Kayitz 2011 – Gesher Update #7

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It was a momentous last full week for Edat Hagesher.  Wednesday was Yom Daled and the theme for day was Yom Banim/Banot….. but switched. The Gesher girl counselors were in charge of the boys and exercised and cooked pancakes with the boys. The Gesher boy counselors played trivia and played competitive games with the girls. It was a great opportunity for the campers to get to know the tzevet of the opposite gender. Yom Daled was p

ut on hold for a bit, so that we could play Basketball for Bubbe. Va’ad Tzedakah, which is made up of Gesher chanichim, organized a basketball tournament and had B-Side chanichim sign up to play three on three games of basketball. They raised over $1,000 in memory of Libby “Bubbe” Kurland, a mainstay on our staff for many years and the head of our mitbachon, who passed away last fall. Our whole tzevet is so proud of our chanichim for the idea and for the tzedakah monies raised.

Thursday was Yom Seminar. Va’ad Gesher Fund presented Gesher 2010 to Gan Gesher. Gan Gesher was the idea of Gesher 2010 and they raised money form last year’s Gesher Fund and now it is a reality. It was a great time for Gesher 2011 to catch up with everyone that went on Seminar and hear about all the amazing opportunities that will have next summer in Israel on  Ramah Israel Seminar.

Thursday night was the annual Rikudiah that took place at the stadium courts. Gesher performed  two dances, and of course the chanichim were quite emotional as it was their last Rikudiah. Needless to say, Gesher chanichim still danced their hearts out!

The edah spent last week and this week focusing on its preparation for Yom Palmer. All of the chugim, or teams, trained immensely for their big day. Hopefully Palmer day on Sunday, will be a great success, and win or lose, each team will walk away with heads held high.

Monday is going to be Yom Machazeh.  All of the cast members are working strenuously to memorize lines, learn songs, and prepare dances. Others have been working on the scenery for the play and have also been gathering various props that will be vital to the play’s success. Everyone is truly working cohesively to ensure a memorable play and a success that ultimately exemplifies Edat Hagesher.

As the last Shabbat approaches for the Gesher chanichim, we are certain that it will not mark their last Shabbat as member of the Berkshires kehillah.  And even though it will be an emotional one, we know it will be fruitful in helping them to articulate their feelings about their relationship with Camp, Shabbat and being on the road to Jewish leadership.

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