by Beth Zarefsky Young, Director of Education at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL
This piece was originally posted in Beth Zarefsky Young’s blog.
It didn’t take long – the first camp dinner at Coleman and I remembered how much I loved camp. Maybe it was the sound of 400 voices singing HaMotzi, the blessing before eating. Maybe it was hearing them welcome the new staff and faculty with the singing of “Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem.” Or maybe it was the cooperative spirit as the kids in a cabin learned to clean up their table together by “passing and stacking.” Or maybe it was something else – something you can’t quite name – that makes a Jewish summer camp one of the greatest places on earth.
The Aleinu reminds us of our hope that one day, we will all be “One”. We welcome others to our one community. For the returning campers, we welcome the session happily. We also welcome new campers who haven’t been here before. New campers should be treated with kindness and loyalty.
- How to infuse our congregational education with the spirit and joy that I witnessed at camp
- How we need to create opportunities for our kids to be themselves in Jewish environments
- How to make Jewish education at Temple Judea even more “hands-on”
This was after a week at Camp Coleman – imagine what your child can get from attending a session next summer! Interested? It’s not too soon to start planning. Please be in touch with the Education office to learn more about camp and about available financial support.