Bogrim had a fabulous first week of camp! Finishing up last week with Shabbat Mitzvah, we looked at a montage of our tzvet’s (staff’s) bnei mitzbah photos and discussed the meaning of being post bar/bat mitzvah age. Without further delay, following havdallah, a flash mob broke out announcing Chashi, a half week of Israel culture and education. We learned the Chashi dance, ate falafel, and engaged in serious conversations about our connections to Israel in the Diaspora. Our favorite Chashi activity involved a small taste of IDF boot camp, that included taking on and off uniforms. Despite a ton of rain, Bogrim continued settling into a normal schedule. We bonded with our chugim, delved into controversial Judaic questions in yehadut classes, and expressed our creativity in the omaniyot, daily activities. Some of us worked on pop art, others baked delicious treats, and our other friends went boating.
A few of us even had the opportunity to watch the development of chicken embryos at teva. On Wednesday, we were split into four groups representing four universities, for our theme, Yom University. We had a march madness basketball tournament, cheered for our schools, and went to orientation activities. Bogrim is so excited for a restful Shabbat, and is looking forward to Sababa and Etgar next week!