Nevatim campers had a great week at camp! In tefillah, chanichim are getting skilled at singing Modeh Ani and Shema and performing the accompanying hand motions. Campers loved making bubble wands in omanut (art), constructing and painting cardboard flowers in ma’ayan (loose parts), and learning soccer skills with coaches from Super Soccer Stars. In bishul they made pita, Israeli salad and hummus, and in bishul bachutz they made pita and ate it with Israeli chocolate spread. Campers enjoyed playing games on the migrash and singing at music with Amichai the music guy. Yom Ma’asim Tovim was highlight of the week! Counselors in each pod read stories about kindness to Nevatim chanichim. Campers demonstrated kindness by writing and illustrating thank you notes for different workers at camp and then hand delivering them. Ask your camper about the thank you notes they wrote. In shiur, Nevatim chanichim “went” on a safari and saw a rhino, gazelle, camel, zebra, butterfly, giraffe and a snake, and learned about the special bracha you say upon seeing a strange and exotic animal. We were sad to say goodbye to the first session campers and look forward to being with them again next kayitz! Please click here to join our Nevatim Parents Group 2021 on Facebook. The Nevatim tzevet wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
Kochavim campers had a great fourth week at camp! On Tuesday we celebrated Yom Ma’asim Tovim and learned all about v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha and what it means to treat others the way you want to be treated. Tzevet read the book Do Unto Otters by Laura Keller, and we discussed the importance of derech eretz (respect for others) and hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests). We made special bag tags for our camp backpacks to remind us to be kind. We are so proud to be Edat Ha’Kochavim! We celebrated our edah pride on Thursday with Yom Adom. Chanichim learned new cheers and then paraded through camp singing them. We spread Kochavim kindness by delivering treats to tzevet around camp. Ask your camper about their favorite part of Yom Adom! In shiur, chanichim “visited” Tel Aviv and learned about its famous architecture. We will miss our first session campers and can’t wait to dance with them on the migrash in Kayitz 2022! If you have not yet done so, please click here to join our Kochavim Parents Group 2021 Facebook group. We wish you a Shabbat Shalom from the Kochavim tzevet.
Shorashim campers had a great fourth week of camp! Chanichim loved exploring kindness on Yom Ma’asim Tovim. We created bracelets where each color bead represented an act of kindness. Ask your camper about the kindness bracelet they created. Campers also shared kind deeds they partake in. This week Shorashim had Yom Pod where each pod’s tzevet had a unique theme and accompanying activities such as outer space (hachalal hachitzon) and the sea (yam). We are so proud that each pod took turns leading our edah-wide tefillah. In ceramics, chanichim put the finishing touches on their Rosh Chodesh plates, in teva (nature) they planted seeds and created bee habitats, and in bishul bachutz they made lafa and ate it with chocolate spread. On Friday we enjoyed celebrating Oneg Shabbat by pod. In shiur, campers “visited” Tel Aviv and went to the Azrieli Tower and Independence Hall. We then used legos, sketches, and collages to build our own urban structures. Campers also learned about Israeli Olympians and played in their own mini Olympic games. We will miss our first session campers and wish them a great rest of the summer. Please click here to join our Shorashim Parents Group 2021 on Facebook. Shabbat shalom!
Nitzanim campers had an awesome week at camp! Yom Ma’asim Tovim focused on all aspects of kindness. Chanichim created kindness bracelets, constructed bee habitats in teva (nature), and built a communal kindness garden in ma’ayan. In tefillah this week, we examined the power of light, darkness, and listening. We focused on various prayers including Yotzer Or where a camper led another camper around whose eyes were closed, Hallelujah where we constructed musical shakers, and Shema where we played listening games. An out of this world time was had by all on Yom Hachalal Hachitzon (Outer Space Day). We created and spray painted planets, learned about and simulated planet rotations, discussed famous Israeli astronauts and constructed paper airplanes. Ask your camper about their favorite part of Yom Hachalal Hachitzon. Chanichim loved cooking Israeli food this week – in bishul (cooking) we made hummus and Israeli salad, and in bishul bachutz (outdoor cooking) we baked pita. In shiur, we learned about the urban city of Tel Aviv, and then constructed our own city structures. Campers also learned about Israeli Olympians and participated in their own mini Olympic games. It was sad to say goodbye to our first session campers but we look forward to seeing them back on the migrash in Kayitz 2022! Please click here to join our Nitzanim Parents Group 2021 Facebook group. We wish you and your entire family a Shabbat Shalom.
Solelim campers had a superb week at camp! On Yom Ma’asim Tovim, in tefillah we focused on v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha. Pods split into two groups and acted out scenarios which demonstrated kindness. Chanichim created bracelets where each color bead represented an act of kindness. On Thursday our edah had Yom Chagim B’Kayitz where we celebrated different Jewish holidays including Rosh Hashana, Chanukah, Pesach, Simchat Torah, and Purim. Campers loved learning different brachot related to the holidays and creating holiday-themed art. Ask your camper about the holidays they celebrated at camp. This week we played lots of sports including archery and gaga, gardened and planted in teva (nature), and shared a musical tefillah with Amichai. In shiur, we learned about Caesarea and went on a scavenger hunt to explore life in an ancient city, including Gladiator games in the gaga pit! We wish our fist session Solelim campers an amazing rest of the summer and can’t wait to see you on the migrash in 340 days! Please click here to join our Solelim Parents Group 2021 Facebook group. We wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
Week four of Tzeirim Kayitz 2021 was so much fun! We focused on kindness on Yom Ma’asim Tovim by making kindness bracelets. A highlight of the week was Yom Olympiada where we demonstrated teamwork and performed an exciting relay race. Ask your camper all about Yom Olympiada. Campers are leading our edah tefillah and we are so proud of them! Favorite Tzeirim sports of the week were soccer and pickleball. Campers are bringing home first session projects including ceramic Rosh Chodesh plates and wooden Shabbat candle boxes. On Friday, we had a special Oneg Shabbat where each camper wrote and received Shabbat-o-grams. Tzevet also taught chanichim the Tzadik Ka’Tamar prayer from the Kabbalat Shabbat service and discussed what it means to be righteous person. In shiur, campers continue to learn different maxims from Pirkei Avot. We are really going to miss our first session campers and are sad to say goodbye! Please click here to join our Tzeirim Parents Group 2021 Facebook group if you have not already done so. Shabbat shalom from the Tzeirim staff!
Nevonim campers loved week four at camp! Yom Ma’asim Tovim was a special day to explore kindness. We did so by painting kindness rocks and displaying and beautifying the camp with them. Ask your camper about the kindness rock they created. We are so proud of our campers who continue to read from the Torah every Thursday. Chanichim are becoming expert migrash dancers! This week we enjoyed lots of sports and finished up our first session projects in etz (woodworking) and ceramics. In Shiur, we continue to focus on Pirkei Avot and discussed the concept of dan l’chaf zechut (judging everyone favorably) and the importance of giving everyone the benefit of doubt and not making assumptions about people. We are going to miss our session one campers and can’t wait to see you back at Ramah Nyack in Kayitz 2022! Please click here to be part of our Nevonim Parents Group 2021 Facebook group. We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom.
Chalutzim & Bogrim
Chalutzim and Bogrim had an incredible week at camp! On Yom Ma’asim Tovim campers discussed the power of kindness and participated in a kindness gameshow. In tefillah, we spoke about a time when we did something that helped someone else and in return, it ended up helping us. A high point of the week for Chalutzim and Bogrim campers was Yom Meragel (Spy Day), where we practiced our sleuthing skills. Chanichim played the role of detectives in a fun-filled scavenger hunt. Ask your camper about Yom Meragel. In omanut (art) we created mezuzot and included a note with a personal wish. In shiur, we have been discussing the origins of the Torah and the nature of truth and belief. In Chalutzim and Bogrim drama, chanichim acted out stories from the Tanakh. We even performed our rendition of the story of Joseph for Nevatim campers! We wish our fist session campers an amazing rest of the summer! Please click here to be part of our Chalutzim Bogrim Parents Group 2021 Facebook group. We hope you have a Shabbat shalom.
Sha’ar’s fourth week of camp was sababa! On Tuesday the entire camp celebrated Yom Ma’asim Tovim, Camp Kindness Day. Each edah participated in different peulot to explore hamiddah shel chesed (the virtue of kindness) and how we can be more kind to each other each day. Peulot included reading sifrei chesed (books about kindness), tzvi’at sla’im (painting rocks) and placing them around camp to enhance its beauty, making tzmidei charuzim (beaded bracelets) with different colored beads representing different ways to be kind, and building a gan chesed (kindness garden) in maayan. Chanichim continued to expand their lunchtime vocabulary this week eating ochel Mexicani (Mexican-inspired food) with orez v’shiu’it (rice and beans), guacamole (guacamole!), and shumenet chamutzah (sour cream). They also loved making pita im nimrach chocolat (pita with chocolate spread) in bishul bachutz! Your campers’ Hebrew language development is really progressing as we reach the halfway point of camp this week. They are not only understanding their madrichim, but responding to them in Hebrew as well. Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom!