Edah News

Summer 2017, Week 5

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

This summer, we're continuing to include conversation starters,
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What a fanan week we’ve had in Kochavim! Chanichim enjoyed dancing on the migrash, climbing on the playground, unlocking their creativity using the blue foam blocks in the Imagination Playground, continuing their projects in omanut (arts and crafts) and ceramics, actively learning in shiur, and so much more. On Tuesday, we celebrated Yom Tarbut Yisrael (Israeli Culture Day). We played Israeli music and learned some new Hebrew songs! We also spoke with some of our Mishlachat, our staff members from Israel, and had the opportunity to ask them questions about their life in Israel. Click here to read the rest of the Kochavim Khronicle.


Shorashim had a fanan week at camp! We celebrated Yom Tarbut Yisrael (Israeli Culture day) with many of our activities focused on different aspects of Israeli culture. In ma’ayan (beading) we made creations using blue and white beads, and in omanut (arts and crafts) we made an awesome Israeli flag wall mural with individual tiles! We were wowed by an amazing concert from Amichai the Music Guy, who regaled us with stories and encouraged us to sing along to our favorite camp songs. Of course, we came to camp on Wednesday ready to show off our team spirit for Maccabiah! Shorashim had so much fun playing Simon Says in the pool, competing in sports and games, and participating in the camp-wide relay race. We crushed the over/under competition with the baton! Ask your child to tell you about their favorite activity during Maccabiah! We ended our week with our bunk yamim meyuchadim (special days) on Friday. It was so much fun to see the entire edah dressed up as superheroes, in pajamas, and everything in between! We can’t wait to see you on Monday for another amazing week! Shabbat Shalom!


What a spectacular week we had in Nitzanim! We were so excited to welcome our second session campers who have had such a wonderful first week of camp! We have made more headway on our siddurim in tefillah. This week we added the Ashrei; each bunk was assigned a letter, and then sang the letter’s corresponding line in the prayer. Ask your child what line s/he sang! Campers loved bishul (cooking) and bishul bachutz (outdoor cooking) this week, baking hamentashen and pita with spices. We had a blast during Maccabiah on Wednesday! From playing Simon Says in the pool to competing in different sports and relays, we loved showing off our spirit. On Friday, we explored the different components of a Torah scroll by making edible Torahs out of pretzels and fruit roll ups! We ended the week with our fantastic bunk yamim meyuchadim (special days). Seeing the edah dress up in everything from crazy hats to tropical clothing was truly fanan! It was also a very special way to say goodbye to our friends who are leaving camp this week. Shabbat Shalom, and we can’t wait to see what next week brings!


Solelim has had such an amazing week! On Tuesday we celebrated Israeli culture during Yom Tarbut Yisrael (Israeli Culture Day). Amichai the Music Guy treated us to a concert around camp’s new fire pit. We loved being together as an entire edah listening to stories and singing our favorite Hebrew camp songs. We also had a huge, edah-wide game of bingo this week! Some of our friends participated in the specialty camp Ramah Sport, and the rest of us enjoyed popular activities including makers, gaga, and ma’ayan (beading)! Ask your child which activity was his/her favorite this week, and why! Of course, a highlight of the week was Maccabiah on Wednesday. Everyone came to camp ready to show off their team spirit! We sat with our teams for tefillah for Maccabiah; it was so beautiful to see the bunks come together for such passionate prayer. After a day full of sports and trivia, we truly think that everyone’s a winner at Maccabiah. In all, this week has been fantastic for fostering strong camp friendships as we look to continue our edah bonding into next week. We said goodbye to our 5-week campers this afternoon. We wish them a wonderful rest of the summer. Shabbat Shalom!


Tzeirim had another fantastic week! We were so excited to welcome all of our second session campers this week, who jumped right into all of our exciting activities. We celebrated Yom Tarbut Yisrael (Israeli Culture Day) on Tuesday, with each activity centered around an aspect of Israel’s vibrant and diverse culture. For instance, campers in omanut wrote letters to Israeli soldiers. We also had an amazing time at Maccabiah this week, as we got into the competitive spirit with sports such as soccer, newcomb, kickball, and basketball! We played Simon Says in the pool, answered trivia questions during shiur, and participated in the camp-wide relay race. Congratulations to Team Kachol, our champions! This week, we chose our bechirot (electives) for second session. We also chose among omanut, teva (nature), and parsha plays for our weekly tefillah bechira. We are all looking forward developing our connection to tefillah in a way that is personal to each of us. Ask your child which tefillah bechira he/she chose. We ended our week by joining Nevonim for a  joint yom meyuchad: Yom Pajama! During our Oneg Shabbat, our campers snuggled up in their PJs and enjoyed a “bedtime” snack as we read a book together. Thanks to the generosity of PJ Library, we were each excited to take a PJ Library book home to share with our families! What a special send-off for our 5-week campers! Shabbat Shalom!


Nevonim welcomed second session campers with a fanan week, filled with a ton of amazing activities! On Tuesday we enjoyed Yom Tarbut Yisrael (Israeli Culture Day), participating in activities with Israeli components. We loved making mini dioramas of Jerusalem in etz (woodworking) and joining Amichai the Music Guy for a concert around camp’s new fire pit. On Wednesday, Nevonim rocked Maccabiah! We decked out in our best gear, showed our knowledge in the trivia competition, and gave everything we had in the sports events, all the way through the camp-wide relay. Congratulations to the Kachol team for winning! We also chose our second session bechirot (electives) this week, and are so excited to dive into another round of our immersive electives. We loved having tefillah at the fire pit this week, with the change of location providing us an opportunity to experience how we pray in different environments. Ask your child where he/she enjoys doing tefillah! After exploring the meaning of the beracha “mevarech hashanim” (who blesses the years) in the Amidah, we planted seeds in our very own bunk planters that we will keep on the Nevonim deck for the rest of the summer. Each day, our campers will water the planters and engage in the responsibility of caring for the plants. Nevonim ended the week by joining Tzeirim for Yom Pajama! During our oneg shabbat, our campers snuggled up in their PJs and enjoyed a “bedtime” snack as we read a book together. Thanks to the generosity of PJ Library, we were each excited to take a PJ Library book home to share with our families! What a special send-off for our 5-week campers! We can’t wait for another exciting week next week! Shabbat Shalom!

Chalutzim, Bogrim, Shoafim

Chalutzim, Bogrim, and Shoafim enjoyed another jam-packed week! After welcoming and getting to know our new campers by playing fun icebreakers, we worked on our booths for the carnival we planned for the Jawonio Day Camp. On Tuesday, we were so surprised by camp’s Maccabiah breakout! As the oldest kids in camp, we loved having the privilege of making banners and writing the cheers for our teams. We proudly presented the banners on Wednesday at the end of Maccabiah, and we are so excited for our creativity to be displayed at camp! Congratulations to our winning team, Kachol! On Thursday, we went to Jawonio for our carnival. Working with the Jawonio campers was a really great experience; we loved being able to put smiles on their faces. After the carnival, we treated ourselves to some bowling. It was great to spend the time together as an edah, joyfully reflecting on our experience from that morning. We enjoyed the lunch and learn that our rosh edah Dani and counselor Eli led for us about Jews around the world. On Friday we ended the week with Yom Decades, dressing in outfits from our favorite decade. What a fun last day it was for our 5-week campers! Shabbat Shalom!