Dear 3rd Session Families,
Our final week together here at Camp Alonim is off to a great start. Saturday evening, we escorted out the Sabbath Queen with our Melavah Malkah celebration—campers and staff members performed various songs, dances, and skits based on what they have learned in chuggim (activities) and omanut (art electives) during the week in front of the whole community. Following Melavah Malkah, we marked the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the new week at the beautiful Havdallah (separation) service, the whole camp with their arms around each other in concentric circles under the stars.
On Sunday, we returned back to our normal schedule after celebrating Shabbat. Here are a few highlights of programming in the various divisions:
The Sabras (3rd – 5th graders) and Seniors (9th graders) participated in the “Sabra/Senior Buddy” program, where our youngest and oldest campers are paired off in “buddies” to learn together and perform mitzvot around camp. On Sunday, they helped wash all of the camp vehicles.
The Tzofim (6th graders) looked at the various ways different Jews practice Judaism, and asked themselves if there is a particular “type” of Jew that is the ideal representative of all other Jews.
The Kochavim (7th graders) made a “decision web”—they looked at how their individual decisions have a larger effect on those around them.
The Chalutzim (8th graders) continued meeting the “different faces of Israel.”
Since Friday, we have had five campers go home with flu-like symptoms and are thinking of them as they recuperate at home.
We look forward to our final week at camp together—it promises to be an exciting and meaningful one, full of new memories to be created!
Executive Director, Camp Alonim