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BBYOs Jewish Community

Posted on 08/01/2014 @ 12:01 AM

To be honest, before coming to CLTC I thought BBYO was just about meeting new people and having fun. After being here (especially at Sherrie's program) my whole view was changed. I wasn't going to raise my children Jewish, and not I am. I realize that we are the future, and our pride and beliefs are so incredibly important. BBYO is about being Jewish and all the amazingness that comes with it is just a bonus. I am so grateful. -Letty Rae Leach, Southern Region, Atlanta

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Week One at CLTC 7

Posted on 07/29/2014 @ 04:51 PM

"CLTC has changed my life, even while learning new leadership skills and exploring my inner Jewish self, I've been able to make so many new friends that I know I'll be able to keep in touch with for many years to come"-Sasha Kipnis, CRW

"I've learned more in four days than I have all year in Bbyo, specifically how meetings work and its really cool." -Carmela, Southern Region, Atlanta

"Its only been a couple days but i already know that i made friends at cltc that will be my friends all throughout bbyo and beyond." -Abby Southern Region, Atlanta

"Cltc has provided me with leadership experience that I know will help me with my chapter at home and in my region" -Lacey, Michigan

"Cltc has led me to feel comfortable in my own skin while having fun around teens my age who have as much passion for the organization as I do." -Letty, Southern Region, Atlanta

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More CLTC Experiences

Posted on 07/29/2014 @ 09:29 AM

CLTC is an experience of a lifetime. It's such a unique program filled with leadership sessions and bonding time. I instantly connected with all the people here which really shows what BBYO does for teens across the globe. I already know that the friends I make here are everlasting. This past Shabbat I reflected on what BBYO has done for me. I noticed that it has allowed me to participate and take part in something new. That continues even more at CLTC. I have learned so much in just a few days. Everything that the amazing staff has taught will improve me as an aleph and my chapter back home. Fraternally submitted with undying love for CLTC7, North Texas-Oklahoma #74, Chai V'kayam AZA #890, everlasting friends, and my heart and home Rubin Kaplan AZA #841. I remain Aleph Gabriel Herman Friedstadt

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Sunday Funday

Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 08:29 PM

As much as I would love to not be cliché, my past few days here at CLTC Seven have been some of the best few days of my life! Now, when you ask someone who has experienced CLTC for a run down on what it is, they will not tell you about schedules, programs, or even the wonderful services; and although all of these things are extremely important, people will most likely talk about the friends and what they have learned. However, to me this isn’t even CLTC. Honestly, it is truly hard for me to define CLTC, considering I am trying to define who I am and what my mark will be here. But in coming to this realization, I realized I am not alone. There is a quote by Kellie Elmore that states, “sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost.” This perfectly describes CLTC to me. Everyone here is still defining themselves and whether they do it in the end or not, the only way they can even try, is to get completely lost - lost in their friends, ideas, lost in the laughter and fun, and lost in the sisterhood and brotherhood that this organization gives us. Respectfully submitted with undying love for CLTC 7, the international order, and my heart and home, Star of David BBG of the Ohio Northern Region #23. I remain Sophie Ruttenberg.

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Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 7

Posted on 07/27/2014 @ 12:24 PM

Together as a community, we created a shabbat for the memory book at CLTC. We moved into a beautiful and fun service led by a BBG chapter followed by a personal reflection where everyone was able to reflect on their time so far at CLTC as well as how they feel individually as a whole. After much needed rest on Saturday morning, we started a wonderful Saturday afternoon. A great part about Shabbat at CLTC is that it truly is a break from the week; there is time to just relax. We were able to take a dip in a nearby pool, followed by some fun competition in AZAA and BBGG. After an extended chofesh, we carried on with dinner, followed by Hannah (BBG coordinator) and I teaching the cheers that have been taught for decades before us. This shabbat was one to remember, and everyone had a great time.

Fraternally submitted with an undying love with, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 7 2015, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen

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Quotes From The Teens

Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:13 AM

"CLTC is incredible. I am meeting so many new people and learning valuable life skills." - Coby Simler, CRW

"CLTC has been amazing. I've learned so much in just 3 days." -Gabe F. NTO

"CLTC has been an amazing experience so far. I have gotten to meet many great jews from across the country." -Ben Akers

"I have accomplished the art of making new friends; friends that will last a lifetime." -Gavin Shrell, NTO

"It's (CLTC) such a great experience! I've met so many new people, and I encourage everyone to sign up for CLTC." -Jamie Weiss, NTO

"The StandUp program was very interesting in the sense that in this large group of people, there were many commonalities in each other's StandUp causes." -Adam Kagel, CRW

"I loved seeing how passionate the girls were about what they wanted to do with their time at CLTC." -Brianah Caplan, Mountain.

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Words from the 90th Grand Aleph Godol

Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:13 AM

CLTC has been a leadership experience for everyone at Beber including the staff, Hannah, and I. Every chapter has elected their board, and they will gain experience to take home to their own real chapters. The connections made between all Alephs and BBGs here has been incredible to watch, and I can tell they will continue when everyone gets home. All Alephs held a parliamentary procedure program where they learned about how to go through proper procedure. We did this by going through a mock motion and acting as if it was real. The BBGs had a very similar program where they learned about how to lead a meeting as well as how to go through a motion. As we move into a meaningful first shabbat here at CLTC, everyone in this community is stronger than we were before, and we plan to make this a meaningful and memorable shabbat.

Fraternally submitted with an undying love for, Athens of the South AZA #258, Cotton States Region #72, CLTC 7 2014, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 7 Cardinal Principles upon which it stands, I will forever remain Aleph Samuel Albert Perlen

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First Full Day at CLTC 7

Posted on 07/25/2014 @ 11:06 AM

CLTC 7 has been a blast so far. The teens are learning leadership skills that they never knew they had. The first step to leadership was learning to be proactive; taking the initiative without being asked. The next leadership lesson was 'beginning with the end in mind'. In the chapters, the teens have developed chapter names and numbers, and are currently working on their speeches to run for a board position. We wish all of the candidates luck and cannot wait to see them become great leaders.

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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CLTCinco

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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CLTC 3, Day 2: Chapters are Formed

Posted on 06/25/2014 @ 02:15 PM

Today, at CLTC, the mock chapters started forming closer bonds of fraternity and sisterhood as they all chose their chapter names, numbers, and mascots. The AZA and BBG Educations Programs taught the teens about the history of their respective fraternity and sisterhood and the principles upon which they were founded. "My mock chapter, Nadar BBG, has bonded so much the past 2 days through learning about BBYO and leadership and becoming leaders together. Our sisterhood was strengthened when we had rap battles and dance offs." - Julia Saltzman, ONR "My favorite part of CLTC has been passing the friend barrier and truly becoming brothers and sister together in harmony" - Jonathan Ish-Shalom, Wisconsin Region "Although it's only been 1 day, everyone's already been so friendly and I feel like I've known them for years." - Erin Watton, Wisconsin Region

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CLTC 1 Final Reflections

Posted on 06/22/2014 @ 09:00 PM

CLTC 1 was absolutely a life changing experience for me. Not only did it help me get in touch with what it means to be Jewish, but it taught me life skills that I didn’t expect to learn, as well as meeting 90 new best friends along the way. – Jordyn Matez Cltc has changed my whole perception of BBYO and given me the confidence to bring my chapter back to its former glory. – Benji Honan Cltc was a place where I noticed that I meant something to people and that I was important. – Zoe Weinstein Cltc showed me that magic of bbyo and how these people are my sisters and brothers. I love how easy it is to be a friend at CLTC. - Alissa Geller Cltc was more than fun. It was a blast and an eye opening experience. –Ben Yaffe It was the perfect balance of fun and education. I love having best friends from all around the country but also being able to take all that I have learned back home. – Jimmy Sheinberg From cltc I experienced a sense of brotherhood that I never thought was possible. – Joey Seidler Inductions were very amazing and meaningful. I realized that we are the future of Judaism and I felt a lot of love in the room from every single BBG to every other BBG. – Dorothy Gheorghin CLTC was most memorable because of the friendships made over 12 short days- Allie Rubenstein, Southern Region CLTC left me with amazing friendships, memories, and leadership skills to take home with me that’ll last a lifetime- Ellie Bodker, Mid-America Region The friends I have met here are some of the best people I have ever met and I will never forget them- Ari Feldman, Eastern Region My time at CLTC has given me friends that I am closer with than the friends from back home that I have known for years- Caroline Colburn, North Florida Region CLTC was an amazing experience because I met so many new people from all over. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I feel like I have known these people forever, but it has actually only been 12 days- Izzy Schack, Mid-America Region During my time at CLTC, I was able to better my leadership skills and create friendships that will last forever- Rebekah Doochin, Cotton States Region CLTC was an amazing leadership opportunity. I learned how to work with other people/chapters. I am ready to take things on with my new skills- Cammy Resnick, North Texas Oklahoma The leadership aspect of CLTC was unforgettable. Getting the chance to run a mock chapter and to create meaningful programs in a controlled environment was amazing. I learned to do little things. Little things help make big things happen- Sam Canales, Cotton States Region My experience at CLTC was amazing. I made bonds with so many people that I can see lasting for a long time. I learned so much and am so happy I came- Hailey Safra, Gulf Coast Region I came into CLTC with two brothers from my chapter and I am leaving with 90 brother and sisters. I have learned not only about what leadership skills I had, but I gained many more skills than I thought were possible – Sam Hirsberg, Cotton States Region At CLTC, I loved being able to open up and be myself while created long lasting friendships. Also I loved getting two new perspectives on how to be a leader in BBYO and second in life – Emily , North Texas Oklahoma The program aspect of CLTC was something I know I will either take back to my chapter or region. I have learned how to come up with ideas by attending nightly programs – Sophie Golden, Gulf Coast Region CLTC was an inspirational experience that allowed me to open my eyes, find my Jewish identity, and make bonds that will last forever – Alyssa Brick, Southern Region Atlanta Council I loved all of the friends I made and I love that I am officially a member of the international order – Carly Lerner, Eastern North Carolina Council Despite having made so many friends and lasting memories, CLTC has taught me so many new things and opened up my mind to so many new ideas that I can bring back to my chapter and use to help others – Jacob Spiegel, Kentucky Indiana Ohio I made friends I’ll never forget and never lose my connection with this once in a lifetime experience – Joseph Mabry, Lonestar Region To me, CLTC not only connected me to my Judaism and helped me find my own unique leadership style but surrounded me with Jewish teens who all have the same passion for BBYO that I found in myself. CLTC connected me with Judaism, myself and my best friends – Nicci Mowszowski, Rocky Mountain Region My experience relied on the late night heart to hearts, the hugs and kisses of support, and my new friends who are new resources – Hadar Bernstein, North Texas Oklahoma Even though it was only less than two weeks, I have made friends here that I feel closer to than some of my chapter friends that I have known for over a year – Joe Ginsburgh, Rocky Mountain Region I had my expectations coming into CLTC but they were exceeded in a way I didn’t know possible. I learned skills that I can take home into my region, chapter, and in life in general. I made friends that I have gotten closer to in the past twelve days than friends I’ve known since preschool. It’s made me a better person, friend, leader and Jewish teen. CLTC had changed me for the better – Eliana Schuller, North Texas Oklahoma “What I liked included the people, counselors, programs, Sherries, canteen, the gym, chofesh, the bonding time and most of all being with everyone.” Tomer Downing, Lonestar Region “It’s incredible how many long lasting friendships can be created in a matter of days.” – Audrey Schimmel “ I always knew I wanted to go on March of the Living, but ever since we had the program about it, I know it is something I need to experience.” – Ilene Tuck” “CLTC didn’t just help me in BBYO, it helped me in life.” – Zach Morris “When down, stand up. When quiet, speak up. CLTC will make you unique.” - Nate Gendler “CLTC let me find who I am as a person and a leader. I made my best friends here and I’m so happy I’m here.” – Jaclyn Finkelstein “CLTC has given me a true understanding of how a leader sets examples and leads others. CLTC is so also apart of journey on strengthening and understanding my jewish identity. The friends I have made at CLTC will always be momre for me and will be life long friends.” – Elle Shaw At CLTC I’ve become a stronger leader and a better person. – Jenna Narosov CLTC may come to an end eventually, but the friendships and connections we make here are only the beginning of something phenominal. – Ira Weiss BBYO is a much needed break from my everyday life. Now I know why people call CLTC “the best 12 days of your life. – Dee Temples BBYO is my paradise that I never want to leave. – Talia Stein It was so amazing watching so many strangers become such good friends in such a short time. – Robin Du CLTC changed my life. It showed me the true power of the chapter and showed me how I could help my chapter become stronger. These 12 days could lead to 12 more happy years for my chapter at home. I will never forget this experience. – Dalia Dichter The most impactful thing of CLTC for me was not the amazing friends I gained or the skills I will be bringing home. It was the way I grew as a person with life values and the way I grew in my Judaism spirtually. – Ruthie Perlman “It was a great experience that I will never forget. These were truly the best 12 days of my life”- Zach Gaines, Gold Coast Region “I loved making long-lasting friendships, connections and memories with the most amazing people” -Sari Leven, Southern-ATL “CLTC has been amazing. I’ve gained so much and learned so much as well. I’ve become closer to everybody here than I have or will be with people. #CLTConeandonly They say that home is the place you long for when you’re away from it, but I don’t long for anything here because CLTC is my home” -Samantha Nuanes, Rocky Mountain Region “CLTC was such an amazing experience. Not only did it teach me how to be the best leader I can be, it taught me who I am and now I can unlock my leadership skills that CLTC taight me. What an incredible movement BBYO is that I can become best friends with people from around the country who I had never met before this experience.” -Emily Brothman “CLTC has given me the chance to find my inner leader and being able to strengthen my identity to better help my chapter and BBYO in general.”-Morgan Evans “CLTC has taught me how to be a leader, accept myself as who I am, and make friends with amazing sisters and brothers.” -Gal Crouvi, Cotton States Region “At CLTC, you meet this random stranger at an airport. 12 days later these strangers are going to be your best friends for the rest of your life.” -Ryan Yablonsky “Being N’siah of my mock chapter gave me the chance to work with amazing and incredible ideas.” -Naava Ellenberg, Central Region West “CLTC taught me to ‘Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.’ (Oscar Wilde)” -David Gilfarb, Gold Coast Region CLTC has been amazing and life changing in a completely indescribable way. The friendship I have made will stay with me forever, and I know that my faith in Judaism is much stronger thanks to CLTC. -Vivian Herzog CLTC cannot be described in such few words. The friendships I made and the skills I learned are amazing. I cannot wait to make my chapter great. -Mollie Chaiken Being a leader isn’t about telling people what to do. It is about getting to know the people you are leading and being their strongest supporter. -Sabrina Suster Life go’s by fast. SO enjoy every moment of it. -Ryam Deustch It doesn’t feel like I have known everyone for 10 days but 10 years. -David Weisskopf I bonded with people more than I ever thought I could in only 12 days. -Micah Bachrach The friendships that I have made here will last forever. -Josh Getty CLTC cannot be described in one quote. It is 12 days that truly changed me as a leader, friend, BBG, and person. The memories, lessons, and friends I made will be chenshed forever. It was a blessing to have experienced this and I hope others have the opportunity to attend this life-changing program. -Jordan Wecksler CLTC allowed me to open up and make friends from all around the nation that I can truly trust. -Adi Levy CLTC has been the most memorable and meaning experience I have ever had. -Joel Pozin, Southern Region Atlanta Council. I’ve made so many new friends and I know they’ll be my friends forever. -Max Goldman The friends you make hare at CLTC are unlike any other friends you’ll make. How many people can say that they met their best friend and become like sisters with them within 12 days? I can. -Lindsay Goldring CLTC has given me life long friends and taught me to be myself around them -Jacob Bowytz Make the most out of every second because some day becomes today, and then today is gone. -Rebecca Holstein The only thing more fun than these past days of CLTC is watching One Tree Hill with my mom. -Clark Thompson The friendship is not existing because it is not a friendship it is a brotherhood. -Blake Cherry Opportunities like this only come once in a lifetime, and we have been lucky enough to experience these life-changing possibilities. -Grant Berlines I came to CLTC 1 all by myself not knowing anyone. 10 days later, and I’m already making plans to go visit in the winter. -Rachel Kramer Coming to CLTC has made me feel apart of a bigger community besides my chapter and my region. -Morgan Johnson NTO #74 CLTC has given me the leadership skills I need to go back home and improve my chapter. -Ethan Smyth CLTC has given me ideas and skills to take back to my chapter in RMR. -Claire Gladzahler CLTC has been a home away from home where I’ve met amazing friends, discovered what its like to be a leader, strengthened my Jewish identity, and been given the opportunity to be myself. It’s and incredible experience I’ll never forget. -Jamie Snell The stranger 10 days ago became best friends of a lifetime. I will never forget these incredible people. They changed and impacted my life. -Carly Clayman 12 days ago the people surrounding me at the airport strangers or just faces seen on a computer screen. 12 days after meeting these strangers I can now call them my best friends and BBYO family. These friends helped me grow not only as a leader but as a person. -Rose Levine At CLTC, I learned how to be a leader, grew as a person, made memories that I will treasure forever, found a home, and met people who will legitimately change the world. -Nicole Keenan, Jay Levine BBG #1508 CLTC gave me the opportunity to make friends that I know I will have forever. Although we may not live close to each other, our bonds will stay strong no matter what happens. -Emily Nomberg, Magic City BBG #186 The bonds I’ve made at CLTC are unbelievable, ‘ve made friends that will last a lifetime. -Sydney Glazier CLTC has helped me learn about leadership skills that I never thought I had. I can’t wait to get started helping to lead my chapter, and bring it to new heights. Thank you CLTC! -Boaz Kelner CLTC has given me leadership skills that will help strengthen and grow my incredible chapter at home. -Nadia Mowszowsui CTLC was my home away from home that I never want to leave -Jessie Cohn (KIO) CLTC 1 was literally the best thing possible for me. My confidence and self esteem has been raised to a new height I didn’t think possible a few weeks ago. Thanks for everything. -Elliott McVeigh.

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I Want To Go On March Of The Living

Posted on 06/19/2014 @ 12:30 PM

The membership committee of Gesher AZA kicked off Wednesday morning by leading the entire CLTC body in a lesson about membership and recruitment. Boaz Kelner and Sam Hirsberg helped their committee facilitate mock-phone calls to prospective members and suggested various ways to bring more teens to BBYO meetings. Next, the participants rotated between different sessions, including a program about the exploration of Jewish identity, and another relating personality and leadership types to different colors. In the afternoon, chapters presented their programs and were given the opportunity to lead their peers. Achim AZA led a program centered around significant Jewish athletes in the world today. Zachary Gaines challenged participants in his discussion group to explore various role models and the importance of being proud of one's Judaism, even when in the spotlight. Following, Gesher AZA educated us about anti-semitism. Joel Pozin and Sam Canales took charge and helped their chapter facilitate an impactful program. The last chapter program of the day was led by Shemesh BBG. The girls had a mini color war and used modern day board games, reinvented to incorporate Israel, to bring the importance of Jewish heritage to CLTC. Jordan Wecksler and Rose Levine were stand outs and led Shemesh to success. Lastly, the night closed with a program about the March of the Living. It was truly a session that resonated with many of the teens, who heard stories about others who have been on the trip, watched a video, and reflected on the tragedies of the Holocaust. We are looking forward to another great day at Camp Beber tomorrow.

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Sunny Day at CLTC 1

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

Once again, a day with expected rain transformed into a sunny and hot one. After breakfast, Becka Handler, advisor, led a calming Yoga Shacharit which taught not only new physical positions but also a new interpretation of the prayers. Additionally, the teens had the opportunity to attend various communications skill builders before heading to lunch. Yet the hard work of some of the chapters was finally paid off after lunch when three chapter planned sessions were done. Emily Nomberg was a standout superstar in her chapter’s community service program where the teens wrote letters to cancer patients, both child and adult, and cancer survivors. It appeared as if the entire body got behind this cause and wrote letters with passion. Nechishot BBG executed their program about the effects of alcohol flawlessly, and their dedicated research and hard work paid off with a very well received message. Nativ BBG did a wonderful program about globalization, which is BBYO’s expansion around the world. During chofesh, frisbees flew once again, and the teens coordinated a “T-shirt Trading Area” where everyone could come and exchange BBYO attire. Taking advantage of free time and taking responsibility, Ryan Yablonsky voluntarily used his free time to work on chapter work. The theme of the night was Israeli learning. First, we made up a mock Knesset where multiple parties were assigned and asked to vote on a bill. But the hook was thay the parties had to form coalitions with other parties in order to pass or reject the bills. Jiji Plotka and Gal Crouvi really took charge of their groups in the program, where they explored both her Jewish and Israeli identity. Next, everyone headed to the gym to engage in Israeli culture, which included Israeli street art, beach games, food, bead making, bargaining in the shuk, etc. Sam Hirsburg proved his ability to dominate Israeli children’s games as he clearly dominated the game of Shalosh Makot which requires jumping over three sticks that are spanned over a long distance. The night ended with a long-lined game on limbo. Later that afternoon, mock chapters met to plan programs that will soon be presented to the entire CLTC body. After dinner, a "launch party" built excitement for International Convention 2015, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this upcoming February. A night centered around International Convention exposed teens to this incredible opportunity that will allow them to continue other international BBYO experiences after CLTC. In the spirit of Atlanta, teens enjoyed coke and peach ice cream floats. Participants also jammed out on the dance floor and went on hay rides around camp. The entire night was high energy and exciting, and we hope to reunite CLTC 1 2014 at International Convention later this year.

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