Monthly Archives:July 2015

Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acco and now Zefat!

Posted by on July 10, 2015

Shabbat Shalom!

We had a busy week here in Israel. At the beginning of the week we were in Tel Aviv until Tuesday. We went to Independence Hall where we learned how Ben Guiron declared independence in Israel. Then we volunteered at The Jaffa Institute where we played with kids from struggling families and poor communities. It was an amazing experience to get to know the kids. Seeing them smile and play various games from Frisbee and soccer to hoolla-hooping and playing catching made all of us feel better by doing a mitzvoth. The next day we volunteered at Save A Child’s Heart where kids from different countries came to the facility in Israel for heart surgeries stayed at. We sang and danced, drew various pictures and played games with them to help brighten up their day. The members and volunteers described how their high success rate surgeries which normally cost 250,000 dollars in the US only cost them 10,000 dollars. This has allowed them to complete many more surgeries and save over 3,000 lives.

Following, we visited a kibbutz which had a secret bullet factory underground that produced ammunition for the Palmach. We toured with our awesome guide Kayla as she showed us how the members of the community used intellect and chutzpa to cover up all the noise and machinery while working close under Britain’s watch.

Tuesday we visited the Palmach museum where the group learned about the secret military the Jewish people created to help fight in the war. We all were in awe by the ability that a small motivated group could accomplish.

Next we went to the ancient city of Caesarea. The views of the Mediterranean were incredible there and it was so interesting to learn how the Romans built the city and how they ruled it for an extensive period of time.  That night we slept on the beach, which was so peaceful. We sang songs by the water, watching the sunset, as well as sitting around the bonfire making memories.

We rose early and drove to one of the Carmel Forest Restoration Project sites where we cleared dead vines, branches, and trees which were debris from prior forest fires and to prevent any further ones. Then we went to a Detention Camp where Jewish people attempting to come to Israel were taken to by the British. This was a surprise to many of us because we didn’t have too much knowledge of where the Jews went after the Holocaust. The camp was not a Death nor Concentration Camp; Jews were only held there to live under the eye of the British. The camp reminded us that following the Holocaust, life was not all easy for the Jewish people.

On Thursday we went to the sea grottoes in Rosh Hanikrah near our hotel, and that was such a cool experience. The sights were beautiful and it was interesting to see how the caves were formed from the impact of the water overtime. We traveled into the Muslim quarter and learned about their history and why they are interested in the holy land.

It is now Shabbat and we have arrived in Zefat. We had an amazing but hot day touring around and going to the Mikvah’s, which are natural holy water pools. http://www.campmicah.com/tel-aviv-caesarea-haifa-acco-and-now-zefat/The guys were allowed to take a dip in the waters and speak with a member of the community about his life in Zefat while the girls had a meditation session and spoke with a female of the community. We will soon visit an IDF base near the Lebanese border which has us all excited.

Love,

The twins: Ella & Ethan

 

Straight From the Source

Posted by on July 10, 2015

It was an amazing day at Camp Micah filled with intercamp competitions, tons of activities, and super fun evening activities! Our 10 and under girls’ soccer team participated in a tournament at Forest Acres, our 13 and under boys’ basketball team came out on top over Kamp Kohut, and our 15 and under girls’ tennis team scored a few victories over Nashoba North!

Now that our Summits have rested up from their big overnight trips out of camp, we figured that the best way to hear about the adventures from our Acadia and Moxie trips is from the participants themselves.  Today we will have some guest bloggers to fill you in on their exciting journeys…

Hi it’s Averi K. and Rachel S., two of the upper summits that went on the Acadia trip this past week. After the long drive to the camp site, we pitched our tents, ate a homemade meal and went to the Timber Tina lumberjack show. The next morning we woke up at 4:15 am to drive up Cadillac Mountain to see the first sunrise in the USA. A few hours later, we went sea kayaking and then we walked around Bar Harbor for a few hours. That afternoon, we went to Acadia National Park. In the park we went to the beach, Thunder hole, and had a cookout at otter cove. The third and final day, we went out to breakfast at a restaurant in Bar Harbor called Jordan’s. After breakfast we walked around Bar Harbor for a few hours and then drove home. This trip was a great bonding experience for the upper summits. http://www.campmicah.com/straight-from-the-source/It taught us how to work as a group and made us closer as a unit.

Hi, it’s David K. and Eli K. (not related…), two lower summits that went whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River.  We started off on our adventure with an early wake up on Tuesday morning, where we gathered and enjoyed a breakfast with our fellow lower summits.  We then got on our lovely, air-conditioned, coach bus and settled in for our looooong drive up to “The Forks,” Maine.  After driving for what seemed like the whole day, we arrived at our campsite, which was run by the rafting company, “Moxie” (no affiliation with the soda).  We soon settled into our bunks at Lake Moxie, and got ready for our day of “Funyaking” on the Kennebec.  We were equipped with bulky life-jackets, and bussed out to the bank of the river.  Then, we starting paddling, which was just a taste of what we would experience in the following day.  There were some small rapids, which at the time we thought were intense.  This was also a great time to enjoy the beautiful Northern Maine scenery.  We ended the rafting trip, and got back to the Moxie camp in time to relax, and get ready for a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs.  Unfortunately, after dinner it started to rain, which put a damper on making s’mores, but it didn’t hinder our ability to have a great time!  We ended the night in our bunks, with us all getting a very unrestful night of sleep.  Next morning, we all got up to get ready for our exciting day of rafting.  We quickly devoured our breakfast of bagels and got on our life-jackets, helmets, and wetsuits so that we could stay somewhat dry during our adventure.  We then were given an extensive description of what to do if we fell out, which didn’t help any of the campers who were a little nervous about the whole experience.  We got on the big, orange buses and were driven into the banks of the Kennebec River.  We separated into rafts and carried the boats onto the river.  The rafting was definitely the most fun part of the trip.  We were quickly greeted by class 3 rapids, which were incredibly surprising as barely any of us had any experience rafting.  We all were crossing our fingers that we wouldn’t fall out.  After paddling for about 3 hours, we got to the end of the river, and were ready to end our rafting adventure.  We were greeted at the campsite with a scrumptious lunch of steak and chicken, which was much appreciated after our rafting.  We were all sad to leave the campsite, but we were definitely ready to head back to Camp Micah, where we were sure that we would get a full night’s sleep!  The best part of this trip was not the rafting, or the funyaking, but the time we spent together as a unit.  We all learned so much about each other, and became incredibly closer.

A busy (but fun!) week in Tel Aviv

Posted by on July 9, 2015

Shalom everyone,

Boy, has it been a busy few days! While the first part of our  trip has been dedicated to touring, these past few days we’ve been working more with the Israeli community. On Sunday, we visited The Jaffa Institute, an educational facility for Jewish children under the poverty line. We played sports and talked to the children… Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we all felt a connection to them and we left with many new friends. Afterwards, we visited a museum that simulated the experience of being blind–the rooms were entirely dark and we were forced to rely on touch, smell and sound to find our way. After dinner that night, we attended a lecture by Israeli economics researcher Assaf Luxembourg, who explained to us the reasoning behind Israel’s important place on the entrepreneurial map of the world. Yesterday we again began with some volunteer work, this time spending a few hours with children in the care facility at Save A Child’s Heart, the organization which we will be raising money for on our bike race later (everyone should donate!!) It was so fun meeting kids who can remain so optimistic and have so much hope even in the face of congenial heart disease. Afterwards, we met up with our favorite tour guide Kayla, who gave us a tour of an old kibbutz harboring a bullet factory, which was used by the Israelis to defend themselves during the British occupation pre-1948. After we were able to shop around the shook and enjoy some delicious falafel. Eating authentic Israeli cuisine did not stop there – we had shakshuka and lamb and chicken kebab for dinner. For evening activity we were visited by Puzzle Time Israel. We split up into teams and solved a series of challenging puzzles, a great work out for our brain. http://www.campmicah.com/a-busy-but-fun-week-in-tel-aviv/Overall, we have been so busy exploring Tel Aviv and trying new activities that we never thought we’d ever be able to do. Can’t wait to embark on our next chapter of Micah In Israel 2015.
We miss you so much!!
shalom,
Noah and Joelle

Hooray for Trip Day!

Posted by on July 9, 2015

It was a very quiet Wednesday here at Micah with every camper away for the day on their own exciting adventures.  The Critters, Prowlers, and Timbers spent the day at Funtown/Splashtown in Saco, ME. They kept cool on this humid day by racing down waterslides, crashing into each other on bumper boats, and coasting down the log flume in anticipation of the giant SPLASH at the very bottom.  Those campers and counselors feeling extra brave opted for the Flying Trapeze, Thunderbolt Ride, and Excalibur rollercoaster.  A fun time was had by all!

This evening, our Lower and Upper Summits returned from their respective trips.  The Upper Summits spent 3 days and two nights in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, ME. http://www.campmicah.com/hooray-for-trip-day/ It was a wonderful trip and the campers had a blast.  Some of the highlights included hiking, camping, kayaking, and seeing the sights in Bar Harbor.  Not to be left out, our 9th graders went on a 2 day whitewater rafting trip through Moxie Outdoor Adventures.  We’re sure that they can’t wait to tell you all about their exciting road trips, but first they need to catch up on some zzz.

 

A Terrific TuTu Tuesday

Posted by on July 7, 2015

After walking into the dining hall for breakfast this morning there was no question about what day of the week it was.  Everywhere you turned you could find both campers and counselors adorned in colorful tutu’s showing off their Micah pride.  Even those who forgot to pack a tutu in their trunks still joined in on the fun by creatively fashioning some make-shift tutus using their pool towels.  So creative!

Today we hosted two more intercamps: An 11U boys’ soccer game and a 12U girls’ basketball game verse Camp Waziatah.  Both teams had a blast and played with lots of heart. Camp Micah was victorious on both accounts.  Go Blue and Gold!!!

Tomorrow is our first and much anticipated trip day of the season. Judging by the buzz in the dining hall today, everyone is very excited! Don’t forget it is a late wake up and breakfast is at 9am before all campers leave camp for the day!

Stay tuned for all the exciting stories we will have to share once our lower and upper Summits return from their respective trips.