By: Madeline Waggoner, S’ganim Unit Head
When Loui came to me a few months ago with the idea of a hypothetical new unit I had absolutely no idea that I would be writing to you, now, as the Unit Head of S’ganim. With a new unit not only comes a new name, new cabins, new daily schedule, new activities, but new traditions as well.
Our theme for the summer has been all about creation: the creation of a new unit and of a brand new time in their lives as they are about to enter high school. This theme has carried over not only into our programming but into a space on K’far S’ganim that has found a special place in all of our hearts.
Seven benches built by Kibbutz ’07 are situated on land that had previously been dedicated to someone’s memory. Jason Felder was 15 when he died on March 25, 1988, only a few months before he was supposed to be on Kibbutz during the summer of ‘88. In honor of Jason, his friends decided that a space should be dedicated to him so that at least a part of Jason could be with them throughout that pivotal summer.
When my kids wandered upon that spot this summer it was overgrown and run down and once they heard of the importance of that spot from Jason’s sister, Jude Sloter who is the Bonim Unit Head this summer, they automatically knew what they had to do.
A select group of very special campers took it upon themselves with the immense help of Michelle Renfrow to transform those benches into our very own Beit S’kinneset each bench representing one day of God’s creation serving as a constant reminder of Jason’s memory as well as the first ever summer of S’ganim.