Edah News

Summer 2016, Week 3

Kochavim | Shorashim | Nitzanim | Solelim
Tzeirim | Nevonim | Chalutzim | Bogrim

Conversation Starters (bolded in each section of Edah News)
are questions intended to provide a prompt
for your camper(s) to share about their week. Enjoy!  

Kochavim

Camp is flying by and we cannot believe that we have already finished three weeks. Kochavim campers have been so busy all over camp. From ice cream making in mada (science) to sababa (awesome) sports, our chanichim cannot stop smiling. We are so proud of Kochavim campers for finishing their first ever Zimriyah! Everyone looked incredible in their adom (red) camp shirts and they sang Kochavim classics "Lecha", "Shalom Aleichem", and "Ah-Ah-Ashrei". Though Zimriyah is now behind us, we continue singing our favorite songs all around camp. Click here to read the entire Kochavim Khronicle.   

Shorashim


Kayitz 2016 continues to be tutim for Shorashim! We were very active singing, dancing, creating, swimming, running, shooting baskets, scoring goals, and hitting homeruns. Without a doubt the highlight of the week was Zimriyah! We hope you enjoyed our performance at Rockland Lake State Park as much as we did! We are so proud of our amazing chanichim for performing with such ruach (spirit)! Shorashim had so much kef (fun) on Monday and Tuesday when each bunk had a yom meyuchad. Some highlighted yamei meyuchadim (special days) included Yom Superhero, Yom Purim, Yom Mini-Golf, Yom Pirate, and Yom Zoo. We continue learning new Hebrew phrases, and this week we've been chanting "Ani Rotzeh! Ani Rotzeh" Be sure to ask your child what this means! On Friday we were treated to the Ramah Performs (specialty camp) "Musical Review." Are you on Facebook? We’ve created a closed Facebook group for our edah to post pictures from the week. To join the group, simply log onto Facebook and in the top search bar type “Shorashim Nyack 2016.” Once you’ve located the group, click “join group” and you will be approved by a group administrator. We hope you have a Shabbat Shalom! 

Nitzanim

Nitzanimers had a very tutim week! We have so much fun dancing on the migrash every morning and hope you're enjoying the weekly videos posted on YouTube. A highlight of this week (and summer) was Wednesday evening's Zimriyah! We are so proud of our campers, and hope you enjoyed their performances of "Ah-Ah-Ashrei", "Ya'aleh V'yavo", and "Tsur Yisrael" as much as we did. We continue exploring our edah theme of "Creation" as our chanichim continued creating their own siddurim which feature personalized interpretations of brachot they are learning. Our chanichim chefs had bishul bachutz (outdoor cooking) and made Ramah Nyack favorites: banana boats or baked potatoe with eggs - all made over a campfire! Friday we were treated to the Ramah Performs (specialty camp) "Musical Revue". What was your camper's favorite song in the original musical. Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom from Nitzanim. 

Solelim

Solelim had a tutim third week! on the fields, in the pool, in omanut, (arts and crafts), at migdal, robotics, bishul (cooking), and more, we are enjoying camp! Solelim is loving bechira (electives), where campers had the opportunity to choose a favorite camp activity and spend extra time there. Your Solelimers are improving their sport skills, making beautiful art, ceramics, woodworking, and beading projects, and having lots of fun! Ask your camper what s/he is doing in bechira! Solelim wowed everyone with our ruach (spirit) and our voices at Zimriyah. It was really special for us to be able to sing in the second Zimriyah as part of upper camp and we sang our hearts out! We hope you enjoyed the performance. We are very excited for our upcoming trip to Liberty Science Center next week. We hope you have a restful and relaxing Shabbat. 

Tzeirim

Week three for Tzerim was totally tutim! We did it all: swimming, singing, sports, dancing, omanut, yoga, tefillot, bechira, a yom meyuchad, and more! A highlight of our week was Yom Ani B'atid (Me in the Future).  We dressed up as what we want to be when we grow up, and had many peulot (activities) including charades to guess our careers and a career scavenger hunt around camp. At our Inspiration Fair, tzevet (staff) from all areas of camp were interviewed by Tzeirim chanichim about their career paths, professions, and jobs. We documented the stops on our journey in a passport by collecting signatures of the inspirational tzevet we interviewed. We also learned about tikkun olam (repairing the world) and how we can make a difference in repairing the world through feeding the hungry and preserving water. We had a tutim time at Zimriyah-both performing and staying at camp for extra swim and eating dinner at camp before singing at Rockland Lake State Park! At our oneg on Friday, we learned the body parts in Hebrew and played "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" in Hebrew! As your camper to teach it to you. We can't believe that next week is the end of first session. We are looking forward to Yom Tiyul (Trip Day) to the New York Hall of Science and our in-camp sleepover next week. Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing Shabbat. 

Nevonim

We had a tutim week in Nevonim. We continued learning brachot of the amidah (our tefillah project for the summer). This week we learned about thanking God for redeeming Israel. Our chanichim (campers) went on a hunt to "save" a map of Israel. Zimriyah was absolutely a highlight of the week - and summer! We sang "Ivdu" and "Am Echad" with ruach and soul. Why? Because Nevonim is the best edah--hooah! Continuing the fun on Friday, we had a yom meyuchad, Yom Ha'Fuch (Backwards Day). We went through our camp day in reverse order, beginning with serving ice cream in the morning (parent, forgive us!). Our counselors switched bunks and there was silliness all around. Since our day was backwards, we ended with "tefillah" having a sing-off of different tunes for lecha dodi, and everyone wrote a personal acrostic poem using the letters in their name to describe what shabbat means. As your camper what the wackiest part of the yom was! Are you on Facebook? We’ve created a closed Facebook group for our edah to post pictures from the week. To join the group, simply log onto Facebook and in the top search bar type “Nevonim Nyack 2016.” Once you’ve located the group, click “join group” and you will be approved by a group administrator. Shabbat Shalom from Nevonim!  

Chalutzim

Shalom from Chalutzim! Camp is tutim and we are having a blast! Swimming, running, jumping, climbing, creating, dancing, and, of course, singing, have kept us very busy all week. We were so excited to show off all our hard work we put in to learning our songs for Zimriyah! On Thursday's Yom Purim B'Kayitz we came dressed in costumes, baked hamentaschen and filled matanot levyonim (gift baskets) to give to those less fortunate. Ask your camper what their favorite costume was! A highlight of our week was making tie-dyed shirts, which we will wear next week on the road during our trip to Boston! Are you on Facebook? We’ve created a closed Facebook group for our edah and Chalutzim to post pictures from the week. To join the group, simply log onto Facebook and in the top search bar type “Chalutzim & Bogrim Nyack 2016.” Once you’ve located the group, click “join group” and you will be approved by a group administrator. Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom from Chalutzim. 

Bogrim

Bogrim had a tutim week with many peulot exploring our edah theme of food justice. On Monday we had a supermarket peulah. With the tzedakah donated by Bogrim families, we purchased food for an entire week and learned about the challenges of food insecurity. Ask you child what s/he learned about creating a healthy diet on a limited budget. In bishul we measured, mixed, and created baked goods for our tzedekah bake sale at Zimriyah. We hope you enjoyed some of our treats while listening to the concert! We had a tutim time performing with ruach and soul for our families and guests at Zimriyah. Thank you for sending in shirts for our tie-dying peulah! We are excited to wear them "on the road" next week on our overnight trip. Thursday we had a special women empowerment yom. During tefillot we focused on Jewish women leaders, both biblical and present day. Later in the day some of us hiked Shvil Ramah, and others participated in a "Lunch & Learn" discussing what "feminism and empowerment" means to everyone. Later on, Zumba had us feeling strong and energetic! We ended the week with our trip to Rockland Farm Alliance where we learned how a working farm operates and where our food comes from. We definately learned a few things to help our herb garden prosper here at Ramah! Are you on Facebook? We’ve created a closed Facebook group for our edah and Chalutzim to post pictures from the week. To join the group, simply log onto Facebook and in the top search bar type “Chalutzim & Bogrim Nyack 2016.” Once you’ve located the group, click “join group” and you will be approved by a group administrator. Shabbat Shalom from Bogrim!