Mixed with emotions ranging from the exuberance of our campers embracing another summer with a terrific Ramah experience or feeling the thrill of being a camper for the very first time to watching our oldest campers take on leadership roles to the very sad news from Israel—the loss of 3 Israeli teens.
As a community we paused to mourn the loss of precious lives and prayed for peace.
Life at camp integrates all of these feelings. Lots of chanichim dove into the lake learning a new skill; our woodworking peulah introduced campers to amazing design work; a silver jewelry making peulah is new in omanut; hip-hop and jazz dancers develops new routines; high ropes and zip lines challenge every edah; and our etgar Bogrim hikers experience the Appalachian Trail. It doesn’t end with these activities. While Tzeirim learned how to make tefillin, taught by a visiting scribe, Zerach Greenfield, all of our chanichim were inspired by the upbeat inspirational songs led by Jewish guitarist and folksinger, Mikey Pauker. Our Fourth of July concert, featuring Brian Gelfand and his band, rocked CRB once again as the music resounded through the foothills of the Berkshire mountains.
We have also experienced changeable weather this week, including our first heat wave and severe rain storms, along with magnificent sunny skies and cool nights. I am looking forward to our second Shabbat of our 51st summer of CRB. Wishing all an enjoyable July 4th and restful Shabbat.