Shorashim Update 2013 – Week 1

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Shorashim GirlsKayitz 2013 at Ramah Berkshires is underway!  We are so happy that the chanichim (campers) are here and are excited to get to know them!  With an impressive tzevet (staff) and a wonderful group of chanichim we know that it is going to be a GREAT summer!  Everyone is now unpacked and settling in to their new summer homes.  There is a lot of excitement in the air as the chanichim choose their activities, and wow, there are A LOT of choices: which sports to play, and which omaniyot elective to take (art, radio, photography, videography, Jews and food, rock wall and low ropes course, boating, drumming, teva, etc).  We have also begun our yehadut and tarbut (including Hebrew, singing, and dancing) classes!

Over the first few days of camp we have explored what it means to be part of a kehillah (community) and part of a team.  We created an edah brit (contract) and each tzrif (bunk) did the same.  Our Peulot Erev (evening activities) have focused on team building, getting to know one another and coming together as an edah. You should hear our edah song!

Nitzanim BoysAccording to our tradition, Modeh Ani are the first words that we say every morning when we open our eyes.  Most literally, we translate modeh ani as “thankful am I.”  This week, during tefillot  we discussed this somewhat strange formulation.  Why don’t we say “ani modeh” (I am thankful)?  Shorashim’s goal this summer is to be thoughtful, curious, thankful and excited about all that Camp Ramah in the Berkshires has to offer to us!

We look forward to spending our first Shabbat together as the Shorashim Edah and  look forward to planting, tilling, and cultivating roots (shorashim) this summer that will last a lifetime!

Shabbat Shalom!

Bryan Wexler