Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC) Blog – Bethany College
Chapter Programs and Fundraisers Begin
Posted on 07/23/2014 @ 12:25 AM
Shalom, my name is Ido Almog and I am from the Evergreen Region. Today at CLTC 6 we accomplished yet another fantastic day at camp. Beginning with Shacharit (morning service), which was themed with the idea of picking up trash and the appreciation of nature. Following the service we were had group rotations consisting of exploring Judaism, synergy, and shira (singing). After a wonderful morning, my chapter, Achim AZA #517, led an energetic fundraiser. We decided to have a 3-on-3-basketball tournament with teams donating money at the entrance. We raised around $400 with the money going to the Friends of the IDF, an organization which we felt needed the support at such a crucial time. We finished the day off with two chapter-led programs. These programs opened our eyes and made us realize that each of us has a different perception and to discover a person’s true identity we must break out of our true comfort zone, even if it means taking a risk. Forever remain, Aleph Ido Almog.
CLTC 6 Continues
Posted on 07/22/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi! Rebecca and Aliya here. We are having a great time at CLTC 6. Today, we were the dorm of the day, which means we raised and lowered the flag and led prayers before the meals. Later today, we had communication sessions with our chapter and the rest of the group. For example, we both went to the "Power to Persuade " program, and we learned many skills that can help us for the rest of our lives. Also, today our mock chapter held its fundraiser, which consisted of a Spooey Bar and a silent auction. The money our chapter raised will go to the "Trevor Project." Tonight, we had a March of the Living Program. This was the most powerful program we have had at CLTC. We learned about this trip, and it has inspired both of us to want to go on it in the future. We cannot wait to see what CLTC will bring in the upcoming days. Thank you to Micah, Amanda, and the rest of the staff for making this an amazing experience.
Creating Meaningful Memories at CLTC 6
Posted on 07/21/2014 @ 12:34 AM
Hello! Our names are Jillian Blumberg from Dr. Abraham Cohen BBG #1172 in Eastern Region and Sophia Schmerling from Lilith BBG #324 in Pacific Western Region #44. Today was the sixth day spent at Bethany College in the beautiful hills of Bethany, West Virginia. Throughout the day, we spent our time going through different skill builder stations that taught us the ins and outs of how to be successful at all the different board positions, and how to create memorable speeches and platforms for elections. I (Jillian) cannot express how inspiring and helpful these rotations were, especially because I am fairly new at running in the elections run by my chapter. I (Sophia) learned that if you want to accomplish the task of attaining regional or international positions, you don’t need to find random positions to put on your resume, you should follow something you really have a passion for.
Another activity we both participated in this afternoon was playing ultimate frisbee. It’s an odd thing, right? That with all the engaging events and programs going on, I (Jillian) would mention a frisbee game? The reason I am bringing it up is because it was a moment of clarity for me. Sophia and I were the only girls playing, out of twenty boys on the field. We split into teams, set the rules, and started the game. In the beginning, Sophia and I were overcome with naïve excitement. Ten minutes went by. We were both new to the game, but we were still included. What struck me personally was that we were actually being treated as equals. My past experiences have shown me that when a girl is invited to play a sport, nothing is expected of her. But this was different. The guys were treating us as equals. It was one of the best feelings in the world, to be accepted, even if we weren’t very good at the game.
We can confidently say that today was one of the best days we have ever had. We want to thank the whole staff for continuing to be wonderful human beings and for making all of these magical moments possible.
Respectfully submitted with undying love for: CLTC 6 2014, Shemesh BBG #1786, Lilith BBG #324, Cohen BBG #1172, Pacific Western Region #44, Eastern Region, Chipotle, frisbee, and moments we will remember for the rest of our lives,
Jillian Sadie Blumberg & Sophia Caroline Schmerling
Shabbat at CLTC 6
Posted on 07/20/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi, my name is Sol Nudelman from the Evergreen Region. Today has been another magnificent and inspiring day at CLTC 6. We were first enlightened with a Shabbat service, which expressed the variety of different ways we all celebrate tradition. Following the service we listened to an amazing talk on priorities and how in our lives we must separate our wants and needs. The talk included a video, which created tears and chills displaying a song “Clouds” written by Zach Sobiech, a young boy who was told he had only months to live. When faced with this news, rather than sulking, he turned to music and created his own happiness. We learned that in life we must create our own priorities, figure out our wants and needs and find the happiness we seek. Next we got our bodies in action with AZAA and BBGG taking part in such activities as: Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga, Swimming, Basketball and Zumba. The day ended with a family themed Havdallah illuminated with candles and a beautiful atmosphere. I am extremely lucky to be here with such great people united to make the world a better place.
An Eventful Day At CLTC 6
Posted on 07/18/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi CLTC 6, Our names are Joanna (Ohio Northern Region), Monica (Eastern Region), and Anya (Eastern Region). These first few days of CLTC have been amazing! We have met so many new people so far and have expanded our BBYO knowledge. Elections for our mock chapters were held today. It was a great learning experience for me (Joanna) because it was my first time running for a position, and I loved the opportunity I had to try something new and take a risk. For all of us it was interesting to see the different ways other regions hold their elections. Another big event that happened today was the Israel Press Conference. Our International N’siah and Godol introduced the speakers as they updated us and 1,000 others on the situation happening in Israel involving Hamas. It was motivating to get a personal response from someone who had spent time with his family in Israel during this difficult time. We cannot wait to see what these next ten days hold for us and are excited for the rest of CLTC 6! Submitted with undying love for inter-regional friends, THE Amanda Freedman, Achayot Chazakot BBG #1436, CLTC 6... we forever remain Joanna, Monica, and Anya, damn proud BBGs.
First Full Day of CLTC 6
Posted on 07/17/2014 @ 12:37 AM
Hi, I’m Zeke Berger and I’m from Wilkes-Barre BBYO #53?? In Liberty Region #13 and before today I had no idea what to expect from CLTC. I came in with my doubts. Could it really be as great as everyone says it is? The first day was full of jitters and nervousness that came with meeting so many new people all at once, but the second day showed me why it can truly be the best twelve days of your life. I decided to sit with another region at breakfast today and was able to meet some amazing people. After breakfast we went to a leadership session with our respective mock chapters. Being from a chapter (at home) with both boys and girls in it, it was amazing to finally experience what it’s like to feel the fraternity that comes with being in an AZA chapter. The rest of the day after that I hung out with the guys from my chapter and by the time of our evening program everyone could see that we were the most enthusiastic chapter by far. I’m so excited for elections tomorrow so I can have a chance to be a leader in my chapter, and I can’t wait to see what the next ten days hold!
CLTC 6 Off to a Great Start
Posted on 07/16/2014 @ 12:52 AM
Hello from CLTC 6 in beautiful Bethany, West Virginia! Writing to y’all today is Micah Stalarow (AZA Coordinator) and Amanda Freedman (BBG Coordinator)! We are so excited for our first full day tomorrow. Having never been to CLTC before now (Micah), when I first saw the buses pull up, I almost lost my mind in excitement because this is a totally new adventure for me as well as the teen participants here. I (Amanda) was very nostalgic of my first day at CLTC two years ago, and remembered being one of those excited kids on the bus, ready for this 12-day journey. We’ve been working with a great staff team that is energetic, enthusiastic, as well as ready, willing, and eager to help in any way possible. Watching everyone come together during our first Flag Lowering, icebreakers, and Friendship Circle made us see the potential of the community we are going to become. We know that we will face our own respective challenges over the next 11 days, but we are determined to face them not as problems, but as opportunities for us and the teens around us to grow into better leaders. We cannot wait to see what is in store here at CLTC 6! -Micah and Amanda
A Letter From Your Coordinators
Posted on 07/14/2014 @ 05:00 PM
Dear CLTC 4,
We want to thank you for these past twelve days. CLTC truly was the best twelve days of our lives. We know it is a cliche saying, but there is no other way to describe this incredible program. CLTC was filled with leadership, laughter, and friendship that will last a lifetime. Seeing everyone grow into leaders and form into one strong community has been such a privilege. We can't wait to see what you being back to your chapters and regions. We hope everyone has a great rest of the summer and we know that CLTC 4 2014 will always have a special place in our hearts.
Love, Cole and Devo
International Inductions at CLTC 4
Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 12:25 AM
Hi, I’m Rachel Maltz and I’m from Lilith BBG #324 in Pacific Western Region #44. At CLTC, I am a member of Yafot BBG #3463. This morning, we opened with a Shacharit (prayer service) with the theme of technology. Through creative skits and quotes, the teen leaders got across the message that to appreciate CLTC and life in general, we need to put our phones down and really participate. Today, we had fun electives like zumba and board games, followed by a recruitment program. This program was a great way for us to use our recruitment knowledge and get practice recruiting new members. After dinner, we had shira (song session), where every person was included in a sing along to our favorite songs. Tonight, we just finished our inductions into the International Order of B’nai B’rith Girls. This was an incredibly meaningful experience, because we bonded as a group and were able to reflect on the themes of sisterhood and inner beauty. These past few days have been life changing, and we are savoring our last two days in Bethany. Submitted with undying love for, Lilith BBG #324, Pacific Western Region #44, CLTC 4 2014 and the yaks of Yafot BBG, I remain Rachel Maltz- proud member of CLTC 4.
CLTC 4 Continues
Posted on 07/10/2014 @ 12:56 AM
Hey! We are Bailey Cohen (South Jersey Region) and Zoe Duncan-Doroff (Evergreen Region). Today we talked about membership and learned how to continue the movement by reaching out to perspective members. We watched a short film called “The Tribe” which resonated with a lot of BBGs because of Barbie’s unattainable image. The movie also reminded us that despite our differences, we all identify ourselves as Jews. In addition, we completed some community service today by doing a scavenger hunt collecting toiletries to send to homeless teens in Virginia. To wrap up the day, the CLTC staff threw all of us a party with pie, ice cream, some good tunes and tons of dancing. The party focused on promoting International Convention, and got us excited to reunite with our CLTC friends in February. The end of our session is approaching fast, and we are trying to savor our last moments on these wondrous hills of Bethany College. Submitted with undying love for, The Yak Pak #3463, Gary, pie, BBG #313, Dafna BBG #1110, and all the fabulous friends we have made here this past week We remain, Bailey Reese Cohen and Zoe Isabel Duncan-Doroff Damn proud CLTC participants
Another Great Day At CLTC 4
Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 12:59 AM
Hi! My name is Justin and I am from Liberty Region. Today marks the 8th day of CLTC 4. It is coming to the point where we have stopped counting days we have been here, and started counting the days we have left. My dorm was “Dorm of the Day” today, and I had the liberty of creating and presenting the chapter activity. My best friend Alexa led the Shacharit service in the morning. In the service, we replaced the prayers with popular songs that were representations of the meaning of the prayers we normally chant. It touched me deeply when instead of Mourners Kaddish we sang “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech. We then moved into our Part 1 of 3 for learning the how-to’s of membership. This was the first time my position (as chapter Moreh) had an active role in running a chapter activity. I also get to plan the 3rd part of the membership program with the other Morim, which is going to be a situational activity that I’m extremely excited to be a part of. I then moved into my rotation group, which began with a session on Synergy. Here I learned that, like most of my peers, I am a Grape (we completed an exercise similar to a personality test– a “grape” was used to describe one category). We then moved to Shira (singing) where we discussed our song requests with Stephen, our song leader. The final rotation today was Exploring Judaism. This one really was meaningful for me because we were told about 10 values and had to pick only 4 to describe your Judaic self. I was torn between what to choose, but my final decision I truly believe represented myself to the fullest. Tonight, two chapters presented their programs. Both a BBG and an AZA chapter presented very meaningful programs. Both programs were amazing, which inspires me to improve my chapter’s program. We truly bonded through these programs and brotherhood/sisterhood programs at the end of the night. These past 8 days have truly amazing, lets find out if the next 4 will make it the best 12 days of my life.
A Fun And Meaningful Day
Posted on 07/08/2014 @ 12:57 AM
Hi, our names are Lisha Payne (Ohio Northern Region), Celie Shankman (Cotton States Region) and Adam Elkin (Northern Region East: Baltimore Council).
Today, we had our first fundraisers. Yafot BBG sold Dominoes’ pizza, also known as “outside food.” They raised over 200 dollars for families that have children with cancer. Some people ordered a whole pizza for themselves! Hineini BBG did a clothing auction in which the teens bid on rare and other regions’ clothing. The highest bid was $107 on a embroidered Aleph Zadik Aleph sweatshirt. Other high-bid items were an exclusive CLTC 4 Staff Shirt and our coordinator Devo’s chapter sweatshirt. This fundraiser raised around $800 toward the Justin Silver’s Fly With Me Fund, which sends families with autistic kids to special clinics.
Tonight, we took part in a Holocaust program that was one of the most powerful programs we have been to. Everyone wrote down their closest friends and family, goals they have accomplished, and aspirations they have on three different sections of a piece of paper. Later we discussed how we would feel if those were taken away from us like they may have been if we had been alive during the Holocaust. We watched two videos on the then and now, the Holocaust and the March of the Living. Everyone felt very emotional and both the activity and the videos were extremely moving.
Personally, I (Celie) felt very moved by this program. After learning about the history of the Jews all my life, I have felt as if the Holocaust was just facts- just something in the past. Now, I know how connected I am to my religion and my people.
Becoming Better Leaders At CLTC 4
Posted on 07/07/2014 @ 12:40 AM
Hi, I’m Lindsey Levy and I’m from Ko’ach BBG #2529 in DC Council, NRE #54. My name is Rachel Garner and I’m in Sabbaba BBG #2524 in Connecticut Valley Region #17. We are in the mock chapter, Hineini BBG #4373 and have been having an amazing time here at CLTC 4! Just like at home, we have chapter meetings all the time during which we discuss chapter business such as planning programs and learning how to make our chapters at home so much better. We both found the programming education extremely helpful and can’t wait to put in use when the programming year starts. Knowing the basics of successful programming has really changed our BBYO experience for the better, and has made us feel more comfortable leading groups for future events. We have never felt more confident in our abilities to be leaders in the organization that we love. In addition to the educational aspects of CLTC we have never felt more connected to our sister BBGs. Neither of us expected to make such strong bonds so quickly, but our chapter instantly clicked in an inexplicable way. We are definitely a spirited chapter and have burst out in chapter cheer circles combining cheers from home, BBYO, and some even made up on the spot, which has been an incredible bonding experience for all of us. Not only do we cheer as loud we possibly can, Shira is another place for us to yell, scream, and bond over Jewish, and other well-known songs as a chapter and as a CLTC community. With everyone dancing, swaying, and singing it’s impossible to feel disconnected from your sister BBGs and brother Alephs. Over all, CLTC has been a life changing experience for both of us and we are not looking forward to leaving next week! Submitted with undying love for CLTC 4 2014, we forever remain, Rachel Elizabeth Garner and Lindsey Claire Levy, two damn proud BBGs!
It's Day Three Already
Posted on 07/04/2014 @ 12:34 AM
Hi! Our names are Ben Halperin and Elad Rozen. It’s Day 3 already? We are having a great time at CLTC and the time seems to be flying by. Today we explored our Judaism by learning several Judaic values and applying them to a real world scenario. We learned more about ourselves as Jewish people through the application of these values, and we look forward to sharing what we learned today and throughout the entire conference with our chapters when we get home. We can’t wait to see what else CLTC has in store for us!
Leila Tov! Goodnight CLTC 4
First Full Day of CLTC 4
Posted on 07/02/2014 @ 11:58 PM
Hi! Our names are Elyssa and Liad. We met each other at the airport right at the start of CLTC and we’ve become close friends ever since! Today was the first full day of CTLC 4 and it was definitely all that it’s hyped up to be! We absolutely loved the morning shacharit because it was so meaningful and also catered to everyone’s religious traditions. We then went into our chapter session where we learned what it takes to be a leader. It was very inspiring to us because it introduced a new sense of leadership! We also completed our first rotations today and it allowed us to explore how Judaism fits into leadership and meet new people simultaneously. We ended the day with chapter bonding and a friendship circle; we enjoyed both of those very much because it allowed us to bond with our whole CLTC! All in all it was a great first day!
CLTC 4 Has Begun!
Posted on 07/02/2014 @ 12:45 AM
Hello CLTC 4! We are your CLTC 4 coordinators, Devo Hanai (BBG coordinator) and Cole Margol (AZA coordinator). Today was the first day of CLTC and we, along with our amazing staff, have been working hard preparing since Sunday. But the glorious day has finally arrived! The buses rolled in around 4 PM with excited kids from all over the United States. Walking on the bus and seeing all the kids excited faces really made the start of the program real. After everyone settled in, we brought them all out to the Gazebo for dorm orientation. They found out who their chapter staff is and the classrooms where they will be learning. Dorm orientation was exciting because everyone was walking down the halls looking at past chapter banners (including Cole’s) knowing that their banners would soon be hanging up leaving their mark on Bethany for years to come. Next, everyone went on a tour of the campus. Conquering Bethany’s infinite hills, it was amazing to see everyone walk with at least someone they didn’t know and introduce themselves. It was so great to see everyone already trying to connect to the people around them. We concluded our tour at the dinning hall where we had flag lowering. Because of Canada Day today we had the Canadian Flag flying as well as the Israeli Flag to represent the three teens that killed. Later that night we had our welcoming video and a very fun and loud song session with our song leader, Stephen, and moved into icebreakers. It was so great seeing all the teens really connecting and getting to know one another. We know that there is still more connecting to do, but the first day has been great! We finished the night with a friendship circle, which is just a time for us to sum up the day and set the mood for nighttime. First day was a success and we can’t wait to see how the rest of the session goes!!
Love, Devo and Cole
See You Later CLTC 2
Posted on 06/29/2014 @ 05:48 PM
CLTC 2 has come to a close and we are all on our way home. The past 12 days have been absolutely incredible and we feel so fortunate to have been able to spend time with over 90 passionate teens. All of the chapters lead such insightful programs, services, and raised hundreds of dollars for great causes. Watching our community form so quickly was so inspiring and we look forward to seeing what the teens accomplish in the future. Some of the most memorable moments would definitely include our international inductions, friendship circles at night, and free time with our friends. CLTC is a place where BBGs and Alephs come to enhance their leadership skills and make life-long friends, but we know that they accomplished all of that and so much more. We want to thank everyone for making us confident in the future of our Order and making us so proud!
Fraternally submitted with undying love for CLTC 2 2014, We forever remain, Amanda Gladstone and Jacob Brown
International Inductions At CLTC 2
Posted on 06/27/2014 @ 12:45 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Jessica Schwartz and I am a member of Beresheit BBG #2412 of the Ohio Northern Region #23. Tonight I was inducted into the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls!!! I can truly say that inductions have been by far my favorite part of CLTC! To start inductions we all made a line holding hands to walk into a historic Bethany building. As we walked into the building we were warmly welcomed by Amanda Gladstone and then continued to walk down and sit in front of a candle, red book and a crayon. After everyone was sitting we started and Amanda talked about how we are a ‘crayon box’ because each one of us is different and has our own unique qualities just like a box of crayons. The next part, which I found fun, was when each one of us dipped our hands into some paint that represented what we believed in; we then placed our handprint on a banner that said BBG. After everyone placed their handprint on the banner I felt that our community was brought even closer together. We also shared what is unique about us and we learned that everyone is different but we are all united by BBYO. We then got up and all walked together holding hands outside to the grass where we made a circle and all laid down to watch the sunset and share things we are grateful for about each other. We then finally got inducted into the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls and had an amazing cheer circle. I can’t wait to see what the next few days bring- the past 9 have been truly amazing!!
CLTC 2 Continues
Posted on 06/26/2014 @ 12:58 AM
Hi! Our names our Hana and Daniel. Today marks our 8th day of CLTC, and it was one of the best so far. Dorm 2 was Dorm of the Day, and the theme throughout the day was to appreciate the kitchen staff. Without them, how would we ever have enough energy to last us through our busy days? We started off the day with Jason’s beautiful Shacharit service that our Jewish educator, Debra, helped him plan. We talked about how even though we are all small parts of a huge planet, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still make a difference from where we are right here. In addition, we discussed how we shouldn’t take the smaller things in life for granted. Jason did an awesome job leading the service. We then split up into our “things” and had another discussion about recruiting new members. The main focus of the discussion was getting over roadblocks in the recruiting process, with different strategies and ways to approach these roadblocks. We want to make sure that every teen has an equal chance to be a part of BBYO. Later in the day, we watched a short movie called “The Tribe,” which helped us understand that we should celebrate our differences, rather than fight over them. Later on, one of the chapters, Kolot Yafot (“Beautiful Voices”), dorm 3, lead a meaningful program on bullying, where some of them shared personal stories in which they were all victims of bullying. Everyone got a small amount of Play-doh, and we each carved out an insecurity of ours. We then mashed it up, symbolizing the first step of being happier and more confident in ourselves. Finally, to end our busy day we learned about IC, or International Convention, held in Atlanta, GA. We ate peach crumble and danced for hours, as we all bonded through music and fun. As usual, we had an intimate friendship circle at the end and went to bed. Leila Tov!!
CLTC 2 Explores Our Jewish Identity
Posted on 06/25/2014 @ 12:20 AM
Hi, our names are Vanessa Mandel and Leetal Pinko from KIO and NRE region. Throughout the day today there were different programs on exploring your Judaism. We did an educational and fun activity where we added beads to a bracelet that represented the different values and practices of Judaism. Just to name a few- culture, traditions, social action and more. By discussing with others we discovered that no bracelet was alike. Another similar program today that helped us express our Judaism was coloring Jewish stars with different colors that represented different practices and values. In addition we sat in a circle and each said an important value of Judaism that was important to us. Through these programs, we learned that everyone expresses Judaism in their own way, however it does not mean one is better than the other. Each one of us has different values and traditions that make us different. It was interesting learning about everyone’s different ways of practicing the same religion. Submitted with undying love for Ruach BBG #1814, CLTC 2 2014, and the amazing programs, we forever remain Vanessa Mandel and Leetal Pinko