Edah News

Summer 2016, Week 6

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

What a tutim week we've had in Kochavim. As the final week of camp comes to a close, it is hard to believe that Kayitz 2016 will end in just a few days. Kochavimers have danced, played sports, learned, and had fun every day throughout the summer. On Wednesday this week, Kochavim chanichim and madrichim alike came to camp dressed as animals and in safari gear. Yom Safari was truly spectacular! We opened our day with a challenging and exciting hike on the brand new Shvil Ramah hiking trail. As Kochavim journeyed together, we learned all about the journeys of Avraham Avinu, our forefather Abraham. Like Avraham, Kochavimers were motivated to exercise their minds and bodies and keep moving forward. Yom Safari continued with an animal exploration activity and an exciting Noah's ark play. Throughout the day we enjoyed learning more about teva (nature) and the world around us. Click here to read the entire Kochavim Khronicle.   

Shorashim


Shorashim had such a fun-filled and tutim week! We tested our skills all around camp shooting baskets in basketball, practicing our swinging in softball, and scoring goals in soccer. Rikud (dance) is a big part of our day. Shorashimers get quite a workout each morning jumping and dancing to our high-energy Israeli songs. We love going up to the bamah (stage) to make song requests and dance in front of camp. Morning migrash dancing is definitely helping us prepare for Festivale! Many of our Shorashimers stayed after camp on Tuesday for the annual PJ Library Pool Party--thank you to all who came! Our chanichim continue to amaze us as they lead our daily tefillot with such joy and excitement. Friday's bunk yoms were a true highlight of the week! Some of the yoms included Yom Five Senses, Yom Pajama, Yom Chef, and Yom Teva (nature). We all had so much kef (fun)! Next week, we look forward to our trip to Billy Beez and staying late in camp for fun activities and dinner. Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom from Shorashim! 

Nitzanim

We had another amazing week in Nitzanim! Edah unity continued to grow through this week's Yom Team Nitzanim, tie-dye, Festivale practice, singing our cheers, and more! In keeping with our summer-long theme of creation, we created a lot of things this week! During tefillot we read a book about Noah's ark and how he created a home for animals. Like Noah, we created homes for birds by decorating birdhouses. Many chanichim also created their own siddurim. Tuesday was so much fun as we let our creativity fly when we made our very own tie-dye t-shirts (a precursor to the edah-wide Yom Team Nitzanim held Friday). Wearing our new tie-dye t-shirts for Yom Team Nitzanim, chanichim participated in teambuilding peulot (activities) including a camp-wide scavenger hunt! Ask your camper what his/her favorite activity was during the yom. We are super excited about our Festivale dance (another exercise in creation), which is coming along nicely! We can't wait to perform it for you. In the meantime, we look forward to next week's trip to the Maritime Aquarium and dinner in camp. We wish you a Shabbat Shalom from Nitzanim!   

Solelim

Solelim had a tutim sixth week at camp! On the fields, in the pools, on migdal, practicing for Festivale, and during tefillot, our chanichim are gaining confidence and developing their skills in all areas of camp. During tefillot this week we divided into small groups which allowed the chanichim to connect with prayer differently and in a deeper way. We also delved into the meaning of Ashrei and Ma Tovu. A highlight of our week was Yom Giborim (Heroes Day) on Thursday! The chanichim came to camp dressed as heroes including firefighters, doctors, police officers, life guards, Superman, Israeli soldiers, and more. Our tzevet planned peulot (activities) that helped us recognize heroes in our community, and we wrote thank you letters to different camp staff members recognizing what they do to make camp tutim. Ask your camper whom they wrote their thank you letter to at camp! We also learned about different Jewish heroes including Golda Meir, David Ben Gurion, Tamir Goodman, Michael Levin, Moses, and more. Solelimers are mitzvah doers and heroes too, and as an edah we collected canned foods that will be donated to a local Rockland County food bank. Thank you so much to all those who contributed to our food drive. Solelim is very excited for our trip next week to the Turtle Back Zoo! We wish you a restful and peaceful Shabbat from Solelim!  

 

Tzeirim

Tzeirim had a tutim week! Running, playing sports, dancing, swimming, and more--we sure kept busy! We enjoyed some fun and creative activities in tefillot this week. Some of our chanichim conducted video interviews of different staff members around camp and asked various questions including what tefillah means to them, what their favorite synagogues are, and what their favorite tunes are to familiar tefillot. It was interesting to hear the thoughtful responses we received. A highlight of the week was Yom Wizard of Oz! Bunks dressed as characters or corresponding colors (see our lions to the right) from the movie, and explored the themes of teamwork, home, and community through special peulot. We've also been busy practicing for Festivale and we are excited to perform for you. Our dance is totally tutim! As we gear up for our trip and overnight next week, we hope you have a restful and relaxing Shabbat! 

Nevonim

Nevonim chanichim had a totally tutim week! Swimming, sports, bechira, and more, we are having another kef (fun) week at camp. We are learning our Festivale dance and are excited to perform for you. The highlight of our week was Yom Kvish Hachof (road trip)! We began our journey by learning Tefillat Haderech (the prayer for a safe journey) during tefillot. Dressed as tourists, Nevonimers visited United States landmarks all around camp including Mount Rushmore (the spaceball), the Golden Gate Bridge (the gesher), the White House (our own White House), the St. Louis Arch (Makom Shlomo), and more! Ask your child what his or her favorite destination was. Peulot (activities) included an interactive trivia game about the 50 states, a Waze-directed obstacle course correlating road signs to Jewish values, baking apple pie in bishul, a California pool-side beach party, and lastly, visiting the state fair. A cross-country road trip would not be complete without sending a postcard home, so look for your postcard in the mail next week! Make sure you check your inbox for information regarding our trip and overnight next week, and Yom Ta'aleh (going up). We are very excited for both events! Wishing you Shabbat Shalom from Nevonim!    

Chalutzim

Chalutzim had a totally tutim week! We are having so much fun in our new bechirot (electives) and practicing our Festivale dance. Our Jewish Family Service (JFS) supplies drive concluded on Monday--thank you for all of your generous donations! A senior staff member from JFS came to camp on Monday and educated us about how our donated supplies will help elderly members of our community be prepared in the event of an emergency. It was very meaningful for the chanichim to hear firsthand how the donations will be directly used in the community. On Tuesday we learned about democracy during Yom Ha'Atzmaut Ha'Americai B'August (American Independence Day in August). Dressed as American historial figures and in American-themed clothing, we created a virtual nation, developed programs necessary to support a country, such as medical care, education, and infrastructure, using a strict budget that we created. It was incredible! On Wednesday we had a special experience in tefillot--Tefillin Takeover! During the tefillin program, campers split into two groups: one group learned about tefillin, why and when we wear them, and what is inside. Then each camper wrote his or her personal prayer on a piece of paper that reflected what s/he most connects with in Judaism, or what s/he thinks about during tefillot. The campers placed those prayers into model tefillin made of cardboard boxes and covered them in black paper. In the other group, chanichim learned the tefillah one says when putting on tefillin, and then counselors facilitated wrapping of tefillin for those who wanted to try it. We continued our Friday oneg tradition of Jewish Jeopardy. Ask your camper with his or her favorite category was this week! A highlight of our week was our Challah-tzim bake sale. Thank you to all who ordered challah rolls--we hope you enjoy them and we wish you a Shabbat Shalom!  

Bogrim

Bogrim continues to have the tutim-est summer! Each day this week brought a meaningful and fun peulah building on our summer-long themes of food justice and leadership. Our Jewish Family Service (JFS) supplies drive concluded Monday--thank you for all your generous donations! A senior staff member from JFS came to camp on Monday and educated us about how our donated supplies will help elderly members of our community be prepared in the event of an emergency. It was very meaningful for the chanichim to hear firsthand how the donations will be directly used in the community. Tuesday we had "Shvillah," tefillot atop Shvil Ramah! Once we were back down the mountain we continued learning our Festivale dance, and we are so excited to perform for you! Wednesday we had another special tefillot--Tefillin Takeover! During the tefillin program, campers split into two groups: one group learned about tefillin, why and when we wear them, and what is inside. Then each camper wrote his or her personal prayer on a piece of paper that reflected what s/he most connects with in Judaism, or what s/he thinks about during tefillot. The campers placed those prayers into model tefillin made of cardboard boxes and covered them in black paper. In the other group, chanichim learned the tefillah one says when putting on tefillin, and then counselors facilitated wrapping of tefillin for those who wanted to try it. Following tefillot we departed from camp to Jawonioa facility that provides services to people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in nearby New City, NY to set up and run a carnival for residents. After eating a packed lunch we headed to New City Bowl for our edah bowl-a-thon. Thank you so much for all of your donations! We continued our Thursday lunch and learn series with a focus on positivity. We ended the week with a visit to a local senior residence, The Esplanade, where we joined the residents in baking challot, singing songs, and celebrating Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom to all from Bogrim!