CLTC 7 Update: B'nai Mitzvot and Inductions
Posted on 08/02/2013 @ 12:42 AM
Today at CLTC 7 two teens celebrated their B’nai Mitzvot, and here is what they had to say about their experience!
"Today I was Bar Mitzvah'd. I feel like a man. I am very happy I was able to do it with this CLTC community." - Evan Bowles, Southern - ATL
"Having the opportunity to become a Bat Mitzvah at CLTC was an unforgettable experience. I am so happy I got the chance to share this special day with everyone.” - Alana Horwitz, RMR
Then later tonight all the teens were inducted into the International Order, and here is what they had to say about their inductions!
"Separates was my favorite part of CLTC so far because I could to celebrate and cheer with my brother Alephs from around the international Order." -Jacob Snyder, NRE - DC
"Tonight was one of the best nights of my life." - Corey Nadelbach, NRE -DC
“No matter how many times people say it, it will forever be true. CLTC was the best 12 days I have ever experienced in my life. In a split second, my life changed. Being inducted into the International Order of B’nai B’rith Girls was a life changing moment and I will forever keep this stored in my heart.” - Lora Lee Ashkenazy, GCR
“10 months ago when I joined BBYO, I never would have expected to end up at CLTC. Now that I am here, I cannot have imagined spending the second part of my summer any other way. I always felt a part of BBG, but after being inducted into the B’nai B’rith Girls International Order tonight, made it all surreal to me. I am officially a member of Bnai Brith Girls and will forever remember this moment.” - Michelle Biesman, CSR
CLTC 7 Update: Texas Hoedown
Posted on 07/31/2013 @ 11:53 PM
Tonight at CLTC we had a Texas Hoedown to get everyone excited for International Convention 2014 in Dallas! It was a fun night complete with dancing and a hayride around the camp. Here is what the teens had to say about the experience!
“CLTC has been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I've created more than friends for life. I've found brothers and sisters for life and memories that will never die.”- Justin Asarch, PWR
“The Texas hoedown was a ball, had a great time, eh? Being from the Canada, experiencing Texas was fun. Getting excited for IC 2014!” - Zach Freedman, LOR
“I'm having a ton of fun at the hoedown! I actually can't wait for IC!” - Lindsey Lozoskie, NRE – No. VA
“The hoedown was so fun and it got me so psyched for IC in Texas! I'm counting down the days.” - Alana Horwitz, RMR
“This was a real bonding experience.” - Becca Ascherman, Miami
“The hoedown tonight was such a blast! I can't wait to continue the fun at IC in Dallas!” - Hannah Paley, Wisconsin
CLTC 7 Update: July 30th
Posted on 07/30/2013 @ 11:53 PM
Here are some thoughts from the teens about CLTC 7!
“CLTC is life changing! I learned about my Jewish identity and explored causes that impact me!” - Michael Cohen, Southern - Atlanta
“I learned that every chapter is a community and it’s important to work to keep it together.” - Rachel Ockner, Michigan
“CLTC has not only taught me how to be the best leader I can be in my chapter, but also life in general. I've gained tools that I know I'm going to carry with me for the rest of my life.” - Emily Hamburger, NRE-DC
“CLTC has been really educational. It's been one of the best experiences of my life.” - Jamie Schwartz, Southern - Atlanta
A haiku about CLTC by Evan Bowles, Southern - Atlanta
“We have made some friends
Both Alephs and BBGs
CLTC 7 Update: July 29th, 2013
Posted on 07/29/2013 @ 11:23 PM
Tonight at CLTC the teens did a program where they learned all about March of the Living. Here are their thoughts on both the program and their experiences at CLTC.
“Never been more touched in my life. It's amazing to think generations after generations with numbers growing and shrinking we are still together bonded stronger than ever.” - Dovey Hochberg, NTO
“CLTC has made me realize how proud I am of my Judaism and gave me incredible leadership skills that I will carry with me forever.” - Lily Maslia, Southern - Atlanta
“Noticing how many Jewish teens stand up for their religion, faith, and heritage is so astonishing for anyone to see. I know my personal perspective of Judaism has changed drastically after being on CLTC and learning about March of the Living.” - Sam Eigen, SJR
“Going to CLTC I didn't know what to expect. Of course everyone in my region has told me how amazing it is and it's "the best 12 days of your life". So I decided to try it out, and so far my experience is indescribable.” - Leah Kay, Liberty
“Once I went on this trip my perspective of everything in BBYO was changed and I was already incredibly involved and this trip only pushed me to do more.” - Corey Davidson, LOR
CLTC 7 Update: July 28th, 2013
Posted on 07/29/2013 @ 12:01 AM
Tonight at CLTC we did a program where the teens learned all about Israel! Here are their thoughts on their experience.
"We learned a lot about Israel and it really made me want to go more." - Max Scherer, NRE - DC
"It was awesome adventuring different parts of Israel and I can't wait to go someday!" - Julia Margulies, ONR
"It was eye-opening to how great Israel is!"- Stacey Aranowitz, Liberty
"The program we did was very powerful to say the least. It taught us all about how Israel works and some of the history behind why it's our homeland.” - Jordan Kochman, NRE - DC
"This program shed new light onto my view of Israel."- Max Perlmuter, Michigan
"I really liked learning the Hebrew words, the red string. Everyone lives differently in Israel based on their religion!" - Hannah Kostuchenko, Eastern
"It was a really interesting session that made me feel closer to Israel." - Josh Blank, NRE - DC
CLTC 7 Update: July 27th, 2013
Posted on 07/28/2013 @ 12:01 AM
Here are some thoughts from the teens about CLTC!
"Our chapter's favorite times have really been whenever we’re together just getting to know each other. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys to have in my chapter."- Sandy Leach, Southern - Atlanta
"Our chapter's favorite part of Shabbat was holding a successful Shabbat program." - Jakob Allen, KIO
"Every moment of CLTC has been so wonderful, I've really enjoyed everything." - Rachel Ockner, Michigan
"For being at CLTC only four and a half days, we have grown incredibly, and Havdallah brought everyone closer" - Alyssa Wachs, SJR
CLTC 7 Update: Stand Up!
Posted on 07/25/2013 @ 11:46 PM
Today at CLTC the teens did a program on Stand Up and each chapter chose a cause they would be raising money for together. Here is what the teens had to say about their experiences!
"Stand Up is service and service is one of the five folds of AZA, so it goes hand in hand." - Dan Nelson, PWR
"Doing Stand Up activities or community service can help your chapter find a common bond over a cause you care about." - Adam Levengard, NRE - DC
"BBYO is all about impacting others in the community. It shows that we're here and we want to make a difference." - Corey Nadelbach, NRE - DC
"In BBYO were given so many experiences and opportunities and this is our chance to give back to the community." - Hadleigh Swarts, RMR
"Everybody has their own cause they stand up for, everybody is different, everyone has their own passion." - Scott Lacritz, NTO
"Some of the people I look up to the most and the greatest leaders are all around me." - Jacob Borowsky, SJR
"I learned that a group of people could get so close in such a short amount of time." - Sylvie Siegel, KIO
CLTC 7 Update: July 24th, 2013
Posted on 07/24/2013 @ 11:34 PM
Here are some thoughts from the teens about their experiences at CLTC 7 so far!
"We learned about the history of AZA tonight. We really bonded as brothers while repeating the AZA heartbeat.” - Sam Halpern, Michigan
"I'm excited to use the skills I will learn in my mock chapter and apply them to my real chapter.” - Omer Lavian, PWR
"I made a new best friend at CLTC who is originally from Australia. It's really cool to meet Jewish teens from all different places." - Morgan Neff, Liberty
"I'm excited to learn how to become a leader and step outside my comfort zone." - Leah Taub, Michigan
"I'm excited to leave with over 100 new friends and to become a better leader." Cassidy Aronin, Southern - Atlanta
CLTC 7 First Day
Posted on 07/24/2013 @ 12:31 AM
Today was the first day of CLTC 7, and here are some thoughts from the teens!
"It's a great first day, and I feel like I've definitely gotten to know a lot of people." - Jakob Allen, KIO
"Although only the first day has passed I feel like I've been here for a while. I'm so excited to spend the next two weeks with kids I already feel are family" - Ethan Bloom, Evergreen
"I've met tons of people that I like. Everyone is really welcoming. I can tell I'm going to be really close with these people." - Sarah Katz, NTO
“Everyone is really nice and friendly. They say you're friends with people at CLTC for the rest of your life and if that's true, I'm really lucky!" - Erin Sporkin, NTO
CLTC 7 2013 is Almost Here!
Posted on 07/22/2013 @ 05:00 PM
CLTC 7 2013 is almost here! Make sure to check back here for blog updates and below for pictures!
Here's to an epic #BBYOSummer2013
CLTC 5 Update: Inductions
Posted on 07/19/2013 @ 12:23 AM
Tonight at CLTC the teens were inducted into the International Order. Here is what they had to say about this meaningful experience!
"Being inducted into the International Order means so much to me as a BBG. I know I'll treasure it always." - Sarah Balis, NTO
"The B’nai B’rith Girl inductions tonight reinforced our sisterhood and love for BBG. Now I feel even more connected to my sister B’nai B’rith Girls." - Sophie Levy, CSR
"I am so proud and honored to uphold my BBG inductions pin!" - Diana Freedman GJHRR
"I'm so excited to have a BBG pin and candle of my own!" - Lily Vaysberg, MAR - North Star
"Being internationally inducted was one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had in BBYO. The cheer circles further bonded my relationship with my newfound brothers." - Max Marcovitch, Southern - Atlanta
"The induction program opened my eyes to how important legacy in BBYO can be." - Michael Scilken, CSR
"Fun was had, friends were made, and the bonds will last forever." - Daniel Elias, Michigan
"I cannot imagine a greater experience to share with my brothers, it could never be duplicated." - Jake Sherman, RMR
CLTC 5 Update: Texas Hoedown
Posted on 07/17/2013 @ 11:00 PM
Tonight at CLTC we had a Texas Hoedown to get the teens excited for IC 2014 in Dallas, Texas! It was a fun night spent by the pool, complete with a hayride around camp!
"The hoedown got us excited for IC! We got to have a pool party, we got to go on a hayride, and hang out with our friends." - Jonathan Friedman, PWR
"Tonight really got me excited for IC, I'm so excited it’s going to be in Texas this year!" - Caitlin Haskett, KIO
"Tonight made me want to go to IC even more than before. We had so much fun at the hoedown!" - Justin Williamson, PWR
"We had such a great day at the pool, especially after a hot day! I've made so many new friends at CLTC and I can't wait to see them at IC." - Julia Weingarden, Michigan
"Having my birthday at CLTC was one extra extra special day!" - Eliza Stein, RMR
"The hoedown made me really excited to have IC in my hometown, Dallas!" - Jessie Sureck NTO
CLTC 5 Update: July 16th 2013
Posted on 07/16/2013 @ 11:21 PM
The teens shared their thoughts on their CLTC experiences!
"I liked how we all got the opportunity to plan a program, just like we would at home. I learned what we should and shouldn't do." - Davis Apseloff, Southern - Atlanta
"I finally understand why people say CLTC is the best 12 days of their lives." -Jake Rosenblum, NSR
"Meeting so many people from all over the world and sharing a Jewish connection is an experience of a lifetime." - Ally Harendorf, LOR
"It's great getting to bond with new people each day. I've made friends I know I’m going to talk to and meet again in the future." - Ally Burton, KMR
CLTC 5 Update: July 15th 2013
Posted on 07/15/2013 @ 11:57 PM
Here is what the teens have to say about their experiences at CLTC!
"The March of the Living program made me realize how important it is to keep the remembrance of the Holocaust alive." -Tammy Schisler, NTO
"When you really think about the families of the Holocaust, you feel like part of the family, and realize the importance of passing down their stories." -Matias Levy-Hara, LOR
"Today my chapter planned a program about the women at the Western Wall, and learned a lot ourselves while planning it." -Harrison Leitner, CSR
"Seeing how the whole program came together with the stories really opened my eyes on the Holocaust, and March of the Living from what I heard today sounds like a great opportunity that I would love to take. The March and the visiting of Poland and Israel would be a great experience that I hope to see in the future." -Hannah Wieselthier, NFR
"I learned today that chapter programming is an important part of BBYO considering how big of an impact you can have on people."- Ira Gotliboym GJHRR
CLTC 5 Update: July 14th 2013
Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 11:07 PM
Here are some thoughts the teens shared about their experiences at CLTC!
"There is no place I'd rather be spending my summer, and I can't wait to bring all the things I learned back to my chapter and region at home." - Karli Manko, NSR
"CLTC is helping me to become more confident in my public speaking abilities." - Avi Botwinick, Southern - Atlanta
"It's been really cool to learn about the culture and traditions of the regions from all over the world, and make new friends from those places." - Jessie Sureck, NTO
"Ever since I joined BBYO I've been looking at pictures at summer programs. It's so unbelievable and unfathomable that I'm finally here and learning what these great leaders have learned." - Diana Freedman, GJHRR
"CLTC has taught me about leadership and BBYO in general. I've learned a lot from the AZA coordinator Alex Blum." - Jacob Finke, KIO
"I haven't felt more myself before, this is where I was supposed to be. I've never made more friends and felt so accepted and at home." - Alexis Sinder, KIO
"CLTC allows us to see the global community from a different viewpoint." - Adam Shaw, GMR
"Before CLTC I would have never thought I could meet someone from a different part of the country and feel an instant connection." - Dawn Edelman, NSR
CLTC 5 Update: July 13th 2013
Posted on 07/13/2013 @ 11:07 PM
Here are some thoughts from the teens on their CLTC experience!
"I've made a lot of friends. Every day is filled with new adventures and I'm learning more each and every day. I know this is going to be the best 12 days of my life." - Rachel Seligstein, CSR
"CLTC changes the way I think about leadership." - Adam Shaw, GMR
"Being at camp on Shabbat is so peaceful. Being with your friends and sharing your lives with each other is a refreshing experience." - Emily Leventhal, LSR
"CLTC really opened my eyes to different ways to lead a group." - Parker Alperin, CSR
"I never knew I could make a such a strong connection with my new brothers and sisters in five days." - Rachael Borman, GCR
"CLTC gives you a new way to view leadership." - Matias Levy-Hara, LOR
CLTC 5 Update: July 11th 2013
Posted on 07/11/2013 @ 11:32 PM
Here is what the teens had to say about their experiences at CLTC 5 so far!
"Our chapter chose our Stand Up cause tonight and it made our chapter even closer." - Lauren Keats, Westchester
"Today I got in touch with my Judaism." - Ben Weintraub, NTO
"Today I made lasting friends who I will forever stay in touch with. Choosing a Stand up Cause was a serious and meaningful experience that helped bond the chapter." - Max Marcovitch, Southern - Atlanta
"It's a great experience with a great group of people." - Jake Zimmerman, Wisconsin
"Choosing a Stand Up cause was an emotional process for my chapter. We ended up choosing Thyroid Cancer Awareness." - Charlotte Fron, CRW
CLTC 5 Update: July 10th 2013
Posted on 07/10/2013 @ 11:39 PM
Here are some thoughts from the teens about CLTC 5!
"So far CLTC has been a great experience and I've learned a lot about how to help my chapter, Okeon AZA." - Joshua Bender, CSR
"I learned how to associate BBYO history with something fun like using to ice cream to learn the Cardinal Principles" – Aaron Zucker, NSR
"It's been overwhelming but exciting at the same time because you're meeting so many different people from all over the world." - Sarah Resnick, GMR
"Even though its only the second day I know I've already made friends that will last a lifetime." - Sara Robinson, NRE – No.Va
First Day of CLTC 5 2013!
Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 11:50 PM
Today was the first day of CLTC 5 and here is what the teens had to say about it!
"Throughout the day CLTC got more fun, and I'm happy to be here!" - Lily Vaysberg, MAR - North Star
"We're sisters inside and outside of the classroom." - Rebecca Kaminsky, NRE - Baltimore
"CLTC is giving me opportunities that never would have arose in a chapter setting." - Brandon Gordon, PWR
"CLTC is a great opportunity to meet people from around the country and around the world." - Sam Lichy, CRW
CLTC 3 Update: B'nai Mitzvot and Inductions
Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 12:30 AM
Today was an amazing day at CLTC! We started the day off with the B’nai Mitzvot of three BBGs. Here is what they had to say about their experience!
"It was an amazing experience to become a Jewish woman with my best friends." - Vicki Zilbergleyt, GMR
"It was so amazing having everyone there to support me on one of the most special days of my life." –Michelle Grunberg, PWR
"Alex helped up make it so much our own and it was great to be able to have my special day with special people." - Emily Kahn, NRE – DC
Then tonight at CLTC was International Inductions. Here is what the teens had to say about their Inductions!
"One word about inductions: amazing." -Jules Millison, Eastern
"Being inducted into the international order showed me the cool traditions of spirit in other regions." -Keaton Butowsky, NTO
"Inductions reminded me that you should always put a smile on some one's face every day." -Edward Benkhin, CRW
"Inductions were amazing and I cried because the songs Jenna used were so close to my heart already and now they're even closer." - Ellie Ballin, CSR
"I've never been to an induction before and this set the bar way high because it was amazing and it was so inspirational. I finally see my true colors." - Sophie Kellner, NTO
"I wasn't expecting to feel this connected once I got here but now that I've gone through inductions I feel more a part of BBYO. I wasn't sure I would continue on with this but now I am. Love BBG!" - Carly Doobrow, Eastern