Shabbat Shalom from Wingdale – Week 5

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We are about to celebrate Shabbat #5 in camp. It has been another busy and exciting week for us. Each day is very long in camp – from tefillot for a-side at 7:30 AM  to a leadership meeting at 10:00 PM. However, each week flies by.

It is hard to believe that there are only three more Shabbatot  left in Kayitz 2015. The week began with Visitors Day – the hottest day on our calendar so far. By our estimates we hosted 1500+ guests in camp. That number, combined with our usual population, means that our community expanded to 2300+ people for four hours. I hope that you enjoyed the day and that some of you were not too encumbered with a slight delay at the high school parking lot. I apologize for circumstances that were beyond our control and commend our team who helped to remedy the situation.

With a brief intercession of special activities, we welcomed 107 second session campers on Tuesday and held a “regular” day in camp as their day #1. Josh Warshawsky , a talented musician, song writer and Ramah Wisconsin alumnus,  joined us and graced us with terrific energy and beautiful sounds  for four days.  And just yesterday, I participated in a meeting of our facilities committee – a group of very skilled architects, engineers and construction professionals who discussed plans for 2016 and beyond.

On Thursday, I thoroughly enjoyed our Showcase of the Arts event.  A group of 20 invited guests, who are interested in our efforts to upgrade our theater and arts programs, gathered for an afternoon of touring, dining and theater—all in Camp.  What an inspiring group of volunteers, comprised of friends of Camp, alumni, parents and grandparents,  whose talents will enhance our programs for campers today and for many years to come.

The week concluded with stargazing with astronomers, hosting an overnight for Ramah Nyack campers and launching into a Friday morning packed with activities designed and dedicated to bunk bonding. Tomorrow evening begins the commemoration of Tisha B’Av camp’s only “holiday” on the Jewish calendar. We mark the day with a camp-wide reading of Eicha, study sessions and learning about the day though outdoor activities, art projects and more.

As is so very evident each summer, our chanichim are given a multiplicity of opportunities in which they can grow and thrive.  Within such a short span of time, a strong community evolves that lasts a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Paul Resnick, Director