Kayitz 2011 – Machon Update #6

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Machon 2011 is flying by in more ways than one! Last night we got back to Camp from our second spectacular trip where we visited some great cites.

After Shabbat last week, we packed up and headed to our first stop – Teaneck, NJ for an overnight at Congregation Beth Sholom. This was an especially fun shul to stay in as it is my home synagogue! On  Sunday morning, our edah met my parents as we ate a bagel brunch together.

From Teaneck, we headed out to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia! After a quick lunch we walked to the National Museum of American Jewish History for a guided tour of this brand new institution. Campers and staff alike were intrigued and excited by the bevy of history and artifacts at the site and we were even were able to see some Ramah photos that the museum has in its exhibit on Summer Camps. After the museum, we headed to the Liberty Bell and then to the shul for the night.

Monday we had a delicious day visiting the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory and then Hershey Park’s Chocolate World! We all indulged in some wonderful treats in those locations and then drove to Pittsburgh to sleep for the night.

Tuesday was a rockin’ day as we headed to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and then to the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. We saw tons of great memorabilia from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2 and Lady Gaga and listened to great music the whole way through. After showering at the local JCC we headed to experience the midwest specialty – WHIRLYBALL! This game is a combination of bumper cars, lacrosse and basketball and our edah loved every second of it.

On Wednesday, the edah soared to new heights as we visited Cedar Point – the country’s largest amusement park. Thursday, our final day, was spent at the breathtaking Niagara Falls going to see the Cave of the Winds and taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist.

Today we are enjoying our time back at Camp and preparing for our theme – Shabbat Yisrael. Your children behaved wonderfully on our trip and it was a pleasure to get to travel to such fun destinations with them. Hope you all have a Shabbat Shalom!

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