It was a very exciting week at camp! Campers especially enjoyed the relay races during Maccabiah! In omanut, campers made pipe cleaner bracelets, they made s’mores in bishul, and campers practiced their softball skills. We started practicing our Festivale dance! In Shiur, Nevatim continued their learning about Eretz Yisrael structured around the song “Eretz Yisrael Sheli.” They have now learned the first two verses of the song, and this week they focused on the lyrics on the words Ba-NAH (built) and Na-TAH (planted), making their own Bayit (house). For Maccabiah, they carried their own torches and brought the Maccabiah spirit all around camp!
We had a great week, especially because of Maccabiah on Wednesday! We had so much fun competing for our teams throughout the day in every perek (period), even teffilah. We loved seeing everyone’s ruach and enthusiasm! We are already gearing up for Festivale, practicing our dance, which we can’t wait to perform in front of the whole camp. At Park Mada, campers have been having a lot of fun building marble tracks on the magnetic wall and then testing our tracks with marbles when they are complete. Kochavimers also had a great time learning about pickling and eating their delicious pickles in Bishul. In Shiur, Kochavim visited more places in Israel this week, including the desert and the Galil. Since the desert is so hot, they decorated their own white hats to stay cool; in the Galil, they crushed grapes in order to make grape juice. They also sampled purple, pink and white grape juice and decided which they liked best.
Shorashim had a nadeer week! Maccabiah was so much fun, and our campers really loved the friendly competition. This week we also made delicious pickles in bishul and explored the stream in teva. We worked on our kickball skills! In Shiur, Shorashim pretended to be archaeologists, sifting through the sand to discover pieces of pottery and put together an ancient jug. They also heard the story, “Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel,” and began making their own Mizrach signs, indicating that we face Mizrach (East) when we pray, in order to face Jerusalem.
We had a great sixth week at camp! Maccabiah was nadeer, and it was so exciting for campers to have friendly competitions in the pool and on the field! We also made s’mores at bishul bachutz, hammered wood into a big box structure at ma’ayan, played with oobleck (mixture of cornstarch and water), and picked rosemary at the teva garden. At Park Mada, we created marble tracks to see whose marbles could get the furthest the fastest! Campers also played a matching game during oneg to learn about Tisha B’av. In Shiur, Nitzanim continued discussing what it takes to build a country, learning about Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem, and Israel’s army. This included a special panel discussion and Q&A session with three members of our Mishlachat (Israeli counselors), who told the campers about the varied and different units they served in, including a computer science unit, intelligence specialist, and a teacher of medics.
Week six was great for Solelim campers! Kickball was a big hit with our edah, and we had extra swim for yom cham. Campers really enjoyed ceramics, and in teva they got a bucket of missions (written on pieces paper) to complete at the stream. In Park Mada we discovered the power of momentum through the marble tracks on the wall! This week, we introduced our amazing tefillah chart! During tefillah, the bunks get to see how well they are participating as their peacock progresses up the chart. If they get to the top by the end of tefillah, a counselor will show a talent. So far, they’ve gotten it 2/2 times! And, of course, we had an incredible Maccabiah, with two of our own counselors as captains: Aviya 💙 and Ita 💚! During Maccabiah, we participated in a Torah and Israel Quiz Bowl, which included trivia challenges and physical team challenges with a Shiur twist, such as Over-Under followed by singing Yom Huledet Sameach, or lining up in height order without talking followed by singing Hatikvah.
Tzeirim campers had a great sixth week at camp. Our chanichim loved Maccabiah on Wednesday! During Maccabiah, we played a Torah and Israel Quiz Bowl, which included trivia challenges and physical team challenges with a Shiur twist, such as Over-Under followed by singing Yom Huledet Sameach, or lining up in height order without talking followed by singing Hatikvah. It was very fun! On Yom Cham our chanichim really enjoyed having three swims in one day! Bechira has been super fun, and the campers loved getting better at their sports or working on their projects. Our chanichim especially love the game/sport “Pinball,” where they try to knock down the opposite team’s pins. Campers started learning their Festivale dance! And, we had musical tefillah on Thursday with one of our shlichim (David!).
It was a nadeer week in Nevonim, and we were so excited about Maccabiah! We competed in all kinds of activities, including basketball, soccer, softball, and swimming. We also had a really fun Maccabiah chant-off! During Maccabiah, in Shiur, we participated in a Torah and Israel Quiz Bowl, which included trivia challenges and physical team challenges with a Shiur twist, such as Over-Under followed by singing Yom Huledet Sameach, or lining up in height order without talking followed by singing Hatikvah. During the week we also spent time at migdal, omanut, bishul, and bishul bachutz. For our oneg we baked challah and practiced the bracha that we say with it.
Chalutzim & Bogrim
It was an incredibly nadeer week in Bogrim! Maccabiah was a very exciting day, and our campers loved competing for their teams! Bogrim made incredible banners on the different Maccabiah topics and gave thoughtful presentations on the choices and designs in the banners. We are so proud that everyone showed amazing sportsmanship and participation. We had some pretty warm weather this week, and campers especially enjoyed cooling off in the pool. We also worked on our ceramics projects and even began practicing our Festivale dance for the last week of camp! On Friday, Bogrim campers celebrated Yom Dugma Ishit (role model day) in many ways. Campers packed up food packages for children from low income families who rely on free lunch programs and may not have access to food during the weekends/summer. Bunks held discussions and activities to explore who is a role model, and what are admirable qualities? We then joined our Kochavim campers for a perek (period) to experience being active role models for one of the youngest edot in camp.
We had another amazing week in Sha’ar and we can’t believe it is already the end of week 6!
The true highlight this week was, of course, Maccabiah! Sha’ar campers got to use their tzva’im (colors) vocabulary for the arba kvutzot (four teams): adom (red), kachol (blue), yarok (green), and tzahov (yellow). Each team represented one of four professions in Israel: omanim (artists), sporta’im (athletes), mad’anim (scientists), and muzikayim (musicians). Throughout the day, chanichim “met” famous Israelis from the different professions: Shai Charka (cartoonist and illustrator), Yarden Gerbi (Black belt in Israeli Judoka), Ada Yonath (she won the Nobel Prize in chemistry), and Arik Einshtein (very famous Israeli singer, named the, “Voice of Israel”).
Sha’ar campers loved participating in the tacharuyot (competitions) and the merutz shlichim (relay races). They felt so much pride seeing their madrichim selected to be captains of the different teams and had hamon kef (so much fun) playing all of the different mischakim (games) throughout the day!