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CLTC 2 2014

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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International Inductions At CLTC 2

Posted on 06/27/2014 @ 12:45 AM

Hi everyone, my name is Jessica Schwartz and I am a member of Beresheit BBG #2412 of the Ohio Northern Region #23. Tonight I was inducted into the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls!!! I can truly say that inductions have been by far my favorite part of CLTC! To start inductions we all made a line holding hands to walk into a historic Bethany building. As we walked into the building we were warmly welcomed by Amanda Gladstone and then continued to walk down and sit in front of a candle, red book and a crayon. After everyone was sitting we started and Amanda talked about how we are a ‘crayon box’ because each one of us is different and has our own unique qualities just like a box of crayons. The next part, which I found fun, was when each one of us dipped our hands into some paint that represented what we believed in; we then placed our handprint on a banner that said BBG. After everyone placed their handprint on the banner I felt that our community was brought even closer together. We also shared what is unique about us and we learned that everyone is different but we are all united by BBYO. We then got up and all walked together holding hands outside to the grass where we made a circle and all laid down to watch the sunset and share things we are grateful for about each other. We then finally got inducted into the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls and had an amazing cheer circle. I can’t wait to see what the next few days bring- the past 9 have been truly amazing!!

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CLTC 2 Continues

Posted on 06/26/2014 @ 12:58 AM

Hi! Our names our Hana and Daniel. Today marks our 8th day of CLTC, and it was one of the best so far. Dorm 2 was Dorm of the Day, and the theme throughout the day was to appreciate the kitchen staff. Without them, how would we ever have enough energy to last us through our busy days? We started off the day with Jason’s beautiful Shacharit service that our Jewish educator, Debra, helped him plan. We talked about how even though we are all small parts of a huge planet, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still make a difference from where we are right here. In addition, we discussed how we shouldn’t take the smaller things in life for granted. Jason did an awesome job leading the service. We then split up into our “things” and had another discussion about recruiting new members. The main focus of the discussion was getting over roadblocks in the recruiting process, with different strategies and ways to approach these roadblocks. We want to make sure that every teen has an equal chance to be a part of BBYO. Later in the day, we watched a short movie called “The Tribe,” which helped us understand that we should celebrate our differences, rather than fight over them. Later on, one of the chapters, Kolot Yafot (“Beautiful Voices”), dorm 3, lead a meaningful program on bullying, where some of them shared personal stories in which they were all victims of bullying. Everyone got a small amount of Play-doh, and we each carved out an insecurity of ours. We then mashed it up, symbolizing the first step of being happier and more confident in ourselves. Finally, to end our busy day we learned about IC, or International Convention, held in Atlanta, GA. We ate peach crumble and danced for hours, as we all bonded through music and fun. As usual, we had an intimate friendship circle at the end and went to bed. Leila Tov!!

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CLTC 2 Explores Our Jewish Identity

Posted on 06/25/2014 @ 12:20 AM

Hi, our names are Vanessa Mandel and Leetal Pinko from KIO and NRE region. Throughout the day today there were different programs on exploring your Judaism. We did an educational and fun activity where we added beads to a bracelet that represented the different values and practices of Judaism. Just to name a few- culture, traditions, social action and more. By discussing with others we discovered that no bracelet was alike. Another similar program today that helped us express our Judaism was coloring Jewish stars with different colors that represented different practices and values. In addition we sat in a circle and each said an important value of Judaism that was important to us. Through these programs, we learned that everyone expresses Judaism in their own way, however it does not mean one is better than the other. Each one of us has different values and traditions that make us different. It was interesting learning about everyone’s different ways of practicing the same religion. Submitted with undying love for Ruach BBG #1814, CLTC 2 2014, and the amazing programs, we forever remain Vanessa Mandel and Leetal Pinko

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March Of The Living Program

Posted on 06/24/2014 @ 12:15 AM

Hi, I’m Andre Becker, an Aleph from Ramon AZA #195 from Central Region West in California. Today, our director Ellen led an absolutely fantastic program about the March of the Living which is a march taken from Auschwitz to the close-by death camp Birkenau. There have been a lot of really good quality programs, but this program was the best because of how many emotions accompanied it. We started the program by writing down the people we are closest to, then the things we have accomplished so far in our life, and finally our hopes and dreams for the future. We watched an emotional video about the march that makes me extremely proud to be Jewish. Then a brave BBG stood up along with some of our amazing staff and told us their emotional stories of their journey, then answered our questions about this amazing trip. Ellen did an absolutely fantastic job planning and leading this program and I definitely think I can lead an event back home based on this amazing program. From all of CLTC 2- thank you Ellen. And thank you to Josh, my advisor, for being absolutely fantastic this first week. Peace Out!

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A Busy Day At CLTC 2

Posted on 06/23/2014 @ 12:12 AM

Hi! My name is Arielle Atkinson and I am from Joyce Eva Kiviat BBG #646 in Mountain Region #47. I am currently at CLTC 2 and having the time of my life! Today we learned all about BBYO leadership positions and how to be successful with your board position, it was so helpful and I have learned so much that I never knew before. It was really funny when after lunch, all the chapter S’ganim did jello jousting! After that, each of us went back to our chapters to plan programs and services. Chofesh was fun and was filled with Frisbee playing, bonding with my fellow BBG’s, and canteen of course! After dinner we had the most AMAZING program about Israel. We learned all about the voting parties and voting works in Israel. After that, we got Israeli money and went to different stations such as making chocolate balls, paddleboards, creative art, shuk, and painting! I also saw my first firefly today, and even caught a few. Overall, today was probably the best day of CLTC yet! I can’t wait to see what the upcoming week brings!

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CLTC 2 Shabbat Reflections

Posted on 06/22/2014 @ 12:40 AM

I have enjoyed every second of my CLTC experience so far. We have become a community in only 4ish days. I can say without a doubt I have made some best friends for life here. –Jared Steckl

Today during Shabbat we truly became a community. We all had a great time and saw what BBYO is truly about. –Sam Levinson

What has CLTC 2 2014 been so far? The best leadership training and motivation I have ever experienced? Yes. Standard BBYO-grade food? Yes. But most importantly, CLTC 2 2014 has been 4 and a half days of pure euphoria. From the Ramon-style Lai-Lai’s at meals to the countless accrued penance points that stretched into the wee hours of the morning to inside joke upon inside joke between Alephs, CLTC has been a blast. Although Simon Wiesenthal AZA #2524 will always be my true heart and home, I have astounded myself at how close I have become to my brother Alephs in Hamentashen AZA #8675309 (yes, it’s from the song). I’d like to give a huge shout out to Daniel “Scruffy” Maneloveg, Jason Joseph, Joe “Texas” Schwartzberg, Grey Silverman, Grant “Champion” Campion, Joey Garber, Nir Diskin, Amit Koppel, Jeremy Kopelman, Ethan Friedman, and Jared Shapiro for being such incredible, loving people. I’d also like to thank Rachel “Trees” Heilbronner, Deborah “Sprinkles” Fricano for being our chapter advisors/sanity checkers and simply amazing people. Thank you also to Stephen Brickman for dedicating hours to work with the rest of the musicians and me to create what will be a jaw-dropping friendship circle for the rest of CLTC. Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Ellen Goldstein for putting up with all 94 of us hysterical high schoolers. I’m missing you all back home, and I’ll have so many stories to tell you all. Always an Aleph, Never too many. Never too strong. -Dylan Moreland

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CLTC 2 Elects Chapter Leaders

Posted on 06/20/2014 @ 12:20 AM

Today at CLTC, our chapters held elections and chose our stand up cause. Elections for my chapter, Achdoat Kavod AZA, truly showed our attitude. We chose Project Smile as our Stand Up cause. We all agreed this is a worthwhile cause that we are proud to represent. -Aleph Jon Frank

Our second full day was filled with BBYO education and electing our mock chapter's board. But most of all, we made brand new friends from across North America. In our education block for AZA, we made freestyle raps about the seven cardinal principles and our history. During elections, it was awesome to see our mock chapter come together to pick our own leaders. Even though some people lost their elections, we all stepped up to help plan Havdallah for Saturday. I can't wait to see what is coming up next at CLTC. -I humbly remain a proud Aleph of mock chapter A.K. AZA #007 and a proud Aleph of David Ben Gurion AZA #2143, Tyler Palonsky

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CLTC 2 First Full Day

Posted on 06/19/2014 @ 11:40 AM

My name is Daniella Rabin and I am a member of Shoshana BBG #1613 in the Keystone Mountain Region of Pittsburgh, PA. I had no idea what to expect coming in to CLTC. All of my sister BBG’s in my home region had told me I absolutely have to do it so I thought, why not give it a try? I have nothing to lose. I am so thankful they told me to come because this has been the most amazing experience. I have made such amazing bonds, learned so much, and had an extremely fun time so far. I have already learned from the mock chapters, and the interactive programing relating to our heritage, beliefs, and jewish values. I definitely cannot forget about the countless amount of ice breakers guaranteeing I know every single thing about every individual here now. Earlier today in my mock chapter meeting, all of the girls had commented on how close, comfortable, confident, and happy we all feel around each other in only the 30 hours we have been here. One of my favorite things we have done so far was an all day activity where self confidence boosting and complimentary notes were passed through the individuals of our CLTC, really making everyone feel good and more comfortable here. I am looking forward to everything coming up especially elections and more programing. I also look forward to becoming closer with my sister BBG’s and Alephs to create memories I will most definitely never forget. I absolutely love it here and am taking in and cherishing every moment CLTC 2 2014 has to offer!

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CLTC 2 Day One Is Done!

Posted on 06/18/2014 @ 12:30 AM

The participants have arrived and we have just finished our first day of programming! Teens started arriving around noon and the conversations were filled with excitement immediately. We are so excited to see all of the friendships that have already been made and that we are well on our way to becoming a strong CLTC community. After a long day of travel, teens got to know their surroundings by unpacking and taking a tour of the campus! They also got two opportunities to meet with their chapters which included picking chapter names, numbers, and mascots. In CLTC chapters, the teens plan programs, delve into leadership lessons, and get a hands on opportunity to handle real-life chapter scenarios. After dinner, CLTC was officially opened up and the teens got to know each other more by participating in fun ice breakers. At the end of the night, our CLTC community came together to reflect on our first day and to sing a song with the help of our talented song leader, Stephen Brickman, before heading off to bed. We are so excited for all of the great days to come and all the lessons and tools our teens will take home to their chapters to build our movement! Stay tuned for more updates and pictures throughout the session! Pictures can be found here on the blog and at www.facebook.com/BBYOInsider.

Your coordinators, Amanda and Jacob

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CLTC 2 2014 coming soon!

Posted on 05/06/2014 @ 05:00 PM

CLTC 2 is coming soon! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!

Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2014

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