Kayitz 2011 – Machon Update #2

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Beep, beep – there goes Machon! After a whirlwind week on the road, our edah is back in Wingdale. Very early Monday morning, Machon embarked on our first tiyul (trip) of Kayitz 2011. We left Camp to venture up to Salem, Massachusetts where we spookily learned about the witch trials of 1692 at the Salem Witch Museum.

After enjoying lunch on the town green, we drove to Boston to enjoy a beantown tradition – Duck Tours! Later on in the day we had the best seats in the house along the Charles River for the Boston Pops 4th of July concert and fireworks spectacular. Hearing the music, singing our own hearts out and watching the fireworks with thousands of other people made this a night to remember.

On Day Two, we visited the “cathedral of Boston”- Fenway Park. As we walked though the ballpark we learned about the Red Sox and their beautiful arena – steeped with tradition and history. After Fenway, we headed to Faneuil Hall for some lunch near the street performers. When we finished there, we headed to the Boston Holocaust Memorial, where the edah had discussions based on what they saw at the memorial. Day Two also included time in the beautiful Boston Common, the nation’s oldest public park, and we saw the comedy show “Shear Madness.”

On Day Three, we left Massachussetts and headed for Rhode Island. On our way, we stopped to visit the Touro Synagogue, the America’s oldest shul, and the Breakers Mansion, former home of the Vanderbilt Family.

If that wasn’t enough, we capped off the trip on the last day with a short visit to Brown University and we did a great chesed project in Providence. We teamed up

with a  non-profit organization that makes dog treats. The treats are sold and all proceeds go to pet owners who can’t afford dog food. Together, the edah measured, mixed, rolled, cut out and labeled the all-natural treats. After this exciting morning, our last stop was the Mystic, CT Aquarium, where we saw penguins, sea lions and beluga whales to name a few.

The whole edah loved our tiyul but we missed Camp so Shabbat should be a great welcome back. Till next week – Amy

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