Edah News

Summer 2016, Week 7

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. What was most interesting to your camper on the shvil? 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! In the pool and all around camp, we have so much fun dancing to to our Festivale song, "Silsulim," and we are so excited to perform at Festivale next week! A highlight of our week was Yom Tov when when we celebrated a year of chagim in one camp day! We started off the day at the pool where our tzevet created the Red Sea, which was then "parted" as the children, acting as B'nei Yisrael (the people of Israel), walked through! Then we saw a play depicting Moses and Miriam leaving Egypt and receiving the Torah (an actual one!), on the roof of one of the buildings in camp! What better way to celebrate this exciting event than with Simchat Torah-style dancing with the Torah that we just "received!" Later we had a scavenger hunt to find the afikoman, and along the way some of our challenges were to build pyramids using cups, go through an obstacle course to leave Egypt, and gather "manna" on the basketball court. A highlight of the yom was our Yom Tov Fair where we made edible sukkot, a shofar that the chanichim could actually blow, graggers for Purim, an abacus-like Chanukiah decoration using beads illustrating both which day of Chanukah it is and which candle you light first, and so much more! Ask your child his or her favorite station at the Yom Tov Fair! If you haven't already done so, please join our closed Facebook group to see pictures! You do not need to have a Facebook account to join this group. Simpy visit www.facebook.com, search for "Shorashim Nyack 2016," and click on the "Join Group" button. Finally, we all had a blast on trip day. We climbed, crawled, ran, and jumped our way through Billy Beez and had so much kef (fun) staying late at camp for activities and dinner. It has been a wonderful summer with your children. We thank you for sharing them with us, and we hope to see them next summer in their Nitzanim blue t-shirts! Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom from Shorashim.

Nitzanim

Nitzanim had a totally tutim final week at camp. We have seen confidence grow in our chanichim, whether it's during daily tefillot, passing swim tests, or dancing on the migrash. Speaking of dancing, we are so excited to perform our dance to "Ba Kalil" at Festivale next week! Continuing this summer's Nitzanim theme of creation, we had Yom Bereishit this week. With half the edah dressed in white or light-colored clothing for "or" (light), and the other half dressed in black or dark-colored clothing for "choshech" (darkness), we explored the different days of creation with special interactive peulot, such as relay races and mural making, for each of the different days. Ask your child which Yom Bereishit activity he/she liked best.The highlight of our week was trip day! We had so much kef (fun) at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. With so much to see (IMAX movie "A Beautiful Planet) and do (digitally color sea creatures, touch jellyfish, and more), we had an incredible afternoon! Then we headed back to camp for late afternoon activities and dinner. We can't believe we are saying goodbye so soon. We have loved spending our summer with your children and we hope to see their smiling faces next summer in their green Solelim t-shirts! We wish you a Shabbat Shalom from Nitzanim.

Solelim

Solelim finished our last full week of camp with tremendous ruach (spirit) and kef (fun)! We are so excited to perform our dance to "Sha La La" at Festivale next week! Bankshot basketball, yoga, mini golf, soccer and more, Solelimers had an active week! During tefillot, we learned new brachot and continued dividing into smaller groups for more intimate and meaningful tefillot. The highlight of our week was trip day! Sportime USA offered so many fun activities to choose from including rides, laser tag, and the Ballocity Arena (an interactive play experience with soft playground elements and blasters powered by air that propel soft foam balls throughout the play arena). Ask your child what he/she liked best on trip dayThroughout the summer in Solelim, we've had the pleasure of watching friendships grow between campers, and we've seen a true bond develop between campers and counselors. We've seen chanichim progress from being emergent swimmers to dunking their heads, and we've seen shallow-water swimmers advance to deep-water swimmers. It has been a joy watching Solelim grow together this summer. We will miss seeing their smiles and look forward to seeing them next summer wearing royal blue Tzeirim t-shirts. Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.  

Tzeirim

Tzeirim had a tutim full last week of camp! We are so excited to perform our dance to "Hakol Yihiyeh B'seder" at Festivale next week! The highlight of our week was trip day. Tzeirimers enjoyed a kef (fun) trip to The Funplex followed by exciting evening activities and an overnight in camp. The Funplex offered so many options including Foam Frenzy (air blasters launching thousands of foam balls), laser tag, a 4D movie theater, and more! Ask your child which activity he/she liked best! Back at camp for our overnight, we loved the surprise magic show by our very own counselor David Rosenstein, followed by s'mores. Then we headed off to sleep and in the morning, we enjoyed tefillot in camp and a special breakfast treat: Rocky Teva Toast! Also this week, we concluded our second session tefillah bechira (elective) with peulot which included singing Adom Olam to pop music tunes and more. Our oneg on Friday was all about Shabbat. A Shabbat table was set and chanichim discussed all the components of the table and their significance. We can't believe we are saying goodbye so soon--we've had such a wonderful time this summer with your children and we hope to welcome them back to camp next summer wearing Nevonim blue! In the meantime, we are looking forward to our last several days together. We hope you have a Shabbat Shalom! 

Nevonim

Nevonim had a packed week at camp! Our Yom Ta'aleh on Tuesday was an incredible experience as we hiked up Hook Mountain and took in the amazing beauty all around us. The views were stunning from the top and inspired us to pause and sing one of our favorite tefillot, Ma Rabu, all about the creations that surround us. Click here to enjoy the video on the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack Facebook page. We are so proud to have raised over $1,800 for Jawonio and we thank you for your support in making this happen. We were also so excited to have the chanichim in Ramah Video join us on the hike and create a documentary film about our experience! Following the hike, we made our own delicious lunch at bishul bachutz (outdoor cooking) featuring Israeli salad, pita, and refreshing fresh-squeezed lemonade. Nevonim enjoyed relaxing and eating together in the shade at Makom Shlomo, one of the newer mkomot (places) in camp. At the end of our yom, we had a special peulah which helped us appreciate how people with special needs navigate daily challenges. We arranged ourselves in birthday order without speaking, tied our shoes with one hand, and lined up in height order with our eyes closed. Chanichim worked together to devise creative ways of communicating with one another and accomplishing their goals. Ask your child what he or she found to be the most challenging or most rewarding part of Yom Ta'aleh. To remember our incredible Yom Ta'aleh, Nevonim created a beautiful banner with the words "tikkun olam l'ma'an haklal," from which the acronym "ta'aleh" is derived. Chanichim adorned the banner with Hebrew words they associate with tikkun olam (repairing the world), and the end result is magnificent. It will be hung in camp as a special way for Nevonim 2016 to leave our mark. Another highlight this week was our trip and overnight! Splashdown Beach was a blast and a welcome respite from Thursday's heat! Our overnight was tutim and we loved waking up in camp on Friday morning, having tefillah together, and eating Rocky Teva Toast for breakfast. It was a wonderful way to close second session. Shabbat Shalom from Nevonim!     

Chalutzim & Bogrim

Chalutzim and Bogrim had the most tutim week! Of course the highlight was our trip and overnight in Upstate New York. Our first stop was a fun and informative visit to West Point, and then we headed north to beautiful Lake George. We enjoyed some outdoor time playing capture-the-flag and fun improv games and later, we had a talent show. We have some fantastic talent in our edot! Talent acts included singing, yo-yo-ing, dancing, gymnastics, card tricks, and more. The next morning, we visited Fort William Henry Museum, a British fort at the southern end of Lake George. Next we enjoyed a boat tour of Lake George, a movie, and The Fun Spot where we got to play laser tag, drive go-karts, play mini golf, rollerskate, and rollerblade. It was truly tutim! Ask your camper what he/she thought the best activity was! The final day of our trip took us to High Exposure Rock Climbing Gym, where we scaled some truly impressive heights and tried our skill at adventure courses that included rings, a salmon ladder, floating boards, a warped wall, devil steps, climbing peg boards, and more! What a workout! In all, it was a fantastic trip. On Friday, our Bogrim campers enjoyed Yom Yarok, where we brainstormed ways to conserve our resources here at camp as well as in our own home communities. We are all getting excited for next week's Festivale and performing our dance, which has already become a big hit around camp. It's hard to believe our summer together is coming to a close. We hope to see you back next summer, and to our Bogrim graduates, we hope you continue your connection to Ramah Nyack and join us as tzevet members. Shabbat Shalom from Chalutzim and Bogrim!