By Jon Karp A little over a year ago, Lori and I asked Shira if she would like to have her Bat Mitzvah in Israel or at Greene. Shira said camp. At the same time there had been several conversations with Mandy and David Golman about the cousins, Shira and Jed having a B’nai Mitzvah. We suggested camp; seemed like a crazy idea, a little out of the box and definitely different for our community and friends. The more we talked about all the benefits of camp, the more we all fell in love with the idea. Our goal was [...]
on July 31, 2011
A successful summer wouldn’t be possible without the amazing GFC staff. Every summer more than 150 people from diverse backgrounds travel from near and far to spend the summer at Greene. While of course our first priority is caring for campers and ensuring they have a great summer, there are so many benefits to being on staff. Working at Greene isn’t just taking a summer job, it’s making a choice to be part of something bigger. It’s about ensuring that there are future Jewish leaders, it’s about personal growth and lifelong friendships. It’s about acting like a kid while still [...]
on July 23, 2011
By Emily Andes Shabbat at camp is such a special experience. The food, dancing, services, and community are uniquely camp. Often times when I ask campers their favorite memories of Greene, they revolve around Friday night experiences. The mention the taste of the chicken, the sounds of song session, the sunsets during services and the dance moves during Rikuday Am. It’s such a sensory experience that I tried to capture pieces of all of it to share with you. Shabbat Shalom. And of course, a note from our Garin Greene campers (they’re coming home soon!): July 22, 2011 Dear [...]
on July 15, 2011
By Emily Andes Shabbat is a special time at camp for everyone to come together as one kehilah kedosha. And as much as we enjoy spending this time with each other, it definitely brings attention to those who aren’t at Greene for the summer: parents, older/younger siblings, other friends. One group we often think about is Garin Greene . The Garin Greene Campers are GFC campers who are entering the 11th grade and instead of coming to camp for a session, they get to explore Israel for the summer. As much as we miss them, even for just one summer, [...]
on July 3, 2011
While here at camp we are sad to be nearing the end of Session I 2011, in Israel our Garin Greene Campers are just starting their adventure. After touring Europe they finally made it to Israel this week and just celebrated their first shabbat together as one community. While they’re having a great time together, they were thoughtful enough to send some shabbat wishes back to us at their normal summer home. Below we share with you their messages from last week in Europe and this week in Israel. July 24th, 2011 Dear Greene Family Camp, Ahoj (hello!) from Europe! [...]
on June 17, 2011
Shabbat is a special time at GFC. We stop doing our normal activities, take extra time to clean and dress and enjoy services and dinner together as one camp community. Tonight marked the first time in Session I 2011 that we all had the opportunity to come together and celebrate Shabbat. During the service our Avodah (counselors in training) shared some beautiful words about what Shabbat at camp means to them. Though unfortunately you can’t be with us at camp this Shabbat, take some time to read the words below and put yourself in the Beit Knesset. Don’t forget the [...]
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