Monthly Archives:June 2018

Shabbat Shalom from Micah in Israel

Posted by on June 30, 2018

Shalom Micah!

Greetings from your friends in Israel! Our trip started off with a layover in London where we took a tour of Windsor castle and watched the changing of the guards. We even met Harry and Meghan! This just in – it was just Josh and Jonah in masks. We left London but Dougie and Morgan’s luggage did not. In Poland we toured the pre-war Jewish ghettos and later visited Auschwitz-Birkenau which was an indescribable experience that ultimately brought us closer as a group. After a very emotional day, we all decided to lighten the mood and assign a spirit animal to each person. At the salt mines, Liv and Gefen decided to lick every wall and even a salt statue that we later found out was worth a small village.

On our flight to Israel, Heather and Toma surprised us with a Color War-style clue hunt that ended in us welcoming in our last-minute addition to the group: Matt Drooker! With a new group member and a new appreciation for Jewish life, we celebrated our first Shabbat in our Jerusalem hotel as we chanted the same prayers that you all are singing right now. We hope you all are enjoying your time at camp as much as we are in the holy land. As our tour guide said, “one person’s choices can always make a difference.” We challenge you all to carry this advice into your first week of camp as you embody the Jewish spirit and Micah philosophy.

See you all in 5 weeks!

Love,

Sophie “unicorn” Shnayderman, Emmy “beta fish” Adler, Sarah “Dory (the fish)” Schwartz, Liv “parrot” Syat & Gefen “deer” Finn

Back to Our Happy Place

Posted by on June 28, 2018

It’s been a whirlwind of nonstop action here at Micah since the moment campers hopped off the buses and began to settle into their home away from home. Witnessing the excitement of campers being reunited with old friends, as well as watching how welcoming everyone has been towards new campers being introduced, has been heartwarming.

In keeping with Micah’s first night tradition, we enjoyed pizza and warm chocolate chip cookies for our first meal in the Dining Hall, followed by introductions at Uncle Milt’s Outdoor Stage. Our Unit Leaders and Team Leaders introduced themselves by singing silly songs and chanting motivating cheers.  It really set the tone for an evening filled with laughter and fun.

Campers got to bond a little more back in their bunks before drifting off to sleep after such a busy day. The head counselors, Shari and Josh (aka “Seidy”), made each made their way around to the bunks to say goodnight and fill jars with the spare change that our campers and staff brought with them to camp to support the World of Change organization.

We all woke up this morning ready for a day filled with activities and fun! Campers traveled around with their bunks to get the lay of the land, participate in various activities, and take care of some camp housekeeping (like health checks, schedule changes, and auditioning for this year’s play – Hercules!).

Evening activity tonight was Area Night. Campers were introduced to their “camp sisters” or “spazaweewees”/camp brothers and spent the night participating in ridiculous (and messy) games together. Everyone is tucked in for the night and looking forward to another great day tomorrow.

Goodnight Bridgton and Sebago!

Ready, Set, (almost) Go!

Posted by on June 22, 2018

Heather and Toma have been hard at work preparing for this summer’s amazing adventure to Poland and Israel. They can’t wait to meet the Micah in Israel campers at Logan airport this weekend. This just in: they will be posting updates throughout the summer so stay tuned.

Safe travels!