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Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) Blog – Beber Camp

Moving On Up in the Chapter

Posted on 06/26/2015 @ 01:23 AM

As expected, Day 3 was even busier than the first two days combined! Today, our participants learned all about the ins and outs of how to run elections, as well as how to run in them. Curious to learn more about what positions the teens ran for? Here's the inside scoop:

N'siah/Godol - this board member serves as the President of the chapter. They're in charge of facilitating meetings and serving as the manager for all of the committees and programs the teens plan at CLTC. In fact, as soon as they were elected, the new N'siah/Godol took over running elections from the advisors!

S'ganit/S'gan - essentially, this role is the Vice President of Programming. Each chapter at CLTC gets a program slot where they get to brainstorm, plan, execute, and evaluate their very own program. We challenge each of the groups to use as many of the 5 Folds of AZA Programming (Athletics, Community Service/Social Action, Education, Judaic, Social) and the 6 Folds of BBG Programming (Jewish Heritage, Community Service, Social Action, Recreation, Creativity, Sisterhood). We'll keep you posted on how they go! Our first one is on Saturday.

MIT Mom/Moreh - the individual who serves in this position is our Vice President of Membership. While at Beber, they'll be focusing on educating their peers on all of the principles and basics of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the B'nai B'rith Girls. They will also have the opportunity to work with Sherrie Stalarow, CLTC Site Director, on facilitating a membership program for the entire community.

Sh'licha/Shaliach - this is our Vice President of Jewish Heritage. Here at CLTC, they're responsible for championing each chapter's Stand Up case. As the community learned yesterday, Stand Up is a grassroots movement focusing on service, advocacy, and philanthropy around a common cause. They'll be working closely with the chapter Gizborit/Gizbor to plan a wonderful fundraiser for their causes.

Mazkirah/Mazkir - this is the Secretary of the chapter. They play an integral role here, taking minutes during meetings, coordinating rosters with other chapters, and making sure that the room is organized before and after every meeting. Hopefully we'll also see some of them posting on social media and sharing their stories with us on the blog!

Gizborit/Gizbor - this is the Treasurer of the chapter, but rest assured they're no ordinary Treasurer. At CLTC, they're expected to chair the fundraiser committee of their chapter and plan a fundraiser for everyone to contribute to. We've had some pretty creative ideas in the past and we're eager to see what these teens come up with.

Of course, we can't forget the most important part of all of our chapters - each and every one of the members! The word on the street is true, it really is the individual members and their passion and spirit that not only make their chapters stronger, but this program as unique as it is.

Here's to another great day at Beber! We're looking forward to welcoming the Sabbath together tomorrow.



A day of questions

Posted on 06/25/2015 @ 12:36 AM

Our second day here at CLTC 3 was an incredibly busy one. The teens had leadership sessions in their chapter, Jewish education rotations, learned about public speaking and explored what unique traits they each bring to the communities that they are a part of. These are some of the questions that the teens though today:

What does it mean to be a leader? What qualities of a leader to you embody?

In their leadership sessions with their mock chapters (they chose names, numbers, colors, and mascots for these today!) they explored the components of what it means to be a good leader. By building their ideal leader, the teens were able to put words to the qualities that make them stand out. Additionally, all members of the CLTC community sat in a session facilitated by our wonderful Site Director, Sherrie Stalarow, about the importance of each and every member in a group.

What do you stand up for? What do you stand up against?

This evening, Izzy Kipnis, BBG Coordinator, and Jacob Herstein, AZA Coordinator, led a program introducing Stand Up, BBYO’s grassroots initiative that mobilizes teens to take part in service, advocacy and philanthropy for causes that they believe in. Each teen got to take either a red or green paper plate and write something that they stand up against (red plates) or stand up for (green plates). The teens went around in a circle and shared their causes – it was an incredibly powerful moment for our community. After the program, the teens went back to their chapters and had a conversation about shared values, while choosing a Stand Up cause for their mock chapters.

Between high-energy song sessions, snack breaks, tacos for dinner, and beautiful weather, CLTC 3 is off to an amazing start.

We can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!

“It was great hearing about all of the other girls passions and learning from them also!” – Arielle Ben-Yosef (Northern Region East: DC Council)

“The stand up program showed us the success we could have with out stand up cause when we go back to our regions” – Emily Dioguardo and Asia Gorman (Northern Region East: Baltimore Council)

“Our passion for causes helped bond our chapter” – Hannah Neubauer (Great Midwest Region)


Welcome to Beber

Posted on 06/24/2015 @ 12:11 AM

We're so incredibly excited that everyone has finally arrived at Camp Beber! At the airport we all met for the first time and started getting to know one another. Once we arrived at camp, we took a tour, split into Mock Chapters, and did a few icebreaker activities. If tonight is any indicator of how the next two weeks will go, we have an amazing session to look forward to. It is going to be a great twelve days and we cannot wait to see how much everyone will learn and grow throughout CLTC 3 2015. Be sure to check out the blog daily for updates about the program!

Jacob Herstein, AZA Coordinator & Izabella Kipnis, BBG Coordinator


Operation Smile

Posted on 06/19/2015 @ 11:33 AM

All of the teens have been working super hard on planning a fundraiser to donate to their stand up cause. Each chapter has chosen their own organization that they would like to donate the proceeds of their fundraiser to. One of the chapters, Yalla AZA #514, made t-shirts and had 100% participation from all the teens.

"Being able to help plan a fundraiser where we sold shirts was a great experience for me. It was a bit stressful to estimate how much money we would raise because we weren't sure of the shirt and shipping costs. It was thrilling when the entire CLTC session bought a shirt. We're so happy we were able to double our fundraising goal for Operation Smile and everybody is able to bring back a piece of CLTC 1 back home that includes their special chapter name. These shirts are one of a kind, and we're excited to have been able to bring this kind of memory to everybody at CLTC 1."

Brian Bosem (Gold Coast Region) and David Cohen (Connecticut Valley Region)


Letter from our song leader

Posted on 06/17/2015 @ 02:17 PM

Hello families of CLTC attendees,

My name is Josh Cohen, from Pleasanton, California, now living in Boston. This is my second summer at CLTC and I love every minute of it! As a teen attending BBYO retreats, one of my favorite things was celebrating Shabbat; being able to rock out, sing and have a great time with the songleader!

Co-Leading daily Shacharit services, working with the teens to plan services and leading evening song sessions are a few things that I do here at CLTC. It has been amazing to see how fast the teens pick up songs and are able to lead sessions after only a few days. Celebrating the end of Shabbat with Havdallah, has always been my favorite part of shabbat at a BBYO retreat or camp. There is nothing like having your friends and staff coming together with their arms around each other singing beautiful music and sharing that amazing spiritual moment with one another. It is an honor to be the CLTC Songleader, bringing the cycle full circle, giving teens a musical Shabbat experience like I had when being a young Aleph.

"I love the song rotation with Josh because he helped us connect with others through singing" - Kezia Douglas (Rocky Mountain Region)


Efsharim BBG #142

Posted on 06/12/2015 @ 10:30 AM

Each day at CLTC, one of the six chapters is assigned to be chapter of the day. The chapter of the day is responsible for coming up with a thought of the day, helping set up for meals, leading Hamotzei (blessing before meals) and the Birkhat Hamazon (blessing after meals). Yesterday's chapter of the day was Efshari BBG #142 and they were so excited to be able to choose their chapter colors, black and pink and their mascot, Kim Possible. All of these details are the first steps in starting to create the bond as sisters and brothers. "When I first got here I knew no one and now it's weird because I can call so many of them my best friends" Emma Jacobsen, North Texas- Oklahoma Region


Note from our Jewish Educator

Posted on 06/11/2015 @ 01:45 AM


At Home from the Start

Posted on 06/10/2015 @ 01:30 PM

"By the time I got my chapter and roommates, I already felt at home! Just from bonding in the airport about BBYO we were already friends and ready to have the best 12 days of our lives." - David Cohen Connecticut Valley Region (CVR)


CLTC 3 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 3 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


CLTC 5 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 5 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


CLTC 1 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/26/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 1 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


CLTC 8 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/11/2015 @ 05:00 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 8 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


CLTC 7 2015 Blog Updates Coming Soon!

Posted on 03/09/2015 @ 05:14 PM

We’re pumped for CLTC 7 2015, and hope you are, too! Check back here once the program starts for live updates all session long!


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