Summer 2019, Week 6

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


Nevatim campers were so excited to begin camp this week! We loved getting to know each other and our counselors, making connections and building edah ruach (spirit). In omanut, chanichim demonstrated their artistic skills making masks and under-the-sea projects. Ceramics became a fast favorite of our campers as they molded the clay to create Maged David sculptures. We cooled off on hot days by hand-painting with watercolor ice! In teva we decorated flower pots, broke apart blocks of coconut oil, and planted wheatgrass. Campers recite the brachot for apples, and cheese & crackers before enjoying them for snack. We had our own Maccabiah fun on Thursday with water relay races! On Friday we had a Shabbat party complete with challah and grape juice. Ask your camper what was his/her favorite activity of the week. Nevatim campers are having a moosh time at Ramah Nyack and can’t wait for another amazing week. If you have not yet joined our Nevatim Parents Facebook Group, please click here to request to join. We wish you a Shabbat Shalom!


Kochavim is having a moosh time at camp! We continued our “travels” around Israel this week when we visited Bedouin tents. We drank refreshing lemonade and stayed cool in the shade of the tent. Maccabiah was a highlight of the week! We we busy with relay races, swim Simon Says, lunchtime cheers, and a chidon (trivia). Ask your camper what was his/her favorite part of Maccabiah. Kochavim campers also welcomed the month of Av with a special Rosh Chodesh Parsha play. We were sad to say goodbye to our six-week campers but can’t wait to see them next summer. We wish you a Shabbat Shalom from our Kochavim family.


Shorashim had a super sixth week at camp. Maccabiah was especially moosh! We had a great time hopping, skipping, jumping, running, and using hoola hoops in Maccabiah activities all with a great sense of teamwork throughout the day. Also this week, each bunk had a yom meyuchad of its own with a unique theme celebrated throughout the day. Ask your camper about the special yom activity in his/her bunk.  Chanichim expressed their creativity in makers, practiced teambuilding in low ropes, and made beautiful crafts in ceramics. We said l’hitraot to our six-week campers and look forward to seeing them on the migrash next summer. We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!


Nitzanim had another moosh week at camp! Maccabiah was enjoyed by all. Our campers showed great teamwork skills during the camp-wide relay race and during our hula hoop games. We love to show our Nitzanim ruach (spirit) by singing edah songs all around camp! Ask your camper to sing a favorite edah song. In ceramics we are making clay ice cream cones, and in mayan loose parts campers are creating a camp-wide community tree using recycled material. Many of our activities focus on the theme of Jewish holidays – in etz we continued work on our dreidels and in bishul we baked hamentashen. Campers are also enjoying bringing in shabbat together with our edah-wide meditation and reflection peulah. We will miss our six-week campers and wish them a great rest of the summer. We wish our entire Nitzanim family a Shabbat Shalom.


Week six has been an exciting week! Chanichim love starting off each day by singing Solelim cheers. On Wednesday, each bunk held their own tefillah where they got to pick tunes for the tefillot. Ask your camper about their tefillah by bunk. Campers are also loving their new bechirot (electives)!  In addition to our regular camp activities, we were thrilled to have our annual Maccabiah games on Thursday. Campers used their teamwork skills by balancing a ping pong ball on a spoon in the camp-wide relay race. We had so much ruach and a positive competitive spirit running, jumping, and swimming in all of the games we played. In ceramics we are making Rosh Hashana plates, in omanut we are making foosball tables and hand sewing fish, and in etz we are making footstools. We will miss the six-week Solelim campers! We wish our Ramah family a Shabbat Shalom!


Tzeirim campers had a blast in Maccabiah! We loved participating in races, sports and trivia activities. This week we also had a mini yom meyuchad (special day) – Yom Wilderness, where we focused on the outdoors, teva, and living in our natural habitat. Ask your camper to describe the activities on Yom Wilderness. Chanichim continue to enjoy jumping and running at poolside sports, climbing and swinging at migdal, and experimenting and creating at robotics. This week we discussed the significance of Shabbat brachot and created brachah booklets. Tzeirim campers also welcomed in Rosh Chodesh Av together by discussing the meaning of the month. We said goodbye to our six-week campers and look forward to seeing them in Nevonim next summer. Tzeirim wishes you all a Shabbat Shalom!


Nevonim loved Maccabiah 5779!  Playing various sports, singing team cheers, and the camp-wide relay race were highlights. Campers enjoyed giving back to the camp community by decorating recycling bins throughout camp and discussing the importance of recycling. In tefillah we continue to explore Amidah blessings and share what each means to us personally. This week, we had a special drumming peulah where campers experimented with different beats and sounds. We love our bechirot (electives) such as ultimate frisbee, etz, and migdal. We also baked challah for Shabbat and recited the “l’hafrish challah” bracha (blessing). Ask your camper about his/her challah baking experience. We were sad to see our six-week campers go and we will miss them. See you next summer in Chalutzim. Shabbat Shalom!

Chalutzim & Bogrim

Chalutzim and Bogrim campers had a great time in Maccabiah, giving it our all and setting an example of great teamwork for younger campers! We helped the captains create the team murals, and participated in sports, trivia, iron chef-style competitions, and the camp-wide relay race. In tefillah this week we discussed the important of tzedakah (charity) and giving back to our community. We reflected on the values of chesed (good deeds) and tikun olam (repairing the world), and shared ways that we can personally perform these mitzvot. Ask your camper how he/she chooses to give back to the community. On Friday, we said goodbye to our six-week campers and wished them a great school year ahead. Shabbat Shalom from Chalutzim and Bogrim!