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My First Perlman Shabbat

Posted on 06/30/2014 @ 12:48 PM

This past weekend, we celebrated our first Shabbat here in Lake Como and I had a unique, eye opening experience. I am not a very religious person and I am certainly not one to celebrate Shabbat every Friday or follow Shabbat guidelines. However, I had a revelation while here at Perlman—in this environment, I should try to immerse myself in Shabbat because now is the time to try something new. Alongside the new family I have created, I celebrated and practiced Shabbat for the first time. I relaxed and enjoyed my Shabbat experience attending powerful services and not using my phone.

I participated in a two inspiring Shabbat electives, one of which was "Why We Do What We Do", led by Ian Kandel (Director of AZA & BBG). We discussed why we exist, what our purpose is as Jewish teens, why we should not give up on Judaism, and why we must ensure teens stay in the Jewish community post Bar/Bat Mitzvah. After that elective, I joined Ryan Ladd (Madrich) in a discussion about what we don't talk about when we talk about community service. We covered topics such as why we feel the need to volunteer when sometimes it is not needed, and why we need to educate ourselves before volunteering. Both electives were informative and helpful. I look forward to bringing these conversations back to my community when ILTC is over.

Shabbat in general is an incredible experience, but Shabbat at Perlman is magical. I will remember this Shabbat for a long time.

Amanda Iserson Nesichot BBG #2507 Gold Coast Region #51

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Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in the First 24 Hours at ILTC

Posted on 06/27/2014 @ 06:09 PM

1. You wouldn’t believe the amount of program choices. Yesterday we all were able to request our top choices for Chugim (electives), and today we went to our first session of the one we were assigned to. I went to song writing, while my friends have been to creative writing, A capella, Rikkudim (Israeli dancing), Media, Hebrew, and more! Then we also got to choose a “How-To” session where we learned about a specific aspect of BBYO Leadership.

2. Everyone wants to be friends with everyone. it is almost impossible to walk from one place to another without making a new friend. Whether you connect through a mutual friend that they met on CLTC or the fact that you both do theater at home, there is something you have in common with everyone. Since we switch around groups so often, you get separated from the people you knew from before, which almost forces you to make friends!

3. You won’t only be friends with teens; you’ll be friends with staff too. The Madrichim (counselors) and staff members are here for the same reason—they love BBYO! They are so approachable and fun to be around that you can’t help but be best friends with them.

4. The food is pretty good. In the three meals we’ve had so far, I’ve been happy to eat all of them! From the fantastic vegetarian chicken nuggets to the grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup, every meal has been tasty and filling. Even I (a vegetarian), have been very content with the choices.

5. I can hardly wait for the next two and a half weeks. The best of ILTC has yet to come. I can hardly wait to learn more and grow as a leader in the 16 days to come. If my first 24 hours are any indication of the rest of ILTC, it will not be anything short of amazing.

Leah Sherin Great Midwest Region Korczak BBG #849

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ILTC 2014 coming soon!

Posted on 05/02/2014 @ 02:42 PM

We are so excited and getting everything ready for ILTC in 2014. The fun starts on July 26!

Stay tuned! We can't wait to begin!

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