Shabbat Shalom from Wingdale – Week 7

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ResnickAs I walk around Camp, I am continuously impressed by the breadth and diversity of what goes on in Camp daily. This week was no different, beginning with a new initiative, the Arts Clinic for our three youngest edot.We had an incredible week. Jewelry making, drumming, robotics, cartooning ,paper cuts and circus arts were introduced to Cochavim, Shorashim, and Nitzanim, by professionals in each discipline. Chanichim delighted in their interest groups and appreciated the unique skills that they quickly acquired.  Our older campers were involved in hiking, biking, farming, and sports.  Baby chicks were hatched in Teva and we launched a successful two day canoeing and camping trip. Campers scaled mountains and others went water skiing. Tzeirim competed in sports against Ramah Poconos while Shorashim enjoyed a water park. Ta’am 2, our second session of a weeklong camp for entering 3rd graders, reveled in every bit of their overnight camping experience. All joined in for Thursday night’s  Rikudiah (Dance Festival) and Friday’s Boker Yisraeli, organized by our mishlachat.   And, the momentum continues next week, beginning with Yom Palmer and a special Machaneh Aleph adventure.  Yom Seminar and the Gesher play will be part of our final week, too.

Tonight marks our final Shabbat of Kayitz  2015.  Reflecting on  our 52nd season, I realize, once again the profound impact that it has made on so many campers and counselors.  I firmly believe that Camp Ramah in the Berkshires is transformative.  Take a moment to think about how much your children have absorbed whether they have spent a full or half season with us.  Allow your children to bring Ramah home….in conversation, in school, in your synagogue, and with friends.  Be prepared to hear new melodies, funny stories and requests for sleepovers with their Ramah buddies.  Enjoy the culture and their new community.

Our leadership team of professionals and volunteers will  keep in touch with you throughout the year . You, too,can easily get a daily dosage of CRB via our website, photos, Instagram, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Kol Ramah radio.

Enjoy the end of the summer.  Thank you for sharing your children with us. Wishing your children a successful year and best wishes to you and your family for a Shana Tova.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Resnick