The Gesher Experience

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Waiting for the bus in the parking lot of Shelter Rock Jewish Center on June 25, I had no idea what to expect of my upcoming summer. It would be my last summer as a camper, and I would finally be in Gesher 2013. I had thought about this summer since my first year at camp, Nitzanim 2007, and I can assure you, it was far better than anything I had ever imagined it to be. Being in B25 was so amazing, and it enabled all the girls in my edah to become so much closer than we had ever been.

Throughout my years on A-side, I had always looked up to my CITs. When they came to visit us it was the best part of the day. This summer I got to be a part of that experience from the other side, and it is something I would not trade for the world, even when we had to wake up at six in the morning. I formed so many bonds with young girls who were going through the same experiences that I went through not long ago, and it was amazing to be able to help them through and share in the endless, amazing memories made at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Being in Gesher, leading the chadar in Shira, and just having an overall leadership role in camp were some of the best experiences of my life, and I cannot imagine having done anything else.

Jessica Barnoy