12:00 Visitors’ Day begins – Please join us in the gym
Josh Zwelling – Camp Director
Judy Daniels – Mezuzah Campaign
12:30 – 2:30 Aruchat Tzaharayim (lunch) – Sit back and relax and enjoy some time with your kids. There is seating available outside and inside of the Chadar Ochel (dining hall), hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase; we accept cash and checks only. Chanichim (campers) will receive meal tickets in advance.
12:45 Silent Auction Open – bid on items for your chanich’s (camper’s) kvutzah (bunk); located near meal ticket purchase
12:30 – 4:30 Open Shekem
1:30- 3:30 Zipline open
1:30 – 3:30 Boating at the lake
2:00 – 2:30 Madrichim available to meet parents at tzrifim (bunks)
2:55 – 3:40 Boys Schiya (swim)
3:00 – 4:00 Melechet Yad (art room) Open – See your chanich’s (camper’s) artwork
3:45– 4:30 Girls Schiya (swim)
4:30 Mincha in the indoor Beit Knesset
Silent Auction Ends
4:50 Drop off at the Mifkad site
Thanks for joining us!
Visitors’ Day Notes
Private vehicles must be left in the designated parking area. Parents who bring packages for their children must carry them on foot or put them on the stage in the Beit Knesset. They will be delivered to your children.
Campers may not leave camp grounds at any time, even with parents.
If you need to leave before 5:00, you can drop off your campers at the Bayit where supervision will be provided.
Monday night began with chanichim walking down the candle-lit path to Beit Yaakov Levi to hear a simultaneous slideshow presentation and Eicha. Before and after each perek of Eicha, a part of the presentation would be shown explaining the meaning behind the fast. After Eicha, the older eidah partook in an optional slow shira near the outdoor beit knesset.
Tuesday began with Shachrit and Kinot. Chanichim split into groups and learned the meaning behind certain kinot. Afterward, the enitre Machaneh gathered on the hill to bury the genizah, a long standing tradition at Machaneh.
A presentation on Gush Katif was given to everyone by Revital Shifman, one of the Israeli tzevet members at the Machaneh. Shifman lived in Gush Katif until it was given to the Palestinian Authority in August 2005.
After Shifman’s presentation, the chanichim gathered on the waffle court for slow shira until Maariv. Following Maariv, everyone gathered in the Chadar Ochel to break the fast.
At Aruchat Erev, it seemed that there was no more food. Not to worry, it was only a “fake Maccabia break-out”. After serving ice cream bars, some of which had wrappers containing the message that it is actually Maccabia and that the chanichim should tell their peers, the chanichim broke out into a chant of “MACCABIA” and Rosh Mosh Yitzi Mantanky announced the teams, Kibbutz (wearing green) vs. Yishuv (red).
Hatzlacha Rabah to the teams representing two of the kinds of special living areas in Israel. Check back to see which team claims victory.
Week Of June 30th- Rut, Wake Boarding, Archery, Bullying, and David— This week began with an infusion of the tochnit as Sunday was dedicated to the story of Rut. At different times throughout the day, madrichim gathered their kvutzot for a sicha about the life of biblical Rut, whose story unfolded in the fields surrounding Beit Lechem. At night, the chanichim competed in a Rut-themed, camp-wide scavenger hunt that challenged their newly acquired knowledge. The next day began a series of extreme special activities. Eidot gimmel and daled took turns wake boarding at Nordic Wake Park. This unique Wake Park is the seventh in the country and the first in the Midwest to utilize an overhead cable system to pull its riders. While our older eidot were playing extreme water sports, our younger eidot, alef and bet, learned the skill of archery, trained and supervised by a professional archery instructor. In between these activities we found some time to discuss a more serious but important phenomenon. Kirk Smalley, an anti-bullying activist and the inspiration behind the Stand for the Silent organization, came to speak in machaneh. Mr. Smalley heightened our awareness of bullying and empowered us to take action, handing out wristbands that read, “I AM SOMEBODY.” The tochnit continued in the middle of the week with the story of David Hamelech and his experiences in the gush region. Rosh Eidah Alef Adir Feifel created a peulah that included firing a tennis ball slingshot and various other team-building exercises that relate to David’s life.