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Highlights from Camp Judaea — Week Two — Second Session 2013

Shabbat Shalom CJ Family,

We’ve enjoyed a fabulous second week — blue skies and so many fun and adventurous activities! We hope you are enjoying all the photos and videos we are uploading for your viewing pleasure. We are featuring all of our weekly videos (and then some) on our Vimeo Channel.  Please share our Vimeo Channel with your family and friends.

Here at Camp our thoughts are of our families, of our Chalutzim chanichim who are out on the trail in Pisgah and of our Rishonim chanichim who returned home yesterday after a fabulous 10 day session.

Please enjoy this week’s updates from each of our edot and our weekly video update from CJ News!

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Big Camp Hugs and Shabbat Shalom Wishes from all of us at CJ,

Tom

     RISHONIM EDA

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Shalom Rishonim Parents,

The Rishonim campers had a very busy last few days here at Camp Judaea. Last Sunday, we took a day trip to Tweetsie Railroad. The kids had a blast going on rides, exploring the petting zoo, and especially buying candy and coke. On Monday night, we took the campers on their very first overnight in the woods. We cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner and later roasted s’mores and made banana-boats over the fire.

We also had fun filled daily schedules with peulot eda, rotational activities, and exciting tochniot erev (evening programs). In our last Peulah Eda, our campers drew their favorite region of Israel, or specific aspects that they were most interested in, on pillowcases so that they could take home a little portion of Israel. Some favorite rotational activities were playing ga-ga, horseback ridding, rock climbing, zip lining, swimming in both the pool and lake, and archery. Their favorite tochniot erev was a giant game of paint tag on the second to last night of camp.

The Rishonim staff and I had the best time with your children over the last 10 days. I can’t believe how fast the time flew by and how much we did in such a short amount of time. I hope that your children had as much fun as we did here at CJ. We can’t wait to see them in Offarim next summer!

Shabbat Shalom to you all and I hope you have a wonderful summer,

Emmy Cohn, Rishonim Merakezet

     OFFARIM EDA

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Shalom Offarim Parents,

We had an exciting week here at Camp Judaea. We started the week by heading to Emerald Village to go on a tour of the Bon Ami gem mines and then do some gem mining of our own. All the kids left with a big bag of beautiful rocks that they mined for themselves and then we headed to our camp site for our overnight. We got there fairly early so we had plenty of time to set up our new tents and collect fire wood before making dinner and s’mores and heading to bed.

Aside from the overnight, we have continued with our Jewish life cycle theme with a Bar Mitzvah themed peulah eda as well as an Israel Defense Force activity in order to incorporate the Israeli life cycle. Other than that, we’ve milked the goats, had a dance party, and have made it to the remainder of the rotational activities. We are all looking forward to another camp shabbat together and yet another fun-filled week ahead of us!

Shabbat Shalom

Shira Berman, Offarim Merakezet

 

     ORANIM EDA

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Shalom Oranim Parents,

I can’t believe it’s already Shabbat again! The chanichim (campers), madrichim (counselors) and I had an incredible week. The overnight went very well! All of the campers loved the nature center in Asheville and had so much fun camping out in Pisgah National Forest. The campers learned about more Jewish holidays this week, Purim and Passover. For Purim they acted out a poem and made hamentashen. For Passover, we made matzah and learned about freedom. We also had some fun night time activities this week. We had a fire fly catching activity one night, a luau dance party with Offarim and a dance party with Sayarim, and had a cupcake war (just decorating not actually throwing cupcakes). Your children are all so enthusiastic and wonderful campers and the oranim staff and I are looking forward to another week of fun filled and educational activities with the chanichim! We hope you have a relaxing Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom,

Emily Shalev, Oranim Merakezet

     SAYARIM EDA

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Shalom Sayarim Parents,

Week two has come to a close and yet again proven to be a successful CJ week. This week started off with the campers experiencing the Pisgah National Forest on their overnight. Before arriving at the campsite the campers got the opportunity to see Chimney Rock and hike down the mountain through the Four Seasons Trail. This week, the campers also learned about the Israeli Defense Force through an interactive army day led by Moshe Dayan, Yoni Netanyahu, and Hannah Senesh.  Amidst all the fun, we managed to find time to learn about some Zionist and Jewish heroes. Through interactive educational activities the campers learned about important figures such as Ilan Ramon, Omri Caspi, and Yossi Benayoun. The campers truly enjoyed themselves this week and have become a closer mishpacha (family).

The session is halfway done but we are all very excited about a fabulous second half to what has so far been a spectacular session. My staff and I have had such an incredible experience with your children and we cannot wait to show you how much they have grown over the summer. As we light the Shabbat candles, we will think of you all.

Shabbat Shalom,

Eitan Bender, Sayarim Merakez

 

     TSOFIM EDA

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Dear Tsofim Parents,

Our second week of camp was filled with fun, excitement and a whole lot of laughter. Both the campers and counselors had an enjoyable time.  We began our week with a trip to Carowinds on Sunday, which was followed by an impromptu dance party when we returned to camp.  We had a lot of time to bond as an eda this week whether it was during our pool party, our improv game night or during our very messy paint war on Wednesday night.  This week Tsofim learned about different political parties in Israel and how the Israeli political system differs from the American.  We are smack in the middle of the session and we cannot wait for the rest of the activities that our energetic staff has planned.  Everyone here is having a great time and wished camp was year round.  We are all so happy that all of the kids are having such a good time and I hope you enjoy the pictures from this week that will be going up onto our CampInTouch photo galleries.  

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov,

Sam Morse, Tsofim Merakez

     KESHER EDA

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Shalom Kesher Parents,

The Kesher staff and I had another great week with your children. This week we took our Kesher theme, Jewish Identity, to a new level in New York City. We took the Circle Line ferry around Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and learned about the immigration process that many of our Jewish ancestors took when immigrating to the United States of America. We also visited the Jewish Heritage Museum, 770 — the Chabad-Lubovitch World Headquarters, and Temple Emanu-el, one of the largest Reform Synagogues in the country.  In addition, the chanichim (campers) had free time with their walking groups to see Fifth ave, Time Square, and Chinatown. We were also fortunate enough to attend a Broadway play, Cinderella. My staff and I planned and led powerful peulah edas (educational activities) at Ellis Island, Temple Emanuel, 9/11 memorial, and the Chabad-Lubovitch World Headquarters to name a few. To complete our New York trip, the group toured Grand Central Station which included the historical qualities of the station and how the the station brought the New York City community together throughout history.

We all had a great safe trip and we are all excited to come back to Camp to continue the rest of the session together. I hope you have an easy weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Tali Burger, Kesher Merakezet

 

     BOGRIM EDA

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Shalom Bogrim Parents,

Bogrim kicked off this past week with an awesome trip to Carowinds. We then continued the fun back at camp with some creative programming! At Carowinds, the chanichim split up into smaller walking groups with their madrichim. Together they tackled the vast selection of attractions and rides from the renowned “Intimidator” roller coaster to the souvenir shops to pick up a little something for their Offie “BO” back at camp. The rest of the week was full of cool new programs, such as an interactive Peulah Eda about Jews all over their world and the diversity that each culture brings to camp and to Israel. In addition to the educational programs, the chanichim participated in the age old CJ tradition of the Messy Olympic Games! During the games, the chanichim completed challenging tasks such as searching for a chocolate chip in a bowl of flour and composing spaghetti hairstyles for one another in the hopes of bringing glory to their team! In the coming week, Bogrim is looking forward to an exciting day trip and overnight as well as putting on their very own theatrical production for the rest of camp to enjoy! As we welcome in the Sabbath, we think of all of our friends and family back at home and wish them a relaxing, healthy week.

 Shabbat Shalom,

 Sarah Fine, Bogrim Merakezet

 

        CHALUTZIM

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The Chalutzim kids are off to a great start on their 10 day Outward Bound trek in Pisgah National Forest. Some of the things they’ve done these past few days include hiking, preparing tasty back-country meals, and learning how to navigate using a topographical map and a compass. They will be starting their solos fairly soon and their instructors have nothing but great things to say! On Sunday, before they left for Outward Bound, they explored downtown Asheville for the day. The campers uniformly said that the highlight of the Outward Bound course so far was their accomplishments – particularly reaching the tops of long steep uphills and the way they support each other when it gets tough.  Shabbat Shalom from the spectacular wilderness of Pisgah!

Steven Beiner, Chalutzim Merakez

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Blue Skies and Very Happy Campers — Week 1 Session Two

Welcome Parents To Camp Judaea’s Week 1 of Second Session!

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RISHONIM

Shalom Rishonim Parents,

I can’t believe how fast this week flew by! We have been very busy having so much fun in the sun here at camp. We hit the ground running when the campers got here with peulot eda (educational activities) and rotational activities. So far we have completed three peulat edas: one on an introduction to camp, one on three major Israeli cities, and the last on Shabbat. The intro to c­amp peulah included a treasure hunt around camp to see the various locations and complete different tasks at each location. To learn about Israeli cities, we had the chanichim decorate cakes to demonstrate the different details that each city has. To learn about Shabbat, we discussed the different ways to celebrate Shabbat and then ended by braiding challah.  We have also had lots of fun going to the pool, the lake (both boats and slide), ivrit, playing sports, rikkud (dancing), shira (singing), high ropes, fishing, sussim (horses) and so much more.

If you think this was a busy week, it is about to get even busier. Today we spent the morning bowling, on Sunday we will be leaving for a day trip, and on Monday evening we will be camping out at a beautiful campsite on camp property. The staff and I have all been having such an amazing time taking care of your campers and experiencing the magic of CJ with them for the very first time. This group is made up of extraordinarily special chanichim (campers) and we are all already feeling sad that in less than a week they will be leaving us!  Please join us on Thursday, July 25th at 11am at Camp for a special Rishonim end of session celebration.

Shabbat shalom to you all and I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Emmy Cohn, Rishonim Merakezet

OFFARIM

Shalom Offarim parents!

We had an eventful first week at CJ, filled with new activities, cheers, and friends. For our first peulah eda (educational activity by age group) we did a camp-wide scavenger hunt to learn about the five pillars of Camp Judaea which include Judaism, Zionism, social growth, personal growth, and nature. Next we continued with the Jewish life cycle and learned about the brit milah and baby naming ceremonies. For our nighttime activities we’ve done cupcake wars as well as several get-to-know-you games. The majority of the kids have already made it to all of the rotational activities including ropes course, horses, and the lake. Last night the Offarim campers got their “B.O.s”–which are their camp older brother or sister for the session–in a nighttime bonfire ceremony. We are all very much looking forward to spending a relaxing Shabbat together as a camp and then another exciting week ahead of us!

Shabbat Shalom,

Shira Berman, Offarim Merakezet

ORANIM

Shabbat Shalom Oranim parents!

This week has been an incredibly fun week for your children here at camp! They have made up their own Oranim holiday, chocomakabikah and have learned about a few other holidays such as Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Tu B’shvat. They made greeting cards for camp, threw bread in the water, had meditation, and ate apples and honey while they learned about the high holidays. They acted out the different varieties of sukkot and built sukkahs out of food and candy. They even  got to begin planting a tree and read a story about a pine tree for Tu B’shvat! In addition to the educational activities, they have had dyadic encounters and have participated in an improv show. We also went bowling today which was so much fun! Your children have also been to the lake, pool and farm this week in addition to many other activities. This upcoming, Sunday we will be going on a field trip to the Ashville Nature Center and will be camping out in Pisgah National Forest. The Oranim staff and I are looking forward to the camp out and the rest of next week with your children! We all hope you have a relaxing peaceful Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom,

Emily Shalev, Oranim Merakezet

SAYARIM

Shalom Sayarim parents,

Week one has kicked off and the session is off to a great start. The campers started off the week by learning about a few famous Zionist heroes such as David Ben-Gurion and Theodore Hertzl. They then went on to learn about additional famous menches such as Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sandy Koufax. Earlier today the campers went as an age group to the local bowling alley here in Hendersonville and had a blast! This Shabbat, Sayarim will be leading the Kabbalat Shabbat as well as services tomorrow morning. Campers will be participating in an Israeli dance, leading an Israeli song, leading prayers, and also leading the closing of Shabbat Havdallah ceremony. This week has been amazing and all of us here at Camp Judaea are looking forward to an amazing second week.

Shabbat Shalom,

Eitan Bender, Sayarim Merakez

TSOFIM

Shalom Tsofim Parents,

This first week at camp has been packed full of fun and educational activities.  We have begun our journey in exploring Israeli society and culture with an activity centered around recognizing the many different people that call Israel home.  We also learned briefly about some well known Israeli artists while we created a Tsofim flag.  In addition to the educational peulot, we have also become much closer as an eda, especially during our indoor bonfire on Wednesday night.  As the skies opened up, we decided to go ahead with the bonfire, but without the fire.  We instead had story telling and raw smores!.  Both the campers and counselors had a lot of fun.  The kids are having a great time and we are all looking forward to the fun that the rest of the summer has to offer.  

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov.

Sam Morse, Tsofim Merakez

 

KESHER

Shabbat Shalom Kesher parents,

My staff and I have had an incredible week with your children—they are fantastic! They are all having an amazing time. So far, we’ve explored the meaning of identities and what it means to be Jewish. We also performed our Hatzagah (play) entitled Finding Tali to the entire camp last night, which was both educational and fun. They did an incredible job! All of the campers had a chance to swim in the agam (lake) and the brecha (pool), as well as experience sussim (horses) and omanut (art)! Today we went bowling and spent the afternoon in the pool under the summer sun! We are leaving Saturday night after Havdallah and return Friday morning. I am very excited to spend a week with these amazing campers in New York!

Wishing you on behalf of all of the Kesher staff, Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov.

Tali Burger, Kesher Merakezet

BOGRIM 

Shalom Bogrim parents,

The first week of Bogrim second session 2013 was a jam packed week of fun field trips, awesome peulot (programs), and great bonding activities! The first of our field trips was this Thursday, when all of Bogrim traveled to Rabun Gap, Georgia to play in an inter-camp Yom Sport (Sports Day)! The chanichim took advantage of the chance to show off their sports skills in many sports from basketball to tennis to ultimate Frisbee  They also got a chance to meet other Jewish campers from all over the Southeast from camps Coleman and Ramah Darom! After Yom Sport, the chanichim in Bogrim were paired with a little brother or sister on Offarim, or a B. O.! They enjoyed a great bonfire equipped with s’mores and hot chocolate to kickoff the B.O. tradition! In the coming week, we’re looking forward to a day trip to the amusement park Carowinds and some more awesome activities in camp!

Shabbat Shalom,

Sarah Fine, Bogrim Merakezet

CHALUTZIM

Dear Chalutzim parents,

Chalutzim has had an amazing week. Four of the campers arrived on Monday and immediately we started to break in our boots and prepare for Outward Bound. They played sports, ran around camp, and learned how to tie the essential knots needed for the woods. On Thursday, the other fourteen campers arrived from TY. They all had an amazing time and are so excited for Chalutzim. Once all of Chalutzim arrived, we stared to do team building activities and preparing even more for Outward Bound. We leave on Monday and everyone is really excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity.  As we light the candles tonight, we think about our family and friends back at home and look forward to our next Shabbat in the woods!

Shabbat Shalom,

Steven Beiner, Chalutzim Merakez

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Farewell First Session Campers

Shalom CJ Family,
It is truly incredible how fast time flies when you are having fun. It was awe-inspiring watching each of our campers mature and form into their true best self. We cannot believe that the first session has come to an end. Each eda has created so many magnificent moments throughout the session. 

   Our staff have had such an extraordinarily fun time with all of our chanichim. It has really been incredible for us, as well as for the entire staff, to be able to watch your children grow this summer and we thank you for allowing them to partake in this unbeatable Jewish summer camp experience. We hope to see each one of your children back next summer for another unforgettable summer at Camp Judaea! 

   We are so sad to say goodbye, but the memories that we will have of this past session will be memories that we will cherish for many years. We would just like to thank you for allowing our staff to be able to share a life changing experience with your child.

Thank You,
The Entire Camp Judaea Staff

PS: VIDEOS We’ve posted four brand new videos from this past week here for everyone to enjoy.  Full of joy and laughter…times we’ll always treasure.  See you next summer!

Camp Judaea Highlights — Week Three — First Session

 

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Shalom Camp Judaea Parents,

We’ve had a wonderful week three in spite of rather challenging weather conditions.  This week, in addition to our regular activities, we celebrated Bikkurim, Camp Judaea’s color competition day.  We hope you enjoy the video highlights of our first session Bikkurim.  (Note:  If you have difficulties with this link, please visit our Vimeo site to enjoy this week’s episode of CJ News.)

This session’s teams were:

Green:  Shahar Pe’er

Shahar is an Israeli professional tennis player. Her career-high singles ranking is world no. 11, which she achieved on January 31, 2011 (it is the highest ranking ever for an Israeli singles tennis player, male or female).  She attained her best Grand Slam singles result when she reached the quarterfinals at the 2007 Australian Open and the 2007 US Open. She also reached the women’s doubles final at the 2008 Australian Open with Victoria Azarenka. Pe’er has won five WTA singles titles, and three WTA doubles titles.

Blue: Yossi Benayoun

Yosi is an Israeli international soccer player, who is currently a free agent after being released by Chelsea. He has previously played for Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Racing de Santender in Spain, two spells with West Ham United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Red:  Omri Casspi

Omri was drafted 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, making him the first Israeli to be selected in the first round of the draft. With his debut with the Kings in 2009, Casspi became the first Israeli to play in an NBA game.

White: Yael Arad

Yael is the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal. She is widely recognized as one of Israel’s most successful athletes and is credited with bringing judo into the athletic mainstream.

Congratulations to the Yael Arad (white) Team on their victory.  A great day was enjoyed by all.  

All of us at Camp Judaea are looking forward to a fantastic week four including lots of peulot, chuggim and special activities including the Bogrim Hatzagah and Banquet.  

Please enjoy the following summaries of activities for each of our Edot.  

Shabbat Shalom,

Tom

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OFFARIM

Shalom Offarim Parents!

We had an exciting (and wet!) week here at Camp Judaea. Although it has been raining quite a bit, it certainly has not slowed us down. We started the week by heading to Emerald Village to go on a tour of the Bon Ami gem mines and do some gem mining of our own. All the kids left with a big bag of beautiful rocks that they mined for themselves, After, we went to our camp grounds for our overnight at the base of Mount Mitchell. We got there fairly early so we had plenty of time to set up tarps, collect fire wood, and sing some songs with guitar accompaniment beside the camp fire before making dinner and smores. Aside from the overnight, we had some peulot eda that included a traditional Jewish wedding and an “Israel experience” by simulating experiences unique to different cities and areas of Israel. We also just finished Bikkurim (color war) which the kids really enjoyed—White won!! I hope you all have a peaceful Shabbat! This last week here is sure to be meaningful at camp.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shira Berman, Offarim Merakezet

 

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Shalom Oranim !arents!

Despite all the rain, It has been another incredible week in the Oranim eda at Camp Judaea! The Oranim campers led Shabbat last Friday and Saturday and all did an amazing job leading services, performing a dance, and singing songs in front of the entire camp. On Sunday we had the privilege of going to the Asheville Nature Center and saw many rehabilitated animals unique to North Carolina. All of the campers had a lot of fun there. After, we went to camp out at Pisgah National forest where the campers helped set up the tarps with the Israeli scout Yuval and Israeli teva (nature) activity counselor, Bar, while other campers helped set up the fire and cook. After we returned from the overnight we learned about Purim and had a Purim costume fashion show and learned about Passover and freedom. The campers also learned how to make matzah from scratch!! Yesterday the campers had an incredible day of bikkurim (color war) where the theme was Israeli athletes—White won! Today we will be learning about Shavuot and we will be making goat cheese from the milk from our very own goats! The Oranim staff and I are looking forward to this next week at camp but are also sad to see this amazing session come to an end.

Shabbat Shalom,

Emily Shalev, Oranim Merakezet

 

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SAYARIM

Shalom Sayarim Parents!

Week three has come to a close and yet again proven to be a successful CJ week. This week started off with the campers experiencing the Pisgah National Forest on their overnight. Before arriving at the campsite the campers got the opportunity to see Chimney Rock and hike down the mountain through the Four Seasons Trail. This week, the campers also learned about the Israeli Defense Force through an interactive army day led by Moshe Dayan, Yoni Netanyahu, and Hannah Senesh! The week culminated with the much-anticipated Bikkurim, color war, which the campers look forward to all session—White won! The session is sadly coming to an end but we are all very excited about an incredible close to what has demonstrated to be an amazing session.

My staff and I have had such an incredible experience with your children and we cannot wait to show you how much they have grown over the summer. As we light the Shabbat candles, we begin counting down the days until the next Shabbat at Camp Judaea begins.

Shabbat Shalom,

Eitan Bender, Sayarim Merakez

 

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Shalom Tsofim Parents,

The days at camp keep getting busier and busier!  Our last full week of camp began with a day trip and an overnight at a campsite in the Pisgah National Forest.  Tsofim was able to spend a few hours at Sliding Rock, a natural rock waterslide (we hope you saw the pictures).  Although the water was cold, some still managed to slide down 22 times!  After, we had a campout with a barbecue, smores, and some great stories.  

Israeli technologies were our educational focus for this week.  The campers learned about different Israeli inventions and how influential they are in the world.  We also compared and contrasted new cities in Israel with old ones and had the kids decide which cities fit them best.  The kids really seemed to understand the vast differences between cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

A highlight of this week was Bikkurim, or Color War.  The chanichim have been looking forward to this day since they arrived at CJ.  The kids cheered their hardest, gave it their all, and competed their best in an effort to win bragging rights for life.  Although the white team won, each team did an incredible job and deserved to win.  

In a week of perhaps more rain than shine, we learned, we played, we laughed, we cried, but still managed to have an incredible week that will not be forgotten.  The memories created this week will last a lifetime.  With only a few days of camp remaining, we are hoping they are as great as the days we have already spent.

Shabbat Shalom,

Sam Morse, Tsofim Merakez

 

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Shalom Kesher Parents,

My staff and I had another fantastic week with your children. After returning from our trip to New York, the entire Eda (age group) went camping together. First we went on a tour of Linville Caverns (an underground cave), then we went on a short hike through the Pisgah National Forest. This week was also Bikkurim (color war). Every camper was part of a team and worked hard all day vying for that famous space on the Beit Ha’am wall—White won! My staff and I are sad that this will be the final Shabbat with our campers. However, we’ve had an amazing summer with them. I hope everyone can return next summer so I can see their shining, vibrant faces yet again at Camp Judaea. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Tali Burger, Kesher Merakezet

 

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Shalom Bogrim Parents,

This week the Bogrim chanichim got to experience a unique campout experience, learn about immigrant populations in Israel, and prepare for future leadership opportunities in the camp community. Bogrim also embarked on a fantastic day trip to the Caesar’s Head Park. There, we hiked to a beautiful waterfall outlook. After the hike, Bogrim set up camp at Pisgah National Forest where we barbequed and sang by the bonfire. During our Peulah Eda, the chanichim learned about the immigrant populations in Israel through a study of photojournalists’ lenses. The chanichim learned how far Jews across the world travel to turn their dreams into reality. Finally, the chanichim began to plan for the upcoming events that are tradition for Bogrim to lead. Events such as Bogie Carnival, the Bogrim Hatzagah, or play, and the Bogrim Kabbalat Shabbat are all anxiously anticipated campwide events, and we are so excited to be preparing for them in the week to come!

Shabbat Shalom,

Sarah Fine, Bogrim Merakezet