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A Typical Day at ILTC

Posted on 07/03/2014 @ 01:07 PM

Yesterday at ILTC, we started the day learning about ways to solve chapter problems in Limmud and Blueprint. I really like how we begin our day with Limmud because it provides a Jewish lens to the leadership skills we are learning in our Blueprint sessions. The discussions we had in our Blueprint helped me to learn accessible methods of solving problems that have occurred in my chapter back home. It has been extremely helpful learning how my peers have dealt with the same BBYO challenges I am encountering. Knowing I am not the only one facing challenges with my BBYO chapter and region is also comforting.

After lunch, we had our specialist sessions. I went to Shira where I participated in a song session with Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman—the best song leaders around. From there I journeyed to my "How-To" session with the ILTC Teen Coordinators, Dan Widawsky and Sofie Jacobs. They offered an open question and answer session where I learned about their experiences in BBYO. It was interesting hearing about their summer programs, conventions, leadership experiences, Jewish identity building, and everything in between. After that session, we went to Big/Little Limmud—a program where we are partnered with someone who we didn't know before ILTC and practice the role of being a big brother/sister or a little brother/sister in an AZA/BBG chapter.

Every night, we wrap our busy day up with an inspiring evening program. Last night, we had an Engagement festival where we played the role of different Jewish community teens—BBYO prospective members, new members, Alephs/B'nai B'rith Girls, etc. Practicing the different roles prepared us to go back into our communities to begin a big recruitment push. The night concluded with an exciting, glow in the dark dance. ILTC just keeps getting better.

Zach Freedman Lake Ontario Region

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