Dear Parents & Friends,
It’s no secret that our camp puts an emphasis on creativity and the aesthetic. This touches upon the fourth of six summer camp elements that I am so passionate about — the unbelievable potential to learn and develop creativity within an appropriate framework of Halacha and Jewish values.
In a summer camp focused on inspiring and educating our campers, we also believe that the notion of zeh keli v’anvehu expects one to not settle on accomplishing the minimum requirement but should beautify all aspects of their service to Hashem. I recognize that there are many approaching and perspectives on this — but we are passionate about using creativity and aesthetic intelligence when designing our programming, building our facilities, and teaching the value of creativity and artistry. Camp is a laboratory for life in many ways and to give our children the chance to learn creativity and express creatively in a wholesome, inspiring, and energetic environment is so important.
At the same time, we are wholly cognizant and sensitive that there is a nuanced and crucial line. I call it the “Happy not Jappy” evaluation — that we are here to provide our kids with an incredibly fun, happy, and exciting summer, but everything we offer must reflect values and inspire growth. From Olympics to Israel Day, this week in camp provided so many opportunities for campers to use their creative talents and continue to shine.
Director, Camp Morasha