Message from Rabbi Paul Resnick – Hodesh Tov, Iyar 5776

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ResnickYom means day in Hebrew.

In Camp, we use the word Yom to frame the day into a Jewish context. We use Yom Orchim and not just Visiting Day; Yom Daled and not Wednesday: Yom Ha’Shabbat and not Saturday; and we even call our day of sports competition with Ramah New England, Yom Palmer and not Palmer Day, making our community’s use of Ivrit, more commonplace.

There are many yamim [plural for yom] on our calendar. From Yom Hashoah ( Holocaust Memorial Day) last week to today  – Rosh Hodesh and Mother’s Day to Wednesday’s  Yom Hazikaron commemoration of Israel’s fallen soldiers  followed by the celebration of Yom Haatzmaut  Israel’s 68th anniversary.

Each of these days have strong connections to what we do during the summer. Today we celebrate our mothers!  As a camp, our ties to families and respect to different types of family configurations – two moms or two dads, single parents, inter-faith marriages – is a trademark of CRB.

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut are days that link each of us to Israel.  A core piece of Camp’s mission is the love for the State and Land of Israel. Some 41  Mishlachat members will join us this summer. With the help of our mishlachat, we teach Israel. Though it is much more challenging today to teach Israel to our campers, we infuse a positive and realistic picture of Israel so that our campers and staff begin to love the State, want to spend time there and value our deep connection with the Jewish homeland.

We are counting down the days until we open Camp – now less than 2 months, just 51 days! Here are some of the yamim in Camp to look forward to:

Yom Rishon – our first day in Camp for full season and first session, June 28th, is a day filled with great anticipation and great excitement. Over the past three summers, we have revamped this yom to make it special yet as regular a day as possible.  The day is filled with the needs of the first day – lice checks, infirmary visits and unpacking, but it is also filled with regular activity from the agam (waterfront) to sports; from evening peulot ( activities ) to campfires.

Yom Orchim – Visiting Day – as you know it will be held on Sunday, July 17th – the third Sunday of the summer – and NOT the fourth Sunday. We invite all parents and families of our campers to visit on that awesome day when Camp’s population will exceed 2,000 people.  Filled with fun and food, Yom Orchim  is always wonderful.

Yom Sports Clinic – focused on the younger edot (divisions).Our staff is enhanced by bringing in professional level instructors and exposing our campers to high level coaching in a variety of sports.

Camp is filled with yamin and each yom is special in its own way.  Keep counting the days ‘til Camp!  We look forward to an amazing 53rd Kayitz with you and your children.