Shabbat Shalom from Magshimim 2010

Second session kicked off with a bang for Magshimim 2010! After our campers arrived on Wednesday morning, we gathered to introduce our stellar counselors with a funny skit. We learned our edah song, a combination of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and the contemporary pop song, "Replay". Everyone seemed to pick up the lyrics quickly and pretty soon we were rocking out in Hebrew, showing off our Magshimim pride! After an hour or two of peulat tzrif (bunk activities), where the counselors ran ice breakers, made a bunk brit (list of bunk guidelines and responsibilities), we ate a delicious dinner and sang our hearts out in the chadar ochel (dining room).

Our first night's peulat erev (evening activity) was a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah party! We learned our edah dance, choreographed by counselor Lila Fagen, decorated Magshimim party hats, donned silly costumes and posed for the camera in our photo booth, and even had our own edah-wide candle-lighting ceremony. The main event of the night was a game of A-side/B-side, which is based off of the popular Bar Mitzvah game, Coke and Pepsi. The campers symbolically moved from Tzad Aleph (A side) to Tzad Bet (B Side) through a series of silly, camp-related activities.

Yesterday, the counselors accompanied their campers to each and every activity as part of our monthly "Take Your Camper to Camp Day". Together, we explored different chuggim (hobbies), ranging from woodworking to and boating, learned new Hebrew words and phrases in Ivrit, and played sports in our Berkshires activites. Last night we had our first medura (camp fire) of the session. Eli came by with his guitar and practiced our Shabbat song, "Nachamu", with us and then led us in an exciting song session including "Od Yavo Shalom", and "Brown Eyed Girl". We are gearing up for Shabbat Magshimim – practicing our Shabbat song and dance, and practice our Torah readings as we near the moment when Magshimim will lead services and bring in Shabbat in front of the whole machane (camp).

Shabbat Shalom from Palmer, MA!


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