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Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) Blog – Beber Camp

Copy of CLTC 7, day 10

Posted on 07/28/2016 @ 09:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! Over the past two days, each of the chapters were able to lead the program that they have been working on together. Teens were able to test the leadership, communication and team building skills that they have been developing over the course of CLTC. All of the programs were successful, and the teens had a lot to say about them:

"My chapter did a globalization program, so we could teach everyone about BBYO on an international level. I was excited to hear the positive feedback that everyone had!" -Jamie Friedman, Eastern Region.

"It was amazing to see everyone's program come together so successfully. I'm happy that we got to experience this." -Lexie Herman, Mid America Region: Kansas City Council.

"My chapter worked super hard to plan our program. By the end, we learned how to collaborate with a big group. We came together as a chapter, which made us closer." -Zach Blickstein, Great Midwest Region

"Planning this program with my chapter has allowed me to break out of my shell, and has taught me how to speak in front of a group." -Nicki Miller, Lonestar Region.

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CLTC 7, day 8

Posted on 07/26/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! Today, teens were given the chance to hash out the details of their chapter program during planning time in their classrooms. With the help of their advisor, each chapter is responsible for creating, and then later leading a one hour program for their peers. Many of them are excited to put the skills they have learned to the test:

"I love that CLTC is a place where I can be myself, and not be afraid of getting judged. It makes learning so much easier." -Miriam Weinraub, Rocky Mountain Region.

"Since I've been at CLTC, I've made such good friends. We feel comfortable enough to cry with one another, and we also motivate each other to do better." -Matthew Zachem. Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"So far, I've had a great experience at CLTC. I've made such good friends, and I am learning so much! -Jenny Katz, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

We are so excited to participate in all of the chapter programs!

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CLTC 7, day 7

Posted on 07/25/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to day seven at CLTC 7! During their Skill Session rotations, teens were able to focus on Jewish Leadership, knowing your audience, and program planning. In the afternoon, teens had the opportunity to hear about BBYO's different movement priorities: Stand UP, Speak Up, Globalization and Voice your Vote. Each chapter will be planning a program based on one of those priorities. The chapters competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament in order to decide which chapter would plan what program. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in the tournament. 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 tournament began, the teens tried to knock the Jello off of their opponent's spoon without dropping their 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 went to a session on proper program planning in a chapter, and it was amazing. It helped me grow the energy and passion I have for programming." -Miriam Weinraub, Rocky Mountain Region.

"So far, I have really enjoyed CLTC. Meeting new people and learning about BBYO has been so much fun." Garrett Getlin, Great Midwest Region.

"Today, I was taught how to plan a meaningful program while still make it fun. That is such an important skill, and I'm happy I got to talk about it." -Grant Kramer, Lonestar Region.

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CLTC 7, day 6

Posted on 07/24/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! 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 white (France). 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:

"I'm really enjoying Maccabia at CLTC. It's fun to be competitive, but I also like how Maccabia is more about having fun, growing friendships, and becoming leaders." -Brad Gallop, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region.

"Maccabia has been a really fun way to meet new people and become stronger leaders, while participating in super fun competitions." -Julie Grossman, Rocky Mountain Region.

"Team spirit has been my favourite part of Maccabia so far. I've been cheering all day and my voice is almost gone!" -Naama Rosen, Southern Region: Dixie Council.

"Today has been such a great day. From the competitions, to spirit and sportsmanship, everything has been amazing. It was an incredible learning experience to be a team captain, and I had so much fun." -AJ Katzenstein, Great Midwest Region.

"I'm so happy that we got to do Maccabia. My team got to represent Bulgaria which was exciting, and my voice is almost gone from cheering so loud!" -Jamie Friedman, Eastern Region.

We can't wait to finish off the night with more exciting activities!

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CLTC 7, day 3

Posted on 07/21/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! 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 that focused on 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:

"I really liked the program about chapter health. It was very interesting, and it made me excited to teach my chapter at home about everything I learn at CLTC." -Sammy Shatzkin, Manhatten Region.

"My favourite part of the day was when we learned how our Jewish values really effected my decisions." -Jamie Friedman, Eastern Region.

"Today, I had a great time learning new songs with the friends I've made at CLTC. I'm excited to sing all the songs we learned on Shabbat." -Rachel Tabin, Lonestar Region.

"It was helpful to learn about the differences between a healthy and unhealthy chapter. I'm excited that I got to hear about different chapters from across the order." -Jenny Katz, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

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CLTC 7, day 2

Posted on 07/20/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to CLTC 7 at Beber Camp! Our first full day at camp has been very exciting, with so many new faces and people to meet. Teens arrived to camp yesterday in time for dinner, an exciting evening activity, 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 full day at camp:

"It's crazy that it's only the second day! I feel like I'm already so close to the friends I've made. The programs so far have been so much fun, and I have started to gain confidence. CLTC is a perfect way to come out of your shell." -Carly Kahn, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I'm excited to be here at CLTC. I can't wait to see what's in store for me." -Brad Ross, Great Midwest Region.

"Even though I'm tired, I'm too excited to go to sleep! Everyone I've met so far is so nice." -Gabby Parker, Pacific Western Region.

"It's comforting to know that everyone here is in the same situation as me. We're all here to make friends, and learn about leadership and BBYO." -Jacqueline Kaplan, Mid America Region.

It looks like we have an exhilarating twelve days ahead of us!

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CLTC 5, day 10

Posted on 07/14/2016 @ 08:40 PM

Good evening from CLTC 5! Today, teens started preparing for CLTC Presents, which is our end-of-session talent show. On Saturday night, everyone will get the chance to show off their talent. It looks like there will be a large variety of acts, including singing, dancing, instruments and comedy. Not everyone has to perform, as it will be just as enjoyable to watch your friends present their acts. Here's what some of the participants had to say while they were rehearsing:

"For CLTC presents on Saturday, I will be playing 'landslide' on my guitar. I'm excited to play, but also a little nervous." -Sydney Albert, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"I'm excited for CLTC presents because I'm going to be telling jokes. I'm excited to spread laughter and joy to the entire CLTC community." -Daniel Morgan, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"My friend and I are going to perform an act together during CLTC presents. I'm excited to show the CLTC community what we're all about!" -Jordan Robinson, Michigan Region.

"I'm so looking forward to performing with my friends, because it will be a great experience to share with them!" -Alexa Brown, Eastern Region.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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CLTC 3, day 6

Posted on 06/26/2016 @ 09:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 3! Over the past couple days, teens had some time to relax over Shabbat. Some of the highlights include Shabbat services and Havdallah, which the teens had the opportunity to lead. Today everyone was very excited to participate in the Maccabia games, which is similar to a camp "color war". The entire day had a Harry Potter theme. Teens were split into four "houses": green (Slytherin), yellow (Hufflepuff), blue (Ravenclaw), and red (Gryffindor). Through a series of competitions including Harry Potter trivia, a Quidditch match, 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 so far:

"Maccabia unified me with people who I never thought I would get close to. I'm so happy that I got the chance to bond with new people." -Liam McLean, Wisconsin Region.

"Even though the green team didn't win all of the challenges, I loved everything we did today! I got super into Quidditch, which helped me get closer to my team." -Rachel Schlesinger, Lonestar Region.

"Maccabia has been so much fun! I liked how there are different types of activities, because that means that everyone will be able to do well in something." -Matthew Gottfried, North Florida Region.

"Today was a perfect day to form new friendships, and become closer with others. It was so much fun!!" -Nikki Fagin, Mid America Region.

"Maccabia was really fun. It doesn't matter if we win or not because it was a great way to meet new people." -Zach Schneiderman, Southern Region: Atlanta Council.

"Maccabia has been great! I've gotten to know so many awesome people!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"Today was by far my favorite! The activities were amazing. I'm so happy that the theme was Harry Potter! Go Hufflepuff!!" -Alitzah Gelman, Cotton States Region.

Teens will find out who wins later tonight- it should make for an exciting evening!

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CLTC 3, day three

Posted on 06/23/2016 @ 08:45 PM

At CLTC, we are fortunate enough to have a very talented and enthusiastic song leader, Josh Cohen. He is a former BBYO member, and uses music to guide teens during services, programs and song sessions. During today's programming at CLTC 3, teens were able to gain new perspective on Jewish music. Many of the participants were very enthusiastic throughout the song session, making it a positive experience:

"The song session was my favorite part of the day. Josh Cohen was able to make people break out of their comfort zones and become friends." -Anna Wernick, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"The song session helped me get closer to the Jewish prayers we were learning in a relatable way." -Tali Gorodetsky, Mid America Region: Saint-Louis Council.

"I really enjoyed learning new songs from Josh during song session today. I think that the songs make us grow closer together to create a stronger bond." -Ally Hochhauser, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"Singing with people really allows a strong bond to be formed. I couldn't be more grateful for all of these bonding opportunities, and for the friends that I'm making." -Rachel Silverman, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We look forward to all of the exciting experiences to come!

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Welcome to CLTC 3!

Posted on 06/22/2016 @ 03:30 PM

Welcome to CLTC 3 at Beber Camp! We are so excited to start off a new and exciting session, with so many new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday in time for dinner, an exciting evening activity, 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:

"CLTC is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to learn new leadership skills, and it's only the second day!" -Alyssa Cohen, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I'm excited to meet new people, develop new leadership skills, and grow as an Aleph." -Eli Melnick, North Florida Region

"I'm excited to be at CLTC because I want to learn how to make a lasting impact in my chapter and my region. I also want to make long lasting friendships." -Ally Hochhauser, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"So far, my CLTC experience has reminded me of a certain FUN song: 'F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me! N is for anywhere and anytime at all, right here at CLTC!' It's because I know I'm going to have so much fun while I'm here." -Jacob Hackney, Cotton States Region.

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CLTC 1 day 11

Posted on 06/17/2016 @ 02:50 PM

Shabbat Shalom! Today at CLTC 1, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something exciting! As CLTC 1 enters its final Shabbat, teens shared how excited they are to have a fun time with their friends:

"I'm excited for Shabbat. I love spending this relaxing time with my new best friends and celebrating together". -Marissa Aaronson. North Florida Region.

"After this morning's session about Shabbat values, the CLTC community is even more excited to relax tomorrow on Shabbat. Whether that be with swimming or playing sports, Shabbat will be a fun and special day". -Ethan Golde, Mid America Region.

"Shabbat is the highlight of my week here at CLTC because it brings a very relaxing and close-knit environment. Everyone feels connected and close together." -Leslie Rodriguez, Cold Coast Region.

"I had so much fun leading services at Shabbat. I can't wait to see what services are like this time!" -Emily Theall, Gold Coast Region.

The positive atmosphere that Shabbat creates at CLTC will give everyone the opportunity to bond in the last few days of the session.

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