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Week 1 in Review

Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 07:00 AM

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Matthew Leightman and Bruce Margoshes here!

The first week of ILTC has come to a close. To most people here, time has flown by.

"It feels like just yesterday that I woke up knowing that today was the beginning of ILTC," said Matthew Leightman, 17, from Lonestar Region.

The teens at Camp Perlman have been enjoying a host of activities that they elected as well as classroom time titled blueprints, taught by highly-esteemed BBYO directors and advisors from across the nation.

Kevin Falik, director of Cotton States region, says he enjoys teaching his respective blueprint because he wants to help pass down his knowledge of BBYO and train the future leaders.

Bruce Margoshes, 16, Rocky Mountain Region, says, "Blueprint studies have changed my outlook on leadership and BBYO as a whole."

Gabe Baskin and Noah Adelstein, both 15 from Rocky Mountain Region make friends by playing basketball everyday. On the second night of ILTC, the teens celebrated their first of three Shabbats.

Josie Roth, from Gold Coast Region, said that she enjoys taking pictures and going to services with her friends. Every few nights, the Madrichim (room advisors) hold dorm bonding nights to allow kids to get closer to their roommates.

Ben Shulman, 16, Eastern Region - North Carolina Council, says that he loves his dorm and all the fun he has with the people in it.

The first week is over, but there is plenty of time still left. Stay tuned for next week's edition of ILTC 2013: A Week in Review.


Mesmerized at ILTC

Posted on 07/03/2013 @ 08:00 PM

Tags: iltc

Shalom Everybody,

My name is Max Byer and I hail from Northern Region East: DC Council #54, and I couldn't be having a better time here at ILTC so far!

Most nights, we participate in an evening program which ranges from speakers, to initiative-based programs, or even entertainers.

On Monday, July 1st, ILTCers welcomed Ronnie Baras, a professional hypnotizer, to Perlman. Once he had participants get up on stage, the performance began; with most of the audience feeling a sense of doubt and hesitation and expecting a gimmick or simple mind-trick, expectations were low. However, within minutes the room was filled with "oohs" and "aahs".

After beginning with a demonstration of his suave skill, Mr. Baras started to show why he is annually considered one of the highlights of ILTC.

One show-stopping moment occurred when he got people to act as if they were their peers or celebrities. The most memorable one was when he got Nick Phillips (from London, England) to believe he was current hip-hop star Macklemore. Then, Philips with the help of "backup dancers", proceeded to perform a rousing rendition of the hit single, "Can't Hold Us".

The show's "big finish" was when Mr. Baras got those on stage to believe that their own peers in the audience were celebrities. For instance, Emily Epstein (Eastern Region, Virginia Council) thought one of the audience members was Jennifer Anniston, and Jake Nitzkin (Michigan Region) dashed into the audience so that he could "meet" Lebron James.

As an audience member, I can definitely say there wasn't a single person in the audience who wasn't laughing hysterically or eager waiting to know what would happen next. I cannot think of a better way to have spent my night.

Fraternally submitted with undying love for ILTC 2013, Dorm 9, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, Northern Region East: DC Council #54, and my heart and home, Thomas Lantos AZA #2539, I remain,

Aleph Max Byer

Proud ILTC 2013 Participant and Blogger


ILTC Day 4 - Sabbath and First "Normal" Day

Posted on 07/01/2013 @ 07:00 AM

Tags: iltc

We have officially completed our first Sabbath and regularly scheduled weekday of ILTC!

The Sabbath was very relaxing as the teens participated in services, then chose from a variety of Shabbat activities, and enjoyed ample chofesh (free time) on our day of rest. Activities ranged from in-depth learnings about Judaism to meditation and hiking.

Sunday was a great success as well. The teens got to experience what a normal day at camp will be like, which includes:

  • Limmud - Teaching (Israel related)
  • Skills Workshop - A workshop aimed at improving skills pertaining to BBYO and life
  • Chug - An elective ranging from Israeli dancing to video-making
  • Planning Committee - A committee that plans activities for participants

The teens finished their day off in separates (when the boys and girls each have their own program. The girls explored what value their valued most and the boys re-enacted the founding of Israel with a paint war.

More updates will be posted soon. In the meantime, please go to:

and click on the album "ILTC 2013". New photos are already there and more will be posted daily.


ILTC Day 2 - Bringing in the Sabbath

Posted on 06/28/2013 @ 09:30 PM

Tags: iltc

The first full day of ILTC 2013 is almost over, and so far it has been a great success! The teens spent the earlier portion of the day being introduced to camp activities and choosing electives, and the second portion of the day bringing in the Sabbath.

After an early morning Shacharit (prayer), the teenagers ate some breakfast, and dived right into camp activites. In one series of rotations, the teens chose between a variety of activities such as "chugim" (elective courses covering topics like media and a capella), "limmudim" (lessons dealing with topcis like Israel and Judaism), and leadership committees (for fields like video making and program creating).

During the next group of rotations, the teens got to let out their energy. Their stops included "rikkud" (dancing), "shira" (singing), a program with our teen coordinators, and an Israel program led by our specialist who flew in all the way from Israel to staff ILTC.

After some "chofesh" (free time), the teens participated in Shabbat Shira (singing and services for the Sabbath). Later tonight they will enjoy a bonding program, before receiving some snacks and going to bed.

We will not be posting blogs, nor pictures during Shabbat, but we will be updating you again via this blog on Saturday night. Additionally, there are already pictures posted on Facebook, and more will be added every day of camp except Saturdays. To access the pictures on Facebook, go to:

and click on "ILTC 2013".

Shabbat Shalom!

Intro to ILTC


Our Madricha Nitzan

Posted on 06/27/2013 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: iltc

Mica Laber here.

As a BBYO community, we are so lucky to have international people in our presence to learn from. One of our madrichot, Nitzan, hails from Israel and is staying in the awesome dorm 5. All of the BBGs and Alephs love having her around- she makes funny jokes and has the most beautiful singing voice.

She represents Maccabi Tzair, our Israel partner organization. Nitzan has been with them for a long time and has been telling us about the similarities and differences between them and BBYO.

Along with her amazing rikkudim (Israeli Dance) instructing skills, she was an instructor in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) on how to operate tanks. Her name tag lanyard is covered in cool pins that represent her years in the IDF and Maccabi Tzair. We don't mean to offend any of the other madrichot, but Nitzan is definitely one of our favorites. We love being around her as she makes us laugh and has so many insightful and interesting things to tell us about her life in Israel and the IDF.

Everyone at Perlman is treasuring every last minute we have with her here!



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