Though I will probably not be writing after each Shabbat, the first is always particularly rewarding. Standing, as I do, at the bottom of the amphitheater, I get to look up at our kehillah kedusha of campers and staff members all participating in some way with Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. Our makhela singing… brought a tear or two to my eyes as I knew like was good, at least for the moment, because we were all back for Shabbat.
The day was magnificent. I have the privilege to be able to walk from minyan to minyah and see our campers and staff members engaged. I heard a great dvar Torah from Rabbi Danny Nevins who came to visit us. Rabbi Nevins, a former camper and staff member [of mine] here in CRB for Shabbat is the dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS, gave a great interactive dvar Torah. When he asked campers in the Machon-Gesher minyan about what can be passed down in an inheritance the second answer was values. Yes, money was the first! But to hear a teenager say that values was also an important inheritance was certainly encouraging!
This was just one of the many moments that continue to inspire. Great erev Shabbat and Seudah Shlisheet singing, intense Frisbee, basketball and softball games – long held traditions at CRB – were other moments. At the end of Shabbat, we held a camp wide havdalah to usher in the earliest held HASHI which began with tzrif sessions with mishlachat and others.
It was a great way to start the new week in machaneynu.
Rabbi Paul Resnick