Hope you all had a good sabbath! On Friday night, it was our first Shabbat in Israel. we spent the beginning of the evening at the western wall, having our own Micah service. while we missed Shari and her services, it was very exciting to experience something new. on Saturday, we played a series of group games, having fun and getting to know one another better. for the remainder of the day, we hung out at the pool and then had havdallah services. After services, we went to Ben yehudah and got a feel for Israeli night life! on Sunday, we got to explore the old city of David and got to trek through Hezekiah's tunnels, which were 3000 year old tunnels filled with spring water. We spent the night at the Kotel and got to write notes to put in the wall. So far the trip has been great, and were all so happy to have this experience together. we look forward to exploring the old city more and floating in the Dead Sea on Tuesday! hope everyone is enjoying camp!!
Monthly Archives:June 2013
Shabbat Shalom Camp Micah!!
We have just arrived toIsraeltoday and could not be more excited to be in our new “home”. After four difficult yet enlightening days spent in Poland learning about the holocaust and being faced with the harsh history, coming to a place where we can be so proud and welcomed to be Jewish has taken on a whole new meaning. We started off our travels here inIsraelwith a late night arrival to our hotel in a village outside ofJerusalem, and were all happy to climb into bed. Feeling refreshed this morning, we hit the ground running and went to Ammunition Hill, the site of a battle during the 6 Days War, with preserved maze-like trenches that Toma suggested we played hide-and-go-seek in, and of course we did. After grabbing a quick lunch in a mall, we all relaxed at the hotel and got ready for our first Israeli Shabbat! We went to the old city ofJerusalemwhere we held our own services led by Haley, Mia, and Elizabeth, using ourCampMicahsiddur! We got to see the Western Wall and all kinds of people, feeling like a part of the community. We ended a great first day here with a lively Shabbat dinner, and are excited to see what comes next! We send our love to all and hope that you are all having just as great of a time at home as we are inIsrael!
Haley and Kayla
A beautiful buffet breakfast at our hotel and four cups of hot chocolate later, we hauled ourselves onto the bus and drove to the town of Lodz. We visited the ghetto and the railway station where thousands of Jews were sent off to Auschwitz. We were able to stand in one of the railway cars that they were forced into, making it a little bit easier to identify with what they had to go through. After our visit to Lodz, we went into a mall to hunt for food. That hunt soon turned into a desperate quest for something to eat, but in the end we finally realized that the food court was conveniently hidden in the corner of the mall. We continued on to the Chelmo death camp, which resulted in very few survivors since it was one of the first of its kind. That fact made it a more personal experience because we got to stand on the site where tens of thousands of Jews were brutally murdered. We then got to hear from one of the Righteous of the Nation, a woman whose whole family hid numerous Jews during the Holocaust, saving their lives. After a long day, we were able to spend some free time in the middle of Warsaw, one of the most beautiful parts of Poland.
Well, we were lucky again today! Even though it looked like it might rain all day, we were able to get in another full day of activities! The morning started off with almost everyone dressed in Tie Dye because today was Tie Dye Thursday, a tradition that began about 4 years ago for the campers to showcase the shirts they made in Arts and Crafts.
The campers again went around to activities by bunk to the ones they did not get to attend yesterday. They were also able to finalize their schedule changes. Today we also started our Clinics. For those who do not know clinics take place after 6th period and before dinner. It is a time for us to offer some specialized programming, a practice for an inter-camp, or just the chance to do the activity you love most. Everyone was so excited and today’s choices ranged from Frisbee to tennis to friendship bracelet making to soccer and much, much more.
Tonight was a Unit Night for evening activity. As I walked around to each one, you could tell everyone was having a blast. The Critters did crazy relay races; The Prowlers did games in Uncle Milts; The Timber Boy’s played British Longball (combination of soccer, baseball, and about 12 other sports); The Timber Girl’s played “Steal the Kosher Bacon”; The Summit Girl’s played Upper vs Lower Dodgeball (and yes, I did play a game with them and got out both times); The Summit Boy’s also played British Longball. All in all it was a full and fun day. Tomorrow looks a bit wet but we have a few ideas up our sleeves to ensure another fun filled day at Camp Micah!