Hello Galil families, today was another rainy one, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time! We started with our traditional hitkansut boker (morning flag raising). We start by making sure everyone is present by asking each shichva (age group): Kulam po? which is Hebrew for “is everybody here?” Each morning, the chanichimot (campers) have to come up with a creative and unique way to answer the call using wordplay or action. Next, we raise the American flag, the Israeli flag, and the Habonim Dror flag and sing songs that correlate to each one. After the songs is ivrit shimushit, the daily skit that teaches a new Hebrew word every day. Today’s word was mazgan which means air conditioner! Having started the day with a new word, everyone headed to breakfast for pancakes.
Once breakfast was eaten and avodah (daily jobs) were completed, it was time for the first peulah shichva (age group activity) of the day. The par par (post 5th and 6th graders) had a really interesting discussion and activity about all of Israel’s different cultures and ethnicities. Because Galil is part of Habonim Dror, a labor-Zionist youth movement, we make sure to educate our chanichimot about Israeli culture, societal issues, and the history of the Zionist cause. To achieve this goal, we are helped tremendously by our shlichim, counselors who flew all the way from Israel to work at Galil!
Lunch came next, which was vegetarian poke bowls with rice, vegetables, and tofu. That gave everyone enough energy in the afternoon for sports, free swim, and another peulah. At dinner, we were given a special surprise: Amelution! The Amelimot (post 3rd and 4th graders) decorated the chadar ochel (dining hall) and taught everyone a song after our cookout dinner of hotdogs and chili.
Tonight’s tochnit erev (evening activity) was about a “famous” band looking for an opening act, so each shichva made a music video and competed to see who would get chosen! The Madatz (CITs) won, but all of the music videos were thoroughly entertaining. During the evening, the weather cleared up and we were treated to a beautiful Galil sky! That’s all I have for tonight. See you tomorrow!