Edah News

Summer 2017, Week 1

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

This summer, we're continuing to include conversation starters,
 bolded in each section of Edah News. 


Kochavim kicked off Kayitz 2017 with tons of ruach (spirit)! Our chanichim have been learning Kochavim cheers and have all started to invent bunk cheers. Can you hear them at home? We begin each morning with tefillot on "kef deck", the deck behind Beit Kochavim. Then we're off to fun-filled activities including swim, low ropes, sports, yoga, bishul (cooking), omanut (arts and crafts) and, of course, more swimming in the afternoon. We have been spending time on the softball field behind Beit Kochavim. Throughout the day, campers are having a fanan (awesome) time getting to know their bunkmates and counselors. We are so excited for another action-packed week. Click here to read the entire Kochavim Khronicle.  


Shorashim is off to a fanan (awesome) start! We welcomed our chanichim on Tuesday and, after dancing on the migrash, jumped right into our activities. We've been playing sports, making new friends, swimming, and loving our music and movement time with Amichai "The Music Guy." Everyone is especially excited for drama and pool side sports! To build edah unity, we have been learning our special Shorashim cheers, which can be heard throughout the day. Our Shorashim theme this year is fruits and vegetables. Ask your child the name of his/her bunk! We are looking forward to a fun and memorable summer of discovery and growth with your children. Shabbat Shalom from all of us in Shorashim!


We had a fanan (awesome) first week in Nitzanim! We got to know each other through several interactive games, including "ha ruach noshevet" ("a great wind blows"). During tefilla, we learned hand motions for Shema. Campers kept active this week at migdal (high ropes) and avodat etz (woodworking) - two peulot (activities) reserved for campers in Nitzanim and older. We also enjoyed our time at the breicha (pool) and dancing on the migrash. Nitzanim campers have loved learning all of the fun edah cheers. Ask your children to perform "chikee-kee-ko-ko." Our theme in Nitzanim this summer is nature. All of our bunk names connect to this theme, and we will incorporate nature into our special days this summer, our tefillot, and other projects and activities. We look forward to a great summer filled with fun, learning, and growth. Shabbat Shalom!


Solelim had a fanan (awesome) start to the summer! On the first day of camp we danced right off the buses and then onto the migrash. Each bunk had a special peulat tzrif (bunk activity) to work on building relationships and getting to know each other. Later in the day, we announced our theme, SOLympics, and we started learning our catchy edah cheer, "Anu Solelim". Ask your child to perform the cheer. The rest of the week flew by as we jumped right into the regular camp schedule and tried out many of the peulot (activities) including makers, robotics, gaga, ceramics, ma'ayan (beading), migdal (high ropes), and Ramot sports. The chanichim were given the opportunity to pick bechirot (electives) and shiurum (Jewish learning) for the first time. Ask your child which bechira and shiur s/he selected.  We look forward to great fun and growth this summer. Shabbat Shalom from Solelim!


Kayitz 2017 is off to a fanan (awesome) start! We had a great time getting to know our fellow bunkmates and counselors through peulot tzrif (bunk activities) and continue to build edah unity by learning the Tzeirim cheers. Ask your camper to share them! We jumped right into a wide array of activities including soccer, bishul (cooking), omanut (arts and crafts), migdal (ropes course), and lots of pool time. The chanichim loved being able to select their own bechirot (electives) and participate in those activities with the rest of the older edot. This summer, Tzeirim campers will have the weekly option of tefillah bechirah, alternative prayer elective. This time allows your child the opportunity to further enhance his/her understanding and spiritual experience of the prayers we recite daily. We're looking foward to a wonderful summer of fun, excitement, and growth with your children. Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom from Tzeirim!


We're off to a great start in Nevonim, and that's because we are the best edah--HOOAH! We began the week with a peulat tzrif (bunk activity) to connect and get to know each other. We then jumped right into our many activities--Ramot sports, etz (woodworking), mini golf (with a few holes in one!), ceramics, migdal (high ropes course), and much more. The Chanichim were excited to select bechirot (electives). Which bechira did your camper choose? A special highlight of Nevonim, is the opportunity the campers have to read from a Sefer Torah for the first time. To begin the children's journey of Torah learning, and in keeping with long-standing Nevonim tradition, we opened a Torah scroll around our campers so they were literally wrapped in the words of the Torah. Ask your child a fun fact he/she learned during the Torah unwrapping ceremony. In another beautiful Nevonim tradition, chanichim added their handprints to the cover of our amud, the table from where we read Torah. The amud cover is a beautiful heirloom that stays with Nevonim from year to year. Our edah theme for Kayitz 2017 is EMOJI, focusing on self-expression. It has been wonderful getting to know your children this week, and we look forward to a summer of growth and lots of fun! Shabbat Shalom.

Chalutzim, Bogrim, Shoafim

Chalutzim, Bogrim, and Shoafim are so excited to be spending the summer together as a group. We jumped right in with some fun icebreakers and activities designed to create unity and cohesiveness in our group. Playing Sharks and Minnows taught us the importance of teamwork. This summer, campers have lots of options from which to select peulot (activities) with popular choices including basketball, bishul, bishul bachutz, teva, robotics, and omanut (arts and crafts). The theme for Kayitz 2017 is BOGrin. Together as an edah, we will engage in special peulot (activities) throughout the summer that focus on bringing happiness, positivity, and optimism into our lives and those around us. We introduced our theme with a yom meyuchad (special day). Dressed as superheroes, we posted uplifting messages through out camp and welcomed a true hero: Natan Davids, a former Ramah Nyack counselor who is currently serving in the IDF as a lone soldier. This week, the counselors shared experiences from their personal Jewish journeys and how camp shaped them. During this powerful conversation, the chanichim were encouraged to think about their own Jewish path for the summer and beyond. We can't wait for next week with your children as we continue our BOGrin summer. Shabbat Shalom!