Amitzim Loves Etgar!
Amitzim has had an incredible last week! After a wonderful
visitor’s day (which included performances from the Amitzim play and our
Shabbat dance) we set out for our two day Etgar (literally “challenge,” but in
this case referring to our camping trip). With Voc Ed we went to the Farm
School and saw many animals, including chickens, cows, and pigs. We set up camp
at Tully Lake and went canoeing/swimming, cooked and ate dinner, and roasted
marshmallows while telling stories and singing songs at a campfire.
We woke up the next morning to a little rain but it did not
dampen our spirits! We prayed outside and ate a yummy breakfast before heading
out on a hike to a beautiful waterfall. After packing up the campsite we headed
to the Ecotarium in Worcester where we learned about the environment, animals
(including a polar bear!), and weather. We were happy to get back to camp to
shower and relax but we had a great time!
We happily jumped back into our regular schedule (highlighted by a concert with the band "The Shuk" featuring former Rosh Amitzim Ami Yares!) but enjoyed
a relaxing Shabbat with many visitors (including family members of staff and
former counselors). This week we are looking forward to going to Six Flags and
have been preparing for Tisha B’Av, the fast day which commemorates the
destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Never a dull moment in Tikvah!