/15/2014 @ 11:00 AM

I can't believe we have already been at CLTC for a week! It has truly flown by, but has been one of the best weeks of my life. I am getting really excited to see all of the chapter's ideas come to life as their fundraisers and programs begin. I can't wait for the rest of CLTC and for the participants to see what is in store. -Sari Misek (coordinator)

The first week of CLTCinco has been great experience for me. I have met some great people that I will be friends with for a long time. I hope that I will see all my friends in my hometown for International Convention. I love our coordinators because they really hard to make our experiences here great and try hard to make great programs. My friends in my chapter Red Aurbach AzA #414 are my closest friends here. -Josh Noormid Southern Region-Atlanta Council


A Letter From Your Coordinators

Posted on 07/14/2014 @ 05:00 PM

Dear CLTC 4,

We want to thank you for these past twelve days. CLTC truly was the best twelve days of our lives. We know it is a cliche saying, but there is no other way to describe this incredible program. CLTC was filled with leadership, laughter, and friendship that will last a lifetime. Seeing everyone grow into leaders and form into one strong community has been such a privilege. We can't wait to see what you being back to your chapters and regions. We hope everyone has a great rest of the summer and we know that CLTC 4 2014 will always have a special place in our hearts.

Love, Cole and Devo


Week One and Done

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM

It is the 7th day at CLTC 5 and our community has only grown closer. Each day we finish the night with a friendship circle. Singing "I won't give up" with 70 other international teens is the highlight of my day. I have made the closest friends hanging out in enos during chofesh. Just chilling out in the grass has brought us all so close. CLTC has already opened my eyes to see how vast and amazing this organization really is. I can't wait for the remaining 6 days. - Megan danz


10 Things at CLTC

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM

Top 10 Things We've Been Doing at CLTC (so far): 1. Chapter meetings- every day we meet with our mock chapters to learn about leadership and programming. The kids in our chapters already feel like our brothers and sisters. 2. Learning the Birkat Hamazon 3. Attending really cool rotation programs with our groups. Our program teams are named after the Jonas Brothers. 4. Going to fun shacharit services in the morning and learning what all the prayers really mean. 5. Eating really good lasagna for dinner last night. 6. Planning a fundraiser, Shabbat service, and CLTC programs with our mock chapters. 7. Being the chapters of the day- we get to raise the flag and choose a theme for the day. Our theme was shalom beit (peace in the home), and we asked people to give compliments that weren't based on appearance. 8. Becoming best friends with our roommates. 9. Hanging out at chofesh (break time) with everyone at CLTC (sometimes in hammocks). 10. Friendship circle every night- everyone comes together as a group and sings. Our official CLTC song is, "I Won't Give Up," by Jason Mraz. The phrase, "CLTC is the best 12 days of your life," has only proved to be true so far. We can't wait to keep having fun for the next 9 days! By Emily Simens (NSR sababa BBG #2512) and Sammy Ginsberg (RMR N'Shama BBG #165)


Shabbat Fun at CLTC

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 11:00 AM

We are finally into the swing of things at CLTC. Our first shabbat together consisted of a variety of different programs and services. One chapter led a meditation program to demonstrate alternate ways to rest on shabbat. Havdallah was beautifully done culminating from a skit into a song session. After havdallah, the coordinators led cheer sessions which were filled with so much positive energy. After being here for only 5 days, it is spectacular to see so many people breaking out of their shells. The community here is strongly connected. - Written by Jake Nessel, Michigan "I look forward to learning more about the Godol position so I can bring ideas back home." -Matt Linder gjhrr "I look forward to learning how to be a strong board member here." -Evan Altman NFR


International Inductions at CLTC 4

Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 12:25 AM

Hi, I’m Rachel Maltz and I’m from Lilith BBG #324 in Pacific Western Region #44. At CLTC, I am a member of Yafot BBG #3463. This morning, we opened with a Shacharit (prayer service) with the theme of technology. Through creative skits and quotes, the teen leaders got across the message that to appreciate CLTC and life in general, we need to put our phones down and really participate. Today, we had fun electives like zumba and board games, followed by a recruitment program. This program was a great way for us to use our recruitment knowledge and get practice recruiting new members. After dinner, we had shira (song session), where every person was included in a sing along to our favorite songs. Tonight, we just finished our inductions into the International Order of B’nai B’rith Girls. This was an incredibly meaningful experience, because we bonded as a group and were able to reflect on the themes of sisterhood and inner beauty. These past few days have been life changing, and we are savoring our last two days in Bethany. Submitted with undying love for, Lilith BBG #324, Pacific Western Region #44, CLTC 4 2014 and the yaks of Yafot BBG, I remain Rachel Maltz- proud member of CLTC 4.


CLTC 4 Continues

Posted on 07/10/2014 @ 12:56 AM

Hey! We are Bailey Cohen (South Jersey Region) and Zoe Duncan-Doroff (Evergreen Region). Today we talked about membership and learned how to continue the movement by reaching out to perspective members. We watched a short film called “The Tribe” which resonated with a lot of BBGs because of Barbie’s unattainable image. The movie also reminded us that despite our differences, we all identify ourselves as Jews. In addition, we completed some community service today by doing a scavenger hunt collecting toiletries to send to homeless teens in Virginia. To wrap up the day, the CLTC staff threw all of us a party with pie, ice cream, some good tunes and tons of dancing. The party focused on promoting International Convention, and got us excited to reunite with our CLTC friends in February. The end of our session is approaching fast, and we are trying to savor our last moments on these wondrous hills of Bethany College. Submitted with undying love for, The Yak Pak #3463, Gary, pie, BBG #313, Dafna BBG #1110, and all the fabulous friends we have made here this past week We remain, Bailey Reese Cohen and Zoe Isabel Duncan-Doroff Damn proud CLTC participants



Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 02:15 PM

CLTC 5 is off to a fantastic start so far! Yesterday, over 70 teens arrived at Beber after a long, exhausting day at the airport to begin the CLTC experience. A delicious chicken nugget dinner kicked off what was a fantastic first night including initial chapter meetings, ice breakers led by both Hunter and I, a motivational pep talk from Marty Shankle, and a high energy jam session led by our song leader Josh Cohen. Hunter and I want to make friendship circle a really meaningful experience for the participants throughout the session and our first one did just that. All the participants were very exhausted after traveling for a majority of the day, so after a good nights sleep, Day 2 has officially begun along with the regular CLTC routine. Dani's chapter did a great job leading flag raising and meal prayers during breakfast, while Jessie and Josh led an INCREDIBLE first morning minyan! Now, the chapters have returned to mock chapters to begin their leadership training! The chapters are still working on creating their own identities including their name, mascot, colors, and number. I am so excited to see what they choose to represent their groups! All of the participants at CLTC 5 are so awesome and thrilled to be here which makes me even more excited than I already am to lead an INCREDIBLE session! Beber is such a unique place that contributes immensely to the CLTC experience and I couldn't be any happier than to spend the next 12 days at this beautiful place. I can't wait to update you later on in the session about what is going on at #CLTCinco! -Sari Cltc is awesome. I love my roomates and all the people are so nice. I am excited for all of the upcoming programs. -Matt Linder, GJHRR Ive met a lot of people so far. Im so excited to get to know everyone here. -Reanna Edlin Southern Region-Atlanta Council Cltc is really great. I really like my friends so far and the people Ive met in the few hours ive been here. Im excited to pray and hang out with the guys today. -Ross Falkenstein, Southern Region-Atlanta Council


First Full Day of CLTC5

Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 02:15 PM

Yesterday was the first full day at CLTC and we are off to an amazing start. All 5 chapters are beginning to develop their own identity and lifelong friendships are sparking up left and right. The day included a beautiful Shacharit service, leadership sessions in the chapters, and three rotations focusing on Jewish leaders, public speaking, and why everyone is here. The day ended with a unique AZA/BBG education program. In the education programs, the Alephs added a new cardinal principle and the BBGs added a new menorah pledge. The chapters will be electing their boards today and it is amazing to see how passionate people are about their new chapters that they have only been a part of for two days. All of this high energy is eye opening to me because it only makes me want to go back into 8th grade and start my BBYO experience again. It is crazy to think that a 12 day program can be life changing. -Hunter King, Liberty Region, Aleph Coordinator "Cltc is awesome. I love my roomates and all the people are so nice. I am excited for all of the upcoming programs." -Matt Linder, GJHRR "I've met a lot of people so far. Im so excited to get to know everyone here." -Reanna Edlin Southern Region-Atlanta Council "Cltc is really great. I really like my friends so far and the people Ive met in the few hours ive been here. Im excited to pray and hang out with the guys today." -Ross Falkenstein, Southern Region-Atlanta Council


Another Great Day At CLTC 4

Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 12:59 AM

Hi! My name is Justin and I am from Liberty Region. Today marks the 8th day of CLTC 4. It is coming to the point where we have stopped counting days we have been here, and started counting the days we have left. My dorm was “Dorm of the Day” today, and I had the liberty of creating and presenting the chapter activity. My best friend Alexa led the Shacharit service in the morning. In the service, we replaced the prayers with popular songs that were representations of the meaning of the prayers we normally chant. It touched me deeply when instead of Mourners Kaddish we sang “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech. We then moved into our Part 1 of 3 for learning the how-to’s of membership. This was the first time my position (as chapter Moreh) had an active role in running a chapter activity. I also get to plan the 3rd part of the membership program with the other Morim, which is going to be a situational activity that I’m extremely excited to be a part of. I then moved into my rotation group, which began with a session on Synergy. Here I learned that, like most of my peers, I am a Grape (we completed an exercise similar to a personality test– a “grape” was used to describe one category). We then moved to Shira (singing) where we discussed our song requests with Stephen, our song leader. The final rotation today was Exploring Judaism. This one really was meaningful for me because we were told about 10 values and had to pick only 4 to describe your Judaic self. I was torn between what to choose, but my final decision I truly believe represented myself to the fullest. Tonight, two chapters presented their programs. Both a BBG and an AZA chapter presented very meaningful programs. Both programs were amazing, which inspires me to improve my chapter’s program. We truly bonded through these programs and brotherhood/sisterhood programs at the end of the night. These past 8 days have truly amazing, lets find out if the next 4 will make it the best 12 days of my life.


A Fun And Meaningful Day

Posted on 07/08/2014 @ 12:57 AM

Hi, our names are Lisha Payne (Ohio Northern Region), Celie Shankman (Cotton States Region) and Adam Elkin (Northern Region East: Baltimore Council).

Today, we had our first fundraisers. Yafot BBG sold Dominoes’ pizza, also known as “outside food.” They raised over 200 dollars for families that have children with cancer. Some people ordered a whole pizza for themselves! Hineini BBG did a clothing auction in which the teens bid on rare and other regions’ clothing. The highest bid was $107 on a embroidered Aleph Zadik Aleph sweatshirt. Other high-bid items were an exclusive CLTC 4 Staff Shirt and our coordinator Devo’s chapter sweatshirt. This fundraiser raised around $800 toward the Justin Silver’s Fly With Me Fund, which sends families with autistic kids to special clinics.

Tonight, we took part in a Holocaust program that was one of the most powerful programs we have been to. Everyone wrote down their closest friends and family, goals they have accomplished, and aspirations they have on three different sections of a piece of paper. Later we discussed how we would feel if those were taken away from us like they may have been if we had been alive during the Holocaust. We watched two videos on the then and now, the Holocaust and the March of the Living. Everyone felt very emotional and both the activity and the videos were extremely moving.

Personally, I (Celie) felt very moved by this program. After learning about the history of the Jews all my life, I have felt as if the Holocaust was just facts- just something in the past. Now, I know how connected I am to my religion and my people.


Becoming Better Leaders At CLTC 4

Posted on 07/07/2014 @ 12:40 AM

Hi, I’m Lindsey Levy and I’m from Ko’ach BBG #2529 in DC Council, NRE #54. My name is Rachel Garner and I’m in Sabbaba BBG #2524 in Connecticut Valley Region #17. We are in the mock chapter, Hineini BBG #4373 and have been having an amazing time here at CLTC 4! Just like at home, we have chapter meetings all the time during which we discuss chapter business such as planning programs and learning how to make our chapters at home so much better. We both found the programming education extremely helpful and can’t wait to put in use when the programming year starts. Knowing the basics of successful programming has really changed our BBYO experience for the better, and has made us feel more comfortable leading groups for future events. We have never felt more confident in our abilities to be leaders in the organization that we love. In addition to the educational aspects of CLTC we have never felt more connected to our sister BBGs. Neither of us expected to make such strong bonds so quickly, but our chapter instantly clicked in an inexplicable way. We are definitely a spirited chapter and have burst out in chapter cheer circles combining cheers from home, BBYO, and some even made up on the spot, which has been an incredible bonding experience for all of us. Not only do we cheer as loud we possibly can, Shira is another place for us to yell, scream, and bond over Jewish, and other well-known songs as a chapter and as a CLTC community. With everyone dancing, swaying, and singing it’s impossible to feel disconnected from your sister BBGs and brother Alephs. Over all, CLTC has been a life changing experience for both of us and we are not looking forward to leaving next week! Submitted with undying love for CLTC 4 2014, we forever remain, Rachel Elizabeth Garner and Lindsey Claire Levy, two damn proud BBGs!


It's Day Three Already

Posted on 07/04/2014 @ 12:34 AM

Hi! Our names are Ben Halperin and Elad Rozen. It’s Day 3 already? We are having a great time at CLTC and the time seems to be flying by. Today we explored our Judaism by learning several Judaic values and applying them to a real world scenario. We learned more about ourselves as Jewish people through the application of these values, and we look forward to sharing what we learned today and throughout the entire conference with our chapters when we get home. We can’t wait to see what else CLTC has in store for us!

Leila Tov! Goodnight CLTC 4


First Full Day of CLTC 4

Posted on 07/02/2014 @ 11:58 PM

Hi! Our names are Elyssa and Liad. We met each other at the airport right at the start of CLTC and we’ve become close friends ever since! Today was the first full day of CTLC 4 and it was definitely all that it’s hyped up to be! We absolutely loved the morning shacharit because it was so meaningful and also catered to everyone’s religious traditions. We then went into our chapter session where we learned what it takes to be a leader. It was very inspiring to us because it introduced a new sense of leadership! We also completed our first rotations today and it allowed us to explore how Judaism fits into leadership and meet new people simultaneously. We ended the day with chapter bonding and a friendship circle; we enjoyed both of those very much because it allowed us to bond with our whole CLTC! All in all it was a great first day!


CLTC 4 Has Begun!

Posted on 07/02/2014 @ 12:45 AM

Hello CLTC 4! We are your CLTC 4 coordinators, Devo Hanai (BBG coordinator) and Cole Margol (AZA coordinator). Today was the first day of CLTC and we, along with our amazing staff, have been working hard preparing since Sunday. But the glorious day has finally arrived! The buses rolled in around 4 PM with excited kids from all over the United States. Walking on the bus and seeing all the kids excited faces really made the start of the program real. After everyone settled in, we brought them all out to the Gazebo for dorm orientation. They found out who their chapter staff is and the classrooms where they will be learning. Dorm orientation was exciting because everyone was walking down the halls looking at past chapter banners (including Cole’s) knowing that their banners would soon be hanging up leaving their mark on Bethany for years to come. Next, everyone went on a tour of the campus. Conquering Bethany’s infinite hills, it was amazing to see everyone walk with at least someone they didn’t know and introduce themselves. It was so great to see everyone already trying to connect to the people around them. We concluded our tour at the dinning hall where we had flag lowering. Because of Canada Day today we had the Canadian Flag flying as well as the Israeli Flag to represent the three teens that killed. Later that night we had our welcoming video and a very fun and loud song session with our song leader, Stephen, and moved into icebreakers. It was so great seeing all the teens really connecting and getting to know one another. We know that there is still more connecting to do, but the first day has been great! We finished the night with a friendship circle, which is just a time for us to sum up the day and set the mood for nighttime. First day was a success and we can’t wait to see how the rest of the session goes!!

Love, Devo and Cole


Israeli Exploration

Posted on 07/01/2014 @ 02:15 PM

On Monday, the teens at CLTC learned skills on decision making in their classrooms while figuring how to turn all situations into a win-win scenario. They then continued to prepare for the programs that all mock chapters will be running and leading over the next two days. The participants got to choose different skills that they wanted to learn in different rotations such as Israeli dancing, video editing, platform making, and speech writing and giving. Loving her experience in the Rikkudim rotation, Sam Sinder of Kentucky Indiana Ohio says, "I learned a lot about Israeli dancing and I can't wait to take it back to my chapter." The CLTC community later gathered to have a ceremony and reflection on our three lost Israeli boys. "It was really special how we came together as a community to honor the three boys and it made us closer," Madeleine Bendalin of Rocky Mountain Region shares. To finish off the night, a Knesset program was run to educate everyone on Isareli's government and politics and an Israeli fair was held to introduce different parts of Israeli culture to the teens. "It was really interesting to learn about the political parties and their relations," Joel Zishuk of North Florida Region states while learning about the workings of the Israeli parliament.


CLTC 3 Continues

Posted on 06/30/2014 @ 02:15 PM

Today at CLTC, the participants continued to learn more about specific BBYO leadership skills as teens learned about using folds in programs and writing program outlines, while everyone got to choose two specific board positions that they wanted to learn more about in rotations. "It was informative to learn how other chapters run," Carli Shapiro of Wisconsin Region explains as she recalled everything she learned in her chapter leadership session. Describing her favorite part of the day, Gabby Plotkin of Rocky Mountain Region said, "going to the chapter officer skill builder sessions motivated me to improve my chapter at home." The chapter boards and members took charge as they then continued to plan their programs, fundraisers, Shabbat program, and spirit in chapter planning time. The teens continued to bond as they had a mini song session while laying down on the grass during chofesh. We ended off the night with an extremely meaningful and moving March of the Living program and friendship circle. "The March of the Living program really inspired me to continue on the legacy of the holocaust survivors," Jamie Kotler of Northern Region East- DC Council said as she thinks about some of the loved ones she has lost in the Holocaust.


See You Later CLTC 2

Posted on 06/29/2014 @ 05:48 PM

CLTC 2 has come to a close and we are all on our way home. The past 12 days have been absolutely incredible and we feel so fortunate to have been able to spend time with over 90 passionate teens. All of the chapters lead such insightful programs, services, and raised hundreds of dollars for great causes. Watching our community form so quickly was so inspiring and we look forward to seeing what the teens accomplish in the future. Some of the most memorable moments would definitely include our international inductions, friendship circles at night, and free time with our friends. CLTC is a place where BBGs and Alephs come to enhance their leadership skills and make life-long friends, but we know that they accomplished all of that and so much more. We want to thank everyone for making us confident in the future of our Order and making us so proud!

Fraternally submitted with undying love for CLTC 2 2014, We forever remain, Amanda Gladstone and Jacob Brown


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