“Home is where the heart is.” These words cannot be more truer for our summer home — a magical place where our campers countdown to return after each and every summer. We feel humbled and privileged to be part of creating this world that allows children to grow, play, sing, dance, and forge lifelong friendships with peers and staff. We can’t thank you enough for partnering with us as we begin our journey into Morasha 2023.
As we’ve shared, the educational theme of this summer is _HomeBeis_. The choice to delve into the theme of ‘Home’ is multifaceted: It is simultaneously our summer home’s 60th anniversary season and our homeland’s 75th birthday. More broadly, we will explore and celebrate various themes and attributes of the home. How can we enter a camping season ensuring there is ‘שלום בית’ in our bunkhouses? Why are so many of our most sacred spaces referred to as a home: The בית כנסת ,בית מדרש, and בית ספר? As we approach the Nine Days, we will learn about the building of the spiritual home of the Jewish people – the בית המקדש – and how we can be part of rebuilding of בית שלישי. And, finally, we will celebrate the State of Israel and learn how incredibly fortunate we are to have a permanent Jewish homeland בזמן הזה.
While these topics will be the educational focus in camp, I look forward to using my weekly pre-Shabbat emails to use the structure of the house as a metaphor to communicate various impacts of summer camp: Foundation, Doors, Windows, Walls, and Lights.
The excitement that was beaming from our camper’s faces as they stepped off the bus was contagious. We, as camp staff, are here to ensure that they are cared for and supported in every way possible. As always, please feel free to reach out if we can be of any help. Until then, enjoy our first PreShabbat Video by clicking here and our Shalhevet Newsletter by clicking here.
From our home to yours, wishing you and your family a Shabbat Shalom!