Shabbat Shalom CJ Family and Friends!
Here we are again– getting ready to welcome Shabbat for one last time as a camp community this summer.
Last Sunday we enjoyed another day of trips. Tsofim, Kesher, and Bogrim had successful overnight campouts in Pisgah National Forest while Offarim went to Tweetsie Railroad and Oranim and Sayarim went thrill-seeking at Dollywood.
Monday morning our gates opened for the final time this summer to welcome our fourth group of Rishonim campers from Taste of CJ Gimel! 17 new campers arrived, unpacked, and jumped right into the swing of things and enjoying their ten days at camp.
The rest of the campers in camp had the privilege to learn and play basketball with Israeli professional basketball star, Lior Lipschitz. They ran drills, had competitive scrimmages, and perfected their skills.
Wednesday afternoon we welcomed the Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan to CJ! They treated us with an inspiring musical performance. Everyone got to dance and sing along with the Scouts in the Beit Haam. Their message promotes friendship, peace, and understanding of different cultures, so it was the perfect fit for Camp Judaea.
Our Bogrim campers had been working all session to write, direct, and rehearse their Hatzagah, dance, and original song. Thursday they were able to perform their hard work in front of the whole CJ community. Everyone was laughing and cheering them on! We are very proud of all of the work they put into the production, and we know they were also proud of themselves.
We were very pleased to welcome about fifteen special guests to Camp Judaea Thursday evening. After attending the Hadassah National Convention in Atlanta, GA all week, some very dedicated Hadassah national and regional leaders made the trip up to CJ to celebrate Yom Hadassah with all of our Second Session campers. They took a tour of our growing camp, had dinner with chanichim and madrichim, and even got to participate in their own Omanut peulah led by Marnie and the Omanut staff during which they made beautiful “Tree of Life” wall hangings. We are very grateful to the women and friends of Hadassah for all that they do to support Camp Judaea year after year.
Today Kesher will plan and present our final Kabbalat Shabbat of the summer. Tonight our campers and staff will adorn white for this memorable evening. It is bittersweet to be celebrating our last Shabbat together this summer, but we know it will be beautiful and meaningful.
Though the summer may seem to be winding down, our schedule certainly is not! Coming up soon, we will have Bikkurim, the performance of the campwide hatzagah (play), full days of rotational activities, and, of course, the traditional CJ banquet.
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