Kayitz 2011 – Machon Update #7

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What a week it has been back at Camp! Our edah has been very happy to be back in Wingdale after our whirlwind trip last week and chanichim took part in a slew of Ramah activities for the past few days. After an insightful and restful Shabbat, chanichim got to enjoy their various chavayot such as Organic Gardening, Indian Cooking, Puppet Making and more on Sunday. That evening we had chanichim dress up as famous people for a “dance off party” where they tried out their best dance moves on a “runway” and enjoyed special snacks like mozzarella sticks and onion rings.

Monday, we enjoyed our regular schedule of activities like chavaya, yehadut and chug and prepared for the reading of Megillat Eicha that night. At this camp-wide event, each tzrif sat in a circle with a candle in the middle, following along to the megillah reading at the Stadium Court. Immediately following Eicha we split up by bunk to have various discussions about the meaning of Tisha B’Av for us today.

On Tisha B’Av we learned and discussed with Mishlachat members and then participated in our edah’s peulah – Baseless Hatred. Our peulah revolved around senseless hatred of Muslims in a post-9/11 world and chanichim learned about issues surrounding this topic today such as hijab bans in France, schita and halal ritual slaughter becoming illegal in the Netherlands, the Ground Zero Mosque and more about Islam in general. After our activities we watched the movie “Promises,” a documentary centered around Palestinian and Israeli children caught up in the Israeli-Arab conflict while trying to make peace with each other.

Wednesday was our Yom DaledYom Back to the Future,” where we participated in activities that our tzevet had done when they were the chanichim’s ages in Camp. We will be having a huge kickball game, throwing a “what are you wearing????” prom where chanichim dress up in wacky outfits, reading our journal from both of trips and playing “Connect the Edah” where we try and find a common thread that unites all sixty campers.

Thursday and today we had regular programming and enjoyed the Tzeirim play “School of Rock.”  The edah is having a bittersweet Shabbat as we prepare for our final Shabbat in Camp. The chanichim will also have the special opportunity tonight of ending shirah (Shabbat singing) in front of the chadar, as we transition into next year’s Gesher 2012!

You should all know how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of your children’s summer and how much this tzevet and I have loved getting to know each chanich and chanicha. We hope you have a Shabbat Shalom and are excited about getting to see your children so soon. Amy

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