It has been a packed week for Bogrim and we are so sad that the summer is coming to an end soon.
Our Shabbat theme this week was all about Israel. During our Hachana (preparation for Shabbat) my Sgan Rosh (Eli Grossman) and I told personal stories about experiences we have had in Israel. During Peulat Shabbat our edah had stimulating discussions about the Women of the Wall and religious divides in Israel.
Because our edah had been split up on Sababa the week before, we decided to have Seudah Shlishit (dinner) together just as an edah. We sang Shabbat songs and concluded with informative and hysterical presentations by each Sababa group about their experiences. We were even able to eat one of the delicious cakes the cooking Sababa made for us!
Sunday night we invited our chanichim to the “Bogrim Laugh Club” where our madrichim (counselors) served mozzarella sticks and french fries and put on a hilarious stand-up comedy show. Monday night marked the beginning of Tisha B’Av– the fast commemorating the destruction of the Temple. After reading from the book of Eicha (Lamentations) each tzrif had discussions about tolerance. Walking around to the different tzrifim made me very proud as a rosh edah as I listened in on the insightful discussions they were having. The next day the edah participated in activities and discussions about rebuilding after destruction. We played jenga, talked about building relationships during chug, and related Tisha B’Av to our modern lives.
Our Yom Daled this week was “Yom Tzevet Bogrim!” All day the chanichim did things that members of our tzevet love to do – Zumba, debate club, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and much more. The chanichim had a great time emulating their tzevet and even asked if they could get paid and hang out in the staff lounge!
Our final Shabbat theme will be “Shabbat Tichon” (Shabbat High School). We will get the chanichim pumped for Machon summer and have conversations about some of the issues and exciting experiences they will face in high school such as religion, cliques, and homework.