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Week 4 – End of Season Update – Camp Judaea

Shavuah Tov Camp Judaea Family,

The entire CJ Tsevet (staff) feels tremendous gratitude for the privilege of working and playing with your children this past session.  The final week of camp was a very busy with our chanichim commemorating Tisha B’av, finishing chug projects, eda service projects, our Camp-wide Hatzagah, the Dance Chug production, a concert with Shimon Smith and so much more.

All of our campers and staff had the opportunity to speak with Israeli Consul for Media and Public Affairs, Shahar Azani.  Their discussions were both highly engaging and impressive. We are so very proud of our community and their love for the State of Israel. In his words, this is what Consul Azani had to say:

“Spending time with the children and staff at Camp Judea has been an amazing experience for me. First, the children’s eloquence and thirst to interact freely on Israel both impressed and inspired me. It is my sincere belief that this interaction, free and profound, in that surroundings at that point in time in their lives, is the proper way to build their confidence when it comes to Israel. I loved their passion, and the hospitality. Thank you for making Camp possible and may you continue to flourish with your endeavors. I look forward to staying in touch!”

There have been many magical moments in this past session.  This past Shabbat (it’s just us here now), the camp senior staff was thinking of each of our campers and staff members from our entire 54th Season and sending lots of love and good wishes to all of you.  We can’t wait for us all to be together again in 2015 for our 55th Anniversary season.  Please enjoy these final messages from each of our Merakzim.

Shabbat Shalom,

Tom Rosenberg, Executive Director

PS:  Check out video highlights from this last week on CJ News by clicking here.  We’ve also posted the entire CampWide Hatzagah (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) online here and we’ve also posted the entire Dance Chug Performance here.  Remember, you can always access all of our videos on our Vimeo page here

Dear Rishonim parents,

As staff depart and I’m getting ready to leave Camp Judaea, I can’t believe another incredible summer is over. My time being the Rishonim merekezet has been nothing short of incredible and I am so proud of every Rishie for making the program what is it. What a summer it’s been! Each Rishonim child got a chance to do every special thing that camp has to offer. From sussim (horseback riding), to jumping on the trampoline in the lake, each day was filled with smiles. When it came time for bed, it was heartwarming to see each child fall asleep the second they got out of the shower simply because they were exhausted from having too much fun. “A taste of CJ” is exactly what it sounds like – the program is so special and important because each camper gets a chance to get a taste of everything. We even had our own little Bikkurim because the program ended before the campwide one that took place. The smiles on their faces that day (and everyday, really) were unforgettable.

Rishonim parents, I really can’t thank you enough for sending your children to Camp Judaea. They have an incredible journey ahead of them that will change their lives forever the same way it changed mine. It was an honor to watch them smile and be the adorable kids that they are. I can’t wait to see them grow and progress even more.

Shabbat Shalom,

Isabelle Morris

 

Dear Offarim Parents,
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 hope our campers had an amazing experience at CJ this summer. This summer was a huge success and we thank our campers for their energy, excitement, and courage. Have a great year and see you next summer!
Shabbat Shalom,

Cyleena Rodriguez

 

Dear Oranim Parents, 

Just 36 hours ago, the Oranim campers left their new home with great memories to look back upon. They all made such great friends, old or new, and experienced moments that will only happen in Camp Judaea. To conclude our session, we did an activity where each camper was given a few pieces of paper to write letters to their friends. It was amazing to see how much each camper had to say to their friends. Each camper received these letters with huge smiles on their faces, which was great to witness. Oranim campers grew so much over the session and cherished each moment of the amazing summer they had here. I can’t wait to see them all here next year!

Shabbat Shalom,

Amanda Shames

 

Dear Sayarim Parents,

It’s hard to believe that another summer at CJ has come to an end, but the memories made in Sayarim will be cherished forever. The chanichim came to CJ not knowing what this summer had in store for them. For some of them this was their second or third summer, but many of them walked into the gates for the first time. By day three of the session, it was hard to tell who was new and who wasn’t. Throughout the summer we learned about famous Jewish and Zionist heroes. By the end of the session, we became the heroes of CJ by creating beautiful street signs for camp commemorating the famous people we learned about. From our day trip to Chimney Rock and overnight, to the fun day we spent together at Dollywood, summer 2014 was life changing for me as the Merakezet, the entire Sayarim staff, and of course all of the campers. 

I can’t wait to see everyone signed up for Tsofim 2015!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rachel Cohen

 

Dear Kesher Parents:

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, be it through the bikkurim cheers they screamed, or even the small little jokes within the cabin. I can honestly say that being the Merakez for your children has been an incredible experience.
This summer has truly been life changing for many of our chanichim (campers), and 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.

Wishing you a fantastic rest of the summer and a shabbat shalom,
Eddy Allen

Dear Bogrim parents,

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the privilege to work with your Bogrim campers this summer. We had more fun than words can describe, and we accomplished more than any Bogrim that came before. We built a project in Bogieville, we painted a beautiful new mural, and we started an incredible new relationship with our friends at Camp Living Wonders. Here at camp, we were role models for our B.O.s and we made friends for life. Bogrim 2014 has truly made its mark on camp and will never be forgotten. Again, thank you for making this happen. See you next summer at Chalutzim!

Shabbat Shalom,

Sarah Fine

 

Dear Chalutzim Parents,

It’s closing day here at CJ for the staff and it is safe to stay it was another amazing and successful summer! Walking through the tabins (Chalutzim village) for one last time truly was an emotional scene. The Chalutzim chanichim were able to accomplish so much this session from rafting the French Broad, creating multiple murals at camps, a new welcome sign and obviously completing the North Carolina Outward Bound School. It was a great honor to call myself the 2014 Chalutzim Merakez, a supervisor position I never could have imagined myself being in when I was a Chalutzim camper. One of the main themes of our eda was hadracha (leadership), something that each of your children represent so well, being leaders.

We creating a Chalutzim-Rishonim garden by pairing each Chalutzim camper with a Rishonim camper (youngest eda in camp) and planted a flower in a garden that they made together and created a rain barrel. We planned a puela for all of the older edot in camp and spoke about doing Chalutzim and attending Tel Yehuda. Once again, working as the Chalutzim Marakez was a blessing and I am so humbled to have the opportunity to work with these incredible individuals! 

Shabbat Shalom,

Jonathan Burger

 

 

 

Week Three – Second Session Update

Shabbat Shalom Camp Judaea family and friends: 

Click here to enjoy the Week 3 edition of CJ News video highlights:  

The last full week of camp has ended and we are ready to bring in the final days of the summer. It saddens us to know that Camp Judaea will be empty for next Shabbat. This last week has been non-stop. We were able to team up with a neighboring Jewish special needs camp to take our Bogrim chanichim to lead educational activities with their campers. We also had our Day Trips and Overnights! But the highlight of the week was when the Honorable Barbara Volt, Mayor of Hendersonville, presented us with a commendation for our conservation achievements at camp and we broke Bikkurim (color war). Our theme was “Israeli Firsts”. We had White Golda Meir, the first female Prime Minister, Green Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister, Red Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, and Blue Hanna Senesh, the first female paratrooper. The day harvested all of the knowledge of the campers into a powerful day of sportsmanship, teamwork, and cheering! A few updates  from the edot themselves:

Offarim: 

This week was very exciting and action-packed! Our campers wrote expectation letters to their future self to be handed out when they’re in Bogrim and enjoyed a Bogie carnival hosted by their BOs. Our campers had an awesome time on our day trip to Tweetsie Railroad on Tuesday! Today Offarim and Bogrim will be working hard on hosting a beautiful B.O. Kabbalat Shabbat filled with songs, dancing, and plays. As this week comes to a close, we are looking forward to the coming week to those extra special moments, to that last splash at the pool, and that one final Offie nut cheer!

Shabbat Shalom,

Cyleena Rodriguez

Oranim:

Shabbat Shalom! As we conclude our last full week in camp and welcome in Shabbat, we are able to think back to all the wonderful moments that we’ve shared. We have had the chance to write letters to Israeli soldiers while learning about Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Hazikaron, bake hamantaschen for Purim, and show off our harvested fruits, celebrating Lag B’Omer. We also went on an incredible day trip to Dollywood, where the campers rode roller coasters and played arcade games. Yesterday during Bikkurim (color war) it was amazing seeing everyone have so much fun and pride on their colors, while learning about Jewish and Israeli heroes. We are all looking forward to our final days at camp!

Shabbat Shalom!

Amanda Shames

Sayarim:

Sayarim has had an amazing last full week of camp. During Peulah Eda, we learned about Israeli heroes and Ilan Ramon. We also started planning our service project and had a day trip to Dollywood! The chanichim had a cake decorating competition to see who could make the best superhero themed cake and also enjoyed competing against each other in Bikkurim. As we embrace the last week, we look at how we can take the values we learned at camp and incorporate it into our everyday life at home!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rachel Cohen

Tsofim:

As our last full week of camp draws to a close, we are looking back upon all that this week had in store for us.  From the overnight, to our trip to Sliding Rock, to the Scouts Caravan and Bikkurim, this week has truly been full of excitement!  We have a few very long days of camp left and we are all making sure that these last days of the session are memorable and are full of enough joy to last all of the kids until next summer.  For the last time this summer, I wish you and your family a Shabbat Shalom.

Samuel Morse

 

Kesher:

Shabbat shalom! We’ve had a wonderfully chaotic week here at CJ! We had our hatzagah (play) which was “Eddy Pan and the Lost Menches” and was the best hatzagah that CJ has ever seen! After that, we had our fantastic overnight where we slept under the beautiful starry sky only to come back to a great break of Bikkurim (color war)! This week has been fantastic and we are ready to relax and have fun during our final Shabbat of kayitz (summer) 2014. Although we leave in just a few days, we are trying to squeeze every last drop of summer magic out of this session! See you soon, but not too soon!
Shabbat shalom!
Eddy Allen

Bogrim:

Shabbat Shalom from the Bogrim family to yours! This week was by far Bogrim’s busiest and most exciting week. We got to turn our dreams into reality this week as Bogrim led an incredible program at Camp Living Wonders for Jewish special needs campers! Bogrim also led our own youngest edot in an interactive and peer led Bogie Carnival! To continue on the trend of Bogrim leading camp, they had an opportunity to shine on each of the Bikkurim teams! Finally, this evening the Bogies will be leading the Kabbalah Shabbat service alongside their Offie buddies as they enter their final Shabbat this Bogrim session. Our campers are truly learning how to be a dugma (example) for the rest of camp.

Shabbat Shalom!

Sarah Fine

 

Chalutzim:
The Chanichim are back and smelling better than ever! With just one night of rest, bikkurim came and was a great success as always. Today before Shabbat begins, we had the Israeli scout caravan here to perform in front of all of camp! I am sure all of Chalutzim cannot wait for a relaxed Shabbat as their final days at CJ come to a spectacular end.

Click here to enjoy highlights of the Chalutzim NCOBS 10 day Mountain Trek

Shabbat shalom!
Jonathan Burger

We concluded this week of excitement with a special show from the Tzofim Friendship Caravan and look forward to a very relaxing Shabbat led by our BO campers (Bogrim/Offarim). As we light the candles, we will jump into the new week full of seizing every moment and start to count down the Shabbats until 2nd session 2015. We look forward to seeing all of you next week.  

Shabbat Shalom!