by Zoe Falkenstein
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melech ha’olam asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu l’had’lik near shel Shabbat. Blessed are you, Lord, our G-d, sovereign of the universe who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the lights of Shabbat.
There is something very special about Jewish sleep away camp. After a long and exhausting week, every single person at camp comes together to honor Shabbat. At 6 Points, every member of our kehillah wears white. The staff waits for us at the front doors of the Chadar Ochel and offers a hug to everyone who enters. During our staff week Shabbat, this was the moment where I knew that 6 Points was my new home.
This week, we will be celebrated the ultimate American holiday, Independence Day, while welcoming Shabbat. It is also the final Shabbat of first session. When I first arrived at 6 Points, I did not know many of the tunes. Now, I love teaching the prayers and songs to my campers. Sometimes I will occasionally mess up a verse, and my experienced campers will giggle and help me with the rest of the song.
It is bittersweet that this is the last Shabbat of first session. As we look back on the past twelve days, we look forward to the lasting impact of our friends and forever 6 Points family. It has been a wonderful session, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to write blog posts for 6 Points.