Shorashim Update 2013 – Week 4

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Shorashim Boys
Shabbat Shalom Shorashim
families!  Wow did First Session seem to fly by!  We had yet again another fun-filled and jam-packed week here at camp! In tefillah this week we specifically explored the question of “How do we pray?”  We discussed different modes and ways to pray and then we “tried them on.”  This was integrated with Shavua Yarok (Green Week) as we brainstormed ideas to make camp more green and experienced tefillah b’teva with a tefillah-filled nature walk and personal meditation.

In addition to our normal routine this week, we enjoyed yarn bombing, rikkudiyah practice, and getting to work with Artist-In-Residence, Mordechai Rosenstein

Shorashim Girls with Boy

Tisha B’Av was a day of prayer, learning, and reflection.  Our theme,  sinat chinam (baseless hatred), sensitized chanichim about the effect it can have on communities and individuals. We learned, too, that it is possible to turn  sinat chinam into ahavat chinam (pure love).

Our Yom Daled theme this week was “Are you Smarter than an Egyptian?”  We had a great day which included Pesach-Style relay races, 10 Plague Tags, a Food Party on the Sundeck including milk and honey (among other foods), traversing the vast desert (A-Side to B-Side) and finally reaching the “Land of Milk and Honey”.

Wednesday night’s machazeh (play) featuring  Shorashim/Tzeirim in Yeish Lecha Chaveir (You’ve Got A Friend) was AWESOME!  All of our actors, stage crew, dancers, and more did a terrific job.

Imagine a  waterslide, Maccabiah, and Rikkudiyah all in one day. That was Thursday.  Shabbat is quickly approaching and this week’s theme will be “Shabbat Shalom.”  We will be exploring the idea of peace in the home,  Judaism, and environment.

I am so proud of all of our Shorashimers.  They never cease to amaze me. I look forward to meeting many of you on Visiting Day and  want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for lending your kids to us this summer.  Shorashim 2013!

Shabbat Shalom!

Bryan Wexler