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Week Two – Second Session Update

Shabbat Shalom Camp Judaea!

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The 2nd week of Second Session has flown by with amazing spirit and kavanah! We started the week saying goodbye to our Kesher campers as they left for NYC and to Chalutzim as they left for Outward Bound in Pisgah National Forest. Our Bogrim eda had a blast participating in “Yom Sports” (an inter-camp athletic competition with Camp Ramah and Camp Coleman) and our Tsofim eda enjoyed competing in “CampStock” (an intercamp camp competition with Camps Rockmont, Hollymont, Highlander and Blue Star). In the middle of the week, our Offarim, Oranim and Sayarim campers ventured out to Emerald Village, the WNC Nature Center and Chimney Rock before heading to Pisgah National Forest for an overnight campout in an old growth forest at the base of Mt. Mitchell.  All three edot took a short hike to a gorgeous waterfall.  Meanwhile, Rishonim had the time of their lives at Tweetsie Railrood while Tsofim and and Bogrim had a great time at Carowinds Amusement Park.   On Thursday we said farewell to our Rishonim campers till next year.  Here are updates from each eda:

Rishonim:

The kids have left only 24 hours ago but we are already missing their hilarious and joyful presence at camp. This past week was full of excitement—Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park, Rishi Bikkurim (Bikkur-ish), “Rishi Take-Over”, and an incredible Shabbat spent as an eda. I don’t doubt that all your children are very tired…but more importantly, very happy. We can’t wait to see you all next summer!

Shabbat Shalom,

Isabelle Morris

Offarim:

This week was a great success—full of joy, friendships, and new experiences. The staff and I prepared educational peulot where we reenacted making aliyah to Israel by taking the campers on a “flight” around the major parts of Israel including the Negev, the Dead Sea, the Golan Heights. We also learned about the difference between the old and new cities in Israel. Our day trip to Emerald Village (gem mining) and our overnight camping trip were a hit! The campers were so thrilled to bring home the gems they found and enjoyed a nice hike to a waterfall on the overnight. After meeting and bowling with their BOs last week, the campers are so happy to have a friend in Bogrim looking out for them and teaching them all of the traditions at CJ. We are so excited for all the activities we have planned this coming week.

Have a peaceful and restful Shabbat,
Cyleena Rodriguez

Oranim:

We are so excited to welcome this relaxing shabbat after a full week of exciting adventures. We enjoyed such a variety of activities a bonfire, a dance party, and learning about Lag B’Omer and Tu B’Shvat. To twist up the week, we took a trip to the Western North Carolina Nature Center and watched animal shows as well as petting some fluffy sheep and seeing big black bears. Later, we drove to a campsite where we cooked hotdogs, hamburgers and poyke.  We took a nature walk by the creek, and made some s’mores while telling traditional camp stories. The Oranim campers had so many bonding moments this week and are loving camp more and more with each day.  

Shabbat Shalom,

Amanda Shames

Sayarim: 

We’ve had a magical week filled with new adventures and lots of ruach. We learned about different Zionist leaders through a special Israel Dating game and participated in a traditional Israel Birthday celebration. Before our overnight, we hiked the beautiful Chimney Rock and saw a very special animal show with tons of bugs, hedgehogs, and snakes! When we got to the campsite, we learned how to build tents, set up a campfire, and even played underneath a spectacular waterfall. We spent the night eating amazing food and telling stories around the campfire with the aid of our lantern art projects (check out our pictures online). We’re so excited to be leading Kabbalat Shabbat tonight and bringing in this Shabbat with our CJ family, 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rachel Cohen

Tsofim:

Our second week at camp was a bit wetter than the first but so much fun nonetheless.  This week we learned about Israeli music, began constructing our service project (an awesome firepit), and left camp for an exciting trip to Carowinds. We also competed in CampStock Day and won the Archery and Swimming competitions! We are all having a great time here and are looking forward to what next week has in store for us!

Shabbat shalom,

Sam Morse

Kesher:

Huzzah! The conquering kesher eda has returned from an amazing trip in NYC! We had an incredible time seeing the sights such as the top of the Rockefeller Center and the famous Natural History Museum. We even saw the Broadway hit show, “Newsies!” We’ve explored the concrete jungle and returned with tales of awesome experiences. Tonight we are very happy to be back at camp for a very relaxing and much needed Shabbat. With only a week and a half left, we have so much left to do and so much more to learn! We hope you have an amazing Shabbat back at home.

Shabbat Shalom,
Eddy Allen

Bogrim:

Shabbat shalom from Bogrim! This week was full of special Bogie events! To start out the week, we traveled to Rabun Gap, Georgia to participate in an intercamp sports day with Camp Coleman and Camp Ramah Darom. We met other Jewish teens and shared tons of CJ ruach and customs. Following Yom Sport, Bogrim put on their very own Hatzagah (theatrical production) for the rest of camp! Lastly, Bogrim spent a fun-filled day enjoying the splendors of Carowinds theme park! In the coming week, we are looking forward to an incredible Bogie carnival and an awesome overnight! 

Shabbat Shalom,

Sarah Fine 

As we move into the 3rd full week of camp, we look back upon everything we have been able to accomplish and look forward upon everything we still wish to do. When we light the candles tonight, we will think of all of our family and friends in camp, at home, and in Israel fighting for peace.

Shabbat Shalom!

Welcome Second Session Families

Dear Second Session Families:

Welcome to Camp Judaea!  It has been such a beautiful and happy first week at Camp.  Check out the Week 1 Edition of The CJ NEWS here.  

All of our campers have settled in nicely and have just returned from bowling today while our Chalutzim campers returned from a white-water rafting adventure. Yesterday, our entire camp participated in our Tu B’av/Good Deeds Day which featured a fair celebrating good deeds and random kindness in accordance with the Israeli Valentine’s Day — Tu B’Av.  

This session our campers and staff will be having a blast while learning about water and energy conservation through our partnership with Conservation Generation and GabiH20.  We’re hoping by the end of the summer to create at least three behavior changes in our campers and staff: showering in less time, turning off the tap when we brush our teeth, and only putting the three P’s (poop, pee, and toilet paper) down the toilet. Our programs reinforce these behaviors through an Israel modern and historical lens — showing our campers the water energy initiatives Israel has accomplished to become so incredibly eco-cool. We will be painting rain barrels, learning about composting and teaching how to save water through an awesome game called Gabi Trumps. Finally, by planting a tree in National Forests on behalf of every CJ family this summer, we hope to help offset the estimated carbon footprint of our camper travel to and from camp thereby creating positive change in our camp community and at home.

Shabbat Shalom from all of us at CJ!

Thanks for a fabulous First Session!

Shabbat Shalom!

Check out the 4th week edition of CJ News by clicking here.  

The session has come and gone so quickly! Our Staff treasures each and every happy memory from the past four weeks.  From a camper’s 1st time down the zipline to a late-night kitchen raid, we hope your children shared all the excitement of the summer with you. This last week zoomed by starting with Bikkurim (color war) and ending with our Purim Masquerade Banquet.  We are so thankful to all of our first session campers for their conservation efforts and learning this past session.  To show our thanks we are collaborating with the National Forest Foundation to plant a tree for each camp family attending first session.  These beautiful trees will offset the estimated carbon footprint of our campers travel to camp this past session. 

Our merakzim (supervisors) and staff already miss their chanichim (campers) and wanted to share some of their parting thoughts with all of you:

Rishonim:

We can’t believe an entire session has passed! This summer has been absolutely perfect and we have all the parents and their adorable Rishonim campers to thank for that. I hope this summer was as incredible for you as it was for all of us. See you in Offarim!

Offarim:

We are sad to see our Offie campers leave but happy that they left with a summer full of joy, laughter, and memories. From our first eda meeting, peulot eda, day trips, overnight, and bikkurim to our last Offie-nut cheer in the Chadar Ohel, we know our campers had an amazing experience at CJ this summer. We are very grateful to our campers for their energy, excitement, and courage. Have a great year and we’ll see you next summer!

Oranim:

Our Oranim campers definitely left their mark in Camp Judaea after incredible weeks of building friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. To end the session we worked on our service project, learned about Lag B’Omer, and had a beautiful and memorable last Shabbat. It was great to see Oranim come together and feel so passionate toward our home here in CJ. We can’t wait to see you all next summer in Sayarim.

Sayarim:

The Sayarim eda had such an amazing session filled with new friendships, experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime! I hope your children learned many new things about conservation, Israel, themselves, and being a hero in their community. See you next summer in Tsofim!

Tsofim:

Our session here at camp ended filled with laughs, smiles, tears, and incredible amounts of joy. Our eda got along so well and each of us was able to grow as people, Jews, and as Zionists.  I hope all of your children had as much fun as I did here at CJ this summer. See you next summer!

Kesher:

Wow this session has really gone by quickly. Already most of you are reading this letter in the comfort of your own home while your children regale you about all of their experiences, from the bikkurim cheers they screamed, or even the small little jokes within the cabin. This summer has truly been life changing for many of our chanichim. I hope you know that it has been a pleasure watching your children grow through these amazing experiences, and I hope they remember their Kesher summer for the rest of their lives. 

Bogrim: 

After a session full of great memories, new experiences, and friendships that will last a life time, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Bogrim 2014. We are so proud of all of the growth, maturity, and kindness that Bogrim 2014 has left behind as their legacy. We look forward to their continuation at Camp Judaea in Chalutzim and at Camp Tel Yehudah for Yachad, We wish all of our Bogrim families a year full of happiness and adventure! Achim, Simcha, Bogrim!

As we light the Shabbat candles tonight, we think of all of the 1st session campers we will miss. We will think of all of the memories shared, and moments made.

Shabbat Shalom!

The CJ Tsevet

Week Three – First Session Highlights

Shabbat Shalom CJ Family!

Click here to watch our THIRD WEEK VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS from CJ NEWS!

Our third week of first session has zoomed by with excitement and enthusiasm at every turn! Our oldest chanichim hosted their Bogrim Carnival for our youngest campers. Also, every eda went on a tiyul (trip) to either an amusement park (for the younger kids) or an overnight (for the older kids) and the weather was spectacular! Here are a few “Shabbat-O-Grams” our Merakzim wanted to write for you:

Offarim:

This week was very exciting and action-packed! Our campers wrote expectation letters to themselves for the last day of camp and to their future self in Bogrim. The campers were so thrilled and had an awesome time on their day trip to Tweetsie Railroad on Tuesday! Offarim also painted their cabin plaques that will be permanently hung up in camp for all to see. As this week comes to a close, we are looking forward to the coming week—from those extra special moments, to that last splash at the pool, and that one final rikkud around the basketball court.

 

Oranim:

We have just finished another week full of fun and exciting activities. The campers have been building sukkahs, having fun in a paint war, learning about different Israeli heroes, and getting the chance to write letters to current Israeli soldiers as a part of learning about Tikkun Olam. We also took a trip to the Dollywood Theme Park! We are all walking around with smiles and can’t wait for our final full week of awesome activities!

Sayarim:

This week Sayarim took Israel to the moon by learning about the Israel space program and SPACEIL by making their own rocket ships out of eggs and landing them safely from on top of the rock wall! We also had our day trip to Dollywood and ended the week with a spectacular talent show where the chanichim got a chance to perform for the entire eda!

Tsofim:

Our third week at camp was just as busy and exciting as the first two! We learned about the Israeli political system and some of the most prominent Israeli politicians. Our overnight on Tuesday was very successful and the chanichim ate delicious campfire food including Poike (ask them about it when they get home)!  We spent the day in Pisgah National Forest and then slept under the stars and thankfully stayed dry.  We are all dreading the end of camp but are doing all we can to cherish the last week. 

Kesher

This week has been incredible for Kesher. After a much needed restful shabbat post-NYC, we had a very enjoyable week full of activities. On Tuesday, Kesher went to Linville Caverns and Linville Falls for our day trip, which the kids absolutely loved. Afterwards, we went to Pisgah National Forest for our overnight, and I can honestly say that it was my favorite overnight I’ve ever experienced at Camp Judaea. We enjoyed a wonderful barbecue and then had a campfire with fun songs and even a talent show held by the campers. Last night, on Thursday, we had our hatzagah (performance) and it was “Frozen” themed as we learned about the special powers we all have inside of us. The chanichim (campers) had an incredible time making the artwork as well as the dance break. Following their stellar performance, we enjoyed an ice cream social and an impromptu dance party. With only a week left before the chanichim return home, I know that these kids are taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, and they are taking positive risks to ensure that they have the best session ever at Camp Judaea! 

Bogrim:

This week, Bogrim settled back into camp life through a jam-packed schedule of exciting special programs! On Tuesday, we visited the breathtaking Grandfather Mountain swinging mile high bridge on our overnight day trip! We took a beautiful hike up the mountain to watch the amazing views (check out the pictures). We also hosted a Bogie Carnival in which every Bogrim camper led a fun carnival game for our younger chanichim. Tonight, we are looking forward to kicking off our last camp Shabbat together as we lead services and shira alongside our Offie buddies!

Yesterday at Camp we celebrated Yom Ha’azmaut (Israel Independence Day at camp) where every camper had an educational competition (The Amazing Race) to visit every major city in Israel through stations and complete a task to find the next clue. Tonight we welcome in Shabbat with our BO’s (Bogie/Offies) leading services. We will think of what we want to accomplish together during our last week of camp as we light the Shabbat candles tonight. Most importantly, we will think of you and all of the positive risks we can’t wait to share.

Happy Independence Day and Shabbat Shalom from everyone at Camp Judaea!