We started the week in full strength, as each tzrif had its own special day planned out for our second Yom Tzrif! The extremely creative madrichim planned such days as “Snow white and the Seven Dwarves,” with each perek corresponding to a different Disney dwarf’s personality. Another theme was “cave men” that gave the chanichim a chance communicate in grunts and climb the rock wall!
Monday we had a bit of routine before getting ready for Tisha B’Av. After the camp-wide reading of Eicha, the edah went back to their tzrifim for special activities planned by their madrichim, to fit the mood of the day. One of the tzrifim watched a video about Alex Singer z”l, an American who died fighting for Israel. They also discussed the meaning of his sacrifice, and how important it is for us to learn from his love of life and Israel.
Other tzrifim ran peulot about sinat chinam and all of the madrichim were impressed by the seriousness of the chanichim and the deep thoughts that they expressed.
Tuesday, the day of Tisha B’Av, was also very meaningful, beginning with the special prayers we recited duringtefila, the extremely well prepared yahadut perek that captured the halachic meaning of the day. We also had an edah activity that focused on the biblical aspect of the day, of what it meant to lose the temple and what that means to us as modern Jews.
Our Yom Daled this week was Yom Machaze! We spent the day preparing for our play- Bet Sefer LeRock (School of Rock)! Chanichim were putting the final touches on scenery, props, stage directions and of course- practicing songs and lines! The whole edah took part in the play, everyone in the area that they felt the most comfortable in. The play was a huge success!
Now we are all getting ready for the chanichim’s last Shabbat on A-Side. We will be attending the tefillot on Machaneh Bet and have activities planned that will capture both their great times on Machaneh Alef, and everything they have to look forward to on B-Side. At the end we have a special havdalla planned that will signify their graduation.
It’s been great having this one sided communication with you over the past seven weeks. I had an amazing time with your children, and thank you for lending them to me. If you ever find yourself in Israel, look me up!