What a week it has been!
After celebrating our first Shabbat together, Kesher hit the road for a week of exploration and learning in New York City. Kesher’s theme is “Jewish Identity,” so the activities and itinerary were planned with that in mind as they squeezed many meaningful stops into their trip including: various museums, Temple Emanu-El, the New Jewish Home, Coney Island, Ellis Island, the Bronx Zoo, Broadway, and Ground Zero. They arrived back in camp early this morning, and we can’t wait to hear all of their stories.
On Sunday morning, the rest of the edot in camp packed up and headed out on trips! Offarim, Oranim, and Sayarim visited different nature programs before setting up camp in Pisgah National Forest for their overnight campout. They hiked to a nearby waterfall and had a great time! Rishonim spent the day at Tweetsie Railroad while Tsofim and Bogrim braved the roller-coasters at Carowinds, and Chalutzim went white-water rafting on the French Broad River. Everyone returned to camp happy and exhausted.
On Tuesday evening, the campers were treated to Erev Tzofim! Our Israeli Mishlachat, led by Noa and Omer, our summer Tzofim, planned an outdoor carnival with a variety of scouting activities, music, and a whole lot of ruach. Thanks to Sivan, our Young Judaea Shlicha, our Tzofim, and all of our Israeli mischlachat (delegation) members for planning this relaxing, adventurous and fun-filled program.
Wednesday morning started extra early for our Chalutzim campers as they geared up, strapped on their boots and backpacks, and departed for their 10-day Outward Bound trek in the Pisgah National Forest in the Linville Gorge area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We know that they will all come back from this potentially life-changing experience with countless stories, memories, and skills. We are very proud of each of them and are excited to hear all their stories when they return to Camp next Friday in time for Shabbat.
Our Tsofim campers (incoming 7th graders) traveled to Camp Highlander to participate in an inter-camp sports day with five other camps called Campstock. The group met with other campers, watched and cheered at activities, and competed in some of the events. The dress code was “tie dye,” so all of our Tsofim eda were able to make tie dye shirts last week in preparation for this competition day. Thanks to Tsofim for representing Camp Judaea at Campstock!
Yesterday we waved goodbye to the Rishonim campers from Taste of CJ Bet after 10 incredible and fun-filled days with us! They will definitely be missed, and we hope to welcome them back to CJ next summer. On Monday we will meet new Rishonim campers and begin Taste of CJ Gimel. We can’t wait!
Last night, we hosted Jewish rock star, Rick Recht, in the Beit Ha’am. The whole camp joined Rick in the Beit Ha’am for a concert. We were all very excited to host Rick, who is a celebrated Jewish artist, Jewish educator, and businessman– he founded Jewish Rock Radio! The campers were able to dance and sing along to his tunes, join him onstage for a jam session, and mingle with him to ask questions. It was a special evening for us all!
Today our Bogrim and Offarim edot are working in tandem to plan this weekend’s Kabbalat Shabbat. Since pairing the groups with their BO’s (Bogie/Offie partners) last week, they’ve been begging to spend more time together! We are very much looking forward to watching them lead t’fillot tonight and tomorrow morning.
As the afternoon wears on and Shabbat gets closer, it has been nice to look back on all that we have accomplished in the last seven days. Everyone is happy and looking forward to slowing down and having a restful Shabbat and then transitioning into a brand new week. The fun doesn’t stop; in the coming days, we have more trips, guests, and special events (Hint: the Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan is on its way!) to look forward to. But for now, we wish you Shabbat Shalom.
Please enjoy the highlights from the week in this episode of CJ News!
CAMP JUDAEA NEWS 2016 – WEEK 6 from Camp Judaea on Vimeo.